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The 15 Coolest Paths To Take In The Skyrim Live Another Life Mod

Many memes have been created of Skyrim's drawn-out opening. Fans know it all-too-well, asking the player to listen to exposition about the land before getting their head cut off. That is until a dragon intercepts the execution and saves the Dragonborn from certain death.

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For those that have played Skyrim for the hundredth time, however, this introduction is needlessly long and frustrating. Modders agreed, which is why Alternate Start - Live Another Life exists. This mod allows players to choose how they wish to begin the game with a wide range of options. From being left for dead to starting in a new land, here are the 15 coolest paths players can take when starting their next Skyrim adventure with the Alternate Start mod.

Updated September 23rd, by Charles Burgar: With almost a decade passing since Skyrim first released, the talented and passionate modding community has not stopped updating this classic RPG. Thousands of new mods are either updated or created to make Skyrim even better, and the Alternate Start mod is no exception. Other mods have taken advantage of this mod while Alternate Start itself has seen some fixes. Listing only ten starts just doesn't cut it anymore, so we went ahead and added five more alternate start options that players should experience on their next modded adventure.

15 Property Owner

One of Skyrim's grindiest early-game aspects is obtaining a personal home. Working towards purchasing Breezehome in Whiterun can be quite the task, which is why players can choose to start as a property owner instead.

When this option is selected, players can pick one of four properties in Skyrim to live in, complete with apparel that matches how expensive the house is. Hearthfire's houses are also included, and players can even choose to live in a farmhouse if owning an entire house seems overkill.

14 Live In An Orc Stronghold

Orc strongholds are some of the coolest locations players can find in Skyrim. Each Orc tribe refuses to cooperate with outsiders, which is why this intro option is so appealing.

Players begin the game as a member of an Orc stronghold, although their reputation with the tribe is rather low. Any Orc that selects this option will be given a full set of Orcish armor and an Orcish Battleaxe. While that might sound overpowered, players still start at level one. Orcs are the only race that can begin with this option. It's a great way to roleplay as a tribesman during the early portion of Skyrim.

13 Shipwrecked

Shipwrecked is one of the more polarizing starts for characters in this mod. Those that select this option will spawn in a ship that has just hit a glacier far off from Solitude. Players must scavenge gear on the ship and swim to Skyrim's shore.

Vanilla players that have only Alternate Start or few mods will find this opening potentially boring for how long the swim is. Those that are using survival mods such as Frostfall will get an entirely different experience. Since the surrounding area is cold, players must scavenge to maintain warmth and find a way to enter Skyrim without freezing to death. It's incredibly tense for survival playthroughs.

12 Escape My Cell

Should players wish to dive straight into Skyrim, escaping their cell is a solid choice. When this option is selected, the start of Skyrim becomes an exciting fight for survival.

The tower players are trapped in is filled with magical traps and hostile enemies. Use the newfound lockpicks to escape the cell and find some weapons. Players can also sneak out, but this is a tall order with how small the dungeon is. Exiting the building will place the player adjacent to the mountain that holds High Hrothgar, meaning that players are practically in the middle of Skyrim. At that point, the player can do anything they wish.

11 Soldier In The Army

No matter a player's views on who should control Skyrim, the Alternate Start mod allows players to jump right into the Civil War questline as a Stormcloak or Imperial.

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This alternate start begins with a quest that asks the player to retrieve the Jagged Crown, paving the way for the rest of the story. Stormcloaks or Imperials are options players can choose from character creation, letting them get into some intense combat encounters at the very beginning of the game.

10 Member Of The Dawnguard

Guilds are on the table when players request an alternate start. Nearly every guild is available for the player to start as, ranging from the Companions to the Dark Brotherhood.

What might surprise players is how enjoyable starting as the Dawnguard can be. Players spawn at Fort Dawnguard and can grab any item inside. Obtain a Crossbow and some Dawnguard weapons and armor to make the first few levels a breeze. Once at level 10, start the Dawnguard DLC to fully begin the role-playing dream of taking down vampires with silver blades and restoration magic.

