Skyrim Special Edition

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About this mod

An alternate start mod with a wide range of options, including the ability to play as a non-Dragonborn character. Updated and significantly reworked according to my vision.

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DESCRIPTION

Skyrim Unbound Reborn is an alternate start mod that skips the intro and changes how the game starts, with a wide range of options and a great customization ability. It also allows you to play as a non-dragonborn, without the main quest, shouts and absorbing dragon souls.
The first few chapters of the main questline are bypassed, which means that you no longer have to obtain the Dragonstone for Farengar or defeat Mirmulnir for Jarl Balgruuf. Dragons appear after a customizable amount of time or level, and the main quest starts when you absorb a dragon soul for the first time.

Skyrim Unbound Reborn is an updated and significantly reworked version of Skyrim Unbound.
There are a lot of changes, the main ones are listed in this article.


GAME START

No longer you start in a cart going to Helgen. Helgen is already destroyed and you weren't there when it happened, haven't meet Ralof, Hadvar, Ulfric or Tullius. Configure your start in the MCM. You can choose from plenty of various locations to start at, choose your starting items, spells, standing stone, choose to start as a vampire or werewolf, set bounty on your head, and more. Or you can leave these options randomized, as they are set by default.

Steps:

1. Open Skyrim Unbound MCM (System > Mod Configuration > Skyrim Unbound, may need some time to appear on heavy load orders) and customize settings as you want.
All options have descriptions displayed at the bottom when you highlight an option. Pay attention to the Dragon Souls option on the first page, it defines if you're the Dragonborn or not (random by default).

2. Click the Begin Your Adventure option (the first option on the first MCM page) or press the hotkey when you're not in a menu (set on the last MCM page, Enter by default).

3. You get to the starting room, the character creation menu is opened. After you close it, you will be given a choice:
Continue - Start the game;
Swap Gear - Re-add all the items (which can give you a different result) and open the character creation menu again;
Stay Here - Stay in the starting room. Press the hotkey to choose an action: Continue, Swap Gear or Open RaceMenu. Choose Continue or use the first MCM option again to start the game.


4. Your adventure begins with no quests in your journal (except for some options).

Note: there's no vanilla start option.


DRAGONS AND MAIN QUEST

The game begins with no dragons, Skyrim Unbound delays them depending on the MCM settings. By default, dragons at word walls appear after a week or two of in-game time. After another week or so, dragons start to appear randomly. In the MCM you can customize the delay and choose between timed and leveled modes.

The first few chapters of the main questline are bypassed, meaning you no longer have to obtain the Dragonstone for Farengar or defeat Mirmulnir for Jarl Balgruuf. When you absorb a dragon soul for the first time, you'll be summoned to High Hrothgar by the Greybeards after a while. The first word of the Unrelenting Force will be learned automatically after this, or you can find it earlier in Bleak Falls Barrow. This way you don't have to go to Helgen or Whiterun to start the main quest.

Skyrim Unbound allows you to play as a non-dragonborn, without shouts, absorbing dragon souls and playing the main quest (including the main quest of Dragonborn DLC). The Civil War can be finished without encountering dragons or being Dragonborn.


WHITERUN THANESHIP


Since the vanilla way of becoming a thane of Whiterun is no longer available, a new way is provided. Complete The Blessings of Nature quest and talk to Jarl Balgruuf when the Gildergreen tree is repaired/the sappling blooms. He'll thank you and allow you to buy the Breezehome, and the standard thaneship quest (help people of the hold and buy a house to become a thane) will be avialable.



REQUIREMENTS

Hard requirements:

Soft requirements (without them some features are not available):

COMPATIBILITY

See Compatibility article.


INSTALLATION


Just install with your mod-manager.
I'm still working on this mod, so click "Track" at the top of the page to start tracking updates.

Some recommended mods:


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EXTENSION FRAMEWORK

Skyrim Unbound Reborn allows to create addons that add more available options, see
Creating Addons for Skyrim Unbound Reborn.