Skyrim Special Edition

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Soulmancer and Laeris and The Community

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A lore friendly and compatible NPC overhaul that aims to preserve the rugged aesthetic of people in Skyrim.

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The Cathedral Concept
Humans, Mer, and Beastfolk

The Cathedral Concept is a comprehensive visual overhaul for Skyrim. It is simply designed, consisting mostly of retextures and improved models, so that you can use it as a foundation without having to worry extensively about compatibility.

Humans, Mer, and Beastfolk is a lore-friendly overhaul of the various races of Skyrim. It seeks to preserve the vanilla aesthetic while improving model and texture quality. The mod was inspired by Total Character Makeover and is composed of similar mods. 

The following authors have contributed with their mods below. Consider that modifications have been made and HMB does not necessarily reflect the authors' original works. Please download, endorse, donate, or leave comments of support to the following authors for their contributions to Skyrim modding and The Cathedral Concept.

Note: new screen shots were taken using my ENB Soul Spectrum alongside Cathedral Weathers... Different ENBs and weather mods will of course look different!





Scars, Makeup and Warpaint


Recommended but not included: these must be downloaded and installed manually; recommended for visual quality and consistency, and also for the player to benefit the same as NPCs

Vanilla Warpaint Absolution by DomainWolf - (install before/above HMB, and ONLY install the vanilla Khajit and Argonian warpaint; Painterly does everything else) NPC tintmasks were created using these so NPC argonian / khajit will benefit, but not the player without downloading.

Vanilla Makeup HD by DomanWolf - (install after/below HMB) NPC tintmasks were created using these; if you want the player's makeup to match you'll need to install this

Expressive Facegen Morphs by Niruko - (Install after/below HMB) NPCs facegeoms were created with this installed and it is highly recommended if you want the player to also benefit of the improved face morphs.  Required for user Facegen!


Compatible with any mod that edits or adds NPCs but likely incompatible with other character visual overhauls. Compatibility is complex however and there may be combinations that work. We recommend you use only Cathedral Character Overhaul and recommendations unless you are an experienced modder. 


There are two primary philosophies when it comes to modding, Parlor and Cathedral, originally coined by the former modder, Wrye.

In the Parlor view, we consider mods as privately owned works of art displayed in a modder's parlor. We invite others to come appreciate our work. We directly receive compliments and endorsements, encouraging us to produce further work. 

In the Cathedral Concept, we consider modding a joint effort. We share our work with each other to foster further mod development, to keep the community alive, and to contribute in the construction of mods of monumental scales, akin to Cathedrals. Individually, our contributions may be small and not worth doing for themselves, but by each person contributing something, we construct something larger and more worthwhile than any of us could do on our own.