WIP Character Builds

We understand making a great character build that others actually want to play is difficult. And while some are comfortable working on their build in private and releasing it when complete, others may desperately need a lot of guiddance along the way. Whats where this section comes in.

In this section you may post any half finished rough draft build your working if you're in need of guidance or just want a place for people to evaluate your work as you work on it. Here are some helpful guidelines to remember

-Ensure you include the term "WIP Build" to your title so it can be more readily distinguisable from completed character builds. Example - WIP Build: The Sneak Archer

-For those posting their WIPs here, please be open to constructive criticism. You wouldnt be posting your work here if you thought it was perfect to begin with, so please make an honest effort to take in criticism. 

-For those commenting, dont be an ass. It takes a bit of courage to share ones own creative ideas, so dont ruin it by trying to bring people down. Be mindful of how you critique. Focus on being constructive

-When your build is complete, feel free to move it yourself or let me or an admin know and we'll move it over to where the completed builds reside. 

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WIP EVENT BUILD: Scream of Winter’s Black Parade

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"You've been betrayed. Love, sex, lies, intimidation and murders all these things is part of you, as Mephala's pact, to get your payback"


Welcome to the Black Parade.




I Collected more than 800 hours gameplay, most of them trying this own build. This is my first build, i tried 2 years ago always here to start a build called Children of Vaermina that is similar to this, but then, deleted due the missing of time.

I recently bought the new XBox and Skyrim Anniversary, so I started again to play mostly to this game. This time i wanna finish this build, also due the Event. 

I will this build slowly, because i wanna do a very good work as first build here. Providing screenshots and videos. I will start a new game with a "finished" build, to being sure also on order / anything. All is subject to change till i finish this build, i have an Idea based on experience of how it should works, and how, but i will "play" it. I will not particulary care about english in this first step. I will correct all the minor things on pre-publish step.

This is a RP Build, DO NOT EXPECT SUPER TRICKY ONESHOT MAGE, I Play with very little mod's setup at Legendary (Wildcat) or Master (Without Wildcat). Survival Mode enabled. 




I did this build on Xbox S, Skyrim Anniversary Edition with very little mods setup ( XBox 5G limit and to have reliable game that does not crash random during loading ). But most of time i played with SkyRem RP Setup. but sadly i cannot on Xbox ( my PC have skyrim installed, but i will play only on Xbox ).

Most important mods to have:

- Ordinator

- Andromeda

- Imperius, race of skyrim

- Apocalypse + Odin 




- Wildcat, Combat of Skyrim 



 Name: Ilaedra

Age: 87

Class Archetype: Bard

Race: Dunmer

Standing Stone: Lover or Mage ( ? ) 

Note: I Tried both, Mage seems better overall, but Lover is literally a must have for bards with Enchanting. Free Enchants, Free skill point, Free resurrect, profit.

Wintersun: Mephala


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Note: Spend 1-2 perks in Pickpocket and Locksmiting can be very worth, due Vex and Delvin gold income. It's also role "compatible" due she's in my mind a Dark Elf refugee corrupted by lady whispers, so her alignment is placed somewhere to "Chaotic Evil" and "Chaotic Neutral", if she need money, we ll get fast as she can, no matter how.



- A Second Chance: start from Refugee from Morrowind in Wintehelm ( Alternate Start, or do the normal intro. )


- Thief guild quests very early, till Speaking with Silence quests. At this point they want to become a Nocturnal follower ( Nightingale ). DO NOT. Not rush the main quests, take your time to do Vex and Delvin quests. It's very good income of gold and experience very early.



- Live Another Life ( Helgen questline ).



- ( lv20 required ) The Whispering Door , Mephala main quest. The Ebony blade is useless for you, but you will collect it anyway and protect it.

- With Friends like these, Dark brotherhood quest line to destroy it.

- The Black Star ( Azura artifact destroying into black star )



Scream of Winter's Black parade is a mixture of technique based on Illusion, Frost Destruction spells and Stealth bard. You cannot trust just on one, on leggendary you have to use every part of game in your advance.




Thief of Fate
Pickpocket and give your Dagger with Poison to a near Hostile NPC + Stealth + Whispers of Betrayal ( Wintersun )

Description: Seize control of near human NPC to kill his allies.




Command / Obedience ( Triumvirate ) + Courage + Irresistible Dance

Description: Seduce a hostile human NPC to fight at your place, while you re doing something else, like eating this super good Apple Dumpling or Dancing.




Wall of Frost 
Fracture + Arctic Blast

Description: Create a wall of frost, damaging every eniemes throught your path.



Early Game ( 1 - 15 )



Draught is pretty slow, this allow you to kite them using shield to block incoming attack and frost magic to destroy their HP pool easy. Combine different spells is important to maximize damage, you don't have big Mana Regen due stats distribution and light leather instead clothing.

Mages ( single or bosses )

 Be creative, you are not good on "enemies" alone, but prefer crowded places where you can corrupt enemies mind and make people fight for you. In this case i had to kill this boss. On leggendary it's pretty hard because his Frost Resistence, so i opted for "fear him", and use dagger with strong enchant ( Shock damage ) and Flames dot.

Open always with Bow and Stealth damage. But then bow does not allow you to do consistent damage due aim on people running in fear, so i opted dagger due very high HP pool of enemy. If your frost spell do the trick, use it.


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  • Right now i am bit stucked and still testing because i do like ( all my character is very similiar in this archetype ) the "evil bard", because i was very inspired by oblivion bound bard , a build that i love. But does not wanna fall in same usual rogue with alchemy oneshot stealth, so i cherry picked some of Sanguine Protector's build ideas ( an stealth char with a shield ) and tried to merge with my "Mephala dark" background.


    I tried a mephala build till level 20 on a new save ( Dark Emissary here on Skyforge ), but i do not like play with Ebony Blade, that's the reason why i excluded completly the 2 hands here. And Don't want install any mods for artifacts ( ik it's possible to have 1 hand ebony blade but i wanna keep original as much as possible due anniversary does not works fine with mods )


    My Idea was make a Bard which does not use a follower to do kills. How? Mephala power. Mephala power fit perfectly with background ( seduce with power, and make enemies fight themself ) and Illusion. 

    Alchemy? Wtf? You don't use Weapon, why you pick alchemy? 

    Because it's false, i just don't pick a Perks, but her have always a Dagger full of poison. Dagger is for humans.


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