I don’t have that much to say about everyday stuff that is different from what I wrote last year on the topic. I will say that with the assumption that tea exists in Tamriel, one of my favorite parts of Dragonborn was learning that one of the plants used to make tea is canis root. I also discovered an herbal tea mod and I’m really quite sad that I can’t use it. I think Trygve’s preferred tea is Orsinian Battle Tea because it’s hearty and a little bitter, whereas Elspeth prefers Akaviri Ceremonial Tea and Lydia, Nordic Mountain Tea.
A/N: Note that this post contains spoilers for readers not caught up though the story. There is also a vague reference to something that happens in Game of Thrones, season three if you haven’t gotten around to watching it yet.
This exercise gave me so much trouble last year that I had Pyrelle walking me through every question on the on-line quizzes to try to figure out which alignment best applied to Elspeth. And having spent so much time thinking about character alignment, I knew Trygve’s immediately.
Chaotic good (heading toward neutral)
Does it ever get easier?
Trygve Wartooth of the Rift, Son of Birkir
Trygve’s family was well-respected around the Rift and while he never felt particularly attached to the place, he always felt obliged to stay on good terms with the people there, particularly in Riften where both of his parents conducted their respective trades. This idea of simply staying on good terms gave way to feelings of actual responsibility when he became thane. When he returned from Solitude, he simply wanted some work though he didn’t want to tie himself to an actual job so that he could take off again when he was ready. Jarl Laila charged him with taking care of Riften’s skooma problem and then made him thane. He was reluctant at first because he would not want to treat it simply as a symbolic title, but he soon realized that he could do some good for the hold, while still having the freedom to explore.
(What actions has your character taken that he regrets or questions? Does he have any justification for them, and if so, what?)
A few posts back I mentioned that the hardest thing he’s ever going to do is coming up. When that is over, not a day will go by where he won’t question that he did the best he could and that the choices he made were the best ones. He knows his actions are justified, but he will always question whether or not the end justified the means.
For a while after Jori died, he regretted stopping to help the wounded Forsworn. But over time he’s come to accept that it was the right thing to do and while he still wishes he had been better prepared for an attack, he doesn’t question it any more.
Still working on the playlist. I came across one earwig recently that reminds me of Trygve, but only to the extent that is quite possibly the last song on the world that belongs on his soundtrack.
Trygve’s not the easiest person on Nirn to get along with. He’s introverted and aloof, and while he enjoys company, he doesn’t seek it out. He’s more likely to form close acquaintanceships than intimate friendships, usually over shared interests such as hunting, sparring, playing cards, and drinking mead. In general, Trygve respects people with a strong work ethnic who show dedication to their respective beliefs and cause, though he disdains any sort of blind loyalty, believing that no individual, ideology, or philosophy is above criticism.
Well-meaning boyfriends notwithstanding, the easiest way to become an enemy of Trygve’s is to pose any sort of threat to the Dragonborn.
To this point, Trygve doesn’t have any frienemies. I do think that, as Jarl Laila’s do-gooder Thane, he has a kind of tenuous community-oriented relationship with Brynjolf, which is sort of hinted at later. Under the right circumstances I think there is some potential for an amusing anti-buddy road trip story, but I’m not writing that.
Trygve’s first choice, without a doubt, would be to see the very end of the Oblivion crisis, when Martin Septim transformed into an avatar of Akatosh and defeated Mehrunes Dagon. He also would have liked to live some time between 4E98–4E100, if only for a couple of nights to gaze upon the moonless sky during the Void Nights. Though he enjoys history, Trygve is far more interested in ancient places than events. He would use a TARDIS to find Atmora and see the ancient Nedes before they came to Skyrim.
Still working on that playlist and this will just be a quickie.
(Edited to add: I’m leaning more toward Rowling’s term Patronus these days, though I have not altered anything apart from the title of this entry. 7 August 2014)
I used this quiz this time around and I really enjoyed the profiles given.
I already knew going into this exercise that Trygve would be some sort of bird. At first I thought raven because I’ve been watching a lot of Game of Thrones and I thought, Trygve is smart and efficient. So, I took the quiz and it turns out that Trygve’s spirit animal is an Owl and, for the most part, I think it’s spot on:
“Owls are keen, perceptive and skeptical. You’re adept at getting to the truth, making you an ideal investigator or attorney. Your insights into the less honorable side of human nature can make you a bit cynical, but your numerous friends appreciate the dark sense of humor it brings.”
The only point I take issue with is the reference to his “numerous friends” and “dark sense of humor.” Trygve doesn’t have numerous friends and to this point, he doesn’t have much of a sense of humor though arguably, it probably leans toward the dark side. Interestingly enough, modern Trygve’s favorite movies are Kind Hearts and Coronets, Withnail & I, and Fargo, so there really is something to the dark humor angle that I just haven’t had a chance to explore in the story yet.
Okay, as I did last year, I am switching up the days because it’s taking me a bit longer to get Trygve’s play list correct.
So, the question of what Trygve would do with a large inheritance is fairly easy since he has one. He inherited a bit of money and property when his father died, and when his brother died, his brother’s half came back to him since he had no wife or children.
That said, it’s not an excessive amount of money. If he didn’t have his current responsibilities, he could probably retire and as long as he didn’t spend extravagantly, he could live fairly comfortably. On the one hand, I could see him living in almost complete seclusion, taking occasional visits from Iona (who he would probably release from her duties with a comfortable sum of money). On the other hand, traveling around Skyrim and engaging so many new people as a companion to the Dragonborn has been somewhat invigorating and although socializing is hardly a priority, his interest in meeting new people is being renewed, albeit slowly.
In any case, while most of it is stashed in the treasury, Trygve is happy to use some of his money to supplement the Dragonborn’s expense account though it should surprise absolutely no one that he is extremely frugal. Like a Yankee.
Trygve’s first impressions of Lydia were not exactly favorable. Initially, he felt that her emotional attachment interfered with her ability to act as an effective housecarl. It wasn’t the attachment that bothered him—his history with Iona is long and their friendship runs deep. But Iona tends to act first and react later, dealing with the emotional fallout of events well after the fact. Lydia tends to react in the moment and this he feels is distracting and throws her off her game.