Divine Cities – Premier City Overhaul
Divine Cities was created with the intention of breathing new life into Skyrim. It adds more NPCs, homes, shops, and decorated items to showcase each region where you are at. In order to capture the entirety of Skyrim I spent time with Vader, Doc, Barbarian and otheres in discussing lore and also wandering around the towns and cities myself. A large part of this mod reduces insignificant clutter and transforms it to something useful. You also get outhouses, traveling merchants, followers, scattered player homes that are multi-adoption friendly and more!
Lighting in all cities is logical. It goes off during the day and it’s on at night. This is true for all cities listed below.
Please note: Followers added by Divine Cities and Villages are naked for 1 reason alone: in order to properly attire them. If I give them an outfit inside the CK they won’t always switch to the proper gear you give them. This is not a glitch, it is intended.
Divine Cities does not add any type of texture overhaul inside it. It’s only 8 MB!! So please please please do not ask “is this compatible with texture overhaul X- because yes. Yes it is.
Whiterun is the trade capitol for Skyrim. Centrally located in the heart of a tundra, there was no real fur or leather trader which was insane to me. There should be a vendor that specialised in Hunting and I didn’t think the Drunken Huntsman did a good enough job. And no one ever goes there… because reasons, I guess.
And where are all the people?!! Surely there should be trading vendors and visitors and citizens? I realise that reworking a world space isn’t something to be done willy nilly and I wasn’t about to bring the console to its knees, so when you enable NPCs you will see them talking to each other in small groups.
Soltiude is the largest city in Skyrim and the seat of the High King of Skyrim – it should reflect that. The Market was a wee bit too small to do much with, but I sure as hell took advantage of extra real estate. Of course it would have a bookstore. Books should be an important and rich economic source for a city such as Solitude. Those cold nights would do well with a fire and book.
I also needed a place for my visitors and travelers to hang out. The Winking Skeever didn’t actually have enough room due to other NPCs in the area, so I decided to create another pub. The pub was owned by twins, but one of them died in a freak accident involving ale and matches, so his brother took over. You will also find a nice sized home for sale and some hidden nooks and crannies to explore.
There’s not much to say about Riften except it’s located in the largest worldspace and has so many events going it’s amazing we can ever make it out of there alive in the first 15 minutes. I focused on lighting and adding a few npcs, while keep decorations to a minimum. You can also find two places to live, or three if you have villages.
After 80 years it was high time that Winterhold got over itself and rebuilt parts of it. In the last few years a blacksmith opened her shop, and a pair of sibling travelers have a home nearby as well. The town also has walls rebuilt and hopefully the mages don’t do anything stupid.
But, well, you know how magic goes.
Morthal was quite the challenge. It’s located in a damn marsh and it’s depressing and sad and the people are mad. What’s a lady to do? I figure at some point Morthal should have something to it other than swampy fungal picks, so a blacksmith shop was opened and if you use Villages, there’s a mine nearby to make it more realistic (the mine was going to be part of the original DC but I decided to wait). Morthal also features Murkfrost Gardens, a cozy home with lots of room and a deck where you can light a fire for those chilled evenings, but want to enjoy the outdoors.
Mmm can you smell that? That’s the scent of lavender and death. Falkreath is located near the border of both Cyrodill and Hammerfell making it a sort of blend of people. It seems to be a fairly neutral place to live, although they tend to favour the Empire. Falkreath needed to have its graveyard revamped. It wasn’t big enough for as many people that were buried there and it sure as hell wasn’t spooky enough. So I redesigned the graveyard, added a lot more trees and stumps around it while creating new vegetation and critter spawns.
DAWNSTAR SHOULD HAVE BOATS!!! It’s a MAJOR PORT.. So where were they?! No one knows. But now there’s boats and boats with boats…I put enough boats to say YAY port town! without causing extra stress to the console. I also added a lighthouse cuz mmm lighthouses. You can even take a boat to Solitude
Windhelm sucks. There wasn’t a lot to do there so I tried to breathe new life by adding more snowberries and dressing up the House of Curiosities. With so many narrow streets and a lot of crap going on behind the scenes, I decided that less was more. You also get an amazing custom home that’s adoption friendly at the graveyard and there’s a new pub in the Grey Quarter- the Dark Alley owned by a Dunmer barkeep and a giant house in the graveyard!
Markarth has been fun! It’s located at one of the last above ground Dwemer cities and it’s so damn unique that even in the CK I get lost. I wanted to bring more to it, but I was limited…why? A lot of behind the scenes crap going on. I started small, adding better vegetation and lighting, some travelers/visitors. Lack of proper space and a decent navmesh meant not adding buildings…until recently where you can now enjoy the Markarth Bathhouse and see plenty of citizen homes. These homes are always locked.
Riverwood was in desperate need of a makeover. I wanted to add a lot more logs and trees and stumps and such. And the cabbage cart bothered me. Lumberjacks now work at the lumbermill, Alvor has a new workstation setup and a cart with horse so he can easily get materials to his humble forge. A player home is nestled behind the inn and all the fencing has been redone.
Raven Rock had a little immigration to it. A pioneering couple, Alvyna and Irarnel R’eloth have a farm just outside the docks. They will also rent an Ash Pony for you to get around the Solstheim Island. Alyrella Balulandas runs the Raven Rock Warehouse and will sell various common items.
Ash Ponies roam the island, a hardy stack of ponies that started when a few ran loose from a ship that crashed outside the island. The original five ponies have since set their legacy. They aren’t afraid of anything, will fight for their grazing lands and will even attack human or mer if they wander too close. A Dwemer Water Pump is found outside the docks to provide fresh water for the denizens.
If you decide to pick Severin Manor as your home, you will find several children’s beds to move your family.
Divine Cities is an area edit mod- you should already know how to place your mods by the Logical Load Order Document.