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Akula’s Secret Grotto

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I gave twitch streaming and YT vids a second go after the disaster of Shadowfall overlook (which I will redo when I update a bit more), and well I think my Grotto video faired better:



Please tell me what you guys think?
Also bear in mind it is still a Work in Progress and I am aiming for it to have a heavy militaristic vibe.

Answers to a couple of questions people may ask:
How many ballistas are there?

50. There are 50 ballistas so far and plans for catapults and trebuchets to be added in a few places.

What are those stone buildings?

The two buildings built from stone slabs are meant to be a kind of bunker or projectile shelter for non-combat personnel

What’s that little 1 person camp and cave there for?

That is a camp I built for a guildmate of mine :smile:

Any further questions please feel free to ask and I shall answer :)
Thanks for reading this thread and watching my video

S.A.96

Update I


Scroll down in this thread to get a run down of what’s new with update I :smile:

Update II


Update III


Changes posted below :smile:
Edited by Shadow_Akula on January 15, 2019 12:43PM
XBL GT: Shadow Akula 96
Looking for a decent trading guild
  • Shadow_Akula
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    No feedback yet? :(
    XBL GT: Shadow Akula 96
    Looking for a decent trading guild
  • NoTimeToWait
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    It feels like you need some screenshots in your post. Not everyone likes to watch YT videos, and it seems that screenshots will support you original text descriptions a lot. Just put them under spoiler
  • NordSwordnBoard
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    Ha! I put oils in some of the same exact places. I wanted mine to be a privateer den with a writ from the Ebonheart Navy to plunder Elf shipping. So, Initially it looks abandoned, but once you're committed to entering the cove you get ambushed and sunk like the rest.

    I also have a bonfire on that stretch of sand. BTW, where you have a bunch of ramps to get up to the upper area at 7:06 - I used just two wooden platforms to get up there. If you walk along the wall from the sunken ship towards the ocean, you will be able to place them in the gulley and have them be less prominent. Involves some hopping to get up there like in COAII, but item efficiency is key.
    For the entrance to this cave is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel, that no man yet has fought with it... and lived! BONES of full fifty men lie strewn about its lair! So, Brave knights! If you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth... -Tim the Enchanter
  • Shadow_Akula
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    It feels like you need some screenshots in your post. Not everyone likes to watch YT videos, and it seems that screenshots will support you original text descriptions a lot. Just put them under spoiler

    I’d love to do screenshots but my Xbox DVR is currently full so no good screenshots until I get an external drive unfortunately...
    Ha! I put oils in some of the same exact places. I wanted mine to be a privateer den with a writ from the Ebonheart Navy to plunder Elf shipping. So, Initially it looks abandoned, but once you're committed to entering the cove you get ambushed and sunk like the rest.

    I also have a bonfire on that stretch of sand. BTW, where you have a bunch of ramps to get up to the upper area at 7:06 - I used just two wooden platforms to get up there. If you walk along the wall from the sunken ship towards the ocean, you will be able to place them in the gulley and have them be less prominent. Involves some hopping to get up there like in COAII, but item efficiency is key.

    Similar idea going on here except less abandoned looking and Daggerfall Covenant
    The bonfires make good warning fires, if only one could actually see the flames from them from far away.... but then again I suppose that would eliminate the need for a fire chain....

    Interesting information about the planks, thank you, I’ll keep this in mind should I need to reduce the item count or if I get bored of the coral walkways :smile:
    XBL GT: Shadow Akula 96
    Looking for a decent trading guild
  • Gargath
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    No feedback yet? :(

    Because you asked... it's more than 32 minutes of your wandering over rather empty house :). Use furnitures to the max available, make some original composition or just fill these empty areas with something special.

    Also better would be a shorter video pointing just to the most important areas. 32 minutes for a house presentation without screenshots is probably 10 times too long, nobody will waste so much time if they can play it instead.

    PS. focusing on so many ballistas is not the best idea imho, unless this was an idea. This place could be named as Secret Grotto of the Sieges :).
    Edited by Gargath on October 18, 2018 11:42AM
    PC EU (PL): 14 characters. Member of Priests of Hircine Werewolf Guild. In ESO since 06.08.2015. CP930+.
  • Shadow_Akula
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    Gargath wrote: »
    No feedback yet? :(

    Because you asked... it's more than 32 minutes of your wandering over rather empty house :). Use furnitures to the max available, make some original composition or just fill these empty areas with something special.

    Also better would be a shorter video pointing just to the most important areas. 32 minutes for a house presentation without screenshots is probably 10 times too long, nobody will waste so much time if they can play it instead.

