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This is an Alternate Start, New Lands mod where you can play through the entire Main Quest of TESII: Daggerfall in the TESV engine, at the end of which you can choose to continue your character's adventures in Skyrim, taking all your loot, experience and new spells with you!

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Introduction
They said it couldn't be done...  Daggerfall is too big to fit in the TESV engine...  And they were, on the one hand, right!  You cannot capture the grand scale or the nearly endless possibilities that exist in a world larger than England!  Yet, for all of its vastness and promise, Daggerfall remains a world unfamiliar to many Elder Scrolls fans.  The mechanics and graphics feel dated to say the least, and its sometimes unreasonable time limits for quests as well as quest-breaking bugs left many players, even back in the '90's, so frustrated that perhaps a majority of players never finished the Main Quest, preferring to simply explore the world on their own terms, joining guilds or Knightly Orders, or becoming a vampire or a wereboar.  And that is a shame, because the Main Quest is actually quite a good story.  The purpose of this mod is not to replace TESII: Daggerfall, but to bring some of its magic and lore to Elder Scrolls fans of the Skyrim generation that would never otherwise experience it, as well as perhaps delight those fans of the original game that would love to see the Main Quest in an updated engine, complete with voice acting, re-mastered music and better graphics.

Please note that the Main Quest of Daggerfall is NOT about choice.  You are role-playing as the Emperor's friend on an important mission, so, while the order in which you tackle these quests is your choice, it is assumed that you want to finish the Main Quest and so you will not be able to refuse the quest-givers' requests.  At this point, there really isn't much of anything other than the Main Quest for you to do in Daggerfall, anyway!

I have worked on this mod in my spare time for a little over two years, and have had a lot of fun learning about various aspects that go into making a large mod the size of a dlc.  I'm not much of a 3D artist, so I've had to rely on a lot of resources to put this mod together, and you will see that the credits list is quite long.  I have tried to include, where possible, those models from artists who have made resources to see something from Daggerfall come to later Elder Scrolls games, such as JMan0WarS, who remade Privateer's Hold for Morrowind as well as Direnni Tower for Oblivion, Lord Berandas and BobJohnson99.  As per Bethesda's instructions, all assets included in this mod for Skyrim have been remade, and not simply ported from the original Daggerfall game.

Dungeons
Doors and corridors!  You never know what terror lurks behind the next door, or around the next bend, or when/if you will escape this seemingly endless maze!  Such is the essence of dungeon crawling in Daggerfall.  All of the dungeons necessary for Daggerfall's Main Quest have been remade to reflect as accurately as possible the essence of the original, hand crafted ones from TESII. The walkthroughs given by UESP were an invaluable aid in reproducing them, and can still be used by you to navigate the dungeons should you get stuck.  (Exceptions: The ridiculous number of teleporters you needed to go through to exit Castle Wayrest's dungeon --in case you forgot to mark an anchor--  has been collapsed so that the first one you encounter on the way beck described by UESP takes you to the final teleportation point, and the puzzle found in Aetherius' Room of Fire has been changed slightly, but if you've played Skyrim you should have no problem here.)  In addition to UESP, Daggerfall Modelling was a great tool to help reproduce not only the main path, but also unique points of interest in the dungeons should you choose to explore.  Privateer's Hold and the realms of Aetherius have been reproduced in their entirety.  However, other dungeons have been somewhat streamlined, so that you cannot get hopelessly lost, as you could in the originals.  I think most players will appreciate the balance.  Scourg Barrow is the only dungeon significantly truncated, since it is a relatively short path to reach Mannimarco, and its remaining aspects of interest merely repeat much of Privateer's Hold.  Additionally, I have constructed an all-new dungeon for the werewolf quest, based upon models that were included in the assets of TESII, but never implemented in any dungeon.  Think of it as restored cut-content!  The procedurally generated dungeons of Daggerfall all mix and match the same elements encountered in the Main Quest dungeons, so once you have completed this mod, you will have experienced nearly all of the elements present in the original game.  (For proper immersion, please bear in mind that the spheres in Aetherius upon which you see the stars or the sun have no collisions, so please try not to levitate outside of them.  If you do, you will see the other parts of the dungeons in a way meant only for use within the Creation Kit.  Such a view could be achieved in the original Daggerfall game if you glitched outside of the walls in any dungeon, but that glitch wasn't very immersive, either.)

