Okay, I confess: I don’t like vampires. I have never played a vampire character in an Elder Scrolls game. Every time one of my characters has accidentally gotten infected, I haul ass to find a cure.
I bought the big vampire house in ESO.
I know, out of character and all that. But I don’t care. Because the thing is in Blackreach! I’ve always loved Blackreach, and wanted to live there. Now I can. So what if the house is an overgrown vampire’s dream, it has magnificent glowing mushrooms! And the architecture, although gloomy, is pretty cool. And right after I bought it, I had a dream that showed me what to do with the thing: turn it into a big, beautiful garden, with lots of glowy things. Reality confirmed that this is the right thing to do by having the luxury furnisher offer a bunch of glowing plants this weekend. 😀
So here are pics of the empty, naked vampire house, Bastion Sanguinaris. This one will actually get worked on pretty quickly because one of my guilds is having a housing tour next weekend and I signed this place up for the tour. Deadline! Must get to work!
ESO housing stuff, that is. Naturally. My real-world dwelling is still a crappy old apartment.
I took five days off as a birthday gift to myself. Needless to say, I’ve done nothing much productive, and spent a whole hell of a lot of time gaming. (I actually did some 3D artwork. Shh, don’t tell anyone I accomplished something!) And, wonder of wonders, I’ve started sorting out some of my housing disasters! Despite the frustrations of lag, frame drop, and miserable low frame rates brought on by the release of the latest chapter.
So. Two places got minor updates a few weeks ago that I completely forgot about until I used them for fast travel and surprised myself. Here they are, Linchal Grand Manor with its new purple-flowering trees, and Potentate’s Retreat with a big statue that has an amazingly bright light.
Stuff I actually did this weekend, as opposed to stumbling across by accident, was a whole ton of gardening. Daggerfall Overlook was a big mess up until a couple days ago. There were a couple things inside, and the big barn outside was packed with plants.
Yes, as a matter of fact, those big trees do stick right through the roof. I tossed ’em in there for storage. But they’ve all come out now, and found nice places to grow in. The inside of the house is still super empty, but I made one small improvement, something that goes along with the backstory of the family that currently owns the estate. The ancestor that earned enough money to buy the place killed a dragon, you see…
The other place to have a dramatic change was the Thieves’ Oasis. This overgrown and thoroughly awesome place is going to be a shared home base for all of my characters, at least the ones I have now. I plopped some random things in there a while back, and made, of course, a mess.
Today I used the house to travel to and discovered that I’d made an even bigger mess outside.
Once again, I dropped all the future landscaping in a big pile and ignored it. Today, encouraged by my success with the other big pile of plants, I dove right in and started planting. Then I even managed to start organizing the stuff inside.
And yes, I know. It’s downright ridiculous to plant big trees on rooftop terraces. But that’s where I want them, and that’s where they’ll stay!
There you have it, folks, the result of me finally getting organized enough to do something with my virtual houses! Who knows when they’ll be finished, but at least they’ve been properly started.
The Hall of the Lunar Champion is a big home in Elsweyr. You get it from completing the main questline for the zone. Or at least, you get part of it from the main quest. The big hall, to be exact. There are three portals, each of which is opened by a tablet, and each is obtained from quests or dungeons. The portals lead to a great big porch, an impressive courtyard, and a shed. That’s what I call it, anyway.
I have heard a ton of people complain about this house. They hate it! They complain about the size, and how stupid the portals are, and how boring it is, and… I don’t get it. Let other people hate the place. I love it! I’ll confess, the shed was a disappointment at first, but it makes a damn fine crafting area. And decorating the hall was my first real foray into housing. I’d bought Twin Arches in Bangkorai already furnished, thinking that would be plenty house for me. But the great big free house in Elsweyr showed me how truly wrong I was. It became my primary residence, and is the only large place I’ve actually finished.
Like a doofus that couldn’t predict the future, I didn’t take many empty pics of the house. Why should I? I had no idea I’d become addicted to housing! I did get a couple empty shots of the Halls of Colossus, though, so you can see how bland it started before I went bonkers and turned it into an out-of-control garden and living space. There are also a couple of the Moongrave Fane space before it got filled up.
Oh, and by the way: I’m still a colossal weirdo. Despite being addicted to housing, I still and always run my game naked. Vanilla. Bare of add-ons. So no, I can’t do any of the truly spectacular things that people with add-ons do.
I haven’t had much chance to play around with my houses lately. Been too busy doing everything else under the sun. (Like work. And more work. And a whole crapload more work. No, I don’t get to stay home, I’m considered essential. Damn it.) But… just about as soon as a new one came available, I lost all self-control and bought it. So much for my “no new houses until finishing the ones I’ve got” plan. Also, so much for my “only buy new house if Princely Dawnlight Palace or Colossal Aldmeri Grotto come back” plan. Both got shot straight into the crapper, because I instantly fell in love with the new Thieves’ Oasis. Not to mention they were having a sale on crowns, so I could invest half my grocery money and get a good deal.
What? You think food is better than a new in-game house? Nope. No way.
Anyway, all blathering aside, what I discovered yesterday was that I kind of screwed up my intentions for this blog. I planned to have a nice, orderly series of pictures, showing each house as it progressed from empty to homelike. But I kind of forgot to organize the screenshots. Not to mention, I haven’t done any work on any houses since… January? I think? Until this weekend, at which point I noticed the mass of disorganized pics and chaotic piles of crap all over the unfinished houses.
When the hell did I get all those plants, anyway?
Big pile o’ chaos… and plants
So. Starting afresh. I’ll plop some images down here, try to remember where they came from, and swear to organize myself better in the future. Quit laughing, you! I mean it!
Lights waiting to go into Lucky Cat Landing
Flaming dragon at Potentate’s Retreat
The balcony at Grand Psijic Villa, turning into a mage’s lair
ESO houses, that is. I still don’t have even a single house out here in the real world. At least I can pretend in the game…
I have a ton of ESO houses. Got ’em over the last year with a combination of crowns (aka real money) and in-game gold. There was one day I remember quite gleefully, when I had a huge quantity of gold for some reason, and I ran around buying at least half a dozen houses… 🙂 That was fun! But now I’m trying to furnish them all, so I’m totally broke in game, just like real life.
List of my current houses, in alphabetical order. Pics are taken from the entrance, except for one. I’m afraid there are an awful lot of images with my bear’s butt in them. He kept jumping in front of the camera.
Alinor Crest Townhouse
Barbed Hook Private Room (from the windows, not the door)
Captain Margaux’s Place
Daggerfall Overlook (And yes, the storage area is, in fact, full of trees sticking through the roof. I dropped them there to await planting.)
Enchanted Snow Globe Home
Flaming Nix Deluxe Garret
Golden Gryphon Garret
Grand Psijic Villa
Hall of the Lunar Champion
Linchal Grand Manor
Lucky Cat Landing
Mara’s Kiss Public House
Saint Delyn Penthouse
Sisters of the Sands Apartment
Sugar Bowl Suite
The Ebony Flask Inn Room
The Rosy Lion
That last one was the first house I bought. My original intention was to only use the free inn room, which was the Golden Gryphon Garret for me, because I started playiong in Summerset. I bought the place furnished, because I figured I wouldn’t have much interest in ESO housing. It’s not like Skyrim, after all. You can’t do half as much.
But… it didn’t work out like that. I eventually wanted the Grand Psijic Villa so bad I broke down and bought it, then the Hall of the Lunar Champion came free with Elsweyr, and now look what happened. Houses, houses, everywhere houses!