After the eventful incident back at Vilemyr Inn, Eviryn started back on her route to Winterhold. She chose that destination because the Mages’ Guild franchise in Skyrim, otherwise called as the College of Winterhold, was obviously located there. But there was another reason.
Eviryn used to be part of the Imperial Mages’ Guild in Valenwood, home of a lot of Wood Elves and a few Argonian families, one of which was her foster family after her father’s death. She never had a mother to fondly call, as she died shortly after giving birth to her. However, a few years after joining the Guild, she was approached by a member of the Psijic Order, who forewarned her about a grave mystical danger in Skyrim. That member immediately vanished after delivering the message, leaving Eviryn extremely intrigued and equally puzzled.
Nevertheless, the nature of the said threat made her realize that she should reach the College in Skyrim and investigate the threat. Also, being a high-ranking member of the Imperial Mages’ Guild made it easy for her to find an official reason to go to Skyrim, which was nothing more than a heavily fabricated excuse in her eyes. Still, she got her approval in six weeks’ time and started her journey two months prior to the Ivarstead incident.
She had also planned her journey from the start, a trait she picked up from her foster father, ,who was one of the most influential Argonian businessmen in Valenwood. According to that plan, she decided to stop inside the Eldergleam Sanctuary, but not before she gained the blessing of the Ancestral Standing Stone of the Atronach. She knew that she could use that kind of blessing for the upcoming danger.
Currently, she was on her way to the Stone after crossing the river via Darkwater Crossing, when she happened upon an unknown person in black robes. She mentally sighed in frustration, as that must’ve been the tenth conjurer she had to put down during her travels. Hence, she used her staff to quietly summon the usual Dremora, and ordered it to kill any summoned Oblivion creatures and restrain the conjurer. After a good two minutes, she reached the Stone and activated it.
The Ancestral Standing Stone of the Atronach is a seemingly useless Stone for most of the Nords of Skyrim, as they value prowess in combat and bravery in facing the enemy while actually attracting unwanted attention with their battlecry and making the fight twice as tough as it could’ve been. But for a mage, absorbing magicka from hostile spells can actually turn the tides of a mage battle and is a small price to pay for slower magicka regeneration, which is what the Atronach Stone gives as a blessing.
As soon as she activated the Stone, the centre of the hole in the Stone lit up, particular points marked on the Stone shone brightly, and the light shot up to the sky. Then she was able to feel the blessing take effect. Which was mainly because of her heightened mystical resonance due to almost eight decades of experience.
Having finished her current objective, she took her personal diary and wrote the following :
“Today I gained a unique blessing. I hope this’ll be enough for what I might face in the future……”
Hey guys, this is the first part of a mini-trilogy for the Eviryn Sathvos storyline, in which this chapter tells about her past, and the next two about her present and future. This isn’t my finest work, but I’m busy almost every day and I get some time only at nights.
And, extremely sorry for just conjuring whatever the story needs, but I guess it’s inevitable when you’re literally starting with bits and pieces.
Ancestral Standing Stone of the Atronach looks like this :