Skyrim mod adds Red Dead Redemption 2 sketch journal

One of the charming things about Arthur Morgan from Red Dead Redemption 2 is his habit of sketching some of the places he’s been in his journal. Instead of just keeping a dry quest journal, Arthur writes his own story and adds drawings of some of the places he’s been and the things he’s seen.

Now your character in Skyrim can do the same – at least when it comes to the sketches. The adventurer notebook mod for Skyrim Special Edition adds a new journal to the RPG. If you carry it with you, when you visit certain notable or picturesque locations in Skyrim, a sketch of that location will be added to your journal. Oh, memories.

There are 66 possible sketches in all, and when you open the diary for the first time, you’ll notice that it’s not exactly blank. You may only see a shadow of future sketches, giving you some hints on where you should go to fill them in. Or you can just walk around and check your journal every now and then to see what new pictures have been drawn.

There are three versions of the mod to choose from. Your motivation might be purely about exploring and enjoying the scenery, but if you want a tangible bonus to fill your book, you can also acquire an ability called Lay of the Land, which will either improve your movement speed or add a critical hit bonus.

“Finding 30 locations will give you the first stage of The Lay of the Land, which gives you +5% critical hit chance and -5% chance of being critically hit by enemies, or alternatively, 5% bonus speed movement, depending on which main file you download,” says creator wtfModMan. “Successive stages can be unlocked at 50, 60, and 66 completed sketches; each stage adds a 5% boost bonus.”

I took the book for a walk and found a spot outside of Solitude to draw, so this is a good place to start. The mod is easy to install: just dump the files into the Skyrim Special Edition data folder and enable the .esp file when starting the game. After restarting, you’ll find the journal in the Guardian Stones near Riverwood, leaning against the Warrior’s Stone. And don’t you know, this is also the site for the first sketch you can add to your new diary. Happy travels.

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