This is another simple Skyrim build that’s easy to pick up and play straight out of Helgen. Perking just 4 skills this build uses no crafting and does not require you to be the Dragonborn. I give you…
“The Bandit Chief sat counting his coin, blissfully unaware that his crew lay dead just outside, as a shadow moved silently through the camp with a terrible purpose.
The Raven Blade uses the Illusion school to bend light and sound around her, rendering her virtually impossible to detect, until she chooses to strike. With robust defences–both physical and magical–and the absorb health effect of a fully charged Ebony Blade, she is capable of carving her way through hordes of enemies without having to stop to heal or pop potions mid-fight.
At her peak The Raven Blade deals about 60 points of damage per strike (30 physical, 30 absorb health). She has an armor rating above 300 including Ebonyflesh and the Lord stone, and she absorbs 30% of incoming mage fire plus resists 55%.
Key perks include Sweep which allows you to suck the life force right out of multiple enemies at once, and Wind Walker to maintain your stamina reserves to sustain the slaughter. But my personal favorite has to be Great Critical Charge, offering the opportunity to launch a devastating 2x critical damage hit out of the shadows to open combat.
In the early game The Raven Blade plays like a Barbarian with her greatsword and light armor. But the real fun begins once you can cast Invisibility. As you enter a dungeon or approach an enemy camp, cast Muffle, a Flesh spell, and then Invisibility. Enemies may sense a disturbance but most will be unable to locate you giving you time to line up a Sweep or Great Critical Charge attack, starting the fight on your terms.
If a fight proves too much for you to handle you have a couple of options. You can either cast Invisibility again and move away from the fight, causing most enemies to lose your scent, or you can use your Voice of the Emperor ability to calm them. This second option works very well when surrounded by enemies, giving you a window to pick them off one-by-one while their friends watch in a helplessly serene state.
Voice of the Emperor also comes in handy when you run into certain enemies who can detect you right through your magical cloak of shadows (I’m looking at you Forsworn Pillager’s!)
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