It's been a while since our last update. But that doesn't mean we've been twiddling our thumbs. We've been busy at the less 'showy' aspects of the mod:
Firstly, I have been bugfixing,
polishing and refining the landscape and interiors. Northpoint in its
current state is fully playable as a sandbox mod.
The second major area I have been working on is writing
in-game books, journals and notes. Currently, Northpoint adds 29 new
books (some from previous TES games, some completely new) and 22 misc
notes/journals (not including quest-related notes).
As a little treat, here is an example of one of our new texts, which gives a little insight into Northpoint's lore:
Spirits of Northpoint
Gaston, Acolyte of Julianos
have lived in Northpoint for many a year and one thing of certainty is
the Northpointer's stubbornness regarding their religious beliefs.
Unlike the rest of High Rock where the Eight Divines are widely and
popularly worshipped; the Bretons of Northpoint cling to their more
tribal ways. They venerate seven nature spirits; Geata, Mayag, Wodden,
Derga, Cofgodde, Fryse and Fier.
Many would have you believe their superstitions are nothing but.
However, I have the unique position of not only being a stoic believer
in the Eight and an acolyte of Julianos, but I am also well versed in
the local lore, the local history and more importantly the local
stories. Knowing their beliefs as in depth as I do, one can make the
assumption that there is more to these 'nature spirits' than meets the
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Aedra and Daedra are the only
beings in our world which hold divine or godlike power. Yet the local
spirits of Northpoint are known to dispense blessings, curses, and both
good and ill fortune. After spending an extended period amongst the
local Northpointers I have gathered and collated my evidence. My
evaluation is that these nature spirits are manifestations of known
Aedra and Daedra, simply working under different titles and different
circumstances. So let's begin breaking down these spirits:
Geata, the Green Woman
Association: Nature, woodland, forests, summer, plants, rebirth, renewal, redemption and transformation.
Manifestation of: Meridia
or the 'Green Woman' as she is sometimes known, is an ambiguous spirit.
Known to act both benevolently and malevolently. The locals believe she
protects the woodland areas of Northpoint from unnatural beings. I
believe she is a manifestation of the Daedric Prince Meridia. While
little is known of Meridia, her hatred of the undead is unquestionable.
Geata's association with nature, rebirth and renewal is counter to the
unnatural lingering state of undeath. This remains consistent with her
ambiguous nature and her protection of the natural from the unnatural.
Furthermore, the traditional offering of ectoplasm (a sticky substance
left behind by the incorporeal) further impounds this opposition to the
Mayag, the Maye Queen
Association: Purity, flowers, children, birth, youth, spring, dance, song, music, poetry, art, air, wind and female fertility.
Manifestation of: Mara
is known to behave in a strictly benevolent manner. There are no ill
tales attached to her and she is quite popular amongst the female
population of Northpoint, not least of all due to her association with
fertility, birth and children. This beneficial behaviour can easily be
attributed to the Aedra Mara. Mara's origins as a mythic-era fertility
goddess breeds consistency. It is customary to offer a sprig of
snowberries at her shrine.
Wodden, the Hunter
Association: Hunting, animals, predators, sport, sportsmanship, fairness, male fertility, autumn and fire.
Manifestation of: Hircine
is without a doubt a manifestation of Hircine. They share much of the
same associations and the required offering of a wereboar tongue cements
a link with lycanthropy - a curse inflicted by the Daedric Prince of
Derga, the Guardian
Association: Earth, rock, metal, underground, caves, tombs and luck.
Manifestation of: Lorkhan
is the most obscure and difficult spirit to analyse. Information
concerning the Guardian has been tough to accumulate. Sadly, I was
unable to locate his shrine and thus unable to make the traditional
offering of a hunk of iron ore. The stories associated with him are
riddled in metaphors and obfuscation. However, the few tales I was privy
to did supply a few notes of clarity - tales tell of him being the
'Spirit of the Earth' living in every rock, root and inch of soil.
Guarding the men above. While it is little to go on, I believe his
association with the earth, the underground and his apparent
guardianship of men make him a suitable analogue for the missing god
Cofgodde, the Man of the Cove
Association: Households, the home, protection, health and harmony.
Manifestation of: Zenithar
is perhaps the most popular and widely admired of the Northpoint
spirits. His association with the home, protection, health and harmony
make his shrine the most widely visited with numerous offerings of wheat
made every year. Clearly a manifestation of the holy Aedra Zenithar.
Fryse, the Elder Mother
Association: The elderly, old and ancient things, respect, water, rain, rivers, lakes, storms, the sea and time.
Manifestation of: Kynareth/Kyne
the general consensus amongst the clergy of the Eight is that Kynareth
and Kyne are one and the same. There are still those that insist they
are separate entities. One such group are the local 'Fryse Hags'. This
militant cult holds the belief that Fryse is the Bretonic interpretation
of Kyne, dismissing Kynareth entirely. Regardless of whether you
believe these suspicions, Fryse is clearly an aspect of Kynareth. It is
customary to leave an offering of spitweed at her shrine.
Fier, the Hungry One
Association: Death, famine, sickness, justice, vengeance, war, battle and winter.
Manifestation of: Peryite
as Cofgodde is prayed to for good health, the final spirit, Fier, is
prayed to in the hopes of preventing *bad* health. His focus on death
and disease fits Peryite perfectly. Even in this manifestation the
Daedric Prince is loathed by the local populous. It is customary to
leave offerings of bonemeal at his shrine.