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Taken Veterans - Pick Your Poison
Iridia the Breton Enchantress,
or Seldon the Breton Enchanter

This is Iridia, a fetching enchantress skilled in the art of stealth. By day she plays tag with the neighborhood children, and haggles with the local shopkeepers. By night she poisons town guards, dropping them in their tracks to harvest their very souls.

Iridia recently moved into Breezehome in Whiterun, she is a master Enchanter, and she has the knowledge required to create incredible double-enchanted items. Her expertly crafted poisons, pickpocketed into place, silently kill while bystanders watch helplessly in horror.

In combat, Iridia depends on the fast strike from ambush, hitting hard and killing before the enemy has any chance to respond. Humanoid opponents are softened up by poisons placed in their pockets, and her sneaky poisoned-dagger backstabs are among the heaviest hits in the game.

She already knows a number of utility spells, but does not have the perks to reduce their costs, so casting during combat is limited. Careful planning beforehand, plenty of poison, and the right enchantments on her equipment are the tools for her success.

Iridia is a Level 30 Breton with:
200 Magicka
190 Health
200 Stamina

Iridia has 29 unallocated Perk Points, or optionally load the save-game with pre-selected perks to play a suggested build.

Iridia's Skills:
Enchanting 100
Sneak, Pickpocket 75
Alchemy, One-Handed 60
Alteration, Heavy Armor, Two-Handed, Restoration, Speech, Archery, Block, Destruction, Conjuration, Smithing, Light Armor, Lockpicking, Alteration 15

1*(100*101/2) + 2*(75*76/2) + 2*(60*61/2) + 13*(15*16/2)
=15,970 Total Experience Spent In Skills

Iridia's Spells:
Magelight, Detect Life, Ironflesh, Telekinesis, Waterbreathing, Detect Dead, Equlibrium
Bound Sword, Conjure Familiar, Soul Trap, Bound Bow
Steadfast Ward, Close Wounds, Heal Other, Repel Lesser Undead

Iridia's Shouts:
Throw Voice (Zul Mey Gut)
Marked for Death (Krii Lun Aus)

Iridia's Poison Supplies:
Poison #1: Bleeding Crown, Deathbell, River Betty
Poison #2: Canis Root, Imp Stool, Mora Tapinella
Poison #3: Deathbell, Giant Lichen, Skeever Tail

Iridia's Gear:
Green Robes, Shoes, Gloves, Jade and Emerald Circlet, Ebony Dagger, Enchanting Supplies

Installation and Use:
Unzip the saved game in the download to your .../My Games/Skyrim/Saves folder, then load it in Skyrim.
2.0 New name. Added male enchanter.
1.0 Old name, only female included.

Iridia's first major priority will be enchanting her basic clothing and daggers. She has plenty of alchemical ingredients to make three different knock-out poisons, but does not have any filled soul gems. To get the best filled gems you'll need to kill some humanoids.

Working out of Falkreath for a while will give you some practice at pickpocketing and poisoning, meanwhile reaping souls, without marring your reputation with the folks back home.

If harvesting souls in town, or a crowded dungeon for that matter, a dagger enchanted with Soul Trap is more stealthy than casting the spell, which will both cause aggro and draw attention. Pickpocketed slow-acting poisons can kill without doing either, but to collect the soul requires a quick jab from an enchanted dagger.

Only the minimum required questing and exploration was done to acquire Breezehome.

"Veterans" are pre-built characters, skilled and equipped in tune with the limitations of their level's experience. Their Skyrim remains unexplored and the quests undone.

Taken Veterans should look good with any texture or mesh mods you may use, if any. The mods used in the screenshots include:
Face Textures (Female): Coverwomen
Face Textures (Male): Detailed Faces

Look in the discussions area for the batch commands allowing you to make your own veteran characters!

More Info:
Experience Table
Tips on making your own veterans

Drop a Taken Veteran save game in your Saves folder and load it up. See what you think!