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Better Vanilla Housecarls
Category: Characters, Followers
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Jun 21, 2012 @ 8:35pm
Jul 23, 2013 @ 11:28pm
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If you're like me, you like the vanilla game mostly just how it is. However I felt that the Housecarls' skin/makeup/hairstyles didn't appeal to me all that much, so I went and changed them. I also didn't like how every Housecarl started with the same armor, and how low their default level cap was.

************************Changes Made************************

1. Raised the level cap of ALL Housecarls from level 50 to 80.
2. Improved facial appearance of ALL the Housecarls. (No more dark cheeks for Lydia!)
3. Changed starting armor, weapons, and skills for ALL Housecarls.
4. Changed confidence behavior from foolhardy to brave for ALL Housecarls.
5. Changed combat style behavior for ALL Housecarls to match new equipment.
6. Created a custom class for each individual Housecarl.

No DLC or other mods required for use.

************************Characters Edited************************

-Iona starts with a steel sword and bow, and uses light armor that reflects the town she's from.

-Lydia starts with a steel greatsword, and uses heavy armor that reflects the town she's from.

-Jordis starts with a steel war axe, and uses heavy armor that reflects the town she's from.

-Argis starts with a steel battleaxe, and looks more manly in my opinion.

-Calder starts with a steel warhammer, and uses light armor that reflects the town he's from.

If there's any issues please let me know, this is my first mod.

If you load a game from when you didn't have the mod, and are in the house with your Housecarl. You will need to exit the house and re~enter for the new equipment to be applied. If the new starting armor still doesn't show, then you need to remove their old steel armor from their inventory.

I made adjustments to the Housecarls' skill levels with their own custom classes. Each Housecarl will favor the equipment listed above as their primary choices in weaponry and armor. The appearance of the three female Housecarls have been updated and improved.

-Raised level cap from my previous settings 60 to 80. Gave each housecarl the same health and stamina bonuses, so they are all equal.

************************Recommended Mods************************
Final Younger Characters from the Nexus site is NOT required, however it does improve the appearance of characters in general and I recommend using it as it does not make the game un~vanilla friendly. For example, it removes the square shadows on the tip of the nose on nords and the excessive wrinkles on everyone in general. (Recommended for Vanilla Body users)

************************Known Conflicts and Compatibilies************************
This mod will conflict with any mod that changes the behavior, stats, or appearance of edited NPCs listed above. This mod should be compatible with texture mods as long as they don't edit the listed NPCs directly. Your results may vary with various mods that alter the general shape of facial features away from vanilla, like Calientes Female Body Mod CBBE for example. This mod was created with the vanilla body users in mind.

************************Special Note************************
This mod is part of an ongoing project of making a line of vanilla body friendly mods for the vanilla body users. Although my mods may work with other unique body mods, I specifically designed my mods to be used with the vanilla bodies. If you're interested in seeing my other works please check out my collection that this mod is a part of. These mods include changes to Housecarls, Spouses, Bards, Jarls and now the Jarl's personal Bodyguards.

Please read each mod's description before use.
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Vampire Lord Jun 2 @ 8:14am 
DarkLassMandi Mar 7 @ 8:21pm 
What's the armor Lydia is wearing? In that one picture on the side?
kaylalynn.10 Feb 14 @ 5:14am 
This is great. I don't want to change the Housecarls too much. BUT I'm sick of walking by them every two seconds and hearing them greet me over and over again. Would you ever update the mod that either limits conversation, or just makes them silent until you address them?
SirSpacely Dec 2, 2013 @ 3:45pm 
sooo do i like hit subscribe and it download's? or do i need that skyrim nexus thingy for which i need to pay?
Sushi Cat  [author] Oct 24, 2013 @ 4:56pm 
@paulsimonps~ That's the Ranger Armor from Omegared99's Armor Compilation mod and the sword is from Jaysus Swords, both are from Skyrim Nexus.
paulsimonps Oct 24, 2013 @ 4:40pm 
Hey, where is the armor that Lydia has on the tumbnail picture from? The sword on her back reminds me of LotR, is it related to the armor?
Sushi Cat  [author] Jul 23, 2013 @ 11:33pm 
Raised level cap from my previous settings 60 to 80. Gave each housecarl the same health and stamina bonuses, so they are all equal.
Sushi Cat  [author] Jul 11, 2013 @ 8:11am 
Delaying update for awhile, something came up.
Sushi Cat  [author] Jun 27, 2013 @ 7:30am 
@Cory LE Wright~ Lol, thanks.

I plan on going through my mods and updating them soon. The legendary skill system has changed some things, and if I feel like I can beef up the max level on the Housecarls while maintaining balance, I will. I'm currently testing new changes and will update all my mods sometime early July. These won't be drastic changes, so if you enjoy the mod how it is, don't worry it's not really going to change anything major.
Shrek May 14, 2013 @ 9:44am 
I didn't know it was more possiable to make Lydia more attaractive.
I was wrong...