28DCD Day Eighteen (Trygve): Friends, Enemies, Frenemies

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.

28DCD Day Seventeen (Trygve): TARDIS

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.

28DCD Day Sixteen (Trygve): Patronus

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 CoronetsWithnail & 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.

28DCD Day Fifteen (Trygve): Inheritance.

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.

28DCD Day Fourteen (Trygve): Relationships (Lydia)

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.

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28DCD Day Thirteen (Trygve): Weaknesses, vices, and/or bad habits

Regardless of how much Iona teases him for it, Trygve’s favorite drink is Talen-Jei’s White-Gold Tower and he will drink them to excess, correcting those who refer to him as milk-drinker to cream-drinker which is more accurate.  Trygve is obsessively organized and without even thinking he will organize things according to his preference, even if they belong to someone else to the point where it’s rather rude.  Elspeth doesn’t really mind this, however, it drives Lydia nuts.  With respect to skill-based weaknesses from the game, Trygve doesn’t fight well with two-handed weapons and shields.  He also can’t smith or pick locks very well.  

28DCD Day Twelve (Trygve): Dear Past Me

This is addressed to a 16-17 year old Trygve, before he’s left the Rift for any extended period of time.  He’s young, confident, and feels a bit indestructible.

Dear Trygve,

You (or is it “I” or “We”? Never mind) are a very serious young man, hard working and dependable.  But you are still young.  To say you’ve worked hard would be an understatement.  You’re a perfectionist and it shows in everything you do.  That said, you’ve led a rather charmed life so far.  Your talents and skills have gotten you and your friends out of trouble more times than I can count but do not, for one moment, discount the fact that there have been times where you were just plain lucky.

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28DCD Day Ten (Trygve): Coping Mechanisms

Trygve is generally pretty stoic, especially with respect to things he cannot control.  However, if it is something he can control, he goes all out and will try to Fix All The Things.  When something happens that surpasses his ability to remain dispassionate, he tends to retreat: going for a long hikes in the mountains or to a favorite spot where he can just sit and tune into the sounds of nature, waterfalls, insects, and so forth. Shadowgreen cavern is one such place.  He spent quite a bit of time there when he lived in Solitude because of reasons.  The only person Trygve has been known to confide in with any regularity is Iona.  Otherwise, he keeps things to himself.  

28DCD Day Nine (Trygve): Deepest Kept Secret(s)

He considers the truth of Elspeth’s identity the most important secret he has been trusted with, but also does not consider it his secret.  Otherwise, there are things he keeps to himself, including the details of his relationship with Melaran and the last conversation he had with his brother.  He will mention that they fought but not what was said between them.  He also keeps his sex life to himself.  He won’t deny it if someone figures it out and asks, but he doesn’t really invite such questions.