OBIS - Organized Bandits In Skyrim by Indigoblade and the OBIS Team
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Added: 09/02/2013 - 12:05AM
Updated: 04/05/2015 - 04:21PM

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Uploaded by Indigoblade


Last updated at 16:21, 4 May 2015 Uploaded at 0:05, 9 Feb 2013

OBIS is a mod for Skyrim that adds in new varieties of bandits to the various bandit strongholds throughout the game world without sacrificing performance. Each of these bandits are separated into many different types that makes every encounter with bandits both challenging and fun. All bandits are balanced to have both strengths that players must overcome and weaknesses that players can exploit. Through the Book of Bandits, a new book also distributed throughout the world, the mod will give you a basic lore friendly-ish look into the bandits and the reason why they are working together.

Core Content includes:
-About 2500+ new bandits, all with different faces so that you might never see the same person twice!
-None of these bandits are anywhere but in the level lists. So if there was supposed to be a bandit there, it will only be there, NO PERFORMANCE HIT.
-A total of 57 bandit types that will make every encounter diverse and tactical.
-Completely redesigned bandit spawn system, that will randomizes the types of bandits that will spawn in the camps, only effects random bandits not the ones that talk to each other!
-MCM menu allows you to choose how many bandits will appear in one place, read the readme in the download
-If you have a bashed patch for mods like high level enemies, or anything that effects bandits, it should work in perfect harmony as long as you put OBIS closest the bottom of your load order!
-207 uniquely named bandits that drop expensive rings for you to sell.
-Normal bandits are now classified and named by class type (warrior, mage, and archer), gives you a bit of a heads up now
-Certain gangs have shield specifically for them! These shields can be found on bandits that are wanting to join up with these particular groups. There are heavy and light versions of the shields
-Bandits can have hats now as well as the face masks from FACE MASKS OF SKYRIM mod by volvaga0
-Each bandit, variation and gender related ect, has their own title for over 300+ different titles
-Armor is now randomized, regular bandits wear mixes of light and heavy armor
-Bandits will also have a chance to drop a book that explains, as best I can write it, a lore friendly view of each bandit type.

Optional Files

Bandit Patrols 
-Adds in various extra spawn points for bandits in designated bandit controlled areas
-Occasionally you will see bandits randomly in the wild
-Bandits will attack towns (full listing in the readme)

- Most non-hostile animal spawns will be replaced by bandits spawns
- Everything that Bandit Patrols has
- Indigoblade's favorite playstyle, find and fight bandits everywhere and anywhere!

Various Patches
- Various patches that users or the team has made for their favorite mods

OBIS- No New Bandit Types
- Makes vanilla bandits randomized, no new bandit types or variations
- Highly unstable, use at own risk

If you guys have any bandit ideas that you have yet to encounter or think would be a nice addition to the mod, please do not hesitate to tell me in the discussions tab (not the comments) I will tell you immediately if it is a good idea or if it is already implemented. There is no such thing as a bad idea (unless you already know its a bad idea)

For more information I suggest watching those videos in the video section they do a fantastic job of explaining the mod in the most broadest of terms.

If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to ask me either through a PM or a comment

Thank you for considering my mod, making something like this so far is a dream come true


Q: I loaded this in the middle of the playthrough and I dont see any of your bandits in game/ I updated the mod but don't see any of the new bandit types
A:  To see any new bandit types you either have to wait until the game cell resets (Vanilla Skyrim that is 10 days or whatever you modded it to be) or start a new game.

Q: My game keeps crashing on the Bethesda Screen, how do I fix this?
A: Ensure you turn off OBISDB.esp if you do not have the Dragonborn dlc.

Q: This mod is huge, I am afraid that it will effect performance, will it?
A: Yes and no. OBIS at it's core does not add in any extra spawn points that will effect your game, but with the MCM menu will dynamically spawn bandits if there are some currently existing in the area your are currently in. This feature will be turned off and must be manually set on for this to happen however. If you choose to keep this off, the worst that can happen is that the game will take a second longer to load due to the massive level list I created (if this even happens at all)

Q: I have a suggestion for a bandit gang. Can you make....?
A: We all do :D I want to hear about it. Go to the forum tab on this mod page and tell me about it. I need a name and an mechanic that the bandit can do to change the course of the battle, ie. breathe fire, freeze their foes, terrify weaker foes, ect.

