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--Chef Gordon Ramsay

I'm not sure if Gordon Ramsay is a historical figure, so it won't be entered into the event!  This build is just for silly fun, and great to roleplay--and so far, very viable.

Gordon Ramsay is a famous British chef, known for his Michelin-starred restaurants.  He's also a host of many competitive cooking shows and a restauranteer.  Ramsay is also famous for his legendary temper.  I was looking through the Wabbajack-acquired RO - A Graphics-Focused Modlist and noticed an optional mod called Gordon Ramsay - Unrelenting Force Shout and thus this build was born.  At the time of writing, I'm playing the character but have yet to fully flesh out the build, so the perks are in theory so far. 

I adore Ramsay, I've watched many of his shows, eaten at one of restaurants, and hold him in high esteem, so I hope that in the extremely rare chance he sees this and want to sue, know that I'm going off his television personality and not the man in real life.


I'm trying to make the build NOT reliant on mods, but there are a few that would help to roleplay and create the world that Dunmer Gordon inhabits.

Food is very important for Gordon.  Gourmet - A Cooking Mod is a wonderful cooking mod by Simon Magus.  IT MAKES FOOD IMPORTANT.  There are many extra dishes to make, as well.  From the mod page:  'In Gourmet, food provides long-lasting buffs to Health, Magicka, or Stamina Regeneration. Meats and stews provide Health Regeneration; vegetables, soups, and breads provide Stamina Regeneration; and pastries, desserts, and cheeses provide Magicka Regeneration. All food buffs last for 20 minutes by default, and the player can benefit from all three buffs at once.'  There are also recipes and three cookbooks available, you purchase them through vendors.  Unusual ingredients are sometimes utilized.

You can go vanilla cooking, I just want to emphasize that 1) You like to collect ingredients and recipes 2) You like to cook and make time for it and 3) You like to eat and prepare for adventuring by consuming appropriate foods and drinks.  Visiting inns and trying new things is also part of GR's character.  Just don't transform Ramsay into a vampire, or his diet wil become rather . . . limited.

(I don't think the mod is available on X-box because it relies on SKSE, but I'm not sure.)

I do use the Wabbajack mod pack Ro, which relies on Simonrim mods and mechanics.  Simonrim is true to vanilla Skyrim, just a great overhaul to the whole experience.  Simonrim includes, Adamant, Aetherius, Mundus, Gourmet, Mysticism, Blade and Blunt, Journeyman, Apothecary, Stormcrown, and so much more.

Be sure and have a follower, who is your apprentice.  I used the mod Lucien, because he's always trying to please.  Whatever follower you use, be sure and let them only carry firewood in the beginning.  Gradually let them carry more important items.  You are a master chef, after all.


RACE:  I chose Dark Elf/Dunmer, for their fire resistance and spellsword abilities.  Plus, they look a bit cranky.  I use the race overhaul mod Aetherius, but vanilla is fine as well.  Any race will work.

CLASS ARCHETYPE:  Spellsword.  Gordon carries a dagger (knife) or an axe (cleaver) in one hand, and either tossing fireballs or conjuring fire atronachs in the other.  

STONE:  Mage for starters, possibly The Ritual Stone or just the Lady.

SHOUTS:  Unrelenting force, of course.  Please note that if you use the GR shout mod, it can be explicit, like Ramsay himself.  I laugh when I hear it, but everyone is different and there might be little ones or your grandmother listening.

STAT DISTRIBUTION:  Right now, pretty even in 1/1/1.  I use a mod that uses stamina when I sneak, so I keep that stat up.

DEITY:  I'm using Zenithar or Dibella, worship and blessings are not important to the build.  I use Pilgrim as a mod, but again, not necessary to successfully play Gordon.


MAJOR:  Destruction, Speech, Conjuration, One-handed

Destruction for, of course, your flame skills.  Any decent chef know how to tame fire.  I used a special mod called VULCANO for ash and fire themed spells, but the vanilla fire tree will work.  Vulcano

Speech is important for trading, and Gordon has a silver tongue and invests in multiple restaurants. You can also invest in shout perks, I chose not to further Gordon's shouting beyond Unrelenting Force

Conjuration:  for your Flame atronach or something similar.  I'm also contemplating bound weapons.

One-handed: Right now, I'm just taking the mastery and a few other perks.  Not a heavy perk investment.

MINOR:  Alchemy. Illusion, possibly a few in Restoration and smithing

Alchemy is more for roleplay.  Gordon Ramsay is famous for holding taste testing episodes during his competitions, where the competitor is blindfolded, fed an item, and has to name the ingredient.  I put a perk in mastery, and one in Experimenter, because Gordon would know all the uses of an ingredient.  (ADAMANT for my perks).  Alchemy also helps to earn coin in the beginning.  GR has said many times, that he rarely sits for a whole meal, snacking throughout the day.  Feel free to sample your ingredients while traveling!

Illusion:  Fear.  When Ramsay gets tempermental, at least on camera, you would normally fear his wrath.

Smithing:  Keep your tools sharp.  You see Ramsay always sharpen his knives before a cooking demonstration.

Sneaking:  While I don't think GR is a backstabber, I do have a combat move in mind. . .   I am currently unsure how much I'll invest in Sneaking.  Adamant has quiet casting in the sneak tree (not the illusion), so that will definitely be perked.  (Unmodded, just use the Illusion quiet casting perk).  

Restoration and Alteration and using armor are all up in the air right now.




COMBAT MOVES: (all moves will contain a food item plus the combat move)

CHEF, BEHIND:  backstab move :)

THERE'S ENOUGH GARLIC IN THIS TO KILL A VAMPIRE!  I'll eat something like garlic bread and use fire





Dine with thanes and important people.  Pop in and "cook" for them

No brawling if you can avoid it.  My character's hands need to stay safe, they are his livelihood.

Be sure and visit every inn, food vendor and Khajiit caravans.

I used the anniversary CC mod pets, and bought a goat.  The goat hauls all my ingredients and extra food.

I plan to keep playing, alterating with my druid Amergin, and adding to this build.  I'm definitely not done yet.  Will add some photos very soon.


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  • Gordon is an interesting figure to me, somewhat, especially as you can see his mask crack sometimes and he shows he does genuinely give a damn about the resteraunts he critiques, Nice work, hah

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