It Beats For Her is a short mystery tale for the PC version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, set in Falkreath. You receive a note from a stranger who recruits you in his quest to find and stop a dangerous predator. But is it really a simple monster hunt or is there more to the story?

Playing like a side-quest, it’s an exercise in narrative game design, focusing on delivering a small and subtle piece of story exploration. No combat, no quest markers, no dialogue.

The It Beats For Her quest is available from the Steam Workshop, Skyrim Nexus, and as a download here.

At its height, Steam reported 6,600+ subscribers and a five-star rating. As of July 2018, Nexus reports 14,000+ unique downloads. Some people even translated the mod into Italian and Portuguese! Below are some quotes from players.

“This guy can really write. I feel like he can be an author for some sort of New York Times bestseller. (…) This mod was a bit of a breath of fresh air from the typical quest mod we usually get. So go check it out if you’re looking for a short, creepy, mystery-romance quest.”
“Just did it and it was great! Nice story and nice atmosphere, reminded me of some fantastic books: you don’t see anything but you feel something is wrong.”
– Wartow
“The notes drove the story in such a way that dialogue wasn’t needed and it was impressive to see in a small mod. I can’t wait to see your next work!”
– Codename Hexx
“This is definitely the kind of mod I love seeing added to this game, great work, thank you so much for sharing, time to play!”
– Nomad

Below you can view a complete walkthrough of the quest, made by Youtuber Tamrielle. The playthrough is slightly silly in tone due to some Skyrim jankiness.

Game design and level design by me, models and base game by Bethesda Softworks. Better graphics for the screenshots achieved by using Boris Vorontsov’s ENB Series (RealLike ENB) and the Static Mesh Improvement Mod.

  • Project Type: Game Mod/Quest
  • Year: 2014
  • Status: Completed
  • Engine: Creation (Skyrim)