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Let's Give Tel Galen a Makeover!

BlackSparrow
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So, as many of us know, it looks like the much-anticipated Telvanni Tower is going to ship with an appearance that is not unlike the ending of Akira.

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For many people, the answer is simply not to buy it. But, alas, my main has a backstory that involves owning a Telvanni Tower, which means I'm buying it regardless of how it actually looks, and I know I'm not the only one.

So, I'm looking for ideas on how to spruce up the exterior and hide the worst of the slime. What fungal furnishings and plants do you recommend, and where can we purchase them? How about stones? Any man-made furnishings that would work well? We have about two weeks until this will be available, but it's never too early to start a stockpile!

Help us, furnishing community. You're our only hope.
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"If you were trapped in your house for, say, a year, how would you pass the time?"

Nephikah the Houseless, dunmer assassin: "I suppose I could use the break. I have a lot of business holdings now that need management."
Swum-Many-Waters, elderly argonian healer: "I think that I would enjoy writing a memoir."
Silh'ki, khajiit warrior-chef: "Would this one be able to go outside, to the nearby river? It's hard to fish without water!"
Peregrine Huntress, bosmer hunter: "Who is forcing me to stay inside, and where can I find them?"
Lorenyawe, altmer mechanist: "And why would I want to go outside in the first place? Too much to be done in the workshop."
Lorelai Magpie, breton master thief: "I'd go nuts. Lucky for me, I have a little experience sneaking out!"
Rasheda the Burning Heart, redguard knight: "I would continue my training to keep my skills sharp."
Hex-Eye Azabi, khajiit daedric priestess: "I suppose it would be lucky, then, that I built a shrine to Mephala in my backyard."
Yngva Stormhammer, nord bandit (reformed...ish): "I hate being inside even when I'm not forced to be. GET. ME. OUT."
Madam Argentia, vampire dunmer aristocrat: "I suppose it would be more of the same. I have a rather... contentious relationship with the sun."
Mazie gra-Bolga, orc scout: "Uh... I'd have to house train my bear..."
Felicia the Wanderer, imperial witch-for-hire: "What Lorelai said."
Calico Jaka-dra, retired khajiit pirate: "This one would like a rest from her grand adventures. Her jewel shop runs out of stock!"
Shimmerbeam, blind altmer psijic: "Provided that I am confined to Artaeum, I do not think I will want for things to occupy my time."
Shauna Blackfire, redguard necromancer: "Sounds like paradise. I hate people."
Kirniel the Undying, cursed bosmer warrior: "I would feel useless, not being able to fight."
Echoes-from-Dragons, argonian who thinks she's a dragon: "All the better to count my hoard!"

(Signature idea shamelessly stolen from Abeille.)
  • Fishoscandi
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    I would make it look like a huge tree tbh... The mushrooms sticking out on the side would be the branches.

    That would be kinda cool for a bosmer.
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  • TonyRockaroni
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    First, it's a shame that there's no decent way to make Telvanni Tower look less like a Telvanni Tumor.

    As for what I would do? Well, I know that there are these mushroom pieces without stems in the list of furnishings you can purchase. I plan on grouping a ton of them together to create a smaller house on the outside somehow, with giant mushroom for a roof. Since there doesn't seem to be any word on a smaller house being added before its release (which SUCKS).

    Since I play as an Argonian, I'd plan on having plenty of Argonian influence in my tower, which I think would also help to match that exterior considering my people are known for building mud huts. Adding a Hist Tree to the garden in the back along with a bunch of other trees, for starters.

    The three rooms on the lower level are convenient for making one room dedicated to alchemy (probably the one with the "fungal cage") and another dedicated to enchanting. Not sure what to do with the third room. Probably some sort of Argonian shrine.

    The upper floor would be a bedroom, but not a spectacular one. Considering the upper floor is a bigger letdown than the exterior is in my opinion. Maybe they'll change it so we get the same upper half as Tel Mora or Tel Aruhn instead of Tel Branora's upper half? Probably holding my breath for nothing, but I'm hopeful, dang it!
  • TonyRockaroni
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    I would make it look like a huge tree tbh... The mushrooms sticking out on the side would be the branches.

    That would be kinda cool for a bosmer.

    Makes sense to me. And it wouldn't require much effort, to be honest. Thee only difference I rally notice between Bosmer and Telvanni buildings is that on uses trees, the other uses mushrooms. Other than that, they're pretty much the same to me.
  • Streega
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    I mean no disrespect, but by doing this you encourage ZOS to produce more overpriced crap. Furthermore, you waste your limited item count, why should you agree to do this? The only solution is not to buy it until they fix it. Really, even changing the texture colour (little more orange or brownish, maybe?) would improve the looks 1000%, and I'm sure it's not so difficult.
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  • BlackSparrow
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    Thank you everyone so far!

    I hopped on the PTS, and went through a bunch of mushrooms and trees, and here are the ones that are promising:

    Boulders

    (Left to right) Boulder, Volcanic Column; Boulder, Volcanic Plug; Boulder, Volcanic Crag
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    Most of Vvardenfell seems to be made of volcanic rock (as it should be!), so these three seem a likely way to hide anything at the base. The Plug, in particular is nice and flat, so might make an interesting platform.


