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{Aritra's} The Intrepid Skyrim - An Ode to the Adventurer in You
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LATEST RELEASE: V 9.0 : FINAL EDITION

THIS COLLECTION IS CURRENTLY UP-TO-DATE WITH PATCH 1.9.32.0.8 OF SKYRIM AND REQUIRES THE HIGH RESOLUTION TEXTURE PACK, DAWNGUARD, HEARTHFIRE AND DRAGONBORN DLCs. IT WILL ONLY BE FURTHER UPDATED IN RESPONSE TO FURTHER PATCHES AND DLCs FROM BETHESDA. NO SUPPORT CAN BE PROVIDED BY THE COMPILER DUE TO REAL-LIFE CIRCUMSTANCES. PLEASE CONTACT INDIVIDUAL MOD AUTHORS FOR SUPPORT. INCONVENIENCE IS REGRETTED. THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING.

This is a meticulously assembled collection of 53 mods for the ultimate Skyrim experience with low performance impact. I have tried to preserve the vanilla feel of the game (the masterpiece that it is) as much as possible, ironed out most of the annoying bugs and enhanced certain aspects which were not-so-polished, resulting in an overall CHALLENGING and IMMERSIVE experience without being hardcore or lore-breaking. I have only collected these mods; all credits are due to the modders themselves, so PLEASE RATE and fave them. PLEASE READ THE FULL DESCRIPTION BELOW.

PLEASE NOTE:

1] REQUIREMENTS:
A) Legal copy of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim, 1.9.32.0.8 patch, official High Resolution Texture Pack, Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn DLCs. You must be able to play Skyrim with all DLCs activated on at least Medium settings running at 35 fps minimum at all places throughout the game before installing any mod.
B) SkSE: http://skse.silverlock.org/
C) BOSS: https://code.google.com/p/better-oblivion-sorting-software/
D) TES5Edit: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/mods/25859
E) See installation instructions and relevant tutorials from the respective sites. Run BOSS to sort out your load order and use TES5Edit to clean your mods and even the official DLCs and patches.
F) Always keep your mods updated. Visit Skyrim Nexus: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/ for the latest updates and optional plugins.

2] IMPORTANT AND MANDATORY:
A) Please start a new game WITH ALL MODS AND DLCs DISABLED and save your game AFTER HELGEN or load a clean save (save-game untouched by any mod) before activating any of the mods. Then load your mods, run BOSS, load the save, configure the mod settings, wait for 48 hours, make a new save (DO NOT OVERWRITE) and reload the save for the mod effects to kick in. REMEMBER, mod effects may take up-to 31 days to appear. Always backup your original clean save to fall back upon, in case anything goes wrong.
B) Disabling any mod and continuing the existing save-game is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED AGAINST, as it may cause unresolvable conflicts in existing save-games. Always backup your saves and follow the uninstallation instructions given by the authors in the respective mod pages.
C) DO NOT attempt the following in the comments section as your comments will be promptly deleted:
1. Hate or berate this collection or any of the mods contained unnecessarily.
2. Ask a question that has already been answered in the comments or the description. READ BOTH.
3. Make loose comments like 'This collection is incompatible' without elaborating how or why.

3] MY SUGGESTIONS:
A) Tune up the difficulty to Master; disable compass, all subtitles and cross-hair.
B) If possible follow the STEP guides for the perfect game: wiki.step-project.com/ Also try GEMS: www.skyrimgems.com/
C) Try Project ENB or SkyRealism ENB Evolved with Realistic Lighting Overhaul 4.0.7 and the upcoming Project Reality: Climates of Tamriel 3.0 Winter Edition for a realistic and cinematic experience. Also, if your computer can handle it, get Texture Pack Combiner and aMidianBorn Book of Silence. Trust me: you will never look back.

4] Last but not the least, kindly ENJOY the game. Bethesda has created an absolutely stunning masterpiece for us to relish. Also, this collection is for you. So don’t hesitate: INDULGE YOURSELF.

