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If it weren't so fun, I'd be annoyed.

Sat Jan 14, 2012, 8:50 PM
Dear Bethesda, makers of Skyrim.

Let me first thank you for bringing back the Fallout series, for that I am eternally grateful. Also, I'd like to add that I am having lots of fun playing Skyrim, but I do have to wonder about a few things.

There were the obvious things at first, such as why can't my companions ride horses? And what am I going to do with all these cabbages?

But now I have to ask you... why is this mountain goat stuck to the back of my horse? And why, when I'm riding, does my horse ride straight up a tree and then we fall from the top of it and hurt ourselves? Why does the skeleton corpse of the first dragon I slew constantly spawn on my head while leaving Whiterun?

I also wonder why see so many animals struggling to swim upstream in swiftly moving water. Of course I have to put them out of their misery... with fire of course. But Bethesda, why is that animal still on fire as it floats away? And when it bumps up against the river bank, how does it then set a deer on fire, which is then attacked by a wolf, who is then also lit on fire and which dies at me feet?

But this latest issue tops them all. I always thought with console games that I would be able to escape all those crazy glitches and moments of weirdness, because I was actually playing on a machine built for games, not a machine built for business with which i play games on.

While walking to the college in Winterhold, I noticed the snow flickering. Odd I though, so I took a little video. Then when the door is opened for me, there is a stone wall. But hey, this is a mages college, so maybe there are supposed to be walls where there are doors. I walk through the wall and go inside, talk to some lady who disappears through another stone wall, and when I follow her... I kid you not, it was like a scene out of a roadrunner cartoon. She was floating in the air for a moment, the castle or whatever building we were in was just sort of dissolving around us. I watched her fall, and then I fell too... down and down... it was a lovely view, and eventually I did die when I hit some sort of black pixely bottom.

Also, you can stand in front of the wench who is lighting those blue thingies and the light will stick to you and you can run around with it stuck to your face.

Other than that, I'm having a wonderful, time.

Sincerely (but with a hint of hesitation),

Katie.

ps- why is my horse invincible? ...

  • Mood: Not Impressed
  • Playing: LA Noire
  • Drinking: vodka
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TheLonelySeeker Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL

it's annoying that I can't fight while riding my horse but I have to dismount :devil:
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, this a thousand times. Not being able to fight while on horse back is the WORST THING EVER. I mean, if something starts attacking you, there's this long animation of dismounting and then looking around until you find what it is that's trying to kill you.

So painful.
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jessypet92 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's so annoying that the companions can't ride.
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Not just annoying, but painfully lame.
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jessypet92 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So true.
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ArcanaLegacy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Ah yes "Glitches". The technical errors in programming randomly discovered by the player in no means done on purpose but with strange timings & unexplained occurrences . We have dismissed that claim. :D

Talking about horses : Something similar happened to be in Shadow of the Colossus [ps2 version, not the ps3 HD remake] - where I was the one invisible, but you see the sword swinging and bow/arrow when in use XD I laughed when I mounted my horse and I rode it invicible. Argo mustve been freaking out. WHO'S RIDING ME!?!?!?!? :O
And Ive had my fair share on hilarious glitches in games XP Too many to list.

BTW - WHERE DID YOU GET THAT GARRUS SHOT!? :drool: GIMME GIMME PLZ! :glomp:
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes that claim has been dismissed, but I'M TELLING YOU THEY ARE REAL. lol That damn turian doesn't believe ANYTHING I SAY!!!

Invisibility... that's amazing. I actually used the invisibility potion last night (in skyrim) and it did NOTHING. I still got my ass handed to me.

I will see if I can find that image... I'll upload it to stash and note you if I come across it. But windows update raped photoshop, so I'm not sure if it was saved full sized for not...
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RevanREK Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not to mention mammoth corpses falling out of the sky onto my head while exploring the rift. Oh and that argonian who's tail grew marvellously hugge that time I killed him, and water that completely disappears so you don't even know it's there until your drowning in it... Ah and the time when the ice wraith decided to leave his remains carelessly floating above my head in the sky... and the amount of times I have crapped myself because of a dragon skeletons spawning right infront of my face... Oh and why oh why does every bandit and dreger seam to die in a compromising position, seriously, hip thrusting corpses are not good to look at!!

Ahh and also a few people in the world seam not to be able to notice that my character does in fact, have breast's and therefore, is a woman!!

Oh and please please stop Faendal from walking onto traps, he really can't be that stupid!!

It's fun though, if you get hit by the spell ice spike it sticks right through your head and out the other side, but strangely doesn't kill you... glitches are fun but seriously, you'd have expected it with the pc version but this is the xbox!! How can you go wrong!!! The problem is, it's such a fun game you can't stop playing it even though you sometimes want to just rip your hair out.