9 Attacked And Left For Dead

Waking up from a terrible attack, players will find their caravan destroyed with all of their gear is missing. Ragged clothes are all that cover a player's back as they scavenge for materials.

Unfortunately, the mod does not mark a bandit camp for players to raid to get some early-game gear, but the roleplaying potential this opens up is hard to match. Other mods can also add to this specific opening, adding a group of bandits or enemies for the player to pursue.

8 Member Of The Penitus Oculatus

The Penitus Oculatus is a prestigious group that follows the Emperor's direct commands. Should the player choose to begin as an Imperial, they can start the game as a member of this elite organization.

Penitus Oculatus members are detailed to Dragon's Bridge to see that the location is safe. Items in the nearby outpost are all available for the player to take and use including a full set of Penitus armor and Imperial weaponry. When dragons begin invading Tamriel after "Unbound," the player's Penitus status is removed as they failed to protect Skyrim from external threats.

7 Warlock's Thrall

Starting as a prisoner can get rather stale in The Elder Scrolls series, with nearly every game starting the player in this predicament. None have started players as a warlock's thrall, however.

Thralls begin the game by equipping a ring that breaks the control two warlocks have on them. The cave players start in is safe to grab items from, as the warlocks do not know that their thrall has gone rogue. Once players leave the cave, however, the warlocks will realize what's happened and will begin chasing the player down. Running away is required since these warlocks are much stronger than most level one foes. It makes for an engaging introduction that isn't as world-ending as Helgen.

6 Thalmor Agent

The Thalmor are one of the major antagonists in Skyrim. Stormcloaks want them dead, most of the Empire hates them, and the locals of Skyrim want them gone. Such a hated faction amongst NPCs is asking to be played.

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That is exactly what the Thalmor agent start does. Players spawn in the Thalmor Embassy and are allied with the faction, the only means of doing so in Skyrim. Players can complete quests like normal, but be aware that the Stormcloaks and Windhelm guards will wish to kill them. This can be reversed by completing the Helgen dragon attack quest. Just know that completing this quest will strip the player's Thalmor status. Only High Elves get this starting option.

5 Dunmer Refugee

For those that found Morrowind's atmosphere to triumph over Skyrim's, they can choose to start as a Dunmer Refugee on Raven Rock, a town located on Solstheim.

Provided players own the Dragonborn DLC, Dunmer refugees will begin on the island near Vvardenfell and have to fight for survival. This area is meant for high-level characters, so the early-game will be tougher than normal. Raven Rock citizens will treat players as an outsider as well, making this introduction fantastic for Skyrim masochists or those that love Morrowind's atmosphere.

4 Outlaw In The Wilds

Players spend hundreds of hours slicing down bandits they find while exploring The Elder Scrolls games, but what is it like to be one of them? Alternate Start gives players an answer.

Outlaws will begin the game with a random bandit group that is friendly to them. An Outlaw's starting gear is rather bad, but the location they start in can range from Whiterun to Solstheim. If players choose to leave the bandit group for greener pastures, prepare to pay a massive 1, gold fee to a random Hold. It makes the beginning of the game incredibly intense because of the bad gear and removes a capital as a safe place.

3 Relic Hunter (Legacy of the Dragonborn)

Relic hunter is one of the coolest starting options available in Alternate Start. This option is available for those that have the Legacy of the Dragonborn mod installed, adding a museum in Solitude that stores dozens of unique relics.

Selecting this option will start players near Solitude and allow them to work for the local museum that just opened. This will then start the mod's questline that, without spoiling much, tasks players with obtaining some of the most iconic relics in The Elder Scrolls franchise. This is a start that avid modders need to try.

2 Start In Bruma

This is somewhat cheating, as this option requires Beyond Skyrim: Bruma to be installed, but this opening choice is one of the best in the series if players have this phenomenal mod installed.

