Enderal: Forgotten Stories (Special Edition)

Enderal: Forgotten Stories (Special Edition)

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overdev Apr 4, 2021 @ 12:57am
READ FIRST - FAQ + Workarounds for issues
Table of contents:

1. General question
2. Fixes for technical issues

1. General questions

1.1 What is Enderal?

Enderal is a total conversion for TES V: Skyrim and TES V: Skyrim Special Edition: a free game based on Skyrim's engine.
It features a new game world, complete with different regions and dungeons and its own lore and story. It offers an immersive open world, all for the player to explore, overhauled skill systems and gameplay mechanics and a dark, psychological storyline with multi-faceted and believable characters.
You can check out some details and background info about Enderal and its predecessors on our website: https://sureai.net/.

Enderal was previously released in 2016 but was re-released on Steam.

1.2 Where is Enderal available?

Enderal has its own Steam store page and is available right now for everyone owning Skyrim on Steam. There are two versions of Enderal. 

The normal Enderal game for the original Skyrim Legendary Edition: https://store.steampowered.com/app/933480/Enderal/

And the Enderal Special Edition which was developed for the Skyrim Special Edition:

Steam allows for a lot of cool features:
- Easy and fast download, install and update directly via Steam (the respective version of Skyrim needs to be owned on Steam)
- Enderal has its own game and save game directory as well as its own .ini files - no more shared files with your original Skyrim installation
- Steam Cloud for save games
- Build-in optimization tools and other stability fixes
- Steam achievements for Enderal

Localizations for other languages will be available as soon as the localization teams finished their work. At the moment Enderal is available in English and German (both dubbed and subbed) and only subbed in French, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Italian and Korean. Other versions will be added later.

Enderal's Steam version does not only include the base Enderal but also the "Forgotten Stories" DLC.

1.3 What is Forgotten Stories?

Forgotten Stories is a free DLC/Add-On/Expansion pack for Enderal that adds content cut from the initial release version. 

Furthermore it also adds a new, hidden ending and new classes built around crafting rather than combat skills. 

Make sure to read through the announcement in our forums: https://forum.sureai.net/viewtopic.php?f=136&t=11821 

1.4 Is Enderal moddable as Skyrim is? / Will my mod setup for Skyrim work with Enderal?

In terms of texture improvements, Enderal is already heavily modded from the get-go. It also already comes with SkyUI, SKSE and many more mods, so check out the credits.txt in the game folder for a full list. Enderal also alters a lot of Skyrim's gameplay mechanics and even introduces new features.

Every mod that is specifically designed to alter an existing Skyrim record in the master file won't work most likely. 

The two versions of Enderal has its own nexusmods game pages.

Enderal on Nexusmods: https://www.nexusmods.com/enderal
Enderal Special Edition on Nexusmods: https://www.nexusmods.com/enderalspecialedition

As well as spreadsheets with compatible mods made by fans.

Enderal compatible mods: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14-MKaetJVXjL_QtfCg-XnNTg_lMHFiFt45E3O3mc9iI

Enderal Special Edition compatible mods: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ziXrzqQ_l6ShsTTLT44RvpEQfpT2Y2Xkuhlf5lF3F2A

Make sure to take a look at the different tabs at the bottom.

Still, a little warning: these mods might not be updated to the newest version of Enderal, be careful and read the descriptions!

1.5 Does the Anniversary Edition affect Enderal?
No, it does not.
Enderals files are completly seperate and are not pulled from Skyrim.

1.6 Am I able to play the Enderal Special Edition with saves from the non-Special Edition version?

No,  you would have to start a new playthrough.

1.7. Am I allowed to use assets that have been used in Enderal for my own mods? Do I need your permission?

We can't give a general answer to these questions because not every asset was created by us but some were borrowed from other Skyrim mods or were bought from external sources.

Please write us a direct message about the asset you want to use, so we can either grant or deny permission. 

1.8. Does SureAI have other Social Media accounts?

Yes, we do have some:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SureAI/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SureAITeam
- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/SureAITeam
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sureaiteam/
- Steam developer profile: https://store.steampowered.com/developer/SureAI/
- Enderal subreddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/enderal/
- Enderal Discord: https://discord.gg/jkSXNgsHNt 

1.9 Are there options to donate/support the team?

Yes, there are.

Donations help us to cover basic expenses, such as server maintenance: https://sureai.net/donate/
You can get SureAI / Enderal / Nehrim merch over here: https://shop.sureai.net/
You can also support our writer Nicolas on Patreon if you want more stories: https://www.patreon.com/niseam
Sheet Music by our composer Marvin Kopp can be found here: https://marvinkopp.musicaneo.com/sheetmusic/

2. Fixes for technical issues

2.1 The game doesn’t start.

Do one of these steps and then check if it works in-game, if not do the next step.

