Without putting too fine a point on it, there is a metric bucketload of lore, stories and text contained within Skyrim. If you weren’t finding the game timeconsumingly awesome enough as it is, you can stroll around and peruse the volumes stashed on random townspeople’s shelves – they might not provide you with crucial information or details required for that sidequest you’re on, but they’re packed with fascinating bits and pieces of history, trivia and folk tales. If you have the time, they’re worth the read.
…but really, when you do have the time to read lengthy essays about the reign of a long-dead king, it’s rarely when you’re in front of your gaming machine, right? More commonly, you’d just like something new to browse while you’re on the bus, waiting for a meeting, or lying in bed. Places you’re less likely to have an Xbox 360 – but where you’re much more likely to have an eBook reader on-hand.
I’ve even gone so far as to break into houses in the middle of the night just to read their books. After getting chided from the local guards, and shamefully ponying up bounty, I thought to myself, there has to be a better way. Could I possibly take these fine narratives on the road with me, to read while I can’t be in front of the computer actually playing the game?
So Capaneus spent a little time delving through the game’s code and discovered – by the 9 – that each story was stored in plain text!
I pasted the book text into separate docs, slapped on headings, created a table of contents and a cover, and just like that, I can read my copy of The Lusty Argonian Maid on-the-go!