“The tide is rising.”A strange island has risen from the depths of the sea, an expedition to uncover its mystery is already on its way. You are just a little too late to the party, and following the expedition’s footsteps you uncover a tale of treachery, madness and forgotten secrets before you self are drawn into the Maelstrom… This quest mod features a fully voice acted follower who potentially becomes available at the end of the questline. During the quest there is also a second follower with a customized vanilla voice available. The quest itself is inspired by Norse mythology and spans a large dungeon complex and other locations filled with puzzles, enemies, secret areas and more! Maelstrom is also available for Skyrim SE, you can get it here.
How to start the quest:
Talk to the innkeeper of the Winking Skeever in Solitude, and ask if he knows about some work for you. Alternatively you can find a new location along the coastline which also leads to starting the quest.
What awaits you:
[*]A fully voice acted follower (voiced by Simone Mountain)
[*]A secondary vanilla voice follower with some custom dialogue
[*]A multipart dungeon questline with two possible endings (and some slight variations)
[*]A well-hidden, powerful weapon
[*]New dialogue created by editing vanilla voice assets
[*]New enemy variants, equipment, lore and flavour texts, puzzles and a lot more
[*]Latest version of Skyrim
Use your favourite mod manager that can handle a FOMOD installer, simple as that. Manual installation is also possible by dropping the .esp and .bsa files from the archive into Skyrim’s Data folder.
Uninstalling a mod midgame is never really a good idea, but if you have no other choice:
[*]Dismiss the follower you might get from this mod and go to a location which is definitely not part of this mod (e.g. Riverwood)
[*]Save game and uninstall the mod with your mod manager or delete the files you’ve installed manually from the Data folder.
The Fully Voiced Follower:
Depending on how the quest ends for you, you can gain a fully voiced companion in the end, so be careful with your choices. She has her own set of dialogue options and use her own follower system, meaning you can use her along any other followers you might have.
If she’s your follower for several ingame days, she will you offer you new dialogue from time to time in which you can learn more about her.
Custom one, you will find out more once you played the quest.
She can switch between a melee focused combat style and a magic focused one, you can change it via dialogue.
Spells, Perks and Abilities:
Spells: Fast Healing, Healing, Ice Spike, Icy Spear, Bound Sword
Perks: Mystic Binding, Oblivion Binding, Conjuration (Novice), Armsman (Rank 1), Destruction (Apprentice, Adept, Expert), Dual Flurry (Rank 1), Dual Savagery
She also has a custom shout-like ability you can toggle on and off via dialogue.
Sorry, but don’t get your hopes up.
She will be Essential once she becomes available as a companion.
She uses a standalone CBBE body, but you won’t have to worry about armour.
The Secondary Follower:
This mod also features a second, vanilla voice follower with some custom dialogue you will meet early during the quest. She is a Breton with some healing capabilities, and recommend taking her with you during the first playthrough, but of course this is up to you as she is optional.
Both followers have their own follower system and they will follow you regardless of any other followers you might have. They won’t conflict with any mods regarding followers, but they also will be ignored by them and their respective special features. It’s not recommended to use any force recruit / manage features from other mods on them as this certainly will mess up things.
The vanilla voice follower will switch to Skyrim’s vanilla follower AFTER the questline is completed, then she can be managed by any mod you like.
Content Warning / Install Options:
This mod is intended for a mature audience, a few of the NPCs including the fully voiced follower are nude by default. If you don’t like this, the FOMOD installer gives you the option to give the respective NPCs a basic set of underwear.
This mod makes no changes to any vanilla records except adding two new locations to the worldmap by editing the cells 00000D74, 00003DBE and 0000B478. Only new objects are placed, existing objects are left untouched.
[*]What about the other NPCs?
[*]Their dialogue was created by editing vanilla voice files.
[*]At which level I should start the quest?
[*]This is of course hard to say since everyone plays and mods the game differently. But I recommend to be at least level 10. Taking the vanilla voice follower you meet early in the questline with you will also help.
