“The boat has been tossed around from the bad weather that has raged on, the waves moves against the aging wood, it creaks under the force of the water. In one of the poorly lit rooms, a elven female in tattered prison clothes is tossing and turning while she sleep, she seems to have a bad dream but is soon awaken by the sounds around her. There is an elven male in the room as well, trying to get her attention. As she starts to stir, he mentions that they’ve reached their destination but is soon interrupted by a guard who grabs the woman and forces her up on deck. She spits on him, cursing under her breath when they make their way up, as he is having her arm in a forceful grip.
Her red, wavy hair is getting in her face as she tries to fight free from the clearly stronger guard but to no avail. As they reach the deck she is soon cast off the boat and landing face first onto the wet, moldy and cold dock and the only direction she gets is to get her papers from a nearby captain.
“Oh, gold!” is the first thing that hits her, even as she lies there bleeding from her lip. She dries her mouth and quickly makes her way inside with light steps and a really greedy smirk on her face.”
So, I just recently finished playing Morrowind and that’s kinda how the game started in my mind. I’ve played through the main story and then some really awesome mods. My first impression of this game is that it is damn hard, at the beginning at least. The low level character that you have is so slow, misses everything and anything and that fatigue is nonexistent, resulting in you getting really exhausted really fast. But as you progress forward, building that character how you want her/him, it’ll get easier. Suddenly you realize that when your attributes get drained later in the game, you’re so much better now than you were before without hardly noticing it.
My character is a really greedy, sorta evil, sneaky female, wood elf thief with an epic marksman skill. Though I ‘created’ my own class called Shadow Dancer, with all the skills that I wanted her to have. Her tongue is pure silver and her hands are fast. Though later on I tried to change her into a heavy armor type with short/long sword but that wasn’t as fun. I leveled her stats so that she can sneak, hit hard and use both light, medium and heavy armor fairly well. Though her sword skills are not that good so far. I started to kinda micromanage my skills. I train each stat, when I can, to the point where I get a x5 in each stat I need when I level. Training only the non major/minor skills not to level up by training as I get experience for it as well.
The story of the game is really interesting and the quests are really random, from going to a mad God’s imaginary ball in a shrine to killing off an entire bar of assassins, from stepping in for a “sick” person in a theater performance to getting a kiss from a rogue that is about to attack you. From being knee-deep in cold water in a filthy, dark cave to roaming the beautiful open lands with thick forests no matter what weather it is. It’s really unique and I love every second of it. Though some things in the game could’ve been better. Like the inventory screen with it’s lack of properly seeing what I actually wear and what I don’t and the not so epic last boss battle but maybe that one is on me being lvl 40 when I got there.
Kinda early, I got a liking for the whole glass armor and early on I stole it, without anyone seeing it. (Yes, I am kinda bragging here.) The stealth system took a little while to understand and it was rather hard at first to steal things in rooms full of people. But I could use doors, pillars and crates to my advantage. Another thing that gets me going is the challenge to assemble the whole daedric armor that is scattered around Morrowind. Said to be really rare. But then I realized that the 4000 year old Divayth Fyr have the whole armor and all I have to do is kill him. He isn’t that easy to kill in that small room, and he’s not alone. I killed him after I had finished the main quest and now that armor is looking really awesome on my elven ‘thief’.
This is that sort of game that lets you explore til your heart bursts, with its million of caverns, cities and ruins that just begs for you to explore every little bit, every corner and every single dead body, chest or altar. It is actually a really nice looking game, even better with mods.
It was hard not to horde (I did anyhow, like a crazy person) and I ended up with a house full of stuff like swords, armors, scrolls and other things. I am so glad that I downloaded The Furniture Mod by Dave Humphrey. I got my own house (really expensive though) that I could decorate as I wish, with furniture and things like that. Though one thing it lacked was the weapon racks that I so sorely needed so I fixed another mod for that as well and my house were complete and so full of stuff. Filled the game with flora and fauna as well, better textures and a whole new part of the world among many other things. Upgraded the whole game and oh how nice it looks. I will link all the mods I added on the next ‘page’. Just click the numbers at the bottom of this post and check my modlist or click this link here.
Another fun thing about modding is that you can make the game so much bigger and better. For example, I play with Tamriel Rebuilt, Balmora Expanded, Vivec Enhanced and some other mods that adds areas and things to the existing towns and it just makes it all so much better. That plus all the flora and fauna around Vvardenfell makes for truly a fleshed out game.
To make the game even more alive, I added more creatures, more structure to the animal life like babies, nests and different ‘ranks’ to the grown up animals as well as children to the races of Vvardenfell as well. (I found a lost baby at the beginning of the game, haven’t gotten rid of it yet. So cute in its little bundle in my inventory.)
I added prettier faces and bodies as well among many other things in an overhaul called Morrowind Graphics and Sound Overhaul (MGSO), it is basically a ‘compilation’ of sorts for graphical mods.
All in all, this must be one of the best games I’ve ever played after Baldur’s Gate 2 and Neverwinter Nights 2 and if you haven’t played it yet, do it now
(This is my house, an empty mod house that I could decorate with the help of another mod and this is how it looked in the end with all my loot. I placed tables, shelves, an open fireplace and loot all by myself. Sorry about the long load time and poor quality.)