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Smithing Perks Overhaul - Remade and Updated by kryptopyr
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Added: 26/03/2013 - 04:20PM
Updated: 14/03/2015 - 02:21AM

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Last updated at 2:21, 14 Mar 2015 Uploaded at 16:20, 26 Mar 2013

SMITHING PERKS OVERHAUL

This mod started out as a remake of Headbomb's Smithing Perks Overhaul, updated for compatibility with the 1.9 patch and the Dawnguard and Dragonborn DLCs. However, I feel that with the addition of the new perk trees and perk arrangements, this mod succeeds in balancing the smithing skill in Skyrim to a greater extent then its predecessor.

FEATURES
  • Provides a more balanced smithing experience
  • Allows smithing perks to apply more consistently to all armor and weapon types
  • Attempts to remain true to the style and intent of the vanilla game
  • Five perk tree options available to fit different preferences



REQUIREMENTS
The official 1.9 update or higher is required for all versions.
In order for this mod to function correctly, you also need to install Weapons & Armor Fixes Remade.

INSTALLATION

Download the all-in-one installer and follower the installation options to select the perk tree you want.
Install Smithing Perks Overhaul AFTER Weapons & Armor Fixes.

COMPATIBILITY
This mod will be incompatible with any mod that alters the Smithing Perk tree. 
This mod should be fully compatible with mods that add new weapons or armors.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
This mod does not make corrections to weapons & armor or add missing crafting recipes. This mod simply alters the perk trees to improve the balance
and consistency of the perks as they are applied in the game.  Please use Weapons & Armor Fixes Remade to correct any bugs in the "MaterialType" keywords used on weapons and armor.  Complete Crafting Overhaul Remade can be used to add the missing crafting and tempering recipes.

CREDITS
Thank you to Incata for modifying and providing the New Perk Tree #2 version.
Thank you to TechAngel85 for updating and fixing the Fomod installer.




PERK TREE OPTIONS
There are 5 different perk tree options for you to choose from.  Simply choose whichever one you prefer.


IMPROVED VANILLA TREE  &  MODIFIED VANILLA TREE
The first two perk tree options stick with the light/heavy division of the vanilla smithing tree, but they attempt to make the perks apply more consistently to items in the game.  Both trees also adjust the shape of the perk tree to better fit the shape of the constellation.

Orcish Smithing has been renamed "Advanced Heavy Smithing" and will now allow you to further improve: Steel Plate armor, Honed Draugr weapons, Blades armor and weapons, Nordic armor and weapons, and Chitin Heavy armor. In the vanilla game, these items were instead affected by the Advanced Smithing perk on the light side of the tree.

Going one step further, the Modified Vanilla Tree also removes the Daedric Smithing perk from the heavy branch of the tree and instead adds it as a branch off of the Arcane Blacksmith perk. It now requires having both the Arcane and the Ebony Smithing perk. This resolves the inconsistency in the perk progression from daedric to dragon and allows the player, if they wish, to pursue only one of these high level perks. This can enhance roleplaying options for characters who might wish to avoid daedric items. This is also a very lore-friendly and logical arrangement, since daedric items are ebony items that have been magically infused with the soul of a daedra, so considering this a form of arcane smithing is not unreasonable.


NEW PERK TREES #1, #2, AND #3
I never felt that the light/heavy division of the vanilla perk tree worked very well.  Weapons don't follow the light/heavy divide, and if playing a lightly armored character, I felt I was missing out on the ability to craft some of the higher-end weapons in the game without investing a large number of perks into both sides of the smithing tree.

Also, the vanilla game mucks up the division, so it isn't even consistent.  For example, why is Steel Plate armor on the "light" side of the tree?  And Dragonborn manages to create even greater confusion with Chitin Heavy armor on the light side, Stalhrim Light armor on the heavy side, and Nordic armor on the light side. This sort of flip-flopping and inconsistency leads to confusion and makes it hard to maximize the effectiveness of the perk points that are invested in Smithing.

The second major problem with the way the vanilla smithing perks work is that they tend to create imbalances among different grades of equipment. So lower-leveled weapons and armor will often be better than higher-leveled items until you take additional perks and can further improve the higher-leveled items.

