I’m starting to work out the details for the next adventure of K’thri-Dar and thought I’d start by laying it out as I progress and posting it here on GHF as a sort of WIP which started out to be a mod and is now mutating into a Fan Fiction.
WIP - Oblivion (NOT)
The story will begin in the Imperial City but it is the Imperial city in the Province of Cyrodiil that adheres to the flora, fauna and magical/mystic fantasy world defined in Morrowind not the medieval European venue of Oblivion and Skyrim. The city and the island is much bigger and fuller of stuff to see, use and do. A map of the Imperial City and City Isle city and the island is inspired by the work of a fan named superfahd who posted an excellent map of the City Isle and its many suburbs on reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/teslore/.../at ... _imperial/)
There will be no Fast Travel for our characters but rides can be ‘bummed’ on the stilt striders that provide freight service along the major road network connecting the cities. Within city limits there is for the ladies and well-heeled gents the ubiquitous litters, sedan chairs and palanquins to provide urban taxi service. For the common folk there are guar drawn buses. And for those willing to pay the cost and risk the potential of an airborne encounter with the flocks of Cliff Racers who prowl the less civilized portions of Cyrodiil there are Netch borne sky ships of varying sizes and capacities.
AND THE DRAMATIS PERSONAE ARE
I’m going to attempt this story as a first person narrative with the first person being a disgraced and discredited Altmer academician named Midas Truncator who is in need of a triumph to shove under the noses of the Fellows of the Imperial Society. He will need material for that triumph, thoughtfully provided by Divayth Fyr and delivered by K’thri-Dar and his Mentor, the Sea Shanty Poet Baadargo from the prior FanFic ‘Dancing Claws and Double Dealing’.
Midas Truncator will need to travel to faraway places with strange sounding names aboard the Good Ship the ‘Golden Grimoire’ captained by the master of all things salty Baadargo, and he will need a doughty stand-in for Lara Croft, namely K’thri-Dar the Calico Khajiit.
Until next time as the narrative begins to evolve..
Before beginning the story proper I thought it necessary to properly introduce Midas Truncator and his complex relationship with the worlds of the looter, the archaeologist and the collector. To do this I chose an ancient ruin located on the bank of the Gee-ha River on the shores of the Topal Bay in Black Marsh. The site is partly taken from the experiences of Decumus Scotti as told in the Argonian Account lore books, and the nightmare swamp world of earth’s own Carboniferous Age of giant insects, amphibians, and most of all the overpowering vegetation.
Midas Truncator is down and minus his left foot as he drifts down the Black Marsh Gee-ha River on a smugglers raft into the Topal Bay. But what of the accursed granite block with the gold inscription and the monstrous apparition from the forgotten tomb buried deep in the ruins of an ancient Watch Tower? Tis the stuff of dreams and nightmares. Stay tuned.
CHAPTER 2: The Rime of the Ancient Maromer – has been published
Midas Truncator has been “rescued”, incurred the scorn of a ‘White Witch’, and been indentured to a wealthy club of Sea Elf (Maormer) Descendants and Khajiit aristocracy embarked on the construction of a replica Sea Elf warship for a purpose that as of yet not been clearly defined. And how will Midas Truncator respond to his treatment by these people? Will he allow himself to be subjected to a series of ‘step and fetch it’ questing or will he somehow manage to subvert their self-righteous purposes and wrest a profit from his failed expedition on the Gee-ha River or perhaps a new adventure or return to his Antiquarian Emporium in the Imperial City? Stay tuned.
Midas Truncator has had his leg re-amputated to remove all traces of the gangrene infection and prepare it properly for an artificial limb. But he still remains indentured to a wealthy club of Sea Elf (Maormer) Descendants and Khajiit aristocracy embarked on the construction of a replica Sea Elf warship for a purpose that as of yet not been clearly defined.
Writing this chapter was a humbling experience because the story told by the former Legion Combat Medic Many-Stitches is structured and somewhat paraphrased from the actual Medal of Honor citation of a Korean War Combat Medic named David Bruce Bleak along with the note that there were eight Army and Navy Combat Medics awarded he country’s highest honor in that war, and all but two were posthumous.
But to return to the world of fiction, the question still remains regarding how Midas Truncator will respond to his treatment by these people? Will he allow himself to be subjected to a series of ‘step and fetch it’ questing or will he somehow manage to subvert their self-righteous purposes and wrest a profit from his failed expedition on the Gee-ha River or perhaps a new adventure or return to his Antiquarian Emporium in the Imperial City? Stay tuned.
CHAPTER 4: A Proxy Leg and Subterfuge – has been published
Midas Truncator receives a proxy leg and begins exploring the Mist-Tree Club and the Uxlapak Township and discovers they are a part of an abandoned Imperial plantation. He meets a retired Archein clerk from the Royal Exchequer, ‘Mister-Double-Entry-Equity’ and learns about using ‘Creative Accounting’ to turn an Imperial swindle scheme into a profit for the intended victims. The chapter ends as he begins to contemplate gathering allies for a return to the site of his failed expedition at the ancient ruins in the Gee-ha River Estuary.