Thursday, 15 November 2018

My last 5 books: One fantasy and four Swedish thrillers by the same guy

1. Magician, by Raymond E. Feist. This is the book that made me realise how much I've missed reading old school epic fantasy of the fantastical kind. The age-old story of an orphaned boy who is meant for so much more and who comes into amazing powers (both magical and political). A fantastical threat to be defeated and an ancient dangerous magic that contemporary people can only hope to understand. What's not to like?! I had missed the cosy feeling that a well-written introduction to a new fantastical world gives me, while at the same time it makes me as excited as a child on Christmas to get the story moving and see where it takes me, because it's sure to be a wonderful trip! I look forward to reading the next part!



2. Midvintermörker, by Lars Wilderäng. Wilderängs första thriller är i mina ovana "öron" (ögon?) till största delen babbel på militäriska. Alltså en massa termer som inte en djävel som spenderat hela sitt liv utanför armén kan tyda till 100%. Själva premissen är intressant, vilket är anledningen till varför jag plockade upp den här boken till att börja med - vad skulle hända om Sverige hamnade i krig idag? Ovanpå det ett krig som utkämpas på svensk mark mot bjässen Ryssland som står som obesegrat i modern tid (hell, har någon någonsin besegrat Ryssland? vartenda stormaktsrike som försökt har misslyckats afaik). Wilderäng är fruktansvärt förtjust i uttrycket "det vobblande ljudet från artillerigranater" som upprepas minst tre dussin gånger genom hela boken, och framåt slutet kunde jag inte låta bli att sucka högt och himla med ögonen varje gång det dök upp. Min generella känsla under hela tiden jag läste den här boken sammanfattas väldigt bra genom en av karaktären Eriks repliker mot slutet av boken: "Ge oss en chans, för helvete!"

3. Midsommargryning, by Lars Wilderäng. Uppföljaren till Midvintermörker som utspelar sig strax över tio år efter slutet av Midvintermörker. Den här boken var på många sätt bättre än Midvintermörker (trots artillerigranaternas fortsatta "vobblande"), till största delen tack vare Widowmaker och Vova som från varsitt håll gör historien intressant; Erik var den drivande kraften i historien men större delen av tiden satt jag och suckade "Vad i helvete håller du på med?" varje gång han fick ta plats i historien. I Midsommargryning är Sverige återigen i krig med Ryssland, men den här gången sitter fienden närmre än vad svenska folket tror. Kriget är nämligen framkallat av ÖB och som kronan på verket utför han en statskupp när han ändå håller på. Karaktärerna känns mer utfyllda i Midsommargryning och inte bara som actionfigurer som utför stridsmanövrar på beställning. Dessutom innehåller Midsommargryning betydligt mycket mindre militäriska, vilket uppskattas högt från stackars civilare som jag själv. (Tror dock att Wilderäng får äta upp att iPhone X skulle vara sprillans ny år 2023)

4. Stjärnfall, by Lars Wilderäng. Den här boken var inte vad jag förväntade mig, kan jag lugnt säga. Uppföljaren till Stjärnklart som var en fantastisk katastrofroman om vad skulle kunna hända om all elektronik dog. Stjärnfall är den återuppbyggande uppföljaren till katastrofromanen Stjärnklart som förvandlas till en vampyrplågad zombieapokalyps med ett UFO-problem. Yes, you read that right! A vampire plagued zombie apocalypse with an alien problem. Nope, det låter lika galet på engelska. Emedan den var ganska långrandig på mitten så blev Stjärnfall riktigt bra mot slutet.




5. Stjärndamm, by Lars Wilderäng. Sådärja! Då har vi gått laget runt från katastrofroman till zombieapokalyps till full-on framtids-scifi. Läsarens resa som började i en hemtam värld som strax skulle gå under då all elektronik slutade fungera samtidigt avslutas här i en främmande rymdålder där människorna på jorden tycks ha utvecklats till högteknologiska vampyrer. I'm not even kidding. Jag kan ju lugnt säga att när jag plockade upp Stjärnklart så förväntade jag mig inte den här vändningen, men den är inte helt obehaglig. Jag gillar Wilderängs twist på vampyrer och zombier, men jag är fortsatt nyfiken på nanomiterna - var de medvetna eller inte? Var de bara användbart stjärndamm eller var de ett sorts hive-mind med ett verkligt medvetande? För om de var det så var nanomiterna ett långt mer skrämmande hot än kentaurerna.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Nov 5th - Nov 11th