    Mushrooms

    Mushroom, Funnel Cap Cluster; and Mushroom, Funnel Caps
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    These would both be good for helping cover (or at least refine) the overall texture of the tower. They're about the same color as the fungus currently coloring the walls, so tilt the stalks into them, and you have something that is less "failed flesh atronach" and more fungal.

    Mushroom, Netch Shield Platform
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    This one is enormous! Anyone looking to build separate pods should consider this one as either floor or roof!

    Mushroom, Netch Shield Tower
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    Similar to the previous, but taller and with a smaller cap.

    (Left to right) Mushrooms, Netch Hide Shade; Mushroom, Poison Pax Shelf; and Mushroom, Poison Pax Stool
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    These might be good for using as organic ramps, in case anyone intends to make their tower climbable.


    Giant Trees
    These are the trees that have good texture and not so many leaves that you couldn't hide them with a little creativity:

    Tree, Ancient Banyan
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    Look at that wonderful twist on the trunk!

    Tree, Giant Cyprus
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    This one was so big, I had to get on the roof to see most of it!


    Tree, Leaning Swamp
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    Tree, Old Juniper
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    It's relatively small, but the trunk has great texture!


    Tree, Towering Cyprus
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    A baby version of the GIant Cyprus... good if you're trying to match textures. The leaves might get in the way, though.

    Tree, Towering Palm Cluster
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    Mostly included for the trunks


    Tree, Towering Swamp Palm
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    Tree, Towering Wax Palm
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    Tree, Twisted Banyan
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    This one is by far my favorite of the trees. I even inverted it to show how the roots could be used to cradle something, like a pod! The one tricky thing is the leaves would come up... you can either hide them with other pieces or just say they're stalks of grass.
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    That's what I could find in the in-game Crown store, so if anyone has stumbled across any other good additions for sale in the world, please let us know!

    Streega wrote: »
    I mean no disrespect, but by doing this... [SNIP]

    "No disrespect," but I explained why I'm doing this in my first post. and there are a dozen other threads already discussing whether or not people should buy it. This one is about how those of us who are buying it can "fix" it, cosmetically.
    Living vicariously through my characters.

    My Girls:
    "If you were trapped in your house for, say, a year, how would you pass the time?"

    Nephikah the Houseless, dunmer assassin: "I suppose I could use the break. I have a lot of business holdings now that need management."
    Swum-Many-Waters, elderly argonian healer: "I think that I would enjoy writing a memoir."
    Silh'ki, khajiit warrior-chef: "Would this one be able to go outside, to the nearby river? It's hard to fish without water!"
    Peregrine Huntress, bosmer hunter: "Who is forcing me to stay inside, and where can I find them?"
    Lorenyawe, altmer mechanist: "And why would I want to go outside in the first place? Too much to be done in the workshop."
    Lorelai Magpie, breton master thief: "I'd go nuts. Lucky for me, I have a little experience sneaking out!"
    Rasheda the Burning Heart, redguard knight: "I would continue my training to keep my skills sharp."
    Hex-Eye Azabi, khajiit daedric priestess: "I suppose it would be lucky, then, that I built a shrine to Mephala in my backyard."
    Yngva Stormhammer, nord bandit (reformed...ish): "I hate being inside even when I'm not forced to be. GET. ME. OUT."
    Madam Argentia, vampire dunmer aristocrat: "I suppose it would be more of the same. I have a rather... contentious relationship with the sun."
    Mazie gra-Bolga, orc scout: "Uh... I'd have to house train my bear..."
    Felicia the Wanderer, imperial witch-for-hire: "What Lorelai said."
    Calico Jaka-dra, retired khajiit pirate: "This one would like a rest from her grand adventures. Her jewel shop runs out of stock!"
    Shimmerbeam, blind altmer psijic: "Provided that I am confined to Artaeum, I do not think I will want for things to occupy my time."
    Shauna Blackfire, redguard necromancer: "Sounds like paradise. I hate people."
    Kirniel the Undying, cursed bosmer warrior: "I would feel useless, not being able to fight."
    Echoes-from-Dragons, argonian who thinks she's a dragon: "All the better to count my hoard!"

    (Signature idea shamelessly stolen from Abeille.)
  • TonyRockaroni
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    Tree, Twisted Banyan
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    This one is by far my favorite of the trees. I even inverted it to show how the roots could be used to cradle something, like a pod! The one tricky thing is the leaves would come up... you can either hide them with other pieces or just say they're stalks of grass.
    TwistedBanyanInverted.png

    Holy crap! THAT is clever! I never would've thought to flip one of the trees upside-down. Welp! There's the roots I've been looking for! XD

    Also, "Poison Pax, Shelf"! Those are the mushroom pieces I was talking about for making a smaller Telvanni house. Just forgot the name. So thank you!
    Edited by TonyRockaroni on June 5, 2017 3:57AM
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