Tropers: Captainmarkle

Hello. I am an Evil Brit and enjoy guitar. When I'm not busy plotting an insidious scheme to take over the world (and force-feed you all crumpets and scones), I'm at the gym, writing fanfiction, working at uni, playing games, practising archery and watching most things related to Achievement Hunter or Yogscast. I'm a massive fan of Sips, Hat Films and Strippin in particular, and used to be a fan of GameChap.

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    Tropes applying to me (Mostly Sarcastic) 

Please note that a good chunk of this folder is badly-written sarcasm. If it's under No Real Life Examples, Please!, it's almost certainly a bad joke.

  • Exact Words: I Cannot Tell a Lie, so I will tell the truth in the most twisted and convoluted way possible.
  • Evil Brit: My end vision is to see Britain restored to its former glory... with me at its helm. I haven't actually thought this through, and have no idea how this will come to be... it will work, I swear.
  • Villains Out Shopping: In this case, the "shopping" has taken over my life. My ambitions for conquest have been overshadowed by video games such as Garry's Mod, writing fanfiction and exercising at the gym. And this damn wiki won't let me leave either.

The folders below are for gathering tropes about the Skyrim mod Falskaar, which I hope to write a trope page for eventually.

     Falskaar main page 

"For hundreds of years Falskaar has been inhabited by the Nords, though most of its history from before then is unknown.
For the first time since the party's arrival in Falskaar almost 600 years ago a portal activates deep within the ruins of Mzubthand and the player steps through, arriving in Falskaar. They are denoted 'The Traveler', based on an old prophecy.
They who arrive through the shimmering wall mark the start of the worst."
Official mod description on the mod's Nexus page

Falskaar is a popular mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim designed by Alexander J Velicky, set on a large island far from the coast of Tamriel. It adds roughly twenty to thirty hours of gameplay, a totally new region, a series of new spells and shouts, a large and fully-voiced cast plus several new dungeons and a new soundtrack suited to the area.

The main quest for the mod starts when the Dragonborn enters Riften and is approached by an old man that complains about some mercenaries he's seen enter the Dwemer ruin of Mzubthand (newly added for the mod), followed by some horrified screaming. After explaining his attempts to alert the hold guards of the Rift have failed, he asks the Dragonborn to explore the dungeon out of concern that something may be about to attack the city. In doing so, they inadvertently walk through a gateway and find themselves on the unfamiliar island on Falskaar. Things initially appear to be more peaceful than in Skyrim, but it transpires that the settlements of Amber Creek and Staalgarde may be about to go to war, which risks throwing the entire island into chaos.

Falskaar has received mostly positive reviews from both the Skyrim community and even from official publications. The mod was written and designed by Velicky in an effort to land a job with Bethesda, but he ended up being offered a job at Bungie instead, which he accepted in November 2013. Since taking up his job, Falskaar is something of a side-project, and entered version 1.2.0 in October 2015. It is available on Steam and on Nexus, although the versions on Nexus are typically more up to date.

Tropes appearing in this game mod:

