The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Dragonborn HD Ultra - Apocrypha
Category: Graphics
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16.668 MB
May 19, 2013 @ 12:09pm
May 27, 2013 @ 11:18am
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Dragonborn HD Ultra - Apocrypha

This is the first release of the first volume of an ultra HD retexture project for Dragonborn.

Apocrypha - The Library of Forbidden Knowledge.

Updated 27th May 2013 - if you prefer the earlier version, you can still download that version from the Skyrim Nexus website (the Nexus is a safe and highly recommended place to get mods) - Download old version from here.[]

Otherwise, you can subscribe to the new version here.

According to lore, Apocrypha is ''an endless library, shelves stretching on in every direction, stacks on top of stacks''.

Unfortunately, in-game, I feel that the walls of books are a pixellated mess.

This new release includes new textures with books arranged in makeshift shelves containing books (found stacked along the walls and ceilings), and upscales (bicubic smoothing) the fish-man statue textures.

The description of the realm in the in-game book ''The Doors of Oblivion'' is that of an endless library with shelves stacked high, a vast library where all the knowledge in the world is at your fingertips, enough to turn a person mad. This book first appeared in Oblivion, and I was expecting this library in-game - and was disappointed with the style as provided. Why should all the books look old? The books represent knowledge, and new knowledge is being discovered all the time, so the library is ever-expanding with new books - plus there are still many old books seen elsewhere in the realm.

The textures themselves are based on ''Buchregal mit Musikschrifte'' by Giuseppe Maria Crespi in a form that has been heavily edited by myself - the original image is in the public domain and there are no copyright issues with using the original image.

Technical details:

HD retexture of Apocrypha book walls and statues. Performance will depend on your graphics card, but as Apocrypha is internal cells, the performance hit will be less than most high resolution mods.

Known issues:

- Textures may not be optimized for best performance, but I don't see any frame rate hit on my own system.
- As with all retextures, the visuals may not be to everyone's taste - the walls differ quite radically from the original textures, while (I believe) still remaining lore-friendly.
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IceBoxPDX Jul 21, 2016 @ 12:02am 
Golden Dragon Rider Oct 4, 2014 @ 8:59pm 
The shelves is a nice touch, but aren't all the books supposed to be black without titles? I had thought that wouldd be some of the reason people'd go mad. They no the answer's there but they will almost certainly never find it.
jackstarr  [author] May 27, 2013 @ 12:08pm 
For the new version I removed wooden shelves, and replaced with books at right angles to create artificial shelving that keeps the feeling that books are stuffed into every nook and cranny (and also looks better when tiled on ceilings) but still gives a feeling of accessibility. I feel that this strikes the best balance according to my own tastes.

Also improved the texture normal maps to get rid of some visual glitches and improve depth and lighting.
jackstarr  [author] May 27, 2013 @ 12:05pm 
New version now uploaded to Steam Workshop - if you've already subscribed you'll be updated to the new version automatically. If you preferred the style of the older version you can still download that version (alongside the new version) at the Skyrim Nexus -
jackstarr  [author] May 27, 2013 @ 2:56am 
@GamerRangerX - it's already on the Nexus - and updated to a newer version than currently on Steam -
Will be updating the Steam Workshop version soon.

@PBrissiaud - Thanks! I think the newer version (already on the Nexus, coming soon to Steam) is much better.
RedAlfa May 26, 2013 @ 10:48am 
can you put it on nexus plz
René Marcusio May 25, 2013 @ 10:35am 
Awesome mod. We don't have to be bookworms to have it on, but having it on will make it far more realistic.
SkyLynxify May 25, 2013 @ 9:02am 
@Illusive Otter Thats why I said it was complete bullshit...
Authun May 24, 2013 @ 3:56pm 
@SkyLynxify I know why it was banned, I just don't understand the thought process behind it, that's like banning Stephen King's It because someone is afraid of clowns. Crazy people don't need to read books to get crazy ideas.
jackstarr  [author] May 24, 2013 @ 12:25pm 
@Ryke - Steam had deleted my description without my knowledge - thanks for letting me know, I've now put the description back online again.