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    New trailer for a major mod Beyond Skyrim: Cyrodiil



    A dedicated team is working on a massive project to expand The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim far beyond the land of the Nords. That’s the idea behind the Beyond Skyrim: Cyrodiil project, whose team has just released a new teaser trailer.

    The ambitious mod introduces fans to the city of Skingrad, located on the road west of the Imperial City. It is a thriving city, protected by high walls and a castle towering over a mountain. However, walls and towers do little to protect citizens from the threats already inside. Despite some attempts by the locals to play down the problem, Skingrad is plagued by a series of mysterious murders that the local rulers are unable or unwilling to stop.

    The city’s rulers blame this on Count Janus Hassildor, the vampire who ruled Skingrad during the events of The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion. One character describes him as “an ancient and evil vampire” who seeks revenge on the city he once ruled. However, another character notes that one of the predecessors wrote a defense of the reign of Janus many years ago, but died before her work could be published. The final piece of dialogue in the trailer is about a character who realizes he’s come face to face with a vampire. However, everything is much bigger than it seems at first glance.

    Count Janus was a minor character in the main Oblivion quest chain, being one of the nobles that players must turn to for help against the Daedric invasion. However, it plays a more prominent role in the Oblivion Mages Guild questline and is an important part of the game’s quest to cure vampirism. None of the interactions in the Beyond Skyrim trailer paint a picture of a blood-crazed vampire, although 200 years later, anything is possible.


    Skingrad has also been home to several of Oblivion’s most memorable NPCs. Notable residents included an alcoholic blacksmith, a paranoid wood elf, and a dark alchemist dark elf with an unhealthy craving for corpses. Although Beyond Skyrim takes place 200 years later, some fans may be curious to know if there are any references to the old inhabitants of the city.

    Unfortunately, the trailer does not indicate how much longer to wait for the full release of Beyond Skyrim: Cyrodiil. It’s also unclear if the Skingrad region will get an early release like 2017’s Beyond Skyrim: Bruma. However, the team seems to be making progress and is planning to stream Skingrad’s gameplay on Sunday, July 10th.



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