P.S. Obviously, I'm NOT, in any way, RESPONSIBLE for any kind of DAMAGE including corrupting your save-games or destroying your PC. But, informally, I may assure you of SMOOTH PERFORMANCE and EXCELLENT GAME-PLAY from experience. Thank you for taking the trouble of reading through all this and I wish you a memorable life in the hostile terrains of frozen Skyrim and ash covered Solstheim. MAY YOUR VOICE STAY LOUD, DOVAHKIIN!
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Change Log:
08/06/12: v1.0 New Release
10/07/12: v2.0 Major Overhaul
11/07/12: v2.1 Minor tweaks to ensure compatibility
13/07/12: v3.0 Thorough edit to ensure maximum stability and minimum resource-requirement
13/07/12: v3.1 Minor tweaks to further minimize system demand
15/07/12: v3.2 Minor changes to incorporate newer features
19/07/12: v3.3 Removed Sounds of Skyrim mods due to save-bloating
19/07/12: v4.0 Reduced number of mods and ensured increased stability
20/07/12: v5.0 No more resource-demanding mods
10/09/12: v6.0 Reduced number of mods for general stability
01/11/12: v7.0 Most stable and lore-friendly version till date
11/01/13: v8.0 Complete Overhaul
15/01/13: v8.1 Added quest mods
22/03/13: V9.0 Final Edition
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Items (44)
Birds and Flocks Hearthfire Edition
Created by Badniss Everdeen
This is the HEARTHFIRE EDITION of Birds and Flocks. If you do not own the official Hearthfire expansion for Skyrim, do NOT download this file.

The original Birds and Flocks is NOT COMPATIBLE with Hearthfire.

The Birds and Flocks Hearthfire Editio...
Better Dynamic Snow
Created by Vortikai
A mod that changes the ugly, pure-white dynamic snow effect to actually use the default snow texture (landscape\snow01.dds). This minor change greatly improves the visual appearance of dynamic snow.

There are about 1070 total objects that Skyrim applie...
Clanking Armor v1.2
Created by Lord Sane
This mod changes footsteps sound when you or NPC wearing plate armor or armor with metal elements.
Just watch the video.

Sound changes when you or any NPC wearing:
Ancient Nord Armor - (Cuirass or Boots)
Iron Armor - (Cuirass or Boots)
Daedric Armo...
Deadly Spell Impacts
Created by isoku
WARNING: To uninstall you must have a save where there are no spell impacts present. If you cannot load up your save, reinstall this mod, load up the game, move to a cave, city, etc where there are no spell impacts present, enable the console, type in "pc...
Distant Detail Hearthfire Edition
Created by Badniss Everdeen
ATTENTION: This is the Hearthfire Edition of Distant Detail. If you do not own the Hearthfire expansion, do NOT download this file!

If you are switching from the original Distant Detail to the Hearthfire Edition, deactivate and/or uninstall the origin...
Duel - Combat Realism 7
Created by LogRaam
Please visit the Nexus Page for more information: http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=2700

Duel Combat Realism is a mod that improves the combat system of Skyrim, making them more realistic. It will allow you to cover yourself with your s...
Enhanced Blood Textures 3.6
Created by BakaKemono
Bloodier combat experience with higher resolution and detailed textures. Additional features such as decapitated/killmove spasms, blood drops when low health, blood pools, and green blood for spiders and oil for machines. Customize certain features with u...
Enhanced Distant Terrain
Created by Vortikai
This small but mighty texture mod enhances the distant low-detail terrain by re-creating from
scratch, a new more detailed and more defined texture map. This makes the distant terrain look
far better because it reduces blotchy patches, makes the terrain...
Follower Trap Safety
Created by Alek
If you ever hated followers and summoned creatures for triggering traps, getting both of you into a tight situation or you were trying to guide them around the pressure plates, then this mod is for you.
This mod changes few base scripts and as a result y...
Lanterns of Skyrim - All In One
Created by manny_gt
Mannygt's Mods

* LANTERNS OF SKYRIM *
the "All In One version" is here :)

Version 1.1

* CHANGELOG *

v1.0 - Initial release
v1.1 - Remove unnecessary references in mod
- On the Nexus there are the ESM version and the 2x brighter too

* OVE...
Less intrusive Hud
Created by Vampaerr
Inspired on Gopher's iHud, I created a new hudmenu.swf file that replaces vanilla Hud and of course I strongly recommend using this with iHud.

