Enderal: The Shards of Order is a 2016 total-conversion mod for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, developed by modding studio SureAI. The mod is only available to download for PC, and it even managed to secure a Steam release with the blessing of Bethesda. As you might expect, you need to own a copy of Skyrim in order to play Enderal: The Shards of Order.
While you won’t find many critic reviews of Enderal: The Shards of Order, there’s no denying that the fans love it. Alongside the Forgotten Stories expansion, Enderal: The Shards of Order currently sits at a ‘Very Positive’ rating on Steam with over 11,000 reviews.
Enderal: The Shards of Order Premise
At its core, the gameplay in Enderal: The Shards of Order is extremely similar to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It makes sense – after all, it’s built on its core systems. You’ll be exploring the open island of Enderal, venturing through its various biomes, from deserts to jungles. Every character you meet has something interesting to say, with professional-quality voice acting all around. It’s impressive, considering the mod’s lack of budget. Some of these characters even have a quest for you, with a ton of sidequests and different questlines to explore away from the main story.
Although the combat remains mostly as you remember it in Skyrim, the systems surrounding it have gone through some changes. You get to choose your own class now, more resembling the system present in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion than Skyrim. Instead of Skyrim‘s skill-based level-up system, you gain XP for various actions, an idea that seems closer to Bethesda’s Fallout games rather than The Elder Scrolls. In fact, the skill system in general has been given quite an overhaul. The survival mechanics are ramped up from Skyrim too, making the island of Enderal a treacherous land to explore. This was certainly present in Bethesda’s title, but it makes such a huge change having to consider it more during gameplay.
Overall, Enderal: The Shards of Order boasts anywhere between “30 to 125 hours of expected playtime,” according to developer SureAI. As far as free mods go, this makes it an absolute must-play.
Enderal: The Shards of Order Main Characters
Despite being a mod, the lore in Enderal: The Shards of Order is extremely deep, and wouldn’t feel out of place in a full release. Characters are a key focus here, giving the story an emotional and human core against the high fantasy elements. Like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you create your own hero, but here, your backstory is a little more defined. There are even a few companions you can bring along on the journey, with their friendship potentially even blossoming into something more…
Without further ado, here are the three main characters in Enderal: The Shards of Order:
- The Prophet: The Prophet is the player character throughout the mod. Deeply traumatized by the death of their family from a young age, The Prophet becomes an emissary and attempts to help The Order stop an event known as The Cleansing.
- Jespar Dal’Varek: Jespar is a companion who helps The Prophet to stop The Cleansing. The two have a meeting of fate when The Prophet saves Jespar, in an encounter that will change both of their lives for good. He also serves as one of the game’s romance options.
- Calia Sakaresh: Calia is another of the mod’s companions, joining The Prophet during some of the main quests. She begins as a Novice, before later becoming a Keeper of The Holy Order. Like Jespar, Calia can be romanced.
Enderal: The Shards of Order Titles in the Series
As a studio, SureAI specializes in total conversion mods for Bethesda games. What is perhaps more impressive though, is how these mods have so far managed to tell a coherent story in the way that a traditional video game series would.
It all started with Nehrim: At Fate’s Edge, which was a 2010 total conversion mod of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This mod introduces the world of Vyn, eventually giving Enderal: The Shards of Order a stronger base to work from. Despite being made by modders, it’s amazing how the games come together to form a coherent world, almost as strong as anything in The Elder Scrolls.
Enderal: The Shards of Order wasn’t just released and abandoned, either. Three years after its initial release, an expansion titled Forgotten Stories was released. It was free, just like the original mod, and added a ton of new quests to get lost in. All in all, the series of SureAI total conversion mods never stops being impressive, and hopefully they continue when The Elder Scrolls VI is eventually released.
- Nehrim: At Fate’s Edge (2010)
- Enderal: The Shards of Order (2016)
- Enderal: Forgotten Stories (2019)
Enderal: The Shards of Order Cheat Codes
As Enderal: The Shards of Order is just a total conversion mod of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it should come as no surprise to learn that all of the cheats for the original game work here, too! Not cheats, per se, but console commands that essentially function as all of the cheats you could possibly need to use in-game.
Sadly, the mod itself didn’t add any new console commands to use specific to Enderal: The Shards of Order. For the most part though, this isn’t a massive issue. A lot of the underlying systems are the same across both titles, so you can expect all of the functionality to carry over as normal from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Here’s the list in full:
Enderal: The Shards of Order Console Commands
- God Mode: tgm
- No-Clip Mode: tcl
- Free Camera: tfc
- Toggle HUD: tm
- Increase Skill Level: advancepcskill [skill name] [number]
- Increase Level: player.advlevel
- Unlock All Spells: psb
- Add Perk: player.addperk [perk ID]
- Add Item: player.additem [item ID] [quantity]
- Add Enchanted Item: playerenchantobject [item ID] [enchantment ID 1] [enchantment ID 2]
- Change Field of View (Default is 75): fov [number]
- Change Player Carry Weight: player.modav carryweight [number]
- Change Player Health: player.setav health [number]
- Change Player Magicka: player.setav magicka [number]
- Change Player Stamina: player.setav stamina [number]
- Change Player Level: player.setlevel [number]
- Change Player Crime Gold: player.setcrimegold [number]
- Change Player Height (Default Is 1): player.setscale [number]
- Change Player Number of Dragon Souls: player.forceav dragonsouls [number]
- Change Player Movement Speed (Default is 100): player.setav speedmult [number]
- Change Gender: sexchange
- Change Player Appearance: showracemenu
- Spawn Item / NPC At Your Location: player.placeatme [item/NPC ID]
- Kill Selected NPC: kill
- Resurrect Selected NPC: resurrect
- Remove Selected NPCs Items: removeallitems
- Reset Selected NPCs Inventory: resetinventory
- Restore Selected NPCs Health to Max: resethealth
- Restore Player’s Health to Max: player.resethealth
- Unlock Selected Door/ Container: unlock
- Kill All Nearby NPCs: killall
- Toggle AI Detection (Steal Anything!): tdetect
- Freeze Enemies During Combat: tcai
- Freeze NPCs: tai
- Teleport to Quest Marker: movetoqt
- Fast Travel: coc [location ID]
- Quit Game: qqq
- List All Console Commands: help
Enderal: The Shards of Order Cheat Code FAQs
How Do You Spawn NPCs in Enderal: The Shards of Order?
By using the command “player.placeatme [item/NPC ID],” you can spawn any item or NPC at your location. However, there is one issue with this command, especially compared to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Finding the item or NPC codes necessary to make this command work can be difficult due to the lack of documentation for the mod.
Your best chance at finding what you need will be found on the SureAI Wiki, where fans of the studio’s total conversion mods have come together to put together as much info as possible about Enderal: The Shards of Order.
Does Every Skyrim Console Command Work in Enderal: The Shards of Order?
Pretty much. There is no system in Enderal: The Shards of Order that has been changed so far beyond recognition that its Skyrim equivalent doesn’t still work for the purposes of console commands. As mentioned in our last question, you might have some trouble finding the IDs for items and characters, but that should be the extent of your struggles.
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