Skyrim Lore Whore

After hearing Aron talk during Lunch about how Skyrim broke his ability to be a lore whore and not being able to read every book, I figured I'd share this for anybody who's interested.

The link below will take you to a google sheet where I categorized every book in Skyrim by Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Sub-Categories along with a short description on the content. There's even a separate sheet that will perfectly organize all your Non-Fiction Books into a Hearthfire House Library.

Happy reading, lore whores.


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  • kingbee67kingbee67 Los Angeles Ca.
    I've been playin Skyrim for five years and I don't have much of a clue about the lore. So I'm just a Skyrim whore. Which is my next RP playthru.
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    Nice!  It's staggering the amount of fiction written for this game.  Everytime I want to complain about the voice acting (it's really, really bad in spots) I just think about the sheer amount of it.  And there's got to be 100 x that in books and scrolls.
  • Who's got time to read? I've got iron daggers to make! Gotta get those Smithing skills.
    Vasilnate1
  • Vasilnate1Vasilnate1 Salem, MA
    don't read the books, but make sure you at least open everyone, need those easy skill upgrades. Or if you collect the books then you build a house you fill a room with bookshelves and create your own in-game library and read at your leisure.
    "because everything would be what it isn't"
  • aberry89aberry89 California
    kingbee67 said:

    I've been playin Skyrim for five years and I don't have much of a clue about the lore. So I'm just a Skyrim whore. Which is my next RP playthru.

    Skyrim came out five years ago....god that makes me feel old. 
    Murderbear
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  • HatorianHatorian Singapore
    I bought the game twice over the years and they still want to charge me $60 for the remaster version. Bastards.
    No Half Measures....
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    Hatorian said:

    I bought the game twice over the years and they still want to charge me $60 for the remaster version. Bastards.

    How did you buy it? I think if it was digital on Steam it is a free upgrade. (Which is a pretty fucking classy move if you ask me...) Also, I hear the remaster isn't that much different than the original if that makes any difference in your decision making. 
  • HatorianHatorian Singapore
    edited January 7
    I bought a hard copy when it first came out then I moved countries and lost the disc so a few years later I bought the digital copy on Xbox 360 to play it again but Microsoft just isn't as cool as steam apparently:
    No Half Measures....
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    Hatorian said:

    I bought a hard copy when it first came out then I moved countries and lost the disc so a few years later I bought the digital copy on Xbox 360 to play it again but Microsoft just isn't as cool as steam apparently:

    The way your signature line follows your last sentence there makes it sound like you are going to try and royally fuck up Microsoft. 
    Hatorian
  • LukeLuke Central Illinois
    I am a sucker for TES lore ever since I played Marrowind. I try to read it all, even read the novels. I'm tempted to pick up and play TES online just to play through the campaign but I have heard mixed things about the game.
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    @Luke I found it virtually unplayable. All the flaws of the TES series with almost none of the good. If I had to put my finger on the worst part though, it's that you never even come close to feeling immersed in the world.
    Vasilnate1
    I just want to be famous enough that a porn parody gets made about me.
  • Freddy said:

    @Luke I found it virtually unplayable. All the flaws of the TES series with almost none of the good. If I had to put my finger on the worst part though, it's that you never even come close to feeling immersed in the world.

    This makes sense to me.  I remember thinking when playing Morrowind that what made it so great was that it had the attention to detail and scope of an MMORPG but didn't have the stuff that took you out of it:  Largely the other people behaving like people playing a game.  Putting that aspect *back* into a TES game seems like madness.
  • I was on a quest to read all the books in Skyrim but took an arrow to the knee...
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    @voodoorat Yeah, TES is all about you, and your personal journey through the game. Plenty of MMOs out there in the fantasy genre. TES has it's own lane.
    I just want to be famous enough that a porn parody gets made about me.
  • Hatorian said:

    I bought a hard copy when it first came out then I moved countries and lost the disc so a few years later I bought the digital copy on Xbox 360 to play it again but Microsoft just isn't as cool as steam apparently:

    Unless your patient and get it for 25$ over BF/CM sales. Of course you won't get the early play, but you do save money ;)
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH

    don't read the books, but make sure you at least open everyone, need those easy skill upgrades. Or if you collect the books then you build a house you fill a room with bookshelves and create your own in-game library and read at your leisure.

