Faolan, the Red Eagle, Lord of the Reach

It was past mid-day when the Wanderer passed through Rorikstead. He could be seen bent and hobbling up the easterly road. He was well known in that small farming village, for he had passed through many times before. The children knew him as a man of many stories, and often looked for his arrival expectantly. These were simple people, who didn’t bother themselves much with the doings of the wider world. As such, the children were always wanting for stories of dragons and wizards and great battles.

The call went up as soon as the Wanderer was spotted, and soon he was surrounded by excited children. He seemed reluctant at first, as if he was on his way somewhere important on some grand errand and could sacrifice no time to stop and spin tales, but eventually he relented. The road had wearied him greatly, and he could use the rest.

He sat at the foot of a great tree, off the road a ways, and slumped and grumbled until he was comfortable. The children sat around him, waiting eagerly to hear his story.

Listen to the whole episode here…

The Wanderer’s Updates

I hope everybody has been enjoying the mod, I’ve been working hard on it the past few weeks. It’s still far from finished, however. In fact, by very definition, it will probably never be finished until I stop publishing episodes of the podcast.

I pushed an update on the mod today which adds two new volumes to Carac Oswyn’s collection. They are the last two books in his series on Myth and Religion (Book 5: Pantheons in Tamriel, and Book 6: The Enantiomorph), so be sure to head on over to the Bards College and fork over some gold to add them to your personal libraries. The update should’ve been pushed a few days ago but, in case you hadn’t noticed, Steam was being a little weird about Workshop subscriptions the last few days.

A few people have asked me to share it on the Nexus also. I’m planning on doing so eventually, but the mod is currently in the very beginning stages of its life. I’ll be updating it often over the next few months and the Workshop makes it easier for me to easily distribute updates. Once the mod is in a more final form, I will post it to the Nexus as well.

Planned updates for the mod include an actually wandering Wanderer who, like Maiq, travels the roads of Skyrim. I also hope to introduce quests of some kind, and couriers to update the player-character in-game when updates to the mod have been downloaded. So, if you have experience with the Creation Kit and are willing to help out, please contact me and let me know. I got big ideas, and no skill to back them up.

Check it out on the Steam Workshop by clicking here!

The Wanderer’s Tales

We close out our fourth season with a new format, which is to introduce The Wanderer’s Tales. In this episode, the mysterious Wanderer visits the campsite of Imperials fleeing the invading Thalmor forces. In exchange for their food and company, he tells them the story of Miraak and Vahlok, the traitor and the guardian. The story does not offer any spoilers for the Dragonborn expansion pack, but merely (in a creative way) tells the story of how Miraak originally became imprisoned in the first place.

We’re finishing up our fourth season with some big news! Our 40th episode marks the beginning of a new era for the Elder Lore Podcast. We’re moving into the realm of interactive podcast experience with the introduction of our new mod! The mod is called The Wanderer’s Tales, and follows in the wake of a new segment of our podcast by the same name.

The Wanderer’s Tales is a series of stories told by a mysterious wanderer, who travels Tamriel telling stories to whomever may find themselves listening. There are many parts of Elder Scrolls lore where facts are known, but details are scarce. The Wanderer’s Tales represent an opportunity I’ll be taking advantage of, to write and publish creative fiction that is heavily researched and cross-checked and as lore-friendly as it can possibly be.

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As episodes in the Tales series are released, so too will the mod be updated. Book versions of the episodes will be found in-game, for your player characters to collect and read. If you’re watchful, and travel a lot, you might even find the Wanderer himself

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But wait, there’s more! There’s also a new itinerant historian spending some time at the Bards College in Solitude. He’s working on his masterpiece: a comprehensive lore compendium of the history of Tamriel and, indeed, Nirn at large. He might be willing to sell you a few volumes, if you’ve got the coin.

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And so we usher in a new era for the Elder Lore Podcast. I hope you enjoy both the episodes and the new mod. There will also be more content in the podcast that is produced by listeners, so if you have an article that is based in documented lore and you want to hear it on the podcast, be sure to send it over.

You can find more information about the mod over at the Tales page, or subscribe to the mod on the Skyrim Workshop.