Magic
Levitation!  Mark and Recall!  Lock and Unlock!  These spells and more from TESII have been added to enhance your Daggerfall experience.  Levitation uses the method of J3X, which employs rather large, invisible plates that you walk on.  As such, levitation will not work in very small places; i.e., it will not function in elevator shafts.  Please use the lifts provided to go up and down, and do not have a levitation effect active when you do.  (Occasionally, if you re-cast a Levitation spell before the magic effect of the first one runs out, you might find yourself beginning to descend.  If that occurs, re-cast the spell again to stop yourself from falling.)  Jumping and Slowfalling require SKSE64, so if you don't want to have it installed for some reason, those two magical effects will not function in your game, though everything else will. Additionally, all of the alchemical ingredients from TESII, with their Daggerfall effects, have been included for your crafting needs.

Gameplay
The entire bestiary from TESII has been reproduced, and you will encounter each and every monster at least once or twice as you play though the mod.  Be warned: Weapons made from low grade materials will not work on all creatures, so make sure you keep that ebony dagger the Emperor gave you handy if you want to be able to defeat some monsters you will encounter even in the opening dungeon!  Some powerful monsters will be encountered underwater, so you might want to install Zartar's Character Behaviors Enhanced in order to enjoy underwater combat!  Out of lockpicks, with no spells available to unlock a door?  Have no fear!  Bash the door open with your weapon!  Lock bashing, using mzin's method, is back, so enjoy!  And you will have the opportunity to become a wearboar!  Once you become infected with the lycanthropy disease (which will occur at least once as you make your way through the main quest, unless you already have 100% disease resistance), if you choose not to cure yourself, you will become a wereboar after three days, instantly changing wherever you may be at the time.  As a wereboar, you will gain 40 points to health and stamina, immunity to disease, and, while in beast form, immunity to damage from iron and steel weapons.  It's overpowered, because it was overpowered in Daggerfall, too!  As with being a werewolf in Skyrim, the only negatives are not being able to gain resting bonuses and being attacked on sight when in beast form, though I may re-introduce the requirement to feed and forced shifts with the moons at a later point, as per Daggerfall.  And speaking of diseases, the crippling effects of Daggerfall diseases are back, so make sure you carry enough cure disease potions, have a cure disease spell, or are immune to disease if you want to survive long!  Also, some creatures can paralyze you for a few seconds, so be sure to carry enough free action potions or gain immunity to paralysis.  (As should be well known to all Daggerfall players, High Elves are immune to paralysis.)  Finally, staves, short swords, mithril and adamantium armor and weapons, as well as clothing and armor mods, have been added to make sure you know you're not in Skyrim anymore!

Worldspace
I tried to make the worldspace's land mass resemble as closely as possible the original Daggerfall map, but scaled down to be roughly two-thirds the size of Skyrim.  Some islands needed to be made proportionally a little larger, and Daggerfall, Wayrest and Sentinel, still large, are now sprawled out over a greater proportion of the land.  Within the walls of these cities, the landscape is mostly flat to be faithful to Daggerfall.  Taverns, shrines and some shops have finished interiors, but many of the buildings are only for show at this point.  Proper landscaping takes a lot of time and talent, and the entire esm-flagged esp for this mod has been produced by only one person: me.  Hence, only areas around points of interest to the Main Quest have been developed to any large extent.  For this release, I see the landscape as merely a prop that needs to look decent when you pass through it, but it is not the main attraction.  While you are able to walk across the entire map, you may fast travel to a location once the quest giver has marked it on your map, which is the same as what you were able to do in the original Daggerfall. 

