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Chapter 8 Section 1 - Blood and Ash


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Short Summary of chapter 7

 

 


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Here's a link to the updated blog overview page, with Thomas and Diana being added to the characters as well as the posted short summary of chapter 7.

 

 


Of Blood and Pleasure on 
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Before starting the next chapter, thanks to everyone for the reception of the Karlov Manor mod! The feedback here and on twitter has been phenomenal, and for the last two weeks I enjoyed seeing a lot of screenshot being taken in my mod. 

Thanks for all of you! 

I'll continue working on that mod and update it in the future with additional content.

Have fun with the latest chapter of Nora's story!

 

 

Chapter 8 Section 1 - Blood and Ash

 

 


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Thanks for reading guys! I hope you enjoyed this rather unsual entry it's a bit of a break from red haired Nora in Skyrim and the started storyline will continue throughout chapter 8. With a focus on red haired Nora in the first half and on the flashback in the second half of chapter 8, you'll see.

 
 

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12 minutes ago, Jayomms said:

Great work :wink::thumbsup: Is that a custom mod world location made by you or a mod in Solstheim? 

It's a copy of High Hrothgar placed into Solstheim ;) and edited to make it very vampiric and ashen.

 

10 minutes ago, xGHoSTx said:

Very nice work Alter! well done as always :)

Thanks!

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I always hated middle age of understanding the repentance and seeking enlightenment through the pain.  People who lived than had serious brain issues. The second spoiler is much nicer for my taste. Love the way you took pictures of romance and kissing. Very, very nice.

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Nice job! You set up this new environment really well; very succinct and detailed. A lot of setup for great potential in this chapter going forward. Looking forward to it!

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On 10/12/2019 at 2:32 AM, EvalovesEP said:

I always hated middle age of understanding the repentance and seeking enlightenment through the pain.  People who lived than had serious brain issues. The second spoiler is much nicer for my taste. Love the way you took pictures of romance and kissing. Very, very nice.

I think it's more complex then that, but I agree with the baseline. 

Thank you very much Eva :)

22 hours ago, Nuka Raider69 said:

Nice work :) 

Thanks.

11 hours ago, Collygon said:

Nice job! You set up this new environment really well; very succinct and detailed. A lot of setup for great potential in this chapter going forward. Looking forward to it!

Thank you very much for saying that. There is little actual story in here right now, it's mostly painting scenes and building the stage. But there's more to come.

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Damn, I like these dark colors and dark lighting. The recreated atmosphere is somewhat reminiscent of the Sith Temple, on Korriban. Well, it seems to me.
As always - great work Alther! ^_^

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You really have eye for details and taking great screenshots. Love the kissing part just like Eva. :)

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6 hours ago, Crw said:

Damn, I like these dark colors and dark lighting. The recreated atmosphere is somewhat reminiscent of the Sith Temple, on Korriban. Well, it seems to me.
As always - great work Alther! ^_^

Thanks! Initially I wanted to make a proper vampire monastery, but putting it in Morrowind kind of dictated a lot of the looks and I chose the High Hrothgar style for having less work.

 

4 hours ago, Elf Prince said:

You really have eye for details and taking great screenshots. Love the kissing part just like Eva. :)

Thank you very much!

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On 10/11/2019 at 9:10 PM, Alter Native said:

It's a copy of High Hrothgar placed into Solstheim ;) and edited to make it very vampiric and ashen.

I had guessed it was the High Hrotgar temple. There were similarities in the candles and walls disposition. :classic_biggrin: Though I thought it was in Shadows of Morrowind for the exteriors.

 

Nonetheless, this is a complete ambiance change for your eighth chapter. And I must say, this is immersive ! From the color palette (with a good combination of lighting and fog) to the monks temple atmosphere, with all that lore you created around blood magic, and all this discipline (and plots ^^) among the vampires of that order... That asceticism and frugality are miles away from the more spontaneous behavior of usual vampires your established so far. The surrounding dark smokes and ash do visually complement that very well (though they were still out by daylight, am I right ? :classic_tongue:). And not only you've still been consistent with your erotic content (the bodily punishments, the clandestine shag), but you've also seeded all the ingredients for some thrilling twists in the next entries. Awaiting for them ! :D 

 

Malicia : « Mrs Karlov wants to become a nun ? :classic_blink: It's gonna be very difficult, 'cause she doesn't have the temper, you see ? You better warn her, Amelie. :classic_excl: »

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21 hours ago, Tirloque said:

I had guessed it was the High Hrotgar temple. There were similarities in the candles and walls disposition. :classic_biggrin: Though I thought it was in Shadows of Morrowind for the exteriors.

Yeah I wised I knew about Shadows of Morrwind when I was creating that story... I kind of missed it. Judging by the screenshots it has plenty of good locations.

