T O P

Alright Ralof, can you tell me what these things are again for the 134th time?

Alright Ralof, can you tell me what these things are again for the 134th time?

LavosYT

You can also just let him get to riverwood on his own


Ghetto_BlastMaster

But he got that 'we better split up, follow me' vibe...


MyEnglisHurts

Bro what the fuck is that fucking line. He sais "its better if we split up" so thr first time i played I'm like "oh OK we split up.... So you go down that road?.... Mm ok i guess I will just walk randomly through the forest..... Oh shit is that a fox? Can I kill it? I can!.... Wtf i can pick up flowers?? What m i gona do with them??.......... Oh wait what the fuck do I have to do? Riverwood? How do I get there??? " After like 30 hours of playing I discovered what a guardian stone is, the steed stone being the one that I discovered.


lukenny4

Steed stone is underrated!


rjbachli

The most important stone imo


Nickspurr44

Steed is the one I always use after the initial 3.


Karthull

Nah those first 3 are the only stones worth using


Magikman42

nah you can use the atronach stone to become totally immune to spell damage


Karthull

And not recover magicka passively if I remember right. So you basically can’t use magic unless your fighting magic


Magikman42

late game all your magicka regen comes from pots regardless


Karthull

Nah to much hassle to use pots like that, only use them if I need more magicka right this second for something... which is pretty rare, which is why no playthrough is possible without 5000 potions in your inventory


MyEnglisHurts

I love it bro


Clearwine

This. The first time I played it I was so immersed, and right after we got thru the tutorial cave, he said to split up. He went right, so naturally I went left. Wandered around a minute, heard some wood-chopping sound, trailed it back to some tents and I decided to maybe go see the locals. Then those 3 bandits mugged my newb ass.


VaiManDan

Oh my god, the nostalgia. And then you go wear the cool robe off the dead elf (thalmor) by the statue nearby


Chutzvah

"we better split up. I'll head straight there on this trail, you......do something else. OH some stones!"


ProNasty47

"you go that way, I'll go home!"


Kaylamarie92

I am bleeding, making me the victor.


FingerTheCat

That's alot of nuts!


Taco_Supr3me

My nipples look like milk duds.


paegantactics

Lmao he do be like that


Twelvve12

Oh I know this one! That’s one of them Beast Stones, yah? Hail the Alma-mater!


No-Front-9207

perfect, this is really perfect


SafiriaAmathia

This. Just started a new playthrough yesterday and I've basically memorized this sequence by now.


PM_Me_An_Ekans

"THEEESE are the GUARDIAN stones"


daltonthekidd

"three of the 13 ancient standing stones that dot skyrims landscape."


goddavid22

I always feel judged when I choose it…. « To each his own »


ghostriderz1

aah warrior, i knew you did not belong with those prisoners.


Guydelot

*selects thief* Wes Johnson voice: "STOP RIGHT THERE, CRIMINAL SCUM!"


MortZeffer

What's the deal with the height?


IHadToMakeANewAcco

they look very small for some reason lol


asuravirochana

I like it better this way, if characters are tiny then the world would obviously appear bigger than it is.


Red_Serf

I once was scripting a thing that would automatically resize everyone to 0.25 to make the world look bigger. It worked fine, the world felt four times larger. Can't remember now why I stopped. Pretty sure it had to do with stairs being impossible to climb


asuravirochana

maybe the stairs issue can be fixed by editing the navmesh?


Red_Serf

honestly, I don't know. The steps were 4 times taller, so characters would hop around stupidly Not to mention houses and buildings look so weird. Imagine doll sized Balgruuf sitting on his huge throne


Dragonfly9700

Omg that is a freaking hilarious metal image!!! Like a toddler only with a beard!!!!


klsybxtr

I came to the comments to see if anyone else noticed this. The character and guardian stones sizes are definitely disproportionate 🤨


ResdaynRoleplayers

anything under 1000 playthroughs seems to be fairly rookie numbers


LacidOnex

It's per edition, 124 on the re re re remaster is a pretty steady 3 runs a week


DesertRanger02

These are the guardian stones, three of the thirteen standing stones that dot Skyrim’s landscape, go ahead see for yourself


Summer_Tycoon

Damn I didn't know this was a thing, I've always gone with Hadvar


kdbvols

He also explains them. And judges you for picking thief


RhysPeanutButterCups

He also judges you for being a mage. Which, given the mages at the College, that's fair.


NirvZppln

There’s a lot more necromancers than mages so it’s understandable honestly.