- Smaller bars: Health, Stamina, Magicka.
- Smaller compass and crosshair.
- Removed "Sneak eye" when sneak...
Moss Rocks
Created by Vortikai
From the developer of WATER, Better Dynamic Snow and a bunch of other mods comes a new mossy mod for rocks! Let's rock with Moss Rocks, a mod that basically places moss on certain rocks.

Key Features:
• Moss enabled for certain rocks
• M...
No Spinning Death Animation
Created by BakaKemono
This will remove the spinning around before dying animation, they will now just ragdoll when killed. Works for normal deaths and dying from a high fall. It will not affect killmoves

Nexus version:
http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=1721...
More Village Animals
Created by micheleangelo
AMore Village Animals is now divided into 3 ESP for better
Compatibility with other Mods and i have reworked all
places. Read the Installation how to update or install
More Village Animals.

Check my Channel for the other Additional Areas!


What ...
Places: Amber Guard
Created by ThirteenOranges
The Elder Scrolls Places is a mini-series of Lore Friendly mods, each adding locations seen in Skyrim in The Elder Scrolls Chapter I: Arena (set in 3E 399), into the modern day (4E 200) Skyrim setting over 200 years later.

Amber Guard was...
Places: Granitehall
Created by ThirteenOranges
The Elder Scrolls Places is a mini-series of Lore Friendly mods, each adding locations seen in Skyrim in The Elder Scrolls Chapter I: Arena (set in 3E 399), into the modern day (4E 200) Skyrim setting over 200 years later.

Granitehall was...
Places: Laintar Dale -Hearthfire Edition-
Created by ThirteenOranges
This mod is the Hearthfire Version, and requires Hearthfire to play. If you do not use Hearthfire, please use the Standard Edition instead.

The Elder Scrolls Places is a ...
Places: Oakwood -Hearthfire Edition-
Created by ThirteenOranges
This mod is the Hearthfire Version, and requires Hearthfire to play. If you do not use Hearthfire, please use the Standard Edition instead.

The Elder Scrolls Places is a m...
Quest: And the Realms of Daedra
Created by ThirteenOranges
In the early days of the First Era the Chimer warlord Ornarol made a pact with the Daedra before betraying them to his own ends. When his deceit was discovered the three Daedric Princes tore his soul asunder, each taking part of his soul as a trophy, leav...
Quest: No Mercy
Created by ThirteenOranges
A messenger has been sent from a small chapel of Stendarr to the Vigilant at Stendarr's Beacon, seeking aid against an unknown evil, but the messenger never made it to her destination. Investigate events at Stendarr's Chapel and explore the dark and dange...
Quest: The Bigger They Are
Created by ThirteenOranges
A great hero of the Companions lies dead before he could defeat his greatest quest, the slaying of the great giant, Barlok'Gosh. Take up the arms of Holfir Giant Slayer and travel dangerous roads and caves to find Barlok'Gosh and finish what he started.
...
Rainbows
Created by isoku
Nexus Version[skyrim.nexusmods.com]

Version: 1.05
  • Removed unneeded cold region checks.
  • Fixed issue with rainbows appearing after using Wait.

Compatibility:

Compatible with all mods. W...
Realistic Ragdolls and Force
Created by BakaKemono
v1.9: Reduces the extra force applied on ragdolls to a more realistic level and replaces ragdolls so that they are no longer stiff and now fall at a faster velocity.