Players can choose to play one of seven paths, ranging from an aspiring mage who arrived at Bruma recently or an Imperia soldier tasked with leaving Bruma to resolve the conflict in Skyrim. Bruma is such a well-made mod it rivals the DLC Bethesda has released, so it's no surprise that it makes a good alternative start location.

1 Arrive By Ship

This start replicates the same style of intro that Morrowind uses. Players take a boat to Dawnstar, Solitude, or Raven Rock to begin their journey.

No introduction quest guides the player through the world. New arrivals have the clothes on their back, a few Septims in their pocket, and a neutral affinity with every faction in Skyrim. From there, the world is fully open to explore. Players aren't forced to talk to the Jarl of Whiterun or slay dragons. Instead, players are in full control over their destiny. This simple intro allows for any character start, making it the best start in the whole mod.

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Starting a new character in Skyrim doesn&#;t have to be the same every time. You can actually begin in a new location, even outside of Skyrim in DLC mods such as Beyond Skyrim Bruma SE. When you start a character, with this mod you will be placed in a prison cell and if you use the add-on mods (links below) you will have quite a few options available. In addition to that, you can also acquire some basic gear and spells, pick the mundus stone etc.

The idea is to give you character some background.

The main quest will still be there, you can trigger it by going to Helgen. But you don&#;t have to do that right away.

If you don&#;t know how to mod Skyrim, check out my beginner&#;s guide to modding Skyrim SE (Special Edition). It opens in new tab so go ahead and click it.

It&#;s the same for LE (Legendary Edition). You just need to download appropriate mods between them.

Once you&#;re ready, download & installAlternate Start &#; Live Another Life from Nexus. This link is for Skyrim SE (Special Edition).

The other mods I mentioned in the video are:

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The Best Alternate Start Mods For Skyrim (All Free)

I can’t understand role-playing games sometimes.

On paper, they offer you the freedom to be whoever you want.

But in reality, you’re stuck within certain limitations to always play as the hero who saves the world. And I hate this: I want to be the villain sometimes!

While no amount of modding can make us play as the villain in Skyrim, there are many mods that provide us the means to play as characters other than the Dragonborn. This lets us experience the unforgiving Nordic world through the eyes of other characters.

Is it something good to do?

Let’s find out together, shall we:


Role-Playing Alternate Starts &#; Vjorn

Vjorn Skyrim Alternate Start Preview

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The world of Skyrim can be unforgiving for the common man.

But it’s also a world of endless possibilities for those who dare.

This custom Vjorn alternate start mod puts you in the shoes of Vjorn, a simple citizen that joined the ranks of the Silver Hand to avenge his father.

Armed only with the most basic of gear, you’ll have to wander out into the world with no guidance to find your father&#;s killers.

And possibly, your destiny.


9. Alternate Starting Equipment

Alternate Starting Equipment Mod

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Alternate start mods aren&#;t all about new origin stories and backgrounds.

Some of them are all about new equipment choices!

This custom equipment mod introduces new choices to the starting equipment that will make your early game way more exciting &#; especially if you&#;re planning to be a mage right from the start.

Instead of having to rush to Riverwood to get some advanced spells, all you need to start kicking ass and taking names is to open the Confiscated Items chest and pick your poison.

Or rather, the poison that will obliterate those early game, low-level mobs that are so annoying to deal with!


8. Skyrim Through The Eyes of a Child

Skyrim Through The Eyes of a Child Mod

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Experiencing Skyrim through the eyes of characters who are not the chosen savior of the world definitely sounds interesting.

Until you realize that these new eyes aren’t able to enter the pub for a drink.

But this is a pretty cool alternate start mod, and I know it sounds like true hell made video game.

Skyrim is definitely not a good place for children.

But fate is unrelenting, and so these poor children are forced out of their home, hoping to solve the mystery behind their beloved father&#;s death. And they can’t even pray to the Dragonborn for help: the Helgen incident, sadly, never happened.

Talk about having bad luck!


7. Alternate Starting Factions

Alternate Starting Factions Mod

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Ever wondered how different Skyrim would feel if the starting questlines were influenced by the earliest decision you can take in the game?