Mitchel-256

You know what’s wrong with Skyrim these days?


Ezzypezra

Everyone is obsessed with death!


OctoSaurusRex

I will not tolerate this Tolfdir slander


Summer_Tycoon

Damm poor lads who picked thiefXD


niteninjas8

He does? He's never there on my vanilla playthroughs. Started another less than a week ago and I'm alone after killing the bear.


NonFictionPoetry

That’s really weird. If you go with Hadvar, you can follow him to Riverwood just the same, and then his uncle (the blacksmith) will help you out with supplies and such.


niteninjas8

Yeah, he always tells you after killing the bear something about Riverwood and the blacksmith. Then I run out the cave and run to the standing stones then Riverwood. Maybe I just run in front of him and never notice him? idk


Midgetsdontfloat

Probably, you gotta stick with him once you're out of the cave. I usually just shoot ahead, myself.


HPGal3

No, no, it's fine because he says he *doesn't* judge you. /s


NDaveT

I've never been with either of them at the stones. I either outpace them and get there first or, lately, take a detour to Falkreath and mess around a while before heading to Riverwood.


NK241

I always used to run into the big door in the front of the barracks, not knowing that there was a choice between choosing Ralof and Hadvar


WhiteChocolatey

First 500 playthroughs I picked Hadvar as an Empire lover. My recent 500 playthroughs have almost all been Ralof


RemarkableTea0

Alternate start mod for the win, I'm not sure I could stand to do the opening sequence again.


RaVashaan

You can still choose, "I was camping in the Woods" as a start, and it places you at a campsite near the exit cave. If you go in there, you find both Ralof and Hadvar gravely injured, presumably from the bear or fighting each other. You give one a healing potion, and you both run of of the cave before it collapses. Then that person is available to guide you to Riverwood, and as your Civil War buddy if you choose the correct side.


danluiz915

I recently did that! 👍🏾


Anisound

This is my default to skip the dragon opening but still get the Ralof start!


yigggggg

Imagine siding stormcloaks


MyEnglisHurts

I'm not siding stormcloaks I'm siding Ralof


yigggggg

Fair point, I raise you: free smithing stuff early on


Melior05

Counter point: imperial officers drop better more valuable loot. More important early game than a bit of smithing experience. (Also Skyrim belongs to the Nords you imperial scum)


yigggggg

Counter counter argument: just get dwemer stuff level 1


Melior05

Counter counter counter counter point: I can do that if I go with Ralof. Going with Hadvar doesn't help because Alvor's supplies literally consist of only a few iron and steel ingots. You might as well have said "Just learn Shouts."


yigggggg

Fair point, however


DmndPltnmGldSlvrBrnz

Dont have to imagine, I'm living it


Midgetsdontfloat

Imagine siding with viking Hitler.


DmndPltnmGldSlvrBrnz

Dont have to imagine, still living it


Nanowielder

Imagine forming a peace treaty with literal right down to the genome supremacists.


Kirosh

Imagine doing exactly what the Thalmor wants, by breaking appart the Empire strength before it's time to fight again, thus making it easier for the Thalmor to win in the end.


anyusernameinastorm4

Agreed, pretty foolish move cutting off hammerfell like that


Mortalchuck

It’s a peace treaty, and war is brewing. Siding with the empire is the logical choice if you want to beat the Thalmor, since a united empire is the only shot at winning against the Aldmeri Dominion long-term.


meme_Kapitalist

...Amongst other things that empire supporters say to help themselves sleep at night.


rs_obsidian

Yeah, Legion all the way


Mittens_the_Wise

stormcloaks weren't about to cut off my head


Viperspider

Honestly without the meta-knowledge that the stormcloaks are racist there is absolutely no reason to join the Imperials after they just tried to execute you for just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.


yigggggg

Yea it took me like three playthroughs to go: wait a minute aren't these guys, like, gonna lose to the elves when they win? And doesn't the empire have more forces that they can't use cus they are preparing to fight said elves? And didn't the empire openly allow talos worship until whatsit face assbag (actually forgot storm cloak head guys name) made a big deal out of it? And aren't the storm cloaks racist? And what's the deal with him and reach? Also everywhere under storm cloak control is depressing?


Azuras-Becky

It's tough to take a step back and analyse the geopolitics of the situation when someone's about to cut your head off, though.


yigggggg

Yea, I sided storm cloaks originally because of that


Kirosh

Without the Stormcloaks, you wouldn't have to get your head chopped off.


