dovahpug has a minion!

Lydia the Epic Muse

Legacy Name: Dovahpug

The Custom Marsh Ruffie
Owner: atempause

Age: 8 years, 9 months, 2 weeks

Born: July 4th, 2015

Adopted: 8 years, 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Adopted: July 4th, 2015

This pet has been nominated for the Pet Spotlight!


The great hero

The air is crisp, cool‒fit for the mountains. Whiterun, for all its raucous trade and rugged manners, stands high on the bluff, austere yet proud. It is a stronghold living in the past, reveling in traditions and ideals of yesteryears. The houses are humble things of peaked wooden roofs and hides and hay, barricaded in by walls of wood and stone; the only thing that rises above is the Dragonsreach‒and even that is dwarfed by the Throat of the World, the highest mountain in all of Tamriel.

Praise Talos! May the souls of dragons bring us grace, exalt us into the divine! The frenzied worshippers in the streets chant reverent words to open sky, arms raised in the air; the cult of the Dragonborn, those who piously cling to the pantheonic title of Eight and One, still lives among this alpine terrain.

Dovahkiin, the one with blood of the dragon, destined to be something more: to rise above what is possible, to challenge the dragons, to bring humanity back into the fold of safety.

One: Tiber Septim, the one who rallied the continent Tamriel under one banner; the one who ascended beyond his mortal form to something greater, something divine.

Sitting at the foot of the Talos followers, a pug absentmindedly scratches his ear with his hind leg. His squashed nose wiggles with each breath‒he seems very much unsuited to Whiterun.

“Praise Talos!” He yips, excitedly wagging his curlicue tail. He prances on tip-tapping feet, delighted by the ruckus.

One! I am one! The dog whuffles in pious devotion. I am one unlike others, neither wolf-dog nor hunting hound!

He follows the procession into the marketplace square; the worshippers humor the pup, ushering him into the center of their formation. The dog keeps pace, cheerily skipping along and barking in time with their chants. “We hold faith in the blood of Septim, praise Talos!”


It is a day like any other, one spent nipping at the ankles of slow supplicants and gratefully eating whatever treat scraps they toss his way. He lives on their good graces, at their coos of adoration of his squashed-nosed snout‒food for his stomach, food for his soul err, ego.

It’s a good day, he decides, a good day for a good pug.

It’s the usual circuit: starting at the Shrine of Talos, circling round the Gildergreen Tree, making their way down into the mercantile belly of the city‒the marketplace and its bars, the traders’ houses, the simple, rustic shopfronts‒till the proud city gates, then returning to the shrine once more.

The morning is young; the Talos procession still yet idles outside the shrine. The pug himself is in no hurry. With carefree whimsy, he frolics beneath the cover of the great tree, chasing mottles of sunshine on the cobblestone walkways.

Shouts break loose in the square: a wolf-dog‒a great and proud beast. It slavers wildly at the mouth, lunges into the procession. Its eyes are unfocused, its movements frenetic and graceless. It howls to the skies, growls at passing worshippers.

Cower or conquer? The pug dances away from the frenzied beast, ducking behind his fellow devout. He waggles his rump and springs forward. The One only knows conquest.

Perhaps it is a foolish delusion, the pug feels a power radiate from within, one that calls him to bark back‒to give voice to his own power. He growls three times at the charging dog, louder than he ever has‒booming, vicious growls. The pug lunges forward with a newfound ferocity, chasing a much-confused wolf-dog back into the throng of Kynareth acolytes.

“Mighty growls, little One!” He feels hands hoist him high into the air, feels their shoulders shake with hearty laughter. “You found thine words of power!”

Others join in on the merriment, chuckling at the squash-faced pup. “He is surely special; forge a fine helm for our brother!”

“Dovahkiin in a different skin: it is a miracle!”

“Small yet mighty, with the voice of the storm!” A chant starts among their numbers: “Dovahpug, dovahpug, dovahpug!”

He revels in their praise, puts on his most charming panting smile. It is good to be One.


The devotees crown him with a horned hem of his own; he wears it with jaunty pride, the straps securely tucked behind his little ears.

Dovahkiin only arise in times of need, in times of change and chaos‒portents of danger and tumult.

If he is to be Dovahpug‒

… he must prepare for the worst.

To know what terror lies ahead, he must become terror itself.


It starts with little inconsequential mischiefs.

He yips at passerbys with as much ferocity his little body can muster. They shrug him off, go about their day.He begs for a share of townfolk’s meals, snatches tidbits off unwatched plates. Some coo after him, fret that the poor dear goes hungry.

He stares down wolf-dogs, nipping their flanks. Thoroughly unimpressed with the pup’s antics, they pin him down with ease.

Still, the Dovahpug schemes evermore, dreams of grand machinations.


He slinks down alleyways, bares his teeth in a near-comical snarl. He nips at the ankles of strangers, upends barrels in the street. Roadside gutters run with spilled wine and mead as he plunders the smokehouse, ravaging the meats laid out to cure. He crashes through artisanal carts, leaving ruin in his wake.

He is chaos incarnate.

He rears his head to howl, snuffling between his growlly battle cries.

He will lay siege to Whiterun from within, lay waste to its fragile peace.

They would come to see themselves as unprepared, to turn their faith to the only one among them prepared to face the impending threat.



story by Tribe
art and overlay by atempause many, many years ago
background image is a screenshot of Whiterun, Skyrim

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