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.
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.
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.
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 oldest songs, but it holds up very well and I love how well he captured the atmosphere of the game (as he always does).
Legends of the Frost can only be installed via Wabbajack. There is no manual guide.
Legends of the Frost uses the Stock Game Folder system. There are no Game Folder Files to move manually.
The hotkeys to toggle ENB on/off, open the GUI, or display the FPS meter are the same as in TPF and WTP:
All other functions (screenshot, FPS cap, toggle DOF) were disabled. I recommend taking screenshots with Steam by pressing F12.
LOTF only has a handful of Mod Configuration Menus (MCMs), most of which you should not need to touch. The only one you may wish to customise Immersive HUD in its MCM (change the hotkey, or adjust the transparency of various HUD elements) which can be done anytime.
There are some small tweaks and optional mods in LOTF. Find out more on the Customisation page.