Mittens_the_Wise

Come on now. You cannot blame the Stormcloaks for a miscarriage of justice carried out by the Imperials. They didn't have to murder me or Lokir, they knew we weren't Stormcloaks.


PrimmSlimShady

Tell that to the elves


Falp505

I had no idea he had lines for that. I always ditch him immediately


z3n1th03

Exactly, regardless if I go with Hadvar or Ralof I immediately leave them so I’ve never heard these lines.


MyBeanYT

Same, I was very confused seeing this post and it’s comments agreeing


Al_C92

Kind of you to wait for Ralof and not dissapear into the mountains after the first playthrough =)


Kirokill

After you mix the mead with Juniper berries.


MrSourPatchMan

Yo what? If you wait for him he'll tell you what those are?


BiGMTN_fudgecake

Hadvar for life. Poor fool has no idea which way is up


MrMaGallan

Hadvar says it better anyhow


Bobbeljenco

I know. This is the Wrong Thing. But I don't get answers any where else. So, basically. I sided with the Volkihar Vampires, and finished the Blood Stream Thing Quest. Can I change that, like I mean can I side with Dawnguard and destroy the Vampires. I accepted Harkons Gift, and don't want to be a Vampire anymore. My current Quest is to find the Moth Priest.


SafiriaAmathia

This question needed to be in its own thread, I think, but I'll answer anyway: no. Once you've accepted Harkon's gift, you are permanently sided with Volkihar. Only by doing those specific quests can you advance the Dawnguard DLC content from there. If you want to side with the Dawnguard instead, you'll either have to revert to an earlier save from before making that choice OR you'll need to start a whole new playthrough. There may also be a way to use console commands to change it, too, but I'm on Switch so I can't confirm that.


Bobbeljenco

Thanks! It sure Sucks, but I don't wanna lose my Files. When I completed the Volkihar Quests, does Skyrim change? Like the Sky or the Colours?


SafiriaAmathia

Once you complete the Dawnguard DLC, there's a special item you get towards the end that CAN change the color of the sky temporarily, but you're never required to use it outside. But no, Skyrim itself does not change after the questline is finished.


shmupied

Slight spoiler. Going with Volkihar can still end up against Harkon when you side with Serana and her mother. If you don't like Harkon, you can still be against him and kill him with Serana i.e. opposing the prophecy. Either way, using Auriel's Bow won't make any permanent changes to the game.


Bobbeljenco

As long as I can kill Him


Belteshazzar98

He is the finale boss of both sides, so you get to battle him no matter what.


niteninjas8

How well written is Harkon that we all want to hill him?


shypster

We all love Serana too much to side with him.


niteninjas8

Talk about tragic, man. Some real sympathy there.


Bobbeljenco

True. Serana is like... Wow... I wanna kill her Dad


Bobbeljenco

THANKS! OH! MY! GOOOOD!


Goldman250

Unfortunately not, you’re now locked in with the Vampires. You can get cured by either going to Falion in Morthal or by becoming a werewolf, but if you’re not a vampire you can’t talk to anyone in the castle (and therefore can’t complete the questline). Even if you get cured of vampirism, the Dawnguard will still send hit squads after you, the only way to stop them is by wiping them out through a quest. Isran and a couple of others are Essential until you do the specific quest, so you can’t just head to Fort Dawnguard and kill them.


BeansAndKiwis

If you really want there’s a console command you can use to get rid of your vampirism… assuming you’re on pc


Bobbeljenco

No, sadly not. I'm on PS4.


Comfortable_Plant667

Do one then the other. Either side provides for tons of storyline and gameplay. You can always get cured in Morthal any time you want.


US_Warfighter

Rebel scum


Soulless_conner

You mean hadvar?


Dudeman318

Sir /u/Queef_Burgers, these are the guardian stones


DawnOfTheTruth

I go my separate way. Straight to the town/first tomb with the dragon shout. No roads. Just me and the forest.


Camanot

Right after the cave you can just head to the guardian stones and then riverwood without him. He is not needed afterwards. He could die right after leaving and the game wouldn’t care


Sufficient-Throat

This picture perfectly captures my issue with hair mods. The hair looks way too clean for someone who goes cave diving in pools of falmer blood and dwemer oil.


ali7andro

Only 134 times? Disgusting


giggity2giggity

I didn’t even know this dialogue exists in the game. I always end up ditching Ralof and parkouring my way to Riverwood.


Coffee1341

Me who speed runs the Lovers stone "Wait... these exists?"


