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.
CHAPTER 5: Baadargo Bahrajabari – has been published
Midas Truncator has made a promising contact with Baadargo Bahrajabari an old khajiit sea captain. He learns via an old Dunmer coin about an ominous package addressed to his City Isle Antiquities Athenaeum by a Morrowind sorcerer, one of his good customers for the procurement and sale of strange exotica of a magical nature. The package and the carrier being currently in Senchal pending the return of refugees from Morrowind slavers and mercantile business. There is an offer for Midas to return to Senchal and Midas continues to dream of a triumphant return to the Gee-ha River Estuary, perhaps this time with a ship of his own and a doughty crew of adventurers.
The story of the sale by pirates to Morrowind slavers of the Mail Order Brides and the theft of their Marriage Monies has broken in Senchal at the time when the Lunar Cycle of Jode (the Big Moon God) and Jone (the Little Moon God) has placed the Circle of Clan Mothers at the helm of the Khajiiti Body Politic. Anti Dunmer rioting and vigilante violence has put the city under martial law imposed by the Circle of Clan Mother’s Public Advocate’s Office and supported by the Imperial Legion.
Meanwhile Midas Truncator has at long last reached Asylum Island in the Topal Bay, cleared his debts with the Mist-Tree Maormer Reenactment Camp and the Archein Community at the Uxlapak Township. He has enlisted the support of Baadargo Bahrajabari, his associate K’thri-Dar and ‘leased’ the good ship Pinchpool for a return to the Gee-ha River Estuary to recover the granite block writ in gold with an ancient Ehinofey epitaph and investigate the ruins and any evidence of what happened to the expedition led by his competitors.
Mayhap the next chapter will return us to the perils of the Black Marsh fauna and the joys of dungeon delving where there lurks guardians of a supernatural nature.
CHAPTER 7: The Voyage of the Good Ship Pinchpool - has been published
Midas Truncator has hired the Pinchpool, its Captain and Crew for a return to the site where he last had possession of the so called Midas Stone, a block of red granite engraved with a gold filled epitaph from the days of Old Ehinofey before that continent sank beneath the Pandomeic Ocean and into the foggy shadows of living memory.
In addition to the crew of the Pinchpool he is accompanied by his Argonian ‘Man Friday’, He-Smirks-in-Smoke; a trusty pair of Khajiits, Captain Baadargo and his friend K’thri-Dar; and an unwilling accomplice the Maormer maid Gwynnestri Tupou, she of the career plan in the world of high finance and spokesperson for environmental protection and social justice.
The voyage has been interrupted by an encounter with a lifeboat being stalked by a trio of giant Pandomeic Swift Killerfish (for which see Xiphactinus in the Wikipedia). The lifeboat carried the unconscious form of a competitor who had been last seen and heard from in the ruins of the Xanmeer when Midas made his hurried exit, leaving his left foot and his so-called Midas Stone behind.
The lifeboat and the competitor gave evidence that all had not been silent and peaceful at those accursed ruins since his departure. The fact that his competitor appeared unconscious and in a physically depleted condition was cheering, but the name of the lifeboat’s mother-ship painted on the prow was an additional spur to Midas’ hopes and acquisitive instincts.
Yes, in addition to the Midas Stone, there may be a salvageable ship nearby as well, and … you know … he had NEEDS that included his dream of having a ship of his own … a “Golden Grimnoire” …. and …. wasn’t the law of maritime salvage something like “FINDERS KEEPERS. LOSERS WEEPERS”!
Perhaps in the next chapter the picture will clarify: be it a SHIP or a STONE or WRATH UNKNOWN!
Midas Truncator has failed in his attempt to relegate a tomb raiding competitor of no little contempt, Gwendal Pontius the Baron of Camlorn, to accommodations in the bilge of the Pinchpool. Also his attempts to silence the Maormer princessa, Miss Gwynnestri Tupou during the evening’s meal at the community mess table have been an entertaining failure. BUT, he along with a helping prod or two from the inimitable Miss Tupou have elicited a horrific description of the fates of two of the Fellows of the Imperial Society and their expedition to the Black Marsh Xanmeer on the Gee-ha River.
What does Gwendal’s tale foretell? Do the bodies and spirits of the Ghost Naga and their twisted Hist Tree still lurk in the vicinity? And what of the frog demon and its master clad in a golden chainmail fortune? Will Midas Truncator temper his lust for fame, gold and academic glory or will he venture into those haunted shadows of a ruined monument to a war and secrets that would be better left forgotten?
Keep your swords and your wits sharp for the next chapter
Midas has returned to the Gee-ha River and wrested the Midas Stone from the river mud and the guardians of the Xanmeer. But there are still many questions requiring an answer. First there are the Xanmeer's guardians and the Ghost Nagas. Some encountered by Midas Truncator and others by the Baron in his horrific description of the slaughter of his expedition. And what of the Midas Stone, itself bearing an enchantment of unknown origin.
Then there the implications of an airship crashed in the treetop of one of the ancient scale barked, tubular trees that are unique to Black Marsh, and the significance of the newly minted imperial coinage scattered around the crash site?
And lastly, the prospects of meeting other ships in these chaotic times when the breaking of the Mail Order Bride slaver link with Morrowind has placed the entire Quin’rawl Peninsula in a state of lockdown due to the anti Dunmer progrom sweeping Elsweyr.