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Dragon of the East - A Skyrim Retelling

  • Member
    January 7, 2014
    Next Chapter Progress ~ 75%

     A mortal of Nirn with the soul of a wyrm,

    A dragon of the north, born from the east,

    A traitor to his people, but a savior to the world,

    This is the legend of the dovahkiin, the last of the dragon blood…


    … The one who chased the wind.


    Four souls journey to the north at a time of crisis. Dragons have returned, a threat unseen for thousands of years. Old tales speak of heroes born with their blood – mortals who could match the beasts in power. Their legacy lives on in the veins of a wanderer, a kind soul who wears a killer’s mantle. He must bear the weight of his terrible purpose and become the greatest dragon slayer Tamriel has ever known.

    And he must do it against all odds… for there are those, in the name of justice, who would see him die trying.

    This is an ongoing novelization of Skyrim's story, inspired by one of my most memorable playthroughs. It will be a chronologue of events told by four separate characters, each acting as narrators to their own tales. I will attempt to release new postings as often as I am able to do so.

    Recommended for ages 16+  

    (Contains graphic violence and language)

    Download Arcs 1 & 2 ~

    Arc 1 ~ Arrival in the North

    Prologue | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2Chapter 3

    Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7

    Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11

    Chapter 12 | Chapter 13 | Chapter 14 | Chapter 15

    Chapter 16 | Chapter 17 | Chapter 18 | Chapter 19

    Chapter 20 | Chapter 21 | Epilogue

    Arc 2 ~ The Fates of Heroes

    Prologue | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3

    Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7

    Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11

    Chapter 12 | Chapter 13 | Chapter 14 | Chapter 15

    Chapter 16 | Chapter 17 | Chapter 18 | Chapter 19

    Chapter 20 Chapter 21 | Chapter 22 | Chapter 23

    Chapter 24 | Chapter 25 | Epilogue

    Arc 3 ~ A Stab in the Dark

    Prologue | Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3

    Chapter 4

    Short Story ~ Brings Rain

    PART 1 --- PART 2 --- PART 3


    An Argonian nomad, Chases-The-Wind has lived the past decade of his life as a wanderer, never truly settling in one place. The coming of the dragons in Skyrim, however, will soon change that...


    A Nord strong-arm and sword for hire, Reinhardt has made a living for years off of bounty hunting in Cyrodiil. After receiving a letter from his family, he returns to Skyrim, soon thrown into the chaos that has engulfed his home.


    A young Argonian and practiced thief, Dar-Meena lives solely for herself. At the promise of greater opportunity, she travels to the north – only to meet the terror of the dragons’ return, and the one person who can stop them. 

    Falura Andrilo

    A Retainer of house Telvanni, Falura possesses the knack of a scholar – with a lack of arcane talent. In the wake of an escort assignment to Winterhold, she sets to unravel the secrets of the dragons, a rising threat to both Skyrim and Morrowind.

    DOTE on

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    Cover Artist: Shagan-fury

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  • July 2, 2015

    And guess which one didn't sink? 

  • Member
    July 2, 2015

    Okan... third person can be just as difficult, if not more, than first person. There's only one freedom third person has from first: you can focus on multiple characters and have them speak like they're the narrator (in a sense). 

    What I mean is you can have something like-- nevermind you know what I mean 

    You can go from one person to the next and explain how they feel about a certain thing, instead of in first person where you have the main person of the chapter say "I could tell he was reeling on the inside."

  • Member
    July 2, 2015

    I would disagree with you on some points. 

    The weakness of first person is that it doesn't have the strengths of third, and vice versa. Neither is better than the other and I understand how both work differently. First person places more emphasis on character and allows for richer, personal exposition. Third person places more emphasis on the setting and allows for broader sweeping views of the action.

    The trick is knowing which one is best to use for whatever story you're writing.

  • Member
    July 2, 2015

    Okay, okay, I get it. I do appreciate so many people trying to cheer me up, but's it's fine. I'm over things. Everyone can stop now. ^^

    I know why I write this story: it's not just because I love doing it. It's because I love hearing how people enjoy it. I'm writing for you guys, not just for myself. I feel committed for the sake of the readers.

    So I don't care if I get upset (because I'm going to). That won't deter me because I know I have an expectant audience. 

    Let's end the pity party here. I'm going to get back to writing.

  • Member
    July 2, 2015

    *Cracks whip* Mush, Okan!

  • Member
    July 7, 2015

    Some updates.

    I just got finished with - guess what? - more edits! A lot of far flung ones, too. Mostly across Arc 1. I really need to stop doing this, though. It's becoming a distraction. If I ever suggest editing those old chapters again, someone please threaten to punch me.

    My aim is to finish chapter 17 this week. Chapter 16 should also get released. It's exciting to think that Arc 2 is about 3/4 finished! We're in the home stretch now.

    Still thinking about how I'm going to approach Arc 3... It's definitely going to happen, but I want it to be the best it possibly can. I'm debating a few approaches. One idea is to actually wait until the entire arc is finished before releasing it. You know, book style. It would mean a fairly long wait (we're talking at least over a year) but it might ensure a more tightly written piece. 

    Either way, I'll be diving into my first original work alongside Arc 3. My hope is to push myself and try juggling both, though more time will be allotted to the novel than to DOTE. For the past few months I've mulled over several ideas and I think I've finally zeroed in on the one I want to write. I'm not comfortable discussing what the novel will be about since I'm still worldbuilding and coming up with plot ideas, but I think it has potential.

    There's a fear, though, looming over me... The novel probably won't be good enough for publishing. I'm still learning. The skills it takes to write versus telling a good story are about as similar as plumbing and playing the piano. I've practiced writing, but not making books. My inexperience is going to show.


    I don't care. I just want to go for it. This is absolutely what I want to do. I want to keep making stories for as long as I live. That's the dream.

    So I'm going to keep chasing it.

  • Member
    July 7, 2015


    We're behind you, Okan! Supporting you 110%!

  • Member
    July 7, 2015

    I won't punch you Okan but I'll definitly leave fang marks in your tail.

    In regards to this fear looming over you, I don't know if you  have read it yet but go and read my TOC then the next part will make sense.

    I learned three years ago not to take life lightly. If you want to write a novel then go ahead and do it. You don't know whats around the corner. Don't waste time thinking on it. Do it.

  • Member
    July 7, 2015

    Sotek, I know that. That's why I'm doing it. But there's a trend among authors: most don't get published until their early thirties.

    This has nothing to do with how long they wait to write - it just takes that long for most people to get good enough at writing! That's what I'm not looking forward to. The failure before the success.

    But I've also accepted this as being part of the process. I'm willing to go through with it, even if it takes me a decade.