King-Brisingr

I'll usually "get lost" in the woods and arrive back in Riverwood stock full of goodies to sell and being followed by no less than 2 cats and a dog.


Guydelot

All these absolute philistines who understand nothing about Tamriel or the stormcloaks crying "racism!" like a parrot with tourette's syndrome upon seeing Ralof in the screenshot. That aside, even when you side with the empire fleeing Helgen with Ralof is the only choice that makes any sense. Hadvar **knew** you were almost certainly innocent and allowed your execution anyway. No sane person would entrust their life to him after that while their hands are still bound. Especially when your other option is someone who was just in the same boat as you and has every reason to want you free and armed as soon as possible.


Kestrel_Five

Ew who goes with Ralof?


Gremzero

I go with Ralof all the time just so I can kill that bitch captain who sent me to be executed.


Queef_Burgers

I mean the other guys were going to behead you a minute ago.


TyrionBean

A simple misunderstanding between friends.


shmupied

I go with both but you're right only milk drinkers side with the stormcloaks.


asuravirochana

He's my boyfriend dammit


Wamblingshark

Where's Hadvar?


Viperspider

Never understood the hair mods. They clash with the games artstyle so much. People make their characters look like those sex robots.


turkeysnaildragon

Okay, Nord Supremacist.


CarryThe2

Lol I've played this game dozens of times and had no idea they show you the stones


Mickeymousse1

These are the standing stones


BLUDMTRX

if its been so many times, can you recite what he says word for word from memory alone?


GallopingAstronaut

I've been playing for years and only weeks ago that I realized he tells you about the stones.


TurboAssCumDetonator

The worst part is waiting for him to go all the way down there from the dungeon


TheD3void183

Wait does he take you there? Ive never followed him to riverwood all the way i never rralized he made any stops alomg the way


mythicas

They’re called megalildos


FeedMeMoneyPlease

Wait, you don't just sprint way ahead of him the second you can?


ElQlanus

Never followed him, not even ocne


WrapMyBeads

In the vanilla game, can we choose to follow the imperial soldier instead of Ralof? I just saw that option when I was doing a modded replay (my first replay) and I don’t remember seeing it.


DFrumpyOne

Yeah, you can follow Hadvar instead in the base game. When Hadvar and Ralof run into each other at the end of the outdoor section Ralof says "come with me" first, and his door is closer, so if you're moving quick because... you know... *there's a dragon chasing you*... it's easy to miss Hadvar's dialogue. I know I didn't notice it until my second character.


bluntmanandrobin

I can tell you what they AREN’T. In The Cloud District.


fingerprick_

I'm so used to speedrunning the points of interest on this path that during my recent and probably millionth play-through, I got to hear all of his dialogue from this scene for the first time. Neat.


grandmas_noodles

Why the fuck is your character so skinny lmao


Crewdoyle

Modding in sexy woman aesthetics but not modding in alternate starts... OP and I have different priorities.


zielnunes3138

Warrior Stone Team <3


MeesterFeeshey

Wait, he tells you? I always just speedrun past these grab which stone i want and go to riverwood


Witch_King_

On my first playthrough instead of following Ralof I went straight southeast and ended up fighting some vampires in the mountains that were *just* a tad above my level


lukel66

Hang on I despise “I’ve been playing this long and didn’t know this” but I genuinely have never followed them back to river wood


m31td0wn

Dragonborn "Huh-huh...hey Ralof...bet your mom can fit that up her-" Ralof: "YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH"


Altruistic-Back-6943

Having Ralof tell me would be a first, as going with Hadvar lest me take most of the stuff from the blacksmith


SpockEnjoysWaffles

no


Red_Dogeboi

They explain things? I always just instantly leave them and head to Riverwood


paegantactics

Those are rookie numbers


Keiztrat

I just, rush to get the Thalmor suit to sell. And also the secret flawless emerald.


kyrikii

Thief eh?


Sand_Majestic

What a cute couple


ghostriderz1

i am so keen for skyrim to release AGAIN (again, again)\* in 2021 so Ralof and hadvor can tell me all about these once more :D but this time with fishing! ​ * again


8Shakey8

Wait, you actually walk with him???


yuscia

Those are standing stones.


Pirozui

Why Ralof, i always see Ralof how is he better than had are doesn't have have better loot


Bobbeljenco

Thanks for All the Help. Now I am more comfortable completing the Volkihar Quests. Because I now know I can change the Colour of the Sky.


Ranonn

*Alright Hadvar