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The Ruffled Feather - Mod Collection by SparrowPrince
Skyrim » Environmental
Added: 19/03/2012 - 06:07PM
Updated: 29/04/2016 - 03:00PM

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Last updated at 15:00, 29 Apr 2016 Uploaded at 18:07, 19 Mar 2012

Note: The latest update has not been tagged with a new file version. Some of the very small mods in this collection have been removed. This was decided because I only want the more robust mods in the collection, or ones that have had quite a bit of effort spent on them. The smaller ones remaining in the mod do so because they are a lot more popular and/or for the reasons I listed above. I hope to add some of the mods back in the future, but bigger and better, so that they are more useful to people. I would also like to note that this helps the download size and installer - due to you not having to rummage through small files you probably don't care for.


A mod by SparrowPrince






DESCRIPTION


The Ruffled Feather is a collection of nearly all my mods. The mods and options for those mods have been hand selected to provide the best combinations. The collection brings with it an all-in-one installer which allows you to select and install only the mods you want. It also brings improvements to nearly all included mods. Many of the included mods have been re-built from the ground up and new mods have also been added.

Included in the collection:

 WATER + DLC: All water types have been re-made with new water textures and improved files. All your favourite optionals are still included for the experience you know and love (see note below). WATER is a total re-imagination of Skyrim's waterways and ocean. It adds lots of new effects, textures, and all waters have been built again from the ground up (so any comparisons before February 2015 are not up to date).

Plants Optional: The WATER Plants optional enables reeds, lily-pads and frogspawn all around the lake below the Guardian Stones. Now with frogs and frog soup! This optional will work with ANY other mod including CACO, which will read the ingredients correctly.

Note: All optionals are included in the main WATER file bar a few (like water colours and ice, of which, is its own mod now). I feel this makes WATER seem less messy and more complete. Dragonborn Waves plugin is now included as default under the regular and legendary plugins which include Dragonborn. The resolution for WATER surface textures are now medium as it saves a lot of VRAM and the textures don't look much different from their 'high' counterparts. Colour and strength options have been balanced into the default plugins for the best combination. The Falskarr plugin and RND patches are now included, as well.

Compatibility: SMIM users should not overwrite this mod if you want animated blacksmith troughs and wetter-looking rocks. If you want to use this with other water mods, check the WATER article on my sticky post. 
Performance Impact: Low.

Argonian Access [Riften]: Previously Riften Canal Exit, this mod allows access in and out of Riften via both canal gates. Improved over previous versions.

Note: This is not for just Argonians! I have seen comments from people who thought this; although the comments were on Youtube, so there is that.

Compatibility: Overwrite other mod meshes with the ones from this mod if needed. 
Performance Impact: Very low.

Better Dynamic Snow: Makes the snow that covers most architecture and static objects actually have a texture instead of being pure white paint.

CompatibilitySMIM users need to select the SMIM option, so it can ultilize the SMIM meshes you already have installed. ELFX users should overwrite ELFX with this mod. Overwrite other mod meshes with the ones from this mod if needed. 
Performance Impact: Very low.

Decrease Those Plants: Reduces the meshes of a lot of plants as it is a performance-enhancing mod. The mod mainly reduces grass and dead foliage. Its main purpose is to reduce plants whilst keeping the visuals intact so your game runs faster and you notice little change in density. This mod also removes the small 3D stones found around larger rocks (as they are pointless and classed as a grass object).

Compatibility: SFO option available.If installing SFO, install it before installing this mod so the installer will detect the correct options. Overwrite other mod meshes with the ones from this mod if needed.
Performance Impact: None. Improves performance.

Note: Lush Trees is not part of this mod, but merely an option. Lush Trees performance impact is low-medium. Lush Trees is compatible with everything, bar mods with the same directory and file name(s) included in Lush Trees. 

Fixacity [Whiterun]: Fixacity is probably my last bow to doing a big mod for Skyrim. The mod fixes hundreds of mesh bugs that were never fixed by any other party (including USKP/SMIM) within the base of Whiterun's terrain. The mod fixes problems from texture stretching and holes, to very bad collision bugs. I hope to expand this in the future if I have time.

Compatibility: The mod must overwrite SMIM and is compatible with texture packs for Whiterun currently. Overwrite other mod textures and meshes with the ones from this mod if needed. 
Performance Impact: None-very low depending on your option(s).

Hairy Furry Pelts: Fur pelt rugs with 3D hairs! Vanilla or HRDLC pelts must be used with this mod. Note: If wanting the performance option, you still need to select both options in the installer.

Compatibility: Overwrite other mod meshes and textures with the ones from this mod if needed.  A patch for Apeltapalooza is available separately on Nexus.
Performance Impact: Very low-low depending on your option.

Just-Ice: Fantasy-looking ice. Originally a WATER optional, but now separated into it own mod. 2k texture sizes with a 1k normal map.

