Alright, the time has come to reveal one of my pearls, the Velothi Reverie. With these larger houses, I will be decorating them according to a theme, and this house serves as my grand library. Unfortunately, we all know that showcasing books in ESO homes is a bit of a pain. One thing is placement, the books can often be hard to fit onto objects or into bookcases, and you have to place them very carefully for them to be even readable and interactable. However, by far the largest frustration with books is how massively an amount of item slots they eat up. Each little book takes up a slot, so 200-250 books, which is about the amount I have in my library, eats up an accordingly amount of slots, which leaves very few slots left for the rest of the place. That means that while I am quite happy with how my library section of the Velothi Reverie turned out, the rest of the home is unfortunately quite sparsely decorated. For shame, ZOS. You're really making it hard to enjoy this decorating sometimes. Not to mention how almost all the book clutter items are Crown Store exclusives, such as stacks of books and scrolls. I only use a few of those in this home, since I won't feed ZOS a massive amount of money for hiding these items behind a paywall.
My library contains all of the Shalidor's Library books that concern the topics of magic, enchantment, history, artifacts as well as Daedra and Coldharbour. It also contains a few assorted books, as well as most of the lorebooks from the Deshaan and Stonefalls zones (those that are about dark elves anwyay, I passed on the Nord and Argonian related books, sorry). This reflects the personal taste of this Dunmer librarian, and quite frankly it was impossible to include every single Shalidor's Library book in this home, and still have it look somewhat cool, with the furniture limit. Where are the 36 Sermons of Vivec and the Truth in Sequence series? While I would have liked to include them here as well, they simply took up too many furniture slots, so I have saved them in a small library at my mage's laboratory in Quondam Indorilia instead.
Anywho, another thing I have been thinking about is video recording. I am now getting to some of the homes that are so large and full of detail, that it will take a massive amount of pictures to do them justice, so I am going to try and see if I can instead record some video clips and present them in that way instead. I have never done this before, so I am open for tips regarding recording and editing software and such.
As for this presentation, I will first present the library, the heart and soul of my Velothi Reverie, in this post, and in another post will follow pictures from the rest of the house, to split it up a bit.
So, here we are. The library occupies the entire basement area. I really like how the pillars break the view up a bit, with a long hallway and some side alleys. Perfect design for a library vault.
The view of the long hallway
Close up of a book displayed on a desk
A sofa and pillows arrangement has been placed at the end of the hallway, a reading area
The pillars provide opportunity to hang braziers, lights and censers for atmosphere
A panorama of the reading area. A cozy sofa and pillows have been placed near the table, lots of book clutter and some readable books as well
The reading and studying area
A scroll case provides fresh parchment as well as various bound scrolls
A table has been set against one pillar, with writing implements as well as various book clutter
No Dunmer library is complete without a Velothi book of ancestors as well as a small meditation stool
Panorama of the opposite end of the library. Large Hlaalu filled bookcases and a scribe's desk
Close up of the scribe's desk
Indira sitting at the desk. Notice all the book clutter and candles placed on book stacks
Again candles and books
A closer look at the vaulted ceiling and pillars of the library
Indira the scholar and librarian