Monday: Still coughing and got slightly wheezy breathing - and I got out of breath from walking up and down that single flight of stairs from our flat to the laundry room to change our laundry time. I spent the whole day playing Telltale's Back to the Future and I completed it! Afterwards I read a chapter in my current book and then watched Bones until bedtime.
Song of the day: Monster, by The Almost

Tuesday: Feeling much better but still a bit under the weather. I spent the whole day playing ESO and the whole evening watching Bones and reading my book and eating sweets.
Song of the day: In, by Simple Plan

Wednesday: Feeling pretty much like I usually do apart from the cough. Today I did the laundry and played the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island. In the evening we watched new episodes of Doctor Who and Fear the Walking Dead.
Song of the day: Dark Chest of Wonders, by Nightwish

Thursday: First day back at work starts with almost four hours of staff meeting and immediately after I had six hours of work. Who ever heard of taking it slow in the beginning? Cough is still there and refuses to get better. Work was pretty uneventful and I went home feeling pretty content with being back. When I got home I watched a few episodes of Bones before going to sleep.
Song of the day: Give You What You Like, by Avril Lavigne

Friday: Today was all work and sleep and no play. I slept in and then went directly to work in the afternoon. I got home from work around 11.30pm and immediately went to bed. It was a pretty calm day except for me getting a sudden stiff neck. Like I was just standing there at work and could literally feel my neck stiffening. And the pain from the stiff neck just kept increasing. By the time I got home I was pretty grateful to go to bed and rest my neck.
Song of the day: Angels, by Within Temptation

Saturday: Alarm went off at 5am and I was back at work by 7am. My neck was just as bad today, if not worse, and there was a period in the early afternoon where I was actually seeing stars and resorted to sitting down behind the front desk rather than standing up as is the norm. Today I also had the pleasure of encountering a person that dramatically lowered my expectation for how stupid it's possible for a human being to be. I have no idea how this person had figured out breathing. Due to my stiff and painful neck my patience was very thin today, and coupled with this extraordinarily stupid person I was in a very bad mood when I got home from work. I spent most of the evening watching Bones.
Song of the day: Ordinary Life, by Simple Plan

Sunday: Today I could sleep in and my neck felt lots better when I went to work in the afternoon. Work was extremely slow this evening and I was glad to leave for home when it was time for shift change. Sure I can figure out things to keep myself busy at work and I never just stand around, but coming up with things to do gets progressively harder the longer work is uneventful. I was home just after 10.30pm and spent the rest of the evening and early night watching Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead with Toni.
Song of the day: I Walk Alone, by Tarja

Monday, 5 November 2018

Oct 29th - Nov 4th

Monday: Last day off work! I spent the day cleaning up a bit around the flat, watched some youtube, watched some Bones, finished up my wishlists for my birthday for my family and Toni, and played the second episode of Telltale's Back to the Future.
Song of the day: This is Halloween, by VoicePlay

Tuesday: What a day! Got to work at 8am and had one hour to do office work before it was time for a mandatory CPR crash course alongside other staff members. It was done by noon at which time we had a late birthday celebration for another staff member who had recently turned 50. Cake and crackers for lunch - check! After that I covered in the front desk while the next batch of staff members went and had their CPR crash course. When they returned it was pretty hectic at the front desk and so I stayed and helped until almost 5pm before I clocked out and went home. Spent the evening watching Bones.
Song of the day: He Is, by Ghost

Wednesday: Halloween! Today was a mostly ordinary morning shift at the front desk, that did involve some running around for my part but nothing much out of the ordinary. When I got home I spent the evening playing Elder Scrolls Online, finally getting into that new DLC!
Song of the day: Blood, by In This Moment

Thursday: I felt fine when I woke up but I could feel that tingle under the skin that I always get before I'm struck by a cold, but usually it takes a day or so to break out. By the time I left for work my throat was getting sore and after I had been at work for an hour I felt faint with fever. However, today was an extra important day at work as it's November 1st and new month means closing of the books for the month before. I stayed at work and did all the super important tasks I had and I contemplated staying my full shift (until 4.30pm) and get even more done before calling in sick for the next three days. However by 2.30 I was ready to cave and so I called in sick from 2.45 and went home. I spent the evening playing Elder Scrolls Online.
Song of the day: Spooky Scary Skeletons

