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Character Build: The Dragon of Elinhir

Tags: #Character Build Dual-Wield  #Character Build Blacksmith  #Character Build Nightblade  #Race:Redguard  #Rank:Recognized  #Dragon  #Alik'r 
  • Member
    December 25, 2012

    This is a fast-paced, challenging build on higher difficulty, with no option to hide behind a shield or heavy armor. That said... most fun I've ever had on this game. 

    Back-Story (lite version...yeah)

    50 years after successfully repelling a Thalmor invasion, Hammerfell is thrown into a civil war as 3 treacherous brothers vie for the fourth and eldest brother’s rightful throne. As the war commences, a legendary Alik’r rises to the top, backing the underdog eldest. Against all odds he leads their outnumbered army into victory after victory using cunning and nontraditional tactics. His name is Dragon, appropriate for his fiery aspect in battle. As the younger brothers grew desperate, one of them made a pact with the Aldmeri Dominion. He let an elven army into the country in exchange for a puppet position on a paper thrown, and then watched as the battlemages wrought destruction across Hammerfell. With no answer to the seemingly unstoppable elven force, The Dragon did his best to save lives where he could as the sands ran red with blood. A general without an army, a leader without hope, a warrior without cause, the Dragon was exiled. He fled over the nearest border into Skyrim, where he allowed himself to be captured in his self-incriminating state of mind. With no hope, what is the point of living? As he bends knee and waits for the headsman’s axe, however, he sees a power that could rival and overcome that of the hated elves….Dragons.

    “If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck"


    Race: Redguard (can use other, but scimitars are kindof their thing)

    Stone: The Lord Stone

    Shouts: All of them; unlock your true potential as Dragonborn. I found myself using Elemental Fury, Slow Time, Battle Fury, Dragon Aspect, and Whirlwind Sprint the most

    Spells: novice to expert level fire (destruction) spells and healing (restoration) spells

    Weapons: enhanced Scimitars, Soulrend and Bloodscythe, Windshear

    Apparel: I primarily used a set of enchanted light Dawnguard Armor with the single pauldron. Red Vampire armor had a nice aesthetic as well

    Perks Level 60

    Light Armor: Agile Defender x5, Custom Fit, Unhindered, Windwalker, Matching Set

    One-Handed: Armsman x5, Bladesman x1, Duel Flurry x2, Duel Savagery, Fighting Stance, Savage Strike, Critical Charge

    Destruction: Novice-Expert, Augmented Flames, Intense Flames

    Restoration: Novice-Expert, Regeneration, Respite, Necromage, Recovery x2, Avoid Death

    Sneak: Stealth x3, Muffled Movement, Backstab, Deadly Aim, Assassin’s Blade

    Smithing: Light Armor through Dragon, Arcane Blacksmith

    Enchanting: Enchanter x5, Insightful, Corpus, Extra Effect, Fire Enchanter

    To summarize, the Dragon has inherent ability in fire magic and healing, is a gifted swordsman, and uses stealth to set up ambushes and find the best position to attack from. Probably the only Alik’r to wear armor, the Dragon feels more at home behind his “scales”. If using smithing and enchanting to enhance gear feels untrue to your style of play, I would recommend putting points towards the always enjoyable Archery skill tree to make your character deadly at all ranges.


    Be ruthless. The desert is a harsh place populated by a harsher people, where morality and honor are heavier burdens than armor. Shirk them. Take every opportunity to use creative tactics with your companion. The overall goal, gaining enough power to take back your homeland, leaves plenty of room to justify following just about any questline.

    When playing as this character, especially at lower levels, there are a few things you need to remember. The 5 D's: dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge. Seriously, you have to be mobile and know your striking range to use this build effectively. Companions are extremely helpful in drawing fire and splitting enemy hosts into more manageable pieces, so keep one with you at all times. I usually sent in my tank companion first, let him get surrounded, then ran in and laid out a flurry of blows with Elemental Fury. Always keep a judicious stock of health and stamina potions to maintain duel-wielding combat, or simply enchant scimitars with absorb effects. 

    First build/post on this forum, suggestions and critique are very much expected 

  • December 25, 2012

    Very well-made and well-presented, especially for a first build! I love the Redguards, they are easily my favorite race. +1 like. Though you can't 'like' your own build.

  • Member
    December 25, 2012

    I read that in the rules too (facepalm). For some reason I thought clicking there would show me who had clicked like... guess I should get some sleep now.

  • December 25, 2012

    To see who 'liked' it, just click on 'Like it' next to the actual button. Clicking the button will take your 'like' back.

  • Member
    December 25, 2012

    That second picture looks pretty awesome, did it involve mods (looks like Alik'r hood + leather helmet + guard) helmet? Also nice build, +1! One thing I liked is that how it even went to level 60, but all the skills seemed to stay in theme. 

  • Member
    December 25, 2012

    yeah, that is modded armor. I'm using Xbox, and the picture I took with a low quality camera off a low quality tv didn't look so good. Point i'm trying to make there is alik'r + armor can look pretty amazing. If I get a decent pic of my character i'll add it on.

  • Member
    December 25, 2012

    got it, thanks. 

  • Member
    December 25, 2012
    Can I be the sexy default 2 nord female? +1
  • AJ
    December 25, 2012

    Le me likes this :-) 

  • Member
    December 26, 2012

    I get what you mean there, I play on xbox as well.