2.1.1 Start the Enderal Launcher always with admin permissions.
A guide on how to do that (Method 2): https://www.top-password.com/blog/make-your-program-always-run-as-administrator/
It can be that your antivirus software is blocking parts of the launcher or skse. Windows Defender is known for causing issues with Enderal.

2.1.2 Put the Enderal Launcher.exe and skse_loader.exe / skse64_loader.exe (depends if you are using the Special Edition version) on the exception list of your antivirus program.

2.1.3 Verify Integrity of Game Files. Here is a helpful guide for that: https://help.steampowered.com/en/faqs/view/0C48-FCBD-DA71-93EB

2.1.4 If the game is installed in a subfolder of “Program Files” / “Program Files (x86)” then please move it to another folder, either on the same drive outside of the Program Files directory or on a different drive. 
A Steam guide how to easily move games: https://help.steampowered.com/en/faqs/view/4BD4-4528-6B2E-8327#move

2.2 The main menu has the Skyrim background and the game crashes when I click on “New”.

The Enderal Launcher can’t properly create the ini files.

Follow point 2.1.1, 2.1.2 and 2.1.4, afterwards delete the Enderal.ini and EnderalPrefs.ini file in the folder “Documents\My Games\Enderal Special Edition” (Special Edition). 

2.3 I have a bug, what should I do?

first disable all your mods and check if that was the issue.

if that does not help try to solve it by restarting the game and reloading an earlier save before the bug. 
the best thing would be to load a prior one before you entered a building for example. that fixes most of the "NPCs don't talk to me/don't continue the quest" issues.

You still encounter the bug without any mods?
Then please report it either on this Discord server: https://discord.gg/s9H925auNN

please send us your currently bugged savegame, you can find these in the folder “Documents\My Games\Enderal” (non-Special Edition) and “Documents\My Games\Enderal Special Edition” (Special Edition).

we would need two files, the .ess and .skse file with the same name. If your currently bugged savegame is the latest one, just sort the files by date.

For the forum, please pack the files as a .zip or .rar file to be able to upload both of them.

2.4 The game constantly crashes 

You can install this mod that creates helpful crash logs: https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/21294

After the installation, recreate the crash and a log will be created in the folder “Enderal Special Edition/Data/NetScriptFramework/Crash”, you can send us this log. Read 2.3 on how to report bugs/crashes.

2.5 My FPS are constantly dropping

There are a few places in Enderal in which the FPS drop like in front of Ark or at the Myrad Tower of the Western Cliff.

If you have FPS issues almost everywhere I would recommend to do point 2.4 and also decrease the Shadow, NPC and Object draw distance in the Visibility settings of the launcher (the shadow settings should have the most impact).

2.6 Do I have to install Skyrim in order to play Enderal?

No, you only need to own the specific version of Skyrim on your Steam account.

2.7 Will the game alter my Skyrim files?

No, Enderal has its own game and MyGames folder for the configuration and save files. None of the Skyrim files will be affected.

2.8 I can't see any of the video sequences.

Switch to the other windowed mode, if your game runs on Fullscreen then change it to the Borderless Windowed Mode in the launcher or vice versa.

2.9 The launcher doesn’t change the window/fullscreen mode.

SSE Display Tweaks override the window settings of the launcher.
Either disable SSE Display Tweaks in the launcher settings (this will lock the FPS to 60 and disable some fixes for the screen) or keep it enabled and edit the SSEDisplayTweaks.ini in the folder “Enderal Special Edition\Data\SKSE\Plugins”

open it with a text editor and search for “Fullscreen=” (without the quotes), if there is a “#” in front of it, remove it, set it to false to enable the windowed mode and to true for the fullscreen mode, either “Fullscreen=false” or “Fullscreen=true”.

if you want to disable the Borderless Windowed mode and play the game in a smaller window look for “Borderless=” (should be below the other one), also remove the “#” and set it to true for Borderless Windowed Mode or to false for a small window that you can move.
“Borderless=true” or “Borderless=false” for example.

2.10 The interface doesn’t fit on my ultrawide 21:9 / 32:9 monitor

please use this mod and type the resolution of your monitor into the Resolution field in the launcher settings. It works both for the non-Special Edition and Special Edition of Enderal.
A mod manager is recommended to install the right version.

for 32:9 monitors there is a custom version of this mod: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1K8EoCssR8zK0SyUBSwe0ReerFB8vsC6A/view?usp=sharing

2.11 How can I change the FPS limit?

For that change the line FramerateLimit=90 to something like FramerateLimit=60 in the file SSEDisplayTweaks.ini which you can find in the folder "Enderal Special Edition\Data\SKSE\Plugins".

2.12 Does the game work in VR?

There is a community project that developed a version for Skyrim VR: https://www.nexusmods.com/enderalspecialedition/mods/8

2.13 What included mods does the game have?

There are a lot of built-in mods. If you want to know exactly which these are, open the credits.txt in the Enderal Special Edition folder. Under "used resources'' you can find them.
Last edited by overdev; Jan 2 @ 10:31am