My altmers.

Character showcase!

Skyrim is a silly place.

O hi Yakov! Strange to see my character in a confession that isn’t mine XD. Nevertheless, I agree with this. I think the Thalmor should be expanded upon. The faction has story and gameplay potential and frankly I’m not the biggest fan of the rather one dimensional approach in the base game. It’s kind of an immersion breaker when they act totally the same regardless of who you are. I would like to have more meaningful conversations about their views and motives + the option to be on friendly terms on some characters. The option to act more directly against them would be welcome as well. Anything to enhance the roleplaying.

O hi Yakov! Strange to see my character in a confession that isn’t mine XD. Nevertheless, I agree with this. I think the Thalmor should be expanded upon. The faction has story and gameplay potential and frankly I’m not the biggest fan of the rather one dimensional approach in the base game. It’s kind of an immersion breaker when they act totally the same regardless of who you are. I would like to have more meaningful conversations about their views and motives + the option to be on friendly terms on some characters. The option to act more directly against them would be welcome as well. Anything to enhance the roleplaying.

Trolling Ondolemar by spawning random dogs.

The sillyness continues. I think at this rate nobody can take my characters seriously.

Re-doing this. Currently my favorite Skyrim character: a level 50 Altmer mage Yakov.

  • Generally calm and law-abiding but with a power hungry streak. Often has an ulterior motive but hides it under a pleasant demeanour. Woud rather do things peacefully if given the chance and thus isn’t easily provoked. Thinks that getting angry over petty insults is a sign of weakness anyways.
  • Born in Summerset Isles. Former Thalmor who then decided they are a bunch of morons who lack the intelligence to at least keep the basic level of discretion and formality. Thought that their narrow world view and special talent in angering everyone would sooner or later bite them (and thus him) in the ass. Still thinks they could be of use though and plays undercover.
  • Has a knack for making friends all around Skyrim while having no actual loyalties to hardly anyone or anything. While appearing polite and even friendly, one could say he has some sort of commitment issues.
  • Though generally very calm, can in rare occasions have pretty ugly rage moments. Like the case with one particular Thalmor patrol which sealed his true opinion about the faction. They… disappeared mysteriously. He wasn’t very proud of that.
  • Is an Arch-mage of the College of Winterhold which is one duty he greatly treasures. Aims to repair the relations between the college and Winterhold residents. (If only I could really do this in the game *sigh*)
  • Doesn’t approve of the sour attitude magic tends to get and joined the Companions out of spite (+ to uphold his public image), only so he could prove to “those uneducated barbarians” that magic gets things done just as well as they do (better actually). Only used sword once during the whole deal.
  • Thanks to being a companion, is also a werewolf. Though he hardly ever uses his beast form, his beast blood could partly explain the rarely occuring violent bursts and ruthlesness in battle. He does avoid unnecessary conflicts but when the battle starts, he shows no mercy, sometimes even toying with his victims.
  • Would never join the Thieves Guild or Dark Brotherhood. Sees no reason to resort to petty thievery, nor has any desire to start murdering people just because some hoodlum is telling him to. Has outright flipped Brynjolf off and if he ever came face to face with Astrid, would kill her without a second thought. (She has sent assassins after him so he doesn’t exactly have a high opinion of their “pathetic little club of incompetent murderers”.)

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Ancano has no fucks to give. Damn you Ancano.

