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1. Core Setup

Nolvus Ascension

1.4 Softwares & Tools

1.4.1 7-Zip

7-zip will be used to extract zipped archives content and create new archives.

7-zip

7-Zip is a free and open-source file archiver, a utility used to place groups of files within compressed containers known as "archives". It is developed by Igor Pavlov and was first released in 1999.7-Zip uses its own 7z archive format, but can read and write several other archive formats.

Click here to download 7-zip from 7-zip.org

Select the x64 version for Windows

When downloaded go to the directory where you downloaded the file and execute the file 7z1900-x64.exe

Click on Install

1.4.2 Mod Organizer 2

To install Nolvus Mod pack we need a mod manager software and this is absolutely required, for this we will use MO2 which stands for Mod Organizer 2.This is the best and more flexible tools to mod a bethesda game.

Mod Organizer 2

Mod Organizer (MO) is a tool for managing mod collections of arbitrary size. It is specifically designed for people who like to experiment with mods and thus need an easy and reliable way to install and uninstall them.

Click here to download Mod organizer 2 from nexusmods.com

Mod Organizer 2 Installation

When downloaded go to the directory where you downloaded the file and execute the file Mod Organizer 2-6194-2-4-4-1640622655.exe

Follow the installation steps as described below

Download the Nolvus Mod Organizer splash screen here

Extract the file somewhere and copy the file splash.png inside you NOLVUS\MO2 directrory.

Mod Organizer 2 Configuration

Go to your desktop execute Mod Organizer 2 and follow instructions as described below.

Tips

To change user interface color got to Tools->Settings, click on General tab and select a style

In MO2 click on Tools->Settings

Select the Path tab and be sure you have the right paths (except for the drive letter)

Managed game MUST POINT to your NOLVUS\STOCK GAME directory and Base directory MUST POINT to your NOLVUS\MODS directory

In MO2 click on the profile button

Click on Create button

Type NOLVUS, select Default Game INI Settings and click OK

Be sure Nolvus profile is highlighted and click Select

Your MO2 is ready

The directory NOLVUS\MODS should contains these directories

The directory NOLVUS\MODS\profiles\NOLVUS should look like this

Configure Mod Organizer 2 for automatic mod download and installation (optional).

As explained in the previous section if you want to go for automatic mods download and installation from Mod Organizer 2, you have to configure MO2 to do this.

First go to Tools then click on Settings...

Click on Nexus tab then click on Connect to Nexus (providing your nexus credentials)

MO2 should restart.

Note that with this method all your mods archives will be stored by default into the directory NOLVUS\MODS\downloads in place of the ARCHIVE directory structure explained in the previous section.

You can change this and point to any other directory.

Go to Tools then click on Settings...

Click on Path tab then select your new directory

For more info on Mod Organizer 2 check this tutorial by Gopher

1.4.3 Bethini

Bethini is used to open and read Skyrim ini files which are the configuration files of the game. With bethini you have a user friendly interface to read and modify all the game parameters like grass, fov, and many more.

Bethini

Bethesda's INI configuration files are a mess. BethINI optimizes the game for increased graphical fidelity and performance.

Click here to download Bethini from nexusmods.com

Select BethINI Standalone Version and click on manual download and slow download (if you are not a premium member).

Bethini Installation

When downloaded go to the directory where you downloaded the file, right click on BethINI Standalone Version-4875-3-6-1-1651358897.zip select 7-zip and Extract to BethINI Standalone Version-4875-3-6-1-1651358897

Go inside the directory BethINI Standalone Version-4875-3-6-1-1651358897 you just extracted and copy the directory BethINI Standalone to your NOLVUS\TOOLS directory.

You should have these files inside your NOLVUS\TOOLS\BethINI Standalone directory

Right click on BethINI.exe and create a shortcut on your desktop. Give the name BethINI to your shortcut.

Bethini Configuration

Be sure Mod Organizer 2 IS CLOSED and execute BethIni from your desktop shortcut.

1.4.4 SSEEdit

SSEEdit is used to open esp files which stands for Elder Scrolls Plugins. To summarize an esp file implements all the changes to the game world like adding weapons, armors, locations,... etc..These esp files contain records and we're gonna use SSEEdit to access and read those records. SSEEdit is also use to check for conflicts between mods or to clean a mod.

SSEEdit

SSEEdit is the Skyrim: Special Edition version of xEdit. xEdit is an advanced graphical module viewer/editor and conflict detector.

Click here to download SSEEdit from nexusmods.com

SSEEdit Installation

When downloaded go to the directory where you downloaded the file, right click on SSEEdit 4.0.4-164-4-0-4-1636548642.7z select 7-zip and Extract to SSEEdit 4.0.4-164-4-0-4-1636548642

Create a directory SSEEdit in your NOLVUS\TOOLS directory.

Go inside your directory SSEEdit 4.0.4-164-4-0-4-1636548642\SSEEdit 4.0.4 and copy the directory content into your NOLVUS\TOOLS\SSEEdit directory.

You should have these files inside your NOLVUS\TOOLS\SSEEdit directory

SSEEdit Configuration

Launch Mod Oragnizer 2 from your desktop shortcut and follow the instructions

1.4.5 LOOT

LOOT Stands for Load Order Optimization Tools.First of all what is a load order. When you install mods you can have mods containing an esp file and mods that doesn't (like textures mods).All mods with an esp file will be loaded sequentially meaning one after an other.In other words a mod being installed after a given mod will overwrite records from the previous one. I will not go deeper than that but let's just say that some mods require to be installed before or after other mods. Loot is used to manage this. using it's master database it knows for the majority of the mods which mods to load before a given mod or after.

LOOT

Setting the right load order for your mods is a crucial step to enjoying a stable modded game. The Load Order Optimisation Tool (LOOT) can help with that, by providing automated load order sorting that's simple to use and fully customisable.

Click here to download LOOT from github.com

When downloaded, execute the loot_0.19.1-win64.exe file

LOOT Installation

Follow the installation steps as described below

LOOT Configuration

Launch Mod Organizer 2 from your desktop shortcut

Loot has normally registered itself with Mod Organizer 2 as shown below (restart MO2 if not)

Edit the LOOT MO2 shortcut and add your Stock Game folder argument.

If the LOOT shortcut has not been added, create it manually and fill informations as shown

Select LOOT from the right combobox and click on Run button (Always run it from Mod Organizer)

At this point you should only see your Skyrim master files.

LOOT is now ready you can close it.

1.4.6 BSA Extractor

BSA Extractor is a tool allowing to unpack bsa files to get meshes and textures loose files.

BSA Extractor

Extracts BSA and BA2 archives.

Click here to download BSA Extractor from nexusmods.com

Create a new directory inside NOLVUS\TOOLS which will be Bsa Extractor

Extract the file BAE v0.10-974-0-10.7z somewhere and copy its content into your NOLVUS\TOOLS\Bsa Extractor directory

You should have these files inside your NOLVUS\TOOLS\Bsa Extractor directory

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