  • Ambition Is Evil: Brother Arnand laments that Vernan's desire to learn magic eventually got out of hand, which resulted in his expulsion and his experimenting with the Dream Crystal. Yngvarr's ambition to conquer Falskaar is also motivated by his desire to become immortal.
  • Badass Preacher: Both Brother Arnand and Brother Thorlogh are monks at the Bailun Priory, and fully capable combatants despite Thorlogh's insistence to the contrary.
  • Bash Brothers: Taken quite literally with Ulgar and Svegard, a pair of Nord brothers that live, hunt and fight together. They used to serve as Agmar's housecarls before retiring, and the Dragonborn has to bring them out of retirement.
  • Big Bad: Yngvarr, the Jarl of Staalgarde, fills this role for most of the quests on the island, as most of the bad events that happen are his responsibility in some way; on top of that, many of the bandits in Falskaar work for him in some capacity. His ultimate goal is to steal the Heart of the Gods and become immortal.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humour: While the mod was originally pitched as a job pitch to Bethesda, it notably takes a few jabs at the vanilla game, most prominently the infamous "arrow in the knee" comment.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Ulgar and Svegard both qualify, being much happier living in a small cabin in the forest and hunting than in their family's old mansion. They're much friendlier than most examples of this trope.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Yngvarr may be petty for most of the game, but he shows that he can be surprisingly cunning towards the end. He agrees to duel the Dragonborn while fully aware that he will probably lose, but secretly has his mages paralyse the party and player while he buys them time.
  • Dark Is Evil: Yngvarr is clad entirely in a unique variant of ebony armour, and is most certainly a bad guy.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Most of the dragons shown in Skyrim are Always Chaotic Evil. The only one seen here, Ahkrinviing, is an aspect of Shor and was responsible for terraforming Falskaar into a habitable place for the Nord migrants. His spirit also saves the day.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: In "Kind Blood", it turns out that Kalevi's biological mother gave up her own chance of escaping Pinevale so her daughter could escape to the safety of Amber Creek. She appears to have died before she could reunite with her daughter, though it isn't entirely clear.
  • Deus ex Machina: At the end of the main quest, Yngvarr is unceremoniously killed by the spirit of Ahkrinviing and his guards are beaten offscreen.
  • Doomed Hometown:
    • The major city of Borvald is razed to the ground by Kolgrim and a horde of bandits.
    • It turns out that the settlement of Pinevale was this for Kalevi, who was rescued later and seemingly one of the only survivors.
  • The Dragon: Kolgrim is this to Yngvarr, being his top general.
  • Elite Mook: Most of Yngvarr's forces are bandits, who are tougher than usual due to the levelling system but not unbearably so. The Staalgarde guards, on the other hand, are Made of Iron badasses equipped with skill-enhancing rings, which pose a more serious threat.
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Played with. It's noted that many of the bandits in Falskaar are not Nords and have turned there because (they feel that) they have nowhere else to go. However, this doesn't stop the Nord bandits from shouting racial slurs at the Dragonborn when their non-Nord colleagues are less than five feet away.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy:
    • The reason that Vernan was thrown out of Bailun Priory is because he kept dabbling in experiments that eventually nearly killed two people. Brother Arnand tries to talk him down towards the end of the "Dreams in Oblivion" questline, pointing out that he's nowhere near in control. Sure enough, the crystal sucks him into Oblivion.
    • To call The Heart of the Gods "evil" is a big stretch, but the principle still applies. Yngvarr's efforts to take it over result in him being killed by a giant dragon spirit.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • Surprisingly averted by most of the Nords in Amber Creek, who are welcoming of foreigners and non-Nords. Two Wood Elves have managed to make themselves right at home, and one of the chief monks of the Priory is an Altmer.
    • The Nord bandits and those working for Yngvarr, on the other hand, are fairly xenophobic, although The Dragon, Kolgrim, is an Orc.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: At the end of "Dreams in Oblivion", Vernan is sucked into Oblivion.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Vernan was initially just a monk at the Priory, but his experiments got gradually out of control and he was eventually expelled when an experiment nearly killed two people (by accident). When the time comes to do the quest, he's tampering with the Dream Crystal and is the head of a large chain of necromancers.
  • General Failure: While his fighting prowess is good and he is successful in razing Borvald to the ground, Yngvarr seems to regard Kolgrim as one. When Kolgrim is killed at Fort Urokk, Yngvarr merely comments that he supposedly couldn't get anything done.
  • Genre Savvy: After hearing the news that a house was overrun by Falmer and its inhabitants slaughtered, Jalma immediately assigns a sizeable detachment of guards to that area, reasoning that the Dragonborn has probably not wiped out all those responsible. Given the cases of Frostfall Lighthouse and the Falmer just waiting to rush into Markarth through the Dwemer ruins from the main game, this is a really good idea.
  • The Good King: Jarl Agmar is a Reasonable Authority Figure that cares for his people and does what he can to keep the peace. When it becomes clear war is inevitable and that Yngvarr's motivations go beyond simply taking over Falskaar, he acts quickly and orders everyone to positions they are best suited to.
  • Good Parents:
    • Both Jarl Agmar and Jalma are good parents to their son, who they raise properly and with love. They tell him that while he must eventually take his father's place, he should also enjoy being a child while he still can.
    • Kunnari is a caring father to his daughter, Kalevi. It turns out that he's her adopted father, but that doesn't detract from his parenting.
  • Greater Scope Villain: For the "Dreams in Oblivion" quest, it is suspected that Vaermina may be behind Vernan's attempts to use the Dream Crystal, or at least responsible for making it. Regardless, (s)he doesn't show up and Vernan is the main antagonist of that questline.
  • Grim Up North: When the first Nord explorers arrived in Falskaar it was inhospitable and cold, with many of them freezing to death. Ahkrinviing, an aspect of Shor, cut out his heart and gave it to the Nord leader Olav, who used it to transform the southern end of Falskaar into a beautiful area, ripe with vegetation and trees. The northern end is still meant to be frozen, but is presently inaccessible.
  • Happily Adopted: Played with. Kalevi didn't know that she was at first, just assuming that Kunnari was a single father she lived with. She eventually finds out the truth and while she plans to talk to him about it, she evidently still thinks of him as her father.
