You knows it! I got it working! Actually, I didn’t do anything – I just gave it one last shot, and lo, when I booted the game it told me there was an update for it. An update that didn’t exist an hour previously. Bizarre. But none of that matters now, as I’ve made it into the Shivering Isles!
First of all, there was a chat with a creepy butler type bloke who asked if I wanted to enter the portal. Of course, I did. So I wandered on through (sort of…) and found the little village of Passwall, and the Gatekeeper. Had to talk to some people to find out how to actually kill the Gatekeeper (to get the keys to make it into the rest of the Isles, but he was easily dispatched once I’d got it figured.
Then I had the choice of the Mania door, or the Dementia door. I chose Mania, as it was described as more happy and colourful. I slowly headed my way to the city where Sheogorath was residing, killing strange baddies on the way, picking very strange mushrooms, plants and other ingredients, and finding a few locations. The world here is most odd.
Eventually, I walked into Crucible, a city, and chatted with residents and shopkeepers. One guy wants me to kill him. A woman who runs a museum wants me to find “odd” things – like what? Everything is odd here. Found the entrance to Sheogorath’s palace, and went in.
He’s mad. I mean, I know he’s supposed to be mad, but he’s a complete loon. And his accent is something else. Anyway. He has given me a quest – to go to some place and put judgment things in some other things. Or something. Hurrah!