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New lich customization options for Undeath - Classical Lichdom, including female liches and a dynamic outfit changing system. Based on the work of Myst42

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Undeath Classical Lichdom - The Ascension

This mod would not be possible if not for the work done by Myst42, the creator of the original Undeath - The Ascension mod.  If you like the mod, please give them an endorsement!

Please direct all support inquiries to this mod's page, not any others.  This mod significantly changes both Classical Lichdom's and Ascension's code.

Requires Undeath - Classical Lichdom 3.60.  Will not work on earlier versions.
Compatible with SE and AE.


I've always loved Undeath, and since I usually play female characters, Ascension's new lich variants really appealed to me. That said, I also love Classical Lichdom's gameplay enhancements, and didn't really want to choose between the two.  So I finally decided to not let my dreams be dreams, learn Papyrus, and make it happen. Several weeks of pain later, I bring you this mod!

This mod is not a port of all of Ascension's features/changes over to Classical Lichdom, hence the "Ascension Lite" moniker.  It ports the new lich armor/clothing variants, the dynamic outfit system, and the female lich models over from Ascension while keeping all of Classical Lichdom's systems intact.  I did however add a few new features and options not present in either mod, a full list of which are listed below.

  • More variety - new lich skins for both skeletal and draugr-style liches, with color variations for each shroud type, including the new white shroud type added by Classical Lichdom.  In addition, all new lich variants can use the ethereal form added by Classical Lichdom.
  • Female Liches - All lich forms now have a female variant, including the Ayleid lich form added by The Cause. Requires Classical Lichdom's The Cause DLC addon. Note: The female Ayleid lich form is basically rigged up using Outfit Studio and tweaked until it looked decent. Its not a completely new model like the others, so keep that in mind.
  • Dynamic Outfit System - The form you take as a lich will depend on the cuirass you have equipped. Unique variants include wearing priest/mage robes to assume a dragon priest-style form, and wearing Miraak's robes to assume a form resembling his outfit. Full details are listed below. Works completely fine with Classical Lichdom's new customization system, and will keep the choices you make there intact. Speaking of which...
  • Reworked Customization System - Don't like the dynamic outfit system? Turn it off in the MCM, and you'll be able to choose which armor variant you want explicitly at your phylactery. If its disabled before becoming a lich, you'll be asked to pick your armor variant after successfully completing the The Path of Transcendence.  If you turn it off after becoming a lich, you'll be given the last armor variant you had equipped while transformed until changed at your phylactery (unless using a Dragon Priest or Ayleid form).  Also of note, you can now pick a normal or skeletal dragon priest form when choosing that option at your phylactery regardless of if you have the dynamic outfit system enabled, with all shroud color variations available. The Miraak robe variant is unlockable after completing At the Summit of Apocrypha. (Note: customization still requires 25 souls as normal to unlock)
  • Masks - All vanilla dragon priest masks are wearable in lich form, including Miraak and Konahrik. The Konahrik's Accoutrements and Legacy of the Dragonborn patches also let you wear the masks added by those mods in lich form as well. See below for details regarding This mod does not contain the hoodless variants of the dragon priest masks originally added by Ascension at the moment. 
  • Vampire and Werewolf Options - Toggleable features in the MCM that let you keep your vampire and werewolf forms when becoming a lich. These are off by default, but can be toggled on separately or both at the same time if you use another mod that lets you be a vampire and werewolf at the same time.
  • Cleaned and Optimized all meshes and textures using CAO.  BC7, Mipmaps, etc. Meshes now fully optimized using SSE NIF Optimizer.
  • Optimized scripts as best as I could, tried to reduce all laggy function calls to a minimum.

