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Alternate Start - Live Another Life
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Jun 8, 2012 @ 6:59pm
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Misery and despair have haunted you all your life. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, you've been arrested and thrown in the dungeons. Your trial was supposed to be weeks ago, only nobody has come for you. It's been so long since seeing daylight you no longer know what month it is anymore. The dungeon is cold, damp, and worse still, you're running out of food. At least you have that leak in the wall for water. It seems as though you've been forgotten, soon to rot away and die. The eight have forsaken you! Or... have they?

Live Another Life provides an alternative means to start the game for those who do not wish to go through the lengthy intro sequence at Helgen. You will be given the opportunity to choose your race and then choose a new life for your character to lead. A wide variety of choices will be available. What you choose will have a lasting impact, so choose carefully or the gods may forsake you again!

Alternate Download Locations

AFK Mods[afkmods.iguanadons.net]
Skyrim Nexus[www.nexusmods.com]
TES Alliance[tesalliance.org]
Dark Creations[www.darkcreations.org]
The Assimilation Lab[www.theassimilationlab.com]

Live Another Life Bug Tracker[afkmods.iguanadons.net]

Installation Requirements

Official Skyrim patch or greater. Using earlier game versions will result in CTDs and other problems. Just don't.

You will need to turn on subtitles to see the text for the startup quest.

Alternately, download and use Fuz Ro D-oh - Silent Voice[www.nexusmods.com] to see subtitles only on those NPCs with no voiced audio. This requires SKSE.

Full documentation available.[www.nexusmods.com]

The ini file will not install to the correct location. In the Workshop's infinite wisdom, that ends up in the following location:

C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\alternate start - live another life.ini

It needs to actually be placed in the Data folder, on this path:

C:\Steam\steamapps\common\Skyrim\Data\alternate start - live another life.ini

Load Order

Due to the sensitive nature of the mod, it should be loaded relatively late in the load order. A lot of other mods may seek to make modifications to Helgen and the charactergen quests. Moving this further down in your list will likely help, a lot. I highly recommend going with the order BOSS specifies since it is now compatible with Skyrim's new load order system.

Known Issues

The Thane offer won't be available in every city right away if you use a property owner start. The quest interaction makes doing so impossible without sacrificing too much of the content to it.

When picking the Companions guild start, you need to go watch the fight before Vlikas will go outside to train you.

When choosing one of the two civil war starts, you are strongly advised to let the Jagged Crown scene play out. If you don't, the quest may fail to start and the entire civil war quest line will get jammed.

There may be some unfound dialogue that references Helgen. If you find some and have NOT witnessed Alduin fly overhead yet, please report those with as much detail as possible.

Some quests in a major city you pick a start for may not be available until after you've left that city and returned later. This is normal. It's due to how Change Location events work in the game and there's nothing that can be done about it.

Starting the Main Quest

Skyrim has a lot more flexibility in pursuit of the main quest, even when playing the default Helgen scenario. Alduin's appearance does not force one to pursue the main quest beyond Helgen. So this mod is mainly providing a mechanism to bypass Helgen and not encounter Alduin either. The game will patiently wait for you to follow along. So there's no special effort really needed to avoid it, just don't do it :)

For most of the starts, it will appear as though your "Live Another Life" quest has stalled. You will not have an active objective telling you where to go next. When you are ready to begin pursuing the main quest, talk to an innkeeper and ask them for rumors. You should get your next objective at that point and can then follow things to their conclusion.

Of course, you don't strictly NEED to follow the quest to the letter and can just show up in Helgen any time you want and the main quest will pick up with Alduin leaving the area for his initial flyover.

Choosing the campsite start skips the startup quest, you will begin immediately with the encounter with Alduin. Choosing a civil war start bypasses all of this, by necessity, so you won't need to deal with Helgen at all.

Using this mod to follow the default Helgen sequence will play out the same as the vanilla game.

ATTENTION: If you are downloading this and it comes up in Russian, you need to contact Steam Support and let them know about it. This is NOT an issue I have any control over. I deal only in English files with an English copy of Skyrim and the CK. There isn't a lick of Russian anything on my system.

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Popular Discussions View All (2)
Aug 30 @ 11:01am
Floating and sitting bug
Le Flying Derpling
Aug 7 @ 12:48pm
Mod Update 2.4.1
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Skaren 9 hours ago 
May I ask how do I get the mod in English???
Zmanzzaa Aug 31 @ 7:06am 
question if i chose to own a property can i start the main questline and can i dothe civil war
Jamma77 Aug 31 @ 6:51am 
Bug report: If you decide not to rescue anyone at Helgen but go straight to Riverwood and warn Alvor or Gerdur, then the quest doesn't complete and just remains in your quest log.
Tojo Aug 31 @ 5:27am 
@eric Thanks for the help! Love this mod. 10/10
Itz_Toxy_ Aug 31 @ 3:48am 
Note: Do NOT Use Race Mods
Guilmon Aug 30 @ 10:41pm 
this mod is alright but when i select a ocupation then went tot the bed i wake up in the cell you started from
TheRatVendor Aug 30 @ 9:01am 
What would happen if i uninstalled after I got through most of the main story? Would it do anything to my saved files? Great mod, just running out of storage :p
ericwu102 Aug 29 @ 8:17pm 
If you chose to simply escape the cell you may start the war story by visiting Helgen or talking to any of the inn keepers, who will tell you about the raging war in one of their rumor gossips
The quickest way to start the civil war questline is naturally to tell Mara that you belonged in one of the armies---doing so puts you right into the action of claiming the Jagged Crown.

Sapphire Blue ^ 3 ^ Aug 29 @ 6:25pm 
i jsut noticed something if you put Slayer in your name it will add a new option or does this happen normally?
ryanpstephenson Aug 28 @ 9:17pm 
please respond soon lol. i really wanna try this, but i dont speak any russian