SKYRIM
WAO - Weather and Ambience Overhaul (COT-PW-AOS2-SOS) by UnmeiX
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Added: 07/07/2014 - 09:00AM
Updated: 17/12/2014 - 10:26PM

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Last updated at 22:26, 17 Dec 2014 Uploaded at 9:00, 7 Jul 2014

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NOTE:
This patch requires Dawnguard, Hearthfire* and Dragonborn, as well as all other files mentioned in the requirements section. (*As of v2.0)
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Have a good machine? Feel free to submit screenshots! My laptop doesn't at all show the potential of the patch, but some of the user images do.
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INTRO:
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Welcome to the mod page for my Skyrim mod! I decided to tackle something that's bugged me for some time; namely, the extensive list of weather and audio patches in my load order that didn't properly resolve when all was said and done.. So I set to work on making them.
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WHAT IS THIS??:
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This is an all-in-one weather and audio patch that brings together many of the most-used ambience mods on the Nexus. With the required mods installed, this is the -only such patch- you will need. How much space will this save in your load order? I have no idea. I do know that (because I actually had all the patches I was supposed to) the original version spared me thirteen .ESPs that otherwise would have overwritten each other left and right and lost most of the edits in the process.



Yes, it's actually all of them. All the amazing weathers from the associated mods integrated into a powerful (and sometimes even intimidating) and very versatile weather system. Minty's lightning might just make you actually want to wait out the storm.. All the incredible sounds from the two major sound mods, plus Climates of Tamriel's ambient sounds and Immersive Sounds compatibility.. The screenshots have yet to do even the weather part justice, and WAO has evolved with time to become much more than just a patch..
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REQUIREMENTS:
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WEATHER:

AUDIO:
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UNOFFICIAL SKYRIM PATCHES RECOMMENDED.

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RECOMMENDED FOR USE WITH THIS PATCH: "TRUE WAONESS"
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INSTALLATION:
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⸺Use the basic installation guide if you don't/won't use the recommended mods! Scroll down for the extended version.
⸺Pay attention to the version listed, as these are masters for WAO (or are compatibility-relevant).
HIGHLY SUGGESTED FOR EITHER INSTALL: Regardless of which install you use, I advise using SNOW, Real Snow Flakes, and fxsnowflakesblur fix, installed after the masters and in that order for best effect. Also essential: Realistic Sun for Climates of Tamriel, and Ethereal Cosmos' CoT starfield replacer (denser).
WHEN UPDATING OR INSTALLING INTO AN EXISTING SAVE: WAO is totally safe to install, but due to it containing cell edits, some changes may not appear immediately. Going to your player home or another interior cell and waiting 30 days should apply any missing changes.
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BASIC:

Just WAO.
(If you are SURE that you already have all of the requirements installed, you may skip to step 11.)

  1. Install Climates of Tamriel and Climates of Tamriel - Sounds. (Optional: Select dungeon and interiors settings.)
  2. Install Expanded Snow Systems - Climates of Tamriel Version.
  3. Install Audio Overhaul for Skyrim 2 and patches (no CoT or Supreme Storms patches).
  4. Install Lightning during Thunder Storms.
  5. Install Sounds of Skyrim - The Dungeons.
  6. Install Sounds of Skyrim - The Wilds.
  7. Install Sounds of Skyrim - Civilization.
  8. Install Supreme Storms for Climates of Tamriel 3.1.
  9. Install Climates of Tamriel - Weather Patch with or without fog. (Optional: Select snow brightness and night level settings.)
  10. Install Pure Weather - Realism.
  11. Install this patch.
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EXTENDED:

Totally WAO.
Use this extended installation guide if you will/do use the recommended mods!
(Read the installation instructions very, VERY carefully. If you are SURE that you already have all of the recommended mods installed, you may skip to step 33.)

