Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Content Type: Gaming News
Date: February 8, 2015
Skyrim Sword of Shannara mods are available for fans of Terry Brooks’ fantasy novels.
So here’s the story. More years ago than I care to remember, I was walking home from school and stopped by a dimly lit, second-hand bookstore (do they still have these things?). Now this was in the Dark Ages before the internet, and before you could simply jump on Amazon to find whatever book your heart desired.
So there I was, back in the caveman days scanning through heaps and stacks of books that’d put the College of Winterhold library to shame, when I came across Terry Brooks’ Sword of Shannara for the very first time. Oh yeah. That day turned out to be a very good one for a high school kid with an overactive imagination and a penchant for all things sci-fi and fantasy.
The Sword of Shannara
Yes, I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I was immediately drawn to The Sword of Shannara’s hippy-esque cover art by the Brothers Hildebrandt — the same illustrators that painted my favorite Star Wars poster of all time.
And as much as I was drawn to the front cover, it was the back that sealed the deal for me. In all caps it beckoned:
THUS BEGINS THE SEMMINGLY HOPELESS QUEST OF A SIMPLE MAN AGAINST THE GREATEST POWER OF EVIL THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN.
Without a doubt, The Sword of Shannara was the book for me.
Skyrim Sword of Shannara Mods
So fast forward to today. I’ve just started my third read-though of The Sword of Shannara and I’m only 19 pages into the book — just around the time Shea and Allanon meet for the very first time — when I think aloud if anyone has taken the time to craft Skyrim Sword of Shannara mods for my favorite video game.
And sure enough, they have.
A quick internet search reveals two Skyrim Sword of Shannara mods in existence:
Followers of Shannara appears to be the beefier of the two mods, adding 10 new followers to Skyrim. That said, Shannara Weapon Set has the sole distinction of being the 10,000th Skyrim mod uploaded to the Steam Workshop, and adds three epic weapons to the game (the Sword of Shannara, the Sword of Leah, and the Stiehl).
I’m one of those persnickety Elder Scrolls fans that gets hung up on lore-specifics, and I haven’t tried either of these mods yet. Regardless, both Skyrim Sword of Shannara mods look like fun, especially for someone like myself who appreciates Terry Brooks fantasy milieu. For me, just the fact that these mods were created shows how incredible the Skyrim modding community is. Yes indeed, whether you find yourself in a second-hand book store or behind the keyboard of a gaming PC, magic still exists.