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Event Build: The Scion of War

Tags: #Character Build Archer  #Character Build Illusionist  #Character Build Acrobat  #Race:Altmer  #Event: Songs of the North 
  • Member
    March 16, 2018

    Greetings one and all to my second build for the latest Skyrim CB Event, Songs of the North. Get ready for one crazy, war loving Altmer, get ready for…

    Jingo Jungle

    War, many say it brings out the best in oneself. Others say it brings out the worst. I say it brings out the truth.

    Those gallant knights and pious clerics may claim they fight to defend the weak, but no, I know the truth. Once their blade cleaves through the first foe, or their maul crushes the skull, they are instantly filled with glorious bloodlust. How would I know? It's because I am the daughter of Ebonarm, the god of war. I am his champion. Wherever I am, war follows, for war…..

    I am War!

    Build Overview

    Race: Altmer Vampire, of course, due to the fact it fits the backstory, even though Ebonarm is, before being erased from lore post-Daggerfall, a Yokudan god, Redguard would be a backup race. Altmer primarily for Highborn for added Magicka regen, a +50 bonus to Magicka. Make her blonde with short hair, and if on PC, make her a bit shorter than a female Bosmer.

    Inspiration: Tanya von Degurechaff (Youjo Senki/The Saga of Tanya the Evil) and Apollyon (For Honor)

    Standing Stone: The Mage to start with, followed by the Apprentice, to replicate that old school Altmer weakness to magic, and added magic regen

    Stat Spread: 3/1/2 in Magicka, Health, and Stamina. Stop Magicka at 360, and 170 to Health.

    Primary Skills: Illusion, Enchanting, Archery

    Secondary Skills: Smithing, Destruction, Speech

    The eyes that only see prey
    An instinct to act on
    The bloodlust and it’s just
    Not enough … Not enough


    Combat with the Scion of War is also about the chaotic circus that is the battlefield. With the usage of explosive bolts, Fury/Fear Spells, and followers, you’ll have a blast.

    Combat is primarily a ranged affair. With Faendel as my follower for early game, primarily due to the fact he trains up to Adept level in Archery, you should focus first on thinning out the herd, well, actually first scope out the enemies, checking, say, if they have any mages or armored two-handers, then pop a Fortify Illusion potion and start spamming Fury and Fear spells so you got your foes beating down on each other, then switch to either your Crossbow, if you have any bolts, or your spells, primarily ones with an AOE like Fireball or Chain Lightning, and start spamming them to whittle down your enemies’ health even more. Focus on ranged enemies such as archers and mages, as they can do more damage from far away. Toss in Marked for Death for added lessened enemy AR. Always keep moving.

    Dragons are fairly easy to beat as, with shock damage and exploding shock bolts, you’ll be steadily draining ths Magicka of any Dov you face off, and if you didn’t know, Shouts are considered magic based attacks, so no MP in your flying lizard frenemy, then they’ll be forced to land.

    Follower wise, you’ll soon wanna ditch good ol’ Faendel for Jenassa, that wonderful Dunmeri mercenary and now your second in command of your little mercenary unit.

    Quest wise you’ll stick with the Main Quest, Dawnguard (Cause even if this gal loves war, she doesn’t want to be on the losing side), Stormcloaks and Imperials (You can switch sides by giving the Jagged Crown to leader of the opposing faction), College of Winterhold, Dragonborn, and the Dark Brotherhood.

    Face true power, weaklings!

    An execution fulfilled
    Their justice, corrupted
    So ascent of torment



    Smithing-A purely optional skill, used primarily for crafting bolts and Elven Arrows for use with Auriel’s Bow.

    Enchanting-Used to boost your survivability, rename items, and buff your skills and regen.

    Archery-Your main method of dealing ranged damage, primarily via Explosive bolts for that sweet AOE damage.

    Illusion-Used primarily to lessen your enemies numbers via Fury and Fear spells, as well as Courage spells to buff your allies.

    Destruction-Before you get your Crossbow, and when you run out of bolts, this will be your main method of ranged damage dealing

    Speech-What commander doesn’t have charisma?


    If you don't want another bolt in your leg, talk!


    • Always look down upon anyone in dialogue, except those in your merc band.

    • Never accept surrender, for the weak must be culled.

    • If you have a mod that does this, build a shrine to Ebonarm. If not, just equip any and all mannequins with full Ebony armor.

    • Never run away from a fight, though tactically retreating to, in the immortal words of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the High Ground, is acceptable.

    Let our hunger never end
    Let my savage brethren rise again


    Thanks to Valric for the awesome screenshots and Lee Friskilis for the swanky Perk abd Equipment spreads. Two down, two to go….

    The amoral bureaucrat turned sadist magic war loli and the warmongering leader of the Black Legion's lovechild

  • March 17, 2018

    Fixed up your tags and got most of the build ported over Chris. There are a couple of the smaller images that don't translate well from the GDoC, I think it was the screenshots so if you could drop a larger version that'd be useful. Just yeah, I can make them smaller but there's only so small that they can be and they already seem smaller on transfer.

    Anyway, don't really have any comments. I'm a bit weirded out about why the daughter of Ebonarm is an Altmer...but eh, it involves Ebonarm so I'll just look the other way and be glad someone's doing something with him :P 

  • Member
    March 17, 2018
    Cause Ebonarm likes good booty, and I fixed the screenshots so they're bigger
  • Member
    April 9, 2018

    This is a highly appropriate use of Illusion, and having the Daughter of war pelting the be-jinkies out of her foes just feels right to me (granted, I don't know much about Ebonarm, so I'm not weirded out by your choice of Altmer ;D). I've struggled with some of the Illusion builds I've played in the past, but this one seems pretty compelling to me... that's a difficult thing to achieve!

    Also, The Scion of War is currently being featured on the TV Twitter and Facebook pages :D