Almost since the Skyrim’s release a decade ago, the RPG game’s community has sought to rewrite one of its most memorable quests, Paarthurnax. The mission puts you in a tricky spot, by making you decide whether to help the Blades by felling the majestic elder dragon that gives the quest its name – and, while it’s optional, you can’t progress it if you don’t. Now, a mod has landed that adds a fully voiced, expanded new take that looks set to make the decision an even richer, more meaningful affair.
Prolific modder JaySerpa describes their new ‘Paarthurnax – Quest Expansion’ mod as a “fully voiced, quite expanded new take on the quest Paarthurnax, giving both the Blades and Paarthurnax good reasons for their stances, and you, Dragonborn, the final choice”. Instead of using an AI voicing tool, the mod draws on lines of dialogue from the base game to create around 60 new ones.
The modder says that these “pretty much double” the quest’s length, and offer far more context to help you make this very difficult decision, by getting to understand the two sides’ perspectives in much more depth. For example, you’ll get to uncover more about it why would be huge risk to let the dragon live from the Blades’ point of view.