Ethas: Embrace of Destiny is a modification for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim being developed by Justin Hardin and Elijah Houck, the team that brought you the mod Alton, Il. for Fallout 3. In Embrace of Destiny, you will explore the lands of Arelia and Virardan, two countries currently at war with each other. Your role starts you out as one of the five famous Captains of the Arelian Army. Choices will be made, and sides will be chosen. The only question that remains, is, will you become the hero, or the villain?


Ethas will bring the player to a huge new world to explore, and lets the player choose at any time whether to play Skyrim or Ethas. Whether it be the the sweeping valleys, lush forests, or harsh, volcanic wasteland, Ethas will immerse the player in an experience rare to the modding community. Ethas will of course be free for all to download, and is planned for release on both Steam and various other modding communities.


Elijah Houck and Justin Hardin, the creators of Ethas, are certainly an experienced duo. In 2009, Elijah started development on Alton, IL for Fallout 3, which took players to his hometown in a world over twice the size of Point Lookout. Elijah would continue work on Alton for almost three years, finally releasing the mod on October 27th, 2011. Alton was (and currently still is) the largest mod for Fallout 3, and won File of the Month on Fallout3Nexus for the month of October. It wasn't only Elijah that brought Alton to the masses, however. Justin Hardin was essential to the project, creating amazing trailer and in-game music and sounds, brilliant voiceovers, meshes, textures, and even finally getting the GECK to generate LOD meshes for Alton (which is usually unheard of for such a large world).


With this experience under their belt and Alton completed, Justin and Elijah looked forward to Bethesda's next title, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Having started work on Ethas's story in July of 2011, they were well prepared for the release of Skyrim's editing tools. After the Creation Kit released in February, the pair soon looked towards the future, wanting to expand the team.


They found no shortage of talented individuals, with Andreas Stavaas joining the team as a level designer and world artist, having previously worked on titles such as Black Mesa: Source and Nehrim: At Fate's Edge. Not long afterwards, Kevin Saade Eriksen, a former develoepr of Tales of Middle Earth: Siege of Skyrim, joined the team, bringing with him his impressive modeling and texturing skills.


With a team of such incredibly talented individuals working towards a common, ambitious goal, the team looks excitedly
towards the future, dedicated to creating a world, a story, and a cast that the community will come to love!





           

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8 comments by ElijahHouck on May 12th, 2014

So big news-

I have officially accepted an offer from Rockstar New England, and will be joining their team full time as a Junior Scripter! I'm ridiculously excited to join such a talented group of people working on amazing, world class video games.

So what does this mean for Ethas? Well, not a whole lot. I'll have less time to devote to the project, but I'll try to contribute when I can. Otherwise, the project will hopefully carry on as normal, but in the unfortunate case that it doesn't, we'll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, we'll continue our regular summer/winter update schedule, and hopefully have a few smaller updates in between.

Thanks to my awesome family and friends that have supported me throughout my game development journey, I wouldn't have been able to do it without you all. Thanks to all of you that have shown your support throughout the years, all of your feedback (both positive and negative) has helped shape Ethas into what it is today. And of course, thanks to Justin Hardin, Andreas Stavaas, and Kevin Saade Eriksen for joining me in making some awesome stuff over the past few years! Also, I have to give a shout out to Bethesda for fostering such an awesome community, as we wouldn't be here otherwise.

Elijah Houck 
Co-creator, Ethas


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xxx.xxx.xxx Feb 12 2014, 5:47am says:

Will this mod work without the expansions and steam for Skyrim ?

Oh and please loose the yellowish color on the city it looks unrealistic.
Very nice mod, i was following Enderal and suddenly came across this mod.

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ElijahHouck
ElijahHouck Feb 12 2014, 3:26pm replied:

Sorry, not gonna happen! See my explanation here as to why: Moddb.com

As far as expansions go, no. Ethas requires Dawnguard and Dragonborn (but not Hearthfire). Skyrim requires Steam, so unless you have a cracked copy or are otherwise blocking Steam, Ethas by extension requires Steam as well. We won't support cracked copies of the game, obviously. :P

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ThegnAnsgar
ThegnAnsgar Feb 16 2014, 5:48pm replied:

Glad you're not requiring Hearthfire. That's the only DLC I don't have for Skyrim, and I couldn't justify purchasing it, even for a mod that looks as spectacular as this.

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ElijahHouck
ElijahHouck Feb 16 2014, 5:58pm replied:

Indeed. The only reason we're requiring DG/DB is because of the resources they add (Dawnguard's forts, Dragonborn's ash resources). Hearthfire merely adds a few house pieces, which isn't something we could justify adding as a requirement.

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dankeekong
dankeekong Feb 15 2014, 10:15pm replied:

but what about copies of skyrim from gamestop or other stores

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ElijahHouck
ElijahHouck Feb 16 2014, 5:08pm replied:

I purchased Skyrim from Gamestop, it still required a Steam install. We don't specifically check for Steam when you start Ethas, but if you have Skyrim there's a good chance you have Steam as well, with the exception of those running a cracked copy (which we do not support).

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Zeidra
Zeidra May 13 2014, 5:30am replied:

I have an legal (physical, cd ) copy of Skyrim Platinum, but I don't have Steam, because I hate their policy, and fortunately there's a patch, consisting in 2 little files, that allows me to play without Steam.

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ElijahHouck
ElijahHouck Feb 12 2014, 3:27pm replied:

Thanks! We're also hoping that folks will want to dig into the lore as much as possible.

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ZetaKiba
ZetaKiba Feb 12 2014, 7:33pm replied:

Welp! I'm looking forward to finding out more on the Eldahli, love the elves!

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