Compatibility
: Overwrite other mod  texture with the ones from this mod if needed. 
Performance Impact: Very low.

Moss Rocks: Covers some hand-selected rocks in moss for more nature! Now has Michaelrw's "Ruffled Feather Moss Rocks - Dragonborn DLC Addon" mod as a option. Legendary version available to reduce plugin count.

Compatibility: Uses SMIM files by default (with added texture mapping improvements not in SMIM) and 2k textures like the above ice mod. This is fully compatible with Gamwich's One Mountain mod also. Overwrite other mod textures and meshes with the ones from this mod if needed.
Performance Impact: Low.

Red Mountain Particle Plume: This mod replaces the static slug-like eruption smoke of Red Mountain in Dragonborn. It adds dynamic particles which spawn in various sizes, making the gigantic plume of ash look somewhat more volatile. The mod contains no plugin and has no scripts. 

Compatibility: Overwrite other mod textures and meshes with the ones from this mod if needed. 
Performance Impact: None.

Smoking Hot Load FX: Originally Smoking Hot Main Menu, this mod replaces the mist on all loading screens with fire. It has been improved over previous versions and has no performance loss as it only affects load screens.

Compatibility: Overwrite other mod meshes with the ones from this mod if needed. 
Performance Impact: None.

Terrain Bump: Mainly for vanilla textures, but can be used with other replacers. This mod makes the terrain look more 3D and comes with a reduced file size from old versions!

Compatibility: Overwrite other mod textures with the ones from this mod if needed. 
Performance Impact: None.

Suped-Up Stalhrim: Originally Stalhrim of Skyrim, this mod improves the look of stalhrim deposits in Dragonborn. This version now includes even better meshes than the previous versions! 1k and 2k textures available with a very close vanilla look. 

Compatibility: Overwrite other mod textures and meshes with the ones from this mod if needed. 
Performance Impact: Very low.

Vanilla Females: Booty Band-Aid: The vanilla female in Skyrim was full of bugs. It had holes all around the top of the thighs, the butt, and in a few other places. The solution was to model 'caps' for the underwear and play around with the seams until they had totally vanished. If you look at my image in the 'Images' tab you will see the extra mesh parts inside the body, around the waist and thighs (it's the circular grouping of triangles that meet in the middle). It should also technically perform BETTER over vanilla as the filesize was reduced by 15kb. This is a mod for people who find those other modded bodies unrealistic or 'doll-like' and want something that fits perfectly into their game. 

Compatibility
: Overwrite other mod meshes with the ones from this mod if needed. Not compatible with other body meshes, but compatible with textures designed for the vanilla body.
Performance Impact: None.

Vibrant Auroras: Increases the auroral colour saturation by two-fold. 

Compatibility: Overwrite other mod meshes with the ones from this mod if needed. 
Performance Impact: None.

Available Optionals:

Enhanced Distant Terrain: Simply improves the look and clarity of terrain in the distance, helping it blend better with the high-detail foreground. Now also includes Enhanced Distant Terrain 2 files in the main mod and the Dragonborn files as an optional for those users. 

CompatibilitySFO also should overwrite EDT as I made it compatible. Now with A Quality World Map compatibility options. Overwrite other mod textures with the ones from this mod if needed. 
Performance Impact: None.

See the bottom of the Changelog for all Enhanced Distant Terrain version changes.


LATEST UPDATES

From any older version please save your game, totally uninstall the mod and re-install it again.
Clean saves are recommended! To do a clean save just create a new save instead of over-writing
any of your current ones.

See HERE for details.

See the Changelog above for all version changes.


INSTALLATION

This is not an all-in-one mod! The included installers will allow users to select and install only the mods wanted from the compilation.

It is recommended you use a mod manager to install The Ruffled Feather. Stable versions of Mod Organizer, Nexus Mod Manager, and Wrye Bash are supported. To install, simply open The Ruffled Feather in your mod manager and follow the prompts.

The STEP option in the FOMOD installer will install: Farmhouse Chimneys Optional Stacks - Default Stacks, Decrease Those Plants, Decrease Those Plants - SFO, Just-Ice, Moss Rocks, and Suped-Up Stalhrim (1k version).

The Ruffled Feather is known to be compatible with the following:

  • Dragonborn
  • Dawnguard
  • Skyfalls (check Skyfalls page for details)
  • Water Parallax effect for ENB users
  • Static Mesh Improvement Mod (SMIM)
  • Skyrim particle patch for ENB users is included in all files
  • Changes from the USKP have been forwarded
  • ELFX 
  • Climates of Tamriel
  • RLO

Other mods:

Anything which has the same files as this mod, needs to be overwritten by this mod, for this mod to work properly. If you have loose textures or meshes, you need to overwrite anything from any other mod with MY files. For more information check specific mod descriptions for each of my mods above.