Skyrim Special Edition

About this mod

An improvement to Serana's dialogue and functionalities as an NPC, making her feel more immersive and organic within the world of Skyrim. Serana Dialogue Add-On is highly acclaimed and also featured in Forbes magazine.

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This is the mod page for the Special Edition version. 
SDA is also available on: 
[LE] | [Xbox One] 

And here are some other links! You can check out my: 
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Want to donate? You can do that through:
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What Does This Mod Do?
It's an expansion of Serana's dialogue and general features as an NPC to make her more immersive and organic within the world of Skyrim. Serana Dialogue Add-On takes what is given to us in the base game, and greatly expands upon it, adding more facets and dimensions to the character. Therefore you get not necessarily a completely vanilla Serana, but a vanilla-inspired take on the character which almost seamlessly fits in with the actual base game depiction. The dialogue lines in this mod (over 2600) are all fully voiced, utilizing Serana's existing dialogue pool as well as new voice-acted lines by Kerstyn Unger.

If you have more questions or would like to know more, please read the rest of this description and the stickied FAQ in the comments section. Thanks!







Features:
• Expanded combat dialogue, so Serana's combat lines should be more varied with less repetition
• More radiant commentary on locations, the weather, and her increasing friendship with the player
• More role-play dialogue, giving more insight into Serana's character and how she sees the current world
• Extensive Quest Commentary (See "Quest Commentary Awareness" Article for the full coverage)
• Capability for Serana to sing a selection of lore-friendly songs, including an original written for this mod, "Old Stone Walls".
• Sleep Functionality- Even vampires get tired every now and then.
• Addition of the Dynamic Dialogue Animation FrameworkA revolutionary animation framework that provides Serana with unique and varied dialogue animations. 
• Both Scripted and Radiant NPC Interactions with many NPCs across Fort Dawnguard, Whiterun, Riften, Riverwood, and Solitude (Read the Article "List of NPCs Serana Interacts With" for a full list)
• Banter with custom-voiced followers (currently with Inigo and Sofia, with more followers on the way!)
• An authentic Serana romance that occurs throughout the course of the Dawnguard questline (but some content can also be experienced after). This was actually hinted at in the vanilla game (depending on how the player treated Serana), but never fully explored.
Now, my mod does that. 
Optional Patches:
• For Amorous Adventures, to disable all of its Serana-related AA content on game launch, as to not conflict with my mod on a narrative and thematic level. It is highly recommended that you install this for a consistent experience.
• For the DX Crimson Blood Armor, adding a conversation with Serana about said armor and Valerica's legacy for her. 
• For the Lustmord Vampire Armor, adding in location commentary for the mod's mini-quest as well as a dialogue with Serana about the armor suit.
• Wintersun - Faiths of Skyrim is supported through an optional patch. With it, you will be able to gain favor points with the goddesses Mara, Dibella, and Morwha through an exclusive romantic relationship with Serana (should the player have chosen to marry her).
• Serana Dialogue Edit has an optional patch which edits out some of the dialogue that mod adds as to not conflict with SDA.
• Relationship Dialogue Overhaul has an optional patch which edits out some of the dialogue that mod adds as to not conflict with SDA.
• Nether's Follower Framework has an optional patch 
• Campfire Snuggles are supported via an optional patch.

Integrations:
Flower Girls and OStim are natively supported as an animation framework and will animate the romance scenes if it is installed.
The SL Animation Framework is also supported through an optional patch, which overwrites the Flower Girls support.



Planned Content: 




And besides what's on the current roadmap, I eventually plan to get to:
• More romance content 
• Expanded follower functionality for Serana, including custom home support and gift-giving
• Increased quest awareness (More Daedric Quests, Skyrim Factions)
• More radiant dialogue, NPC interactions, and role-play conversations

• Banter with more custom voiced followers
• Commentary for New Lands/Quest Mods, like Beyond Skyrim, Legacy of the Dragonborn, and Vigilant

Please also read the relevant "Planned Content" article in the Articles section if you want a more detailed version of this.



Mod Requirements
Skyrim Special Edition | Just the base game! If you don't have it yet, you can get it here: https://www.g2a.com/n/martimius


Compatibility
SDA has a lot of content, but it is lightweight on performance and was designed with compatibility in mind. 
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"But....we already have Serana Dialogue Edit! Won't your mod conflict with that?"
No, it won't. The two mods rarely edit the same records and the two can play along just fine (considering you use the provided compatibility patch). SDA and Dialogue Edit have two differing development philosophies though; Dialogue Edit takes the vanilla+ approach, only using spliced/reused vanilla lines. On the contrary, Dialogue Add-On is more of an expansion of Serana's character, and has a new VA voice Serana. This mod takes creative liberties and adds certain facets/personality traits to Serana that weren't necessarily in the vanilla game.  

