Skyrim Special Edition

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About this mod

Create Undead Guardians that can remain as permanent guards of your necromantic lair or be induced to follow you at will. No summon/follower limits for Guardians, but (optionally) balanced by requirements. Example: Reinforced Skeleton (Adept) - 1 filled black soul gem, 1 intact skeleton (10 pieces), 3 iron ingots, 3 leather strips)

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The Pitch

 

Roleplaying a necromancer and disappointed you seem to be the only necromancer of renown unable to fill a lair with your undead minions? Want an army of the undead to support you in your conquest of Skyrim? How about the ability to send your undead ahead to clear a location for you, rather than charging in headfirst while they nonchalantly follow from behind? Do you hope to create an endgame scenario where you have subjugated the populations of Skyrim with the aid of the undead, now stationed at strategic locations across each hold?  
 
All is possible with Undead Guardians. 
 
While this mod is relatively small in scope compared to other necromancy overhauls, it greatly expands both gameplay and role play opportunities for necromancers with the addition of just a few spells, powers and resources. 
 
Balance and immersion achieved with the high ingredient/resource requirements of constructing each minion, rather than limits on what can ultimately be achieved with dedication to the necromantic arts. These can be reduced or removed for those who are less concerned about being OP.
 
 
 

Overview 

  

Version 3.0 Contains 9 conjuration spells that create permanent undead minions which by default guard the location they were created (rather than automatically follow the player). They are unaffected by summon limits (you can theoretically have as many as you like) but require ingredients in addition to magicka to successfully cast. From an RP perspective, the filled black soul gems each requires power the reanimation in your absence, leaving them independent of your magicka or presence once created. They can be commanded to follow and support the player (unaffected by follower/summon limits), or to independently hunt & destroy NPCs in a wide radius. However, for balance reasons, are neither protected nor essential. 

All Guardians initially use a similar AI package to the Ash Guardian spell  

  • They will stand guard and protect the area that they were created  
  • They will protect the player and those closest to him (followers etc.) 
  • They remain in the location (cell) you leave them in permanently unless destroyed 

However 

  • They can be commanded to follow the player (unaffected by follower/summon limits)
  • They can be commanded to guard a new location (which they will not leave until commanded otherwise)
  • They can be dismissed back to the location they were orginally created or reanimated to stand guard there (they never forget this location) 
  • They can be commanded to hunt and destroy all enemy NPCs in a wide radius.
  • Some guardians can equip weapons and armour you give them or carry items for you.
  • Upon death, they will turn to ash, but drop a now empty black soul gem (other ingredients and the soul are lost in the process) 

 
All spell books are in the relevant levelled lists and can be bought from conjuration vendors once you have the prerequisite conjuration level. 

Reading any of the spell books also teaches the Summon Undead Guardian (Follower) lesser power, which for a small magicka cost teleports all following Guardians in front of you.

An AOE lesser power which commands all nearby Guardian simultaneously can be learnt by reading the Advanced Guardian Commands (Adept) spell tome. 
 
Some spells and resources added by the mod can also be found hand placed in one of two lore friendly locations, or purchased from a new vendor residing somewhere north west of Morthal. 
 

Details 

  
Getting Started 
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The Undead Guardians 
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Soul Anchoring, Bone Harvesting & Mummifying Corpses 
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Guardian Commands 
 
Basic Commands 
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Advanced Commands 
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 Other Lesser Powers
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Mods which compliment Undead Guardians  

 
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