Valheim can be a meditative experience when playing solo, but you’re a tad gubbed if you get into trouble and need some help. As ever, though, there’s now a mod to help you with that.
Salpati’s Fantasy Followers Pack adds the ability to spawn RPG-style companions that can protect your base while you’re away or follow you about. Each fills a specific role and comes with a custom set of abilities, weapons, and armour. Erandil is a ranger who wields a bow, Derian is a knight who uses his shield to protect you from arrows, and Sinduel is a magic-using scholar who is really into jam. You’ve also got companions who fill the warrior, sage, and thief roles. Mind you, the thief is known for snatching the odd grilled neck tail so keep your wits about you.
Once you have the mod downloaded, you can spawn in your chosen companion by building a totem once you have the needed materials. The only way to despawn the follower is to let them perish in battle, though, so, uh, choose wisely.