Anyway this was funny! I enjoyed reading it! Silly ol' glitches! :dance:
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am sooo looking forward to those mammoth corpses falling from the sky. I think I need to kill more of them maybe. Last night I had a bunch of floating rocks to deal with and a dragon that was flickering and twitching as it flapped around on the ground, lol.

I love the compromising positions people die in. For me, giants always seem to die on one knee.... even if they die and fall to the ground, they seem to levitate back into a partially kneeling position! It's SO WEIRD.

Companions are constantly walking into traps... it's so painful. And they are always standing in my way. At least in Mass Effect your henchmen move when you get too close, but in Skyrim... holy... Lydia just won't move out of my way.

And the ice through the head, that is hilarious! I love running around with those spikes sticking out of me.

Skyrim is still a lot of fun to play and with an open world game like this I don't mind the bugs and glitches. If it were Mass Effect I would probably be singing a different tune.
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RevanREK Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I've only had it happen in the middle of the rift, near all the hot springs. My partner said that it could be that it stood on a geyser and then got blasted into the air, but he only said that to make Bethesda feel better, it was fun though, even if it did make me jump out of my skin and spill my cuppa! But don't go searching for them, let the mammoth come to you! :D oooohh dragons flapping around on the ground is amazing!!! It's even more fun when you get corpses trapped in walls and doors and they go crazy, it's like they're being electrocuted.

Oh me too!! haha maybe they're proposing to you?? Maybe your character has a slight gianty quality to them?

YES! Although in Mass Effect it annoys me because I like to keep up a running commentary no matter what I'm doing, and then I will turn to Garrus, and he WALKS AWAY from me when I'm talking!!! It's sooo rude!!! There's a trick in Skyrim though, if they get in your way, sprint at them and they bump aside, they don't like it but bleh, if they get in my way, they get bumped, simple! ^_^ Also move items onto traps and then after the trap has finished hurling arrows at you or burning you to a crisp then it will stay off and the companion walks around it!!

The best glitch I had was this one, [link] and I had to take a photo, it was like, when he died and his corpse went flying... his tail just stayed where it was and grew!! :giggle:

Yes, although I wish Bethesda tried more to fix these glitches before releasing the game, I recently got the new fallout too and the amount of times its frozen up on me!!! grrrr (and I miss Three Dog too!:() They shouldn't be afraid to push back the release date to fix the bugs because I would rather buy a game late then buy it early and it doesn't work on me!! I'm so glad Mass Effect can be relied on to be awesome! Awwww I'm sooo excited about ME3, I think I'm going to die!!!! :excited:
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG that tail!!! AH HAHAHAHAHA!!! =D =D =D

That's amazing! I have a bunch of pictures I've taken of glitches, though they seem so common that I cannot even be bothered taking anymore. If you're talking about New Vegas, yes, that game froze on me all the time... and I mean, if you're playing on a console, there should be no freezing at all. But NV, wow... freezing. I just couldn't believe it.

ME3 is going to be... amazing. I am convinced. I want it to last forever... but I just don't know how I can stop myself from playing it constantly. I don't want to speed through it in four days or something insane like that... but I just might. =D
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RevanREK Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I know right??!!! :D :D :D When I noticed It I was just rolling on the floor laughing!

Yeah New Vegas! On the xbox. You would think that because the xbox is always the same inside they should be able to configure the game so that it works perfectly and exactly the same for everybody, I guess the only thing is the regional encoding. Buut nooo, apparently not! :shrug:

Oooh same!!!! I know I'm going to have to force myself eat and sleep and go to work or I will be glued to it!! But I know I'm going to end up finishing it in a few days. I would want to replay it again after that as something else but... well I always try different classes and things but I always end up going back to being an infiltrator, it's just not my Shepard otherwise!! :D I guess then I'll probably switch to multiplayer and have to put up with annoying 13 year olds! -_-
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconxdddplz:

I have heard that multiplayer can be co-op, so you should play with me =D I'm k8ee83 on the xbox =D
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RevanREK Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
co-op!!! :O How awesome! Blimey I didn't know it's co-op too!! I'm RevanREK on the xbox, (before mass effect I had a thing going for kotor, Bioware is so awesome!) at the moment I'm really new to the whole xboxlive thing, I only got it for the first time the other day, (in preparation for ME3 :giggle:) but I will try and figure out how to add someone!! :D
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay I added you! =D

I've never had a gold account, which I think you need to play multiplayer, so I'll probably sign up for that when the game comes out. Yeah, coop is totally why I'm excited for multiplayer. Multiplayer is no fun if you're stuck playing against kiddies who don't do anything but play and are constantly kicking your ass... or worse, drop out college 'bros' who had to move back home because they flunked out and now they just sit around and play video games all night and sleep all day, lol.

