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The Immersive Skyrim mod makes many fictional characters react to necromancy

It’s been a difficult task to make Skyrim NPCs react to magic, but one mod makes necromancer NPCs react differently when they witness black magic.

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Fans of the Elder Scrolls series are eager for the next installment, but Skyrim is still getting a lot of play. Just like Grand Theft Auto 5 and Red Dead Redemption 2, Bethesda’s 2011 epic is one of the most engrossing open world games of all time. In its original form, the game can keep players engrossed for hours, but it’s the modding community that truly makes the game shine. Shocking bystanders is one form of such immersion.

The latest creation for Skyrim by modder JaySerpa is available for download. This mod makes it so that non-player characters (NPCs) react whenever necromancy is witnessed in public, guaranteeing more attention for any mage who prefers black magic. A quick video demonstrates how the public will react negatively whenever the player resurrects a body or brings a skeleton along for the ride. For instance, one guard may use the word “disgusting” to describe the situation before telling the player to leave.

Even though it doesn’t appear that the characters will resort to violence, the stigma of being a person who goes around resurrecting the dead only grows stronger. Using necromancy in Skyrim gives players access to a legion of the living dead. The Dragonborn has access to a variety of conjuration spells, despite the widespread stigma surrounding such practices as being morbid and off-limits. However, this mod may cause players to feel awkward when using this skill in polite company, even though it can be very useful in combat.

Those who have been keeping tabs on Nexus Mods for a while will likely recognize the name JaySerpa. They’ve posted a bunch of cool game modifications, like one that expands Skyrim’s College of Winterhold to include new classes. They also made one that reworked the stealth mechanics so that players could peek through keyholes, and another that rearranged existing lines of dialogue so that NPCs could speak new lines without needing to be voiced from scratch.

The RPG has been around for a while, but it is the modding community, particularly on PC, that keeps it going these days. Skyrim can be modded to the point where it essentially becomes a new game. There is a new Elder Scrolls game in the works, but fans will have to wait a while before they can play it. In the meantime, players are content with TES5 and keeping things fresh with a variety of mods.

Available now for PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox One S is The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim.

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