Introduction

About Legends of the Frost.

About Legends of the Frost

What if Skyrim, but better?

Legends of the Frost (LOTF) is a Wabbajack list for Skyrim SE. It is the lightest list I could conceive of, designed to be as close to vanilla as possible while bringing some much needed improvements to texture sharpness, distant terrain, and certain gameplay mechanics. I created it because for all my years of playing modding Skyrim SE I never finished the main quest once. With any other setup, I get caught in the same loop as most people: Updating, rebuilding, starting over again. LOTF is my attempt to fix that.

  • LOTF is a small list in scope, strictly limited to fixing vanilla annoyances.
  • LOTF features better distant terrain, sharper textures, and improved combat.
  • LOTF comes with a lightweight ENB preset and is optimised for performance.
  • LOTF will not receive updates requiring a new save for the forseeable future.

Features

  • All essentials are installed, including the Skyrim Script Extender, the USSEP, and SSE Display Tweaks.
  • A plethora of fixes and tweaks for a smoother vanilla-like experience.
  • Fixed green-tinted blonde hair, weirdly bright falling leaves at night, and more.
  • More lush trees, actually 3D roads, less oily water, and many other visual improvements.
  • Vanilla-like but higher quality textures for many objects provided by Skyrim Realistic Overhaul.
  • All remaining textures replaced by cleaned and upscaled versions, courtesy of the Project Clarity series.
  • Improved weathers with Wander - A Weather Mod consistent with the vanilla style and colours.
  • Better shadows, sensible ambient occlusion, and fixed water seams with a tweaked Yuevie’s Minimal ENB.
  • Optional support for Obsidian Weathers and Seasons and The Truth ENB.
  • Modern interface thanks to SkyUI. The HUD is toggleable with Hide UI. Better Reading UI.
  • More resource management-oriented combat with Blade and Blunt (and vanilla damage modifiers).
  • Better sound quality with the Unofficial High Definition Audio Project and Audio Overhaul for Skyrim.
  • Optional Creation Club support (to be expanded until all Creations are integrated).
  • Optional Performance profile with potato-friendly INI settings and DynDOLOD configuration.

Legends of the Frost features rebuilt terrain LOD with SSELODGen as well as highly improved object LOD and hybrid tree LOD generated with DynDOLOD. All facegen for vanilla NPCs was recreated at twice the vanilla resolution with higher quality assets.

Please check the Documentation for more details on the included mods and why they were included, or check out the Load Order Library page for the full mod list and load order.

Performance

LOTF has no significant performance impact. It was not designed to be a “lite” list - I am using the BethINI High preset as well as DynDOLOD on High with hybrid trees - but the absence of a fully-featured ENB preset should still make the list more than playable on all but the weakest PCs. While I relied almost exclusively on Skyrim Realistic Overhaul and Project Clarity for textures with largely vanilla-sized textures, DynDOLOD does increase the amount of VRAM required.

I personally play @1440p60FPS on a rather high-end PC (i7 10700k, RTX 3080) and barely ever dropped below 144FPS when I uncapped the framerate for testing purposes.

Since LOTF 2.0, there is now an optional performance profile included. While this profile and Creation Club support are mutually exclusive, it may be a great alternative for people on very low-end hardware. The INI settings were toned down (BethINI Medium preset with the old TPF performance tweaks). DynDOLOD was regenerated on Medium without hybrid/ultra tree LOD and some other performance-intense settings turned off.

About the name

Just like my Fallout 4 list is named after one of my favourite songs, I picked “Legends of the Frost” as tribute to the incredible Miracle of Sound (he’s brilliant, his music is amazing, check him out). Way back in 2012, he collaborated with the equally amazing Malukah on a Skyrim-themed song called, you guessed it, Legends of the Frost. It’s one of his older songs, but it holds up very well and I love how perfectly he captured the atmosphere of the game (as he always does).

To install LOTF, please follow the Installation Guide.


Last modified January 13, 2022