I think he’s one of the better apples amongst rotten ones. No matter how black & white people want to make it, every group has those. His “There are so few pleasures in life as fine as your company” is quite honestly one of the sweetest things I heard in the whole game, not to mention the fact that it came from someone who supposedly thinks I’m beneath him. He had no reason to give me such compliments since our business was done so it certainly felt nice. He also openly calls you a friend in the Embassy ("What is it, my friend?") and may even put his reputation on the line for you. In their own freaking party. If he was only concerned about gaining something, he wouldn’t do that. You make it clear from the start that you need him to make a scene just because you want to prank someone.
Ondolemar is the only Thalmor willing to address you as a friend and that, in my book, makes him special. Yeah, he might still be kind of a jerk but a jerk I actually like. It seems like he’s actually capable of learning and doesn’t have as one-set mind as the others. While he still goes along with the rotten Thalmor ideologies, there’s a difference in his overall attitude.  He even compliments the Stormcloaks in his own way (“At least Ulfric’s men are willing to fight for their principles, barbaric as they may be.”) and actually appreciates how inquisitive you are. Rather than assuming some bullshit, he’s willing to indulge your curiosity. These things show he can think out of the box, unlike most of his colleagues.
I honestly think the game needed more characters like him because the very black & white way the Thalmor are portrayed is IMO a bad choice in a roleplaying game like Skyrim. Half of the time I can’t even take them seriously because it almost seems like the developers tried too hard to make them feel eeevil and thus only managed to give me an impression of some over-the-top bullies from a lame teen flick. One would think the Thalmor would be intelligent enough to have at least a basic level of diplomacy. Now they just bark arrogant and racist comments at everyone they meet. Even at other Altmers. How can a faction like that work? A more subtle and realistic approach would be way better. This black & white mentality isn’t good and it’s kind of sad how people go “No, Ondolemar is a Thalmor. He can’t be redeemed so how dare you like him!” People like the Dark Brotherhood even though they certainly aren’t heroes! They do evil shit all the time, yet many view them as “cool”.
So yes, because of these reasons I greatly enjoyed Ondolemar and I really appreciate his presence. He’s one of my favorite characters in the whole game because he actually managed to affect me in several ways. There was an actual development which went from initial dislike to like.

I think he’s one of the better apples amongst rotten ones. No matter how black & white people want to make it, every group has those. His “There are so few pleasures in life as fine as your company” is quite honestly one of the sweetest things I heard in the whole game, not to mention the fact that it came from someone who supposedly thinks I’m beneath him. He had no reason to give me such compliments since our business was done so it certainly felt nice. He also openly calls you a friend in the Embassy ("What is it, my friend?") and may even put his reputation on the line for you. In their own freaking party. If he was only concerned about gaining something, he wouldn’t do that. You make it clear from the start that you need him to make a scene just because you want to prank someone.

Ondolemar is the only Thalmor willing to address you as a friend and that, in my book, makes him special. Yeah, he might still be kind of a jerk but a jerk I actually like. It seems like he’s actually capable of learning and doesn’t have as one-set mind as the others. While he still goes along with the rotten Thalmor ideologies, there’s a difference in his overall attitude. He even compliments the Stormcloaks in his own way (“At least Ulfric’s men are willing to fight for their principles, barbaric as they may be.”) and actually appreciates how inquisitive you are. Rather than assuming some bullshit, he’s willing to indulge your curiosity. These things show he can think out of the box, unlike most of his colleagues.

I honestly think the game needed more characters like him because the very black & white way the Thalmor are portrayed is IMO a bad choice in a roleplaying game like Skyrim. Half of the time I can’t even take them seriously because it almost seems like the developers tried too hard to make them feel eeevil and thus only managed to give me an impression of some over-the-top bullies from a lame teen flick. One would think the Thalmor would be intelligent enough to have at least a basic level of diplomacy. Now they just bark arrogant and racist comments at everyone they meet. Even at other Altmers. How can a faction like that work? A more subtle and realistic approach would be way better. This black & white mentality isn’t good and it’s kind of sad how people go “No, Ondolemar is a Thalmor. He can’t be redeemed so how dare you like him!” People like the Dark Brotherhood even though they certainly aren’t heroes! They do evil shit all the time, yet many view them as “cool”.

So yes, because of these reasons I greatly enjoyed Ondolemar and I really appreciate his presence. He’s one of my favorite characters in the whole game because he actually managed to affect me in several ways. There was an actual development which went from initial dislike to like.

The decreasing self-esteem of Oceloth.

Randomness =P

Some of my Skyrim characters.

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