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  1. Schools of Julianos and Magic College Questions

    I know this may be a rather late response, but I suppose it's better late than never... You mentioned as an example that - with enough gold - you could find a teacher in the Wayrest region of High Rock to learn the art of Necromancy. Would this mean that there are also teachers in areas such as Daggerfall or Camlorn - cities or towns that would be staunchly opposed to the Black Art? I would imagine this to be the case with the history of Necromancy in the province and their need to work in the shadows, but will there be teachers, practitioners, covens or guilds of Necromancers and Conjurers hiding even in such hostile areas to their kind? One of the reasons I ask is because I always roleplayed a Breton that dabbled in such a school of magic as hailing from Daggerfall. It seemed to me like the ideal city and kingdom for a Breton Necromancer due to Nulfaga's witchcraft and necromantic practices, the most famous haunting of all High Rock - the Ghost of King Lysandus being unable to rest until vengeance was brought - having occurred here, and the rumors and possibility of King Gothryd allowing Necromancers to legally purchase criminal and traitor corpses as suggested in the "Corpse Preparation" series - written by a resident of High Rock (more than likely a Breton). Sorry, didn't mean to ramble... ^^;
  2. Odd Question - Naming Conventions of Bretons

    Some, but not many - or would there be a decently sized amount of such names? Also, if you don't mind me asking, but are there examples of this in any Breton names in both Oblivion and Skyrim by any chance? I'll confess... one reason I ask this is due to my uncertainty about Breton names as a whole. They are a race I love more than any other - alongside the Imperials (Nibenese especially) and the races of Mer - but for me, the names have been an issue... I want a name that is lore friendly and fits the naming traditions and standards of the race, but I also want something... unique. Something that helps me mark a character - truly - as my character and not some NPC, if that makes any sense... Embarrassing, I know, but I greatly enjoy creating characters for any sort of story, game, or setting in general - I go through even the tiniest details. But still, back on the subject at hand... I can respect your chosen approach to Breton names - it can help represent the still fractured nature of the Bretonic kingdoms, but with the presence of Bretons who also have names more heavily found in other regions of High Rock they could still be unified in name. Sorry for the late response, by the way - real world matters required my attention.
  3. Hello everyone. It's been awhile since I last posted anything on here, but I have to admit I have a few questions regarding something a bit.... odd, at least that's how I see it as (though I've always been a self-deprecating sort, but that's beside the point). Now... the names of the Bretons are something that's been a bit of a mixed bag since their creation in Arena to this day. As we know, in Arena and Daggerfall they had more English and fantasy-style names, but since Morrowind their names took on a more... Norman and French style (many being either real-world names or words and a few being styled after these inspirations yet are made up). Then with Skyrim there have been the more Celtic-aligned Reachmen names and ESO which seems to have a combination of the English and Norman/French style of names after looking over the list of NPCs... I have a few questions regarding Breton names in general, as well as about the creation process for making Breton NPC names for the Beyond Skyrim project. First off, when it comes to Breton names in the games starting with Morrowind, are there any names that any of you with an astute understanding or interest in names of the NPCs that would be considered made-up (ones that aren't used anywhere in the world, nor do they exist as actual words in any language) yet made to appear like a French name or word in its structure? Sometimes, it's hard to tell when doing some research if a name was made up or if it's an actual name due to conflicting resources. Second, what would you say the general approach is for making names for various races for this project - and in addition, how would you describe your approaches to Breton names? Would the Breton names be regional (a number of lore buffs and fans claim that this would be accurate, however...) or unified (a quote from one of the Breton's descriptions "...The great diversity in their appearance is to be expected from their politically fractured society, though their clothes, accents, customs and names are fairly uniform.") in each region of the province?
  4. Hello everyone. It's been some time since I last posted anything here - long story short, things have been... rough IRL, things have changed and trying to adjust as best as I can while doing what I need to do for myself and others. Anyways... I've got a few questions I wanted to ask about the Cyrodiilic side of Beyond Skyrim. First of all, well done on the release of Bruma recently - looks phenomenal and I eagerly plan to try it out once I decide on a few things (having officially become a Imperial fan now after much reading of their lore and a number of inspirations swaying me to their side). But now, on to the questions. Mainly, I've been curious about a certain family in this project which I've seen mentioned a few times here and on a couple other places regarding Beyond Skyrim: Cyrodiil... a family I admire yet is also seen as quite infamous. As the title implies, I refer to the Nibenese House of Tharn. Now, I don't expect spoilers nor would anyone want there to be, but what exactly can be told about the Tharn family's presence in the Fourth Era? We know their reputation is less than pleasant, what with the Interregnum during the Second Era and how many of the Tharn family have done things that are viewed with absolute disdain, and of course the Jagar Tharn incident... Is their status as a noble family even present in this case, or would they have been reduced to a minor family that tries to regain their position with all that was mentioned to consider? In addition, how is the Jagar aspect to be handled - was Jagar even a proper Tharn, or would he be considered a bastard/illegitimate child of the Nibenese Tharn family with his uncertain race and alleged birth in Valenwood to a Bosmeri mother (going by Arena)? In addition, I heard from a friend that due to the limits on memory capacity on the Nexus that Cyrodiil would be added by pieces (i.e. Bruma, Cheydinhal, Anvil, etc). Is this true, by any chance? Thank you for your time.
  5. Apologies for the late response, my friend, but this is very satisfying to see. Thank you for answering my questions without giving anything away in terms of planned surprises and what-have-you. Now if only one other matter could be dealt with... Zenimax changing their character creation system to remove things like that pesky skin tone limitation on Imperials and hair color limitation on Altmer while NPCs of such races walk around with those limits. Heh, sorry, had to get that out there - but seriously, thank you for responding!
  6. Hello once more, friends - hopefully you've all been well. *Smiles* I posted before on the Iliac Bay discussion asking about magic in High Rock and the status of the ever-so-important Schools of Julianos. However, I have a few questions regarding the heartland of Tamriel and about its people in this amazing project - hopefully some insight can be provided as to how these various subjects will be approached, but any and all responses are appreciated. First off, the two cultural groups of the Imperial people as a whole - the Nibenese and Colovians. Just how much of a difference will be seen between Colovian and Nibenese NPCs? We know that the Imperials are a diverse group of people both physically and culturally, and that they are not a singular race on their own, but what could we expect to see that demonstates the difference between both cultural groups? Will there be Nibenese sorts who wear various silk robes or colorful raiment that could be considered 'gaudy' and mark their skin with tattoos, or Colovians that boast a practical attire and appear suited for either seafaring, martial combat, or have more Nordic influence in their dress? In addition, I know that the Nibenese are the more magic-appreciating group, but how will Colovians and magic be handled together (with disdain, a neutral stance, etc)? Next - the Synod and College of Whispers. When I first heard that these were Cyrodiil's successors to the defunct Mages Guild, I was intrigued - both by their differences as well as the fact they seem to care more about politics than furthering the study of magic for the sake of advancing the schools and providing proper academia for aspiring Mages, Battlemages, and Sorcerers. But big will their roles be, and just how big of a rivalry do these two institutions have? Also, will Necromancers be properly accommodated in the College of Whispers alongside their Conjurer companions? Would the Synod react negatively to the conjuring of Atronachs, Daedra, or Undead if aligned with them? And finally, a different sort of question but one that's crossed my mind a few times. We know who the original Emperor of the Fourth Era was before Titus Mede I created the Mede Dynasty - the Nibenese Battlemage, Thules the Gibbering. Out of curiosity, will there be anything concerning this former Emperor to be found in this part of Beyond Skyrim?
  7. Schools of Julianos and Magic College Questions

