{Procrastination Post} Modding Skyrim: Custom Male Followers Mod and a Possible Quest

The last time I did one of the­se pro­cras­ti­na­tion posts, I made a book cov­er for a friend. Before I start­ed to pro­cras­ti­nate pro­fes­sion­al­ly again on my cur­rent project, I hit 75+ K words on part 1 until I sailed into dead waters and I’m still not in the mood to fin­ish the job. I like doing so with a bang, any­thing else is just under­whelm­ing. It’s not like I have any hard dead­li­nes with the book–I may spend years on it. I began work­ing on it years before I wrote my pre­vi­ous works, after all. I have the sto­ry out­lined until the very end, even the final scene planned, but my brain is not ready to see in pret­ty pic­tures yet. So what a girl to do for months? Cre­ate oth­er things until every­thing works as she envi­sions it.

So, Skyrim. Before I set out to try the Cre­ation Kit myself, I played hun­dreds of hours in vanil­la, then I mod­ded the hell out of my game (as much as my machine allowed this) dur­ing the last few months. Now, I don’t have a very pow­er­ful rig. I have a Dell Inspiron 15 3542 note­book which is rather medioc­re at best (I get to run Skyrim Spe­cial Edi­tion at Very Low qual­i­ty and it sucks, so I won’t be mod­ding this one). Cur­rent­ly my stats say I have 85 active mods and those do not include any graph­ics mods (bet­ter light­ing, water, etc.), because I have no inter­est in them. I’m more items-quests-NPCs-ori­ent­ed in this regard. I col­lect things and I like good sto­ries, even if they are short.

So, Skyrim mods. My favorite mods so far are Konahriik’s Accou­ter­ments (and every­thing that comes along with it) and Eager NPCs (for sex lab, duh) because there is so much to do with it. 😀 Amorous Adven­tures gets a spe­cial men­tion, because more quests is always good. And sud­den­ly Skyrim is more round­ed and full of life that is miss­ing from vanil­la game due to nature of con­tent. All that is left is to bring more fun char­ac­ters into game. There wasn’t a good choice of mar­riage part­ners in vanil­la game, so nat­u­ral­ly peo­ple would start mak­ing some. But I nev­er mar­ry in-game any­way. I have a won­der­ful hub IRL and Skyrim is my out­let for hav­ing a reverse harem. Besides killing drag­ons, that is. 😀

And castles. Don’t for­get castles. This is my reg­u­lar play­er home. Big thanks to the cre­ator of this mod.

So, final­ly I decid­ed to make some­thing of my own as well. Whether I’ll share it with the mass­es, I don’t know yet. But I’m work­ing to make some­thing good out of it. 

My mod so far includes two male fol­low­ers, but I real­ly want to learn how to make quests, so I can write one for them. (Writer’s habit, I guess.) I like vanil­la Skyrim char­ac­ter faces and the only mod I use to design them is Race­Menu. Because I total­ly loathe beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of Skyrim. The­se are sup­posed to be stur­dy peo­ple, not super­mod­els. My mod will use what­ev­er body replac­er you use (I have SoS + its body, so it works with Shch­longs too) and total­ly works in vanil­la Skyrim. WYSIWYG. That was the goal.

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I’m not the only one who makes ugly char­ac­ters, so deal with it. Per­son­al­ly, I think they are cute. Because.

So, a lit­tle back­ground for the­se two.

Dren­nan and Verod Sil­ver-Eye are Nord half-broth­ers shar­ing the same father and direct descen­dants of a Drag­on Priest.

So, the quest I’m think­ing about will involve the drag­on cult and all that lore.

Both are set at lev­el 150 regard­less of when you meet them. They can be found sand­box­ing in High Hroth­gar, study­ing the Way of the Voice. Both know a few Drag­on Shouts; Dren­nan already mas­tered four — Unre­lent­ing Force, Ice Form, Fire Breath and Dis­arm. His broth­er Verod knows Unre­lent­ing Force, Ice Form, and Dis­arm.

Dren­nan, the old­er and big­ger of the two, is also skilled in Con­ju­ra­tion and can sum­mon a Drag­on Priest or a Dremora Lord, but his main strength is in his sword arm; he is a dou­ble wield­er and prefers to fight with two swords.

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Dren­nan Sil­ver-Eye

His broth­er Verod is skilled in Destruc­tion and can eas­i­ly bring a Leg­endary Drag­on down to the ground with his shock spells. If the sit­u­a­tion demands it, he will also dou­ble wield his swords and slash his ene­mies good.

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Verod Sil­ver-Eye

Both broth­ers are expe­ri­enced archers and have high sneak skills. Their pref­er­ence is light armor. Both also have perks that ben­e­fit weapons with fire, frost or shock enchant­ments. Their moral­i­ty allows any crime.

Both Dren­nan and Verod are fierce­ly pro­tec­tive of their friends and allies and will not run away from any bat­tle. Both are mar­riage­able.

To take them both on an adven­ture you’d need a mod like Amaz­ing Fol­low­er Tweaks or some­thing. Oth­er­wise one at a time. 

I admit I need to make Verod more bal­anced and I’m still tweak­ing his abil­i­ties. He just tries to kill every­thing with his Light­ning Storm spell… Dren­nan is awe­some in com­bat (he has his own style, just like his lit­tle broth­er). Both oblit­er­ate every­thing they get their hands on and it’s nice to see a bat­tlemage fol­low­er who doesn’t scream “help!”. 😀

I might switch to lev­el­ing with the char­ac­ter mode, but I test­ed them on a high lev­el char­ac­ter (I’m cur­rent­ly lev­el 265), so I skipped that part.

Now all is left is to write the quest to get them as fol­low­ers, or may­be I’ll have some­thing else for them in store. 🙂

Jeno Marz
JENO MARZ is a science fiction writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science. She is the author of two serial novels, Falaha’s Journey: A Spacegirl’s Account in Three Movements and Falaha’s Journey into Pleasure. Marz is current at work on a new SF trilogy. All her fiction is aimed at an adult audience.

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