Luftahraan is an extensive quest and city mod that takes place in a large, new area to the northwest of Skyrim. Players are able to explore an extensive exterior region filled with dungeons to find and small details to discover, as well as a large city more than three times as many houses and interiors as Whiterun and about twice the size, all while completing a plethora of new side and miscellaneous quests and a extensive main storyline.
Luftahraan itself is a large city that was once one of the richest trading ports on Tamriel, but those days are long gone - lost in the wake of a series of tyrannical and incompetent rulers. Its current ruler, Sovereign Karsten Otherin - a man who tries to rule fairly, but whom many of his subjects would call a tyrant - is locked in an ongoing struggle on two fronts. He fights publicly with a rebellion known as the Soltinn, or the Hungry, but also in the shadows with the Kaldr, a shadowy organisation that is supposed to be his own secret police.
The Soltinn fight for the rights of the many destitute citizens of Luftahraan - they are trying to overthrow the reign of the Sovereigns and install a democracy. The Kaldr fight for their own, more sinister motives, although what these are is unknown to all, even their own members. All three parties, though, have an interest in Arkngzul, the colossal Dwemer Tower that looms over the city, and what may be contained inside of it.
An extensive and compelling main quest line. Featuring over a dozen eventful quests that will offer you over a dozen hours of gameplay at least
A great many side and miscellaneous quests, with more becoming available as the main quest progresses.
Well over 100 fully voiced NPCs to fully populate the large city and neighbouring farmsteads.
Expanded landscape in the northwest area of Skyrim. New farm areas and a valley that houses multiple new dungeons that play their part in the main and side storylines.
Luharaan ruled the city as Sovereign for just under 10 years, before disappearing in unknown circumstances. Rule passed to a family of prominent noblemen in the city, and thus began the long, unbroken line of Sovereigns that have ruled Luftahraan to this day. The 54th Sovereign, Karsten Otherin, rules in Luftahraan as the dragons take to the skies across Skyrim, but it is a very different city now. The power of the Sovereign has been squandered by poor decisions in the past and a host of factions vie with each other, each planning to pick clean the carcass of Luftahraan when Karsten’s power fails.
The foremost of these factions is the Kaldr. Created by Sovereigns past as a means to secretly gather information on goings on in the city, the Kaldr were later militarised and used to put down insurrections. Finely crafted into a weapon of espionage and assassination by a series of tyrannical rulers, their power increased until one Sovereign adopted the head of the Kaldr and named him his heir. Despite only ruling for four years before handing power back to the previous Sovereign’s younger brother, from this point onward the power of the Kaldr overshadowed that of the Sovereign. Despite desperate and concerted attempts to tip the balance back in the favour of the ruling family, the Kaldr remain a powerful force in Luftahraan, and not one entirely beholden to their so-called Lords.
Against this backdrop of internal strife, the people of Luftahraan are beginning to raise their voices – crying out in anger over the repression and taxation enforced by Sovereign Karsten in an attempt to secure his rule against the machinations of the Kaldr. This rebellion is small and poorly organised but, with the right allies and the right funding, the voice of the people could indeed overshadow that of their leaders.
And, towering above all of this discord, sits an ancient relic of times past; an edifice of the Dwemer. Superficially, the tower is controlled and guarded by Karsten, but in reality these guards are watching over a door that they themselves cannot open. The tower is locked, but the possibilities of what could remain inside have further fuelled the fires of conflict already sparking across the city. Whatever it may be that the tower contains, surely whoever controls the tower would control the city? Rumours abound, and, as those rumours begin to spread across the border and into Skyrim, yet more eyes turn toward Luftahraan.
Oskutin handed over the reins to Wheeze in June 2012 and realising that this chaotic “free contribution” method of development was not going to result in a professional and cohesive product. To this end, he organised and formalised the development process, created a website and created a team that is now known as Archon Entertainment. This team is the team developing the project today.
I, Örvar “Wheeze” Arnórsson, will be resigning as project lead of Luftahraan. I’ll still be a part of Archon Entertainment and I will still be livestreaming my work on Skyrim and Fallout 4 mods in the future and I will still be involved with Luftahraan, making sure it keeps going smoothly and be a part of it’s development. But I will no longer be actively working on Luftahraan meaning putting in the hours or in-engine work.
The new project lead will be the previous co-project lead, Sam “Arkaash” Cannon, he will be able to lead this project just as well if not better then I have. My work was the most seen by the public eye so it may seem I was doing a huge chunk of the work for Luftahraan but in the grand scheme of it all, I am not going to set back the release date of Luftahraan too much. This team is incredibly talented and productive and with Arkaash as the new project lead I bet the project will get developed smoother then ever before. So what I’m saying is that this is ultimately better for the project, the team and you guys as fans of the project because I won’t be able to do my job as project lead when I no longer have motivation to finish the project.
I have no idea what to expect from you guys from all of this so if there will be any questions through YouTube, ModDB or Twitter I will try and answer them.
You can learn more about this decision and what this means in the video announcement:
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