    Yeah, I found that out pretty early on, and it's not super great for my gaming OCD, haha.  I kind of wish that the books that up your skill would glow faintly blue when you get close to them, because, you know, the Mage College collection is rather daunting.
    Vasilnate1
  • bizmarkiefaderbizmarkiefader San Francisco
    @A_Ron_Hubbard Mods are fantastic for those quality of life enhancements, there are ones for highlighting books so I only ever had to pick up ones you get skills from. It's unfortunate the community has to finish their games but TES games more than anything else mods almost feel essential to the experience.
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    @bizmarkiefader - Oh, neat.  I'll have to see if those are available for the PS4.  Almost all of the mods I'm using are graphic enhancements or slight tweaks (horses have more stamina, I can carry more shit, immersive patrols, etc) which I think are awesome.
  • You can hover over books to see how much they're worth. Books worth 50 g will most likely level a skill.
    A_Ron_Hubbard
  • If you look close enough at the cover of the books, you'll notice that skill books have certain symbols on them, and are certain colors depending on which skill they grant. its easier to notice when they are just lying out, harder when they are on book shelves
    "because everything would be what it isn't"
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    @shum - That's amazing, thank you.  @Vasilnate1, I'll have to hit up the skyrim wiki and see what's what.  Although I can't see passing up a free skill.  I seem to have fallen into the battle/mage/stealth/archer trap everyone on their first play through seems to fall into, but everything seems useful.  I'm currently leveling up Illusion just by casting "muffle" as I'm doodling around, even though I won't do much with that skill set.
  • kingbee67kingbee67 Los Angeles Ca.
    edited January 10
    the mods are screwed for PS4. Sony put a lot of restrictions on the mods such as no new assets can not be added in. So no new armor or weapons. A lot of PS4 users have been giving the company grief over this. Anyway most available mods are cheat mods, follower mods and house mods.


  • voodooratvoodoorat Atlanta
    edited January 10

    @shum - That's amazing, thank you.  @Vasilnate1, I'll have to hit up the skyrim wiki and see what's what.  Although I can't see passing up a free skill.  I seem to have fallen into the battle/mage/stealth/archer trap everyone on their first play through seems to fall into, but everything seems useful.  I'm currently leveling up Illusion just by casting "muffle" as I'm doodling around, even though I won't do much with that skill set.

    that's interesting.  i do always wind up defaulting into playing the sneak archer/sniper in bethesda games (the multipliers are just too addictive, 1-shotting everything), but i almost never use magic (in spite of being the archmage, of course) except to heal.
    Vasilnate1
  • FreddyFreddy Denton, Texas
    Archery is just too damn fun in Skyrim. Doesn't matter what character type I play; at least a third of the play time is spent hunting elk and what not.
    I just want to be famous enough that a porn parody gets made about me.
  • Stealth archer is definitely my favorite play style. I never get tired of seeing someone with an arrow sticking out of their head say "I guess It was just my imagination."
    voodoorat
  • calebthrowercalebthrower South Carolina
    Stealth archer is also my favorite build. I use the bound bow and level up sneak, archery, and conjuration with my perks and once you get to level 15 or so you can basically kill anything especially with the help of a follower (as long as they aren't wandering lost in the woods while I'm trying to kill a frost troll lol)
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    I've shied away from bound weapons, because I couldn't get a good grip on how powerful they are.  I tried bound swords around level 15, and they were vastly inferior to the physical weapons I had access to at the time.  I'm level 42 now, with an enchanted ebony bow that does 25 shock damage.  I can two shot giants with daedric arrows if I get my sneak bonus.  Honestly, this bow is kind of underwhelming unless the sneak bonus procs.  Is the bound bow better or worse?  What level/perks do you need to invest in to get it up to snuff do you think?
  • calebthrowercalebthrower South Carolina
    edited January 12

