Improved Bards by cleverbee
Skyrim » NPC
Added: 02/08/2014 - 11:11AM
Updated: 10/05/2016 - 11:00PM

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2.01 Latest version

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Uploaded by cleverbee


Last updated at 23:00, 10 May 2016 Uploaded at 11:11, 2 Aug 2014


Comparison shots between the old version and 2.0 for anyone interested: Gallery

2.01: NOW REQUIRES USLEEP! This carries forward changes/corrections from USLEEP and fixes an issue where something was accidentally moved in the Bee and Barb. It's been checked through TES5Edit, so hopefully everything is okay with this version.

2.0: Revamped most of the bards to try to give them more individual looks, rebuilt Thora to work better, added Lurbuk and the college bards.

1.1-1.3a: Old looks for the NPCs, no Lurbuk or college bards. Version 1.3a all-in-one has the fix for naked Thora.

Additionally, I may be updating the mod with the following:

- Possibly adding a custom voice to Thora (we'll see)
- Possibly adding a female version of Llewellyn

PLEASE NOTE: In versions 1.3a and older, Mikael and Sven may have a small neck gap due to their weight being changed. If you notice one, please do the following:

open the console
click on Mikael or Sven
type 'setnpcweight=50' (for Sven) and/or 'setnpcweight=40' (for Mikael)
then type 'disable' and hit enter
followed by 'enable' and enter again


Improved Bards is a standalone replacer for bards around Skyrim. Additionally, there is a new bard added to The Bee and Barb in Riften.

Files will include:

- All-in-One replacer, including Thora (Requires Heartfire and USLEEP)
- Vanilla inn bards (will require USLEEP)
- Vanilla college bards
- Hearthfire bards (will require Hearthfire, obviously)
- Thora, added to Riften

Sorry, but no more individual files as I do not want to update with 20+ individual files. The old ones will be up until I get the rest of the files above uploaded. I'm trying to figure out how to make a FOMOD, so hopefully I can switch to that at some point.

In case it's important for anyone, bodies are CBBE mostly because the wenches outfit showed nips with UNP.


Download with your mod manager of choice and activate.

If manually installing, just download and place the files in your data folder.


- If you are using Ethereal Elven Overhaul, the files that include Luaffyn or Viarmo need to be placed below it in your loading order.
- If you are using Perkus Maximus and have already created the PatchusMaximus file, you'll have to use Tes5Edit to get compatibility.

Otherwise, let LOOT or whichever sorting application you have sort them.

If you want better compatibility between mods or don't want all my changes, I suggest using TES5Edit. Here's a good place to start.


These are mods that I use in my game:

- Female Facial Animation by nao4288
- Realistic Instruments - Flute Lute and Drum HQ by InwardScreams
- Face to face conversation by towawot
- Beards by lthot


This mod was made with the following resources which were either free-to-use or permission was granted for use.

Race Menu by expired6978
SG Female Textures Renewal by hellosanta
Caliente's Beautiful Bodies Edition by Caliente
The Eyes of Beauty by LogRaam
True Eyes and True Brows by jimtownirish
Ethereal Elven Overhaul by nuska
ApachiiSkyHair Female by apachii
Lovely Hairstyles by zn00p
Fine Face Textures by urshi
Vanilla Hair Variety Plus by Omega99jp
DCE - Realistic Male Face by Drumber
High Res Face Maps for Men by Geonox
Freckle Mania by tetrodoxin
KS Hairdos by Kalilies Stealthic Khaos and Shocky
Fair Skin Complexion by HHaleyy
Maevan2's Eye Brows by Maevan2
Skysight Skins by fadingsignal
Smile in HD by zzjay

The screenshots were taken using Project ENB by bronze316.

Lastly, I mod for myself first and foremost. It's great if people like what I've done, but if you don't like the aesthetics there are always other mods out there, no need to get huffy about it.


Enjoy and feel free to add your own screenshots!