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A mod that alters the Holds of Skyrim to make them each more individually unique and visually distinct.

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Distinct Skyrim Landscapes

HOT FILES 8/12/16! Hi Mom!

Thanks so much to everyone who has downloaded and endorsed, you guys are awesome!

Thanks to Hodilton for the video!

Note: This mod will look several orders of magnitude better if you run DynDOLOD by Sheson!

When I first read about Skyrim in the lore from previous elder scrolls games, I had a much different impression of what the land actually looked like when compared to Bethesda's vision which was released to us. This mod is a representation of the mental image I created when I first read about Skyrim. Currently, this mod affects seven Holds; Hjaalmarch, The Pale, Winterhold, Whiterun, Eastmarch, Haafingar, and Falkreath. The idea for this mod actually started a long, long time ago back in the days of Morrowind when I first read about the land of Skyrim in the in-game books. I've always been a huge fan of TES Lore and this is my attempt at interpreting that lore and bringing a new and unique look to the land of Skyrim.

Now on a more personal note, this mod has been my brainchild on and off for more than two years. It's been a very slow project and I really appreciate those of you who have followed with interest even through the long periods of my absence. One of the more recent breaks I took away from this mod came after my father passed away suddenly in an accident on September 11, 2015. I was coming into a time in my adult life when my dad was not only my dad but my friend and having that taken away from me was really tough. I have included a small tribute to my father in an out of the way location as part of the mod.

Current Release 

Version 1.0.1

-Small bugfixes


Skyrim Flora Overhaul (Not totally required but it won't be the same without it)
DynDOLOD (Again, not totally required but the old LOD will pop in and out unless you update it with DynDOLOD)

Release Changes


  • remove trees
  • Nordic ruins sticking out of the mud
  • dead skeletons


  • Huge trees
  • Very little underbrush

The Pale

  • Remove trees
  • frozen tundra
  • jagged rocks

  • Dead Trees and grass
  • More animal skeletons
  • Make River Yorgrim navigable


  • No foliage

Whiterun Hold

  • no trees
  • expand on giants

Haafingar Hold

  • thinning the trees
  • snowy road
  • barren coast

Throat of the World

  • No trees, gives it an Everest-y feel!


Install with your favorite mod manager or drag and drop the files into your Data Folder


At the moment compatibility will be hard to determine, in the coming days as people start using the mod in their playthroughs I hope to compile a more defined list to see what needs patching.

Out of the Box

Enhanced Landscapes by AceeQ (I've been getting good reports that these two are playing nicely, if people notice issues please let me know!)


Cutting Room Floor by Arthmoor
Skyrim Better Roads by SilentResident
Enhanced Towns and Cities by MissJennabee
JK's Skyrim - Full by jkrojmal
JK's Skyrim - Major Cities by jkrojmal
Skyrim Bridges by bjs_336

Coming Soon

Master the Summit

Highly Suggested Mods

Verdant by Preeum
Skyrim Flora Overhaul by Vurt
Supreme and Volumetric Fog by MannyGT


Q: Will you make this change for me?
A: I'm always willing to listen to new ideas, but there is no guarantee it will happen.

Q: Is this compatible with "X" mod?
A: That depends on the mod. Texture and mesh mods will almost always be compatible. Mods that add objects to the landscape may be incompatible only in that they do not match the new aesthetic of the region. The good news is that 9.9/10 cases a compatibility patch will be made fairly easily and I will be doing my best to cover most of the requested mods.

Q: I like this change, but that change makes me cringe.
A: Sorry, can't help you on that front. Feel free to download and remove whatever you want for your own personal use.


If you enjoy this mod, think its a good idea, or even hate it; please leave a comment! Feedback is what tells me what I need to change and what I should keep. Endorsements are, as always, most appreciated as well.