You can keep the default force and keep the new ragdolls when you disable the esp file...
Quest: Sea Of Ghosts
Created by ThirteenOranges
The Sea Of Ghosts are the cold and dangerous waters on the northern coasts of Tamriel. Among the mists and fog lie many secrets, treasures and stories long since forgotten. Travel these dangerous waters with the crew of The Winter's Warmth, exploring many...
Quest: Sorcery
Created by ThirteenOranges
The forgotten treasure of a great Sorcerer lies hidden in a long abandoned tower, kept away from the world and its perils for many long years. Time has come to unravel the Sorcerer's mysteries. Travel to the mountains of the West Reach to find the Sorcere...
Shooting Stars
Created by isoku
Nexus Version[skyrim.nexusmods.com]

Workshop: Russian

Version: 1.041
  • Stars will now fall in one general direction. This direction
...
SkyUI
Created by snakster
!!! ATTENTION !!!

This mod requires the Skyrim Script Extender (SKSE) version 1.6.16 or newer.
Get it from http://skse.silverlock.org.

If you have questions about SKSE, I recommend watching [url=www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTGn...
Run For Your Lives
Created by Arthmoor
A small mod that makes citizens in a village or city run indoors during a dragon attack.

This was born out of frustration at seeing the citizens all trying to be a hero and rushing headlong to their doom attacking dragons. Instead, the citizens will ru...
Roosters At Dawn
Created by schmidte
A mod that adds a little more life to the village, farm, and city life of Skyrim by having some of the roosters crow at dawn when in appropriate areas.

I wanted this mod to be as organic and believable as possible. I chose several different rooster sou...
Vibrant Auroras
Created by Vortikai
Simply gives Skyrim's Auroras a more clear and vibrant look to enhance their visual beauty. This mod is meshes only so you should have no problem using any texture mods with this. There is no performance to be lost so you can use this if you can already p...
Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux
Created by Vortikai
Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux (also called WATER or W.A.T.E.R.) enhances the water throughout Skyrim. Each type of water (ocean, lakes, rivers, marshes, and creeks) have been hand-crafted to improve the flow direction, with a more transparent shorel...
The Dance Of Death - Dawnguard Edition
Created by Knight of Dusk
=================
-----ATTENTION!-----
=================

This mod now requires SkyUI 3.0 and the latest version of SKSE in order to utilise the new Mod Configuration Menu system, or MCM.


A non-Dawnguard variant of this mod is available on th...
Wet and Cold
Created by isoku
**Troubleshooting**

Version: 1.422

See Nexus[skyrim.nexusmods.com] link for list of changes.

Dependencies...
When Vampires Attack
Created by Arthmoor
A small mod that makes citizens in a village or city run indoors during a random vampire attack. This includes eclipse attacks as well.

This was born out of frustration at seeing the citizens all trying to be a hero and rushing headlong to their doom a...
Wyrmstooth
Created by Jonx0r
[img]https://i.imgur.com/O5vLPSV.png[/img]

An unofficial DLC-sized expansion that adds hours of new content to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

A New Adventure Awaits You

The East Empire Company commissions the Dragonbor...
XCE - Dawnguard [WARNING: possible spoilers]
Created by Xenius
[WARNING: possible spoilers]
* = Spoiler, the meaning can be found at the bottom.

XCE - Dawnguard
by Xenius

>> Description

Improves the textures of Vampires and * from the Dawnguard DLC while keeping to the original style.

What's inside:
- ...
XCE - Xenius Character Enhancement
Created by Xenius
XCE - Xenius Character Enhancement

XCE is a compilation of all my work on the enhancement of the characters in Skyrim.
For now this will only affect human and elven races.

>< Also available on:

Skyrim Forge - http://www.skyrimforge.com/mods/xce/...
Yngol Barrow Button Fix
Created by offtherails
***Please note that this bug is now fixed by the Unofficial Skyrim Patch, and I highly recommend using that instead***

Changes the broken button in the Yngol Barrow throneroom to a chain. Now you can get out!

Problem description here:
http://www.ue...
[ VoidCraft ] Optic Nature Pack
Created by Saint Void
Have too many graphic mods that you just can't live without? Why not use a combo pack?

