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 their own interesting quests, handy HUD elements, and incredibly detailed immersion mechanics to it. A few have even gone as far as creating their own cool Dwemer gadgets or giving the Dragonborn some Assassin’s Creed-style climbing skills.
If you’re planning on making a return to Tamriel while you wait out the last couple of weeks before Starfield arrives, a new mod, which brings one the most impressive weapons the Skyblivion team have shown off so far to Skyrim, is probably worth adding to your load order.
Fancy wielding the Skyblivion version of an iconic Elder Scrolls weapon next time you load up Skyrim?
The mod in question is simply called ‘SKYBLIVION - Umbra’, and is the work of modder Archonshadow, who also goes by the handle ShadowLink017365. In addition to their work on Skyblivion, they’ve also contributed to the uber-popular ‘Legends of Aetherium’.
This time they’ve decided to bring Skyblivion’s version of Umbra to Skyrim, either as a standalone weapon or a model replacement for the Creation Club version of the sword, depending on which version of the mod you choose.
“I felt the community could use another [standalone] mod since it’s been a while,” Archonshadow said of their reasons for releasing the mod, adding: “Plus, I feel the community needs a little more, since [they] support us and stuff and love what we do.”
This version of Clavicus Vile’s incredibly powerful blade, which Archonshadow created the 3D model for based on the project’s concept art, even comes with some very flashy enchantment animations, which you can get a preview of at around the eight-and-a-half-minute mark of the Skyblivion update video below.
In order to get your hands on Umbra, which transforms a simple farmhand into a pretty tough boss in the original version of Oblivion, you’ll need to head to one of two in-game locations. If you’ve gone for the Creation Club replacer version, you’ll need to go to the Nordic ruin of Champion's Rest.
On the other hand, if you want the standalone version, you’re in for a trip to the Soul Cairn, where you’ll find the sword resting on an altar located not too far from the entrance portal.
If you prefer wielding a two-handed weapon, you could also grab Skyblivion’s Akaviri Warblade, which was released as a standalone weapon back in February.
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