Skyrim mod replaces the game’s infamous courier with a letter-delivering goat called Thistle

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Thistle the goat courier in Skyrim.
Credit: CalamityGoose on Nexus Mods.

Modders have put an awful lot of effort into making sure Skyrim has continually evolved and expanded in the years since it was first released into the world.

Many have focused on changing the game by adding fresh quests, challenging dungeons, and interesting spells to it, with a few even going as far as giving your Dragonborn the chance to visit a clockwork city when you head to Blackreach or gain some Dragon Priest-inspired powers.

If you’re someone who’s sick of being chased down by the game's infamous courier and want to be handed your letters of inheritance or notes from the Dark Brotherhood by something a lot cuter, a new mod might be worth taking a look at.

Ever wished you could Skyrim’s infamous courier with a letter-delivering goat?

The mod in question is called ‘Thistle the Goat - A Courier Replacer’, and is seemingly the first ever work of modder CalamityGoose.

Inspired by WhosArk1’s ‘Harold the pack goat’ and a burning desire to add more cute animals to Skyrim, they’ve decided to replace its courier with a goat named Thistle, who is rocking a custom pack that ensures you don’t have to worry about where your letters have been stored in transit.

She also comes with a pretty in-depth backstory, with CalamityGoose having concocted a short tale based around the idea of the vanilla courier growing tired of his physically exhausting and criminally underpaid work, before deciding to train Thistle to help take on some of the load.

“Now, her training is complete, and our brave girl is here to deliver your mail all by herself,” says the modder, adding: “All she asks [for in return] is a wedge of cheese, if you could spare some.”


There are two versions of the mod on offer, with one being a visual-only version that foregoes the extra step of replacing the courier’s default dialogue with goat bleats, though this does mean you can have your mail delivered by “an enchanted talking goat with a human voice,” which certainly sounds interesting.

Regardless of whether your Dragonborn is now having a casual chat with a talking farm animal in the middle of Whiterun’s marketplace, make sure to follow us for more updates on The Elder Scrolls 6 and the interesting world of Bethesda game modding, including our top mods of the month.

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