Wonder no more, and experience this yourself with this Alternate Starting Factions mod

The name gives it away, but yeah it lets you play through a faction-related quest in a faction-related location with faction-related starting equipment.

That said, once you’re past the starting quests, the game plays like it always did these past 11 years.

Would love to see this mod expanded in the future, because it’s an awesome one.


6. New Life

New Life Preview / Skyrim Mod

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In life, you constantly have to beat the odds to achieve your goals and become the person you want to be.

But not just in life, mind you. In Skyrim too.

This mod approaches the alternate start concept in a very interesting way, and it’s almost entirely lore-friendly.

It features nine different save files that provide players with nine different new lives for the reborn Dragonborn to live and enjoy &#; specifically after he saved the world.

Time to prove to the world you have what it takes to succeed at a normal boring life!


5. Hall of Beginnings

Hall of Beginnings / Skyrim Mod

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Welcome to the Hall of Beginnings, where everything is possible and the gods like toying with our souls.

The Hall of Beginnings is a very interesting alternate start mod that gives you the option of living different lives with different starting locations and stats &#; but also gives you the chance to turn Skyrim into a roguelike game, with permanent death and total loss of progression.

And if you’re tired of starting all over from the beginning upon death, you’ll be able to make one of humanity&#;s dreams come true and become an invisible ghost that can’t be stopped by anything or anyone.

But that’s only because no one can see you. Still and interesting concept!


4. Skyrim Unbound

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New starting locations are cool and all, but why do they limit our starting choices?

Thankfully, not all of them do!

This Skyrim Unbound mod is among the best alternate start mods currently available for Skyrim.

It grants the highest amount of freedom too, as it lets you choose your starting weapons, gear, spells, starting location, starting time of day, and even if you want to begin playing right from the start as a vampire or a werewolf.

Better yet, you can still decide to become the Dragonborn and play through the game normally at any time!

What else could you ask for?

Well, how about an additional mod called Skyrim Unbound Reborn?


3. Random Alternate Start

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Think you’re the luckiest person on the planet?

Try your hand at the Random Alternate Start mod, and then discover how lucky you actually are!

This mod lets you boot up a new game pick from 21 different loadouts, before throwing you into a random location in Skyrim.

This is definitely not something to be happy about, as you may be thrown into a dangerous area with nothing more than starting equipment and spells!

But if you still manage to survive and complete the hurdle, then I’m sure your legend will grow beyond than that of the Dragonborn.


2. Dialogue Fix for Alternate Start

Dialogue Fix Modded for Alternate Start

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The original and self-named “Alternate Start” mod is definitely an amazing one for Skyrim.

But the game is so massive that the modder didn’t manage to take care of every single detail.

Here’s one such add-on that offers a quick fix to dialogues.

And I’d consider it an essential mod to download if you&#;re planning to complete a proper Alternate Start playthrough.

It fixes dialogues and scenes to remove all references about dragons and Dragonborn, which make absolutely no sense if you’ve decided to experience Skyrim as a lowly grunt out to make his or her own fortune in a harsh world.


1. Alternate Start &#; Live Another Life

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And finally, the pinnacle of them all.

Alternate Start &#; Live Another Life is (clearly by the name) an alternate start mod for Skyrim. It provides you with multiple choices in the beginning that’ll let you live a life different than that of the Dragonborn.

So, what exactly sets this mod apart from all the others included in this list?

All the choices you make at the beginning of the game matter in the starting quests, and for the entirety of the adventure!

The changes introduced here are so well put together that I could have told you this was an official overhaul, and you might actually believe it.

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Skyrim Alternate Start Modder Removing All Of His Work From Nexus Mods

Notable Skyrim and Fallout 4 modder Arthmoor, known for creating Skyrim's Alternate Start mod, is removing all of their work from Nexus Mods.