    PS. focusing on so many ballistas is not the best idea imho, unless this was an idea. This place could be named as Secret Grotto of the Sieges :).
    Thanks for the feedback, I will work on improving

    I did say it is still a W.i.P, so I plan on doing a lot more and posting updates every now and then. Also the theme is heavily militarised.... it’s meant to kinda feel like a forward operating base

    I find it difficult see how I can make it shorter since I think every part of it is important, but I can try to spend less time in a few areas, as for when I do updated videos they will mostly just be of what’s new and where the new stuff is.
    Also I currently don’t have any editing software so I’m waiting until I can find some decent software that I like to edit (I know you can cut bits out on twitch and stuff but I feel I need editing software that does a bit more than just cutting pieces out)

    As I also stated to another user asking for screenshots, at this time I cannot due to my Xbox DVR being full, however the next time I post a video of this house (with a lot more updates) I should have an external drive and screenshots should be available :smile:

    Thanks
    SA96

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    XBL GT: Shadow Akula 96
    Looking for a decent trading guild
  • Shadow_Akula
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    Update I


    Run down of changes:
    2nd deck or wooden armor added to the ships centre section,
    Added wooden fortifications to one of the outer coral shelves (to protect my soldiers!)
    Added stone and coral fortifications (to protect my siege crews!)
    Shifted a few columns (again turned into fortifications to protect siege crews)

    Again apologies for no screenshots yet, need an external drive for my Xbox 1 and won’t have one until the new year...
    As for length I tried to make it as short as possible without any editing (still looking for some editing software) could probably skip the last 2 minutes or so I think...

    Let me know what you think of the changes/additions :)

    S.A.96
    P.s. updated the original post to include the update
    XBL GT: Shadow Akula 96
    Looking for a decent trading guild
  • Shadow_Akula
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    Update II:


    Changes:
    Shifted some crates to create smaller supply caches near critical defensive positions,
    Added more cover and set traps near the secret hideaway,
    19 Catapults added (skipped some in the video cause you don’t need to see all of them)
    Murkmire stuff added (some furnishings I split with my other home hence why the single hull felluca isn’t seen anywhere, also 2 of the smaller felluca’s I purchased from the furnishing tab you only get 1 of each felluca from the Deepmire pack).

    Run down of what the Murkmire furnishings represent, 3 small felluca’s are supply runners to the defence points, the big one is a supply runner to other friendly outposts nearby. Gravestakes near the staircase, Argonian elite soldiers who fell in battle.
    Sithis Shrines next to the clockwork/dwarven goods, “Rescued Art” (Stolen Treasure!).
    I’ve scattered the lights from the pack all over the place too.

    Again I’ve tried to keep this one as small as possible but I got a bit sidetracked towards the end (basically when I go up the southern hill (if you guys can see the compass?) basically the hill with the fire with the wooden planks next to it, skip to when I’m in the water heading back to the main ship)

    As per my thread showing my other house Screenshots coming soon (January 2019 at the latest)

    Any questions, comments or critism? please feel free to ask, comment and criticise :smile:

    S.A.96
    XBL GT: Shadow Akula 96
    Looking for a decent trading guild
  • Shadow_Akula
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    Update III


    This update is a full video this time, and if I got the link right it’ll be my edited version (my first attempt at editing)

    What’s new:
    Trebuchets,
    Ramps (replaced old coral shelves)
    Shifted my craft tables and training dummies over from my overlook house to this one
    Got a merchant and banker now too :smile:
    Other changes are mostly small things

    Enjoy the vid and don’t forget to give me some feedback on what I can improve house-wise or editing-wise :smile:

    S.A.96

    P.s. unfortunately this may be the last update video for my Grotto house as I fear ZoS will never give us weapon furnishings and that’s what I’m waiting for to add the finishing touches

    Edit: for the curious, there are around 570-575 furnishings used in this house so far, as previously mentioned I’d like to save the last 125-130 spots until zos provides us with weapon furnishings but that will not happen so I keep these spots empty, leaving the house unfinished forever.
    Edited by Shadow_Akula on January 16, 2019 5:42PM
    XBL GT: Shadow Akula 96
    Looking for a decent trading guild
  • Shadow_Akula
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    Update: at this moment in time there’s no new video however I have changed a few thing around and have new planned additions, figured I’d mention a few changes and planned additions before creating a video when the changes have been implemented.

    Changes:
    •The stone block walls of the large safe room/siege bunker have been replaced by 3 long Alinor walls (this helped cut down my piece count)

    •Added a few pets to liven up some places

    •Shifted the Assistants and Dummies around

    •Shifted some supplies and looted goods.... uh I mean rescued goods around

    •Added quick rest areas (14 khajit fur beds scattered in pairs around the place, giving a total 30 bed spaces when added to the bedding already in house between ship crew and base army) for the imaginary army using this place as a base.


    Planned:
    •I’m going to do the Precursor quest on all characters and use the resulting dummies to help create an illusion of an army with Factotum/Clockwork technology (stopping at 10 precursors for this house, plan on shifting any others I earn to my overlook to form a Royal Guard in the throne room) (2 down 8 more to go for this house

    •Adding in a small pile flagpoles as spears since it’s the only affordable thing that’s close to a weapon that isn’t a woodcutters axe or a tiny knife

    •Continue finding ways to reduce/remove unnecessary items while maintaining a look close to that which I already have achieved.

    •Waiting for ZoS to actually listen and give the players weapon and armor furnishings.

    As I said in my Psijic Villa post; Akula’s High Hall update II coming soon (will be posted under the relevant thread once it is ready)


    Thanks for reading

    S.A.96
    XBL GT: Shadow Akula 96
    Looking for a decent trading guild
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