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I made this mod because I have always enjoyed creating and telling story's through my artwork. I thought about creating a story driven mod like this for a long time but was intimidated by all the technical side to it with scripting and such, I dont come from an IT background but thanks to all the encouragement from you guys I finally attempted it and now have a small part of the story up and working to share with you. Thank you so much for the support or I would not have made this.
Keep in mind this will be a very story driven mod.
This mod will tell the story Cinder the flame dancer, a curious flame atronach that has developed an urge to see the world. After meeting with the Dragon born there adventures together begin to unfold leading them to every part of skyrim. After completing the quest you can take her with you as a follower "or perhaps as something more?" and show her the world outside the Bannered Mare. I am hoping that you build a very close relationship with Cinder as a character as the story goes on.
The story will be broken up into chapters, each chapter being released after the other. Each chapter will have an introduction story leading up to the mod fleshing out the events leading up to the mod itself. There will also be another story after you have finished each chapter which will then lead to the next chapter.
During playing the mod there will be journals and diary's scattered about dungeons and on enemy's which will give you further insights into the story and the characters. I will mark them on a picture of the map for those that don't want to miss them.
You will also notice that there are no quest markers telling yo were to go only description pointing you in the direction. I found that the markers made you explore less when going through dungeons so I decided to leave them out. Again all post pictures of maps to help you navigate if you get lost."I will start hiding things in dungeons later on"
To start the quest Talk to Cinder in the Bannered Mare
also "PLEASE SEND LOTS OF IMAGES OF YOU ADVENTURING WITH CINDER" I would love to see were you have been taking her :)
IMPORTANT BUGS TO TAKE NOT OF [PLEASE READ]
Like I said I have never attempted anything like this before so there are things I didn't know how to do or fix.
-There is a slight delay on the quest update when completing them, just wait a few seconds and it will pop up.
-I have not found out how to make Cinder a follower at the end of the quest so at the moment she can join you strait away but for story consistency please dont take her with you until you have done the quest.
-I have noticed that during the quest conversations they sometimes skip a sentence, I find the best way to avoid this is to not skip forward after reading the dialogue and let it move on to the next sentence by itself though if it does skip cancel the conversation and skip back to the part you was at.
-Another problem which sometimes occurs, after you leave the dungeon that's apart of the quest you may be under the steps that are outside the door, if this happens just jump back up towards the door.
-The poster I created advertising Cinders performance at the Bannered Mare may fall down "shouldn't" but it might.
If you could help me fix any of these problems please let me know.
Her ability's are your basic flame atronach abilitys. more will be added as the story progresses
She starts at lvl 15 and will always be double the players lvl after that.
She has the added ability to duplicate herself in a fight "something she original used as part of her performance"
let me know if you think she is to powerful or to weak.
CHAPTER ONE - Cinder The Flame Dancer
Read before starting Chapter One quest
He was a poor man with little to his name “at least so it seemed” he had spent the past few days in the Bannered Mare keeping very much to himself. When it came to him paying for the bed he had slept in and the food he had eaten he had no money to offer. Hulda the owner was furious that he was unable to pay but the man stopped her and offered her something which was of greater worth than the money that he owed her. Hulda realising she wasn’t going to get any real payment from him hesitantly agreed. The mage stepped towards the fire in the centre of the room and pulled one of the still glowing pieces of lumbar from the fire place. Astonished, Hulda as well as the rest of the patrons in the room stared in bewilderment at the on-going event that was taking place. The mage pulled something from his pouch and placed it in a small recess of the lumbar, he lifted it up to his lips as he whispered an incantation which made patrons lean in towards him straining to try and hear what was being said.
He then placed the lumbar back into the fire place and stepped back.
“You may want to shield your eyes” he said while smirking at Hulda.
In that instance a large explosion erupted from the fire place spewing fire of purples and reds. From the ashes of the fire place emerged a creature which inspired awe in the room. The mercenary Sinmir that was sat closest to the explosion was picking himself up and was about to charge at the mage but was stopped in his tracks by the image of the creature which had formed were the fireplace once stood.
“Her name is Cinder” the mage said while grinning at Hulda.
“She will entertain your guests for as long as you see fit, how you want to profit from this I’ll leave up to you, I’ve never really been very good with money”
The mage walked out of the bannered mare leaving his creation with Hulda, no one pursued him.
There was a silence at first, no one really knowing what to do. Eventually Hulda moved towards Cinder and asked.
“so ….. what do you do?”
Cinder looked up at her and replied hesitantly.
“I….I like to dance”
For months Cinder danced for the patrons of the Bannered Mare bringing in large crowds and even larger coin. Unfortunately for Hulda Cinder was a very curious being and as she listened in on the tails of adventures that people were telling night after night she began to develop an urge to see what was outside the walls of the Bannered Mare.
At that moment a newcomer entered the Bannered Mare, she had not seen them before which she thought was odd as she tended to know everyone that came to her shows.
People began to mutter the word “Dragon Born”
She didn't know what this meant but she felt a strange presence around this stranger, perhaps this person could show her the outside.
Continue reading after finishing Chapter One quest
Cinder's excitement to leave quickly dissipated as she turned to see all of her friends had gathered to say good bye. All this time she had wanted to to see the outside, to travel the world but she had never thought of the people she would be leaving behind.
Mikael was the first to approach her, he was also one of the first people that befriended Cinder when she first arrived.
With his lute in hand he strummed a few cords and looked at Cinder.
"Looks like you finally get to live that dream of your Cinder, I guess you wont get to hear that song I have been working on tonight after all" He smiled at her with that cheery expression he always had.
Cinders emotions began to get the better of her, her flames became more subtle and less vibrant as she listened.
"I guess so..."
