Last updated at 15:28, 8 Jan 2017 Uploaded at 0:44, 12 Jul 2016
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Ever thought Skyrim's opening scenes were boring and felt like they were missing something? Well, today's your lucky day, because this mod rejuvenates and overhauls 'Unbound' by restoring LOTS of cut, unused dialogue, including a more invigorating carriage scene, escaping the Keep with Ulfric and Elenwen confronting General Tullius.
Special Edition Version out now!
The changes affect Hadvar, Ralof, Lokir, General Tullius, Ulfric, Elenwen, the Imperial Captain, Gunnar, Haming, Torolf, the Torturer and Torturer's Assistant, Vilod and Ingrid.
While some people simply have more or different dialogue, Hadvar and Lokir actually have COMPLETELY DIFFERENT VOICES!!!
Of course, this isn't as much of a big deal for Lokir as it is Hadvar, as Hadvar will have this alternate voice throughout the ENTIRE GAME!!!
Improvements to Vanilla version:
*The Thalmor have more of a presence, with Elenwen confronting Tullius.
*The Captain doesn't say 'sentries, what do you see' when the dragon is literally in front of her. This and the other 'dragon spotting' dialogue plays earlier, so it's more realistic.
*Extends and restores the scene with Haming and Torolf - it's now a more emotional affair instead of a rushed side plot, with more dialogue from Hadvar, Haming, Torolf and Gunnar.
*The ability to escape with Ulfric, FULLY VOICED! Ulfric and Ralof will talk to each other and to you.
*More dialogue for the dragon attack, citizens now scream and panic realistically
*Elenwen & Tullius argument fixed - more dialogue
*Ralof now comments on Elenwen & Tullius' argument
*Ulfric and Ralof have a conversation in the tower by the Helgen Homestead. Ulfric is happy to see Ralof alive and Ralof explains you're a prisoner the Empire tried to kill.
*Ralof comments on the Stormcloak soldier that Alduin kills in the tower and calls him by his previously unknown name, 'Vilfrid'.
*New line created, 'Ralof let's get her unshackled', as only the male equivalent was ever recorded.
Restored 1 line for Ulfric. Fixed the Tullius & Elenwen argument, 'General Tullius stop!' line finally plays and 'thalmor bitch' plays later. Fixed volume of Hadvar's lines. Fixed Lokir's line skipping when he left the cart. Fixed Ulfric's last scene not playing correctly. Fixed Ulfric & Ralof freezing in the Storeroom.
Introducing a new voice actor for Hadvar, Patrick Mahoney, who does a fantastic job of creating a believable Nordic accent and making the character sympathetic to the player again, something Jason Marsden's Hadvar was incapable of. Patrick outperforms both Jason Marsden AND Jonas Fisch as Hadvar, with several tweaks and improvements to dialogue Patrick did himself, he's really made the character his own. Of course, we've also been able to remove the generic dialogue substitutes for Jason's Hadvar and bring back the race specific dialogue and Guardian Stones dialogue! He has voiced ALL Hadvar's dialogue and I strongly suggest you keep this mod active to hear the new voice throughout the entire game!
We hope you'll enjoy his voice in your game! :)
All testing has been done with the mod at or near the BOTTOM of the lead order and for me, it works perfectly. So for everyone saying for whatever reason they've put it at the top, THAT'S why it broken! (Probably :P)
Watch Brodual and MxR's coverage of my mod here, or watch my trailer below! :)
Compatibility with other mods:
Alternate Start - Live Another Life - ONLY works if you follow these steps:
Make sure original opening scene.esp is UNCHECKED, Open the game with LAL, wait for mods to configure, then save it. Close the game, activate this mod and reload that save you just made. Choose the vanilla start. The mods should now work together without issue, as long as this is loaded after LAL and both mods are at the bottom of the load order. (Thanks to JakXLT for discovering this)
Helgen Reborn - Compatible, as long as you follow that mod's instructions: "it is imperative that you leave Helgen Reborn UNCHECKED until you exit the cave with Hadvar/Ralof."
Inhabitants of Skyrim - NPC Overhaul - Compatible as of Version 2.3!
Civil War Overhaul - Should work without any problems, as this mod doesn't change the Civil war
The Forgotten Prince - Team Kaleidoscopic - Causes executioner cutscene to break, enable after escaping Helgen
Bethesda - For cutting the content so I could make the mod :P
Patrick Mahoney (NEVERMOREPJM) - For doing a wonderful job voicing Hadvar!