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About Kalevala[edit]

Hello, I'm a retired mathematics and computer science teacher.


Mentor: A wise and trusted counselor or teacher.[1]

I have a working knowledge of HTML, Javascript, WikiMarkUp, and C++. If you have a few questions of a technical nature, or you just cannot get a section of code to work, I will help to the extent I can. Leave your problem and code at the end of the talk page to this user page, I will be emailed about your addition. Or, you could contact me directly by email, Special:EmailUser/Kalevala, without publishing our email addresses to the world of spammers. If I do not know the answer, I will point you to a better resource, for example Wiki Templates are better addressed by User:RobinHood70.

On the other hand, if you want to learn editing, I am willing to teach. I can only promise you that there will be no "word problems." I will initially assume you know nothing, but it is certainly wonderful if you come with skills. Be patient with me if it seems like I'm talking to you like a seventh grader; the habit dies hard. On the other hand do ask questions; you will not be graded and it is not on the test!

Here is a hands on tutorial. I will give you a real and meaningful task. You will create an NPC page for this Wiki from scratch. If you cannot find an undocumented NPC in your favorite Elder Scrolls game, we will find one from a mod for Morrowind called Tamriel Rebuilt. In that case, it means you will have to download Morrowind (which includes the needed Construction Set) and the Tamriel Rebuilt mod, but they are both free. You will need two other programs, a simple graphics app called, MSPaint, and a basic text writing app called, Notepad, in Windows. Similar free apps are available for the Apple family of computers.

When you succeed with this tutorial (and failure is not an option), you will be able to create and edit the vast majority of pages on the Wiki since they follow a similar rhythm. You will also have the confidence to try more complex things, like Tables and Templates.

If you chose the tutorial the best method to contact me is by email, Special:EmailUser/Kalevala.

But you really don't need permission to start. You can go directly to the tutorial. If the tutorial is as well written as I hope, you may not have a lot of questions.

Thanks to All[edit]

I am extremely appreciative of all the hard work by the many contributors. A special thank you to my inspiration to contribute, Nephele.


I played Morrowind to a stand still, and burnt out one Xbox on it. The second Xbox was saved only by the arrival of Oblivion and the requisite Xbox 360.

I started using the name, Kalevala, back when Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord, first came out in 1982. It has been a lucky name. It is from an epic poem which the Finn, Elias Lönnrot, compiled from Finnish and Karelian folklore in the 19th century.

In the same meter as "Hiawatha" by Longfellow, and goes on 22,795 verses. It reads like an RPG game might, if it were recorded in verse. It foreshadows Skyrim.

Funny Little Badges[edit]

76 This UESPWikian is 76 years and 2 months old.
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SR-icon-logo.jpg This user plays Skyrim on the PC. User-userbox-PC Icon.png
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User-userbox-Oblivion.png This user played Oblivion on the Xbox360. User-userbox-Xbox.png
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User-userbox-Oblivion.png This user is knowledgeable about Oblivion.
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User-userbox-Tribunal Logo.png This user is knowledgeable about Tribunal.
User-userbox-Bloodmoon.jpg This user is knowledgeable about Bloodmoon.
User-userbox-Arena.jpg This user played Arena on the PC. User-userbox-PC Icon.png

No little badges but this user has also played Baldur's Gate II (Forgotten Realms, Shadows of Amn, Throne of Baal), World of Warcraft (lvl 80), Neverwinter Nights, the Ultima series, the Wizardry series, and the paper and pencil Dungeon & Dragons. This user rather likes RPG's. Which game does this user like best? The answer is always the same - the one he is playing now.

P.S. One of the advantages of old age is that you forget what happened the previous play through so that the current one is like a new game! :)

My Oblivion Characters[edit]

