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 highly 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 Minimal ENB for Obsidian Weathers.
  • Modern interface thanks to SkyUI. The HUD is toggleable with Immersive HUD. 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.

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.

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 oldest songs, but it holds up very well and I love how well he captured the atmosphere of the game (as he always does).

Installation

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.

ENB Hotkeys

The hotkeys to toggle ENB on/off, open the GUI, or display the FPS meter are the same as in TPF and WTP:

  • F7 toggles the FPS counter.
  • F10 toggles the ENB effect.
  • F11 opens the ingame GUI.

All other functions (screenshot, FPS cap, toggle DOF) were disabled. I recommend taking screenshots with Steam by pressing F12.

MCM Instructions

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.


Last modified September 15, 2021