Today I go to Dawnguard and I saw NPCs walking like this. They kind of look like a hangman stick-figure.

Almost ALL NPCs of Dawnguard are walking around with their arms like this

  1. When I press E to talk
  2. When they are standing

This does NOT happen to original Skyrim & HF characters. I didn't go to DB land, yet.

Character looking like a hangman with his arms outstretched

This happens to Serana too, which makes me irritated. How can I fix this?

I'm running Skyrim on PC

  • Skyrim Version +DG+HF+DB (latest)
  • Mods (only 2):
    • UFO,
    • AP

Running from: Latest SKSE (

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    I Googled "hangman pause style" and was happy to have come upon this question. Mar 20 '14 at 1:30
  • I am not sure what the OP is asking... what does this even mean: "raise their hands like this"? The NPC looks like he has his hands to the sides...
    – jwir3
    Mar 20 '14 at 4:21
  • @Vaishali - it's in the sense that they aren't by the NPC's side, or used in gesturing when talking. They're holding their arms out, not up.
    – Robotnik
    Mar 20 '14 at 7:14
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    Do you still experience the issue if you uninstall the mods you have? Mar 20 '14 at 9:22
  • Don't forget to install the unofficial patches too. They fix a lot of bugs.
    – Arperum
    Mar 20 '14 at 12:04

This also appears on my xbox, this of could be just a glitch though. But if not, it's probably just a reusult of the AI engeneers designing the dawngaurd to have their arms out, as a catious action. As if they're holding their arms like that in case of a vampire attack. As for the case of it being fixed. If you haven't already uninstalled the DLC, and then installed them again (which shouldn't affect your progress) then you should, if it still persists on happening then we can presume it's supposed to be the case, as it shouldn't be too non-profitting in your case or affect the main game in any way.


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