For a capital city, vanilla Solitude is underwhelming. Solitude Docks aren’t much better either. Mods can fix this, but bringing them all together under one roof is no easy task. However, I’ve been busy, and finally have a version of the Capital I’m proud to share. This is my vision of Solitude, and IMO it’s the best Solitude overhaul to date. It’s huge, it’s gorgeous and it Just Works TM.
I’ve overhauled the city using the best Solitude Mods I could find, and Enhanced Solitude uses the excellent Solitude Reborn as it’s base, an outstanding piece of work by CaptainSwoop, Brytag and Reindeer51, who deserve special credit. That mod alone has thousands of man hrs involved in its construction and adds an amazing amount of content. Just look at it’s description.
Combine that with all the other mods I’ve introduced and Enhanced Solitude comprises an insane amount of work, worthy of a DLC, but it’s here, free, for everyone! This is because it’s a community project. A modding community unlike any other, which is absolutely worth defending and fostering as It is this very community which made all of this possible. There’s a reason it’s the most modded game in existence. Let’s keep it that way!
Another major part of the mod is individual building re-textures for all of Solitude. The textures are selected to reflect the owners circumstances, the buildings age and its location. This adds real diversity to the city and feels unique. I have also made a vanilla version of this texture overhaul, which doesn’t require anything else except the vanilla game.
I have also made a patch for Solitude Expansion, arguably the best (and biggest) Solitude Docks overhaul to date. What my patch does is move everything from Solitude Expansion city gates area, down and further out the city, near Katla’s farm etc. This means you can have the best of both worlds and experience Solitude like never before. A huge city, with huge docks to match.
In addition I have made an optional mod called Enhanced Ships of Solitude. This mod places new ship models in and around Solitude docks. The mod also includes new UltraHD Ship Lods plus other updates to vanilla ship lods, which need DynDOLOD to work.
Finally, a note on versions. This mod is a hungry beast. On Classic, its sub 30FPS in some spots. It’s still perfectly playable though and whilst I have optimized this mod, it really shines in SSE. Therefore SSE will see the focus of this mod’s development. I’ll keep publishing both versions where possible.
Huge amount of content from the Nexus best modders
New market area with stalls, merchants and shiny stuff for sale
Several player homes including the excellent “The Rookery” by Elianora
Swinging glass lanterns including hand picked stained glass versions, like the witch version, for The Rookery…
Illuminated Blue Palace Courtyard with updated lighting
New buildings, statics, and much more
Many new shops with custom items
New ship models for the docks
New restaurant available to purchase
New individual building textures for each building
New escape routes for Vittoria’s Wedding Quest
Updated Navmesh, AI packages, FaceGeom and too many other fixes I can’t remember.
Mods which edit Solitude City are likely INCOMPATIBLE with Enhanced Solitude
Mods which edit Solitude Docks should be COMPATIBLE with Enhanced Solitude
Mods which edit Solitude Docks should be COMPATIBLE with the Enhanced Ship module
Better Docks is COMPATIBLE
Blowing in the Wind is COMPATIBLE
Immersive Citizens AI Overhaul is COMPATIBLE by following Load Order Rules
Serenity is COMPATIBLE with K747 Patch (LE – Ask for details)
Solitude Skyway is COMPATIBLE
Proudspire Manor mods are COMPATIBLE
Kainalten Keep is COMPATIBLE
The Great City of Solitude is COMPATIBLE
Imperial Mail is SEMI-COMPATIBLE (Will work, but needs a patch)
Solitude Exterior Add on is SEMI-COMPATIBLE (Will work, but needs a patch)
LoTD (LE, SSE)
DoS Directors Cut (SSE)
JK All In One (SSE)
JK DoS Compatibility patch (SSE)
Solitude Expansion (SSE)
Dev Aveza (LE, SSE)
Blue Palace Terrace (LE, SSE)
Palaces and Castles Enhanced (LE, SSE)
Alternate main wall textures (LE, SSE)
The Flora of Skyrim Hand Placed Uniques (LE, SSE)
Bells of Skyrim (LE, SSE)
Outlaws Refuges (SSE)
Immersive Citizens AI Overhaul
Legacy of The Dragonborn
Enhanced Solitude Expansion
I owe a very special thanks to Dunc001, ElSopa and MrNeverLost, a group of guys who have supported me throughout and provided a continuous stream of knowledge, artwork, fixes, files, links, laughs, lots of laughs, in fact some of the funniest stuff I’ve had the fortune to enjoy, and keeping me sane when life tries otherwise…basically ensuring these mods actually made it.
Thanks guys for everything!