  1. Install Climates of Tamriel and Climates of Tamriel - Sounds. (Optional: Select dungeon and interiors settings if not intending to install lighting mods.)
  2. Install Expanded Snow Systems - Climates of Tamriel Version.
  3. Install Audio Overhaul for Skyrim 2 and patches (no CoT or Supreme Storms patches).
  4. Install Lightning during Thunder Storms.
  5. Install Sounds of Skyrim - The Dungeons.
  6. Install Sounds of Skyrim - The Wilds.
  7. Install Sounds of Skyrim - Civilization.
  8. Install Supreme Storms for Climates of Tamriel 3.1.
  9. Install Climates of Tamriel - Weather Patch with or without fog. (Optional: Select snow brightness and night level settings.)
  10. Install Realistic Sun and Sunglare - Climates of Tamriel Edition - V2 unless using ENB.
  11. Install Pure Weather - Realism (or Brighter Nights).
  12. Install Frostfall.
  13. Install Wet and Cold.
  14. Install Wet and Cold - Ashes.
  15. Install Wet and Cold - Holidays.
  16. Install Splash of Rain.
  17. Install Rainbows.
  18. Install Shooting Stars.
  19. Install Earthquakes - MCM version - With moving objects
  20. Install Immersive Skyrim Thunder.
  21. Install Morning Fogs Refined.
  22. Install SNOW.
  23. Install Cloaks of Skyrim and the Cloaks - Dawnguard addon. (skip the Dawnguard addon if you use my Requiem - Cloaks)
  24. Install Winter Is Coming - Cloaks and the Cloaks of Skyrim patch (skip the patch if you use my Requiem - Cloaks)
  25. Install Real Snow Flakes.
  26. Install fxsnowflakesblur fix.
  27. Install Real Shelter and the R.S. Edit Scripts. Use TES5Edit to patch RealShelter after adding mods that affect weather (including WAO itself).
  28. Install Immersive Sounds - Compendium.
  29. Install the Ethereal Cosmos CoT starfield replacer.
  30. Install Lorkhan's Vision - Night Sky V2.
  31. Install Skygazer - HD 2K Constellations (Less Bright No Nebulae).
  32. Install Lorkhan's Vision - Moons.
  33. Install your choice of compatible lighting mod(s).
  34. Install WAO (this patch) and any appropriate patches via the installer. If you're using PW-Brighter Nights, make sure to check the WAO-BN option in the installer. (WAO-BN is not supported for use with RLO/RN; they are polar opposites.)
  35. Install Mitigate HDR Eye Adaptation and disable Bloom. Involves simple use of TES5Edit. In brief: Install the IShdr1bloom0_all.esp as normal and the IShdr1bloom0_patch scripts in the Edit Scripts folder. Load up your load order in TES5Edit, select relevant mods (or just all of them) and run the IShdr1bloom0_patch script. After this, 'deep copy as override' the imagespaces from IShdr1bloom0_all to ClimatesofTamriel.esm. More details found here.
  36. Use TES5Edit to patch RealShelter if you haven't yet.
[The above mods are not explicitly required to use WAO, i.e., you don't need all of them. You can be selective.]
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LIGHTING NOTES:

WAO is not compatible with RLO, ELE or Vividian weather modules; however.. For users of lighting mods..
  • ENHANCED LIGHTING FOR ENB (ELE) USERS: Select WAO-ELE version.
  • ENHANCED LIGHTING FOR ENB - LITE (ELE-LITE) USERS: Select WAO-ELElite version.
  • ENHANCED LIGHTS AND FX (ELFX) USERS: Select WAO-ELFX version. For best results, use with Enhanced Lights and FX, ELFX Exteriors, ELFX Dawnguard and ELFX Dragonborn.
  • ENHANCED LIGHTS AND FX (ELFX) ENHANCER USERS: Select WAO-ELFX+ version. For best results, use with Enhanced Lights and FX, ELFX Exteriors, ELFX Enhancer, ELFX Dawnguard and ELFX Dragonborn.
  • REALISTIC LIGHTING OVERHAUL (RLO) USERS: Use with ELE and WAO-ELE is highly recommended, lest the darkness swallow you in the night. Else, select WAO-RLO version. For best results, use WAO-RLO with Major City Interiors, Major City Exteriors, Minor Cities and Town Interiors, Dungeons and Dawnguard Interiors.
  • RELIGHTING SKYRIM (RS) USERS: Select WAO-RS version.
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ADDITIONAL LIGHTING SETUPS:

