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''For some this dungeon will be their greatest challenge ever. For others this will be their worst nightmare...''

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Jazrael Presents

Legend of the Vae

An ancient evil, long forgotten and hidden in the shadows has returned to Skyrim. The Vae, a Powerful sect of the evil Dragon Cult,
mysteriously vanished during the Merethic Era. Rumours say that they have
reappeared over the centuries watching and waiting from behind the scenes,
gathering strength and then returning to the Darkness from which they came. What is
their ultimate purpose and who will put an end to their foul schemes?


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Disclaimer: The mod by its nature is not lore-friendly. That being said it is not intrusive on your game either so anyone can try it out. Please read the full description before commenting.
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UPDATE 1.2 IS OUT.
BECAUSE THIS IS A MAJOR UPDATE I RECOMMEND THAT PLAYERS UPDATE THE MOD ONLY IF THEY HAVE NOT GONE TO THE ISLE OF THE VAE AND ENTERED THE DUNGEON.
IF YOU HAVE STARTED THE QUEST BUT HAVE NOT GONE TO THE ISLE THEN IT'S SAFE TO UPDATE TO VERSION 1.2
TO UPDATE FROM VERSION 1.1 TO VERSION 1.2 YOU WILL NEED TO UNINSTALL VERSION 1.1, MAKE A CLEAN SAVE AND REINSTALL VERSION 1.2
THIS WILL MEAN THAT PLAYERS WILL HAVE TO RESTART THE QUEST AND I APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE BUT IT'S THE ONLY WAY THE CHANGES WILL SAFELY TAKE PLACE.
FOR NEW USERS INSTALL VERSION 1.2 NORMALLY 


Features

  • This mod adds a new quest and uniquely designed dungeon with 5 levels
  • Each level has its own theme and powerful unique enemies to face
  • A High Quality,dramatic Soundtrack which suits the dungeon perfectly
  • A custom follower
  • Custom weapons and armor. Armor includes a cowl/half-mask for male and female. No beast race support for the cowl
  • EXTREMELY HARDCORE battles(Cannot be stressed enough)
  • A Lite Version has been added which features significantly reduced number of enemies but the same difficulty

Requirements
  • Latest version of Skyrim
  • No DLC’s required

The Quest
The quest starts either by courier or if you happen to come across the location of the enemies and slay the leader there. The courier will only arrive after you’ve answered the first summons of the Greybeards. 

Difficulty
The mod is designed for high level, end-game characters(lvl 50 and upwards). I currently use E.R.S.O Overhaul, Duel Combat Hardcore; A.C.E. Combat-Skills, SkyTest Harder creatures and this mod was tested and balanced according to my game play. If you are not using any type of game play or combat overhaul then the mod should actually be easier or that’s my theory anyway. For those using overhauls all I can say is ‘Good Luck’ on expert and above. I have spent countless hours balancing and rebalancing the enemies and I am pleased with the final result. If you have serious troubles then it’s ok to just lower the difficulty. Please note that some enemies and especially bosses have unique abilities and will require some serious innovation and strategy to defeat them.

Gameplay
I’ve been a gamer my whole life so I’ve tried to incorporate some of that in my mod. There are no quest markers or map markers so you will have to follow the instructions you are given as well as doing some adventuring. Once you enter the dungeon you will have to navigate through on your own. Tread carefully though. Inside the dungeon there are also areas where the map is ‘disabled’ to make things more interesting. The dungeon also contains trap areas if you take a wrong turn. Also as Dragonborn I like to have a sense of accomplishment that I did not need to have my followers with me all the way so I created areas that can be played alone with access to your followers before the main combat areas. That does not mean you will not encounter any enemies so be weary.

Important Notes and Tips
  • Place the mod low in your loading order to be sure the quest starts
  • Take enough followers with you or you will be overwhelmed and overrun(YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED)
  • You will need to be innovative and open-minded to navigate though the dungeon. There are maze-like areas as well 
  • All puzzles work 100%. The clues to solving them are there so you just have to look around  if you find yourself struggling
  • Traps abound and are extremely deadly 
  • There is a hidden area inside the dungeon that can only be accessed by completing a certain task. Good Luck
  • The follower is hidden and can be completely missed
  • Please ENABLE SUBTITLES when entering the main dungeon as I’ve created the follower with custom dialogue when you first meet
  • DO NOT USE THE CONSOLE TO ACCESS ANY AREAS. Most things are linked inside the dungeon and will not work if you bypass anything

Consideration
There might be possible issues with lighting depending on what lighting mods you use. I set my lighting according to the vanilla settings so the dungeon might be darker or lighter than I intended.