Friday: I woke up at 10am after having slept for 11 hours. I was still faint from fever and woke with a completely clogged nose. Lovely. Spent the whole day playing Elder Scrolls Online until it was time for dinner. After dinner I watched Bones, Grey's Anatomy and Allt för Sverige and then I went to bed.
Song of the day: I Love You Always Forever, by Betty Who

Saturday: Woke up around 10.30. Fever was mostly gone, but still had a blocked up nose and loss of hearing due to said nose. And still a sore throat. Spent the entire day playing Elder Scrolls Online with only a short break for dinner. I completed the new DLC and spent the rest of my session doing random dailies throughout the game.
Song of the day: Morrowind theme

Sunday: Fever is completely gone, but is replaced by a terrible cough. Just like these things usually go with me. Spent the day playing Elder Scrolls Online, questing and levelling up on an alt. After dinner I spent most of the time blogging, and then we cosied up on the sofa and watched The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who and Fear the Walking Dead.
Song of the day: Demons, by Imagine Dragons

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire DLC

This DLC has an interesting background story. The same zone called Murkmire was actually under development back in 2014 and was originally planned to be another adventure zone like Craglorn - group based end game PvE content. But Craglorn wasn't very positively received and so the idea for Murkmire was scrapped until now.

You can pick up a prologue quest in your Alliance's first big city as with all story-driven DLCs since Morrowind. In this prologue quest you help a group of Imperial treasure hunters find an old Argonian relic before the person that betrayed the group can use it for evil. This prologue turns out to be two quests which then turns into six daily quests.

Then we get into the DLC proper!

The whole main questline is a long string of quests to find an ancient relic called the Remnant of Argon. It takes you all over the map where I kept getting side-tracked doing side quests. Until you get to the ancient Xanmeer (temple) of Xul-Thuxis it's mostly a quest through the swamps and different Xanmeers. On the way to Xul-Thuxis there's a quest where you go through a dreamstate and find out that the ancient Ayleids once attacked and invaded an ancient village and that they somehow saved themselves by using the Remnant of Argon, after you get through Xul-Thuxis you find out how, by going through a long string of portals full of echoes from the past. The portal realm actually reminded me a lot of the realm of Eluvians in Dragon Age Inquisition. As usual the main quest is kind of meh until the very end where it's just holy shit upon holy shit in classic Bethesda fashion. But that's the way I like it :) That way you know there's something amazing coming if you just keep at it.
 Murkmire portal realm to the left, DAI portal realm to the right.

The Argonians and Black Marsh are far from my favourite race and area in the Tamrielic universe, which meant that I wasn't overly excited for Murkmire, but it proved very interesting and so worth it. Looking back on the sidequests I really liked the quest in Bright-Throat village where you find out that someone has been experimenting on eggs and their hatchlings and you get to decide whether the last survivor of these experiments live or die. This last hatchling experiment looks like a fully grown woman, but she doesn't act like it and the other Argonians are concerned because the Hist doesn't speak to her, which means this Argonian woman is basically born outside of the hive mind that all Argonians share. She seems severely autistic, which imho is an amazing inclusion in the Elder Scrolls verse.

I also really enjoyed discovering the other version of Argonians in Dead-Water village. A version of Argonian that's more fish-like than lizard-like. All in all this DLC proved a lot more interesting than I originally thought it would be.

Dealing with backlog: Borderlands

Toni and I played this game together which is the main reason it has taken us this long to complete; the need to find a time when we both had the time and energy to play. It also meant that it could take months between each session, which kind of disrupted the whole connectivity thing of the quests and NPCs as we had to get to know the people again after a long time away. Because of this I feel like my whole experience is a little disjointed, but despite this I really liked the game and the stupid humour in it.

So we land in Pandora and start exploring. I'm a Hunter and Toni is a Soldier. We do all the quests and meet up with Tannis for the first time and get a first hint of the Vault and the Guardians. Old Haven was probably our least favourite region of the base game. The Crimson Lance was simply just too annoying to fight. I'd take a maniac with a shotgun any day! When we get to the point where we only have three regions left to explore we decide to do the DLCs since none of us were sure whether Borderlands had a hard ending or not. This turned out to be a mistake, which we only discovered later, but first things first.