If using ELE with another lighting mod, WAO-ELE will generally suit your needs and overhaul lighting across Skyrim, however, there are a couple specialized versions for commonly used combinations..
  • [VIVIDIAN] ELE+ELFX: Select WAO-VVD version. This is designed for use with the Vividian-provided merged ELE plugin and ELFX without ELFX-Enhancer. For best results, use with Enhanced Lights and FX, ELFX Exteriors, ELFX Dawnguard, ELFX Dragonborn and ELE-Interior Lighting Merged, and without Vividian weather plugins enabled.
  • [SKYRIM REVISITED] ELE+ELFX+RS: Select WAO-SR version. This is designed for use with the Skyrim Revisited-suggested lighting setup (using Vividian's merged ELE plugin, ELFX and Neovalen's "Tailored for ELFX" Relighting Skyrim.) For best results, use with Enhanced Lights and FX, ELFX Exteriors, ELFX Dawnguard, ELFX Dragonborn, Relighting Skyrim-FULL and ELE-Interior Lighting Merged, and without Vividian weather plugins enabled.
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MCM STUFF:

Suggested MCM settings for related mods.
  • Minty's Lightning during Thunderstorms:
    • Enable hostile fork lightning.
    • Set Frequency of both lightning types to 50.
  • Wet and Cold:
    • Rain Blind - Full
    • Blizzard Blind - Full
    • Enable Strong Winds.
    • Enable Rain Gear.
    • Enable Go Home.
    • Enable Cold Gear.
    • Enable Survival Gear.
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LOAD ORDER:
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Just LOOT it! Loot will sort the files quite simply. If you run into issues with things not looking right, move WAO near the bottom of your load order. I personally suggest moving it below anything that contains cell edits. This includes lighting mods and anything that that places objects in the world.

Load AOS patches (not CoT or SoS-related) after mine.
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OPTIONALS:

The following optional plugins need to be loaded after WAO, or merged. (If merged as a new file, load after WAO, just to be sure.)
  • ClimatesOfTamriel-Dungeons-Hardcore.esp
  • ClimatesOfTamriel-Dungeons-Hazardous.esp
  • ClimatesOfTamriel-Interiors-Cold.esp
  • ClimatesOfTamriel-Interiors-Warm.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch_Snow-10.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch_Snow-40.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch_NL1.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch_NL2.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch_NL3.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch_NL4.esp
Don't use the Climates of Tamriel Dungeons or Interiors with lighting mods, they aren't compatible.

For reference, here's are the related load orders that I use, personally (or would, if my laptop wasn't a laptop). This is the order the masters are sorted in, but isn't explicitly required. That said, if you're experiencing CTDs, you're missing one of these files, most likely.
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BASIC INSTALL LOAD ORDER:

  • ClimatesOfTamriel.esm
  • ExpandedSnowSystems-CoT.esp
  • AOS.esp
  • mintylightningmod.esp
  • SoS - The Dungeons.esp
  • SoS - The Wilds.esp
  • SoS - Civilization.esp
  • ClimatesOfTamriel-Sound.esp
  • Supreme Storms - Cot Version.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch.esp
  • Pureweather.esp
  • WeatherAndAmbienceOverhaul.esp
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EXTENDED INSTALL LOAD ORDER:

  • ClimatesOfTamriel.esm
  • Chesko_Frostfall.esp
  • ExpandedSnowSystems-CoT.esp
  • AOS.esp
  • Immersive Sounds - Compendium.esp
  • randomthunder.esp
  • mintylightningmod.esp
  • ReadingTakesTime.esp
  • ShootingStars.esp
  • SplashofRain.esp
  • Rainbows.esp
  • WetandCold.esp
  • WetandCold - Ashes.esp
  • WetandCold - Holidays.esp
  • Cloaks.esp
  • Cloaks - Dawnguard.esp (unless you use Requiem - Cloaks)
  • 1nivWICCloaks.esp
  • 1nivWICSkyCloaksPatch.esp (unless you use Requiem - Cloaks)
  • SoS - The Dungeons.esp
  • SoS - The Wilds.esp
  • SoS - Civilization.esp
  • ClimatesOfTamriel-Sound.esp
  • Supreme Storms - Cot Version.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch.esp
  • Pureweather.esp
  • WeatherAndAmbienceOverhaul.esp
  • WAO-IS.esp
  • RealShelter.esp
  • RSPatch.esp
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REDUNDANT FILES:
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The following patches are resolved (and made unnecessary) by this megapatch (so don't load them!):

