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A Bards Dream Chapter 2

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Why does every little thing I ever try to do in life have to end in such breathtaking failure. I guess maybe the Divines have some kind of grudge against me? Why else, on my first day here would I end up mostly naked, working in another Gods Damned brothel? I thought I was leaving Anvil to get away from exactly this! 

 

Maybe you were right Micah. Maybe I should have stayed. Divines I miss you right now. 

 

At least it's quiet. For now anyway. 

 

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Of course it's only mid afternoon... I think? It's so foggy outside it could be the dead of night for all I know. Freyda tells me business'll pick up come evening, but I'm honestly okay with this. I know she's not expecting a lot from me, but she's doing me a huge favor, so I should probably put at least a little effort in... I guess. 

 

Even this early The Flowing Bowl would have been... well, overflowing with customers. Of course we were right off the docks and sailors in port didn't really care what time it was. I remember one time Micah woke me before sun up because a young, freshly docked sailor came in looking for more companionship than any single girl could provide...

 

I smile as I think back, but only for a moment. 

 

Dibella's Tits Thora! NO! You do NOT get to be nostalgic for your days as a whore. That's exactly the wrong way to feel about that! 

 

I decide to start sweeping. 

 

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It's quiet work and my mind is free to wander. I while away the next couple hours imagining what it'll be like when I've been accepted into the college. 

 

And then I'll travel this province from west to east, paying my way with my lute, encountering adventure and intrigue at every turn. Of course I'll need to buy a new bow, and maybe a sword. Hmm... I guess I can work odd jobs while I'm in Solitude. 

 

After a couple hours of keeping our patrons safe from the ravages of dust and dirt, one of the other girls approaches me. Her name is Barbara, a fellow Nord, and she asks if I have time to take a break with her. I must look rather dour because she tells me she has something that'll make me feel a whole lot better. 

 

It had better not be Skooma. I'm not dealing with that shit again. 

 

I'm curious but it's really cold outside. She disappears for a moment and returns with a couple of coats. She tells me I should thank Adria later, and we head outside to the terrace. Even with the hood up I'm still chilled, but at least it's tolerable. 

 

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Barbara calls it Tundra Grass, because apparently it's grown down near Whiterun, and it's amazing. When I'd smoked Skooma it was always so harsh on my throat but this is a lot smoother. I can feel my worries and troubles just floating away with each drag. I don't even really notice the chill anymore. 

 

We spend some time getting to know each other. It seems Barbara grew up in the Markarth warrens and was selling her body by the time she was fifteen to help take care of her ailing mother. I can't help but feel for her. She tells me once her mother passed, she traveled up to Solitude with one of the Kajhit caravans. 

 

When she mentions working at a place called The Winking Skeever I laugh out loud. Now that sounds like the name of a Brothel if I've ever heard one! 

 

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It isn't long before I'm telling her my sad story. How I was born near Bruma and lived there with my parents until they were executed for Talos worship. The Thalmor didn't much care what happened to an eight year old girl so I was cast off into the wilderness and left to fend for myself. There's so much more to tell, but we don't have much time left so I agree that we'll talk more later. 

 

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Before I start working again, I decide it's time to eat. The cuisine isn't anything spectacular, but to my starving stomach the cooked beef and bread might just be the finest dining known to Nirn.

 

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Somehow I made it through the first half of my day here. Barbara was a major help. Well, Barbara and her drugs. They were both great! 

 

Looks like more people are filing in. I suppose when I'm done eating I'd better start helping take orders. 

 

 

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Malicia : « Those gals look very nice, but just a scarf isn't gonna help making the swimsuits warmer, you see ? If they don't wanna catch a cold, what they need is this -> 92852-1533225864-1858863117.jpeg, yes. :classic_lightbulb: »

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8 hours ago, Tirloque said:

Malicia : « Those gals look very nice, but just a scarf isn't gonna help making the swimsuits warmer, you see ? If they don't wanna catch a cold, what they need is this -> 92852-1533225864-1858863117.jpeg, yes. :classic_lightbulb: »

That mod is probably a very good idea! I think I'll have to download it when I have a chance, and maybe restage those outside pics.

