A Better Benirus Manor by Khettienna
Oblivion » Castles, Palaces, Mansions and Estates
Added: 27/06/2008 - 11:07PM
Updated: 29/04/2016 - 07:32PM

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Uploaded by Khettienna


Last updated at 19:32, 29 Apr 2016 Uploaded at 23:07, 27 Jun 2008

Better Benirus Manor v5.01

Better Benirus Manor is much brighter and more polished than the default.  It features automatic lighting, clean and light decor, and many enhancements you may toggle via in-game switches/menus in the basement to your liking.  I've also added fun stuff to the lair, including an alchemy lab & training area - but access to the lair is optional, in case you'd like to just forget the whole traumatic thing.  The post-quest exterior of the house features a well, small vineyard, and tasteful decor & vegetation.  If you have Cobl, you will also find all the Cobl basics!

You can safely install this mod before or after the house's quest.

I made a fully voice-acted house servant! You can download her separately here.


  • Doors - I have the interior doors off by default, they annoy me; bring them back if you like.
  • Window Flowers - I added flowers around some windows inside the house; disable them for cleaner lines.
  • Books - I added a fully-stocked library to the basement, but you might prefer empty shelves to fill up yourself, or to save FPS.
  • Windows - Board the windows if you need extra privacy or darkness.  What you do in your manor is your business.
  • Portal Cover - I have the lair portal covered by default for those who want to forget the whole thing.  Also plenty of wine in the basement.
  • Automatic Lights - Daylight from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Candlelight 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Lights - If you disable automatic lighting, a normal light switch will appear in the foyer, so you can have bright lights or just candlelight as you prefer.
  • Phoebe - Not a cat person?  Have a pet Land Dreugh?  Send Phoebe outside to play.
  • Call Butler - The butler will come, tidy up any messes you've made, put fresh food on the table, and hang around until dismissed.
  • Enchanting & Spellmaking - Not a switch, rather activate the Altar of Altars in the lair to enable these.
  • Braziers - you can turn the lair braziers on or off, either to save FPS or to be extra dark an' spookeh.
  • Flame Colors - The brazier flames are an evil violet/green by default, but you can switch to normal flames if you're grilling in.
  • Ed - Dismiss or recall Ed if he's in your way with the switch in the lair.
  • Lair Age/Dirt - For the neat freak in all of us, the cobwebs and bones have been cleaned up - but you may prefer the aged & dirty look.  BYO spiders.
  • Master Bed - I made a custom Benirus-logo'd master bed, but you may prefer the default bed.
  • Basement Lights - Get extra bright lights in the basement if you need them.
  • Anvil - You can make the anvil in the lair for decoration only, if you prefer.

The library shelves are stocked with at least one copy of every book.  This includes skill books.  So, you know, don't read everything in one sitting.

I've also included a higher-resolution Arcane Symbol (the glowy circle-star thingy that's all over the lair) replacer.  I'm mostly sure it's an improvement on the original.  It's, uh, optional, in any case.

Support for All Natural, Benirus Lair, and See You Sleep are included in the main download.  Ghorak's House and Benirus Manor Rebuilt include patches I created for Better Benirus Manor in their files.  Open Cities Classic compati
bility is already enabled without a patch.  "Interior Only" versions are included for users of city mods such as Better Cities and Open Cities Reborn to prevent conflicts.

All meshes have been pyffi'd for best performance, all resources have unique file paths, and all plugins have been cleaned with TES4Edit for best compatibility.

New this version:
  • Fixed a script bug that caused the new soul gem altar to not appear sometimes during Shade of the Revenant
  • Fixed the altar bug that prevented you from activating Lorgren's altar during MS02 "Where Spirits Have Lease".
  • Fixed the automatic lighting toggle not quite working as intended.
  • Adjusted the ambient lighting a hair.
  • Removed the "Bright" version of the All Natural patch, as it is no longer needed (see below) and was also terrible.
  • Reworked a new & optional All Natural patch to make night lighting more beautiful and playable.  Purists/realists/those with sonar can keep using the old version.
  • Retextured the basement (installed by default, but optional -- you may want to skip it if you have an awesome basement retexture already in place).
  • Consolidated the toggle switches into single, smaller control panel activators that give menus, which are far less obtrusive.  They're in the usual spots, mostly.  The bedroom switch options are now merged into the basement control panel, and the "Altar of Altars" toggle is merged into the lair control panel.  The light switches and the main breaker switch are still separate.  The switch to reveal/hide the portal is now hidden, but near the portal, and in a setup you might find familiar.
  • Removed the messagebox that displayed when you entered the manor for the first time after completing the quest.
  • Rewrote the script for the Main Breaker switch.  Now you don't have to toggle it each way.  Just hit it once, and hold still a minute while it does its thing.  It is also now usable via console command, in the case you can't access the switch, or need to run it from outside Benirus Manor.
  • Fixed a slight misalignment between the basement tileset and the lair tileset.
  • More script clean-up.
  • Fixed Phoebe's missing mew sounds.
  • Fixed the "Interior Only" versions, which had become corrupted, and escaped my notice until I tried to merge these changes.
  • Re-pathed some assets.

Requires the latest official Oblivion patch (
Recommended, but not required: Shivering Isles expansion, Book Jackets, Cobl, Anvil/City Morning GlorySetsuna Dummy Training Modified

Mod Installation Guide
Mod Troubleshooting Guide

Thanks to/for, in no particular order:

  • HS for the fantastic housecat resources
  • Arthmoor for working with me on making BBM and OCC compatible
  • Qarl for allowing me to package his normalmaps in this mod for my custom wall texture
  • Brumbek & the All Natural Team for allowing me to edit and distribute All Natural's house interior mesh for full All Natural support
  • Obsidian Dawn (http://www.obsidiandawn.com/), a.k.a. redheadstock @ dA for the brushes used to finish the Arcane Symbol replacer
  • InsanitySorrow for the dungeon retex we originally used for Better Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
  • The UOP Team for the script fix for black soul gem altars

You may re-use any of this mod's content in your own Oblivion mods, as long as you don't charge money for it, you credit me for my work, and you credit anyone I credited for their work.

You may share this mod freely, as long as you don't charge money for it, and you include my original Readme.

Please enjoy. =)