Skyrim Special Edition

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(Now ESL!) Adds a new craftable necklace to the game to help players of queer female and non-binary characters show-off their wlw pride. Sweep the ladies of Skyrim off their feet and out of their humdrum heteronormative little lives! Works the same way an AMULET OF MARA does in enticing marriage propositions...but from female npcs only!

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Be the Lavender Menace you wish to see in the world. Now ESL-flagged!

This necklace works the same way the Amulet of Mara does in inviting marriage-propositions...but from female NPCs only!

Craftable:
All it takes to build one for yourself is a few sprigs of lavender, some straw to braid into a cord, and a bit of stone for the beads and pendant! No smithing level required; you can literally build this at the first forge you come across in the game as long as you've picked up the right materials along your way out of Helgen (or wherever you started). It will show up under the Jewelry section of your crafting menu.

Upon request, I have also added an existing copy of the necklace on the shelves of the bar of the Bannered Mare in Whiterun. (Hulda seemed like a likely lady to have one of these lying around, don't you think?) It is marked as "player owned" so you can grab it without worrying about the guards. It also respawns. Additionally, there is an optional file for download that removes the enchantment from the craftable necklace for those who would like to make use of the design with a different magical effect. In that file ONLY the necklace in the Bannered Mare can be used to substitute for an Amulet of Mara!

Built-In Enchantment:
Because it's craftable right from the start and the materials are so easily obtainable I made it a pretty mild enchantment to keep it from
being overpowered for low level characters (a little bit of a persuasion boost, a smidge of extra carryweight). But like most jewelry it weighs very little, so you can leave it in your inventory while you're adventuring and put it back on when you go into town to flirt with all those lovely ladies! UPDATE: Thanks to the extremely wonderful guidance of DreamLikeDragon and summerwolf, who walked me through the quest-editing process, this necklace now doubles as an Amulet of Mara in enticing marriage propositions -- but from female npcs only!

(Yes, the npcs do still refer to it as "an Amulet of Mara" in their dialogue of course -- but since Mara is the Goddess of Love, this is still an amulet of Mara, just not the Amulet of Mara, so technically...)

Compatibility: Should be compatible with everything, but please do let me know if you run into any conflicts! There might be mild conflicts requiring a patch with other mods that alter the Marriage Quest, but it's unlikely. If you find any, let us know!

(Note that there are no gameplay barriers to stop male characters from wearing this as well; I didn't want to get in the way of how you express you character's gender or of any mods that you might have implemented for more genderqueer player options by putting on some kind of toggle, especially given that Bethesda has everything set to very limited gender binaries and there's no way for me to script in a nonbinary or genderfluid option. So technically, yes, you can have your male character wear this too...but what would be the point? Especially since you can find the male equivalent here.)

Open Permissions: This mod is completely free and open for community use! Do anything you want, put it in anything you want. Add it to your own mods, rewrite it, retexture it (I originally wanted to make it out of leather and lavender just because I liked how that sounded but I couldn't find an existing amulet I liked that looked like it used those materials, and I'm not skilled enough to build from scratch yet; if you are, knock yourself out!), add it to your npcs, put it in your quests...anything.

(Well, anything as long as it isn't homophobic or transphobic, please. TERFs can go make their own ugly necklaces to match their hateful grubby little souls; we're too busy including everyone else to have any room
for them thanks bye!)


Credit & Gratitude: Most especially to DreamLikeDragon and summerwolf for making the Marriage Quest work! You two are true Heroes Of Skyrim and you have my thanks forever. Additional thanks to Rafnagud for extensive troubleshooting kicking my first-mod-failure-jumble files into shape!

Anyway, thanks for popping in to check out my very first mod and I hope you enjoy it!
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QUEERING SKYRIM:
Not what you would call a project or a mission, exactly, given that I'm entirely new to the idea of mod-building and I don't have the talent or the time to match an ambition like that...but. It sure would be fun, huh?

The ESO has been making great strides in the area of realistically diverse identity, but Skyrim? Well, Skyrim is a little older. And that sadly means it's a heck of a lot more heteronormative. Skyrim gives us a gameworld that accepts same-sex marriage without blinking over our Dovahkiin, which is great! But what it doesn't give us is much in the way of in-world queerness. Is everybody else in Skyrim living in the closet? (They don't even have closets!) Why, when no one raises so much as an eyebrow at the player's loving gay family? It doesn't make sense. And if there's anything more immersion-breaking than the idea that everyone in Skyrim except our character and their spouse is straight, I have yet to hear of it. (Maybe it's just hard for them to meet other queer people without internet apps and pride-flag pins or handkerchief code...certainly there seem to be more than enough offers the minute our Dovahkiin puts on that Amulet of Mara, huh? Maybe we should arrange a queer meet-and-greet after we're done dealing with the dragon problem...) Basically, Skyrim needs more of a queer presence to feel like a properly developed worldspace.

So...let's fix that oversight ourselves I guess?

For my part, I don't know enough modding yet to make much of a dent alas. But what I can do is help point people to the content that is out there, starting with this short list of all the queer mods I've found so far:

Simply Gay Letters by boringvlln
Same Sex Perks -- Lover's Insight by Succubism
Gay Insight - A Lover's Insight Tweak by Immersion
Blueflower Necklace by myself; the mlm version of this mod!
Immersive Gender Reassignment (IGR) by UltimateGaymer
Pronouns by PistachioRaptor
Pride Flag: Banner Replacer by evgirunslaad (for LE but it's only texture so it will work in SE too!)
Rainbow Archmage Robes by marchofflowers (for LE but it's only texture so it should work in SE too!)
Flat Chested Body With Fur Binder by marchofflowers 
Transgender Player/NPC forms by bigshot103 (NSFW & WIP)

If you know of any mods to add to this list, either hosted here at the Nexus or elsewhere, please send them my way and I'll do my best to keep this maintained and updated!

Go forth, queer adventurers! Bring a little more Rainbow Love to this grim and wintry land!