Dynamic Outfit System - Details
As stated, the dynamic outfit system changes the form your lich assumes when transforming depending on the current cuirass (body slot 32) you have equipped. The current possible forms are as follows:
  • No outfit equipped -> Rags
  • Clothing or Non-"Priest" Robes -> Clothed
  • Light Armor -> Light Armor
  • Heavy Armor -> Heavy Armor
  • "Priest" Robes -> Dragon Priest
  • Miraak's Robes (any variant) -> Miraak
A full list of valid mage/priest robes for the dragon priest variant can be found by clicking the spoiler tag below.  With the Konahrik's Accoutrements patch, or the composite Legacy of the Dragonborn patch, all KA dragon priest robes are also added to this list, as are Miraak's to his.
This mod will be compatible with any mod that doesn't edit Undeath, the dragon priest's skeleton, or the vanilla Dragon Priest Masks. For those that do, the following are listed below:
 Weapons Armor Clothing and Clutter Fixes - with patch.
 Zim's Immersive Artifacts - with patch. Also has a combined patch for WACCF
 Reliquary of Myth - Artifact Overhaul - with patch.  Load after this mod (Undeath -> Classical Lichdom -> This Mod ->   RoM + Dragon Priest Addon -> UCLA - RoM Patch).
 Antiquary - Enhanced Artifacts - Patch provided by author on Antiquary's page.
 Konahrik's Accoutrements - with patch, forwards changes and integrates new masks with the lich forms.
 Legacy of the Dragonborn - with patch, integrates new masks with the lich forms.  Also have a combined patch for     Konahrik's Accoutrements.  Combined patch requires LotD's official Konahrik's patch.
 Apophysis Dragon Priest Masks - minor clipping for male liches.  Use the loose files or extract its BSA, and load after   this mod.
 Tainted Blood - Not recommended. May work, may not. Many reports of issues. Use Curse of the Dragonborn or Growl and Sacrilege Hybrid/Growl and Sacrosanct Hybrid instead.
 Undeath - XPMSSE - Strange Runes - Skeleton Patch - Recommended if you use XPMSSE. Does not require Strange Runes.
 Dragon Priest Fix - Behaviour Overhaul - Highly recommended
 Prelude to Purgatory - Now compatible thanks to the Prelude to Ascension patch by Lithrandil.  Make sure you show them some love!

 Undeath Immersive Lichdom SSE - Completely incompatible.  If you want to use Immersive Lichdom, use Misick's SSE   port of Ascension.
 Classical Lichdom - Vampiric Lich - Redundant. Features fully incorporated with toggleability.
 Improved Closefaced Helmets - Cannot use with dragon priest masks, if you want to use together, load *before*   Undeath (so ICH -> Undeath -> Classical Lichdom -> This mod).  May still have issues with priest masks even after   this.
 Skeleton Replacer HD - Will work with Skeleton Replacer installed, but skeletal liches will not use the textures from this   mod.
 Cut the Crap! - Classical Lichdom - Outdated.

Any mod not listed here that edits the meshes of the dragon priest variants of the masks will conflict with this mod. The effects of this could be benign and have no effect/minor clipping, cause things to be strangely textured, be off centered or oddly placed, or have them not show up at all or be duplicated. 

This mod has a FOMOD installer with all patches included, just download and install with MO2 or Vortex.  Manual or NMM Installations are not supported at this time. Load this mod after Classical Lichdom. The new female Ayleid Lich variant requires The Cause CC and Undeath Classical Lichdom's patch for it.

This mod and all its patches are in the ESP-FE (light esp) format.

Known Issues
There is a small graphical issue on the male Skeletal Dragon Priest model where it has a piece of the original dragon priest foot mesh attached to the bottom of the foot.  This was an issue retained from the original Ascension mod.  

Update instructions for 1.2+ below for solving the missing MCM issue:

Since this mod includes the work of multiple authors, permissions can get a bit murky. Anything using assets from the original Undeath mod or Classical Lichdom should be fine, given their open permissions.  Myst requires you to get permission from them to use their assets from Ascension, so please direct inquiries regarding their use to them.  You are free to use any of my edited scripts, and I have provided (and commented!) the source code I used. You have full permission to release patches or fixes to this mod provided it does not redistribute Myst's work without their permission, and you agree to take on full support for the changes you make. The two vanilla models I edited (the female Ayleid lich and hoodless dragon priest Konahrik mask) are free to use. Translations of the mod are also fine provided they obey the conditions above.

This mod wouldn't be possible if not for the work of Myst42, the original author of Undeath - The Ascension, who graciously gave me permission to port it. Go check out their work!  Shoutouts as well to Misicks for their full SE port of Ascension, and of course ConnerRia for Classical Lichdom and Antioch08 for making Undeath in the first place.

Also, shoutouts to Beyond Skyrim's Arcane University and Subhuman0100 for helping me figure out how to code in papyrus optimally.

Additional Credits
-edhelsereg, for Konahrik's Accoutrements
-icecreamassassin and the Legacy Dev Team, for Legacy of the Dragonborn
-Zimmermjaz, for Zim's Immersive Artifacts
-kryptopyr for Weapons Armor Clothing and Clutter Fixes and a host of other mods
-ElectricSparx for Konahrik's Accoutrements - Unofficial Survival Mode Patch whose changes I ported for the KA dragon priest masks that I edited. Also check out his Antiquary - Enhanced Artifacts mod, which has a patch for this mod!

Tools Used
  • xEdit
  • Creation Kit
  • Notepad++
  • NifSkope
  • Paint.Net
  • Outfit Studio/Bodyslide - for bootlegging the femaleAyleid lich model
  • Cathedral Asset Optimizer
  • FOMOD Creation Tool
  • SSE Nif Optimizer
  • ENB - A Cathedralist's ENB