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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 7 @ 12:48pm
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Demon Cat Lord 7 hours ago 
So what does this mod do? Just let you do start somewhere else?
ericwu102 16 hours ago 
HUGE immersion boost. I cannot explain how huge this boost can be. Try it and you will know why.
One of my new playthroughs is a Dark Elf and without spoiling too much~the racial choice is glorious (requires Dragonborn DLC) and gives a lot of headcanon-ish connection to Morrowind. Other choices like guild members, property-owners, oversea travelers, and Thalmor embassy are equally boss. Damn it seems I have spoiled them anyway. But I only have spoiled part of it. I dare say that all the options offered by this mod seamlessly blend into the world and will hit the spot for hard-core roleplayers.

But on a side note, I do not understand the need to manually move that "live another life.ini" file. Did not do it at all and the game works perfectly fine. Maybe somebody can enlighten me on the subject?
FallenAngel Aug 26 @ 8:32pm 
i downloaded the russian one but corrected my mistake and downloaded the english one. but its still in russian. how do i fix this?
Nano_Ranger Aug 25 @ 5:29pm 
i downloaded this version of the mod but the language is not in english
Kirito Aug 24 @ 1:50pm 
I dowloaded the russian one by mistake and its still in russian. how do i fix it?
k0nichiwah Aug 23 @ 1:36am 
i get a crash everytime i click on the statue to start the mod. Is there a mod or something that conflicts with this. should i start a fresh install?
Souperzombie Aug 21 @ 12:15pm 
I found a minor glitch: I started as a vampire and went vaguely west from the starting area and fed on someone along the way, and found the abandoned prison where you start. While I was going through it, as soon as I aproached the cell where you start it teleported me back to the starting area, reset my vampirism and re-equipped all my items. I fast travelled back to the prison and it didn't happen a second time.
No other errors to mention, but it did mean I had to feed again which was annoying.
Gaming ghost Aug 20 @ 10:29pm 
so this is the ENGLISH version to the alternet start....yes?
lisabean1963 Aug 20 @ 2:10pm 
IBACOM.... at menu,not main menu but startup menu. you gotta select i think data files and select it
lbacom Aug 20 @ 7:59am 
i justsubbed and made a new character and im in the cart to helgen