The Elder Scrolls (opens in new tab) Series is rich in history (opens in new tab) of its fantasy world, far more than actually exists in the games, hinted at and detailed by in-game books, text, and lore notes, not to mention outside novels and the like. (opens in new tab) The Crusader Kings (opens in new tab) The series, on the other hand, specializes in the grandiose, attempting to model the incredible complexities of medieval politics over a period spanning hundreds of years and a region stretching from West Africa and Iceland to Siberia, Tibet and Bangladesh.
It might not surprise you that many people who like one also like the other.
So Elder Kings 2, a sprawling and deeply awe-inspiring mod for Crusader Kings 3, recreating “the world of The Elder Scrolls during the turmoil of the 2nd era,” which doesn’t mean much to me, but I’m sure I’m pretty damn excited am to play. There’s a snake-eyed empress, some cool rebels, an angry orc. There is sophisticated feline-human genetics. I’m here for that.
Elder Kings 2 introduces an elaborate magic system, new and strange governments for inhuman cultures, new successor systems for feudal lands, the birthmarks of the Elder Scrolls. Of course you can also be a vampire. Not to mention the obvious things, just to make the world of Tamriel even exist in the game.
Stuff like a giant map that’s about two-thirds the size of the base CK3 map. The ten base fantasy races from the Elder Scrolls and apparently more like “Tsaesci, Lilmothiit, Goblins, Kothringi”. Plus many new cultures and a system for those cultures to have homelands that match Elder Scrolls lore, as well as rules for the various divine pantheons and tutelary gods of the fantasy world and their sacred sites.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because of a similar mod (opens in new tab) was made for Crusader Kings 2. It was impressive work, but compared to what the team did for this game, it was child’s play. The Elder Kings mod does not require the released Crusader Kings 3 Royal Court DLC, but the mod team is aware that some experiences in the mod – like the Cyrodiil Empire – are much better if you enable it to have.
You can find Elder Kings 2 at https://elderkings.com/ (opens in new tab). It is available for download via Steam workshop (opens in new tab) or Nexus Mods. (opens in new tab) There is a reddit for that (opens in new tab)even if that’s your thing. The team warns that the mod will take forever to load on first launch as it calculates shaders and textures – but only the first time.
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