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Character Build: The Wintersmith

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  • Member
    July 7, 2014

    When I was doing my occasional "search for new build" type of day, I realized that it was a crime that there was little to no builds that used Stalhrim armor/weapons. Stalhrim armor is one of my favorite armors in the game, so I decided to make my own build with Stalhrim armor. Enjoy!


    25th of Frostfall, 4E 201

    It has been so long since I have seen my home. 3 years to be exact. I want to return to Solsthiem, but I don't think I ever can. Not since my village was rampaged by those dam Reavers. They wiped out my entire family in just a few minutes, I was lucky enough to be hunting at the time, but part of me wishes that I was with my family, so I wouldn't have to deal with this guilt. However, Skyrim has been good to me. I lost my Skaal accent, and now I am much like any other Nord.

    27th of Frostfall, 4E 201

    It is too hot here in Riften. I want to return back to the snowy mountains. It reminds me of home. Everybody asks me why I like the cold so much, I just tell them that it is easier to think in the cold. But that isn't the truth. I prefer the cold because nobody else likes it. It is quiet and lonely, the perfect conditions. Maybe I will get a house in Windhelm, that seems like a nice place to live. I think I will travel there, I hear there is a little town called Dark Water Crossing that I can stop through for supplies.

    1st of Sun's Dusk, 4E 201

    Dam Imperials, they stopped me when I was in Dark water, and they arrested me! All I did was just walk into town! They told me that I illegally crossed the border into Skyrim, fools. They loaded me onto a carriage with 3 others. A Guard, Horse Thief, and the Jarl of Windhelm. Pfft, I should bash their skulls in for arresting me.




    Race: Nord. This is the best race to be all-around, because with Nord you get a frost resistance (perfect for a frost based build), it fits the RP better because you are a Skaal, and the 2-Handed bonus is extremely helpful.

    Standing Stone: I personally chose Lord because you will be using the light armored variant of Stalhrim armor, meaning that you will lost a bit of defense with it, and the lord helps take away that penalty.


    Leveling and Skills:

    Major Skills-

    - 2-Handed. This will be your main fighting style when you are in close ranged areas

    - Light Armor. Needed because you will be using Light armor all throughout the game

    - Archery. This is your other main fighting style that is very important because you can't just rush into battle every time, take time to stalk your enemy and then deplete your enemies health a bit before attacking them up close

    Minor Skills-

    - Smithing. You need to get level 80 smithing in order to get Stalhrim armor/weapons (or you can use console commands, but that is really lore-breaking)

    - Sneak. You need Sneak in order to help stalk your enemies and wait for the right time to strike (goes with archery)

    - Destruction. This is your last fighting style, only use frost spells because this is a frost based build

    (I also used a bit of 1-Handed, but that is just my personal preference, and I realized that 4 fighting styles was too much)


     The Wintersmith charges into battle without fear of what awaits him ahead


    Follower: I didn't use any follower until I started the dawnguard quest line, then I took one of the dogs. What is better company than a war-hound? But I soon realized that I think I should at least get a Nord to help me out and fight. So for a follower, get any Nord as your follower, and give them full Nordic Carved Armor.

    When in Battle: When you are in Battle, there are different scenarios that determine what fighting style you will play. If there is a giant horde of enemies rushing towards you, then you will use a frost spell to slow some down, then take out your battleaxe and kill the remaining ones. If there are a few enemies who do not know that you are there, take out you bow, and sneak up closer in order to snipe them one by one. And if there is only a few enemies that are rushing towards you (like a pack of wolves) then just take out your frost magic and kill them. 

    Daily Life: Now this was a tough one to figure out, but in the end I realized the perfect type of character he would be. Since he is a "Leave me alone" type of guy, then I decided to make him try to stay in the wilds as much as he can. The only times you go into a city is for supplies (and most times you should stick to the smaller villages) or for a quest. The only cities that you should become Thane for is really Morthal (for the house) and Whiterun (for main quest). After that then try and leave the politics to the politicians. When you are in the wilds (and this will be tough for people with the mod Frostfall) you want to stay in the northern areas because it reminds him of home (as stated in the backstory). This is also a great place to be because, (for people with RN&D) there is a lot more game to hunt in the northern parts of Skyrim, and that is good if you have that mod because there is more food to eat, without you having to go into the cities. For you home and family life, you want to buy the house in Morthal (since it is in the North/cold areas and there is a great addon for fishing, which will supply you with more food) and even though you hate company, still get married and have kids because you are the last of your Skaal family and you want to re-create the great tribe.




    Chest: Stalhrim Armor (Light) @ Fortify Destruction w/ Magicka Regen

    Boots: Stalhrim Boots (Light) @ Resist Frost

    Gloves: Stalhrim Gloves (Light) @ Fortify 2-Handed

    Helmet: Adept Hood

    2-Handed weapons: Stalhrim Battleaxe @ Ice Damage

    Bow: Stalhrim Bow @ Ice Damage

    Arrows: Ancient Nord Arrows (Hero or Normal does not matter) OR Stalhrim Arrows

    Spells: Frostbite, Ice Spike, Frost Cloak, Summon Frost Atronach (Conjuration, but no perks used in this skill), Freeze, Frost Rune, Ice Storm, and Blizzard

    Perk Spread (Skyrim Calculator and Picture)


    If the spread is hard to read, just open the picture in another page and it will enlarge, or use the calculator one.

    Recommended Quests

    - Main Quest

    - Dragonborn

    - Dawnguard (side with Dawnguard)

    - Companions (good choice if you want to get a Nord follower quick)

    - College of Winterhold (easy access to spells)

    - A new source of Stalhrim (so you can actually mine Stalhrim)


    - Thanks to "asks-many-questions" for the amazing name

    - Thanks to all the people who voted on which name I should choose

    - Thanks to "Ben C." for the other name I almost chose "The Blue Banshee"

    - Thanks to Bethesda for making Skyrim

    - Thanks to all you people for inspiring me to get back into RPG games

    Hope you all like it 


  • Member
    July 7, 2014

    This is your first build, right? Way to get all the essential elements on your first go! Its good to have a new Stalhrim build around. Only thing I have to say is that I could have done without the second two journal entries; they didn't do anything more to hook me on the character.

  • July 7, 2014

    Well done. My only complaint is an aesthetics one - the font is a bit small (my default page size is 150% and was still difficult for my old eyes to read).

  • Member
    July 7, 2014

    No, second. But thank you very much. I realized that the second two were not as good, but I thought I should include the part where he is captured by the imperials

  • Member
    July 7, 2014

    If it's not really important to the character's background, you may be better off just leaving the "how I got captured" up to the player. Where's your first build? I didn't see a link on your page.

  • Member
    July 7, 2014
    This is quite a good build Haper, a few spelling errors, but good overall
  • Member
    July 7, 2014

    Oh I didn't leave one, but It is called "The Divine

  • Member
    July 7, 2014

    I don't like big font, just a pet peeve, sorry

  • Member
    July 7, 2014

    I will change it to a bigger size

  • Member
    July 7, 2014

    Haper -_-