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Adds nightmares and reactions to NPCs only in Dawnstar and only before the Waking Nightmare quest is completed. ESL flagged.

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Ever wondered why the NPCs in Dawnstar say they're having nightmares every night, but never do? Well now they do. Until you've completed the quest 'Waking Nightmare', NPCs in Dawnstar will have a chance to have a nightmare, with (some) Dawnstar specific reactions from other NPCs.

Once you complete that quest, Dawnstar residents will stop having nightmares.

All vanilla voiced NPCs in the Dawnstar location will randomly have nightmares while they're asleep. Every vanilla voice type is covered with their own unique nightmare sound, with varying length, intensity and volume. NPCs added by other mods will automatically work if they use a vanilla voice type.

Whenever an NPC is asleep, they will have a chance to have a bad dream and cry out in their sleep, with other NPCs nearby reacting.

The dreams have a random (configurable) chance of triggering every few hours in-game. The default chance is 50%, so every few hours, there will be a 50% chance of hearing a nightmare.

You can alter the random chance by opening up the console and typing set jb1dreams to x - where x is the number you want. For example if you want 25% chance type set jb1dreams to 25 - the game will save this so you only need to do it once. If you want to see what the current percentage is type help jb1dreams in the console.

All the nightmare sounds have been generated using ElevenLabs 'SFX from prompts' tool. No voice cloning of original voices has been used. All dialogue lines are made using existing voice files from the game.

The mod is flagged as ESL so it won't take up a slot in your load order and is a very lightweight mod.

The mod was made with the older creation kit so is compatible with all versions of Skyrim SE/AE.

There's a vanilla bug with new dialogue sometimes not firing after installing a mod. If you don't hear any dialogue, just make a save and load it which should fix this if you encounter it.

Install like any other mod using your favourite mod manager. It is safe to install mid-game.

It should be compatible with pretty much anything.


What do you mean by 'every few hours?' - This is a branch of my other mod 'Nightmares of Skyrim'. In the original mod there are two chances of nightmares, one for all Skyrim and one for Dawnstar. This mod contains both but will only trigger in Dawnstar. The general one will have a chance to trigger every 12 hours, the Dawnstar one will have a chance to trigger every hour.

Can I use this with Nightmares of Skyrim? - No, they use the same ESP name. Pick one or the other.

Can you make them louder/quieter/less silly/other random requests? - No.

Can you make it so they thrash about in their sleep, or trigger them with a skull or a staff? - No.

Can you make it so they wake up? No.

Can you make it so you can enter their dreams? No.

Images were created using stable diffusion and are not actual game screenshots. And yes, they're meant to be cheesy.