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Character Build: Jack of Dreams

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  • Member
    August 27, 2012

    Jack has had many faces, many names. He is Morpheus, Nott, Caer Ibormeith, and the Sand Man. Inexorable as death, and fate, he is lord of the twilight realms, of sleep and midsummer, he is...

    The Jack of Dreams

    "Around around came Nimble Jack,

    Tumbling through the window-crack,

    With magic stick and magic sack,

    He came to bring the nightmares back." 

    ~ Nord children's rhyme


    A challenging, role-play heavy play through, the Jack of Dreams relies on an immersive, rather than gameist problem solving, focused chiefly on personal narrative building. Use him to tell a story. Build a legend.


    Level 50

    Stats: 2 Magicka 3 Health 0 Stamina

    Race: Any. Though he must have solid black eyes. I have had many faces over the years, or so they say.

    Stone: Serpent or Steed

    Major Skills: Sneak, Alteration, Alchemy

    Minor Skill: One-handed, Smithing, Pick Pocket, Enchanting.

    Armor: Ebony Mail with Ebony Guantlets & Boots (No Helm)

    Weapons: Jack's Quicknife (Ebony Dagger with Soultap), Skull of Corruption

    Shouts: Marked for Death, Aura Whisper

    Spells: Detect Life / Dead, Ebony Flesh, Paralyze / Mass Paralyze, Nightingale Strife 

    Quests: Thieves Guild, Dark Brotherhood, The Black Star, Boethia's Calling, Waking Nightmare, Sinderion's Serendipity


    Custom Abilities:

    Name: Dark Rider

    Skills:  Shadowmere + Ebony Mail

    Effect: A shadowy figure on a black steed, you exude darkness, tendrils of night entwining anything the strays too close, dealing 5 damage per second.


    Name: Dreamcraft

    Skills:  Alchemy: Deathbell + Giant Lichen + Skeever Tail

    Effect: Forge a dream. Knit it, from spite, and eye of newt. Shape the nightmare's fangs. 

    Weakness to Poison, Ravage Health, Damage Health



    Name: Nightmare

    Skills:  Posioned + Marked for Death + Serpent Stone

    Effect: Lay a target into a a cursed slumber, dealing massive initial damage and paralyzing them. As they lay there helpless, their physical form will rapidly deteriorate as their caged mind descends into madness.


    Name: Reap

    Skills:  Soul Tap Enchantment + Azura's Black Star + Soul Squeezer + Soul Siphon

    Effect: Slay a mortal with your sacred dagger, pushing his soul through the conduit of you Black Star, and into your Staff, recharging it fully. 

    "Are you a Daedra?" asked the Priestess of Dibella.

    "Perhaps," smiled Jack, from ear to ear.



    The Perks

    For the Nords, Old Jack is somewhere half way between a folk hero and the boogeyman. A trickster Archetype, He is rumored to posses magical objects of considerable power, the Cloak of Darkest Night (Ebony Mail) capable of making him invisible, a magic knife that can end any life, and a staff, made from the skull of his unfaithful lover (Skull of Corruption), though there is some discrepancy on this last account. What is known for sure is Jack's intimate ties with sleep, dreams, and nightmares. If one awakens from nightmare, they often wonder what they've done to offend the mischievousness jack, but they leave out a bottle of mead on the windowsill the next night, just to be safe.

    Who Jack is up to you. Is he an outcast Daedric Prince? A powerful Sorcerer, or Vampire, living on through the ages, Or perhaps, he is a mere mortal, who has decided to make the legend real. What matters is legend.

    Your first order of business is the collection of your scattered artifacts. Ebony Mail, from Boethia, The Skull of Corruption from Vaermina, your trusted stead, Shadowmere. You shall acquire them as you play through the game, eventually making yourself whole. 

    As you may have noticed, your skills are largely non-combative. Jack is silent as a shadow, quick as silver moonlight. He often avoid combat, or kills opponents before they even know there is a fight. You have three major sources of damage:

    The First is Dreams (Poisons). Through Alchemy and various magics, you can fabricate dreams, and leave them with sleepers you visit in the night.

    The Second is with your Quickblade, with the power to kill any creature. This is sneak attacks with your improved and enchanted Ebony Dagger.

    The Third is your Staff, your signature artifact. The Skull of Corruption, once fed off dreams, can be sued to release powerful area of effect pulses to raze opponents.

    Defensively speaking, you use a combination of your improved Ebony Gear and the Ebony Flesh granted by Alteration. Jack is nimble, Jack is quick, tumbling is also nice.



    Let yourself slip into the world, as your major goal is to make your character a deep rooted part of it.

    Your primary goal is the reacquisition of your lost belongings. You had them once, long long ago. A magic sack, without end, a cloak of eternal night, a dagger in your name, and a staff in your own right. This will involve dangerous brushes with various Daedra, cutthroat assassins, the sleepless dead, and a whole host of other foul entities that inhabit the shadows along side you. You must steal dreams to retain your powers, you must also occasionally collect souls, as well as various magical reagents.

    You are not evil. You are not good. As impartial as time and tide, you are a force of the cosmos. The mortal world cannot exist without dream. Do what forwards your ultimate quest. If that means helping mortals, so be it, if it means killing them, so be that too. When you preform actions, frame them in a real world with history, people, and rumors. Think, how will that be seen, you crept into someone's chamber to fuel your staff, and they woke up, you stealthed back into the shadows...

    "I awoke from a nightmare, I don't even remember why it was so terrible, there was a skull...and... a man. When I opened my eyes, it was still the dead of night. The moons cast their twin lights through my open balcony window, but though the dream faded, the man remained. Tall and dark, he stood by the side of my bed, wreathed in shadows, writhing like snakes. I blinked, rubbed the sleep from my eyes, and when they opened again, he was gone, and my balcony doors rattled in the breeze. All I could think of was that silly child's rhyme, I don't know whats gotten into me." ~ Ingun Blackbriar of Riften


    Old Jack's a-whistlin' again"

    ~Often muttered by Bjorn the Elder on black winter nights when the wind blows high and cold.

    If you liked this, be sure to check out my other builds!
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    Beacon of Meridia - Zephyr - Orc Pit Fighter

  • Member
    August 27, 2012

    Thanks a bundle! Its the thought that counts. Its good to know there are other people geeking out over Skyrim at 1 am.

  • August 27, 2012

    Sweet build, creeped the hell out of me lol

  • Member
    August 27, 2012

    Excellent! I was hoping the eeriness would come across, and so, it would seem, it has.

  • August 27, 2012

    well you did a great job +1 for me ill like it twice if i could lmao and you should check out my last build (he sabre tooth) i want to know what you think of it

  • Member
    August 27, 2012

    Thankee, that's very kind of you! I looked at your newest build, check out the comments there.

  • August 27, 2012

    I like the sound of this build and will be trying it very soon. Bravo kind sir bravo!!!!!

  • Member
    August 27, 2012

    This is awesome. I was actually trying to figure out a build with the Skull of Curruption myself, but you just did it so much better. +1

  • Member
    August 27, 2012

    Lovely! Let me know how it pans out; as I said above, its a real challenge.

  • Member
    August 27, 2012

    The Skull is what started it all. Its just such a unique artifact, then the build unfolded from there. Glad you like!