With the Serana Romance, nothing really changes for this mod's compatible nature, at least on the technical level. With using mods like Amorous Adventures though, you basically have two romance narratives running at the same time. Since my mod aims to replace/supersede AA, it's recommended that users of that mod download the AA patch to disable all Serana AA content. Users of Amorous Adventures Plus don't need a patch, since Xiderpunk has already included built-in compatibility checks.

Mods that allow you to marry Serana might also interfere with my mod's romance, as they add the player into the "PlayerMarriedFaction" as part of the vanilla marriage system. On a technical level, my mod prevents you from having a romantic relationship with Serana if the game currently sees you as married. Therefore, it might be wise to not use these other mods at all, since the Serana romance already adds marriage (of sorts) at the end of it.

Also, a minor word about follower frameworks.
As a general recommendation, it is wise not to manage Serana with follower framework mods like AFT and EFF especially during the Dawnguard quests. Her AI is complex compared to the average vanilla follower and adding her into these follower frameworks could break her brain (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3). 

Nether's Follower Framework though stands as an exception (link). It is the least obtrusive (and by default) allows Serana to keep her vanilla AI package. It doesn't break her AI and instead works alongside it to add to her general follower functionality. 


Install Instructions
Just install how you normally would with your mod manager of choice. Make sure the esp is enabled before you start the game. If you're installing SDA for the first time, it's recommended you do it on a new save. Otherwise, if you're updating, it's safe to do it on an existing one.

For the optional patches, install whichever matches your current plugin setup.

For the SL patch, however, it might not be necessarily as plug and play as the others (if you're installing it on an existing save with SDA 1.8+). For existing saves, there is a workaround for this:

Use the ReSaver tool (link), select your latest save file, filter for "SDA_FGMaintenance", then delete that script instance, script definition, and save. SDA should properly detect it now (this also applies for those who install Flower Girls after the initial check).


Update Instructions
Just replace the old version with the new one. No clean-save required. 


Load Order
SDA was designed with compatibility in mind, but there are conflicts with various mods here and there. Load SDA nearer to the bottom of the load order and you generally should be fine. To be extra sure that SDA wins all conflicts, open up the plug-in in xEdit, right click, and select “Apply Filter for Conflicts”. If there are any, make sure you're using an SDA patch (if one is available), make a personal plugin-in patch (if you have the know-how), ask me to make one, or just move SDA lower in the load order to win that conflict.


And for anything else not addressed above, I probably already do in the FAQ.

And if most of what I'm saying is incomprehensible jargon, you're probably new to the modding community- Check out GamerPoet's YouTube channel for some modding tutorials!



Recommended mods!

- Serana Dialogue Edit (A compliment to this mod, but will increase VA overlap): 
https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/16222
- Nether's Follower Framework (Just a good follower framework overall, also has some added Serana lines):
https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/18076/?
-NOTE: For some of Serana's radiant dialogue to work correctly, "Default Follow Package" should be checked for Serana in the MCM) || Also please make sure the "Auto-Import" feature is turned off for Serana as that can cause some problems.
- Wintersun (If your character is religious, particularly towards the lovey-dovey deities like Mara and Dibella. Also supported by SDA through an optional patch):

https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/22506
-Seranaholic (A good lore-friendly Serana visual overhaul. Different options to choose from, but I personally recommend v1.5!)
https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/13027
- DX Crimson Blood Armor (A good female vampire armor mod in general, and also adds a journal entry by Valerica which expounds upon both her and Serana's character in Dawnguard) 
UNP: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/29451
CBBE: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/29197
- Lustmord Vampire Armor (good unisex armor mod, also a fan-favorite for Serana)
https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/16676
- Serana Hood Fix (in case you either A. don't like Serana wearing her hood at all or B. don't like her hood-equipping interfering with other headgear she'd otherwise have equipped)
https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/20243



