Skyrim Special Edition

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

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Skyrim Unbound is an alternate start mod with a wide range of options. It changes how the main quest begins, skipping the opening sequence and bypassing the first stages of the questline.
Skyrim Unbound also allows you to play as a non-dragonborn and completely avoid the main quest.
Skyrim Unbound Reborn is an updated and significantly reworked version of the original mod.

The Game Start

Skyrim Unbound allows you to customize various starting options through a MCM. In the MCM you can select:
> To play as a Dragonborn or a non-dragonborn
> When dragons appear in Skyrim
> Standing stone
> Disease (start as a vampire or a werewolf)
> Starting weapons and outfit
> Starting spells
> Starting items like food, potions, etc.
> Starting location and game time
> A crime bounty on your head in the hold where you start
> Special options: faction (bandits, forsworn, imperial, or stormcloak), add perk points at the start, unlock shouts for a single dragon soul or no souls at all.

By default, most of the options are set to random. Pre-defined presets can be used as a starting point. Pay attention to the Dragon Souls option, which defines whether you a dragonborn or not and which is set to random by default.

When you're ready, use the first MCM option. Alternatively, a hotkey (Enter by default) can be used instead of this when you're not in the MCM.
After this, you get to a starting room, where the character creation menu will be opened with all the items equipped. After the character creation you have a choice:
Continue - Start the game.
Reload Gear - Re-add all the items and open the character creation menu again, which will give you a different randomization result.
Stay here - Stay in the starting room, useful if you want to customize some other mods before the game start. Press the hotkey (Enter by default) when you're done.

After that, your adventure has begun, with no active quests in your journal.

Dragons and The Main Quest

The game begins with no dragons. Skyrim Unbound delays dragon depending on the MCM settings. By default, dragons at word walls become active after a week or two of in-game time. After another week or so, random dragon attacks will become enabled. In the MCM you can set the length of these delays, choose between timed and leveled delay, and even disable dragons at all.

Skyrim Unbound allows you to play as a non-dragonborn, without shouts, soul absorbtion and playing the main quest. The Civil War can be finished without encountering dragons or being Dragonborn.

The first few chapters of the main questline have been bypassed, meaning you no longer have to obtain the Dragonstone for Farengar or defeat Mirmulnir for the Jarl of Whiterun. The main quest is avialable only for dragonborn characters. 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 unlocked automatically after this, or you can find it earlier in Bleak Falls Barrow.

Whiterun Thaneship

Skyrim Unbound provides you a new way of becoming a thane of Whiterun. 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 standart thaneship quest (help the people of the hold and buy a house) will be avialable.

Extension Framework

Skyrim Unbound Reborn includes an extension framework that allows you to create spell, staff and location addons.
For more info see Creating Addons for Skyrim Unbound Reborn. Use the 'Reload Addons' option if some non-native addons aren't properly loaded.

Differences from the original mod



Requires SKSE (any modern version), SkyUI, and USSEP.
is a soft requirement for general settings, most addons, and SkyrimUnbound.json.

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

Check Compatibility and Q&A articles.

Some recommended mods:

Fixed Dragon Stalking Fix - the original version of the fix was included in the original Skyrim Unbound.
Misc Dialogue Edits - adjusts more dragons-related dialogues for proper immersion, other changes are also great.

Known issues

Some mods/mod-added NPCs always think you are a thane of Whiterun or Dragonborn. This is because of conditions like "if MQ104 (Dragon Rising)
quest is completed", while SU technically completes the first main quests at the game start. Q&A contains an info about compatible conditions.

Visual issues with AllGUD after the start. Solution: re-equip your weapons.