Radiant Raiment

 

Radiant Raiment

Dear Mother,

Endarie and Taarie are two Altmer sisters who own Radiant Raiment, the clothing store in Solitude. Based on what J’Zhirr can see it may be the only shop in the whole of Skyrim which specializes in clothing. Endarie and Taarie are snobbish people who seem to hate everyone, including their customers. Sometimes, they don’t even seem to like each other much either. Just the other day, J’Zhirr overheard Taarie asking Endarie to sew the sleeves a little tighter because as Taarie says, “We can’t have our customers looking sloppy because of your work.”

Endarie replies, “Oh certainly, dear sister. We couldn’t afford to have our customers look like the simple pigs they are, now could we?”

“Good,” Taarie says. “And while you’re at it, perhaps you should sew your mouth shut when our fine customers are within earshot, hrm?”

North shore

North shore

Dear Mother,

When J’Zhirr leaves Lower Steepfall Burrow, the snowstorm has stopped so travelling will be much easier and pleasant now. The sky is so clear that this one is able to see all across the sea to the northern islands. J’Zhirr walks along the shoreline and sees driftwood, broken tree trunks and even a wreck or two, all a reminder of the savage beauty of nature.

Pool in Lower Steepfall Burrow

A tunnel filled with water found in Lower Steepfall Burrow

Dear Mother,

There is a snowstorm outside so this one decides to explore a tunnel in Lower Steepfall Burrow. The tunnel is filled with water so J’Zhirr takes off his armor to go for a swim. The tunnel leads to enclosed pool with steep walls on all sides. There is no way for J’Zhirr to climb out so this one has to go back the way he came. At the bottom of the pool lies a locked chest. It is a low level lock so this one is able to quickly unlock it before he runs out of air.

Lower Steepfall Burrow

Lower Steepfall Burrow

Dear Mother,

J’Zhirr refuses Lord Harkon’s blood and he cast a spell banishing J’Zhirr from Castle Volkihar. J’Zhirr reappears outside, near where he left the boat. This one has no other choice but to talk the boat back to the mainland.

This one’s only regret is that he does not have the opportunity to say goodbye to Serana. Harkon does not seem to be a particularly loving parent and this one is worried that Serana will suffer at his hands. However, Serana has shown that she is more than capable of taking care of herself so J’Zhirr will just have to trust that she is alright. This one wonders if he will see her again.

It is snowing when J’Zhirr reaches the mainland so he seeks shelter in a nearby cave. Unfortunately a pack of wolves also has the same idea.

Batman

Lord Harkon in his Vampire Lord transformation

Dear Mother,

When Lord Harkon sees Serana, he immediately asks about whether she is still in possession of the Elder Scroll. That is rather cold considering that he had not seen his daughter for a long time.

Apparently Serana feels the same way too. She replies, “After all these years, that’s the first thing you ask me? Yes, I have the scroll.”

Harkon tries to explain it away by saying, “Of course I’m delighted to see you, my daughter. Must I really say the words aloud?” It does not sound convincing at all to J’Zhirr’s ears.

Harkon then says, “Ah, if only your traitor mother were here, I would let her watch this reunion before putting her head on a spike.”

In gratitude for freeing Serana, Harkon offered his blood. He says, “Take it, and you will walk as a lion among sheep. Men will tremble at your approach, and you will never fear death again.” Harkon says he and his clan are among the oldest and most powerful vampires in Skyrim. To refuse will mean that J’Zhirr is banished from the castle. Harkon says, “I will spare your life this once, but after that, you are prey.”

J’Zhirr is in a dilemma. In accepting Harkon’s blood, it will cure J’Zhirr of lycanthropy. However it may be just swapping one evil for another.

Sensing that this one needs more convincing, Harkon transforms into a vampire lord to demonstrate the power he offers. Now J’Zhirr is convinced that he will stay a werewolf. A vampire is a ugly thing, like a hairless gray humanoid bat. This one prefers to be a furry werewolf.

Serana is home

Feasting vampires

Dear Mother,

A vampire confronts us when we step inside the castle.

“How dare you trespass here!” But he quickly changes his attitude when he sees Serana. He cries, “Wait… Serana? Is that truly you? I cannot believe my eyes!” He quickly enters the next room to announce Serana’s return to the feasting vampires.

“This is it. Home sweet… castle,” Serana muses.

When J’Zhirr wonders why Serana never mentioned that her home is a huge castle, she says, “I didn’t want you to think I was one of those… you know, the women who just sit in their castle all day? I don’t know. Coming from a place like this, well… it’s not really me. I hope you can believe that.”

J’Zhirr finds it oddly touching that Serana cares about what this one thinks of her.