All the other people I have on there as friends are dA people. So when the game comes our we'll be teaming up and fighting the good fight... GOD I"M EXCITED!
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Lumileek Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Ok, I`m gonna gallop my horse to a next town now, try to keep up, Lydia :P Oh gotta love all those silly glitches :D
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And why can't we fight from horseback?? I mean, if they were able to program that for Zelda for the N64, then why can't they do it for this game?!?!
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Lumileek Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
Seems like they just didnīt bother, I imagine it would of been glitchy as hell too :P
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Meken Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha yeah it's a fun game but I stopped playing it after the leveling system made it break and not be fun for me anymore. I wish they would've kept the stats system and not just streamline it into this weird skill one.
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, the levelling system with the numbers and the constellation and the perks... AHHHHHHHH! It has made me a jack of all trades and master of none.
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Leemo626 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thoroughly enjoyed that read ^w^



(gawd damn, i hate the eldar scrolls series! hur hurr!)
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol, I probably could have gone on and on
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virtualmorrigan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Please do.
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AirieFeristo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, the companions not riding horses is my issue as well.
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Companions should be able to ride horses, you should be able to take the horses of the dead, and you should be able to fight on horseback! I mean, come on!!!! I can't understand why nintendo had no problem doing it in zelda for the n64, but now, bethesda can't seem to muster the energy to make it happen?

It pains me.
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virtualmorrigan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well. I have a dragon somewhere in the area where the geysirs are that won't die. Seriously. It's in the sky, attacking me although it never comes down, but I have to fight it because the game says there are enemies nearby etc. So it gets fireballs that visibly hit it. It flies BACKWARDS without even moving its wings and jitters here and there until it gets stuck in some tree, mountain or something else. Then it just floats in place, wings flapping in a broken animation. I can reduce its hitpoint bar to empty then, but nothing happens, it just stays there flapping. After a while it gets reset and 'attacks' again. Sigh.

But I love the gravity-defying horse that can climb mountains better than my Khajit with her claws can. Me and my SO, we call the horse 'Mako' for obvious reasons.

What I really hate about the horse is that it's a real chore to keep alive. It will madly attack anything hostile. Bandits, bears, necromancers, dragons, Mako the rabid horse will go for them and die within seconds. Or run into my fireballs when I deal with the problem. So the horse needs to be parked well away from any action, and even then it might get eaten by a random passing hostile.

And why the hell can't I somehow call it?

On other topics, why is the Thieves' Guild acting more like the Mafia if I'm going by their quests, why are the Blades acting like idiots (no way I'm going to do that quest where you have to go for that certain target on that high mountain :), why can I become a bard but not handle any of the instruments I find, why does cooking give you no experience in any skill, and where has the Spellmaker gone?

(And I still played it until I was level 61 THEN resumed the main quest. Oops :) )
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOLOLOLOL wow, that sounds painful! I'm glad I don't have a super magical invincible buggy dragon. *crosses fingers*

The horse is a pretty impressive climber, and lol, Mako, that's a great name! Except I never lost the Mako as often as I lose this damn horse. Every time I get down for a battle, I spend a good chunk of time looking for the damn thing after. If they had just made it so you could fight from horse back, that would have been infinitely better.

I haven't been to the thieves guild. There's a lot I haven't done yet. Though I am sure I've been levelling up inappropriately - when I was only at like level 4 or something like that I was luring giants and other nasty things into Whiterun and then hiding under things where they couldn't get me so that I could kill them with fire. Took AGES to do, but it was almost like an instant level for each one. A lot of town guards died during those dark days.... lol

Cooking should give you experience points. I also enjoy not spending any points on lockpick perks, and then trying to pick master and expert locks... WOOOO! lol
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virtualmorrigan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cooking gives XP? Huh. Have to test that.
I do the same thing regarding lockpicking...as for the Pickpocket spell...well. I train it by reverse pickpocket :) I collect carrots from dungeons and quests, then go to some city, and everyone that I encounter gets a carrot smuggled into their inventory.
Most of the Jarls are at a dozen or so by now. :) Makes it easy to keep track on who was already practiced on :)

It's also funny how to raise some spell skills...the spells give only XP when cast in combat. So, my favourite method was running around in the snow until I found a sabrecat (no reason, I just like them) then climb up a rock where it can't get at my character and cast spells for its entertainment, because this still counts as combat. It won't leave or give up, and you can level up most spell schools there until your face turns blue.
To make it more fun, get a train of the critters, climb up to where they can reach, then perform in front of the audience. "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen snowcats. For my first illusion, I need a member of the audience. Ah, yes, you there, good sir, please step forward. *cast Courage on it* Cat glows. And my next trick..."*cast Bound Swords*, dismiss them. Repeat until levelup. And so on, and so on. Mudcrabs also make a good audience ;)
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unfortunately the inflection of my voice is lost in text... cooking probably doesn't give you xp... but it should.

