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Character Build: The Water Dragon

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  • Member
    July 10, 2018

      This build was influenced by my love of dragons and of the elements. Water can either be a helping hand or a hinderance. Nothing can withstand the raw power that water possesses. it can topple trees and level tall mountains. The only element that can keep water in check is the element of fire. Water can be a dangerous tool if messed around with, but, used properly, it can be a godsend.


    Protects-Many-Waters grew up on the Dren plantation as a slave to Orvas Dren, brother to Vedam Dren, head of the Cammona Tong and Duke of Morrowind. Protects-many-waters would dream of the day that she would be free of the shackles she wears. Orvas took many Argonian travelers to Vvardenfell as slaves. Among these argonian and khajiit slaves were her parents. The little Argonian dared not to think of what could have happened to them. Every night, She would dream of far off places where there were no slaves within one thousand miles. 

    The plantation gaurds rested and ate in a guardhouse at the southwest end of the plantation. Near the guardhouse was a pond. She made sure the coast was clear and walked over to the pond, her mouth dry from the mid summer's heat. She bent down to drink from it when she caught sight of a beautiful water dragon on the pond floor. Water dragons were rare in this part of Nirn, but she saw one with her own eyes. The dragon, sensing a presence, swam towards the surface. As it broke the surface of the pond, the argonian stood and backed away from the pond, frightened. The dragon stared at the argonian. "Who or what are you?" She asked, a bit scared.

            "I am the guardian of not only this pond but all waters on Nirn. I have heard your thoughts Argonian. You wish to leave this place, do you not?" 

            "Yes, I did say that. By the way, how can you hear my thoughts through all that water?" The lizard asked

            "I possess the ancient magics of the water tribe, such as telekinesis, the ability to read minds."

    She screwed up her face trying to grasp the concept. "Who is the water tribe?"

           "Eons ago, when Nirn was still young, there was a tribe who practiced ancient magic to protect their land from the evil fire dragons. However, the fire dragon leader, Alduin put a spell on the mind of Parthurnaax, the keeper of the peace to warp his mind to think we were the enemy.”

    “Alduin warped the dragonpriests’ minds too. Alduin’s mind altering magic reached far and wide, even to the land of Solstheim, where a dragonpriest named Miraak lives.” “The ice dragons and I stood against Alduin and Miraak. I thought we killed him and the leader of the fire dragons, but we merely banished them from this plane to a place called Apocrypha.” “While on that plane, Miraak and Alduin worked to poison the minds of the water tribe against me. The ice dragons created a magical seal between the worlds. The dragon and the priest waited one thousand years for the seal between the worlds to weaken. You alone stand in their way.” “Does this mean that you are the tribe’s leader?” Protects-many-waters asked. “Yes, I am Ryūjin, ruler of the water tribe.” the dragon stated with a bow.

    The water dragon scanned the lizard with her bright blue eyes. She wasn't scanning her, instead, the dragon was looking into the Argonian's soul.

            "Are you sure you want to escape? If so, I can make that dream a reality."

    The lizardnodded firmly "Anything to get me away from this dreadful place."

            "Your wish is granted Argonian." The dragon said, authoritatively

    The water dragon summoned its soul from deep inside itself and it floated towards the lizard. As the soul got absorbed by the argonian, the water dragon started to fade. The last words that were heard before it vanished completely were "Kill Alduin and the priest. Our survival rests in your hands.” 

    Protects-many-waters empowered by the water dragon's soul strode away from the crystal clear pool. The Argonian entered the house of the dren brothers and stealthily made her way up to their bedroom and she summoned a blizzard to swirl inside their bedroom. She then used the dragon's magical ice spikes to skewer the two brothers like pigs on spits.

    She exited the house and used her ice magic to free all the other slaves. With her task accomplished, She formed a path out of ice that stretched from the plantation all the way to the sea and walked along the path. When she reached the water's edge, she conjured a boat and oars made out of ice and placed them into the water and rowed to began life anew on Skyrim. Skyrim isn't as pleasant as she makes it seem however.

    The Water dragon is a nightmare to those who would cross her but generous and humble to those who treat her with kindness. All she wants is order. She also wants pirates to stop fighting in her oceans.

    Race: Argonian 

    Sex: Female

    Stats: 2/3/0

    Standing Stones: lord and lover (aetherium crown)

    Shouts: Become Ethereal, Ice form, Frost Breath, Dragon Aspect, Elemental Fury, Slow Time, Bend Will

    Spells: Conjure Frost Atronach, Frost Cloak, Blizzard, Bound Dagger, Bound Sword, Bound Bow, Frostbite, Frost Rune, Wall of Frost, Close Wounds

    Gear: full set of stalhrim armor enchanted with resist fire, fortify light armor, resist frost and resist magicka

    Weapons: Stalhrim Sword, Chillrend, Stalhrim Bow 

    Magor Skills: Light Armor, Enchanting, Destruction 

    Minor Skills: One Handed, Conjuration

    Stalhrim and bound weapons are referred to in this build as water and ice weapons

    Light Armor: The water dragon's soul allows the Argonian easy access to its rock hard scales. Although the Argonian cannot temper or upgrade the material, she can boost the armor rating in other ways, such as enchanting a few pieces with fortify light armor.

