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Modders will bring Skyrim’s beloved ‘gaming grandma’ to the game this month

Shirley Curry, 83, will swing an axe and may read you a story, too

Shirley Curry, the Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim superfan who is … a little more mature than all of us … will come to the game as an NPC follower sometime very soon this year, maybe even this month.

Curry is 83, and sometimes called the “Gamer Grandma,” and her love for the lore of Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls is as true as any fan of any age. But last year, Curry — in that unvarnished way that older people often put things — speculated she would be 88 if and when The Elder Scrolls 6 launches, and that might be too late. The game was announced by Bethesda Softworks as “in pre-production” at E3 2018

A fan movement to immortalize her in the game got Bethesda Game Studios’ attention, and a guarantee that Curry will be a character in TES6. But modders wanted to to honor her sooner, so they’re cooking up an NPC follower for Skyrim featuring Curry, who recorded lines specifically for the game.

“We ended up writing a bunch of new lines which Ms. Curry was gracious enough to record for us,” writes modder/developer phantom-scribbler. “I should emphasize she is doing this for you.

“She is exactly as good-hearted and, simultaneously, devilish as she seems on her videos.” phantom-scribbler added.

Curry’s NPC will be shared over Skyrim’s mod library on PC and Xbox One (through and Nexus Mods) early this year. “We are hoping for a January release but that is always subject to change,” phantom-scribbler said. “She already has a good amount of unique commentary on locations and situations and initial updates will primarily focus on expanding that commentary. Unique interactions with the player are also already a part of the mod and unique interactions with other NPCs are planned. There is a small quest already one large quest we are also working on for the future.”

As for her combat style, Curry will be a melee fighter, reflecting her preferred playing style IRL. “She will primarily be a classic barbarian, using two-handed and light armor with archery for ranged attacks.”

Curry has been posting let’s-play videos to YouTube since 2015. She is most known for reading Skyrim’s many in-game books, with her subscribers gathering like schoolkids sitting cross-legged to hear her read Lost Legends of Skyrim by Talsgar the Elder, the archivist of the College of Winterhold.

Will Shirley Curry, the NPC, read books you give her in-game? “There is so much I want to say about this, but I don’t want to give everything away,” said phantom-scribbler. “It would be nigh impossible to have the real Shirley read all the books available, but we very much want this to be a feature.” Stay tuned!

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