Skyrim Mage’s Guild Quest – The Worst Guild Questline Ever!
I love Bethesda, but the College of Winterhold guild quest had me disappointed. I expected MORE than just footwork and exploration.
The Winterhold Mage Guild Quest was Horrible!
Ever since I got Skyrim I’ve wanted to do the Mage’s Guild quest. I’m that kind of dork that day dreams about being able to throw fireballs and shock people with lightning, and I’ve completed every Mage’s Guild quest in previous games. After spending a good hour or two trying to look for the Mage’s Guild, I found it in the north in a snow town of Winterhold.
*WARNING: COLLEGE OF WINTERHOLD SPOILERS AHEAD*
Joining the College of Winterhold was fairly easy. All I had to do was demonstrate a spell to Faralda, and if I didn’t know any she would just give me a Spellbook. Fair enough, right?
More dialogue and “testing” later, I followed her to the College of Winterhold. I was amazed at how dangerous the bridge was to go to the college. There were no handrails at all, and the walkway was so thin, not to mention icy. Weren’t the mentors and the arch-mage afraid that apprentices would fall to their doom in the middle of the Winterhold blizzard?
At the end of the bridge, the college loomed before me – tall, white, fortress-like, and bare of any individuals. After following a lady named Mirabelle around, putting on some apprentice mage robes, and completing my rather lackluster orientation, I was assigned to go and see Tolfdir, who is currently teaching a class.
Now, when I hear “class” I’m expecting a good chunk of people. Maybe thirty students at the most, fifteen at the least. But when I arrived to the Hall of Elements, all I saw were three students! One very annoying, big-headed Khajjit, a Dark elf too insecure for her own good, and a Nord with too much family issues. The lesson of the day was warding – which is a new feature in the Elder Scrolls series.
Basically, a ward is a spell that…well…”wards” off another spell in exchange for Magicka. Personally, I find warding a total waste of time. You could do more damage by casting a fireball at the enemy rather than turtling behind your shield and wasting all of your Magicka. Not to mention that you have to charge up your ward.