    Enchanting: The Water dragon grants the lizard an extra skin to protect herself from dragons and other nasty creatures. When she is in trouble she can heal herself using health enchantments. The Argonian can also channel the dragon's innate resist frost magics into her armor.

    Destruction: The argonian has an innate connection to water based magic and as such she can wield the water will deadly force. The water dragon gives the Argonian improved control over water magic and she can also increase the damage output of her frost spells with Augmented Frost

    One Handed: The lizard learned how to use one handed weapons during her slavery on Vvardenfell. With the water dragon's soul in her, she can wield her water and ice weapons with insane accuracy. She can also do insane amounts of damage with those weapons.

    Conjuration: The dragon's soul grants the lizard the ability to summon water weapons and she also can command frost atronachs. With the Summoner perk,  Her frost-based bodyguards stick around for longer with Atromancy. 



    With the water dragon's soul inhabiting Xhiak, she can enter water without fear of drowning. The dragon's soul also provides the Argonian with quick reflexes of both mind and body. The Argonian will have a much easier time with giants and dragons with her newly aquired water-based spells and shouts. She will have a tough time against frost giants and ice wraiths unless she is proficient at wielding water or ice weapons. With these weapons in hand, she can make short work of not just ice creatures, but any creature, that is if her water based spells and shouts fail her.

    Against giants, the argonian uses Tsunami to first form a really strong current that washes her enemies weapons away and then she become an unstoppable wave that kills the giant immediately. Against bandits, highwaymen and hired thugs, she uses her Storm Surge ability to overwhelm them and the dragon washes over their dead bodies in a powerful current that sweeps her enemies off their feet.

    The water dragon uses bend will on her fellow ice dragons to assist her with the destruction of the fire tribe. Finally, for undead and falmer, the dragon uses her most powerful ability Terror of the Water Dragon to show her true self and freezes her enemies to the bone with her frost cloak. The argonian uses Calming Waters to heal while using water magic to become intangible to enemy spells, swords and arrows. The water dragon uses Flash Flood to deal with small groups of enemies or stragglers that have broken off from a large group of enemies, this move also works on mages.



    The water dragon entrusted you with her soul to help you make a better life for yourself. Xhiak has only one rule: be generous to people who show kindness but be wicked and merciless to those that have hate in their hearts. If you come across bandits, highwaymen, giants, undead or dragons, this is when the water dragon's soul is set aflame. Use your water or ice weapons to make your enemies' lives a living hell. Also, tread carefully because the water tribe is being resurrected and is warped to Alduin’s will.

     Calming Waters the water dragon protects herself from the evils of Skyrim while healing herself Become Ethereal + Close Wounds

     Tsunami the dragon's sudden surge of energy disheartens her enemies Disarm + Wall of Frost + Stalhrim Sword

       Flash Flood the Argonian reigns terror upon those with black hearts Wall of Frost + Frost Breath + Summon Frost Atronach

     Storm Surge when the dragon becomes outnumbered, she takes the form of a mighty blizzard and ravages her foes Ice Spell + Blizzard + Stalhrim Bow

     Terror of the Water Dragon When left no alternative the water dragon's soul takes over and it reveals her true form resist frost Stalhrim Armor + Frost Cloak + Elemental Fury

    Main Quest the water dragon must kill the leader of the fire tribe who seeks to steal the water and ice tribes’ magic

    Dragonborn the argonian helps the water dragon by eliminating the being who is helping Alduin steal the ice and water dragons’ magic

    Dawnguard (Dawnguard) the dragon destroys any being she deems unclean, especially the undead Volkihar

    Destroy the Dark Brotherhood being a kind dragon, she cannot abide senseless killing 

    Meridia's Beacon the dragon senses a disturbance under Mount Kilkreath and eliminates the threat

    College of Winterhold the argonian joins this guild to learn how to use water magic and make it bend to her will 

    Companions: none. Water flows freely, unaided

    Constructive Criticism Is Appreciated

  • Member
    July 17, 2018

    cool - one of the best uses of the stalhrim horned helm I've seen. Love how you were able to stay consistent to the theme of the build throughout. good job!

  • Member
    July 18, 2018

    Awesome build, Will. Love the idea of Water Dragons, little dudes who command all the water in Tamriel sound scary and proper cool.

    One question, and sorry if I missed this, but why is the Water Tribe coming back a bad thing, surely a Water Dragon would wanna team up with those dudes at the first possible opportunity? It'd be interesting seeing a character try and aid the dragons, instead of just kill them. Maybe team up with Ice Dragons but fight Fire Dragons? Then again, Alduin breathes fire, so maybe the Water Dragons have been mislead by him and need to be killed as a result? Maybe the Water Dragon Xhiak met wanted the Ice Dragons saved?

    It'd also be cool to see Bend Will being used to show dominance/alliance with Ice Dragons, if that's the path you want to go down.