About this mod

A Skyrim Children Overhaul Mod

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Permissions and credits
Translations
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- NEXUS SKYRIM SE FILE OF THE MONTH - APRIL 2017 - THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT -

ABOUT

This is the most comprehensive, standalone children overhaul mod available. I'm guessing from how the kids were implemented in Skyrim that Bethesda either 1) did NOT want to include children and were forced into it by popular demand, or 2) they just hate kids. As evidence, take a look at the meshes. They are built in the identical fashion as the monsters and beasts in the game. Small wonder they look like clones - they ARE clones. The goal for this mod was to make children that look like they would belong in a modern DX11 or 12 game, by pushing the boundaries within this old game engine.

FEATURES

Standalone children replacer mod - all children and clothing replaced, nothing else needed
Custom Racemenu face sculpts (sculpting tools were used, these are not from moving a few sliders around)
Custom (nevernude) doll-style body meshes and textures
Custom clothing reflecting the status of the children (Common x 5, Fine, Blacksmith, Merchant, Miner, Skaal)
USSEP fixes incorporated
Fixes errors in base children NPC records not covered by USSEP
Form 44 esp, cleaned with SSEEdit, no ITMs, errors or base form deletes of any kind, files are archived to minimize the mod footprint.
No potatoes

The Mod comes in three four flavors

EPISODE ONE - THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

Default children and clothes replacer ONLY

EPISODE TWO - A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS (Deprecated Version)

The battles in Skyrim have caused plenty of suffering, and was particularly hard on the children. The orphanage in Riften is overflowing. But the citizens of Skyrim have opened up their homes to orphaned children until they can find a permanent adopted home. Will you be a kind and loving adopted parent, or will you be an evil Count Olaf, after them for their (in some cases substantial) inheritance?

- Includes everything in Episode One
- Adds over 20 new children for you to discover in Skyrim
- New children have distinct daily routines through multiple ai packages per child
- New children races added (Boy/Girl - Dark Elf, High Elf, Wood Elf, Snow Elf, Orc, Khajiit, Argonian)
- Additional funny "Easter egg" children hidden away (it wouldn't be a TTR mod without them, would it?)
- Children are integrated into the game in various locations where it makes sense
- Additional new clothing and armor that reflects the status and location of the children
- Stylishly dressed new girl vendor in Solitude that sells exclusively children items

EPISODE THREE - THE KIDS AREN'T ALRIGHT (Deprecated Version)

Includes all of the above Episodes. Ever notice how there are all these factions that have no method of reproducing themselves? They just spawn in replacements endlessly. Now you will see the missing bad kids of Skyrim - Forsworn, Bandits, Vampires, Witches, and Warlocks, with new armors and clothes. And they hate you, just like their parents. This game is all about difficult moral choices, now you have a new one to deal with.

Also features new non-hostile wild encounters, runaway kids that are hunters and traders. The displaced farm family after a dragon attack has a child to worry about now.

Note: for those squeamish about child mortality in this version, it's optional, the default download (The Kids ARE Alright) makes ALL children immortal. Plus the bad kids are set to respawn.

EPISODE FOUR - THE DIRECTORS CUT

What This Update Does

All of the above PLUS: Adds FULLY voiced child follower dialogue.  Once adopted, your children have a new dialogue choice added - Follow Me, I Need Your Help. Note - to have kids that will fight for and with you, you need to uncheck the "child" flag in their race record. All child follower mods, and any of the killable/immersive kids mods do this for you. But then you get some game issues that are well documented elsewhere. So to deal with those issues I've done the following:

  • Remove the race to scale keyword, so no more stretching and shrinking NPCs
  • Children will now use Hearthfires idles and sit in furniture correctly WITHOUT the child flag being set
  • Adds a new keyword specific to the new and existing child races

Adds new Hearthfires giftable clothing, and the adopted kids will automatically wear what you give them. The clothing is available in Solitude, from either Radiant Rainment or from Lillian, the girl at the Solitude market stalls. Child clothing is under miscellaneous items with vendors, not apparel.

Adds most of the game armors sized for children. Available from a new child vendor that lives at Warmaidens (select child armors like any other armor). When your kid is in follower mode, they will auto equip the best armor you give them, like any other follower. When you dismiss them, they will usually change back to their clothes when you leave the cell you dismissed them at.

