How to Start Skyrim with a Different Character and No DLCs
If you are tired of the same old intro sequence at Helgen and want to try a different character build or roleplay scenario, you might be interested in some alternate start mods for Skyrim. These mods allow you to skip the vanilla start and choose from a variety of options to begin your adventure in Tamriel. However, not all of these mods are compatible with the DLCs, and some of them might require you to have them installed. So what if you don't have the DLCs or don't want to use them Is there a way to start Skyrim with a different character and no DLCs
The answer is yes, there are some alternate start mods that work without the DLCs and let you customize your character and gameplay. In this article, we will introduce two of them: Skyrim Unbound Reborn and Alternate Start - Live Another Life. We will also compare their features and help you decide which one suits your preferences better.
Skyrim Unbound Reborn
Skyrim Unbound Reborn is an alternate start mod that skips the intro and changes how the game starts, with a wide range of options and a great customization ability[^3^]. It also allows you to play as a non-dragonborn, without the main quest, shouts and absorbing dragon souls. You can choose your race, gender, class, skills, equipment, location, faction, and even whether you want dragons or magic to exist in the world. You can also randomize some of these options for a more surprising experience. The mod is fully compatible with other mods and does not require any DLCs.
Some of the features of Skyrim Unbound Reborn are:
You can start as a member of any of the major factions, such as the Companions, the Thieves Guild, the Dark Brotherhood, the College of Winterhold, or any of the civil war sides.
You can start as a vampire or a werewolf, or even both if you want.
You can disable dragons and/or magic from the world, making it more realistic or challenging.
You can enable or disable fast travel, waiting, and sleeping in beds.
You can adjust the difficulty and frequency of dragon attacks.
You can decide when to release dragons into the world from the mod configuration menu (MCM).
You can choose whether you want to be the dragonborn or not, and whether you want to start the main quest or not.
You can customize your starting equipment and gold.
You can select from over 200 starting locations across Skyrim and Solstheim.
Alternate Start - Live Another Life
Alternate Start - Live Another Life is another alternate start mod that provides an alternative means to start the game for those who do not wish to go through the lengthy intro sequence at Helgen[^2^]. It also allows you to choose from a number of different scenarios to begin your adventure. However, unlike Skyrim Unbound Reborn, it does not let you play as a non-dragonborn or disable dragons or magic from the world. You will still have to follow the main questline eventually, but you can delay it as much as you want. The mod is also compatible with other mods and does not require any DLCs.
Some of the features of Alternate Start - Live Another Life are:
You can start as a patron of an inn in any of the major cities or towns.
You can start as a member of one of the guilds or factions, such as the Companions, the Thieves Guild, the Dark Brotherhood, etc.
You can start as an outlaw in a remote location.
You can start as a soldier in one of the civil war armies.
You can start as a vampire in a secluded lair.
You can start as a necromancer in a hidden dungeon.
You can start as a hunter in the woods.
You can start as a shipwrecked sailor on the coast.
You can start as a property owner in one of the holds.