  • Here There Were Dragons: Dragons used to live on the island of Falskaar, but were driven away by Shor several hundred years ago. A few Word Walls can be found around the island, but are useless and have become lairs for bears and trolls. They do reactivate after the main quest is finished, but still no dragons.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • A case of this happens in the main quest. Both Valfred, the Jarl of Borvald and his Housecarl Goran stay behind at different points to give you time to escape the city and bring back the bad news.
    • In the sidequest "Kind Blood", it turns out that Kalevi's biological mother forfeited any chance of escaping Pinevale in order to make sure that somebody could help her daughter get to the safety of Amber Creek. She hoped that she'd eventually be reunited, but had no way of knowing at the time and seems to have died.
  • Hidden Depths: Olvar the guard spends most of his time as a Deadpan Snarker, but just before he follows Agmar and his army into war during the attack on Staalgarde, he notes that he's actually quite nervous.
  • Immortality Immorality: Yngvarr's motivation is to become immortal by seizing the Heart of the Gods, which drives him to raze a city to the ground, kidnap Agmar's family and sacrifice his own city.
  • Impoverished Patrician: An unusual case where this happens by choice. Ulgar and Svegard are descended from a well-off and long line of Nords that at one point owned a large mansion, but are happier making a simple living in their cabin in the woods. They also note that devoting their time to reclaiming and renovating the mansion feels a little pointless, since they have no family to inherit it after they die.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Olvar, a guard for Amber Creek. While he's a Deadpan Snarker and mocks the Dragonborn a bit, he does take his job seriously and thank those who help him.
  • Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: Averted with magic. Unlike Nords from the mainland, characters will take time to praise you should you use particularly impressive magic. They'll still get cautious in some cases, but it's a far cry from the vanilla game. Yngvarr also recognises the value of using mages, which almost allows him to win when a trio of his paralyse the Dragonborn and Agmar's retinue.
  • Mauve Shirt: After the first quest and the Dragonborn's arrival, Olvar doesn't have that much to do and just takes the role of a guard, with extra characterisation and dialogue.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: One of the quests in Amber Creek involves the Dragonborn being asked to kill some wolves that are attacking a farmer's chickens, and follow the last wolf back so that its hideout can be cleared out. In doing so, a coven of necromancers are discovered, leading to the "Dreams In Oblivion" questline.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much:
    • In contrast to the xenophobic Nords of Skyrim, many of the Nords in Falskaar are kind and tolerant of non-Nords. They also compliment the player on their magical skill if they use most forms of magic, even if not that many of them do so themselves.
    • One of the chief priests at Bailun Priory, Brother Arnand, is a High Elf and one of the kindest characters in the mod.
  • Neutral No Longer: Brother Thorlogh and the Priory initially vow to stay out of the war, but side with Agmar once he murders one of the monks for stopping their search of the main building. It turns out that this is because they had one of the keys to the Heart Of the Gods.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: While Yngvarr is an Evil Overlord through and through and his underlings are fairly xenophobic, he's not against recruiting non-Nords to his cause, which is how Kolgrim became his right-hand man.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Olvar, the guard that first meets the Dragonborn when they come through the portal, notes that he is meant to arrest anyone who arrives that way. However, he agrees to let the Dragonborn off if they help him rescue the blacksmith's apprentice.
    • Jarl Agmar and his wife Jalma are both reasonable to the citizens of their hold and make it clear that protecting them is their top priority. They're not flippant or stuck up either, and while they have their suspicions about Staalgarde's activities they wait for concrete proof before mobilising for war, keeping the peace for as long as it is feasible and sensible.
    • Jarl Valfred of Borvald agrees to help Agmar and the Dragonborn in their fight against Yngvarr. Unfortunately, his city then gets razed, but he is able to help the Dragonborn escape and does a Heroic Sacrifice to ensure they reach Amber Creek.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: There are three Jarls in the mod, and each is proactive in the running of their holds for better or worse.
  • Sequel Hook: Rather "extra exploration hook", but the Northern Pass is still inaccessible. Entering it and trying to go past the gates results in a message telling the player to come back at a later update.
  • Sole Survivor:
    • The Bosmer settlement of Pinevale was razed by bandits (supposedly on Yngvarr's orders), with all inhabitants murdered bar one. Said inhabitant turns out to be Kalevi, who was only a baby at the time. The status of her mother is unknown, but she presumably died from sickness.
    • The Dragonborn is the only one to escape from Borvald alive.
  • Take That: Olvar makes a few barbed references to the infamous "arrow in the knee" comment, and a bandit tells the Dragonborn that they won't shoot him in the knee.
  • Terraform: A divine version of this happened in the backstory, turning the freezing and inhospitable southern half of the island into a warmer habitat. The northern part of Falskaar was seemingly unaffected.
  • Token Minority: Kolgrim is the only named Orc in the entire mod.
  • The Unfought: Despite building up to a big confrontation, Vernan ultimately isn't fought at any point and gets sucked into Oblivion.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom:
    • Falskaar's legend speaks of "the Traveller", one who will emerge from the gate of Mzubthand and herald the worst times for the island. No guesses as to who turns up in Falskaar.
    • The old man who asks the Dragonborn to clear the dungeon qualifies as well, having assumed that it was a threat to the local city of Riften.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Vernan was formerly one of the monks at Bailun Priory and seemingly was a naive but well-meaning individual. Then he got a bit too ambitious, causing an experiment to go out of control.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Towards the end of "Dreams in Oblivion", it becomes apparent that Vernan is losing control of his newfound power, as well as his grip on his sanity. Arnand desperately tries to talk him down, but fails.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: The entire city of Borvald is razed and all its inhabitants are slaughtered. This all happens less than ten minutes after the Dragonborn arrives.
  • You Shall Not Pass: In the main quest, both Valfred, the Jarl of Borvald and his Housecarl Goran stay behind at different points to give you time to escape the city and bring back the bad news.