No.     Name            hrs  min  sec  Level Race     Sex Sign      Notes
 1      Prospero        698   10   50     49 Breton   M   Thief
 2      Flawed Claude   136    2   56      7 Breton   M   Lady      purposely gimped character
 3      Eric the Slow   129   34   46     24 Nord     M   Mage
 4      Kalevala        607   43   25      4 Imperial M   Atronach  completed main quest at level 2
 5      Grog the Gypsy  669   10   54     26 Breton   M   Mage      all at 100% difficulty all factions
 6      Sings-an-Arrow  308    2   15      9 Argonian M   Tower
 7      Thimble Tim     353   43   45     21 Khajiit  M   Thief
 8      Mordant         215   30    3      8 Breton   M   Lady
 9      Ebon Dunkel     196   13   12     13 Dunmer   F   Thief
10      Maestro         132   26    8     26 Altmer   M   Apprentice
11      Blazon Holdfast 302   59   52     24 Breton   M   Warrior
12      Races-the-Moon  220    7   54     18 Argonian M   Thief      completed main quest 8 hrs 39 min
13      Sticky Paws      33    6   26      3 Khajiit  M   Thief
14      Booster Bosmer   10   34   43      1 Bosmer   M   Thief

        Total Time     4013   27    9

My Oblivion Advice[edit]

No matter how bad a character created, no matter how poorly played up to now, no matter how high a difficulty setting, no matter what level, it is always possible to save the situation by running alchemy up to 75 through fast travel to towns, buying ingredients and selling potions. Save your money. Repeatedly cast Starlight (available from Edgar Vautrine, I.C.) using your Restore Magicka potions to get Illusion up to 50. Buy a 25% chameleon and an invisibility spell from Ita Rienus in Bravil.

1. If you have not been kicked out of the Mages Guild for the third time, then use Chameleon and Invisibility potions and spells to complete the recommendations. Buy lots of filled Common soul gems. Go to the Arcane University and enchant apparel up to 100% Chameleon.

2. If you have been kicked out for the third time, then use Chameleon and Invisibility potions and spells to get to level 10 by destroying Oblivion Gates. Save before you take each Sigil Stone. Reload the game if you don't get a Chameleon stone. Twenty reloads is average. At level 10 do Meridia's Daedric quest for the Ring of the Khajiit (35% chameleon). As soon as you can, you should use the stones to enchant apparel up to 100%.

Either way or combination of ways, with 100% chameleon you conquer Cyrodiil.

My Skyrim Characters[edit]

No.  Name                 hrs.min.sec Level Sex Race      Notes
 1.  Adnari Nereri         096.11.57  [35]   f  Dark Elf  
 2.  Dominus Mercatores    245.06.37  [54]   m  Imperial  Legendary, HF, DG
 3.  Elden Kalen           387.24.39  [65]   m  Breton
 4.  Houdin                621.03.36  [63]   m  High Elf  Legendary, HF, DG, DB
 5.  Joshur                720.55.37  [78]   m  Khajiit
 6.  Kalevala             1004.29.26  [71]   m  Breton
 7.  Magog gro-Log         103.03.15  [44]   m  Orc
 8.  Magog gro-Log         351.56.05  [61]   m  Orc       Legendary, HF, DG, 2nd attempt
 9.  Malvulis Fathryon     076.45.11  [33]   m  Dark Elf  
10.  Mercator Malorum      572.57.44  [64]   m  Imperial  Legendary, HF, DG
11.  Nazaal                220.57.07  [39]   m  Red Guard 
12.  Shako                 087.21.06  [34]   m  Red Guard 
13.  Slime Sload           265.02.54  [57]   m  Argonian  Legendary, HF, DG
14.  Sticky Paws           106.28.30  [39]   m  Khajiit   Legendary, HF, DG
15.  Thurindill            665.11.01  [66]   m  Bosmer    Legendary, HF, DG, DB
     Total Time           5524:54:45

My Skyrim Legendary Difficulty Advice[edit]

Skyrim Legendary Difficulty Page

My Skyrim Books Experiment[edit]

Collectable Books Page

Fantasy Quests[edit]

Like fantasy football, fantasy quests are not "real" quests. They are self imposed tasks that adhere to a set of rules. If you have a favorite fantasy Skyrim quest, I'd love to hear about it.

Maps vs Photorecon[edit]

There is a difference between a map and a photo recon shot. Maps abstract important features and ignore ones unimportant to the purpose of the map. Thus there are road maps, airline route maps, floor plans, political maps, topographic maps, etc. They may be drawn from recon shots, but their usefulness derives from removing the burden of photo interpretation on the user.


Tutorial for NPC page development

Page development 1

Page development 2

Pogging experiments

Skyrim Legendary Difficulty Guide

Skyrim book collectors list

Pogger stand alone page


  1. ^ The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.