What's your favorite in-game book?

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What's your favorite in-game book?

Post by Thunderforge » 21 Jun 2017, 05:43

Morrowind and the other Elder Scrolls games have a whole ton of books and other writings to read. What is your favorite?

My favorite in the series is An Accounting of the Scrolls, which is about a scholar learning a surprising fact about the Elder Scrolls. It's succinct, has a wonderful ending, and talks about a key, yet rarely referenced aspect of the mythos.

That book doesn't appear in Morrowind though, so if I had to pick one that appears in that game, I'd say "A worn and weathered note". One of my defining moments in Morrowind was traveling through a thunderstorm and finding an abandoned shack in the middle of nowhere, which contained nothing but this note. The whole situation was fascinating to me and a little creepy, and knowing that I'd never find out who wrote this note or why made the world seem so much bigger. Just like in real life, not every mystery will be answered.

Runner up is The Horror of Castle Xyr. Not only is it a fun play, but I'll always remember having to act it out in A Star is Born.

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Re: What's your favorite in-game book?

Post by raevol » 22 Jun 2017, 11:38

ABCs for Barbarians. Made me laugh out loud the first time I found it.

Honestly I haven't read most of the books, but I remember there being one about a play that I thought was awesome. Someday I plan to sit down and just read the in-game books, there's a lot of good stuff in there.

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Re: What's your favorite in-game book?

Post by Biboran » 24 Jun 2017, 10:21

Daggerfall version of The Real Barenziah

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Re: What's your favorite in-game book?

Post by raevol » 27 Jun 2017, 03:01

Thunderforge wrote:
21 Jun 2017, 05:43
My favorite in the series is An Accounting of the Scrolls, which is about a scholar learning a surprising fact about the Elder Scrolls. It's succinct, has a wonderful ending, and talks about a key, yet rarely referenced aspect of the mythos.
Finally got to read this one, you're right that is awesome!!

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Re: What's your favorite in-game book?

Post by Capostrophic » 27 Jun 2017, 10:28

"The Lusty Argonian Maid". 8-)

Actually Withershins.

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Re: What's your favorite in-game book?

Post by ReneeDegutis » 25 Nov 2019, 07:39

Hi guys,

Immortal Blood is the best for me. I really enjoyed the quest which involved one of the book's characters in Skyrim and I just adore the Gothic tradition motifs in all books, and the vampire theme is not an exception. Do you know why women like vampires, btw? I was curious and found a couple of articles and Psychology studies: vampires usually represent exaggerated features such as supernatural strength, immortality, male supernormal stimuli - everything that attracts women.

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Re: What's your favorite in-game book?

Post by AnyOldName3 » 26 Nov 2019, 00:43

The vampires in works where women find the vampires attractive are made to seem attractive. That's like wondering why men like elf women in things with sexualised elf women - you put attractive characters in a thing and people will find them attractive.
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Re: What's your favorite in-game book?

Post by Jemolk » 26 Nov 2019, 03:39

AnyOldName3 wrote:
26 Nov 2019, 00:43
The vampires in works where women find the vampires attractive are made to seem attractive. That's like wondering why men like elf women in things with sexualised elf women - you put attractive characters in a thing and people will find them attractive.
Yup. Make sexy vampires, and people attracted to the sex of the vampires in question will be attracted to them. Make sexy elves, people attracted to the elves' sex will be attracted to them. No need to go deep into evo-psych to find a deep, fundamental reason why people like these things -- it's just that they're aesthetically designed to play off of what we already find attractive. It's plenty possible to design male, very human-looking vampires that women would be repulsed by, or elven women who aren't attractive to most men, in either case purely on aethetic design choices.

On topic -- the 36 Lessons of Vivec. Not a single book, sure, but they contribute so much to the strange nature of the world, are so incredibly weird, contain a hidden code, and are simultaneously serious lessons through one lens, and bad pornos through another.

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