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Wild but not savage elves
[upate: pdf is up, excerpt below!]

Actually I think this book is the first I wrote since I began playing Skyrim… It’s about the Ayleid of course, the wild elves. I wrote this book in a single dash, very quickly but came with the theories inside during a RP session that lasted for a good time. There was lots lots of improvisation during the play but things just fit together on their own I guess. I hope you enjoy, I had a lot of fun writing this, especially since the character of Leon Vilmont isn’t as brave in life than he is with his quill (you know that kind of “shit happens” person?). Leon is part of the +200 characters I had to come up for this few months RP session and I really like him.

The text is a little long, barely formated like this, sorry… I used to make clean pdf. Then I took an arrow in the knee.
Next to come: another anuad and a series about male High Rock witches (vampires included) and another book of Daedra! And more again…

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To begin with I will say simply that most scholars who study the Ayleids are idiots, and the ones who are surprised that so few information can be found about them, are twice this idiot. The only lesson my father actually taught me would resume this simply: History is written by the winners and men were the winners after Alessia led the rebellion that drove out the elves up to the foundation of our great and beloved Empire. Sadly back then humans were as stupid as most still are in some places I won’t name and they merely destroyed about everything that could give us any clue about the Ayleid civilisation they so loathed. They kept only what seemed good to them, they took the White Gold Tower, they settled their quarters in what was now the Imperial City, unaware of the might of the place, never even minding about the purpose of such a construction…
[…]
We figured out that the large stones that would raise to crush anything up the ceiling and the pierced ones that would descend to impale anything on spikes weren’t trigger as much by the pressure of weight but that of magical energy. So to say, anything alive or undead. If such a being ever walked on the trap their own energy would disturb the energy field of the trap and trigger it. You could compare those stones to the arrow hold by the archer as the bow is banded. If you tickle the archer at this precise moment — which I do not recommend just as I do not recommend walking into any trap; then the archer will likely let go the arrow. Note that eventually he’ll also get mad and beat you while the Ayleid trap has no such concerns.
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Dunmer tactics of guerilla
[upate: pdf is up, excerpt below!]

I’m really thrilled by Skyrim though I haven’t played for over a week… I am so thrilled that I need to write and I want to take the time to enjoy the game slowly and fully. Also I’m on my internship and so I’m quite tired when I get back home at night. But I’m working on video games so I can’t complain!
I have several TES books in waiting to be proofread one last time before submission. For this first one I owe a lot to my girlfriend for the RP session we had setting in the middle of the war between Morrowind and Black Marsh after the Oblivion Crisis, it was a lot of fun and it inspired me a lot. I quickly came with this story, characters and it was done. I hope you enjoy as much as I had fun writing this.

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“We should fight,” I said after drinking maybe a bit too much Sujamma that night.
“You are c-crazy, Sethyn, let’s leave the fight to Houses Indoril and Redoran…”
“You are the crazy one, Nerril, if you think they can defend us.There was already hardly a handful left of them since the civil war, the Oblivion crisis about wiped the Redoran and I won’t talk about the Argonians. The armed arm of Morrowind is no more.”
“Damn those lizards! When you think we fought that civil war because of them already! Damn Helseth and his trade ban to Oblivion! If Khajiits ever join in they’d better bring some moon sugar along!” Roran spat.
Maybe it was that drop of Skooma we droped in the bottle but I suddenly had an idea.
“Say, Roran, you’re good at conjuration, right?”
“Quite so, yes… Azura…”
“Yes, taught you the way in dream, spare us your story again. So you can conjure some Daedra, right? The ones that fly.”
He nodded. “Winged Twilights.”
“I’ve heard about the weird trees of the Argonians, trees that can move, I’ve heard they gathered along the border again. They say they’re leading the Argonians or stuff like that. Maybe that’s some invention of Sheogorath to trick us but what about we try to bypass those stupid lizards and attack directly the trees? You know what they say, it’s better to cut the evil at root…”
We all laughed until they realized I was serious despite the joke.

TFA – Tisseur

Voilà mon travail de fin d’année enfin sur le net ! Je rajouterai plus d’images du livre et de son boitier bientôt mais là je ne peux pas résister à l’envie de mettre le PDF à disposition. Cliquez sur l’image ci-dessus pour le découvrir, il est interactif dans le sens où les liens de la première page sont actifs et les titres de la table des matières vous renvoient directement aux pages concernées, il y a également des marque-pages intégrés pour vous faciliter la navigation. Je recommande l’affichage de deux pages en continu pour une meilleure lecture, le livre ayant été prévu pour ce type de mise en page.

Pour ce qui est du contenu… il y a beaucoup d’improvisation et après, un petit retour sur tout cela avec un petit making of où je détaille un peu plus ma façon de travailler en termes de conception. Voici la préface pour mieux vous aiguiller :

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Préface
(en quelque sorte)

Dans cet ouvrage je vais faire quelque chose dont j’ai envie, quelque chose qui peut sembler présomptueux mais qui n’en a pourtant pas l’arrogance. Ma démarche est un cri de joie et non un sourire suffisant.
On pense souvent connaître les autres mais nous avons notre vision, nous voyons souvent ce que nous acceptons de voir chez les autres, certaines de leurs forces, certaines de leurs faiblesses… souvent celles qui nous rassurent. Les doigts d’une main sont souvent trop nombreux pour compter les personnes qui nous connaissent vraiment, et de même nous passons souvent à côté de personnes avec qui nous aurions pu partager beaucoup de choses. J’espère pouvoir partager beaucoup de choses avec beaucoup de monde et c’est pourquoi, à travers ce livre, j’ai décidé de parler de moi. De parler de moi par ce que je sais faire.

