The Merchant – A Short Story based on TES V: Skyrim

I remember my first trip to a town in Skyrim, the long journey through Morrowind had taken its toll on my boots after the tiresome journeys up and down the many mountains that were placed between my homeland and the vast arctic wasteland of Skyrim. The first town I reached after entering the region was Windhelm, known in our history books as one of the longest standing Holds in all of Tamriel. I’d heard many rumours of the civil war that had plagued this land but only really saw the full extent of things as I saw the Stormcloak leader Ulfric being escorted into his palace, the rebel guards were everywhere and I could spot the distaste of certain customers who browsed my extensive range of wares.

I didn’t get much business in Windhelm and as I had a lot of magical robes stored up, I decided to take a trip to the popular magical town of Winterhold, home of the famous college where many apprentice wizards go to train and study in whichever department of the magical arts that they see fit. It only took roughly a day to walk from Windhelm to Winterhold but as I approached the city, I spotted an ambush up ahead. I dove into a nearby bush and kept deadly still, hoping not to alert the attackers which I spotted. They were clearly bandits, they had set up a little trap for any wandering adventurer but unluckily for them, I was not just any adventurer. With my father’s bow drawn, I took a deep breath and took out one of the bandits. In a blind panic, the others fled from their camp and ran off into the Nordic wilderness which laid in wait.

I scavenged what I could from the bandit camp: a couple of arrows, some mead and a few spell tomes were the best things I found, and that’s saying something. I proceeded to enter the city and immediately headed to the inn, where I was surprised to see a large commotion surrounding the fireplace in the center of the room. “Well what are we supposed to do”, one of the redguards exclaimed, “Karlem has disappeared, Bloated-Man’s Hollow is no place for such an inexperienced adventurer”. I was about to raise my voice but then remembered that the adventurer in me was long-gone now and that it would be purely trivial for me to get involved. I skulked about in the shadowy parts of the inn, going from table to table selling goods. I made roughly 200 gold from that one inn, my biggest haul in months. It was getting late and I was not too eager to journey on through the night so I rented a room for the evening and slept through the night.

I woke up early and fully rested with the full intention of heading onto Dawnstar after visiting the College of Winterhold. I left the inn, paying for my stay (a mere 10 gold) and walked up the daunting steps towards the College. What happened next was too much for any man to explain… a sight simply too evil and too powerful to be remembered…


~Fin (Part 1?)~

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Top Ten Video-Game Soundtracks

Feeling Musical? No? Well, now you will be – today I’m going to be running through my top ten video-game soundtrack pieces, in order! Some you will expect, some not so much – but you’ll definitely recognize most of, if not all of these entries, without further ado – let’s begin!

Number 10: Uncharted – Nate’s Theme

This combination of strong drum beats and an epic melody help sum up the Uncharted game series in one tune – definitely a contender for a higher up position but I felt that there were some more worthy candidates for the top spots.

Number 9: Skyrim – Dragonborn (Main Theme)

This epic battle-inspiring piece is certain to lead you, the Dragonborn, into glory and defeat the evil dragon Alduin. The nordic chanting and climaxing-melody provides the perfect accompaniment to this brilliant game!

Number 8: Modern Combat Domination – Main Theme

Perhaps the one you didn’t see coming, very Hans Zimmer-eque in style and sounds like it should be straight out of a Call of Duty game – this piece is superb, just a shame it isn’t available to purchase on iTunes.

Number 7: Metal Gear Solid: Sons of Liberty Theme

MGS has always been good for it’s music, but I made sure that I only chose one piece per game franchise for this top ten – so I chose the Sons of Liberty Theme – give it a listen and unlike number 8, this is available to buy on iTunes! Yaay!

Number 6: Halo 3 – One Final Effort

Many of you would recommend other pieces from the Halo franchise but One Final Effort is my personal favourite – a combination of upbeat piano and epic battle theme – One Final Effort is not to be missed!

Number 5: Street Fighter 2: Guile Theme

Did you really think I’d miss this out? It goes with everything for god’s sake! This retro SNES tune is sure to provide a fitting soundtrack to anything you do on a daily basis – from making coffee to dealing drugs, wait, scrap that last part.

Number 4: Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: Gerudo Valley Theme

When I remembered I could only pick one theme from the LoZ series, I knew I was in for a tough decision – I expected that the triumphant piece would come from Ocarina of Time… and here it is! The Gerudo Valley Theme – this fast paced tune has a nice clapping beat in the background with a lovely melody also.

Number 3: Deus Ex: Human Revolution – Icarus: Main Theme

It would’ve been so easy to rate this in second or even first but alas, it only managed third on my Top Ten. Icarus is the perfect epic theme to match Deus Ex – with melody which could inspire anyone to save Malik – Icarus deserves it’s place on my Top Ten.

Number 2: Tetris – Korobeiniki

Did you really think I’d miss out this? Out of all the music I had to choose from – I could not forget Korobeiniki, the Tetris Theme – the perfect fit to placing falling blocks. Get it? Perfect FIT? Hahaha – I’ll leave now.

Number 1: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Main Theme

Before I get called a ‘n00b’, ‘cod fanboy’ or whatever, I would like to say this: I’m not the biggest Call of Duty fan, I’ve played a few of the games, but only for the Campaign mode – I put this at number one – for two reasons. Hans Zimmer and How awesome the piece is. If this track doesn’t make you want to save your country – I don’t know what will!


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