The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned was probably our favourite DLC, mainly because its spooky theme was right up our alley! Zombies and pumpkinheads and wereskags and lots of stupid humour (way more so than the other DLCs). The only annoying thing is that we discovered Zombie T.K. way too late (after we were otherwise done with the DLC) and his quests to collect zombie brains for him to munch on became so tedious that we just didn't complete them.

 
Mad Moxxi's Underdome Riot was a bore. Arenas in any game usually are. We gave it a try nonetheless, but this should probably be done with a four player team. Moxxi is a really cool character in any case, but her arena wasn't.

The Secret Armory of General Knoxx absolutely sucked if you're a completionist like us. We wanted to do every quest in the area whcih resulted in a lot of time spent on the highways going back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, to a point where it just wasn't fun anymore. The main questline of the DLC was good though and when we finally found the armory and general Knoxx it was actually hilarious how much he wanted the whole thing to be over... A bit like us tbh!

Claptrap's New Robot Revolution was our second favourite entirely due to the stupid humour in it. Though we got a little sick of the fact that the claptraps were always so many! It was like mowing down a horde of them each time we started shooting!

After we finished all the DLCs we went back to the base game to finish the last of it. This is when we discovered that nothing in the base game had leveled with us and so we got barely any exp at all from doing the last few quests. However the closer we got to the endingthe more we got to tangle with the Crimson Lance and the guardians. In any other game I'd be annoyed that after all this we didn't get to enter the Vault, but with Borderlands it seemed meant to be.


Next game: Borderlands 2

Monday, 29 October 2018

Oct 22nd - Oct 28th (Wedding weekend)

Monday: A well-deserved day off! I spent the day watching Grey's Anatomy and Bones. Then I went grocery shopping, made food and spent some time fooling around online. In the evening I played the first episode of Telltale's Back to the Future.
Song of the day: Hikari e, by miwa

Tuesday: Work time! A lot of stuff to do, but it worked out in the end :) When I got home I was so terribly hungry that I just munched in front of Bones (really bad episode to munch to tbh) basically the whole evening. I also discovered that PewDiePie had started a new playthrough of Amnesia and so I spent some time watching that too just for the memories and nostalgia from when his channel was actually games. I haven't watched his videos for ages, but I had to see this.
Song of the day: 441, by miwa

Wednesday: Another work day. Got to work one hour before the afternoon shift to have a meeting with one of our assigned staff from HQ. Got answers to several questions and also learned a bunch :) Evening shift worked well, although it was interesting to have so many check-ins left after 8pm and then have all of them arrive at the same time at 9pm, which resulted in long lines all across the lobby. When these things happen they are stressful, but fun. It's hard work and a lot of fun at the same time. I rather work fast in a stressful environment than not having enough to do in a very calm environment.
Song of the day: Magic Forest, by Amberian Dawn

Thursday: Half-day at work. Was supposed to be a day off, but once again due to illness I helped cover some extra hours. It's the day before I'm going away so I had a lot of stuff to do in preparation for it. After work I went downtown to buy nylon tights (first time in around 15 years I buy nylon tights) and on my way home I picked up my dress/gown from the post office. We watched Youtube while having dinner and then it was all packing bags and showering before we cosied up in the sofa and watched The Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who and Fear the Walking Dead. And then it was bedtime.
Song of the day: Not Strong Enough, by Apocalyptica

Friday: Going away day! I started the day with a work schedula crisis that I had to solve from a distance via text messages and email to my boss and colleagues, as I was on the train station waiting for a train to Nyköping. In Nyköping I met up with my best friend and her fiancé and I helped them plan the last details of their wedding this weekend. My best friend has amazing organisational skills so she had most of it down and ready by then, but it's nice to help :) We had lunch at KFC in Nyköping and then we went by car out to the castle where they were having their wedding. There we started preparing all that we could before the other guests arrived and then we had dinner together in one of the buildings. The castle is relatively small (castle-wise) but it had several smaller buildings beloning to it and the wedding + reception + guest rooms were spread out over the area. Her brother got a fire going before dinner and that became the room where we all huddled up both before and after dinner.
Song of the day: Paradise (What About Us), by Within Temptation

