Skyrim Modder Brings Immersive Diseases to Tamriel

A screenshot of an immersive disease in Skyrim.
Credit: hanshotfirst01 on Nexus Mods.

Despite the best efforts of the province’s priests and healers, diseases still ravage some of Skyrim’s poor populace.

That said, while the likes of rockjoint and witbane can be a threat to the careless adventurer who forgets to invest in a supply of cure disease potions, these minor illnesses are arguably a bit disappointing.

After all, if you’re craving the kind of immersive sickness-based experience offered by contracting either sanguinare vampiris or lycanthropy, vanilla Skyrim’s other diseases kind of pale in comparison. Luckily, a new mod seeks to cater to those who’ve been left hungry for more suffering.

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That’s right, no longer will the game’s less life-changing diseases only impact your character’s stats and make the occasional NPC enquire after your health even if you’re wearing heavy armour with a full-face helmet.

The mod, called “Immersive Diseases”, is the work of modder hanshotfirst01, whose previous work includes bringing some equally immersive lap-sitting to the game.

Its aim, as the description eloquently explains, is to ensure that your appearance matches any maladies you may have picked up, making it so that: “you can look as sick as Arcadia is convinced you are”.

In terms of changes, this means the stat-based effects of the illnesses won’t change, but your character’s mug will.

A screenshot of an immersive disease in Skyrim.
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Credit: hanshotfirst01 on Nexus Mods.

For example, if you pick up a bout of bone break fever, expect sections of your skin to break out in a rash or, if you’ve been infected with rockjoint, get ready for your veins to become more prominent.

Arguably the most disgusting effect comes courtesy of brain rot, which will bestow you with necrotising skin, probably making NPCs very glad they don’t have a vomiting animation.

How exactly these changes look on your Dragonborn will depend on the other mods you’re using, with different ENB changes offering variations on what you’ll see and no ENB mods ensuring that the changes will look a bit more dramatic.

Meanwhile, if you’re using modder jayserpa’s popular “Dirt and Blood - Dynamic Visual Effects” mod, you’ll want to make sure that hanshotfirst01’s mod is after it in your load order, otherwise its effects will be overwritten.

So, get the tissues and Calpol ready, jump in and also make sure to follow us for more updates on The Elder Scrolls 6 and the wacky world of Skyrim modding.

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