    Hello, Dobky. *smiles* First, let me just say it's good to see such a quick response to my subject/questions and you have provided quite a lovely answer. I also noticed the edit you've made discussing Conjuration and Necromancy being feared and distrusted even in High Rock. This brings the additional questions I had to mind with even more curiosity behind them. Since the Oblivion Crisis would bring about this fear/distrust in the school, would this mean even it is considered abhorrent to, say, Daggerfall's institution? And where would those who aren't afraid of such new stigmas go if they seek to learn the ways of a conjurer? And how about those who seek to learn Necromancy still - even if they must hide in the shadows to learn still? I ask this last question because of a couple of recollections I have concerning this glorious arcane art and the Breton people who have a natural affinity to it alongside its sister branch of Conjuration, Daedrology. Daggerfall (the game) introduced holidays and one of them was a special one in High Rock - Tales and Tallows. This holiday celebrates Necromancy as "the oldest magical science". Necromancy also has a considerable history in the province as well as a number of its Manmeri people - from the Reachmen's infamous Gravesingers to Mannimarco's Order of the Black Worm possessing a base of power in the province during the Third Era, which I'm sure boasted a very healthy number of Breton members just as the Order's presence in Cyrodiil during the same Era did. Also, this doesn't really related to the questions and discussion on magic in High Rock, but what does the position of Liches in the Breton province look like? I know Cyrodiil will have Ayleid Liches certainly in this project, but what manner of Liches (if any) can one find that have a tale to tell? Proto-Bretons/Beratu? Ancient Direnni? Old Breton family nobles who sought to expand their lifespan and gain greater power? Either way, thank you for responding and answer my questions. And also, it's good to see the Schools of Julianos have not been forgotten and will appear in the Iliac Bay area once more. Ever since I learned about them and their lack of morality-shaped rules against certain schools of magic, I've gained respect for them and their lore.
  8. Hello everyone. I'm new to these forums but I've always admired the concept of exploring the various provinces in the Fourth Era through a massive Skyrim project. And High Rock is a province near and dear to my heart, as are its native race - the Bretons. However, I have a question which has come to mind. Daggerfall had two institutions one could attend to learn about magic or obtain knowledge as a whole. One, the now defunct Mages Guild. The other, something that seems to have been ignored since Morrowind, the Schools of Julianos. The Schools are essentially the temples made to Julianos and is a place of learning - said to have been only second to the Mages Guild, and with its dissolution, I imagine its worth is now greater than before outside of Cyrodiil and in the Iliac Bay area where they were present in the previous mentioned game. Based on Julianos' teachings, no moral rulings would affect one's studies here so long as the sole sin against the God of Wisdom and Logic was avoided - ignorance. However, will they be present in the Iliac Bay part of Beyond Skyrim? In addition, for each 'guild' or college of magic in High Rock, are there going to be different specializations or views towards different schools of magic. Would Daggerfall's views be negative towards necromancy or conjuration while another city would view it in a more positive light? I ask because of something I've read on these forums before, discussing ideas for different magic institutions, with Daggerfall's being very much anti-necromancy and anti-witch and was curious if the whole kingdom would have such views or if it would just be this institution if this is the planned implementation.