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Alternate Start - Live Another Life
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Jun 8, 2012 @ 6:59pm
Dec 14 @ 3:44pm
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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 (8)
Dec 23 @ 11:25am
Subscribers Recomendations For More Alternate Starts
Dec 11 @ 3:47pm
Alternate start bug stuck on new game help!
23 hours ago
Need help
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Enderninja16 15 hours ago 
is this mod incompatible with hearthfire
Chocolate Goddess 21 hours ago 

Here's what I did: I went to the Steam workshop subscribed mods and unsubscribed from the Russian and English versions. I then loaded the Skyrim start screen and accessed Data Files and unticked the mod from the load order.

I then downloaded and activated the mod from Nexus Mods. It asked if I wanted to overwrite the files and I said Yes To All.

When I loaded the game everything was in English again!

Please be aware that while this worked for me, I hadn't done more than see Alduin leave Helgen, and I also don't have many mods installed. Good luck!
a.west321 Dec 23 @ 11:18am 
Can you make an alternate start option to skip to the part in the main skyrim questline right where the greybeards call you to high hrothgar?

I just hate whenever i create a new charecter and i haft to do all that for dragon encounters and shouts!

Magus Dec 23 @ 6:22am 
Gardevoir Dec 23 @ 6:18am 
Found the error.
One of my other mods deleted the abadoned prison, for some reason.
Gardevoir Dec 22 @ 12:24pm 
I did get it to load for a short while, before Steam bugged out and messed _something_ up.
But I haven't a clue what changed during the time it was working.
Gardevoir Dec 22 @ 12:22pm 
So. Any advice for why the area acessed by the "I want to escape this cell" option refuses to load?
It's just a blank void with boses and chairs floating in it.
Turning off/on mods doesn't seem to affect it.
pokeception Dec 22 @ 10:10am 
Awesome mod! Great job, I really love it! :D
katrinasieber Dec 22 @ 1:32am 
But you can install more mods after
katrinasieber Dec 22 @ 1:32am 
I figured out how to fix this bug, if you choose somthing to go somwhere else and go to the bed and wake up in the jail with your cloths gone no matter what you pick, I deleted all my mods, reinstalled this one and now it works. I miss you already little mods :'c