Small pleasures

So, while I’m sitting here, trying not to put weight on my backside (for reasons outlined in my last post), I’ve been playing video games. Because, well, why not? As anyone who’s been around this blog for any length of time knows. I like to play Skyrim. I’ve also been playing (and watching other people play) a new-er game called Parkitect. It’s way interesting — to me — to watch other people create things. I’ve sat and watched like, two hour videos of people building entire parks and have been in awe at their creativity. I’ve had this game for weeks and I’m still fussing with the controls. >_< Oh, I still enjoy the game, but I’m not used to playing with a keyboard and mouse. I like my controller, so games that require a keyboard and mouse get very frustrating for me. Which is why I don’t build mods for Skyrim as much as I’d like to… one needs the keyboard and mouse in the Creation Kit… it’s frustrating. But I digress.

Anyway, I was playing Skyrim yesterday and I ran across one of the many Easter Eggs in the game. An Easter Egg in a game, for those who don’t know, is a little surprise that developers put in for players to stumble across. They don’t add anything valuable per se, but they’re fun to find. Skyrim is full of them. The one I found yesterday (for the first time in over 1800 hours of playing I might add) is the Lady of the Lake, who can be found in Whiterun hold. Now I don’t actually go looking for these Easter Eggs because I want to find them organically, because I think it’s neat to run across them and think, “What is that doing here?”. Anyway, I took a screenshot (a few actually, but this is the one I like the best)

It’s really just a skeleton arm and hand holding an ordinary steel sword, but the implication is there that this is the legendary Lady of the Lake. After seeing this picture, I got inspired to download Photoshop again and make it a bit more dramatic. Because doesn’t it call for some drama to have a strange woman lying in ponds distributing swords? ^_^ So yay! y’all get to sit through my Photoshop stuff again!

Okay, it doesn’t look a whole lot different, but I thought that the lighting at least should be on the sword, and that’s what I did. ^_^ Don’t ask my why the pond has waves. All of the water in Skyrim Special Edition is suddenly wavy. There’s a mod that fixes this, but I haven’t downloaded it.

Anyway, that’s a small thing that made me smile yesterday and I thought I would share it with y’all. It’s little things like this that keep me playing Skyrim. Like I mentioned before, I’ve been playing it for over 1800 hours, and I still haven’t seen everything there is to see. One day I’ll find another game like it, but so far? I like Skyrim.

9 thoughts on “Small pleasures

  1. Melanie B Cee

    Actually YOUR Photoshopped version of that Easter Egg/Lady thingie is a whole lot clearer (to me). I couldn’t tell, until you said what it was, that it was a skeletal arm/hand with a sword sticking out of the water in their version. Kudos!! 🙂

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    1. Willow Post author

      Thanks! It’s quite foggy around that little pond, but running it through some levels and curves filters really does clear up some of that fog. Plus fussing with the lighting. That’s what took the longest… getting the lighting the way I wanted it. Lucky for me, all of that fog means no shadows or reflections to speak of. ^_^ Makes it way easier to change the lighting.

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