Buying and Selling
There are inns/taverns in Daggerfall, Wayrest, Sentinel, Gothway Garden and Whitefort set up to buy and sell general goods, as well as standard tavern fare (some unique to Daggerfall).  There is a functional blacksmith in Daggerfall across from the player home, as well as court blacksmiths in Daggerfall and Orsinium, who will sell all of the Daggerfall weapons and armor in the game (except for artifacts, of course).  And there are court sorcerers in Daggerfall, Wayrest and Sentinel who will sell all of the Daggerfall spells, ingredients, and potions.  All merchants have a little more gold than their Skyrim counterparts.

Recommendations
In addition to Zartar's Character Behaviors Enhanced for underwater combat, you might consider using Daggerfall Traits for Skyrim (there are open permissions, so I converted to SSE and put it as an optional download on this mod page), Simply Climb and Spell Crafting for Skyrim to round out your Daggerfall experience.  And if you want to try the original game, now has never been a better time!  You can download the full game for free from Bethesda.  You may also consider playing Daggerfall Unity, which uses the original assets within the Unity engine, greatly enhancing the graphics, allowing for mods, and is currently available (for free, of course) in a very playable alpha version.

Installation, Compatibility and Requirements
For performance, Daggerfall.bsa is uncompressed, and the textures are found in a separate Daggerfall - Textures.bsa.  SKSE64 is required for the jumping and slowfalling spells, but you can enjoy the mod without using them if you really don't want to install SKSE64 for some reason.  As an esm-flagged esp, Daggerfall.esp should load with other master files.  If you use the Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch, it will load after it.  As an alternate start mod, it requires a new game, and will be incompatible with anything that modifies MQ101.  It modifies little else, except the interior of Jorrvaskr, Hagravens (who no longer fear water), the PlayerSleepQuest and one unused Skyrim quest from the cut Windhelm arena content, so it should be compatible with nearly all other mods.  Body replacers, however, such as CBBE and UNP, are not compatible, since the mod adds several new armors.  Some of the armors, especially ones derived from Witcher assets, are meant to be worn as a set, and will not work properly with all other armors.  Followers are not recommended, since the exterior worldspace is largely without proper navmesh at the moment.  Since many people also use Alternate Start - Live Another Life, an add-on is provided in the optional downloads section.  If you use other LAL add-ons, LALDaggerfall.esp should load last.  And, by request, an add-on for Realm of Lorkhan is available as well.  With Realm of Lorkhan and its add-on installed, you can now take your current character to Daggerfall and avoid starting a new game!

Permissions
This mod is my gift to the Elder Scrolls community; use whatever I made as you like as long as you credit me, but please respect the wishes and rights of the modders whose resources were used in making this mod, many of whom have released their mods as Nexus exclusives.  For that reason, a port to XBox One seems unlikely, since someone (who isn't me; I will not even try) would have to procure a lot of permissions. 

The Future
If there is enough interest, perhaps a team could be formed to landscape the worldspace properly, with navmeshing and random encounters added.  Daggerfall has complete quest lines for the Mages Guild, Fighters Guild, Thieves Guild and Dark Brotherhood, as well as Knightly Orders, Temples and Templar Orders, and Vampire Clans, with Daedric Quests and much more!  Many things are possible... It really depends on the community's response to this mod whether or not anything more is done.  If you would like to share your opinion or contribute your talent, please consider joining the Skygerfall Discord Server.  This project is not affiliated with The Elder Scrolls Renewal Project (TESRenewal).

CREDITS
(If I have accidentally left anyone out, please let me know!)

Dev Team:  Daggefall.esp - oracus0
     Retexturing of Mithril and Guard Armor - Blaez#4809 from the Skygerfall Discord Server

Bethesda (of course!)