Donators
  • Binarysloth (Patreon, Legendary)
  • Arshveer D.
  • Pegasus-12
  • Chison C.
  • Nicko Vdb
  • Rolf D.
  • RaptorQueen (Patreon, Legendary)
  • Jeppe H.
  • Michal F. 
  • Dale V.
  • Florus W.
  • Fatman1222 (Patreon) 
  • Scotty L.
  • Michael M.
  • Ronald J.
  • Mookeylama
  • deadlocck (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Caleb (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Christopher S.
  • Gabriel A. (Patreon)
  • Dracosaber (Patreon, Volkihar Vampire)
  • Yu Z.
  • Ralf F. (Patreon, Dawnguard Inner Circle)
  • Sheryl R.
  • MissGoose (Patreon, Dawnguard Inner Circle)
  • Douglas S.
  • JusticeCharity (Patreon, Inner Circle)
  • Daniele B.
  • Gredner Enterprises
  • Jenea Tallentire
  • Jane H. (Patreon, Dawnguard Inner Circle)
  • Francais Fu (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Zeroth9 (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Sally B.
  • Emil C.
  • Chris G.
  • Chris W.
  • Jean-Francois B. 
  • Matt W. (Patreon, Inner Circle)
  • Firebeard (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Kenneth P. (Patreon, Inner Circle)
  • Bloodmime (Patreon, Inner Circle)
  • Donout (Patreon, Inner Circle)
  • Nenavar (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Crowangel Gaming (Patreon)
  • Meredith B.  
  • Matt the Mighty (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Daikichi (Patreon)
  • Jason L.
  • Adrian N.
  • Timothy C. 
  • Zachary S.
  • Iahra (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • RF (Patreon)
  • Justin E.
  • RyeHumor (Patreon, Legendary)
  • Bete N. (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Publius Draco (Patreon, Dawnguard Inner Circle)
  • Jana M.
  • Demetrius J.
  • Gabriel J.
  • Niner (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Westrex (Patreon, CHIM)
  • Shaun M. (Patreon, Serana's Hero)
  • Falcon197 (Patreon)
  • Garth C.
  • David H.
  • John W.
  • Richard H.
  • Cloud911 (Patreon)
  • Goldie Frenco (Patreon)
  • Lazy Gamer (Patreon)
  • GuamMastermind (Patreon, Dawnguard Inner Circle) 
  • Sarah H. (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Jamie B. (Patreon, Serana's Hero)
  • Kallum P.
  • Aditya S.
  • Steve S.
  • TheBohrokKiller (Patreon, Dawnguard Inner Circle)
  • Mommywah329 (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Telstrado (Patreon, Serana's Hero)
  • Henry Dulon (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • HeroicSloth (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Terrance (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Kyle (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Doge (Patreon)
  • NoodleBowl (Patreon)
  • BlueGunk (Patreon)
  • Oran M.
  • Tobias B.
  • Ryan G.
  • Ethan M.
  • Muneeb F.
  • John B. (Patreon)
  • Eric Harrison (Patreon)
  • Robert F. A.  (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Jake (Patreon, Inner Circle)
  • Luke V.
  • Kristian V.
  • Zachary E.
  • Felix H.
  • Western Shores
  • Joseph F.
  • Walter P.
  • Skunk (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Luke (Patreon, Serana's Hero)
  • Doug (Patreon, Inner Circle)
  • Xander V. (Patreon)
  • Brandi Untz (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Matthew H. (Patreon)
  • Tony A. (Patreon, Serana's Hero)
  • Nemesis 616 (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Carlos C. (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)
  • Terrell S. (Patreon)
  • YaJ120 (Patreon, Dawnguard Recruit)



And here's a small thank you from me, to everyone who's supported this mod :)





Credits:
- rxkx22's Seranaholic mod for the screenshot
- Yinkle for the SL patch
- Xiderpunk and Ashal for giving permission to use their animation frameworks, as well as Xider for invaluable help with writing the FG detection code and helping me troubleshoot
- For all the users in various Discords and the Nexus forums for helping me out with troubleshooting and coding concerns
- GuerillaTech for pointing grammar/punctuation/inconsistency errors out for the subtitle fixes
- Netherworks and EnaiSiaion for giving me permission to use and tweak their mod assets for SDA patches
- SmartBlueCat- for permissions to use Inigo in conversations with Serana 
djjohnjarvis- for permissions to use Sofia in conversations with Serana
- Kris Takahashi- for allowing Kerstyn and I to cover Interesting NPCs songs
- Merfe- for giving me permissions to use their amazing piano orchestration in this mod  
- Bethesda for making such an amazing game


SDA Team
Martimius- Content Lead (Writing, Scripting, Quest Design, Debug)
Kerstyn Unger- The wonderful new voice behind Serana. You can check her out here! https://kerstynunger.com/ | You can also support her on Ko-Fi: https://ko-fi.com/kerstynungerva
Kanrit- Creative Consultant


Besides Skyrim modding, I also am a full-time video editor! If you're curious, you can check out my website: https://martimiusfilms.myportfolio.com/ || For any bookings and inquiries, please reach me at my email: [email protected]