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. There is only one question that remains: will you become the hero or the villain? Read More...

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Hi everybody!

Usually by this time, we probably would have had another summer update ready for you. However, most of the time since we released our walk-through video back in February has been spent on world and level design, and creating the areas that we needed to in order to realize the world of Ethas. This includes working on new architectural models (which I plan to show off at a later date when it's all ready!), designing our different regions, and more in depth things such as leveled lists to populate said areas with enemies for you to face. Since this has been the case, there has been very little work on quest design or implementing anything regarding quests in Ethas. However, though we don't have much new things to show you just yet, I do have a few pics to share showing some of the areas we've been designing.

The first is of an old abandoned fort known as Sailors Watch, located on the western coast of Arelia:

The second shows a small cavern with hidden treasure:

You may have also seen Elijah's article recently, and know that he recently stepped down from being Ethas' main world designer. Since Eli was big part of the project, progress has been fairly slow for the past month. However, we're looking for some talented people to come help out on the project, and get the project back up to speed. Some of the things we're looking for:

  • World Level Designers – People to help shape and craft the world of Ethas, from creating interiors to large exteriors.
  • Scripters – People who know their away around Skyrim's scripting system to help implement quests, dialogue, and other features. While there isn't much going on right now concerning scripting in Ethas, this is definitely something that will be much needed further down the road, and any help will be welcomed!
  • Modelers – From forging weapons to building castles, to putting together the most exquisite armor, we need people who know their way around models and are looking for the best!

If you feel like you can help us out in any of these areas, feel free to contact us at and please link anything showcasing your abilities, such as mods you've created, pictures, or anything else you can think of! If you're unable to work on the project essentially “full-time”, and only have a few hours or so a week to help out, don't let that keep you from contacting us. Any help you're able to give will help in the long run, and will be absolutely appreciated.

Last, but not least, I just want to give a final thank you to Elijah. From helping out on your mod Alton, Illinois for Fallout 3, to our full on collaboration with Ethas, it has been a blast working with you. Sad to see you go, and you will surely be missed on the team. Though, I'm pretty sure I had already fired you a couple hundred times already.

Stay tuned for more news in the future, as we hope to show off some newer things in the next update!


Team-related news

Team-related news

1 year ago News 6 comments

An important announcement regarding a changeup in our team.

Some semi-Ethas related news

Some semi-Ethas related news

1 year ago News 8 comments

I've got some big news to share! And it's good news, I promise.

[Wanted] World Builder/Level Designer

[Wanted] World Builder/Level Designer

1 year ago News 0 comments

We're looking for a talented level designer to join our small, but experienced team.

Ethas: Embrace of Destiny - Video Demo

Ethas: Embrace of Destiny - Video Demo

1 year ago News 17 comments

Today we walk through "Spy in the Midst", one of the first quests in Ethas's main quest.

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LittleFishy Feb 7 2014 says:

february 7th guys ._.?

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ElijahHouck Creator
ElijahHouck Feb 7 2014 replied:

We were poised to release it today, and then earlier today the Creation Kit did this to our .esm:

It flattened a third of the land in Ethas, essentially making that .esm worthless. Luckily we had a backup, but I lost around 12 hours or so of work, so I've been playing catch up since then.

We were all excited to release the video today, but unfortunately the Creation Kit decided not to let us do so. Video will be absolutely coming tomorrow, though! :)

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LittleFishy Feb 8 2014 replied:

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

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ElijahHouck Creator
ElijahHouck Feb 7 2014 replied:

See my above comment for why it's not up yet. :)

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Stellarcircle5 Feb 2 2014 says:

Hey, it Marelus' voice actor! Made an account to keep up with the development of the mod! Super excited to play this for myself when it's finished!

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ElijahHouck Creator
ElijahHouck Feb 2 2014 replied:

Hi Trent! Glad to have you aboard our stellar cast of voice actors, the lines you sent over tonight blew Justin and I away. Glad you're excited!

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ZaccyBoy Jan 30 2014 says:

What engine is this?

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Kevinsaer Creator
Kevinsaer Jan 30 2014 replied:

Creation Engine :)

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Guest Jan 17 2014 says:

Bethesda watch and learn, ya just might pick something up

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LittleFishy Jan 11 2014 says:

*checking every few days for new updates..totally no obsessed or anything..* :3
quick question: will there be guilds we can join? (fighters guild, thieves guild etc)

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ElijahHouck Creator
ElijahHouck Jan 11 2014 replied:

Yes, there will be plenty of guilds to join. :)

And you didn't hear this from me, but February 7th might be a good day to refresh the page...

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LittleFishy Jan 13 2014 replied:

*giggle* thaaank you ;)

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jhardingame Creator
jhardingame Jan 12 2014 replied:

I heard it from you.

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