Collaboration with DaggerfallTeam on the following:
     JMan0WarS, Isle of Balfiera: assets and permission obtained through DaggerfallTeam
     Tamriel Rebuilt HammerfellTeam and lady nerevar, Hammerfell - The Eastern Grasslands
          with express permission of lady nerevar; meshes converted to Skyrim format by DaggerfallTeam

CD PROJEKT S.A., THE WITCHER assets with their express permission via email, along with
     Oaristys, Modder's Resource Pack - The Witcher Extension
     LorSakyamuni, The Witcher 3 Mega Resource Pack
     SumoJellyBean, Witcher 3 Syanna and Henrietta--UNP
     hucifer/L0rd0fWar/Dahaka002011, The Witcher 2 - Geralt Light Armor and Witcher Swords
     Medtech, W3's Toussaint knight armors resource
     redxavier, Witcher 2 Shield Pack

NoneCG, Animated Bat Free 3D model, with rigging by jboyd4

Logo by Cameron (Th3AustralianGam3r)#0186 from the Skygerfall Discord Server

Nexus mod sources

SpikeDragonLord and jboyd4, Beasts of Tamriel (with permission)
breti, New World Modder Resource
J3X, Flyable Broomstick
willkydd, Unlock Spell
Tomas Sala/muppetpuppet, Moonpath to Elsweyr
MannyGT, The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal
Tamira, New Plants 1_3
Stroti and Tamira, Stroti's Cactus Resource
Stroti and Tamira,  Stroti Lighthouse
Stroti and Tamira,  Strotis Market Stands
Stroti and Tamira,  Strotis Old Mill Resource
Stroti and Tamira,  Strotis Manor Resource
Stroti and Tamira,  Strotis Castle Furniture Resource
Stroti and Tamira,  Strotis Castle Wall Resource for Skyrim
Stroti and Tamira,  Strotis Spinningwheel Resource 1_1
Stroti and Tamira,  Strotis Organ Resource
Stroti and Tamira,  Strotis Small House Resource
Stroti and Tamira,  Strotis old cabin resource
Malo/Tamira, Malo Statues
mr_siika and Tamira, Mr Siika Castle Seaview Kit
mr_siika and Kraeten, Griffon Fortress Resource
Scot, Morrowind mushrooms - modders resource
Elinen, Hoddminir Ground Textures
Elinen, Hoddminirs re-textured Sheep
Elinen, Hoddminir Flowers
Elinen and Ztree, Hoddminir Plants and Trees
Ztree and Elinen, Ztrees new rocks
AJ47951, Rock Texture Set
Mr. Dave, Texture Resource
Oaristys and Tony67, Modder's Resource Pack
Runspect, Resources for modders
LorSakyamuni, Lor Modders' Resources
Antonio Colasurdo/JetSteele, Magnus' Enchanter
MihailMods, Centaurs
MihailMods, Imps
MihailMods, Enemy Bats
MihailMods, House Cats
MihailMods, Dragonlings
MihailMods, Harvesters
MihailMods, Classic Ghosts
MihailMods, Harpies
MihailMods, Spider Deadra
MihailMods, Sea Dreughs
MihailMods, Dryads
MihailMods, Sewer Rats
MihailMods, Cliff Racers
MihailMods, Cyrodilic Minotaurs
MihailMods, Iron Golem
MihailMods, Wraiths
MihailMods, Zombies
MihailMods, Demon Fishes
MihailMods, Daedroths
MihailMods, Flesh Golems
Anton and Sunspot2, Animated Fairy Wings
Link815, Special Flora of Tamriel
ChickenDownUnder Harvestables
Nedius, Ingredients of Tamriel
Holugar, Unicorn (horn)