[*]I’m stuck in the quest, how do I advance?
[*]Some parts of the quest are designed to be non-linear, so if you’re stuck you are maybe just in the wrong place right now or missing an item or hint laying around somewhere else. Look around and explore everywhere.
Unlike vanilla Skyrim quests, the quest markers shows you more where to be next instead of what exactly to do.
[*]Some of the names and texts are missing characters.
[*]Some of the custom fonts for Skyrim unfortunately don’t feature all the international characters like the vanilla Skyrim font does. But I wanted the names as close as possible to the original names, so it’s a design choice not a bug.
[*]I don’t like follower mods, what should I do?
[*]The biggest part of this mod is the questline which can be played and enjoyed without having any of the two as your follower.
[*]Will you release any presets?
[*]Is this mod really lore friendly?
[*]It’s thematically fitting as Skyrim is already influenced by Norse mythology, and the story told isn’t too far off and secluded enough to not meddle with the overall lore too much.
[*]Can I make a translation of this mod and release it?
[*]Sure, only conditions are: the translation requires the original mod in order to work (i.e. the translation may only contain the translated files but not the rest), and that credits are given. If you want a link to your translation added to this mod description, please let me know.
– Voice Acting –
Simone Mountain (https://www.castingcall.club/m/Simone%20Mountain & https://www.facebook.com/simone.mountain.3) as Rán
All other NPC voices were created by editing vanilla voice assets
– Mods, Assets & Resources –
Feminine Argonian Textures (Chameleon and Lizard) by MONSTERaider
Modder’s Resource Pack by Oaristys and Tony67
zzjay’s wardrobe by zzjay[/url]
KS Hairdos Renewal by Kalilies Stealthic Khaos and Shocky[/url]
Lind’s Human Eyes by Lind001 – LindsWorkshop[/url]
Maevan2’s Eye Brows by Maevan2[/url]
Caliente’s Beautiful Bodies Edition -CBBE- by Ousnius and Caliente[/url]
DIMONIZED UNP Female Body by dimon99[/url]
Demoniac High Quality Glossy Female Body Texture by Regenbot03[/url]
Demoniac FMS uses assets from Mature skin texture and body for UNP(B) 7BASE CBBE Vanilla by Maevan2[/url]
Leyenda Skin by HeroedeLeyenda[/url]
Freckle Mania 2 by tetrodoxin[/url]
The Amazing World of Bikini Armor by NiseTanaka[/url]
Ice Titans – Mihail Monsters and Animals (mihail immersive add-ons- giant- witcher) by MihailMods[/url]
Duelist – A New Sword by Billyro[/url]
Yggdrasil Viking Sword by Billyro[/url]
Amulets of Skyrim by uni_SL[/url]
Vanilla Followers AI by uni_SL[/url]
Evil Laughing Woman Sound – Woman Laugh Sound Effect | Ver.2 by Distorted Room
A Siren’s Lure Song by Reaper Cat
Music: Ásgarðr by Adrian von Ziegler
– Mods used for the screenshots –
Somber Dreams ENB presets by Maeldun0[/url]
NobleSkyrimMod HD-2K by Shutt3r[/url]
aMidianBorn Book of Silence by CaBaL-EmeraldReign-The AMB team[/url]
Face Light by tktk[/url]
– Tools –
GIMP, NifSkope, Audacity
Lazy Voice Finder by BowmoreLover[/url]
Unfuzer CPP Edition by greentea101[/url]
RaceMenu by Expired[/url]
BodySlide and Outfit Studio by Ousnius and Caliente[/url]
TES5Edit by ElminsterAU[/url]
NifMerge by Turulo[/url]
MultiXWM by Vikichan
SSE NIF Optimizer by Ousnius[/url]
Skyrim & Creation Kit by Bethesda
Simone Mountain, for bringing life to my creation
Porterhause, my trusty Chronicler
I’m always happy about screenshots (auto-approve is on and I’m fine with nudity obviously, but please keep it classy), comments and stuff like that.