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(First off, I have to say, this is the first blog I've ever done, so sorry if it's a bit rusty, and I hope you enjoy it! Also, there are SPOILERS for Skyrim and the Dawnguard and Dragonborn DLCs)
I'm not going to lie- I'm not the best at Skyrim. This is the first game I have played in the Elder Scroll saga, although I have recently started Oblivion also. I listen to my friends tell their extravagant stories of slaying dragons, killing giants, and destroying centurions; but when I tell them my stories, they scoff at how I still think Deathlords are hard, how I still have to try my hardest when I fight Dragon Priests. Despite all of that I still have fun with it- in fact, I've put over 140 hours into it, and I'm all the way at level 51. However, I always had this feeling, deep down, that bothered me for almost all of those hours: I had no sense of accomplishment.
I've slayed Alduin, become Listener of the Dark Brotherhood, become Arch-mage of the College of Winterhold, and have even stopped Skyrim's vampire plague (since beating Dragonborn, I have also become Master of the Thieve's Guild), yet there was still something missing; I felt as though all of those accomplishments were for nothing, that I would never truly be master of Skyrim- until this came along:
Dragonborn released to decent reviews from critics and fans, and I have to agree- the DLC was great, but not perfect. However, it presented me with something Skyrim itself never could have- that sense of accomplishment I have longed for. In the DLC, as many of you know, you arrive on the island of Solstheim, off the coast of Morrowind. For those of you that aren't familiar with the series:
This is Skyrim
This is Solstheim
Don't get me wrong, Skyrim is great and all, but you really get tired of snow after a while
Seriously, though, the change in environment is very refreshing, and that's one of the things I loved about the DLC, and maybe why it finally put me at peace- how different it is. There's a multitude of new quests, many of which provide new insight and information on Elder Scroll lore and give you pretty awesome items (such as "Azhidal's Boots of Waterwalking")- and who doesn't love that? The new terrain provides an exciting new area to discover, featuring new races, exploding spiders, and even your very own house (once you murder its current owners) that looks absolutely nothing like anything you'll ever see in Skyrim. Plus, there's new enemies, new materials, and even the Thieve's Guild has a presence there. Aside from all that, it just felt... better, in a way, than Skyrim. Everything was less generic (in my opinion), and it almost felt like a whole new game, something completely different.
Then, of course, there's the big feature, Dragonborn's selling point: Apocrypha. This whole new world, the realm of the daedra Hermaeus Mora, is a pretty great new environment (granted you can't really explore it), featuring new enemies that look like the Creature from the Black Lagoon, new enemies that look like floating carpets that drop books when you kill them, and (guess what) even more new enemies that are pretty much just tentacles. All this, and floating book pages, moving hallways, and mysterious Black Books make Apocrypha a great addition to the DLC as you become mesmerized by the haunting realm of Hermaeus Mora. And then there's the Grand Poobah: Miraak, the so-called first dragonborn.
This guy steals dragon souls from you and tries to kill you, but he's seriously not all that tough-fight him with shouts (which I think is what Bethesda intended) and that'll give you a hard time- all you really need is a few close range swipes to kill Hermaeus Mora's servant after his loyal dragon betrays him and brings you to the final battle in the realm of Apocrypha. Yet, even though the fight wasn't very hard or even that epic, I still felt as though a giant weight lifted off my shoulder- I finally felt that sense of accomplishment I had searched for over a hundred hours for across the tundras and cities of Skyrim. Maybe it's because I'm now and truly the one and only dragonborn, or maybe it's because his armor, staff, and sword now hang on a mannequin and weapon rack in my house in Raven Rock; all I know is that I absolutely loved Dragonborn, even if I can't really explain why. I can finally rest, knowing that I am the master of Skyrim (or at least that's what the achievement told me when I reached level 50).
Thanks for reading, and if you have any suggestions, criticism, or comments, feel free to let me know!