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Davina's Diary - Prologue Feb 27, 2012
2:38 PM, 5th of Last Seed, 4E 264
I stared out of the second-story window of Hjerim, smiling. I love Last Seed in Windhelm. It's the brief period of the year in which all of Eastmarch experiences autumn, and it has always been a breathtaking sight. Suddenly, I heard knocking on the door downstairs, startling me.
As Thane of Eastmarch, it isn't unusual for me to experience an extreme amount of visitors in Hjerim whenever I visit. I wondered who it would be as I strolled down the stairs and over to the door. On the doorstep, though, was a thick, royal blue tome. Intrigued, I opened the book, finding the title and a note witten on the inside of the cover.
The note read a simple, "We love you, Davina! Happy 96th Birthday! - From Brunwulf, Niranye, Orthus, Suvaris..." The list carried on with the names of various people in Windhelm. I laughed as I read, crunched in near the bottom, "Be sure to visit the Palace of Kings at 7:00 tonight for a surprise!". Nords weren't known for their discreetness when it came to planning surprise parties.
I then looked at the title of the book, laughing, "The Life and Times of Arch-Mage Davina" by Waughin Jarth. I have heard of the book released about her life. It was supposed to be the biggest hit book since Uncommon Taste. Well, I suppose I could give it a read. I have time to kill before 7:00.
I entered my secret laboratory, a place that only I knew of, and pulled up a chair.
"Davina of Hammerfell, also known as the Lady of Poison and the Witch Queen of Skyrim, has achieved much in her lifetime. Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold, Legate of the Imperial Legion (many scholars agree that Davina was one of key reasons that the Empire won against the Stormcloaks), and the position of Thane in the holds of Haafingar, Whiterun, Eastmarch, Winterhold, and the Rift are but a few of the titles she's earned in her life.
As Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold, the College has surpassed the Mages Guild as the greatest guild of magic-users. As Thane of Winterhold, she has also brought the city back to its former glory. A recent census reports that Winterhold now has more buildings and citizens than both Solitude and Whiterun combined.
As Legate of the Imperial Legion, she, along with another legate and a general, lead the siege on Windhelm as the final battle of the Civil War of Skyrim. Many scholars agree that Davina was one of the sole reasons that the Empire won the Civil War.
Rumors completely surround the Witch Queen of Skyrim. Rumors say that she may have been the Dragonborn of legend, the very one that exterminated Alduin in 4E 201. The court of Whiterun, where the Dragonborn first emerged into the public eye, refused to comment when questioned about the Dragonborn's identity.
However, one cannot be in such a celebrity position with slanderous rumors circulating around as well. Rumors in Solitude claim Davina to be in the Dark Brotherhood, as far up as being the leader. Some preposterous claims even say that Davina was the one who killed the late Emperor Titus Mede II.
In Riften, whispers circulate in the market and taverns that Davina is the guildmaster of the Thieves Guild and is even a Nightingale of myth.
Such claims, of course, have no factual base and are simply the product of one person's boredom and malicious intent.
Meanwhile, the Lady of Poison has made great leaps and strides in the fields of both magic and alchemy. Davina, along with Avrusa Sarethi, another master alchemist, published the famous revised version of the Nirnroot Missive, furthering the work of Sinderion. Since then, other alchemists have been feverishly studying the nirnroot, and its soil properties, working to prevent its extinction.
Davina is also a legend in the field of theoretical applied harmonics and is praised for her inventiveness. With Wylandriah, court wizard of Riften, Davina discovered a way to create a magical construct and a reagent that would allow the construct to maintain a field of perfect harmonic energy while completely bypassing Rolston's Constant of Universal Inversion..."
I the book, she sighed in nostalgia. She remembered now that she did have a journal, broken into several separate books, as she went through her travels. Interested in reading them, she looked outside to get a rough estimate at the time she had. It seemed to be about 4:30 PM, leaving plenty of time.
Davina went to a chest hidden under the stairs and took out an armful of diaries, all of different sizes, color and material. She located a black one, made of and bound in leather. This was her first one, the one she started writing in shortly before coming to Skyrim.
She opened the diary and started reliving her long, storied life.
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