Ever wonder where I get my "Primal Instinks HERE" introduction from, or if it even originates from anywhere? Well it does, and I'm about to tell you what inspired it whether you were wondering or not.
In the video game Skyrim (The Elder Scrolls V), there's a character named Madesi who's a market merchant in the city of Riften. He's an Argonian who buys and sells jewelry and also plays a role in a Thieves Guild quest where you have to steal his silver ring while he's distracted and plant it in someone else's pocket in order to frame them. You can also initiate a side quest through conversation where you collect materials for him.
Madesi lives in Beggar's Row under the city's canals where he sleeps with two other beggars, but during the day he's always at his jewelry stand hard at work trying to find customers. Other merchants who converse with him in front of you will take pity on him for his slow business and lack of money, but he modestly declines their handouts and continues trying his best with his head held high.
Madesi is unique because unlike other Argonians who changed their birth names to modern hyphenated ones, he kept his original "Saxhleel" name -- and he explains that Saxhleel is actually the preferred name of his race instead of "Argonian." While seen as a pitied beggar and struggling merchant to others, Madesi is actually a brave being who shamelessly maintains his tradition, integrity, and honor.
One of the things you'll hear him say if you stand near him is "Buying and selling fine jewelry here!" I always enjoyed the way he puts emphasis on every word of that sentence, particularly the word "here" at the end. Have a listen for yourself at the 1:25 mark of the embedded video below.
I decided to adopt his emphasis and interpolate it into an introduction for myself at the start of my videos and written posts. I even kept the word "here" at the end.
Madesi never followed everyone else by changing his name and referring to his race as something other than what his species rightfully refers to it as. He's aware people may see him as outdated or an old-fashioned beggar, but his inner pride drowns that out. Despite a life of poverty, he's happy to be able to call himself his true name and openly share it without embarrassment or fear.
Madesi is a video game character worth looking up to. He's a hero in his own right, just like someone who's open about their identity and challenges the norms of society's beliefs and hygiene standards may be seen as a hero to some. He is worthy of inspiring an introduction for my content should I choose to have one.
Normally I see things like video intros to be unnecessary, annoyingly trendy, and something that most people skip through after seeing it for the first few times, but speaking three words in honor of someone honorable is something I can make an exception for.