I've been exploring Skellige, and, I must agree, it's a jolly good archipelago, with spectacular scenery! I find the selective combination of Scots and Norse culture extremely interesting also. One aspect of the lore still puzzles me, though: why a fertility deity like Freya is the primary goddess in a warrior society, which places such a premium on battle honours? I would have expected a closer equivalent to Odin. I'm not really expecting an answer, nor complaining, but it strikes me as rather odd.
Also of interest, part of 'The Fields of Ard Skellig' music (1:57) is nearly identical with the much more drawn-out 'Summer Theme' from the strategy map of Medieval: Total War (Another game in which I spent hours upon hours). As a result, I keep remembering my old campaigns, whenever that bit of the music comes around. I suspect it's a traditional melody, used by both games:
Ah, thank you! Ay, I spent countless hours in Medieval: Total War. I almost always attempted the conquer Europe as the Danes, starting in the early period. I only manged it a few times, though, but had jolly fun trying. (I usually settled for the lesser victory.)
Ay, indeed. They have mentioned him under an altered name -- Hemdal, I believe -- but I've not seen any references to a Thor or Odin figure yet. I shall be looking into it a bit more, as I go.
As for Medieval, it was just the reverse with me: I've only played the first one, as I couldn't play the second game on my old computer, and haven't bothered to get it for my new machine. How is Medieval II?
I found my another favourite secondary quest. The first was A Tower of Mice and today I found the Carnal Sins aka CSI Novigrad. That quest was smartly written, and well told. I want more like this in the future content update!
Dropped by most lvl18+ monsters. I have 4 Greater Reds, and lots of spare Lessers that I need to sell off once I find a herbalist. Ekhidna, Erynia and Drowners are the most common sources and are easy to kill. I'd only managed one Normal Red before leaving Velen/Novigrad though at level 18ish
Yesterday night I found finally Ciri, I was so happy to see her. I have a feeling that the game will end soon. For some reason, I would like to go back in time, to the release day, and experience the whole thing once again, as fresh. I still have loads of sidequests to do, so I will doing them for now.
I don't know when I will be restarting the game. I need it, because for the first time I disabled the save simulation, so I have pretty much the default world state.
What is the most wierd feeling of all, when you playe almost 100 hours a game, you are far away from completeing everytrhing and you still want more and more content. This says how good this game is.