High Hrothgar dining hall

High Hrothgar dining hall

Dear Mother,

J’Zhirr enters a huge dining hall. Judging from the number of chairs around the table, it is evident that the Greybeards used to consist of more members. J’Zhirr wonders what happen to the rest. Did they die or did they leave? This one can imagine that a life of strict discipline is not for everyone.

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Greybeard in meditation

Greybeard in meditation

Dear Mother,

J’Zhirr does not want to make the climb down the mountain in the dark so this one decides to take a look around High Hrothgar. This one finds the Greybeards deep in meditation. So this is what they do all day besides practicing their shouts. Besides Master Arngeir, the rest does not speak for their voices are too powerful, even a whisper can kill.

Test for Whirlwind Sprint

Test for Whirlwind Sprint

Dear Mother,

“Now it is your turn,” Master Arngeir says. He beckons this one to stand beside him and wait for Master Borri to open the gates. Once the gates are open, J’Zhirr shouts and is instantaneously on the other side. He can hear the gate clanks close behind him.

Now that the lessons are over, the Greybeards returns to High Hrothgar. J’Zhirr remains with Master Arngeir in the courtyard for a while longer. Master Arngeir says “Your quick mastery of a new Thu’um is… astonishing. I’d heard the stories of the abilities of the Dragonborn, but to see it for myself…” He explains that it takes many years for a normal person to learn the Shouts and cautions J’Zhirr not to let his skill outstrip his wisdom.

J’Zhirr asks Master Arngeir why the Greybeards are helping this one when this one does not follow their philosophy. Master Arngeir explains that the Dragon Blood is a gift from the gods and if they accept one gift, how can they deny the other? He also reveals that there are five Greybeards. Their leader, Paarthurnax, lives alone on the peak of the Throat of the World. When J’Zhirr’s Voice can open the path, this one is ready to speak to Paarthurnax.

Master Arngeir says that J’Zhirr is now ready for his last trial which is to retrieve the Horn of Jurgen Windcaller from his tomb in the ancient fane of Ustengrav. Wherever that is.

Wuld

Wuld

Dear Mother,

We proceed to the courtyard. It is already night. J’Zhirr does not realize that it has taken this one so long to learn Ro.

Master Borri teaches J’Zhirr the first word to the Whirlwind Sprint, Wuld. Wuld means whirlwind and with this Shout, J’Zhirr can move forward with the speed of a tempest.

Then Master Wulfgar demonstrates the power of the Whirlwind Sprint. Standing before a gate, he prepares himself. The gate doors will only stay open for a few seconds so one must travel very fast to get pass them. Despite his old age, the man is able to move quickly, passing through the open doors of the gate in the blink of an eye.

Test of a newly learnt Shout

Spectral form of the Greybeards

Dear Mother,

Master Arngeir wants to test the new Word that this one has learnt. One by one, the other Greybeards creates a spectral form of themselves. They vanish with each “Fus Ro” Shout.

When the exercise ends, Master Arngeir praises this one, saying that the shouts are precise. He concludes, “You show great promise, Dragonborn.”

Ro

Ro

Dear Mother,

Master Arngeir explains that being a Dragonborn, this one is able to learn Shouts without going through years of training. It comes naturally to a Dragonborn as much as breathing. Master Arngeir says, “When you Shout, you speak in the language of dragons. Thus, your Dragon Blood gives you an inborn ability to learn Words of Power. All Shouts are made up of three Words of Power. As you master each Word, your Shout will become progressively stronger.”

Master Arngeir says that J’Zhirr knows only the first word in Unrelenting Force , Fus, which means “Force”. At Master Arngeir’s signal, Master Einarth steps forward and shouts into the ground. Flaming words appear and Arngeir says that this is the Ro, the second word in Unrelenting Force. Ro means “Balance” in the dragon tongue and combining it with Fus focuses the Shout.

As J’Zhirr moves towards the word, he feels the sensation of power going into his body. Everything turns dark for a few seconds. When things are back to normal again, the word has disappeared and the stone floor looks undamaged.