The northern province of Skyrim, home of the Nords and numerous ancient civilizations, is a land that has often been wrought with conflict. None more so than the territory known as the Reach in western Skyrim, where Hammerfall and High Rock share often contentious borders with the Nords, occasionally exchanging cities and towns in this borderland during any of a number of minor battles and wars. But aside from the constant din of war-drums and deadly conflict, the Reach is a strangely beautiful place, a wild and diverse landscape not yet completely tamed by the hands of man or mer, despite thousands of years of civilizations that have risen here only to crumble in time to dust. Here you’ll find dense forests, towering mountains, beautiful mesas, shallow rivers, and ancient ruins sitting side by side, where Nord, Reachman, Redguard and Orc fight to maintain what little bit of this lush territory they can.
To be sure, the Reach is a dangerous place, but it’s also one of scenic beauty. Like a garden rose, it’s a joy to look at from a distance, but be careful not to get too close, least you find yourself bleeding from one of the Reach’s many thorns.
While not all of the Reach is available for play, parts of the Vorndgad Forest can be visited today as part of Skyrim – Home of the Nord’s first alpha release, though it’s important to note that this is a fairly out-dated release, and pretty much everything from that early version has been changed. Currently the SHOTN team is looking to make a major release that includes the new version of Vorndgad Forest, with the towns of Karthgad and Karthwasten included, sometime in the near future, so stay tuned to their website for more information!
With that said, Skyrim – Home of the Nords needs more modders, especially to work on the cities of Markarth and Dragonstar, so if you want to help out, head on over to Project Tamriel and join the team!
Read up on the Lore and History of SHOTN’s Reach here
The music in this trailer is “Final Wave 2” by composer August Wilhelmsson from Epidemic Sound.