Friday, 1 March 2019

Video Game Character of the Month - March 2019 - Lydia - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Video Game Character of the Month
March 2019
Lydia
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Overview:
'I am your sword, and your shield'. Thanks Lydia, but now that I have Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield (there, Satamer, is that enough of a plug?) I don't really need you to be. 'I am sworn to carry your burdens'. Terrific, but I'm telling you that I don't need your service anymore. 'I am sworn to protect you'. Seriously, Lydia, you can leave. 'I have a bad feeling about this'. Alright, what if I give you the prestigious Video Game Character of the Month award? Then will you leave? 'As you wish, my Thane'. Fantastic.
And now for a little bit of information on Lydia:

She is a Nord
She is a warrior class
She is a Housecarl
She is voiced by Colleen Delany, the same voice actress as Ria and Mephala as well as all female Bosmer Bandits 
She starts at level 6 and can get to level 50
She can be a follower of The Last Dragonborn
She can marry The Last Dragonborn 
She can be a steward
She can join the Blades
She uses no spells
She has the tendency to rush into combat, even if it will result in her death
She has a very low Sneak skill, but can roll
She favours Heavy Armour and One-Handed weapons but will use any equipment if it bests the current base damage or armour rating
She can use spell scrolls and staves as well as potions and food
Her default armour is steel armour, boots, gauntlets and shield, resulting in a total armour rating of 169
Her default weapon is a steel sword and a hunting bow with an infinite supply of un-pickpocket-able iron arrows
If she is not wearing a helmet, she chooses enchanted mage's robes in her inventory over any other type of armour
If she dies, The Last Dragonborn will be approached by a courier and left either 300 or 400 gold depending on whether they are married or not
In either case, a tax of 30 gold will be kept by the Jarl's court
The player can give Lydia a single arrow of any type and she will use an infinite supply of these arrows
Lydia will not follow over rough or steep terrain (including jumping up a mountain) and is not very adept at swimming
Therefore, she will take an easier path and catch up which can result in her disappearing from sight for several minutes (waiting or entering a door should cause her to reappear)
Lydia will fight against the Whiterun guards if the player joins the Stormcloaks during the Battle for Whiterun
She will still regard the player as Thane, even if the title has not been restored by the new Jarl
Lydia is the only housecarl introduced by name, or even recognised by the Jarl at all, when the player is named Thane
She can become a vampire if the player sides with the vampires in the Dawnguard expansion and if she is the player's spouse
If she is given a better bow than her default one, she will lose the ability to have infinite arrows (other than iron) - therefore, the player should either give her a better bow and have her use her default iron arrows or have her keep her default bow but use infinite better arrows
If she is recruited by the Blades, Hrongar may send hired thugs after the player, but this happens rarely
Lydia's dialogue differs slightly depending on the player's race
She doesn't own a home, and so the player cannot move into her house, even though the option is there
Lydia will reside in Dragonsreach until you acquire Breezehome and then Breezehome unless you move into another house
She can die if not given enough time to recover

Origin of Lydia:
There isn't much information regarding Lydia's childhood or really any history at all before she swore to carry the Dragonborn's burdens. The player will first meet Lydia at the end of the main quest 'Dragon Rising', after killing the dragon Mirmulnir and reporting to Jarl Balgruuf. He will make you Thane of Whiterun and grant you the option of buying Breezehome as well as giving you Lydia as a Housecarl. The player can then make Lydia their follower by telling her that you need her help. Lydia can then answer the player's questions on what a Thane is and what a housecarl does as well as being able to perform follower actions and carry items that can be traded with the player. In addition, Lydia can fight for you or with you, and get stuck in doors at unfortunate times. Oh, and reply rather sarcastically when you ask to trade items.

Evolution of Lydia:
After the main quest 'Alduin's Wall', the player has the option of making Lydia join the Blades. Her default steel apparel will be replace with a full set of Blades Armour and a Blades sword, and this change is permanent. If she is married, then she will open a shop in town and give the player 100 septums a day, and can cook a Homecooked Meal once a day that regenerates Stamina, Health and Magika. She can only be married once Breezehome has been purchased. If the player owns a different house to Breezehome, then Lydia can be moved. After the Dawnguard expansion was released, Lydia can now be turned into a vampire, so long as the player has sided with the blood-drinkers and has married her. The Dragonborn expansion gived her with a set of quotes unique to her, regarding various situations and locations in both Skyrim and Solstheim. 

Games:
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: released (World Wide except Japan) on November 11, 2011/(Japan) on December 8, 2011 on PS3/Xbox 360/PC 
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition: released (North America) on June 4, 2013/(Europe) on June 7, 2013 on PS3/Xbox 360/PC/released (World Wide) on October 26th, 2016 on PS4/Xbox One/released (World Wide) on November 17th, 2017 on Nintendo Switch
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR: released (World Wide) on November 17th, 2017 on PS VR/released (World Wide) on April 2nd, 2018 on HTC Vive

And that's all on Lydia, but, as always, if I've made any errors or missed anything out, or you want to suggest who should win the award in a future month, then please don't hesitate to comment!

Goodbye for now, Harry

Sources:
https://elderscrolls.fandom.com/wiki/Lydia_(Skyrim)
https://en.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Dragon_Rising
https://en.uesp.net/wiki/Skyrim:Dragonslayer

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