"I promise I will come back to visit, then we can perform together like we used to"
Mikael plucked at a few more strings of his lute, It was a slow and stirring rythem. His cheerful expression had gone, replaced by sadness.
"Ill miss you Cinder"
They put there arms around each other, Cinders flames subtly flickering around him.
No sooner had they release each other, a big burly arm was put around her shoulder, This caught Cinder of guard and her flames sprung back to life.
"I cant believe my little Cinder is actually leaving, Im sure all those monsters out there are allready shaking in there boots"
Sinmar bellowed while pulling Cinder under his arm.
"Ill never forget the day you first arrived, That bruise you gave me after knocking me of my chair when you appeared was in quite the tender area"
Sinmar was all most like a father figure to Cinder, he was actually one of the main sources of story's Cinder would listen to. She remebered when she used to get Sinmar to tell her story's late at night About his adventures when he used to travel, she was quite fond of the story he would tell about how he beat a troll in an arm wresting contest and then beat the troll almost to death with its own arm.
Cinder squirmed to give herself a bit of room as she tried to pry herself from his grip.
"I will miss you to Sinmar"
"I will miss your storys aswell"
Sinmar released her from his grip.
"Those are not just story's...they are lessons on how to live! Remember that and you can take on all that life throws at you"
"Who knows maybe next time you will be the one telling me story's"
"Also keep an eye out for that one armed troll I told you about"
As soon as Sinmar finished his sentence Cinder threw her arms around him, Sinmar returned the gesture and gently put his arm around her.
As Cinder released Sinamr from her hold she turned to Saadia.
Saadia smirked at her.
"Well look whos going out on adventure, I didn't know you had it in you"
Saadia always used to taunt Cinder, never to to be hurtful but they enjoyed poking fun at each other.
"Ill admit its going to be awfully boring around here with out some one to tease"
She turned her gaze to Mikael
"im sure ill find someone though"
Mikaels face suddenly looked quite concerned.
"Just be careful out there okay, and watch out for any of them men trying to get there hand on you, remember to hit them were I told you"
Cinder laughed at the thought. She remembered what happened to the last person that tried to get to friendly with Saadia and for some reason when ever she brought it up all the men in the room would cringe.
Cinder nodded in acknowledgment to her comment.
"Dont worry Ill remember"
Suddenly all the men in the room cringed slightly, even sinmar.
Cinder looked towards Hulda. They didn't talk much, she was Cinders boss but also something more than that. She always got the impression that Hulda was protecting her from something but she could never quite put her finger on it. When ever she tried to bring up the topic she would change the subject to something else, and now she actually suggested that I leave with this stranger.
Cinder moved over towards her and nervously began make out the words she wanted to say.
"...I know we don't...talk too much but..I just wanted to say thank you, you looked after me and gave me a home. You didn't have to but you did anyway "
"I just wanted to say...Thank you"
Cinder smiled at her and slowly moved away and headed towards were the Dragonborn was standing near the door. She turned around one last time to glimpse tears falling down Huldas cheeks.
The Dragonborn pushed the doors of the Bannered Mare open. The cold winds quickly engulfed Cinder, the moisture in the air dimming her flames slightly. This quickly lost her attention though as she looked around her new surroundings.
Peering over at the market stall, She recognized Carlotta, seems she was shewing away another man trying to propose. Her attention was then drawn to the children running through the streets, one of them sccindently bumping into the Dragonborn.
She then Looked towards the mountains and the sky. Had all this really been outside the walls of the Bannered mare this whole time?
The Dragonborn regained there balance after being run into by one of the children and turned to Cinder.
Cinder quickly came back to her senses as she heard their voice.
"Uh yes be right there"
She took a step away from the Bannered mare and suddenly felt cold hands grasp her body, her strength seemed to fade. As she got further away from the Bannered Mare she began to get vision of being pulled into the void. The word "Oblivion" repeating over and over in her head. She looked around only to realize there was no longer a market place just blackness, visions of an old man in a robe began to flash in her mind. Suddenly out of the darkness she heared her name.
A hand grabbed her by the shoulder and lifted her up.
In shock she again looked around in a panic, she was back in the market place the Dragonborn was holding her by the shoulders.
"Are you alright"?
Cinder didn't know what to say, she still felt really weak but she didn't want say, they might not take her if she said anything.
"Im fine its just a bit... overwhelming seeing the sky"
The Dragonborn looked at her with understanding.
I forget you haven't been outside before.
Cinder looked around one last time and then began to follow the Dragonborn, The cold hands slowly beginning to grasp at her body again.
Chapter Two - A Dying Flame
Read before starting Chapter Two quest
INTRO STORY TO CHAPTER TWO COMING SOON
Things that will be added with chapter two.
-Multiple choice conversations which lead to different dialogue and perhaps even more. Like mass effect
-In game Bookshelf containing all the chapters of the story so far and will be updated with every Chapter.
-I will hopefully be working on illustrating some of the in game books myself with my own art work. A book you will acquire containing details on flame atronachs illustrated by myself.
There will be other things as well but I have not yet begun planning out all of chapter two yet so I have ideas on bit of paper all over the place at the moment.
THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO DO BUT DONT KNOW HOW TO :/
-Give Cinder her own voice and have all quest dialogue voiced.
-Give Cinder a unique appearance, will probably start looking up some meshing and texturing tutorials .
-Actually give Cinder the ability to dance on command - way out of my ability but one can hope.
Keep in mind this mod Is only the beginning of the story and a test to see of I could make a working quest so this first chapter is not very long but as the chapters go on they will get longer and more in depth.
Thank you again everyone for your support, I'm now just hoping i put all the right file together so you can actually play it :)
As allways please leave any suggestions you have for the story or for things you want to see, always glad to hear them
It may be some time before chapter two is released as I need to catch up on other things.
also ill be spell checking this all again later :D