Skyrim Special Edition

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Scion is a complete overhaul of Skyrim’s Vampire system designed to balance existing Vampire mechanics and add powerful new vampiric abilities to the game.

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Scion - A Vampire Overhaul

 Scion is a complete overhaul of Skyrim’s Vampire system designed to balance existing Vampire mechanics and add powerful new vampiric abilities to the game. Vanilla Vampirism is neither deep nor engaging. Its passives and Greater Powers are weighted towards Stage 4, meaning the quickest way to "level up" is to simply ignore Vampirism entirely. Many Vampire overhauls successfully address this. However, those overhauls often come loaded with features such as age mechanics, new schools of magic, race-specific passives, and open-ended quests. By contrast, Scion provides a minimalistic and streamlined overhaul of the four stages of Vampirism, designed to make both Stage 1 and Stage 4 desirable for different builds. It also overhauls the Vampire Lord’s level-based scaling and its perk tree to ensure that the Vampire Lord is viable throughout the late game.

Mortal Form 

All Vampires benefit from the following passive abilities, based on the stage of their Vampirism. In general, both buffs and debuffs grow stronger as the Vampire progresses towards Stage 4. However, some passives are independent of stage, allowing Stage 1 Vampires to access them at full strength without restricting Stage 4 Vampires from doing the same. In addition, I have restored the Vanilla mechanic of becoming "hated and feared" as a Stage 4 Vampire.


Vampiric Powers 

Vampires have access to a number of spells and powers. Generally speaking, Greater Powers are weighted towards Stage 1, so you must feed to maintain access to them. By contrast, Vampiric Drain grows stronger as you progress to Stage 4, allowing Stage 4 Vampires to heal without relying on potions or Restoration spells.


Vampire Lord

In the Vanilla game, Vampire Lords gain extra Health, Magicka, Stamina, Armor Rating, and Unarmed Damage based on your PC's level. I have increased the scaling for each of these stats to ensure that Vampire Lords are competitive in the late game. In addition, I have added up to 50% Magic Resist to the level-based scaling mechanic. I have also increased the magnitude of the reanimation spell, significantly buffed the Drain Life spell, and removed a bizarre feature where the spell would be significantly weakened whenever Serana followed you into battle. Vampire Lords also have 100% Poison & Disease Resistance, 100% Frost Resistance, and 100% Weakness to Fire. 

In addition to these general changes, I have also overhauled the Vampire Lord perk tree. Perks such as Nightwalker, Unearthly Will, and Empowering Claws focus on enhancing the combat potential of the Vampire Lord. Perks such as Blood Magic, Night Power, and Dark Servant grant your Vampire Lord new spells and powers. And perks such as Ancient Thirst and Dread Harvest increase the power of your Drain spells, whether you cast them as a Vampire Lord or not. Drain spells added by Mysticism will benefit from these perks without a patch.



Scion requires a new game, or a save where you have never become a Vampire. I will not offer any support for users who attempt to install this mod on a game where they already have Vampirism.


Scion is a streamlined Vampire overhaul that only touches records relevant to Vampires and Vampire Lords. Scion will be incompatible with any mod that that changes Vampires. However, it will not cause compatibility issues with any other mods. Furthermore, Scion does not touch any "race" records and will not cause any black face bugs.

My Other Mods

Aetherius - A Race Overhaul
Mundus - A Standing Stone Overhaul
Mysticism - A Magic Overhaul
Adamant - A Perk Overhaul
Arena - An Encounter Zone Overhaul
Blade and Blunt - A Combat Overhaul
Scion - A Vampire Overhaul
Manbeast - A Werewolf Overhaul
Apothecary - An Alchemy Overhaul
Pilgrim - A Religion Overhaul 
Thaumaturgy - An Enchanting Overhaul