  • MintyLightningMod_COT_Patch.esp
  • ClimatesOfTamriel-Dawnguard-Patch.esp
  • ClimatesOfTamriel-Sound-Dawnguard-Patch.esp
  • ClimatesOfTamriel-Dragonborn-Patch.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch_DB.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch_SupStorms.esp
  • CoT-WeatherPatch_ESS.esp
  • SoS - The Wilds-PatchCoT.esp
  • SoS - The Wilds-PatchCoTSounds.esp
  • SoS - Civilization-PatchCoT.esp
  • SoS - Civilization -PatchCoTSounds.esp
  • AOS_SoS-Civ Patch.esp
  • AOS_SoS-Wilds Patch.esp
  • AOS2_CoT3_1_patch.esp
  • AOS2_SupremeStorms Patch.esp
  • AOS2_SupremeStorms_CoT Patch.esp
  • CoT ESS SoSciv Patch.esp
  • CoT ESS SoSw Patch.esp
  • CoT ESS CoTsounds Patch.esp
  • ESS Patch for CoT DG Patch.esp
  • ESS Patch for CoT DG Patch with SoSw.esp
  • ESS Patch for CoT Sound DG Patch.esp
  • Consistent Stars - CoT.esp
  • Pureweather_AOS2 Patch.esp

Make sure they aren't active in your load order.
LIGHTING MOD USERS: Any conflicts between the required (basic install) mods and lighting mods are resolved by the various lighting versions, so you can remove those patches as well.
IMMERSIVE SOUNDS USERS: Any conflicts between the required (basic install) mods and Immersive Sounds are resolved by the WAO-Immersive Sounds patch, so don't use the Immersive Sounds-AOS patches.

Please note, again, that the original mods are the property of their respective authors and this is only a patch. You do require the listed files and my patch does not contain all the contents of any of the originals.
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COMPATIBILITY:
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CREDITS AND THANKS:
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All of the original works are required and listed as masters. I did not make any of them, so all credit goes to the original authors. I'd like to thank the following people for creating these (absolutely amazing) things for me to incorporate. Without them, none of this would be possible.

JJC71 for Climates of Tamriel - Weather - Lighting - Audio
JonusL2D for Expanded Snow Systems
David Jegutidse for Audio Overhaul for Skyrim 2
Minty911 for Lightning during Thunder Storms
Cliffworms for Sounds of Skyrim
MannyGT for Supreme Storms
prod80, Aiyen and Saerileth for Climates of Tamriel - Weather - Patch
TwoHungLow for Consistent Stars - Climates of Tamriel Patch
Laast for Pure Weather
The Unofficial Patch Project Team for USKP, UDGP, and UDBP.

I'd also like to thank all of the aforementioned modders for creating the awesome mods I've recommended for WAO's "Extended install", and the people who've helped me test the mod at various points throughout its development, most notably Teabag86, who was the sole beta tester for WAO 2.0.
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IN CLOSING:
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Thanks for checking out my little Megapatch (as oxymoronic as that sounds). If you like WAO and decide to endorse it, you should think about endorsing the original mods too (it might seem a little silly not to). Also, if you enjoy a survival playthrough, feel free to check out my second Megapatch, known as the Requiem Survival Experience. While you're here, these are some other mods I would definitely recommend.

Requiem: The Roleplaying Overhaul by Xarrian and Ogerboss
Epic Gameplay Overhaul by Apollodown
Living Takes Time by Akezhar
Get Snowy by hoax2
Equipping Overhaul (v3.13) by DragonDude