Short Summary of the previous entries
In the last entry Nora was visited by Duchess Maerwynn, the ruler of Hammerfell and a powerful vampire figures of the realm.
She pretended to be on the way to Castle Volkihar and only stop at Nora's castle to seek shelter from the sun during her nightly travels, but it turned out, that she was actually visiting Nora to get her emotions and mostly her libido back.
Nora suspected that the Duchess' refusal to drink mortal blood was causing the lack of emotions. Instead the Duchess lived of vampire blood only, which kept her alive but seemed to have some unwanted side effects.
Nora tricked her into drinking mortal blood again, by mixing it with her own vampire blood which caused the Duchess to collapse and become unconcious.
As she didn't know how Diana would reacted when she eventually woke up again and she wanted to hide the Duchess situation from the Duchess' guard she hide her in a secret locked room in the library.
No she is about to confront Diana.
My blog overview page provides summaries of previous chapters, backgrounds and characters summaries.
Chapter 7 Section 10 - The Duchess II
I recommend reading the section summary (or the previous entry directly ) if you haven't already, as this entry connects stronger then typical to the previous entry.
Thanks for reading,
I hope you enjoyed this entry. This marks the entry of the short story with Diana and the end of chapter 7, more on that below.
Some of you may know Diana from Marmotte's blog Skyrim Scandal.
I remember discovering this blog while I started working on this entry almost two years ago and I took some inspirations from their blog.
As you may have recognized, I used a red retextured version of this outfit in this very entry, but Marmotte's version of Diana looks so much cooler. Since then I have redone Section 9 & 10 with a slightly changed story and redone screenshots. All the daylight shots of the previous entry were done recently as well as everything after the eating scene in the dungeon. (I think there is a noticeable jump in the screenshot quality in the redone parts.)
Anyway, we haven't seen the last of Diana on this blog, as she is both ruler of Hammerfell and a very important figure in the politics of the vampire realm Nora is living in and we'll see more of her in the future (Chapter 8 and beyond).
If you want more of Diana already I recommend having a look at the latest Diana vampire follower release from earlier this week, that even comes with a custom quest and dungeon:
Chapter 7 - Conclusions and lessons learned
So overhaul I'm happy with the way Chapter 7 played out.
It's biggest problem is that there is no real central conflict or central theme and the story is pretty low stakes for the most part.
Besides the Diana story in the end it mostly focused on Nora and Thomas that started out having a small adventure together in the beginning and afterwards grew together as a couple. That alone is all right, but there could have been so much more going on, like them growing together over a central conflict.
All of that will come eventually (Chapter 8 and beyond), but for some time I was following the idea of having a couple of 'mini stories' chained together. Feral hunting, the stormcloaks and the villagers, Diana's story and some more.
All of them are ok but they don't really form a cohesive story together. They are just the sum of it's parts but not more.
Chapter 8 and the following chapters go in a different direction and we'll see much more of an ongoing story.
In the next entry I plan to release the castle mod that I was building and using ever since Chapter 5. I got almost as many requests for that castle as for Nora's preset and I'm willing to give you the castle, so stay tuned.
Edited by Alter Native