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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ZetaKiba Feb 12 2014, 12:01am says:

Awesome looking mod, the video demo was the first I saw about this mod, wish I had caught onto it sooner, hopefully once the lore stuff is released, peeps will be able to make roleplay forums for it xD

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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: Online

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: Online

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

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ElijahHouck Feb 10 2014, 4:49pm replied:

By keeping vanilla textures on objects such as our rocks, we are giving users the ability to use the thousands of retexture mods already on communities like Skyrim Nexus. If you don't like the vanilla rock textures, you'll be able to replace them just as you always have been able to. :)

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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 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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