Sometimes Skyrim mods can be so wonderfully mundane that you can’t help but marvel at the painstaking craftsmanship that went into them. What we have here is a perfect example of such a phenomenon, with a mod showing incredible dedication to improving one of the greatest open world games of all time. Fans clearly agree with this as it has already proved to be one of the most popular mods for the Bethesda RPG since its release.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Northern Roads mod, by creator JPSteel2, does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a glorious overhaul of Skyrim’s entire infrastructure, removing all the in-game bits of vanilla road and replacing them with more diverse designs. Small villages and the wilderness have dusty dirt roads, big cities get stone paths, colder mountainous areas have muddy, snowy paths, and so on. There are also plenty of new features such as unique bridge designs, wooden totems, runic stones and more.
Things get even more exciting in the various Holds, highlighting the cultural divide between the eastern cities, which are inspired by Scandinavian and Viking inspiration, and the western ones, which are based on Celtic and Slavic cultures. Creator JPSteel2 says the mod started life as a “simple bridge replacement”, but they just kept going until it was “something much, much bigger”. The final project has such a dramatic effect that a separate collection of patches has even been put together to ensure that most of the popular Skyrim mods will run alongside it, due to the way it changes many of the landscape records.
You can watch the mod in action for yourself below:
Sometimes it’s the seemingly simplest mods that can be the most intricately designed and beautiful. If you think you’re ready for this stunning infrastructure in your own version of Skyrim, you can download Northern Roads on Nexus Mods. Also highly recommended is the aforementioned Northern Roads patch collection to fix potential compatibility issues, if you’re someone who’s done quite a bit of modding already.
Frankly, given the hell that is the Skyrim economy, we’re left wondering who is funding this complete infrastructural rebuild. Still, it is certainly spectacular. If you’re looking for more additions, why not add an entire Skyrim mage city with over 100 NPCs to your world? Or maybe a new Skyrim Daedric DLC in the Shivering Isles sounds more up your alley? If you want to change things up even more, we’ve got some of the best games like Skyrim, as there’s plenty beyond the world of The Elder Scrolls.