    Falskaar YMMV items 
  • Anti-Climax: It's generally agreed that while the mod is spectacularly made, the ending is a little weak.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: Two examples, both due to the levelling system which makes most bandits a credible threat.
    • While Kolgrim the Orc is by no means weak, he isn't too hard to take down, particularly considering his reputation as Yngvarr's general; lampshaded when Yngvarr comments on his uselessness.
    • Yngvarr himself isn't harmless, but isn't much more difficult than the toughest of Falskaar's bandits. It turns out that this was a deliberate ploy on his part to allow his mages to paralyse everyone and grant him access to the Heart of the Gods... at which point he gets offed by a dragon spirit.
  • Hype Backlash: The game has received high praise from both fans and official publications, even netting the creator a job with Bungie. Thus some find that the praise is a little overwhelming, saying that while they think Falskaar is good they don't find it on par with the official DLC packs, which the creator said he was aiming for. It doesn't help that the creator has supposedly been a bit snappy towards a video which was a bit nitpicky.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Yngvarr crosses this when he razes Borvald to the ground and wipes out its entire population. This also counts for Kolgrim, who was tasked with seeing this through and laughs in the Dragonborn's face about it.

This is a series of tropes for the mod Wyrmstooth, which is another mod I hope to make a page for.

    Wyrmstooth Main Page 

"The East Empire Company commissions the Dragonborn to slay a dragon that is interrupting trade routes throughout Skyrim. But is the dragon stirring up trouble with a particular reason and is there something more sinister behind it?"
Official mod description on the mod's Nexus page

Wyrmstooth is a popular mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is set on the island of the same name, not far from the coast of Tamriel. It adds roughly twenty to thirty hours of gameplay, a totally new region, unique puzzles, new items, a series of new spells and shouts, a large and fully-voiced main cast plus several new dungeons and a new soundtrack suited to the area.

The quest begins for characters at level 10 and above after they have been summoned by the Greybeards in the main quest line. Theodyn Bienne, an Imperial courier, will track down the Dragonborn starting from the Bannered Mare in Whiterun and will deliver them a very important message. The task seems quite simple for the Dragonborn: slay a dragon that's stirring up trouble with shipping in the area.

But things don't go that easily...

The mod has been generally well-received. It is available on Nexus.

