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Neutralizes the racial starting skill bonus and allows you to distribute points yourself. Also you can distribute points between magic, health and stamina.

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This mod neutralizes the racial skill bonus and allows you to distribute those points yourself, as well as to redistribute points between magic, health, and stamina. There is a PapyrusUtil-based configuration file where you can toggle both the menus and change many settings. Via configuration you also can make it so all the skill values will be set to the base value without any bonuses (without any race edits).
The installer also includes options to set the base skill value to 0/5/10 (yeah this is not a unique feature).

Unfortunately, it's not a cool custom menu, but at least it's not a default messagebox. I used the ListMenu from SkyUILib.


The menu will only open if you haven't gained level 2 yet, so skills won't reset on a saved game.
The menu will open a few seconds after you get all controls. For the vanilla start, it should happen after your hands are untied. Tested with Alternate Start, Skyrim Unbound (Reborn), and Realm of Lorkhan.


You can increase or decrease a skill/stat value by the same number of points at a time (be default: 5 for the skill menu, 10 for the stats menu). The remaining number of points is displayed at the top of the menu.
To increase a value, select the desired skill/stat and then click [Tab]Exit or press the Tab or Esc key. To decrease a value, do the same with the LShift key pressed (the mod checks if the key is pressed after clicking, so do not release it too quickly).

The skill you have selected will be automatically selected the next time (although the menu will not scroll down). You also can select the previous selected skill at any time - click on [R]Default or press the R key (in this case the menu will be scrolled).

When you run out of points, the confirmation menu will be opened. Here you can choose "COMPLETE" to finish the points distribution, or choose any skill/stat to decrease it.


No vanilla records are changed. Only the base skill options change one gamesetting, so place these optional files after the mods that do the same.

It probably won't work properly with most mods that implement a class system etc. But it is perhaps an alternative for them.

CYSS contains the SkyUILib files (of the latest and only version), so it will overwrite mods that also use SkyUILib (like Name Your Horse) and that's fine.
You can safely overwrite these files in any order.


This mod requires SkyUI and PapyrusUtil.

Install with your mod manager.
Click "Track" at the top of the page to start tracking mod updates.


CYSS comes with a .json configuration file Data\SKSE\Plugins\StorageUtilData\ChooseYourStartingSkills.json. You can open it via any text editor like Windows Notepad and edit the values. Note that CYSS reads the config only once, when a new game is started via main menu. Note that bad values (like step > total points) will break CYSS.

The settings:
"disablecontrols" : 0/1
By default, CYSS disables controls while you're in the menu, to prevent camera moving when the menu re-opens. Set 0 to disable this. (Default: 1)

"skills_mode" : 0/1/-1
0 - Disable the Skill Menu and don't touch the skills; 1 - Enable the Skill Menu; -1 - Disable the Skill Menu but set all the skills to the base value. (Default: 1)
"skills_points" : number
The total number of skill points avialable for distribution. (Default: 35)
"skills_step" : number
The number of skill points to add per one step. (Default : 5)
"skills_maxbonus" : number
The maximum skill bonus you can add via CYSS. (Default : 10)

To integrate with any mods, CYSS uses an existing gamesetting to set minimum skill levels. This value can be changed by any other mods and the base skill value set by CYSS will match it, the installer also has some options to set this setting.

"stats_mode" : 0/1
0 - Disable the Stat Menu and don't touch the skills; 1 - Enable the Stat Menu. (Default: 1)
"stats_points" : number
The total number of stat points avialable for distribution. (Default: 60)
"stats_step" : number
The number of stat points to add per one step. (Default : 10)
"stats_basestat" : number
The mimimum and starting stat value you can set via CYSS. (Default : 80)
"stats_maxstat" : number
The maximum stat value you can set via CYSS. (Default : 130)


mrpwn for SkyUILib.