A renowned Elder Scrolls V: Skyrimand Fallout 4modder is removing all of their work from Nexus Mods. Both of the Bethesda Game Studios role-playing games are known for their wealth of fan-made modifications and expansions. Nexus Mods is a particularly popular mod distribution website where creators can upload their work for others to download and enjoy.

While Nexus Mods is a go-to mod resource for many gamers, the website has recently made headlines for implementing some divisive new rules and mandates. Giftfish, a prominent modder of Bioware's Mass Effect trilogy, recently removed their work from Nexus Mods shortly after the release of Mass Effect Legendary Edition. The well-known creator's decision was prompted by the revelation that Nexus Mods would not prevent other users from recreating his work. Mass Effect Legendary Edition's code is substantially different from the original version of the trilogy, and so it is impossible to simply transfer older mods into the remastered games. This means that modders would need to completely recreate Giftfish's mods in order to upload them to Nexus Mods, a practice that is completely authorized by the website. This lack of protection for his work led to Giftfish leaving the site and taking his mods with him. Shortly afterwards, Nexus Mods implemented a new policy preventing creators from deleting their work after it is archived on the site. This new "Collections" system went into effect on August 5.

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As reported by PC Gamer, renowned Skyrim and Fallout 4 modder Arthmoor has requested that all of his work be removed from Nexus Mods as a response to the new "Collections" system. Arthmoor is perhaps most well-known for the Skyrim Alternate Start mod, which allows players to skip the game's lengthy introduction level when creating a new character. Other popular works include The Paarthurnax Dilemma, which expands on a short quest, and the Unofficial Skyrim Patch. Disagreements with Nexus Mods' new archive policy seem to be the reason for Arthmoor's departure, but all of the creator's work can still be found on AFK Mods as well as Mods.

While the internet has no shortage of Skyrim mods, some of these works manage to grow beyond their humble origins. The newly-released adventure game The Forgotten City, developed by Modern Storyteller, actually began its life as a popular mod for Skyrim. The murder mystery mod, originally released back in , was known for featuring complex puzzles and multiple different endings depending on player actions. The full version of The Forgotten City expands this premise by introducing an ancient Roman setting and expanding the game's puzzles and story.

Nexus Mods' new "Collections" system is predictably divisive amongst modders, as the policy effectively removes their ownership over their own creations. Modders have the right to upload and take down mods as they please, and creators like Arthmoor are clearly uncomfortable with releasing control over their own hard work and effort. While games like Skyrim and Fallout 4 continue to lose mods, it remains to be seen whether Nexus Mods will respond to this negative reception of the Collections policy.

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Alternate Start - Live Another Life, often referred to as Live Another Life, is a mod created by Arthmoor for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. The mod adds alternate beginnings to the base game instead of just the default experienced at Helgen.


The Dragonborn starts off in a cell in the Abandoned Prison. In it is a statue of Mara that, if talked to, will ask them how their new life shall begin. All races other than Wood Elf get special options unique to their race. Once chosen, the Dragonborn must sleep in the bed and their new life will begin. Despite making a choice, it is not final until you activate the bed, and therefore going back to the statue of Mara and reactivating it will allow you to change the decision, which can be useful to get lockpicks as if you ask to escape, you will be given lockpicks and then you may change your mind but will still have the lockpicks.

It should be noted that this mod has the potential to spawn the player character in locations that are generally not accessible unless on a specific quest, such as Blackreach. This can make it tricky to get out of that location and start exploring.

The Dragonborn is presented with the following choices:


There are quite a few workarounds of the following issues. Be sure to read the description page of the mod to find more elaborate information on the issues.



  • Any mod that removes the essential-flags from the NPCs in Helgen
  • Mods altering the Abandoned Prison - Navmesh of this cell () has been edited. Can be patched to make it work.
  • Become High King of Skyrim
  • Descent into Madness
  • The Forsworn Legacy - A workaround is available.
  • Pirates of the Pacific
  • Sellswords
  • Serana - Volkihar Vampire Princess - The bed will not activate.
  • Schlongs of Skyrim - Vanilla start option not compatible.
  • Songs of Ice and Skyrim
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