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Sometimes the appearance and/or abilities of NPC's gets on my nerves. Whether it's Faendal looking like Camilla's grandad's grandad or Sven being completely useless as a choice for a companion. I made this to fix that for myself so I didn't have to keep changing them every time I started a new game. Figured I'd share it.

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This is a small collection of changes to certain NPC's that annoy me in some way. Currently there are only five npc's covered, all male since the female npc's and followers seem to be pretty well dealt with. Doesn't mean I won't add female NPC's (Brelyna Maryon is kinda in my sights, honestly). Fair warning, I'm not really aiming at this being a "beautification" mod, some NPC's that get added may be, intentionally, unattractive (Jarl Siddigier, I'm lookin' at you). Just figured it was worth mentioning.

All the screenshots I've uploaded are on a, graphically, vanilla game. That's what they look like under the worst visual conditions.
I left the option to upload images open, no need for me to approve or anything. I'd really appreciate seeing what they look like in other peoples games
!

Thank you to anybody who downloads my lil' mod :)

Followers:

Sven: He's useless. I mean even if you want to role play as a guy who wouldn't pick Faendal, you're probably better off going it alone than picking Sven.
I changed his class and combat style. He should run out and tank stuff for you now. I also made him bigger, changed his outfit so he looks like the
village bully and gave him a big honkin axe. What kind of Nord doesn't have an axe? He's also got a lute and a drum in his inventory.  Oh, and he looks a good bit younger. Which I thought was appropriate.

Faendal: Elves are universally ugly in Skyrim. I'm sorry if you like that elves look like the vamps from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Faendal doesn't anymore. He looks a lot younger. I mean, before he looked like Camilla's grandfather's, grandfather. Am I the only one who thought that was a bit creepy? Faendal also has some fairly ugly "custom" clothing. I turned a farmer's tunic green and put some leather boots and bracers on him. They are enchanted and both he and Sven have the perks to benefit from those enchantments. Faendal also has a very cool lookin Elven bow from the mod Real Bows, by DecimusMaximus. If you don't use Real Bows this bow will stand out but not in a lore unfriendly way.

Amren: I thought he was a bit scrawny for a professional mercenary, so I buffed him up a bit. You can also ask him to follow you after you have retrieved his father's sword, if you know anything about his family you wouldn't question why he's so eager to run off. Amren now wears heavy armor, as the particulars in his character record tend towards. His family sword is now a custom Hammerfell Armoury sword as is a shield he has in his inventory. You'll probably have to remove his old iron sword from him before he equips his family sword. I de-powered the sword from the original version, however both shield and sword should have the option to upgrade them at the appropriate crafting station. He's made out to be a tanky follower now.

NPC's:

Balgruuf the Greater: I always thought the Jarl of Whiterun was a bit scrawny for such a seasoned war veteran that had managed to impress a Dunmer Nightblade during the Great War enough that she'd attach herself to him so fanatically. He's a bit buffer now. I also made him slightly taller than average, you may not even notice it, honestly. Regardless, he's a bit more "regal" in appearance no, in my opinion. I just wish I could have found a decent crown to replace the circlet he's wearing. Ah, well, need to learn how to use Blender at some point I suppose.

Farengar
: I just don't like the mutton chops. He's a wizard, he should have a beard and a pointy hat. Now he does. Radical change, I know.


All NPC's have custom bodies (SFW, and compatible with vanilla clothing meshes), heads, hands, feet, hair, and custom textures for all. You don't need to install anything to get them to look like the pictures. I did not alter the race records so if you have any mods that do it may affect them. Probably the only noticeable  thing would  be added hair colors might change some NPC's hair color.

Load this mod after any mod that changes NPC's. That includes Immersive Weapons, yes, it changes NPC records. The only thing this mod should overwrite in your load order should be the facegen and facegeom files of the relevant npc's.


Requirements:
Requires Skyrim and Dragonborn. All changes to these NPC's made in the Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch have been forwarded, and USSEP is now a requirement.

I STRONGLY RECOMMEND anybody who uses this NPC overhaul or any other to download SSEEdit. You should learn to make your own patches as nobody else will ever be able to make one as tailored to your, individual, likes and load order. The following link is to a video by FadingSignal about creating a patch for conflicts between weather mods. The principle is the same, except less complex, for NPC conflicts. Watch, learn, keep from losing you're hair prematurely.

https://youtu.be/LyDpP96LRmA


Credits

SPECIAL THANKS GO TO THESE KIND PEOPLE WHO LEFT
PERMISSIONS OPEN TO USE AS RESOURCES IN OTHER
PEOPLES MODS.


***SHOULD ANY MOD AUTHOR WHOSE ASSETS I HAVE USED HAVE ANY OBJECTIONS TO THEIR INCLUSION IN THIS MOD CONTACT ME AND I WILL*** ***IMMEDIATELY TAKE WHATEVER ACTION THE ORIGINAL AUTHOR WISHES.***


SSEEdit (Otherwise known as xEdit) by ElminsterAU and the SSEEdit team. I've done the lion's share of this mod in xEdit. Incredible tool!
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/164


Hi Poly Male Body by VoorheesAJollyGoodFellow
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/12330

    (Inspired by Bodysuits for CBBE TBBP Unified UNP and Bodyslide by Dalsio. Click this line for link to that mod.)

Vitruvia - Skin Texture Overhaul for Males by mandragorasprouts
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/82948

    
Fine Face Textures for Men SSE by urshi
        https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/4759

        
KS Hairdos SSE by Kalilies and Stealthic
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/6817


Bed Head by Jasper
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/8528

        
Salt and Wind - Rough Hair for KS Hairdos SE by Jasper and Shiva182
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/16582

    
Fair Skin Complexion by HHaleyy
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/51602

    
Caliente's Beautiful Bodies Enhancer -CBBE- by Ousnius and Caliente
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/198

    
Bodyslide and Outfit Studio by Ousnius and Caliente
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/201

    
Real Bows for SSE by DecimusMaximus
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/3144


Bed Head by Jasper
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/8528

    
Ethereal Elven Overhaul by Nuska
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/24273

    
Nifskope by all the people who work on it (have no idea who to individually credit)    
    https://github.com/niftools/nifskope/releases

    
SSE Nif Optimizer by Ousnius
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/4089

Engraved Shamshir (Hammerfell Armoury) by farinelli
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/60454


Redguard Shields (Hammerfell Armoury) by farinelli
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrim/mods/60788

Seamless Males SE by triptherift
    https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/19164
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