And LOLOLOL! What you have described sounds awesome! I am going to have to go back to my game and do that. I can practice all my new spells from on top of a rock! I will just have to find a good rock somewhere.

Best tip EVER =D =D =D =D
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Nette80 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Oh yes! Those glitches are fun right? Have you encountered the flying mammoths yet, or been hit into orbit by giants? Hilarious! :D
I was also stalked by dragons...90% of the time I fast-traveled to a village it was attacked by a dragon! So how about a relaxing horsebackride...nope, racing crosscountry with dragons chasing me down the road (horse and me on fire) pretty much sums it up (on the positive side tho..I got alot of dragonsouls :D). My brother on the other hand hardly encountered any and if he should happen to spot one during his travels it flew away, need I say he was very frustrated? Here I am drowning in dragons and he has to chase them (often unsuccessfully :D) across the countryside....I LMAO when he told me! Maybe I got his dragons in my game :laughing:
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Flying mammoths... I want to see that so badly! And yes I have been hit into orbit by giants... lol... so early in the game. I was like, who are those guys over there, I'm going to go talk to them! /fail.

Everyone enjoys a nice flaming gallop through the sticks. =D

I've been encountering a lot of dragons too. Basically every town I fast travel to is being attacked by a dragon. So far they have been pretty easy... so far.
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Nette80 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Hahaha! That's exactly what happened when I first encountered the giants! They look nice and peaceful...."smack" ---> "- I CAN SEE MY HOUSE FROM HERE!"---> "splatt" - and I'm a sack of bones..:rofl:

You're lucky to encounter dragons at least. I tought they were a pain to until my brother told me of his horrible dragonchasing experience..lol :D
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pagoose Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Also, can they please remove quest items stuck in your inventory when the quest is well and truly over? I'm carrying more old quest item weight than actual things of worth.

And, sell the cabbages to farmers outside Whiterun: one of the easiest ways to make money.
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That hasn't become a problem for me... yet... They really should always make quest items weigh 0. Wasn't that the case in Fallout?
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pagoose Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
they start at 0, and then after the quest, it depends on the item. however, you can't actually remove them. it comes up with 'quest items cannot be removed from inventory'. asdkgjlahdlfgkaj GRRR.

its a bug they have yet to fix.
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vulpeinculta Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Same here! What's the deal with all the quest items stuck in the inventory? Specially ALL the quest items related to the Bard's College, wtf am I supposed to do with a freaking antique lute and all that shit?

I do like the skeleton of the first slayed dragon respawning in witherun... it feels like a big ass trophy.
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pagoose Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
I KNOW! If I could, you know, play the drums or flute, that would be awesome. I wouldn't really care. But it just sits there. Having swords is also really bad. There goes space from 10-20.

In windhelm, there is this dragon skeleton that is following me. It followed me into the bottom of the water, and over the otherside. And then it is back in the graveyard. However, I actually never killed it. It was just there, waiting for me to take the soul. And there are at least six or seven skeletons in dawnstar just floating around. And, I mean floating.
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Bard's college = a lot of crap in my inventory eh? Sounds like trouble. My inventory was full within the first ten minutes of the game. lol =D
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Avilels Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
you have to give it that old woman in the bard college, give it to her and you'll get probably the best reward in this game .. well maybe not the best just unique
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vulpeinculta Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
The old lady won't take the lute! And it's the right lute, I checked it! It's some kinda bug, and now I can't finish a bunch of side quests because I can't give the items to the right people!!! Heaps annoying...
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Avilels Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
yeah it's f annoying i have this stupid drum stuck that is with me forever :/
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virtualmorrigan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I assume the OP already did; the item remains in the inventory after quest is completed and can't be dropped; only way to remove is via console.
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wizjer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, I don't understand why my companions can't ride horses too. I'm damn rich, I can buy all horses! Or steal them))))) *evil laughing*

Katie? Squeee, now I know your name!))))
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rich eh? I can't say I have much money... despite the fact that I strip everything and sell it whenever I can.

And yes... you know my real name now... SHHHHHHH!
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wizjer Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Haha, I have enough money for buying all 5 skyrim horses :D :D :D House in Solitude cost me an arm and a leg((( Herewith it's worse then house in Windhelm! >_<

I will not tell anybody 0_0
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Mandulis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Well, at least it's not raining...
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whenever it starts snowing I make my character go sleep until it's over, lol. Some of those towns can be impossible to explore when the magical snow is everywhere... lol
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RenegadeCharles Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it just a regular horse? Because I believe Shadowmere's invincible, so if you have that one then that's why.
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efleck Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's the $1000 one from outside of whiterun. Honestly, I'm playing on master, and this horse fights dragons and swarms of bandits better than I do. It's bizarre.
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RenegadeCharles Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What the heck. I got that horse and it died after like 15 minutes. :(
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