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10 hours ago, Tirloque said:

Malicia : « Those gals look very nice, but just a scarf isn't gonna help making the swimsuits warmer, you see ? If they don't wanna catch a cold, what they need is this -> 92852-1533225864-1858863117.jpeg, yes. :classic_lightbulb: »

So I did grab the coat mod off the nexus. I also just figured out how to actually pose NPCs this morning so I played around and re staged the outdoor pics. I'm way happier with these shots and how they actually convey the cold, and even the mood so much better! 

 

Thanks again for the helpful suggestions! 😁

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1 hour ago, LexiAJ82 said:

So I did grab the coat mod off the nexus. I also just figured out how to actually pose NPCs this morning so I played around and re staged the outdoor pics. I'm way happier with these shots and how they actually convey the cold, and even the mood so much better! 

 

Thanks again for the helpful suggestions! 😁

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Dat Skyrim smoke break look ! You might start a trend here ! :smiley:

 

Anyway, that must be one of the first time someone actually applies Malicia's suggestions ; she'll be delighted ! 🤣

Keep in mind Malicia is quite a peculiar girl, so I would take her opinions with a grain of salt (even though they often highlight something the protagonist would indeed feel). :classic_smile:

 

Now I see you're quite responsive to feedback and quite eager to learn, so for you next entries I could suggest :

  • To make your images displayed as fullwidth, which is achieved by manually typing the bbcode tags. You'll find tips about that in this tutorial, on the third part.
  • To go for quality jpegs instead of PNGs. PNGs are alright as long as your entries keep being short, but if you increase the length they might end up being troublesome. You'll find advices about this in the same tutorial.

Don't feel forced to apply those on your already published entries though, they're just advices for the future. :classic_wink:

1 hour ago, LexiAJ82 said:

So I did grab the coat mod off the nexus.

Malicia : « They look very great ! 🤩 »

1 hour ago, LexiAJ82 said:

So I did grab the coat mod off the nexus. I also just figured out how to actually pose NPCs this morning so I played around and re staged the outdoor pics. I'm way happier with these shots and how they actually convey the cold, and even the mood so much better!

Malicia : « That's 'cause I'm very good at giving expert advice, yes. :classic_sleepy: »

 

1 hour ago, LexiAJ82 said:

Thanks again for the helpful suggestions! 😁

Malicia : « You're very welcome. 

 

             I also wanna say you shouldn't listen anything Tirloque says about me, 'cause salt is bad for the health, you see ? He's very silly. :classic_sleep: »

 

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Tirloque said:

 

 

 

Now I see you're quite responsive to feedback and quite eager to learn, so for you next entries I could suggest :

  • To make your images displayed as fullwidth, which is achieved by manually typing the bbcode tags. You'll find tips about that in this tutorial, on the third part.
  • To go for quality jpegs instead of PNGs. PNGs are alright as long as your entries keep being short, but if you increase the length they might end up being troublesome. You'll find advices about this in the same tutorial.

 

 

 

I will definitely look into that! Malicia has been extremely helpful so far! 

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This is an interesting temple of Dibella 🤔

 

I like the outfits of them, I wonder are they for unp body and what mode is 😊

 

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6 hours ago, Resdayn said:

This is an interesting temple of Dibella 🤔

 

I like the outfits of them, I wonder are they for unp body and what mode is 😊

 

Yeah, they're unp body. They're actually the lingerie portion of DeserterX's Spartan Bard Outfit, which can be found here: 

 

https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/27015

 

The part of the outfit you see is packaged with the Kinky Princess Mod. 

 

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13 hours ago, LexiAJ82 said:

Yeah, they're unp body. They're actually the lingerie portion of DeserterX's Spartan Bard Outfit, which can be found here: 

 

https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/27015

 

The part of the outfit you see is packaged with the Kinky Princess Mod. 

 

Ahhh, thankies, these are handy for Gwynolda's dibellan priesthood 😊

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