KNOWN ISSUES

Old Versions

The Episode Two and Three versions are deprecated and now NOT recommended, as they have new outfits added, but don't have the outfit management built into The Director's Cut. I just didn't understand how it worked when I made those. Adding that back in to those earlier versions is just too difficult.

Latest Version

The follower ability gets added when you get force greeted by your child AFTER adoption. If you run around and adopt a bunch of kids without meeting them at home individually FIRST, the Hearthfires scripting can get out of sync and you might not get the dialogue on one or more of the children, and thus they won't follow you. Can't be fixed, go back to an earlier save or use console commands. I provide an optional console command batch file in the download section for your convenience.

The Hearthfires scripting is glitchy in the base game, and occasionally a kid will get stuck at the location you adopted them at and won't immediately go to the new home. If they don't show up, go back to where you left them and talk to them again. They then will go to their new home.

COMPATIBILITY

Hearthfire Multiple Adoption needs a patch. Look in the optional files section. Tested and verified with 6 kids. Load order used was TKAA, Multikid mod, TKAA Patch. The kids take their time getting to the new home - be patient.
Any mod that modifies RelationshipAdoption_FGInitialTopic or the script byohrelationshipadoptionchildscript.pex will also need a patch
Compatible with USSEP.
The Director's Cut includes a full child follower voice resource, which was built by me, and is much more extensive than mods like Relationship Dialogue Overhaul and Follower Commentary Overhaul. It can be used with those mods though, with some adjustments. See the sticky post in the comments for more information.
Kill a kid mods will clash.

INSTALLATION/UNINSTALLATION

I highly recommend using NMM. This mod should be low in your load order, and after mods that modify children, or you risk getting dark heads. There are any number of mods out there that will overwrite the children and cause issues. There are also some mods that alter the children clothing like I do, try moving load order.

Note: Everything is packed in the Bethesda Archive format (bsa). IF YOU INSTALL OTHER MODS THAT HAVE THE DEFAULT CHILDREN EXTRACTED AS LOOSE FILES YOU WILL HAVE ISSUES, INCLUDING CTD. I supply as an option the loose facegen files if you need a solution for this.

DO NOT OPEN THIS MOD IN THE CREATION KIT UNLESS YOU ARE AN EXPERIENCED MODDER. The 64 bit CK automatically generates new facegen files when you do this and you WILL have issues. If you need to make changes use THIS

REQUIREMENTS

Skyrim Special Edition

CREDITS

RaceMenu by Expired
Dimonized UNP Body by dimon99
Fair Skin Complexion by HHaleyy
Adorable Face by lumina
The Eyes Of Beauty by Gabriel Mailhot as LogRaam
BodySlide and Outfit Studio by Ousnius and Caliente
Brows by Hvergelmir
ApachiiSkyHair by Apachii
KS Hairdos Renewal by Kalilies Stealthic and Shockero
Pretty Khajiit by tktk
Feminine Argonian Textures (Chameleon and Lizard) by MONSTERraider
Khajiit leopard body texture for UNP BASE body by Nerevar22g
Warpaint Makeup for Human Females Vanilla Replacer by The Ex Maverik
Wizard Hats by sirwho
Dragons Crown Sorceress Outfit for UNP by Backsteppo
Jarek - The Custom Voiced Skeleton Necromancer Follower by iMACobra
Dovahkinder Collection - Additional Children Clothes by jackknifelee
Dovahkinder Complete Mod by clarota
Universal Race Scale Remover by Abbalovesyou

Modified externally sourced clothing and armor from - Kanrax2/Halo, Daywalker, en_hawk (Skykids), COTS, Pretty Witches. Additional hair from HS hair, Oblivion Hair Pack and SGHair 268. Black cat model and texture by Hissa. This mod wouldn't exist without the people listed above sharing their work, so please support them. Huge thanks and a tip of the helmet to ALL.

This mod has a lot of moving parts. If I missed anyone I sincerely apologize, please let me know so I can correct the credits.

PERMISSIONS

With some specific exceptions, please do not upload this mod anywhere else without permission. XBox versions are OK (as long as the mod authors listed above are OK with their work being converted), just link your mod back to here - however NO STEAM OR BETHNET, sorry. You do NOT need to ask to upload language translations, again, just link back to here please. You can use any of the provided facegens to make and upload patches, you don't need to ask.
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