Thomas/GoblinVomit, Imperial Mages Guild sign banner and symbol
Osmodius, Handmade Texture Resource Pack
Tlaffoon, Castle Modders Resource
Tlaffoon, 13th Century Inn and houses Modders Resource
Tlaffoon, Viking House Modders Rresource
Tlaffoon, Manor House Modders Resource
PrivateEye, Shortswords for Skyrim
PrivateEye, Heavy Armory - New Weapons
PrivateEye, Chrysamere - a Morrowind artifact for Skyrim
747823, Weapons of the Third Era
GendunDrup, Nexus Creature Resource
Vicn, Vicn Creature Pack
stormshallow, Sheep Modders Resource
Edhildil, Edhildils Camel
Edhildil, Stendarr Statue Modders Resource
FUTOSHI, Creepy Zombies
Prometheus, World map of Nirn
OnHolyServiceBound, Orc Overhaul - Orc body morphs height and Berserker strength (with permission)
dogtown1, Skyrim Monster Mod (with permission)
Mazetism/Shiroyel, Red Dragon Crown
oreYas2012, Ogre Killer (Two-Handed Axe) (with permission)
Nimezis, Noble Dress (with permission)
FafnirEtherion, Mannimarco necromancer robes (with permission)
Maty743, Knights of the Nine
Maty743, Matys Medieval Knights
Ares1/Ghosu, Playable Crown of Barenziah
JZBai, Generic Chainmail Armor
jacknifelee, Noblesse Oblige
jacknifelee, Velvet Robes and Cloaks
jacknifelee, Tsarevna Outfit
Zaria/magnemoe, Zarias Maidpack
Hentai/zotman12, A Clothes
Hentai/zotman12, Saber Dress
Bellyache/wrig675, Bellyaches Animal and Creature Pack
Leodoidao, Stalactite resource for rock caves
Axonis, Shalidor's Mirror
User_14970514, Sanguine squad assets
Tesak1243, Fighters Keep Modders Resources
Tesak1243, Shack in HearthFires style
markusliberty, Orcish Hut Kit
markusliberty, Cyrodiil Ship and boat resource
Kelretu, Halfling Clothes
Kelretu, Kelretu's Modders Resources (WIP)
incaendo, Pillar Resource
Ronnie Magnum, Akaviri Dungeon Tile Set
SydneyB, Ashara Dimonized Dress and jewelry
mzin/Oooiii, Super Simple Lock Bash
Tasheni, Redguard Fashion - Tasheni Mod Project
BobJohnson99, Daggerfall Sheogorath
RoboBirdie, New Creatures
halfblack, Elite Nightingale Armor - Male and Female
NordWarUA, Heavy Nordic Armor
Ga-Knomboe Boy, GKB Green Trees
Vermunds, Bells of Skyrim
FiddlerOnTheRoof, Monk Prayer Beads
Stroti, Strotis small outdoor rock cave resource
Khugan, Torture Devices
Phitt, Old School Dungeons
ElderScrollsFan001, Knights of the Nine Smith (with permission)
washington/perolozhach, Old Village Walls Set - Modders Resource
Eggyslav and MentalElf, Cane or Walking Stick
Lord Berandas, Daggerfall inspired meshes - modders resources
Jman0warS, Privateer's Hold

non-Nexus 3D model sources
Reiner's Tilesets
Daniel74, Medieval Tavern/Houses/Church/Well
Macadamstreet, Goosy goosa +
JackGa, JG Monsters 3.0.5 Steam ver
InsanitySorrow, Insanity's Headstones 1.0
Cadnav, Game character animals 3D Model
Cadnav, Silithid Scarab
Cadnav, Antique Wooden Tea Table
Cadnav, Desert fan palm
Cadnav, Classical Greek pavilion
binho, Tomb
hypnagogia, Mausoleum
hypnagogia, Grave
hypnagogia, Chichen Itza
hypnagogia, Mailbox