Saturday: Wedding time! First half of the day was me, the bride and the groom running around like crazy people all over the area preparing the last details and getting everything ready. On top of that we had a strong wind blowing outside and the first part of the celebartions was semi-outdoors, which kind of complicated things a bit. The first part was a treasure hunt. But luckliy it went by without a hitch. Then the men and women separated to different buildings to have afternoon tea and get ready for the wedding. For the women that meant hair and make-up and all sorts of dresses and gowns. The whole room reeked of nailpolish and hairspray xD But I got a fancy hairdo and I felt and looked fab in my gown (although along with the petticoat it was very difficult to move in and sit down in). I'm impressed with the hair stylist that she managed to do anything at all with my hair. I have very... Nordic hair. No volume, no thickness, very thin fine strands and very sleek texture, which usually means that I don't have enough hair to do anything extravagant with it and all clips and pins usually just fall right out. Curls straighten themselves out after a few hours even with hairspray... So imagine my surprise when she managed to get volume and a pretty elegant hairdo with curls and I had it all exactly as she did it still when I went to bed several hours later!
The wedding was amazingly beautiful, and I almost cried (empath, lots of overwhelmingly happy feelings in the room, you get the picture). After the ceremony pictures were taken and then we moved on to dinner and dance. Then there was the cake-cutting and a couple of speeches along with dessert. And then there was the after-party. I was very tired from this intense day and didn't stay at the after-party for long.
Song of the day: Smily, by Ai Otsuka

Sunday: The morning was spent cleaning up and then me, the bride's father and the bride's grandmother got a ride to the train station in Flen to take the train back home. I got off at Södertälje where a taxi was waiting for me (I called and ordered one while we waited in Flen) and the other two continued on to Stockholm. When I got home I unpacked, hung around on the Internet, watched some Bones and Youtube and got a feeling for Skyrim. So I installed it, downloaded a bunch of mods off Steam Workshop and started a new playthrough with a random alternate start. I played for about two hours and then shut it down and spent the next couple of hours reading my book before bedtime.
Song of the day: This is Halloween, by VoicePlay

Monday, 22 October 2018

Oct 15th - Oct 21st

Monday: Day off work, but not 100% a day off. Today I had a work educational course to attend. We left early in the morning to go to another hotel in the same chain north of Stockholm. It took about an hour to drive, but would've been faster if we didn't get lost on the way :P The course was informative, but afaik mostly repetition from another course I went to this Spring, except this time the focus was how to apply this knowledge on others. So different but still the same? I was deathly tired when I got home and spent the whole evening just watching Bones.
Song of the day: Kawaii Metal

Tuesday: Today I was supposed to have a day at the office and do some administrative work, but due to people being allergic to autumn (or something) everyone or their children are getting knocked out by colds or flus right now, so my admin shift turned into a day shift at the front desk. According to the system there weren't any requirements for two people today, but it would've been nice to have been two people. This was one of those days where I wished I could be in seven places at once. So I was pretty happy to go home and have some time off after the shift ended. It was one of those days. When I got home I watched a couple episodes of Bones, but by 7.30pm I was so tired that I almost fell asleep by the computer and so by 8pm I decided to give up and go to bed.
Song of the day: Det var så roligt

Wednesday: Another day shift but this time according to schedule and with company :D A lot of people were checking out today but if you're two people that's just a lot of fun because it means there's always something to do and the pace is quite high. When I got home I played some Kingdoms of Amalur and then for dinner we watched some FailArmy and GameSprout like always. Later in the evening we were supposed to watch shows together but I fell asleep on the sofa for two hours after dinner (it's something about 7pm this week) and by the time I woke up it was too late to start anything. I played Kingdoms of Amalur for another two hours though (probably way too long tbh) and then went to bed.
Song of the day: Umbrella, by Lillasyster

Thursday: Day shift with company again! :D Today was hectic with 140 rooms (out of 225) checking out so we were kept quite busy most of the morning. When I came home I finished reading my book (Midsommargryning) and also the first chapter of the next one (Stjärnfall), both by the same author. For dinner we watched some random Youtube videos and then I went on to finish Kingdoms of Amalur (post later this week!), and afterwards we watched two episodes of The Big Bang Theory and the season premiere of Doctor Who. So our show-watching was only delayed by one day!
Song of the day: It's Been Awhile, by Staind

