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The Forgotten City is the first mod in history to win a national Writers' Guild award for its script. It is a critically acclaimed expansion mod offering a unique 6 - 8 hour experience: a murder mystery investigation set in an ancient underground city. You'll need to solve it using your wits, and the ability to travel through time...

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I've moved on from modding to professional game development, but please feel free to connect with me via FacebookYouTube, and/or Twitter, and visit my webpage for news!


The Forgotten City is the first mod in history to win a national Writers' Guild award with its script. It is a critically acclaimed expansion mod offering a unique 6 - 8 hour experience: a murder mystery investigation set in an ancient underground city. You'll need to solve it using your wits, and the ability to travel through time. It has a dark, non-linear story in which you'll interrogate suspects, explore the city and its many secrets, and navigate challenging moral dilemmas. It features multiple endings, an original orchestral score, and professionally voiced dialogue.


"The story here is, no doubt, the best of any Skyrim mod. It's so good, that it really reminds me of Blockbuster movies like Inception, Interstellar, and especially Edge of Tomorrow, and it's so cinematic as well, especially the custom composed soundtrack." MxR, Skyrim Mods Weekly

"Amazing... it's a super dynamic story... how the mod utilizes paradoxes and time loops is fantastic... one of the most thrilling quests we've ever played..." Brodual

“The production values, for a mod, are completely ridiculous... The Forgotten City is a pretty big deal.” Kotaku

“An incredibly polished & insanely well done Skyrim mod. You owe it to yourself to check it out.” ShoddyCast

"Finishing the game was a bittersweet moment... brought true joy to my heart. I’ll even go as far as saying I teared up a bit." Giga Geek Magazine

“This mod is the best quest and new land mod I’ve downloaded since I started covering Skyrim mods. I mean it." theDeModcracy, Skyrim weekly mods

“Looks pretty sweet!” BioWare Creative Director, Mike Laidlaw 

“An undeniably impressive undertaking.” PC Gamer  

Trailer 1 of 2 (Teaser)

Trailer 2 of 2 (Launch)

Brodual's review


A beautiful, intricately detailed new city to explore
Discover secrets, mysteries, and relics that are thousands of years old.

A living community of people
Investigate and interrogate a community of people, each with their own unique stories and roles to play.

A haunting, non-linear story with several different endings
Your experience will depend on the decisions you make, as well as your character's individual history.

Challenging moral dilemmas with consequences
Whether you're a saint or a psychopath, or something in between, there will be repercussions.

Puzzles that reward lateral thinking
It will take more than brute force, or blind obedience to quest prompts, to achieve the best outcomes.

Over 1200 lines of dialogue from 18 voice actors 
Talented voice actors from the US, Britain, France, Canada, Australia and New Zealand deliver striking performances.

An original orchestral soundtrack by composer Trent Moriarty
Epic, sweeping, cinematic music. Check out the remastered version!


Are there any level requirements?
It’s designed for characters at Level 5 and above. However, the story responds to your character’s individual history, so a high level is recommended.

Does it have any dependencies or installation requirements?

Are there any known incompatibilities?

Can I bring a follower?
This mod is designed to be played solo. You'll understand why once you play the game.

What's the story behind this mod?
Check out my recent interviews with Kotaku and PowerUp Gaming.

Can you add a feature?
I don't plan on adding any further features to this mod, so please don't ask.


Instructions for experienced mod users:

Download with Nexus Mod manager, or download manually and place the contents in your Skyrim/Data folder. That’s it!

Instructions for people new to modding:

Launch Skyrim Special Edition. Select "Mods" from the main menu. Find "The Forgotten City" and enable it. That's it!


If you’re Level 5 or above, you’ll be approached automatically by a courier when you enter any city. Alternatively, you can make your way to the "Forgotten Ruins" in the south-west corner of Skyrim.


Written & developed by Nick Pearce - Email - Facebook - Twitter - YoutubeBlog

Original orchestral soundtrack by Trent Moriarty  - Email - Facebook - Web site

Brol, Altrius, Brandas, Habiq, Marius & Ulrin: Patrick Deegan - Email - Youtube Channel
Jarl Metellus (Narrator of the trailers): James McLauchlan - Email - Twitter
The Arbiter: Damien Caine - Email - Web site
Luki & Maisi: Heather Jane Hogan - Email - Web site
Safira: Leara Morris-Clark - Email - Web site
Gulvar, Vernon: Stewart Moyer - Email - CCC Profile
Cassia, Miranda: Asia Sanchez - Email - Youtube Channel
Sato & Rykas: Paden "Cassie" Dowdy - Email - CCC Profile
Jeshol & the Cave Dwellers: Storm “GigaRat” Watters - Email - SoundCloud
Rastasia: Adoxographist - Email - Tumblr
Asanshi: Phoenix Emrys - Email - Wordpress
Ysmar: Jessica Osborne - Email - SoundCloud
Deglund & Dooley: Steve White - Email - Facebook
Dwemora: Elizabeth Plant - Email - CCC Profile
Hjormund: Jonny Knowles - Email - Twitter
Gaia: Naorée - Email - SoundCloud
Vitus: Owain David - Email - Youtube Channel
Domitus: Hamish Hector-Taylor - Email

Lead beta tester: Storm "GigaRat" Watters
Beta testers: Lauren Quaranta, Jon Bisiach, Rabban Hansen, Patrick Deegan, Liam Moore, James McLauchlan, Adrian Fung

Thanks to:
Bethesda Game Studios for Skyrim and the Creation Kit
The Modding Community for the inspiration
Pixel Sagas for the Dwemer font


This mod took over 1700 hours to make. If you enjoyed it, I'm always happy for you to get in touch via FacebookYouTube, and/or Twitter


Feel free to report bugs, politely and constructively, in the forums.