Skyrim Build: The Templar
Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve talked about him, I’ve spoken about him and I have bragged for quite a long time. Now, whether you care or not, I give to you, The Templar
Race: Imperial Colovian
Major Skills: One handed, Heavy Armour, Destruction, Restoration
Minor Skills: Block, Speech, Enchanting, Smithing, possibly Alteration at low levels
Standing Stone: Mage at early levels then Lover once you find it and finally Atronach Stone
Equipment: This is where it gets a bit funny.
Modded: (what I currently use): Basically the entirety of The Breton Paladin mod gear, use one handed Chrysamere. This will be explained in the backstory OR Knights of the Nine Armour acquired using the Creation Club. Either of these will fit. Do not use the Creation Club’s Chrysamere as it is only two-handed and the Templar uses one handed weapons.
Unmodded: At first use the best heavy armour you can, try to get Imperial Heavy amour though. Then use full heavy Dawnguard armour, endgame wear Steel Plate (enchanted with magic resistance and health increases) and use a blades shield. Endgame weapons should be a Dragonbone sword (fire damage enchantment) or Dawnbreaker. Use a ring of Fortify One Handed and the Gaulder Amulet
Backstory: The Templars are as old as the Knights of the Nine, a sub-Order, who specialise in hunting and killing dangerous mages and apostates. They are ruthless and highly trained to combat their foes.
Percius was born 22nd of Morning Star the year 4E 159 placing him under the Birthsign of the Ritual (though you won’t use the ritual stone). He lived on a farm outside the Imperial City, with his Imperial mother, however his Breton father was often away working for the Templars. Both his father’s parents were Templars and he grew up on his grandparents’ stories. He grew strong working the farmland with his siblings and whenever his father returned, he would teach him how to fight with a longsword. He enjoyed the practise greatly but when he was 12, the Great War began. He and his family evacuated when the Thalmor attacked the Imperial City when he was 13. But they were too slow. A Thalmor by the name of Runil attacked and decimated the farm. Runil summoned several Dremora who ripped his brother and twin sister apart with their swords. He ran and stabbed one of Runil’s men through the back, pushing through flesh and bone. He let his anger loose and summoned massive blasts of flame. As he father dragged him away, Percius stared with malice at Runil, whilst the farm burned down.
What was left of the family lived in Rorikstead but Percius left in 4E 180. At this point, the Knights of the Eight (as they were now known) were not as powerful or large as they had once been and were desperate for new recruits. He went to the Priory in Cyrodiil and joined the Order, using his father’s sword. He served for years, hunting and killing any unjust mages he found. In 200 4E, he received a letter from his mother whilst in Elsweyr informing him of his father’s passing. This is where the events of Skyrim begin, with him being captured at the border.
If you’re using the Breton Paladin mod, the letter also tells you of your father’s ancestor’s weapons and armour. Getting these should be a priority and once you can, change the armour colour to white.
Factions/Questlines: Dawnguard is a must. The Templar exists to fight Daedric and evil magic, vampires must be purged
The College offers a range of spells services and becoming Archmage will help you monitor magic use in Skyrim
Destroy the Dark Brotherhood
Join the Imperials if you wish to take part in the Civil War
You can join the Companions but you cannot become a Werewolf. The only Daedric influence you can be allowed to have is Dawnbreaker, and even that is undesirable.
Do not collect any Daedric artefacts except Dawnbreaker, which you should only use on unmodded playthroughs until you can get a Dragonbone sword
Playstyle- Help the needy, give to the poor, kill any evil mages you find.
In combat, use fire destruction spells at range, sword and shield up close. Heal yourself or turn undead with restoration, use Clairvoyance from Illusion. Flesh spells from Alteration (though you shouldn’t need them) as well as detect dead. Nothing from Conjuration.
Shouts: Unrelenting Force
Call of Valour
Storm Call (as a last resort)
Mods- There are a few mods you can use but these are the ones you need:
Artefacts: The Breton Paladin AND/OR Divine Crusader Armour
Apocalypse Magic adds a Dispel Magic spell which is useful to the Templar and some other cool spells
The Paarthurnax Dilemma, because he refuses to kill the friendly Dragon
There is also an Oblivion version if you want to see it, and I could probably make an Online one