To address these issues I've done away with the light/heavy divide in the perks and instead divided the perk tree between Crafting and Improving. Crafting perks allow you to create new types of weapons and armors, but they won't alter the amount to which you can improve those items. Improvement perks apply to all items and will gradually scale your ability to improve items with each additional perk. This also eliminates the guess-work involved in trying to figure out which perks allow you to temper your unique items and artifacts.  Now they'll simply use the same scaled improvement perks as every other item. This makes crafting and improving items much more consistent than the vanilla perk structure.

To simplify installation, when one of the New Perk Tree versions of this mod is installed, it will remove all of your smithing perks except Basic Smithing and Arcane Blacksmith and give you the equivalent number of perk points to redistribute as you see fit. You must have SKSE installed for this to work. If you don't have SKSE installed, then you may have to add/remove perks using the console.

The New Perk Tree comes in three varieties:

NEW PERK TREE #1
New Perk Tree #1 has the same number of perks as the vanilla perk tree.
The final "Master Smith" perk has combined benefits, but it requires that you complete both branches to unlock both parts of the perk.

Basic Smithing: Same as Steel Smithing without the improvement bonus.
Elvish Smithing: Allows you to create Elven, Dwarven, and Chitin items.
Advanced Smithing: Allows you to create Scaled, Steel Plate, Orcish, and Nordic items.
Crystalline Smithing: Allows you to create Glass, Ebony, and Stalhrim items.

Novice Smith: Improve all items 20% more.
Apprentice Smith: Improve all items 40% more.
Adept Smith: Improve all items 60% more.
Expert Smith: Improve all items 80% more.
Master Smith:Allows you to create Daedric and Dragon items. This perk requires the Crystalline Smithing perk (you can't get it simply by going up the "improvement" side of the perk tree). This perk also allows you to improve all items twice as much...however this part of the perk requires that you also have the Expert Smith perk. So in order to get the perk itself, you must complete the Crafting side of the tree. But if you complete both sides of the tree, you'll get the additional effect from this perk.


NEW PERK TREE #2
New Perk Tree #2 has one more perk than the vanilla perk tree.
It splits the Master perk into both a crafting (Mythic Smithing) and an improvement perk (Master Smith).

Basic Smithing: Same as Steel Smithing without the improvement bonus.
Elvish Smithing: Allows you to create Elven, Dwarven, and Chitin items.
Advanced Smithing: Allows you to create Scaled, Steel Plate, Orcish, and Nordic items.
Crystalline Smithing: Allows you to create Glass, Ebony, and Stalhrim items.
Mythic Smithing: Allows you to create Daedric and Dragon items.

Novice Smith: Improve all items 20% more.
Apprentice Smith: Improve all items 40% more.
Adept Smith: Improve all items 60% more.
Expert Smith: Improve all items 80% more.
Master Smith: Improve all items 100% more.


NEW PERK TREE #3
New Perk Tree #3 has the same number and arrangement of perks that is featured in New Perk Tree #2. However, the way the improvement perks work has been altered.  The fractional (less than 100%) improvement bonuses used by the new perk trees can create a situation where the player takes a perk but still doesn't have the skill level necessary to reach a higher quality rank, and therefore they don't see any immediate benefit from having taken the improvement perk.

Rather than having set percentage bonuses, the improvement perks in New Perk Tree #3 have values that have been calculated to correspond to the
quality tiers.   So taking Superior Improvement will mean that you will be able to improve items to superior quality (assuming you don't have any other smithing modifiers in effect). The perks aren't required to achieve the higher quality tiers; however, like the original perks, they will lower the skill level required to reach the higher quality ranks.

Basic Smithing: Same as Steel Smithing without the improvement bonus.
Elvish Smithing: Allows you to create Elven, Dwarven, and Chitin items.
Advanced Smithing: Allows you to create Scaled, Steel Plate, Orcish, and Nordic items.
Crystalline Smithing: Allows you to create Glass, Ebony, and Stalhrim items.
Mythic Smithing: Allows you to create Daedric and Dragon items.

Superior Smithing: Improve all items to Superior quality or higher.
Exquisite Smithing: Improve all items to Exquisite quality or higher.
Flawless Smithing: Improve all items to Flawless quality or higher.
Epic Smithing: Improve all items to Epic quality or higher.
Legendary Smithing:Improve all items to Legendary quality.




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