Friday: Technically a calm day at work but it was administratively crazy. Nothing we couldn't handle and by the end of the day everything was solved! After work I met up with Toni downtown and grabbed dinner at the Japanese restaurant there and then we went home and played Borderlands together. We finished it today! (Post later in the week). By 7.30pm I was deathly tired again but I pushed on because we were so close to finishing Borderlands and I really wanted to finish it being so close. There's really something about 7pm this week...
Song of the day: Rock Me Amadeus, by Edguy

Saturday: So today was technically a day off, but all the managers at the hotel get a weekend where they're the on-call manager basically. This weekend it was my turn so I spent some time at work and walked around all the departments etc checking in and then caught up on some paper work and office work that I wasn't able to do earlier in the week. It's been pretty chill. We watched an episode of Doctor Who for dinner and then (you guessed it) I fell asleep on the sofa around 7.30pm. My alarm went off after an hour and I turned it off, tried to stay awake and then went back to sleep. Toni tried to wake me up several times after that but I would just wake up, try to stay awake and then go back to sleep. I woke up at 1.30am, still on the sofa, and transferred my sleepy ass to the bed.
Song of the day: Automatonic Electronic Harmonics, by Steam Powered Giraffe

Sunday: Same as above with the technically day off but being the on-call boss :) Went to work a couple hours earlier today than yesterday so I could come home earlier than yesterday. Spent the evening playing around on Spotify mostly.
Song of the day: Raise your horns, by Amon Amarth

Friday, 19 October 2018

Dealing with backlog: Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning

It took me way too long to play this game because of mixed reviews. But I finally did and I loved this game! It gave me strong Dragon Age: Origins vibes and as a whole I feel it's a mix between Origins and Oblivion, which is extremely high praise!

The only thing I feel like this game is missing is the opportunity to have deeper relationships with NPCs. I miss having friends and companions. Basically I just want a gang. Romance is secondary, but that would've been great too.

The fighting style is odd for an RPG, but it changes as you improve. I played as a rogue-like character and to begin with my character just did jabs with her daggers/faeblades, but as she progressed and got better at wielding her weapons it turned into launching enemies in the air and ferociously attacking them to ending with amazing jumping finishes.

Unfortunately the game was on the easy side, even for me. I believe it's all due to the fateshifting mechanic. I learned early on that if I save my fateshifting (which is basically an ult in MMO speech) then I can defeat almost any boss in less than a minute or even 30 seconds, which kind of undid the whole "omg it's boss battle time" feeling. The most obvious exceptions being Balor and Tirnoch, who did require something more than just bashing them while fateshifting.

The whole world is fascinating. Instead of having the obvious rifts between humans/dwarves/elves, there's a rift between the old race (the Fae) and the younger races (humans, elves and gnomes). The younger races are mostly scared of the Fae who are eternal beings that can't die, while the Fae mostly find the younger races fascinating - especially the concept of death. The Fae also look down on the younger races for being young, reckless and dumb. Having a much shorter and limited lifespan the younger races don't know and don't learn as much as the Fae.

The game has a wide array of creatures. I adore the cute little Brownies and Boggarts, and Niskaru were always fun to fight. But I hated coming against Banashae and Crudoks, they weren't difficult just annoying. Bolgan, Ettin and Jottun were interesting to begin with but soon just became a hurdle to get past, and Webwood made me permanently sick of spiders.
 Troll, Banashae and Jottun

The story begins with you dying and being brought back to life which causes amnesia. This somehow gives you the ability to fateshift and you're the only person in existence who doesn't have a destiny, which the game's Fateweavers are more than happy to point out. You're recruited to go to war against the Tuatha, a corrupt section of Fae that the younger races have been warring against for a decade. The main reason that the war has been ongoing for ten years is that the Tuatha are Fae and thus won't stay dead when killed. But you can change fate, the only person in existence with this ability, and the hope is that with your power to change fate you can change the tide of the war and actually permanently kill the Tuatha. Along the way you meet up with Alyn Shir, who knows your past from before you were brought back to life but she's reluctant to tell you. As you progress you find out bits and pieces about your past and towards the end you find yourself back where it all began. The game ends with a frickin badass boss battle that's totally epic.
 
The two DLCs were great. I especially loved The Legend of Dead Kel. Give me pirates and I'm happy! But the Teeth of Naros with all of its references to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire was amazing too.

Kingdoms of Amalur proved one of the most underrated games I've ever played. If you haven't played it, do it.