The Blacksmith’s Daughter (Skyrim Fan Fiction) – Part 5, Episode 4 – “Sunderstone Gorge”

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Journal of Anya Fire-Heart – Tirdas, 23rd of Hearthfire, 4th Era, Year 201

“Sunderstone Gorge”

When I awoke in the morning I sat down to my table to figure out what route I could take to Rimerock Burrow.  The issue was could I use Barbas to get some other work done along the way.  I was thinking that I could take the carriage to Solitude and then turn in Rjorn’s Drum to the Bard’s College.  I then could stop and Meridia’s temple and use the beacon I had been carrying around for a while to ‘clear it of darkness’ as she said.  I could then proceed to Rimerock which also was near Northwatch Keep.  Northwatch Keep was where Urag said one of Shalidor’s writings was.  I had cleared it of Thalmor before but they might have returned.

“Sunderstone Gorge”

The whispering voice of Mephala again.  I began to check my map and realized that Sunderstone Gorge was in Falkreath.  I modified my plan a bit. I left Lakeview Manor and told my carriage driver to go to Rorikstead and I would meet him there.  I then headed off, Barbas in tow, to Sunderstone.

I hadn’t run very far along the southern road bordering the lake when  a frightened woman ran up to me and asked where she was.  She told me she had escaped Mistwatch Keep where bandits had imprisoned her.  She was lost and needed me to point her to the nearest town.  I asked her if she needed an escort but she said no but that if I could clear Mistwatch of the bandits, I would be a hero. I will put it on my list.

As I neared Sunderstone, I heard the roar of a dragon.  I was nearing the crossroad area between Falkreath and Whiterun Hold and I saw the dragon circling overhead.  I noticed an empty dragon mound in the midst of some stone henges  nearby.  The dragon saw me and perhaps sensed me and swooped down to attack me.  The battle was fierce as this seemed to be a much stronger dragon than I had encountered before but I prevailed.  As the soul of the dragon entered me I knew the dragon had been named Voljotnaak.  I had no words to unlock but the dragon’s soul was mine.

In continued on to Sunderstone. and the first thing I had to deal with was a magic user guard outside.  After killing her, I went into the Gorge and found a nest of Fire Wizards who had laid out all sorts of fire traps.  I overcame them all and their traps.  The dungeon was not large but at the end there was three significant finds.  Firstly a Flame Atronach which seemed to summon itself. Of course my flame did not affect it much but the Ebony Blade made short work of it.  After killing the last two wizards in the chamber I found another one of the Stones of Barenziah on an altar and finally there was the Word Wall.  The word of power was the third word I needed for my Fire Breath shout.  I used a dragon soul and unlocked its meaning.  My Fire Breath is now full power and to add to it my meditations on Yol that I learned from Paarthurnax as well as my own magical knowledge of fire have made it even more powerful.

I would put this to the test as I neared Rorikstead.  I heard another dragon and saw it circling near Rorikstead.  I headed up the bluff and the dragon and I fought.  I used my Fire Breath Shout on it and it was devastating in its power.  It hurt the dragon even though it was a fire breather. I can’t imagine what it will do to other people and creatures.  The dragon was very tough and it took a long battle to defeat it but in the end its souls was mine.  I also knew its name – Nahagliiv. The dragon mound on the bluff over Rorikstead was empty.  I fear Alduin has been busy resurrecting his allies.

In Rorikstead, I found my carriage driver and we headed to Solitude. I entered the city without incident.  They still are apparently not aware that I fight for the Stormcloaks. I turned in Rjorn’s Drum to Giraud Gemane and in return he trained me in many of the martial arts.  I thanked him and headed to the Winking Skeever for the night.

I have to thank Mephala’s guidance today.  Not only did I learn the last word of Fire Breath, but I also eliminated two enemy dragons. Barbas is closer to our goal, so he seems content.  My conversations with him haven to gotten much farther than our task and his continued warnings not to trust Vile.  That said, having an immortal daedric dog as a fighting companion is a clear advantage. In the morning, I will head to Meridia’s Temple to rid myself of her beacon. Hopefully whatever lies within burns.

Next: The Break of Dawn

 

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