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Aetherius is a complete overhaul of Skyrim’s human, elf, and beast races designed to balance the game’s races and add powerful new gameplay options.

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Aetherius - A Race Overhaul

Aetherius is a complete overhaul of Skyrim’s human, elf, and beast races designed to balance the game’s races and add powerful new gameplay options. Greater powers have been removed in favor of stronger, more desirable passives. Although each race has been designed to fill a specific role, the nature of these bonuses allow for a broad range of builds to benefit from them. In addition, all starting skills have been reduced by ten, to place more emphasis on the player’s choice of race. 

Aetherius is designed to complement my mod Mundus - A Standing Stone Overhaul, but it does not require it. 



Major Skill: Restoration
Minor Skills: Alchemy, Alteration, Illusion, Pickpocketing, Sneak
Histskin: You have 50% Disease Resistance and 50% Magicka and Stamina Regeneration. You can also breathe underwater.


Major Skill: Conjuration
Minor Skills: Alchemy, Alteration, Illusion, Restoration, Speech
Spell Warding: You have 25% Magic Resistance and a 15% chance to absorb the Magicka from incoming spells.

Dark Elf

Major Skill: Destruction
Minor Skill: Enchanting, Illusion, Light Armor, One-handed, Sneak
Red Mountain’s Wisdom: You have 50% Fire Resistance, and your spells and enchantments cost 10% less.

High Elf

Major Skill: Enchanting
Minor Skills: Alteration, Conjuration, Destruction, Illusion, Restoration
Syrabane’s Boon: You have an extra 50 Magicka and 50% Magicka Regeneration.


Major Skill: Speech
Minor Skills: Block, Heavy Armor, One-handed, Restoration, Smithing
Red Diamond: You have an extra 25 Health, Magicka, and Stamina. Buying and selling prices are 10% better, and you find extra gold in your travels. 


Major Skill: Sneak
Minor Skill: Alchemy, Archery, Light Armor, Lockpicking, Pickpocketing
Lunar Blessing: You move 10% faster and take 50% less damage from falling. You also spend 25% less Stamina when power attacking or drawing a bow.
Night Eye: Improves the caster’s night vision for 60 seconds.


Major Skill: Two-handed
Minor Skills: Block, Heavy Armor, Light Armor, Smithing, Speech
Nordic Heritage: You have 50% Frost Resistance and take 25% less damage while power attacking, drawing a bow, or casting a spell.


Major Skill: Heavy Armor 
Minor Skills: Block, Enchanting, One-handed, Smithing, Two-handed 
Orsinium's Heir: You have an extra 50 Health and 50% Health Regeneration.


Major Skill: One-handed 
Minor Skill: Archery, Block, Light Armor, Smithing, Two-handed
Martial Tradition: You have an extra 50 Stamina and 50% Stamina Regeneration.

Wood Elf

Major Skill: Archery 
Minor Skills: Light Armor, Lockpicking, One-handed, Pickpocket, Sneak
Green Pact: You have 50% Poison Resistance. You also deal 25% extra damage with sneak attacks and spells. 

Unarmed Damage

Human and elven races deal 5 unarmed damage per hit. Beast races (Argonians and Khajiit) deal 10 unarmed damage per hit. I have not given the Khajiit an additional unarmed bonus, because it forces their race into a specific niche, and because Adamant already makes unarmed a viable skill for combat-oriented characters. With Aetherius and Adamant, beast races will have a slight edge in unarmed damage, but not enough to restrict the player's choices.


Aetherius is lightweight and compatible, and will not interfere with any mod (except for other mods that change race records). It does not use scripts and will not cause issues in your game. If you have Spell Perk Item Distributor installed, Aetherius will automatically distribute perks to NPCs that need them.

My Other Mods

Aetherius - A Race Overhaul
Mundus - A Standing Stone Overhaul
Mysticism - A Magic Overhaul
Adamant - A Perk Overhaul
Arena - An Encounter Zone Overhaul
Blade and Blunt - A Combat Overhaul
Scion - A Vampire Overhaul
Manbeast - A Werewolf Overhaul
Apothecary - An Alchemy Overhaul
Pilgrim - A Religion Overhaul