Voici donc un ouvrage à propos d’un gosse de 23 ans trop sensible avec un esprit qui pense trop vite et une mémoire aussi longue que sélective. Si je suis resté si gamin c’est que je ne me suis pas sentit être un enfant très longtemps, c’est que j’ai vu des choses, que j’en ai compris d’autres, j’ai espéré en entendre certaines… mais je suis resté dans l’incertitude.
J’ai été élevé par un père qui m’a toujours semblé mal à l’aise dans toutes ses interactions sociales, et par une mère qui portait aux nues toutes les personnes ne faisant pas partie de sa cellule familiale. Comme tous les enfants j’ai essayé de plaire à mes parents, j’ai appris à décoder les félicitations dans cette façon d’être mal à l’aise un peu différente que mon père avait en recopiant certains de mes textes pour les mettre en forme et les imprimer, dans les grimaces de ma mère quand elle regardait mes dessins et mes écrits et sa façon de pointer la moindre de mes erreurs. On fait ce qu’on peut avec ce qu’on a.
Nous sommes ce potentiel de départ avec lequel nous naissons et nous sommes tous ces gens que nous côtoyons tout au long de notre vie, qui nous influencent, nous conditionnent, qui parfois nous brisent ou nous aident à nous reconstruire.
Parler de tous ces gens qui ont fait de moi ce que je suis me prendrait trop de temps alors je dois me contenter de les remercier – certains plus ou moins que d’autres; et de songer à ce que j’ai appris.

Je suis un esprit créatif, on m’a toujours dit que j’avais une incroyable imagination. Pourtant j’ai toujours été cruellement rationnel… Chacun a sa vision de sa propre créativité, pour moi il s’agit plus d’ingéniosité. Je regarde ce que je vois et je me demande ce que je peux en faire, je suis un ingénieur. J’observe et je rassemble les idées, j’établis des connections, je suis un tisseur. À présent je vais parler un peu de ce que je vois et de comment j’en fais quelque chose. Je vais vous montrer des textes et des images, des embryons de concept, des poèmes, des réflexions. Si cela vous intéresse, sans doute en connaîtrez-vous davantage sur moi et j’en serai honoré.

Ci-après vous trouverez un peu de tout, des bouts de choses variées, surtout de l’improvisation ordonnée encore très brute… Et plus loin quelque mots sur la façon dont je travaille, les différentes techniques que j’emploie régulièrement. Le ton sera quelque peu didactique car bien que ma volonté ne soit pas de donner des leçons, quand il s’agit de théorie c’est au final le moyen le plus efficace pour expliquer ce dont il est sujet, ça permet de prendre le recul qu’on n’a pas forcément le reste du temps. Et que je l’avoue, j’aime expliquer pour partager, communiquer. Je ne prétend pas un instant que les méthodes que j’utilise sont les meilleures, les plus abouties ou quoi que ce soit, ce sont simplement mes méthodes et elles me sont appropriées, elles conviennent à mon esprit et à sa configuration.
Puisse votre lecture être plaisante et donner une raison d’être à ce livre.

TES 3 – Var Var Var II

Sequel to Var Var Var – Book I. After the Khajiits got freed the life goes on in Ebonheart.
Regarding the illustrations the style evolves to reflect the new quality of life.

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Var Var Var – Book II
by S’ahara

[…]M’ahara took the name of S’ahara for now she was a mother, and after all she had been into she was not a young Khajiit anymore but a mature adult. To this son she loved with all her heart she gave the name J’aiq. The mere fact of seeing him filled her with the greatest bliss for he was her son and Kumara’s son.[…]

(click the image above to read the story)

TES 3 – Var Var Var I

I wrote this TES fanfiction in French first, something like one year ago and decided to translate it. Formated as an Elder Scrolls book it looks quite long but actually it’s only 5 pages long plus the illustrations! =D
The story sets in Morrowind and is written from a Khajiit female’s point of view. The first book is mostly about slavery in the mines of Caldera, the 3 other books of the series will come as I translate them.
Regarding the illustrations I kept the style quite naive and primitive and tried to make the drawings look a bit like they were carved in wood with feline claws. …Do you remember a note from the foremen threatening the Khajiit slaves who would scratch the furniture?

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Var Var Var – Book I
by M’ahara

[…] M’ahara didn’t like this. She yet started to miss her home of Elsweyr. Now there was no more sand under her feet, only black earth, hard and dirty, melting into mud as the sky cries, staining her fur and sticking under her claws.
“Don’t be this sad…” one of the dark elves told M’ahara. “If it can make you feel better I’m offering you this bracelet of mine.” – As he said this the other elves laughed and the Khajiit thought maybe Dunmer had some sort of humor in the end.
“And don’t worry, everybody will get one…” The Dunmer added as he took some bracelets out of a bag. The jewels shone like nacre under the sun and M’ahara couldn’t help but shiver with envy. Of course no Khajiit was to refuse these gifts and all laid one of those marvels on the silky fur of their wrists. […]

(click the image above to read the story)

Make your own story (tuto)


Here’s my first writing tutorial, rather intended for beginners but I think it can be useful to slightly experienced writers as well. Note that the PDF is bookmarked so you don’t have to lose time scrolling up and down or searching for pages (they’re not numbered).

It is divided into three main parts: creativity, theory and practice.
It proposes different methods to channel creativity, some are well-known, others aren’t.
The theory part is more about shaping a plot out of the creative elements you got.
And the last part is more general about writing with some advice to channel inspiration and such advice.

I made this tutorial in hope it’ll be useful to some and I’m sure it will since it’s lighter than writing books but still has good advice in it.
It also gives an idea of the way I work on most of my stories since this tuto is mostly based on my experience, what I’ve been taught, what I came up to on my own… I’m sharing it.