With that out of the way, onwards gentle reader! Meridia's quest won't complete itself! (I tried. I just sat there, and shit didn't do NOTHIN' by itself. So disappointed.)
The Meridian Candidate
Last we left off, I had just beaten up the entire pirate population of Solitude's northern shores. Bad for the environment? Not really, there's no shortage of Bandits, Highwaymen, and Thieves. Also pirates populate like rabbits, and I'm pretty sure I left at least two alive so they could spread news of my campaign of tyranny on their kind.
Off to the Temple of Meridia! (Not really named that.) Of course, like everything in this game, its' at the ass-end of the world opposite where I am. Shortest distance being a straight line, this time it took me through so me mountainous ranges, and I witnessed something I haven't seen in forever...
So going up and over the mountain range was probably three times as long as going around, but I had one hell of a view, and even a race with a mountain goat; I won because I FUS RO DAH'd his ass off a cliff. Meridia's temple is actually a large sprawling building carved directly into the mountain side, but is locked from within. Bullshit. So I had to hoof it over to this here statue/shrine combo.
|50/50 chance of gaining either the Varia Suit, or a giant boulder chasing after me.|
|HALP. HAAAAAALP. SOMETHING IS PROBLEM. GRAVITY STAHP.|
|We could've done this on the ground you know.|
|Crystal soccer ball refracts light at perfect angles AND is a key. SMART.|
|More like Dessicated Corpse, amirite?|
|Reflection of light givin' me dat priaPRISM.|
Oh god that thing just pops out of the fucking ETHER at you! And they make NO SOUND until they're right ontop of you; but when you CAN hear them, its a mix of this whispery raspy breathing, skeleton clattering, and maybe an infant weeping. That might've been me, I'm not sure. Look, I was terrified and I might've overreacted a bit. Suffice to say I immediately recanted my statement about Meridia being a pushover, because these guys (Presuming they're the leftovers from all of those desecrated corpses lying around earlier, as the armor seems to match) are TOUGH. I mean hardened criminal tough. They wouldn't shed a tear even if their nanas died.
|JUBILEE POWERS: ACTIVATE!|
|Pulling punches, in that I've pulled back too far from my target. Fuck.|
|So frequent an occurrence for this fight, just click on this one image like 8 times.|
|OH MAH GAWD.|
|ROUND TWO MOTHAFUKKA.|
That didn't work. Why? Because the shade was glitched. punching him was doing no damage, despite connecting with the target. FUS RO DAH'ing the target clear of the ledge wasn't working either, as the shade just kept jittering about the same small patch of floor, stuck within some sort of invisible box. Can't use a weapon, can't use magic... Only course of action? Dragon fire shout. Yes, this might seem like cheating on the challenge a bit, as this shout does cause a moderate amount of damage, and is a ranged attack. I usually stick to FUS'in, since that doesn't cause any damage (unless you knock them off a cliff), just knockback. However, it was late, and I wanted to just get it over with. So I proceeeded to firebreath this guy once every 30 seconds (internal dragonshout cooldown), chipping away at his health. and I do mean chip away. I yelled at him for about 8 minutes before he died.
Victory! I place the final beacon, having completed my quest for Meridia. Immediately she teleports me out of the dungeon, says that she had observed me for a long time and was confident I would be the one to finally rid her temple of blah blah blah the standard diety speech. For my troubles, I am rewarded with Dawnbreaker! HELLS YEAH! DAWNBREAKER! What's a dawnbreaker?
|A sword that causes explosions. Meridia you bitch.|
Speaking of: Next week's Geeking Out in Skyrim. That time I bought/built a house, and pissed off my neighbours in the process!