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Live Another Life
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3.1.7 (LE)
4.1.4 (SE)
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Alternate Start - Live Another Life, often referred to as Live Another Life, is a mod created by Arthmoor for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition. The mod adds alternate beginnings to the base game instead of just the default experienced at Helgen.


The Dragonborn starts off in a cell in the Abandoned Prison. In it is a statue of Mara that, if talked to, will ask them how their new life shall begin. All races other than Wood Elf get special options unique to their race. Once chosen, the Dragonborn must sleep in the bed and their new life will begin. Despite making a choice, it is not final until you activate the bed, and therefore going back to the statue of Mara and reactivating it will allow you to change the decision, which can be useful to get lockpicks as if you ask to escape, you will be given lockpicks and then you may change your mind but will still have the lockpicks.

It should be noted that this mod has the potential to spawn the player character in locations that are generally not accessible unless on a specific quest, such as Blackreach. This can make it tricky to get out of that location and start exploring.

The Dragonborn is presented with the following choices:


There are quite a few workarounds of the following issues. Be sure to read the description page of the mod to find more elaborate information on the issues.



  • Any mod that removes the essential-flags from the NPCs in Helgen
  • Mods altering the Abandoned Prison - Navmesh of this cell (00021594) has been edited. Can be patched to make it work.
  • Become High King of Skyrim
  • Descent into Madness
  • The Forsworn Legacy - A workaround is available.
  • Pirates of the Pacific
  • Sellswords
  • Serana - Volkihar Vampire Princess - The bed will not activate.
  • Schlongs of Skyrim - Vanilla start option not compatible.
  • Songs of Ice and Skyrim