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Whiterun Hold Refine is a standalone, rustic, and faithful NPC appearance package of nearly every character in Whiterun Hold (60+), staying true to the vanilla game and lore while incorporating some of my personal preferences.

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Markarth Side Refine
Whiterun Hold Refine
Stormcloak Rebellion Refine

Housecarl Companions Refine

Nexus Companions Refine


Whiterun Hold Refine is a rustic and faithful NPC appearance package of nearly every character in Whiterun Hold, staying true to the vanilla game and lore while incorporating some of my personal preferences. This is an on-going project that will hopefully encompass every NPC in Skyrim by the end. Whiterun Hold covers Riverwood, Whiterun, Rorikstead. It does not cover the Dragonsreach or Companions, as they are in their own package. In the meantime, consider checking out Windsong Immersive Character Overhaul, whose overall visual design helped inspire the direction of this mod and years of Skyrim modding.

Some changes from Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch (AI packages and additional bug fixes) and Cutting Room Floor (unused, base-game inventory items) have been forwarded for convenience). However, and in most cases, any mod that edits an Actor record with require a compatibility patch.


Riverwood: Alvor, Camilla, Delphine, Embry, Faendal, Gerdur, Hod, Lucan, Orgnar, Sven, Sigrid

Whiterun: Adrianne, Ulfberth, Amren, Saffir, Arcadia, Hulda, Mikael, Saadia, Sinmir, Gwendolyn, Brenuin, Belethor, Sigurd, Carlotta, Wilmuth, Ahlam, Elrindir, Janassa, Nazeem, Andurs, Heimskr, Eimar, Mallus, Sabjorn, Avulstein, Eorlund, Olfina, Alfhild, Idolaf, Jon, Olfrid, Gloth, Nimriel, Severio, Jenssen, Danica, Maurice, Uthgerd, Bjorlam, Jervar, Skulvar, Ysolda

Rorikstead: Ennis, Reldith, Erik, Mralki, Lemkil, Rorik


Changes have been made in an effort to better reflect a characters lore and backstory. Mikael talks about being a Nord "far-from-home" in regards to Cyrodiil in his book "Gentleman's Guide to Whiterun". Thus, he has been better groomed and given a hairstyle to better suit traditional Cyrodiilic fashion. Service-working women have had their hair tied back, such as Hulda and Ysolda. Blacksmiths have been given darker faces to reflect their line of work, and been equipped with one-handed mauls (these items can not be wielded, looted, or interacted with the player, and in most conditions aren't used). Hilda raises her boy Sven to be a true Nord, and as such forces him to humiliatingly put on warpaint each and every morning. Certain Bosmer have been given horns. Some may be aesthetic, others might be a result of nature.

An additional extension has been made available to further integrate more mods into the game such as Creation Club Content or Beyond Skyrim. Track the mod and my profile on Nexus to stay up to date with this project.


[Base Game ESMs]
[Unofficial Skyrim Patches]
[All Other Mods]
WICO - Immersive People.esp
[FaceGen Patches]




Tempered Skins for Males
Tempered Skins for Females
Superior Lore-Friendly Hair
Natural Eyes
Improved Eye Reflections and Cube Map
Natural Teeth
True Faces


Mauls One Handed Hammers
Hallgarth's Additional Vanilla Hair
Cuyi's Bosmeri Antlers


Veydosebrom Grass and Groundcover
Obsidian Weathers and Seasons ("Refine" Edit)
ENB Refine


Thank you to Hallgarth for allowing me to distribute their vanilla hair mesh edits as a standalone hair package.
Thank you to SarthesArai for allowing me to distribute their one-handed hammer meshes as a standalone item.
Thank you to Windsong, creating such iconic renditions of characters that have made such a lasting impression on my taste and this project.
Thank you to Nightshade, Dreldyn and Lyreha for open-permissions on their bosmeri antlers.
Thank you to the r/skyrimmods Discord for providing feedback on this project.