Hey folks, I’m still working out what my next story is going to be (more on that in another post), but I wanted to take the time right now to introduce you to a Skyrim fanfiction site I’ve really been enjoying. Skyrim: The Rise of House Sigeweald is the work of Elspeth Aurilie, who describes it as “[a]n epic disaster, as told by one Elder Scrolls addict and unapologetic hack.”
Elspeth is too modest. This is wonderful work, and there’s tons of it: two novel-length series, plus short stories and different artists’ renditions of her characters. I’ve been reading for more than a month now, and I don’t think I’m even halfway through! One of the things that’s fun about fanfiction is the vast variety of ways you can write it. In the stories I’ve read so far, Elspeth’s plots include a number of characters included in the Skyrim game, and she gives them depth and dimension far beyond what the game developers were able to do. My favorite example: All Skyrim players are familiar with the eye rolling, sarcastic Lydia, but Elspeth puts us at Lydia’s side and shows us not only Lydia as a Housecarl, but Lydia as a Nord, a guardian, a friend, and a woman. That alone has kept me reading through her stories, and wanting more.
So, with no further ado, here’s Skyrim: The Rise of House Sigeweald. You’re going to love it!