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 finding fresh ways to improve its combat or adding everything from interesting new quests to subtle immersive details to it, with a few even going as re-creating dungeons from other Elder Scrolls games or serving giant sweetrolls to the province’s populace.
If you’re a big fan of the Dawnguard DLC or enjoy playing as a divine crusader rooting out the evil forces hiding in Tamriel’s shadows, a new mod might be worth sinking your teeth into.
Feel like the bloodsucking menaces trying to blot out Skyrim’s sun need a bit of a rework?
The mod in question is called ‘Vampire Lines Expansion’, and is the work of prolific modder JaySerpa. A lot of their previous work has also been focused on dramatically revamping various aspects of Skyrim, including the dialogue of carriage drivers and the infamous Dark Brotherhood quest based around killing Grelod the Kind.
This time, they’ve decided to add around 150 new lines of dialogue, spliced up from existing in-game utterances, to the speech patterns of the province’s various vampires, with the goal of: “giving them more personality and making each of your encounters with them more unique, personal and unexpected.”
As you can see in the showcase video above, a lot of this fresh discourse will be deployed when you’re in combat with undead fiends, allowing them to dish out some barbs specific to your character's race or faction, as well as simply declaring their desire to imbibe what’s in your veins with a bit more verbal flair.
On top of some idle chatter that’ll help you get to know these creatures of the night a bit more personally, the mod includes some lines that’ll also be distributed to the province’s warlocks, necromancers and dawnguard, in addition to an optional file that’ll add some more orc vampires to Skyrim’s enemy lists, making better use of the base game’s rarely deployed orc vampire dialogue.
Alongside this new work, JaySerpa has just released a massive update to their established mod ‘Sun Affects NPC Vampires’, which is a must-have for those who crave an immersive adventuring experience.
If you’re planning on getting bitten by Lord Harkon yourself, you might also want to also grab ‘Vampire Lords Can Fly (With Collision)’ and ‘Vampire Feeding Tweaks’, which haven’t received any updates but are still very good.
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