Skyrim Special Edition

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Allison Wade

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About this mod

Replace female housecarls with males and gives a facelift to all 8 housecarls.

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I saw a post in the NexusMods forum where someone asked for a male version of the female housecarls, so I decided to give it a try, and while I was at it I gave a facelift to all the other housecarls.
Now Lydia, Iona, Jordis, and Rayya have been replaced by their brothers Lydd, Ian, Jord, and Ray.
The mod contains the new head and hair mesh and will use any skin and body you have installed in the game (even SOS). I also replaced some of the unique voice files of Rayya with the corresponding MaleNord version. I gave them all the only 2 housecarl voices available (MaleNord and MaleBurte) so they should have all the needed dialogue to perform their duty.

ESP flagged as light.

  • Hearthfire DLC
  • A good skin texture of your choice (I use Tempered Skin for Males)

Mods Credits
My Male Presets: Nord | Other Races

Compatibility and Other Issues

Warning: better to install in a game where you haven’t met the housecarls yet or you could have weird things happening like the name doesn’t change, neck seams, or similar.

Might conflict with other mods that change the housecarls appearance, could be fixed by loading my mod last.

If you notice the dreaded neck seam, try to set the NPC weight from console like this: open the console, point and click on the NPC, then type setnpcweight 100 (or whatever the weight is: 100 for Lydd, Argis, and Jord, 50 for Ian, 70 for Ray and Valdimar, 60 for Gregor, and 30 for Calder) – press enter.
They will look funny, don’t panic. With the console still open type disable, press enter, then type enable and press enter again. Close the console and they should be back to normal.

If you don’t like some of the replacers or want to keep some of the females, you can open the plugin with SSEdit and delete the NPCs you don’t want (and then remove the corresponding nif file).

If you use Amorous Adventures (or similar mods) the dialogue is still there because the NPCs are the same even with the opposite sex, but they won’t have any voice files. For as weird as it might be, you can still make their quests and romance them even if the dialogue subtitles will refer to them as female. I’m not sure if I can patch this or even make a new romance quest but I was thinking to expand their backstory in the future so I’ll see what I can do.

One last note:
I won’t make any changes or add anything until I’ve figured out what’s going on with the November update and what’s broken and how things will change for modding.
Please don’t make any other requests at the moment, I’m taking a break.
Thank you all for the kind comments and support!

Permission and Credits

If you want to edit this mod, change it, use it in your own mods, and share it, just be sure to credit Allison Wade at and all the other mod creators I listed above. I am not responsible for you breaking the mod or doing inappropriate things with it.
If you want to do major changes or reupload to other sites, please contact me before doing so.
NOT for commercial use. You cannot sell or profit from this mod in any shape or form.