The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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IrishRon's Snow Elf Playable Race ver 0.9
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Aug 21, 2013 @ 12:06pm
Aug 23, 2013 @ 6:46am
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IrishRon's Snow Elf Playable Race ver 0.9

This mod requires Dawngaurd.

This mod is still under construction
- vampirism works 23/8/2013 10:00 EDT.

There should not be incompatibilities with any mods, unless the other mod is race dependant. This mod should even work with other snow elf mods.

I could have made this playable race using vanilla Skyrim, but I didn't, because I wanted to add some armor and weapons, along with some perks. I made this mod because I could not find a good Playable Snow Elf race on Steam. I don't want to replace a race in game with the Snow Elf race because that would break lore (ok, so playing one is somewhat lore friendly, as lore suggests SOME escaped), and seeing a Snow Elf around every corner just is not believable.

First, skill additions are as follows:
+10 Archery
+ 5 Illusion, Alteration, Conjuration, Destruction, Restoration

Race bonus: ******* NEW *********
Auri-El's Favor - 75% Disease Resistance (for those wishing to become a vampire)
Snowborn - Fortify Magicka +50
Resist Frost - 50%
Weakness to Fire - 25%
Lesser Power - Invisibility and Muffle 10 seconds, cost 30 magicka

****** previous race bonus:
Auri-El's Favor - 100% Disease Resistance
Snowborn - Fortify Magicka +50
Resist Frost - 100%
Weakness to Fire - 75%

I tried to balance out the good with the bad, when I test vampirism, I may remove Auri-El's Favor.

New craftables!
You will be able to craft Light and Heavy Snow Elf armors using Ancient Falmer armor meshes, heavy and light shields using Auri-El's shield as a template, and weapons! Although the weapons look like standard elven, except the bow which looks like Auri-El's bow, everything is stronger, but not too strong.

The perks needed to craft the new armors and weapons are Advanced for light and Orcish for heavy, and the armor stats are just a little higher than the other armors you can craft with these perks, but not higher/better than the armors from the next perks.

The weapons you need EITHER Advanced or Orcish perks, you do not need both, however, both will work just fine. The stats are just under Glass or Ebony, but a little better than Elven. It should average out to Glass.

To craft any of the armors or weapons, you will need Ivory! What Ivory is not in the game? It is now. There are two ways to get Ivory, both require Smelting. The first uses 1 Mammoth Tusk and 1 Refined Moonstone to make 2 Ivory, the other way is 3 Horker Tusks and 1 Refined Moonstone to make 1 Ivory. I know you are wondering why there seems to be an imbalance, but Mammoth Tusks weight is 5 and value is 150, while Horker Tusks are 1 and 15, so it seems the Mammoth Tusks are of better quality, so produce more/better Ivory. Ivory is valued at 125.

This mod will also work is just want the new armors and/or weapons, but if you start over and are a Snow Elf, you can smith these items at level 1 and no smithing perks!!

NOTE - The armor and weapons may seem too strong to be able to craft at the beginning of the game, but Refined Moonstone or Moonstone Ore is not easy to get at the start anyway, unless you mine the moonstone yourself, so consider it a reward for immersion :)


As of 21 August 2013, this mod is still being TESTED, and will be updating.

If any bugs are found, report them PLEASE!

Constructive criticism is always welcomed, but if you don't like the idea of this mod, I don't care what your opinion is.

I will be testing both plain vampires and vampire lords with this mod soon (today, tomorrow, just soon).
UPDATE! 10:00 EDT 23 August 2013

1. Can contract Sanguinare Vampiris, but is difficult with 75% disease resistance. Can contract Lycanthropy of become a vampire lord. Can cure same without problems.

2. Fixed 23/08: Problem with Female Snow Elf not keeping Snow Elf skin color, but reverting back to High Elf skin color.



1. May change the initial spell list from Flames to Sparks or Frost, since Snow Elves are weak against fire, just seems wierd to see fire coming from his hands.

2. Possible Disguise spell to make the Snow Elf appear to be an Altmer. Makes sense, since the Dawnguard DLC / vanilla Skyrim uses the High Elf as a Template for the Snow Elf.

3. Dialog additions/changes to go along with being a Snow Elf.

4. Possible quest to find more Snow Elves (more like a few months away....)
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K3viB Jan 9 @ 7:11pm 
Love this mod, especially after running into a few Snow Elves in Dawngaurd quest. Only thing is I wish they ID'd as SnowElfRace when you console GetIsRace SnowElfRace it returns 0.
Tiras Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:04am 
I think this mod doesn't work with the Alternate Start mod. Is it because it is counted as race dependant?
Amberil Sep 6, 2016 @ 4:45am 
The Dawnguard DLC/vanilla Skyrim uses the High Elf as a template for the Snow Elf because both their races are closest to each other, genetically. I'm not 100% sure about how the Snow Elves have managed it, but the Altmer tend toward strict marriage/breeding policies to keep their blood as "pure" as possible. All the varieties of Mer (and Khajiit, according to their mythology) descended from a common ancestor race.
Though the Disguise spell would be a neat option. The character I'm thinking of this for would definitely utilize it. Something to consider would be how it would interact with vampirism, notably the eyes.
zombiezach1938 Aug 14, 2016 @ 4:08am 
i dont get why it needs dawnguard :/
XRK-376 Jun 3, 2016 @ 1:39pm 
it is not as close to its npc version but close enough. hopefully they can update it in the future
Master Assassin D May 28, 2016 @ 5:13pm 
vampirism does not work for me........after harkon has turned me and i turn bk from a vampire lord my character is nolonger a vampire and when i try to turn bk into the lord form they all attack me.......what am i doing wrong?
Connor The Cat May 10, 2016 @ 1:14pm 
Could You Please Retexture The Snow Elven Weapons To White. If You Respond Or Do, Well Thanks.
Grimbister42 Mar 6, 2016 @ 10:29am 
AveryKindGuy™ Feb 26, 2016 @ 5:04am 
AveryKindGuy™ Feb 26, 2016 @ 5:04am 
use rave menu its on the nexus