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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0 comments by ElijahHouck on Feb 11th, 2014

Hey everybody, Elijah Houck here, co-creator and lead world/level designer for Ethas: Embrace of Destiny ( and creator of Alton, IL. We're looking to add one more talented level designer to help us shape our current project, Ethas. The mod spans the entirety of two countries, with a total playable area that is a tad larger than Skyrim. We are an experienced team with most of us having large completed projects under our belt, and as such, we are looking for somebody that knows their stuff!What you'll be doing:

  • Helping shape the world of Ethas, a land made of many diverse environments
  • Creating interesting and unique dungeons and various other interiors, including large, living towns
  • Crafting narrative through exploration, using the land and the spaces below it to help tell a story

It would be great if...:

  • You have experience designing exterior locations for large-world projects
  • You have created one or more well-crafted dungeons
  • You have plenty of experience in the Creation Kit or other Bethesda editors
  • Any other relevant skills (modeling, scripting, etc.) are not required, but would be a huge plus!

We're a very laid back and fairly small (on purpose) team. As anyone on the team can tell you, Justin (who is the other co-creator) and I don't bark out orders - we let the team have freedom to work on what they want. Sure, we occasionally have deadlines if we want to show off a certain part of Ethas by a certain date, but for the most part, it's up to you.
 We synchronize all of our material through Dropbox, so if you have an account, that'd be great! If not, we'll help you get one set up and linked to our team folder. We also have an IRC channel, and it is our main means of communication with the team.

To apply, you can either send us a message through ModDB, or (preferrably) email us at Make sure to include any photos, videos, or links to past projects! 

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naistia Feb 9 2014, 6:55am says:

that was amazing!!! and my gawd the voice acting is so much better than skyrims! even when hearing that guard i just went *gasp* marelus *-* ..helmon (i especially loved helmon for some sad)Amazing armors as well!

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ElijahHouck Feb 9 2014, 12:23pm replied:

Indeed, our cast of voice actors is fantastic! Glad you enjoyed the video!

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GrunkleStump Feb 10 2014, 1:39pm replied:

looking good but it needs different trees and new rock textures

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ElijahHouck Feb 10 2014, 2:41pm replied:

The only section in all of Ethas that has pines is the Western Reach (the mountain range the video took place in) and its immediate surroundings. The rest of Ethas is quite different, for example, the Great Valley:

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GrunkleStump Feb 10 2014, 4:00pm replied:

ok but you should re texture more things it would look great and nice voice acting.

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Stellarcircle5 Feb 9 2014, 5:39am says:

The game is looking amazing guys! I'm so happy that I get to play a key role in such a huge story! Kudos to the level design in particular, I'm looking forward to losing myself in the Plain of Sorrows in the same way I got lost in Skyrim's Tundra!

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ElijahHouck Feb 8 2014, 4:36pm says:

As one final update on the video, it's coming today, but most likely late in the day. Between finishing the video, exporting, and uploading, I won't have time to post it before I head to work. But hey, better tonight than never, right?

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ElijahHouck Feb 9 2014, 12:42am replied:

Damn! Not going to make it. Worry not, I will be up in the wee hours of the morning, rendering this hopefully awesome video and uploading it. For those non-American viewers out there, perhaps it will work out well for you!

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jhardingame Feb 9 2014, 1:41am replied:

Clearly it's Tuesday for you.

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naistia Feb 8 2014, 4:37am replied:

aww that sucks :( No need to hurry though, good luck!!

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