This mod contains examples of:

  • Action Survivor: Ja'Shavi-Dar, a Khajiit salesman that somehow survives the attack on the settlement despite not being remotely combat-trained.
  • Army of the Dead: Vulthurkrah's plan is to raise one of these, so as to weaken Tamriel enough for dragons to take over again.
  • Badass Bookworm: Alberthor is a seemingly simple mage, but he proves quite versatile with his spells, and uses his mind-control spell to possess a Falmer warrior and help you clear a dungeon.
  • Batman Gambit: Vulthurkrah's plan. By evading the mercenaries and Dragonborn after disrupting supply lines, the East Empire Company are sufficiently frustrated that they decide to send in the Imperial Legion. He's counting on this, however, since his plan is to massacre them and then raise their corpses to be his army of the undead. While the forces of Tamriel weary themselves trying to take down this sudden new threat, the dragons then swoop in and take over once more.
  • Big Bad: Vulthurkrah, the dragon that the East Empire Company have been trying to hunt down.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: The Thalmor send a team of agents to the island, but when Alberthor sends the Dragonborn to hunt them down it becomes clear that their plan has gone horribly wrong.
  • Boss Rush: During the main quest, you and the mercenaries get attacked by no less than three dragons, each attacking not long after the other. To compensate, they aren't that strong.
  • Continuity Nod: The Civil War questline is given a nod by Hulgar, who notes that he isn't terribly interested in Skyrim's affairs.
  • Contractual Boss Immunity: So as to prevent the quest from being finished in five seconds, Vulthurkrah is immune to damage in his first few appearances and also cannot be affected by "Dragonrend".
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Averted with Lurius and some of the Mining Settlement's citizens, who will praise you for saving them.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: After the main quest is finished, the mercenaries hired to help you have individual quests you can complete... but they only reward 200 gold each. Most of them are at least grateful.
  • Greater Scope Villain: While Vulthurkrah's the Big Bad of the quest, a secondary quest has you recover the bones of a Dragon Priest, Vulom, who unsurprisingly turns on you and then plans to take over the island by using you as a thrall.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Lurius Liore is a decent person and a high-ranking member of the East Empire Company.
  • Loan Shark: Shargam's personal quest has you kill a Nord named Ulfgar, simply because he didn't pay up.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: If not for Vulthurkrah's disrupting the East Empire Company's supply lines, it's unlikely that his plan to reanimate legions of undead would have been discovered until it was too late. Then again, this was part of his plan.
  • Non-Action Guy: Lurius Liore is more of a planner and businessman than a combatant, and so he tends to get out of the way in a fight.
  • Noodle Incident: Elmera did something to get thrown out the College of Whispers, but what precisely happened is not specified.
  • Obviously Evil: It should be fairly evident that the being asking the Dragonborn to reassemble their body is not someone trustworthy.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the four mercenaries hired by the East Empire Company, Athir appears to be the only one not dealing with some serious issues. Compared to Daenlit (who clearly is suffering from some sort of PTSD due to her fight against the Thalmor), Shargam (an unrepentant Blood Knight with a serious Hair-Trigger Temper) and Elmera (who is a Cloud Cuckoolander), he's level-headed and clearly focused on what is happening.
  • Retired Badass: Should you purchase Fort Valus off Lurius, your steward mentions that she used to be in the Legion, which helped her fight off twenty bandits by herself.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Daenlit's past fight against the Thalmor has left her with some sort of PTSD and made her deeply cynical.
  • Squishy Wizard: Very much averted by Vulom, who not only hits like a ton of bricks but can take as much damage as he deals out.
  • Token Evil Teammate: While most of the mercenary band are simply mercenaries, most of them can be considered good or "neutral" at worst. However, Shargam, the token Orc, is an unrepentant Blood Knight that constantly threatens to kill you if you annoy him. Should you take his personal quest, he has you off a random Nord named Ulfgar in Markarth simply because he owed Shagram money.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Vulom elects to kill the player when they have done as asked.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: It turns out that Vulthurkrah is planning to unleash one of these upon Tamriel, by luring the Imperial Legion out, massacring them with the bodies of many undead adventurers and then setting the zombies loose on the world. The effort of dealing with one of these is meant to buy the dragons time to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to the world of Mer and Man.

    Wyrmstooth YMMV 

  • Anti-Climax Boss: The final fight against Vulthurkrah is considered a little underwhelming. While he's hardly easy to beat, he's essentially just a named dragon.
  • Game Breaker: After defeating Vulom, you gain a staff that allows you to summon him as a shade. Summoning him can kill most difficult enemies in mere seconds.
  • That One Boss: The fight against Vulom is fairly hard, as when it begins he can cast a spell that can kill the player more or less instantly. Even if that is survived, his regular attacks are sufficiently strong to make short work of his enemies anyway.
  • That One Sidequest: "Wrap Me Up", in which Alberthor asks the player to gather eight wisp wrappings. Not particularly hard, but it takes time.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The final boss fight against Vulthurkrah doesn't use the plot point of him resurrecting the undead, even with the few corpses in the mining settlement.