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No more male housecarls! A simple cosmetic mod changing the appearance of Skyrim's eight vanilla and Hearthfires housecarls . No male walks, essential, fixed Lydia's marriage bug, lots of Perks, up to level 100.

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NOTE:  Version 3.0 comes with skin!  Please read what you are downloading so you can download the right combination of files.

Non-cosmetic changes:

  • Fixed Lydia's marriage bug
  • Vanilla houscarl AI radius has been increased for greater sandbox range in vanilla homes.
  • None of them walk like a male bodybuilder.
  • Maximum level raised to 100
  • They are essential while not following.
  • They have a lot of perks based on their fighting styles and the perk list grows as they level.
  • Changed their default outfits and inventory so they no longer come with a shield or weapon. They are essential and cannot die, but you will have to give them weapons if you want them to be armed.

I've left their weight exactly as it is in vanilla Skyrim. If you use this mod and see the neck separating from the body, it is because your saved game contains changes to the NPC's weight -- changes made in the console with the setnpcweight command, or changes made by a previous mod.

Downloadable as a single plugin for all five vanilla housecarls, or as separate downloads for each vanilla housecarl.
Downloadable as a single plugin for all three hearthfires housecarls, or as separate downloads for each Hearthfires housecarl.

Make your life easy and just use NMM. Same with the uninstall.
If you're a die-hard manual installer, you'll know what to do with the files.

  1. If installing multiple plugins your mod manager will warn you about overwriting files.  Answer "Yes," to overwrite.
  2. Don't forget!  If you are a UNP user, download and install the UNP textures *AFTER* you have already installed everything else.  Every other download comes with CBBE textures.  The one UNP download will overwrite all of them, if you install it last.

Upgrading from previous versions

  1. Deactivate and completely uninstall previous version (delete the files).
  2. Install new version.

This mod will conflict with other mods that cosmetically alter Skyrim's housecarls. This includes UFO, which is an NPC appearance mod (even though it is not advertised as such). As a result, if you are running UFO, this mod's plugin must come after UFO in your load order, or you will get the infamous grey head bug.

Aside from the warning about this mod's plugins needing to be below UFO in the load order, this mod is compatible with all follower control mods, such as UFO, EFF and AFT.

I hand painted the makeup tint masks, but they will work with all face textures.

10/19/2016 v3.0
03/15/2016 v2.0
02/17/2016 V1.1 Add Hearthfires Housecarls
04/25/2012 V1.01 Updated Perks
04/23/2012 V1.0 Initial release

OMB and Tikky for managing my mods on the Nexus.
Kalilies, Stealthic Khaos and Shocky for hairs
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Real Girls Realistic Body Texture for UNP UNPB and SeveNBase by Zonzai and Seren4XX
CBBE skin texture V2 V3 plus Thepal and UNP compatible by navetsea
Fitness Body by Svarog
Natural Eyes by nevenbridge
Eye Normal Map Fix by Mr Dave
Brows by Hvergelmir
Better Females by Bella by BellaGail