The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Alternate Start - Live Another Life
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Mar 12, 2015 @ 12:16pm
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Alternate Start - Live Another Life

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[]
Skyrim Nexus[] [Has a non-DLC version for those who want it too]
TES Alliance[]
Dark Creations[]
The Assimilation Lab[]

Live Another Life Bug Tracker[]

Installation Requirements

Official Skyrim patch or greater. Using earlier game versions will result in CTDs and other problems. Just don't.
Official Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn DLCs are required.
Use of the Unofficial Skyrim Legendary Edition Patch is STRONGLY recommended.

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[] to see subtitles only on those NPCs with no voiced audio. This requires SKSE.

Full documentation available.[]

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.

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'll be given a generic rumor about Helgen and told to travel there. You can also simply go to Helgen on your own without anyone telling you to do so.

The main quest will also start if you join the Civil War, complete the first two missions for your chosen side, and then get sent to Whiterun. Once there, you'll find Whiterun closed. If you manage to bribe or persuade your way in, the next guard you pass by who delivers the line about Helgen being hit by a dragon will resolve the beginning portion. Otherwise asking them what they mean by dragons will get you pointed toward Helgen and you can proceed from there.

If you somehow avoid all the guards and get into Dragonsreach without ever hearing about Helgen, the MQ will be force-started upon entering the main hall. Sorry, but this failsafe is required because it is not possible to advance the Civil War until Bleak Falls Barrow and Dragon Rising have been completed. Bethesda did not supply dialogue to allow for a Stormcloak takeover of Whiterun before starting the Main Quest.

Choosing the campsite start will begin immediately with the encounter with Alduin.

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

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.


Donations welcome.[]

This mod is not made, guaranteed, or supported by Zenimax, Bethesda Game Studios, or any of their affiliates.

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.
Popular Discussions View All (12)
Apr 13 @ 12:36pm
Doesn't even work
Luna licărire
Nov 28, 2016 @ 5:27am
Helgen*Spoiler maybe*
Apr 10, 2016 @ 1:32pm
PINNED: Steam Error 9
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Predator_SlayerX Apr 23 @ 2:35am 
is there a version that doesnt require DLC?
sblessum.wowfan Apr 22 @ 4:04pm 
I started on the shipwreck and got to Whiterun around level 12. But the rumours from inkeepers about Helgen didn't start a quest. So I joined the civil war (Imperial side) and now am taking the message to the Jarl but the MQ still won't start. Jarl tells me to deal wth the dragon threat before he'll discuss the message. "I assume you have business to conclude with my court wizard?" But I talk to Farengar and no dialogue option about the MQ, even though I already cleared Bleak Falls and have the Dragonstone. What now?
Mastercat™ Apr 22 @ 3:38am 
The reason why I love this is because the vanilla Helgen beginning is glitchy af
Kwortic13L Apr 13 @ 12:35pm 
For me when i try to load up the game whith this mod installed it does'nt work it switches off the game every time.
Adam Apr 12 @ 9:26pm 
love this mod's choices. (gives 200 septims) take it, you deserve it for making such a godsend for people like me who playthrough the game many times
angela.sabbagh Apr 9 @ 2:47am 
How do i start it, i click new game and helgen story starts :/
cheesefactor101 Apr 8 @ 6:54pm 
I can't find the non-dlc version, I've been looking for about fifteen minutes.
DoeToKnow Apr 8 @ 1:30pm 
Good mod, helps with my many MANY adventures. 9/10 with a few septims on the side, good job.
TonyTones Apr 7 @ 12:47pm 
i used to own alt. start random. i unsubed from it but skyrim is still using that one over this one?
esvalente Apr 6 @ 7:26pm 
If I start an alternate life will I be able to learn to shout?