    I've shied away from bound weapons, because I couldn't get a good grip on how powerful they are.  I tried bound swords around level 15, and they were vastly inferior to the physical weapons I had access to at the time.  I'm level 42 now, with an enchanted ebony bow that does 25 shock damage.  I can two shot giants with daedric arrows if I get my sneak bonus.  Honestly, this bow is kind of underwhelming unless the sneak bonus procs.  Is the bound bow better or worse?  What level/perks do you need to invest in to get it up to snuff do you think?


    so the bound bow is no where close to being the best bow in the game. I use it because I like the fact is come with 99 daedric arrows. It last for two minutes and then needs to be re-conjured and you get a fresh 99 arrows. For the conjuration skill I level up to adept conjuration and mystic binding which allows bound weapons to do more damage. On the sneak skill tree I level stealth all the way up by crouch walking everywhere and deadly aim where bows do three times more damage. In archery I level overdraw all the way and critical shot all the way. Of course you may have to put a point in something to get to any of these but this build make the conjured bound bow with sneak a killer combo. And I also like to use the bound bow because it look rad as hell.

    edit: forgot to mention you do need 170 magicka to cast the bound bow. I do a 1/1/0 alternating when adding points to magicka/health/and stamina until I get to 170 in magicka. I then do a 1/2/1 the rest of the way 
  • kingbee67kingbee67 Los Angeles Ca.
    I would love to post something but I got to log on and start a new ranger play thru.
  • voodooratvoodoorat Atlanta
    edited January 12

    I've shied away from bound weapons, because I couldn't get a good grip on how powerful they are.  I tried bound swords around level 15, and they were vastly inferior to the physical weapons I had access to at the time.  I'm level 42 now, with an enchanted ebony bow that does 25 shock damage.  I can two shot giants with daedric arrows if I get my sneak bonus.  Honestly, this bow is kind of underwhelming unless the sneak bonus procs.  Is the bound bow better or worse?  What level/perks do you need to invest in to get it up to snuff do you think?


    so the bound bow is no where close to being the best bow in the game. I use it because I like the fact is come with 99 daedric arrows. It last for two minutes and then needs to be re-conjured and you get a fresh 99 arrows. For the conjuration skill I level up to adept conjuration and mystic binding which allows bound weapons to do more damage. On the sneak skill tree I level stealth all the way up by crouch walking everywhere and deadly aim where bows do three times more damage. In archery I level overdraw all the way and critical shot all the way. Of course you may have to put a point in something to get to any of these but this build make the conjured bound bow with sneak a killer combo. And I also like to use the bound bow because it look rad as hell.

    edit: forgot to mention you do need 170 magicka to cast the bound bow. I do a 1/1/0 alternating when adding points to magicka/health/and stamina until I get to 170 in magicka. I then do a 1/2/1 the rest of the way 
    wait--it comes with 99 daedric arrows that persist after the spell or which can be used with a better bow--or do you mean that you just don't have to worry about ammo if you use the bound bow instead of a real one?  like i said, i never use magic hardly at all except restoration so i basically just use found (or bought) arrows (mostly elvish/ebony ones since they hit hard enough to one-or-two-shot most everything and daedric are relatively few and far between).  i just carried around two bows, one with soul trap enchanted on it that i used when i needed to recharge the other one.

    the only real problems i had with this playstyle was then sneaking was off the table--like at the end of certain unnamed and unspoiled quests when you have to fight someone after a cutscene.  i never had to care about defenses so i was always a glass cannon and if someone did somehow manage to see me it made fights surprisingly difficult (either they were no challenge whatsoever or kind of hard).
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