VIGILANT - An Amateur's English Translation by Aelarr
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Added: 29/01/2017 - 10:40PM
Updated: 20/05/2017 - 08:52PM

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Last updated at 20:52, 20 May 2017 Uploaded at 22:40, 29 Jan 2017

We all know VIGILANT is an amazing mod. But up until now you could only play it either in Japanese or only partially translated to English. Well, guess what? I got bored with waiting. So I translated it myself. All of it.

A little disclaimer first: I don't actually speak Japanese.

...Please don't run away just yet.

I swear to you, I didn't just throw a pile of English words together and hoped it would make some vague sense. A lot of work went into this translation, even if it is a work of a complete amateur. Sure, it's not perfect and it's quite possible I mistranslated something or phrased it in a weird way... but it all makes sense (or at least it should). You can follow the story without problems (at least I'd like to think so) - and by Stendarr, the story in VIGILANT is amazing.

If you still need to be convinced, here is what this translation took:

  • running the entire mod through Google Translate again
  • realizing Google Translate actually got a lot better since vicn ran his mod through it
  • comparing both machine translated versions of the mod
  • rewriting everything to make sense for humans
  • running quite a lot of sentences through other Japanese-English translating tools and making further comparisons
  • having to make some educated guesses based on context at some points, unfortunately
  • swearing at the Japanese language
  • swearing at the English language
  • just swearing in general in half a dozen different languages
  • selling my soul to Molag Bal (because Stendarr didn't answer)
  • puzzling out the overarching story and realizing it's amazingly well written
  • reading Vicn's blogspot about Vigilant (here, but you'll need Google Translate) and getting some further answers about the story from it and some Q&A taking place in the comments and also getting most of my wild guesses about a few very certain characters confirmed
  • checking Elder Scrolls lore and making sure names of existing characters and places matched
  • freaking out at the Alessian Order (what the hell, Marukh?!)
  • neglecting to study for a fiendishly difficult final until the last day and then still managing to pass it with a downright excellent mark despite not having a clue how to solve one of the problems (I'm still in shock)
  • continuing translation during lunch breaks at work
  • realizing Google Translate must be a Khajiit (seriously, it translates Khajiit speak suspiciously well)
  • taking a break to continue my rather violent love-hate relationship with Wheel of Time (reading it for the first time now)
  • blasting Nazgul theme from LOTR movies every time Molag Bal had something to say
  • starting to wrap it all up
  • realizing I forgot to check enchantment and spell descriptions
  • checking the entire mod once again and correcting all the mistakes I found
  • testing it really quickly in-game
  • finally wrapping it up for real
  • spending way too long to write this description
  • ...

Well, you get the idea now.

I hope you will give my translation a try. And if you find any mistakes or have an idea how to translate something in a better way, please tell me.



A lot has changed - for the better. This translation is not so amateurish anymore, thanks to a123999 and Spylorm.
I actually consider this version pretty final and good enough for voice acting to start (more info on that to follow).
So, what's changed:

  • rewrote a lot of the lines for better grammar, flow, style
  • corrected typos
  • corrected quite a few wrong translations -> now everything should make sense
  • fixed wrong quest journal for Windhelm Report quest (my bad -> map marker was correct, it was me who wrote the wrong place)
  • corrected some things in the books and notes
  • some quests got renamed (for example: Disappearances in Prison is now Empty Cells) -> no problem with updating
  • double checked armor, weapons, spells, other items and such for consistency
  • finished my playtesting -> everything should be fine
  • also got some answers from Vicn regarding the story
  • updated for VIGILANT 1.0.6


Another update, this time to bring the translation in line with voice acting.

  • subtitles brought in line with what the voiced characters are actually saying 
  • fixed some typos I still missed from 1.1
  • Captain Spania is now Scamp Captain and he really should have been that before and what on Earth was I thinking
  • Alessian Believer/Prayer changed to Alessian Worshipper/Supplicant respectively and how didn't I think of the word 'worshipper' before
  • Dark Kid changed to Dark Child because it sounds better to me
  • changed Bastard to Spawn since Bastard really was as awkward as it gets (thanks, blueraga)


  • updated for VIGILANT 1.1.0


Q: So, what is actually translated?
A: ... Everything. Really. That includes books. Unless I still missed something, everything should be translated.

Q: But isn't there an already existing translation?
A: Yes, there is - though it's only partial and hasn't been updated in a long time. Still, I recommend you go there and endorse because Geazaiten did a good job.

Q: But are there any lines from Geazaiten's translation here?
A: No. I did everything from scratch. Some lines may be similar, but there are only so many ways you can translate something like "I can't do that", "Yes, my lord" and such.

Q: Do you have permission for this?
A: Vicn gave his permission to anyone to translate his mods, so yes, I do.

Q: Voice acting, pleeeease!
A: Your wish is granted. An English voiced addon has now been released. You can find it here: VIGILANT Voiced

And we have a showcase video as well! Enjoy. :) 



What you absolutely need, no exceptions whatsoever:

How to install:

  • make sure you meet all the requirements
  • download my translation
  • install with your mod manager of choice or manually unzip Vigilant.esp to your Skyrim Data folder
  • let it overwrite existing esp
  • activate the mod and sort your load order
  • play



  • Vicn for the original mod
  • a123999 for help with translation
  • Spylorm for allowing me to compare my translation with his German one (you can find it here: click)