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Simple mod to increase a starting skill based on your background.

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Early Life Skill Adjustment

Ever wonder what the Dragonborn did before becoming the Dragonborn? What is his/her background? His/her origin? What type of life did he/she live prior to becoming a legendary master of the voice? Well.... this mod doesn't answer that... exactly.

This is just a simple mod that prompts you with a single question, providing a one time skill increase based on your answer. For example if your character was a blacksmith before arriving in Skyrim, you get a +10 bonus to blacksmithing. For compatibility (and to not add yet another message right at the beginning of a game), Elsa now adds a power called "Reflect" that can be used one time, adds skill based on your response, and then disappears forever. Nothing more to it.

Why? I play with mods (including my own) that set starting skills lower than the base 15. I did not intend for this to be used with vanilla, but rather with overhauls that reduce the starting skill levels. I also feel a straight 0/1/5/10 start across the board did not make sense either (your character did have a life prior to Skyrim, right).

What were you before your cart-ride (or before ending up next to a Mara statue under mysterious circumstances or floating over a burning ruin that was once Helgen)?

  • +10 Archery
  • +10 Block
  • +10 Heavy Armor
  • +10 One Handed
  • +10 Smithing
  • +10 Two Handed
  • +10 Alteration
  • +10 Conjuration
  • +10 Destruction
  • +10 Enchanting
  • +10 Illusion
  • +10 Restoration
  • +10 Alchemy
  • +10 Light Armor
  • +10 Lockpicking
  • +10 Pickpocket
  • +10 Sneak
  • +10 Speech

This mod adds a single power that runs a short script upon activation. Once you answer the question, the script provides the appropriate bonus and stops. That is it. Elsa should be 100% compatible with any other mod. To ensure you receive the bonus, wait a few minutes after starting a new game to allow any other mods to make their adjustments.

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