This is the autobiographical journal of Arvil Bren, a somewhat reluctant hero who has been placed on an unknown quest by powers that he barely knows exist. Follow his journey as it is updated daily, Monday through Friday, and enjoy! These are the most recent entries in Arvil Bren's third journal; Politics of the Redoran. His first journal can be found in its entirety here. His second journal, Trail of the Archmage can be found here.

Monday, May 23, 2005

That question was...

What have you really liked, or disliked, the most so far? Comments on what is working and what is not would be greatly appreciated. Just click on the 'comment' link right there and leave a few words.

Someone asked recently in a comment if I am fictionalizing the game as I play or if I've played the game all the way through. The answer is both. Arvil Bren is far from my first character in the world of Morrowind, but his story is written as he goes, and I actually play it the way I write it for the most part.

The entries here have been posting late in the day, but I have held to my promise of every day, Monday through Friday. As those who check in on my own thoughts know I've been working on some other projects, and getting everything fit in some days is a challenge. Any writers in the audience please check out Noon Spool and see if we can help each other.


Anonymous Nathan "Cabbageman" Harrison said...

I realy enjoy the way you have brought morrowind to life, speaking of love, hate and all of your own personal feelings to make Vvardenfell and Morrowind a less wooden place to talk about.
I enjoy hearing of your battles, dialouge that has never been (Rowing with Ranis and Trebonious for instance) and your countless quests.
The only problem i have with this journal is that you haven't joined a Great House yet, and the journal entries have been getting steadily shorter and more vain, please revert back to the writing styles you were using when you first started this great journal.
But, all in all Great Journal!

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Nivekclough (Niv) said...

This is incredible. That is the only way to say it. I loved (like the person above me) how you fleshed out the story with relationships and changing characters already in the game. You really brought life to characters in a game of wooden characters.
You created such perfect personas for the game characters, I can't help but think of them differently as I play the game. Before, the only person who seemed to have any sort of personality in the game was Fargoth, and most people just kill him.
The way you take to heart the instructions of your superiors (especially Caius's advice to join some guilds "I SAID JOIN NOT TAKE OVER!").
Unlike the person above me however, I see no problem with you having not joined a house yet. I have a feeling you character will eventually (House Telvanni perhaps (man that'd be a twist!)). Even if he didn't, you don't have to join every faction in the game. Rarely do I hear of someone who HASN'T joined a house, and this makes it all the more special.
I also feel that the more vain way you are writing fits with your character. Obviously he will get more vain than how he started, he went from a person killing crabs with a stick, to one of the richest men in Vvardenfell, and one of the most powerful. I must say, this is incredible.
Please don't end the story until YOU are done. Don't just stop when/if you finish the main quest. Finish it when the story you are trying to tell is over.
Now before I bore you to death-
Nivekclough (aka Niv)

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Nivekclough (Niv) said...

Late Addition: However, don't take that as an excuse not to add a "game day" today ;)
-Nivekclough (aka Niv)

12:22 PM  
Anonymous James Esco said...

I concur with the above comments. I've been waiting for you to join a house, but there hasn't been a point in the story when it would be reasonable, so I say do not rush. But, perhaps House Redoran would take in a wayward soldier fighting the war against Dagoth Ur? They always did in my game. They seemed like the house that would side with Nerevar upon his return.
At anyrate, I spent a few days reading up to the current point, and I must say the only complaint I have is having to wait A WHOLE DAY between chapters. Seriously... it's sooo hard sometimes. I just want to know...
I even started a new game in Morrowind because of some of the things you said you did, I thought were in the game and I missed, like mapping the coast for Nine-Toes... dernit... I just have to pretend I guess. Ha.
Keep up the good work, and I hope that nasty case of corpus clears up ;)

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first thing off the top of my head that I like the most would have to be Caius snarking about Arvil's swift rise through the ranks of the Temple and Mage's Guild.

I'm looking forward to his adventures in Mournhold and Solstheim, myself. Also, I wonder what he'll make of Creeper...

3:22 PM  
Anonymous mikekearn said...

I have avidly read your journal daily and greatly enjoy the feeling of life you bring to Morrowind. It is an undoubtedly a good game, and the way you make it seem real is an indescribable happiness. Perhaps I have no life, but if so, this is the best "no-life" a guy could have. Keep up with the great work. By the way, I don't know what the hell those other guys were talking about joining a Great house, I have never had any of my characters ever join any of the houses....

3:56 PM  
Blogger madoda said...

Since I found a posting about your wonderful project on the Morrowind Summit, I have been following Arvils progress avidly, devouring the back history and now settling into my daily updates. I look forward to seeing how you continue and eventually conclude this tale. All good things must eventually come to an end!

I am interested in seeing how Arvil comes across some of the more unique items out there, and how that affects his further adventures. I think it is far more accurate that he is keeping his guild alliances to a minimum, even though lots of players will deliberately join as many guilds as possible to gain maximum gameplay.

Please keep going with your journal, Tim, whilst I do not read much on the way of fan fiction, I do certainly enjoy reading your take. And thankyou for your kind words about my fledgling blog!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Thanks to all who have responded so far. While all good things must come to an end Arvil certainly has a long way to go and his progress is sometimes unbearably slow, so I suspect we have a good long time left before us.

On the 'more vain' point I actually hope for some clarification. There has been a certain arrogance creeping in with the Archmage storyline, and I'm not sure if I've overdone it but I'll keep it in mind. But I wasn't sure that was what the comment was about. Another meaning for 'vain' would be 'in vain', and there do seem to be quite a few days where Arvil blunders pretty much uselessly across the map. I like to think that I do pretty good at filling those days with the conversations and interactions that are for the most part made up whole cloth. One thing that has become clear to me, there are only so many ways to describe dispatching cliff racers and kagouti. I do try to put in enough combat scenes to maintain the sense of blood and danger, but sometimes I notice a couple weeks slide by without any substantial battles. In either case Nathan I will strive to pick it up, but I am curious which you meant.

The Great House question, on the other hand, will remain a mystery for now. I will admit though that it has been on my mind, and I am a bit surprised that no one commenting so far has pointed out some of what I thought were signs leading towards that being resolved soon. Perhaps my foreshadowing has been too subtle so far.

Keep coming back!

6:18 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I too found your story by accident - and read it every day now - it is nice to see another person's view of Morrowind

I think Arvil has too much on his hands at the moment to worry about placating the great houses.... what with assassins, guild politics, wizards, and more and now an incurable disease ;)

One thing - the RSS feed doesnt seem to work if you use Maxthon (gives you a login page). Just thought you might like to know

7:22 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I've been looking for an RSS feeder, but right now all I have is an ATOM feed that works through Bloglines. Hopefully soon.

7:51 AM  
Anonymous Paul said...

I have gotten the ATOM feed to work - which is the main way I find when you have updated the site

Thanks for the hard work you put into your journal

11:24 PM  

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