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 (18)
Jun 7, 2018 @ 8:35am
Doesn't even work
Apr 10, 2016 @ 1:32pm
PINNED: Steam Error 9
Dec 29, 2017 @ 6:06am
Helgen*Spoiler maybe*
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Czech_Dude Jan 8 @ 3:46pm 
Greenwhatevers, load order.
Greenwhatevers Dec 31, 2018 @ 1:14pm 
absolute garbage, i dont even know what this mod is adding, nothing happens at all! just the normal game and normal start.
Nayman Dec 30, 2018 @ 3:46pm 
this mod make nothing except preventing the imperial to free my hands at the start of the game. So basicly this mod just stuck you in the helgen keep forever at the start of the game... i dont see the point
Sa.Vz58 Dec 29, 2018 @ 11:47pm 
I swear this used to work without DLC, it was actually a really good mod. Why it's dependant now, who knows.
The_Praters Dec 8, 2018 @ 3:02pm 
can a non dlc version be posted here on workshop?
plosh14 Dec 3, 2018 @ 5:15am 
why should this require dlc
stonetomcat Nov 25, 2018 @ 8:23pm 
@RussianSalad Todd you've done it again
RussianSalad Nov 12, 2018 @ 7:32pm 
> be me
> looking through the skyrim mod workshop
> as I'm browsing my vision begins to get blurry and I see stars
> I faint
> Wake up in a wooden ca—
> Sike!
> Alternate start mod is downloaded so I can choose to skip the intro.
> Suck it Todd Howard
> mfw I realize I'm still in Skyrim though
Trauma Case 284 Nov 8, 2018 @ 12:23pm 
@deathgear it could simply be your load order trying putting it first or last and see if that helps
matt7085 Nov 4, 2018 @ 1:52pm 
not fond of having to have the dlcs to use this mod