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?

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We say goodbye to a member of the Ethas team, and reflect on his contributions to the project.

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Today we had to bid farewell to one of the key members of our team, Andreas Stavaas. He has been quite ill for the past six months, and as a result, he has made the decision to say goodbye to our team. Now don't be alarmed, he is still very much alive, but the gravestone above will remain in-game as a way to memorialize his contributions to the project. The memorial has been placed in the docks of Freydan, the final area that Andreas worked on.

Andreas originally contacted us in July of 2012, and after seeing that he had done some pretty amazing work for projects such as Black Mesa: Source and Nehrim: At Fate's Edge, we immediately welcomed him into our team, making him our first non-founding member to work on the project. As a level designer, he helped shape large parts of the Plains of Sorrow and created several interior spaces, including the seemingly-abandoned town of Lochbrook, pictured below.

He also designed a variety of meshes for use throughout the world of Ethas (including the lighthouse up top), with his final model being an intricate ship model for the ports of our coastal cities. While it's not quite finished yet, it's close, and we'll be showing it off in our video demo come February.

While we are sad to see Andreas go, we wish him good health and the best of luck in all of his future endeavors. Farewell, our Norwegian friend!


Sad to see your team lose a member. You guys have been doing a very professional job up to now, and I'm glad to see you're working closely with each other to bring the community your best. Ethas looks incredible.

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Thank you. That's part of the reason we've kept our team small, we all get to know each other quite well, which makes for a much better development experience.

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