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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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

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An important announcement regarding a changeup in our team.

Some semi-Ethas related news

Some semi-Ethas related news

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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

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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

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

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...
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LittleFishy Dec 17 2013 says:

just listened to the podcasts, watched every video + screens...i'm this is going to be absolutely amazing!!!
oh and do you maybe need a childs/teenagers voice? well...a 15 yr old girl with a boyish..12 yr old voice (something like that haha..ugh)
anyways good luck guys!! i'll be watching this :) (voted as well)

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ElijahHouck Creator
ElijahHouck Dec 17 2013 replied:

Thank you! I'm sure we will, there's plenty of families in Ethas that have kids. Shoot us an email ( with "Voice Acting" somewhere in the subject line reminding us that you're interested, that way we can contact you later on.

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ElijahHouck Creator
ElijahHouck Dec 17 2013 replied:

Great! Feel free to email us with the instructions provided above. :)

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jhardingame Creator
jhardingame Dec 17 2013 replied:

Send voice samples if you have any. I'm more likely to contact you sooner if I already know what your voice sounds like.

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ottodeadman Dec 13 2013 says:

Does this mod reguire any of the skyrim dlcs?

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ElijahHouck Creator
ElijahHouck Dec 13 2013 replied:

Hearthfire is not included, but Dawnguard and Dragonborn are. Both have fantastic resources that we will be using in certain areas. If you don't have them already, you've got plenty of time to save up or wait for a sale. ;)

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ztree1 Dec 7 2013 says:

Looking great guys! As you come ever closer to finishing the map, I think it would be awesome if you give us a better glimpse on the world map itself. Similar to what Bethesda did before Skyrim came out :)

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ElijahHouck Creator
ElijahHouck Dec 8 2013 replied:

Not a bad idea! We'll definitely keep that in mind for something a bit closer to release, as we won't lie, we still have a ways to go before the world is complete. :)

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Guest Dec 5 2013 says:

im so excited for this mod. i have put over 800 hours into skyrim already and am ready to put another couple hundred into just this mod alone caant wait.BTW After you complete the mod, will guys work on DLCs or expansions at all?

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ElijahHouck Creator
ElijahHouck Dec 5 2013 replied:

Thanks! It's pretty far off to even guess, but in reality it depends on what we're all doing by the time it's done. I'm sure we'd all love to work on more Ethas after Ethas, but who knows!

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Nuvendil Dec 5 2013 says:

Nice to see some awesome updates. And just in time for MOTY ;) . Well you have my nomination. Hope to see a lot of Skyrim mods competing in the top 100!

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ElijahHouck Creator
ElijahHouck Dec 5 2013 replied:

Indeed, Skyrim doesn't have a huge following on here compared to most games, so it'll be nice if it gets some more exposure.

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