29/10/2021 By RuneLite
"Sofia - The Funny Fully Voiced Follower" is a Skyrim mod that adds a new companion for the Dragonborn to quest with. She's available for Skyrim or Skyrim Special Edition. Sofia has long been a favorite among Skyrim modders, with a quick wit, snarky personality, and adorable romance.
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Sofia has undoubtedly earned her place among Skyrim's best modded followers. The Elder Scrolls has always been a world full of dynamic characters, so she fits right in as a friend to the player. Recently, she's had a resurgence in popularity, meaning it's the opportune time to fill you in on all the details so that you can decide whether or not to add her to an ever-growing list of unmissable Skyrim mods.
Bring Some Clothes
When the player meets Sofia for the first time, she's asleep in the stables just outside of Whiterun — a quest marker points the way. When they arrive, they'll find Sofia startled but cheerful, with one small problem: she's not wearing any clothes. Before going to find her, the player should pick up some gear for her to wear — she wouldn't be an effective or helpful companion while naked. She's not designed to use any particular weapon or armor set over another, so the player is free to choose what gear she'll use on their adventure.
She Is Voiced By Christine Slagman
Skyrim has many excellent followers, but the repeated voices of this world can be draining on the ears after a while. Sofia is the perfect new addition to the cast, with excellent voice acting by Christine Slagman. There are dozens of new lines recorded for the role, rather than the usual follower banter (most fans are sick of Lydia's whining, anyway). Slagman brings life into Sofia that is truly felt while the player ventures around Skyrim, listening to her witty comments about the weather, a quest, or an old flame.
She Has Separate Inventory Options
Most players know the pain of trying to get their follower to equip one thing over another, whether it's armor, weapons, or other gear. The modders, acutely aware of this universal pain-in-the-neck, have given Sofia different dialogue options for different ways the player wants her to store items.
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If the Dragonborn is using Sofia as a pack mule, they can choose the "Storage" option — Sofia won't equip or use any of these items. For things that Sofia should take advantage of, there's the familiar "I would like to trade some things" dialogue option. Finally, for her gear, the player can plainly say "I would like you to wear this," allowing them to customize her clothes.
She Takes Gifts
Apart from her regular inventory options, the Dragonborn can also offer Sofia a gift. Most items except those related to quests are fair game. However, giving Sofia alcohol as a gift sparks a unique reaction — she drinks it right there and gets drunk! Sofia will be seen stumbling and all of her dialogue becomes slurred. One feature the player may have noticed is the option to check their relationship status with Sofia, whenever they talk to her. With this in mind, better make the gifts really count!
She Has Unique Dialogue Options
Sofia continues Skyrim's long, beloved history of hilarious dialogue with her own unique conversations. If the player interacts with her, they can ask to talk to her for a minute, prompting a list of conversation starters to arise.
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Sofia's response to each is unique, not pulled from any other part of the game, and often prompts the player to keep responding into a longer conversation than another NPC would engage in. The Dragonborn can flirt, befriend her, or belittle her, depending on their style.
She Comments On The Player's Quests
While there's some debate about who is the best follower in Skyrim, and how to improve whichever follower the player prefers, none of the ones in Vanilla Skyrim are so immersive that they actively comment on the quests that the player has picked up. Sofia, on the other hand, is designed to comment as the player progresses through quests, and remind them of a quest they may have forgotten while they were off catching salmon, or whatever. For now, Sofia is only designed to comment on the main quests and bounties, but the modders are still dedicated to updating her.
Her Appearance Is Customizable
Not only can the player choose Sofia's clothes at will — perhaps with gear from Skyrim's plethora of armor mods — but they can actually change her hair, eyes, skin, and more, just like in character creation! A separate mod for Skyrim (not special edition), endorsed by Sofia's creators, allows the player to customize her appearance. The description even details the best mods to use to perfect the look, making the experience as easy as possible for a player who wants to get into the action with their new friend.
She Asks The Player Questions
Occasionally, when the Dragonborn is travelling with Sofia, they'll hear her say in passing that she had something to ask. If they interact with her, a new dialogue option is available: "You wanted to ask me something?" At this point, Sofia asks a question about the player where they have a few possible responses. She might ask: "If you had to describe your best personality trait, what would it be?" The player can respond as Strong, Brave, Wise, Kind, Evil, or Sly (responding as "kind" earns a mocking response, for example).
She Comes With A Tracker
Some followers in Skyrim are so frustrating that having one is actually a detriment to the player's experience, rather than a boon. Sofia's mod fixes the most critical error about companions: never knowing where they are.
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Sofia is tagged by a tracker, available to toggle via the player's quest log; she can be spotted from anywhere on the map, at all times. Many PC players have struggled to figure out whether their companion is dead or just slow, before finally using a console command to teleport their body (alive or otherwise) to the Dragonborn.
She Sings Unique Songs
Sofia in Skyrim has one new dialogue option that sticks out like a sore thumb: the player can ask Sofia to sing for them. Sofia will ask which song they want to hear, and the Dragonborn then has a list of songs to choose from; some of them are familiar Skyrim tunes (though Sofia will sing the wrong lyrics), while others are original compositions by the voice actress, Christine Slagman. If the player needs to earn money in Skyrim, perhaps they can just stand on the street in Solitude and let Sofia sing for their dinner.
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