*** Attention ***
I did not create the mods in this combo pack, I am merely combining them into one all-in-one mod. I have the utmost respect for the creators of t...
Wet and Cold - Ashes
Created by isoku
Version: 1.09

See Nexus[skyrim.nexusmods.com] link for list of changes.

Dependencies:

Required: Dragonborn
Required: Wet and Cold[/url...
Heavy Armory - New Weapons: Dawnguard Addon
Created by PrivateEye
For people who are confused: this is an upgraded version of the old Heavy Armory Dawnguard edition. The old version is now outdated and won't be updated anymore. Check out t...
Heavy Armory - New Weapons: Dragonborn Edition
Created by PrivateEye
What is Heavy Armory?


The goal of Heavy Armory is to expand the variety of weapons used in the world of Skyrim in an immersive and lore-friendly way. Besides adding some new types of weapons, this mod expands some of the more limited s...
Project Reality:Climates Of Tamriel - Lite Version
Created by jj.con
COMPLETE WEATHER & LIGHTING OVERHAUL FOR SKYRIM:

-Adds 506 new weather systems
-Adds 2024 new and unique days, night, dawn and dusk
-Adds a massive library of new cloud visuals
-Adds fork lightning visuals and new thunder sounds
-Adds natural and f...
Heavy Armory - New Weapons
Created by PrivateEye
What is Heavy Armory?


The goal of Heavy Armory is to expand the variety of weapons used in the world of Skyrim in an immersive and lore-friendly way. Besides adding some new types of weapons, this mod expands some of the more limited s...
58 Comments
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Gamer1980Man Aug 19 @ 7:08pm 
cool
anandamaypax  [author] Apr 25, 2013 @ 1:43am 
@Faceta: Sorry, but if u are looking for a plethora of amateur items or unbalanced features to be added, u need to look elsewhere. It already adds some lore-friendly places, quite a few well-crafted quests, some decent weapon variety, diverse weathers, particle effects and UI enhancements. Please specify what else is needed to not qualify as 'nothing'. This collection's motto is to enhance what is already there, not add half-arsed stuff. "I have tried to preserve the vanilla feel of the game (the masterpiece that it is) as much as possible, ironed out most of the annoying bugs and enhanced certain aspects which were not-so-polished, resulting in an overall CHALLENGING and IMMERSIVE experience without being hardcore or lore-breaking."-excerpt from description. I feel I have done a good all-round job assembling this collection, though there is always room for improvement: so constructive criticism is whole-heartedly welcomed.
Thank u for taking the time to criticize. Visit again...
Faceta Apr 24, 2013 @ 1:46pm 
this collection adds almost nothing to the game. the graphics are already pretty decent and not much else is gained except for the cool weapons.
Faceta Feb 10, 2013 @ 8:34am 
Got it. thx
anandamaypax  [author] Feb 10, 2013 @ 8:19am 
Pick the appropriate versions of Lainter Dale and Oakwood according to if you have Hearthfire or not. Also try Unofficial Hearthfire Patch and load it just after Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
Faceta Feb 7, 2013 @ 5:03pm 
I can't go in Breezehome
LP Nov 12, 2012 @ 7:09pm 
Wow, awesome list. Thanks for including my mod.
Arseniu Sep 10, 2012 @ 1:08am 
It's really simplified to the most needed mods, and that is really awesome, great job and good luck in everything you seek !!!
anandamaypax  [author] Jul 20, 2012 @ 9:03pm 
It is Project Reality: Climates of Tamriel- Lite version. If you dont want the dark nights, u can use the vanilla(brighter)nights version at the nexus. Or u can use torches for realistic lighting with this...ur choice! I've already included Milky way galaxy and lanterns of skyrim to light up the night. Or u can unsub from CoT if u really hate it, go for Skyrim Visuals: Outdoors and SV: Indoors in this order to replace CoT. Hope this helps!
Kneemon Jul 20, 2012 @ 9:46am 
Which of these mods is causing it to be so dark at night in the cities?