Q:I'm an artist and I would like to make a symbol for one of the gangs for a shield. What do I need to do?
A: You are very welcome to do so. I suggest that if you want to make a gang shield you make it on one of the hold guard shield as it its a perfect flat surface for it. The book of bandits will give you a general description of the bandit gangs and you can start from there :D

Q: Does this mod require any other mod?
A: Of course not, this mod is built to work with Vanilla Skyrim as well as most mods. The only ones that may have issues are major overhaul mods that effect bandits completely, such as Requiem. Most other big overhaul mods do not effect bandits the way Requiem does however so most of those are compatible with this mod.

Q: After installing 2.0, the game CTD after I get close to bandits! Why?
A: At the moment I suspect the game is attempting to adjust to the bandit spawning, especially if you are setting the bandit spawner too high. So suggest you turn off the OBIS spawner and wait for 10 days in a house somewhere in the last save you had. After that return to the spot you went to and it should be fine. I had reports where players starting a new game usually fixes this issue. I am searching through the literal hundreds of new bandits I created for this version. If there is a problem I will find it hopefully.

Q: I don't understand the settings, what are good settings to use?
A: I personally use 5,5,5 to spawn around 5 extra bandits per area, since I think that makes the most sense. I also use super bandit hell edition to constantly fight everywhere. I also set the cell reset timer for 1 ingame day, so that I find bandits everywhere at all times. BTW this is how I play now. I fight my bandits every time I play... Everywhere... Every day...
================================CURRENT NEWS FOR OBIS=============================== 

Nope. Its out. Time to play. Ensure you remove your maskfix esps and start a new game if you don't know how to remove unused scripts. Standing by for bug fixing...

-Contest, information near the bottom of the description

-Some fans, called the Modmaidens, has made a storyline based on the mod, bandits, and a character who's name is suspiciously the exact same as my own... COINCIDENCE? Show support for these fans by checking them out at and please tell them I am NOT as sexy as they describe. - Indigoblade

REMEMBER: After every update,

I have a facebook page I will try my best to post there at least once a day, current updates will be on the FB page from now on. Check it out here

Contest Description===================
Hey guys so OBIS birthday is in a couple of weeks... So... Ykno that means huge bday update like last year... and as much as I love to do a bunch of work for something that supposed to be a celebration... Yknow... Uhhhhhhhhh... *AHEM* 'Birthday gifts' *AHEM* WHAAAAA? Who said that? What makes you think birthday gifts? What would I want for a gift? Oh well... IDK... A picture of your most favorite mod (OBIS) in action? A video showing off OBIS in all of its glory? A nice comment recalling your most amazing moment in OBIS? Your love and support of the glorious leader Indigoblade who blessed you with this mod? These are much better than the socks you guys probably sent me.

There is something in it for the best picture, comment, and video. I will award the winner of each category with a Bandit Boss that they name and design on their own!  Please post your content on the OBIS nexus page! Ill declare winners on both Facebook and here! Past winners of my last contest/ Team Members may also compete if they dare choose to! The only person that can't compete is Indigoblade (Cuz he's a dirty cheater anyways :( ) So get to it! This contest will be available until February 8th. So do your best!
End of Contest Description====================

The OBIS Team includes:
Indigoblade - The handsome devil who has the time to actually make each bandit
JobVanDam - The no-holds-barred smart talker who expanded OBIS
Tonycubed2 - The company vet who probably forgotten more about code than I actually know
Forzane - This guy I found willing to do things that I would like to do but I don't because of reasons that are reasonable
Jebbalon - The new guy, who can answer all of your questions. (Who also has been making vids of the mod for a long time)
And one final member who's too shy to say that she is a member, but everyone already knows she's a member