Bugs and Issues:
  • This is not an actual bug but worth noting. Enemies in the boss areas will flee into the next level if you do not kill them so when you load the next level they can appear immediately. 
  • I have not placed any enemies near the main loading areas but sometimes they are found patrolling there( I guess this adds to the realism but can be annoying if you get killed before you know whats happening). Not my fault though  
  • I made a Capeless Nightingale Armor which uses a half-mask. Its female only
  • There should be nothing else but bugs do pop up so please post anything major in the comments. Thanks


Installation/Uninstallation:
I use MO so I’m not sure how NMM or Bain works but I suppose it should install automatically just fine. Uninstall the same way.
To manually install extract the files from the zip file and place them in the Data folder.
To uninstall delete the following files from the Data folder:
Legend of the Vae.esp
Legend of the Vae.bsa
Legend of the Vae.bsl
Open the SEQ folder also situated in the Data folder and delete the Legend of the Vae.seq file.
Make a clean save afterwards.


Credits and Special Thanks:
I would like to thank the awesome modders who have contributed to this mod either by availing your mods as resources to the
community as a whole or by giving me permission to use assets from your mod. Please check out the mods below and support them.


Assets from the following mods were used in no particular order:
Glorious Daedric Retexture by Gloriouz
Barbarian Axe Standalone by Cokla, Ghogiel, Hel Borne,Fearabbit, Zu
Better Males-Beautiful nudes and faces- New hairstyles by Chris57 and FavouredSoul
Weapons of the Third Era by 747823
aMidianbornBorn Iron and Banded Armor V3 by CaBal
Tera Armors Collection for Skyrim-Male and UNP Female by asianboy345
Cazy Hairs and demoness hairs conversion by cazy and zzjay
LC_Elite Archer Armor by Locaster
Ebony Blade by Crazylion
Witchplate by Telthalion
The Mad Masker and Vicn Creatures Resources by Vicn
Fenrir Standalone 2H-Sword by TESFAN123
ApachiiSkyHair by Apachii
The Eyes of Beauty by LogRaam
Unfolded Sails Ship by PROMETHEUS_ts
URW-Useless Resources-Weapons by Urwy
Immersive Armors by Hothtrooper
Ravens Warpaint by t56yr
Medusa Drakul armors and Thanatos Dragon by Zerofrost
The Death Mask by newermind43, deadmerc0610
Perdition, River of Souls, Shadow of Death Scythe by newermind43
Sith Warrior by bryanwee20
Blades Samurai Armour and Kimonos by 0Prime0
Yuril Texture Packs for Modding (Armor Pack) by Yuril
TS Male WarPaints by Tairensoul


Please note that this is a Quest/Dungeon mod and most of the assets I’ve used are for aesthetic purpose only. If you like anything that was not given as loot or a reward please follow the links above and download them. Thank You.

Thanks to Bethesda for Skyrim and the Creation Kit. Thanks to the Skyrim modding community as a whole for your Tutorials, Third Party Tools etc.
Special Thanks to Seraph929 for helping me rescue the mod from the Plains of Oblivion
Special Thanks to my brother Lawrence Neff for an awesome graphic

Background:
I started developing the mod in November 2013,with no level design experience whatsoever and on a humble Lenovo G560 laptop. The mod has seen its fair share of ups and downs(my hard-drive crashed and I lost all my data) but overall it's been a great experience to say the least. Hopefully I will create some more in the future but for now I'm happy with what I've achieved.

Permissions:
Please do not Re-Upload this mod on any other site. The mod uses several resources so the wishes of those authors have to be respected. Permissions for assets will have to be obtained from the individual authors. For anything I've created you can just PM me for permissions. Language translations are ok.

Finally I hope you all enjoy playing the Legend of the Vae---Jonathan(Jazrael)