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The Forgotten City is an award-winning, critically acclaimed expansion mod offering a unique 6 - 8 hour experience: a murder mystery investigation set in an ancient underground city. You'll need to solve it using your wits, and the ability to travel through time. It has a dark, non-linear story in which you'll interrogate suspects, explore the city and its many secrets, and navigate challenging moral dilemmas. It features multiple endings, an original orchestral score, and professionally voiced dialogue.


Winner - Australian Writers' Guild Award 2016 (Interactive Media)

“Undeniably impressive.” PC Gamer

“The production values, for a mod, are completely ridiculous... The Forgotten City is a pretty big deal.” Kotaku Australia

Voted FILE OF THE MONTH on Skyrim Nexus for October 2015!

5 stars (out of 5) on Steam Workshop

"The story here is, no doubt, the best of any Skyrim mod. It's so good, that it really reminds me of Blockbuster movies like Inception, Interstellar, and especially Edge of Tomorrow, and it's so cinematic as well, especially the custom composed soundtrack." MxR Mods

"Amazing... it's a super dynamic story... how the mod utilizes paradoxes and time loops is fantastic... one of the most thrilling quests we've ever played..." Brodual

“An incredibly polished & insanely well done Skyrim mod. You owe it to yourself to check it out.” ShoddyCast

"Finishing the game was a bittersweet moment... brought true joy to my heart. I’ll even go as far as saying I teared up a bit." Giga Geek Magazine

“Looks pretty sweet!” BioWare Creative Director, Mike Laidlaw


Trailer 1 of 2 (Teaser)
Trailer 2 of 2 (Launch)


  • An original orchestral soundtrack by composer Trent Moriarty
    Epic sweeping, cinematic music. Check it out here on SoundCloud!

  • A beautiful, intricately detailed new city to explore
    Discover secrets, mysteries, and relics that are thousands of years old

  • A haunting, non-linear story with several different endings
    It’s going to get dark.

  • Challenging moral dilemmas with consequences
    Whether you play as a saint or a psychopath, or something in between, there will be repercussions.

  • Puzzles that reward lateral thinking
    It will take more than brute force, or blind obedience to quest prompts, to achieve the best outcomes.
  • Over 1200 lines of dialogue from 18 voice actors
    Talented voice actors from around the world deliver striking performances.


Help! I found a bug!
Please see the Nexus forums page for known bugs and workarounds.

Are there any level requirements?
It’s designed for characters at Level 5 and above. However, the story responds to your character’s individual history, so a high level is recommended.

Do I need to have the other Skyrim expansions or mods?
No. Only Skyrim is required.

Is it compatible with other mods?
Yes. It should be compatible with most other mods. One known incompatibility is Death Mountain 2.

Can I bring a follower?
This mod is designed to be played solo. If you bend the rules and bring a follower, strange things will happen.

What's the story behind this mod?
Check out my interview with Elder Scrolls Off The Record here or my interview with Stevivor here!


  1. Copy and paste the contents of the ZIP file to your Skyrim/Data folder. This is typically C:\Program Files\Steam\SteamApps\Common\Skyrim\Data
  2. Launch Skyrim. When the splash screen window pops up, click “Data Files”.
  3. Locate “ForgottenCity.esp” and click the check box beside it, then click “OK”. That’s it!


If you're Level 5 or above, you'll be approached by a courier when you enter any city.


Written, developed, programmed and designed by Nick James Pearce - Email - Facebook - Twitter - Blog

Original orchestral soundtrack by Trent Moriarty - Email - Facebook - Web site

Brol, Altrius, Brandas, Habiq, Marius & Ulrin: Patrick Deegan - Email
Jarl Metellus (Narrator of the trailers): James McLauchlan - Email
The Arbiter: Damien Caine - Email
Luki & Maisi: Heather Jane Hogan - Email
Safira: Leara Morris-Clark - Email
Gulvar, Vernon: Stewart Moyer - Email
Cassia, Miranda: Asia Sanchez - Email
Sato & Rykas: Paden "Cassie" Dowdy - Email
Jeshol & the Cave Dwellers: Storm “GigaRat” Watters - Email
Rastasia: Adoxographist - Email
Asanshi: Phoenix Emrys - Email
Ysmar: Jessica Osborne - Email
Deglund & Dooley: Steve White - Email
Dwemora: Elizabeth Plant - Email
Hjormund: Jonny Knowles - Email
Gaia: Naorée - Email
Vitus: Owain David - Email
Domitus: Hamish Hector-Taylor - Email">">Email

Lead beta tester: Storm "GigaRat" Watters


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I finally got the true ending! :D This is the best mod I've ever played, it felt as polished as the original game and the story was fantastic! (Though getting into the palace was a bit of a guide-dangit moment, I had to watch a video of someone else doing it after about an hour of frustration).

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it felt 10 times more polished than the original game

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Pls help Im playing ur mod currently and am stuck trying to kill my victim in the underground tunnels but the voice triggers and still kills everyone

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you get the best ending by: talking the dwarf guy down in the ruins to stop the dwarves law, dont tell him about the jarls crime, mention to him that you comited a crime(because thats the firs thing i did, i stole sh*t :P) he doesnt really care and understands, tell him that he needs to stop this, that he is comiting genocide over and over again, hell think abou it and fix everything, everyone exept the evil jarl will survive and the city will be rejuvinated the sky will open up and bish bash bosh youre the hero :D (P.S. quicksave in case youre speechcraft f*s up or you say something bad and activate the apocalypse). Ur welcome :)P.S. all the armor piece locations, one of them is behind a shut gate in the abandoned palace, just climb on the stacked up cofins to get on the top pipe and get over the gate, the boots are inside the house of brenon or smth like that its by the tavern, the other you get by killing rykas looting the chest piece and then traveling through time again to create a paradox and the last one is on the burned body on the way down into the ruin with the radiation and stuff.

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i seldom comment on these mods,but this one i liked very much.excelent

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Voted for you in the mod of the year competition, good luck to you, Nick.

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Honestly, one of the best 'add-on mods' out there (add-on mod meaning adding a new area to the game). Confusing as f*ck at first and failing the mission multiple times was required for me to finish it. I played through multiple times with multiple endings and I STILL did not explore every area that I could have. It felt like DLC more than a mod. Over an amazing mod/DLC and my friend played lots of voice acting roles, check out his channel Nomad818
10/10 Dooley is a babe

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This mod is better than any vanilla Skyrim quest. I think it is actually better than many retail games. In fact, due to its complexity, length and depth, it could easily be a full standalone game on its own.

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Hello, I have just started the mod, and after I talk to the jarl on the balcony I can already tell him who is guilty. is it a bug or is it normal?

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If you already talked to people previously about the person than you could tell the Jarl. But what happend with me was Domitus made me angry so I killed him breaking the dwarves law. After reseting I told the Jarl that Domitus's arrogance angered someone and led them to violence... Wonder who that was hehehe.

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The amount of work that went into this mod is really obvious. It looks so professional. Bethesda wishes their DLC were so good.

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