21 hours ago, Tirloque said:

Nonetheless, this is a complete ambiance change for your eighth chapter. And I must say, this is immersive ! From the color palette (with a good combination of lighting and fog) to the monks temple atmosphere, with all that lore you created around blood magic, and all this discipline (and plots ^^) among the vampires of that order... That asceticism and frugality are miles away from the more spontaneous behavior of usual vampires your established so far.

Thank you! It was intentionally designed to be the opposite of my usual vampire world, not just by me, but also by the vampires themselves.

It's not like they are not self aware and similar things like in our world (or in the middle ages) that are condemning anything that's fun (sex, alcohol, gambling etc. ) are likely to accure in my vampire world as well.

We already saw some of it in Diana's story where abstaining from certain pleasures such as blood is in some way seen as a virtue. 

On the other hand some vampires seek this out especially for that, to get control of there inner beast and "become" a better version of themselves by having control over themselves if need be. 

21 hours ago, Tirloque said:

The surrounding dark smokes and ash do visually complement that very well (though they were still out by daylight, am I right ? :classic_tongue:).

Thanks! Not sure what you mean with the latest comment, the idea is that the ash etc. in Morrowind allows them to stay awake all time so they can push themselves to the limit, so several days without sleep are not uncommon. (If I make my vampires more enduring the stress has to be higher as well ;) )

21 hours ago, Tirloque said:

And not only you've still been consistent with your erotic content (the bodily punishments, the clandestine shag), but you've also seeded all the ingredients for some thrilling twists in the next entries. Awaiting for them ! :D 

Well the punishment was not supposed to be erotic, mostly building the world, showing not telling.

21 hours ago, Tirloque said:

Malicia : « Mrs Karlov wants to become a nun ? :classic_blink: It's gonna be very difficult, 'cause she doesn't have the temper, you see ? You better warn her, Amelie. :classic_excl: »

She already is one ;) and that's why she is there, to get better control of her temper and to learn meany magic ;) .

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I love all of your stories, but I think this plot-line just became my instant favorite. ? This chapter is in such a stark contrast with the state of Nora's current world (and her position in it) and it adds so much background and maturity to Baroness Karlov's character.  I really hope we'll get to see more of the inner workings and politics of the monastery (such as the ordered assassination of the novice, which is already very intriguing).

 

If I understood correctly Bal's mark on Nora's neck would change or fade if she were to feed? Also, will we learn what prompted Nora to seek out training in Blood Magic? Was it simply because Ahtar went to the monastery or was there more to it? ?

 

You also did a great job with making vampires look threatening even when they are wearing monk robes. The whole atmosphere of Ker Karanch is oppressing and grim and it works really well with the story.

 

As always, thank you for sharing your amazing work with us. ?

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15 hours ago, Devianna said:

I love all of your stories, but I think this plot-line just became my instant favorite. ? This chapter is in such a stark contrast with the state of Nora's current world (and her position in it) and it adds so much background and maturity to Baroness Karlov's character.  I really hope we'll get to see more of the inner workings and politics of the monastery (such as the ordered assassination of the novice, which is already very intriguing).

Thanks for all the praise! There'll definitely more on that, this was just the beginning to set things up and do some world building.

 

15 hours ago, Devianna said:

If I understood correctly Bal's mark on Nora's neck would change or fade if she were to feed? Also, will we learn what prompted Nora to seek out training in Blood Magic? Was it simply because Ahtar went to the monastery or was there more to it? ?

You got Bal's mark right (I'm glad someone did). Basically rules and fasting is very strict in the monastery, but they still need to interact with the outer world, so some members have to travel. In order to prevent them from feeding, they get a special wound/branding that would heal if they'd feed.

 

I don't think it was stated in the story, but the idea was that she didn't knew Ahtar before joining the monastery. I don't think she'd do such an important decision because of somebody else.

She mostly joined for learning blood magic and self discipline. It's also seen as a virtue if you've spend some time in the monastery and made it out alive. 

 

15 hours ago, Devianna said:

You also did a great job with making vampires look threatening even when they are wearing monk robes. The whole atmosphere of Ker Karanch is oppressing and grim and it works really well with the story.

 

As always, thank you for sharing your amazing work with us. ?

Thank you very much Devianna!

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Intriguing Session, nice to see Morrowind again ?

 

The temple is pretty interesting, the whole vampire cult and the blood magic powers.

 

So in your setting the natural powers need to be learned from a strict and harsh temple of out of nowhere? Quite an interesting choice, maybe to keep the powers hidden from everyone and bloodlines rule not distrupted?

 

We see a bit more im the religion of Molag Bal, such subject is generally not touched at all, he constantly get the big antagonist role, but no one actually bothered the cults of him and faith in general, not even the game itself.

 

I really liked the subtle Molag Bal symbol in the followers, thats a pretty damn good detail.

 

Quite a big change from the previous Chapter of Decadence and generally more interesting..

 

You really take advantage of the 400y old backstory truly.

 

Look forward for this chapter's other sessions.

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