non-Nexus texture sources

textures.com
InsanitySorrow, Desert Texture Resource 1.0
micah702, Old Castle
SWTEXTURE, Brick Textures - Large Area
Billy Hathorn, Hedges at Mission San Juan Capistrano, CA
LASZLO ILYES, Copacabana Pavement
owen Jones, Grammar of Ornament
Mahdiabbasinv, Tongue
CaptMondo, Casing stone in the British Museum
NASA et al., Constellation Fornax, Hubble eXtreme Deep Field
NASA/STEREO/SDO/GSFC, Map of the full sun
Gregory H. Revera, Full Moon 2010
Eugenio Hansen, OFS Welsh Dragon
ludger1961/Achim1999, Lippische Rose
classic vintage crescent moon woodcut
TomKr, Blason ville fr Belberaud (Haute-Garonne)
Melian, based on PNG by AnonMoos, Cross-Flory-Heraldry
Robert M. Lavinsky, Magnetite
Robert M. Lavinsky, Turquoise
Luigi Chiesa, Shelled almonds (Prunus dulcis)
Joe Schneid, Gingko Leaves
Lorc, Candle holder icon
Lorc, Dove icon
Lorc, Empty Hourglass
Lorc, Pouring chalice icon
Lorc, Rose icon

Voice Acting

After posting on The Skyrim Voice Alliance Discord, I was directed to the Casting Call Club, where I was able to recruit the following talented voice actors:
     Brisienna/Medora: littlecuppajo
     Aubk-i/Mynisera/Akorithi/Morgiah: celestielle
     Nulfaga: EileenAnglin
     Cyndassa: Rana
     Mannimarco: stringstorm
     Gortwog: JimmySherwood
     Agent of the Underking: nevernotninja
     Lhotun: FrenchDipp
     Woodborne/Gothryd/Regebert/Eadwyre/Bridwell: Kaze_VA
Sheogorath: MeekVoice (formerly known as Purgey, reprising his role from The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal!).  Find him also on soundcloud.
Uriel Septim/Lysandus/Tristyn/Benefactor/Guards: oracus0

Music
Dan Goodale, Ramón Tobias Molesworth, and Omega9, who gave explicit permission to use their versions of the classic soundtrack by Eric R. Heberling in this mod.  Also Zenogias, who has allowed his versions to be used freely as a modder's resource.  The few tracks from the original soundtrack that were not re-made by these artists were recorded from the original Daggerfall midi files using the MIDISF2 SoundFont.

Tutorials
Hoddminir, From Heightmap to Worldspace in Skyrim
Hoddminir, Generating LODs for your worldspace
Eliorim, Extending dialogue length for the Creation Kit
John Esposo, Cool Spooky/Ghostly Voice Effect
Shawn Edwards, Tutorial: Talking Activators - make things engage dialogue
Langeston, How to port (almost) any Oldrim mod to Skyrim SE (For Dummies)

Sources of Information on Daggerfall
UESP
Daggerfall Modelling
Ronald Wartow, The Daggerfall Chronicles

Tools
3ds Max
Photoshop
NVIDIA Texture Tools for Adobe Photoshop
TheFigment, 3ds Max Nif Importer-Exporter
ElminsterAU and the xEdit Team, TES5Edit
ElminsterAU and the xEdit team, SSEEdit
jonwd7, NifSkope
Skyfox, Nif Utils Suite
zilav, NifScan
zilav, NifModify
Macoron, NifTextures
ousnius, SSE NIF Optimizer
Ormin, skyblivion-NIFConverter
Audacity
Oketado/cptPauer, LazyAudio XWM FUZ converter
greentea101, Voice File Reference Tool
Acid Zebra, Where in Oblivion am I
AmethystDeceiver, Modder Resource - Easy NPC Creation
Aaron Torpy, L3DT
Lightwave, TESAnnwyn
Ethatron, Oscape
li1nx, Champollion a PEX to Papyrus decompiler
Arron Dominion, Champollion Graphical User Interface