Vex Modding

Dark Ages Architecture

Published: Category:Dark Ages SeriesWritten by: Vexonar

Natural Splendor

Marvel at the raw beauty of Nordic stone and wood handwrought designs.


Inspired Textures

The Dark Ages Architecture texture module is an extensive overhaul to stone and woodwork for all of Skyrim’s cities and villages. The goal was to bring the true aesthetic of a northern climate featuring inspirations from Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and even Ireland and incorporating the elements already found in-game. These aesthetics were built upon the principle that paint is a rare commodity and that actual woodworking and craftsmanship were intrinsic to Nordic culture.

The Iconic Trade Hub of Skyrim

An example illustrating woodworking and craftsmanship, Whiterun has undergone a new transformation with blue undertones to the decorative panels and darker wood stains hinting on the use of resin and oils. These textures cover the panelings, roof tops, the Gildergreen trellis, Dragonsreach and Jorrvaskr interiors (they share most of the same kit), all interior home plaster and floors, stone walls, cobblestone paths, windows, market stalls and awnings.


  • Exterior and interior wood, paneling and floors
  • Exterior stone
  • Cobblestone road
  • Stonework walls
  • Painted panelings
  • Market stalls wood and awning
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Trellis overhaul
  • Wood beams and colums
  • Jorvaskr wood and paneling
  • Unique templte wood
  • Whiterun Gate
  • Optional Green Grass addon

Seat of the High King

Seeing as Solitude is built on the cliffs of the Sea of Ghosts, it makes sense for the stone to be tough and weather ready. With beautiful stained glass windows and wood textures that are perfectly weathered for sea life, Solitude looks like the enchanting sea port it is. These textures cover all stone in the city and the marble Blue Palace floors, interior and exterior wood, stained glass windows, dock wood and features smim’d ropes.


  • Blue palace interior tilework
  • New plaster for exterior and interior
  • Exterior wood work
  • Stained glass windows
  • Cobble road
  • Grass
  • Climbing ivy
  • Exterior Stonework
  • Doors

City of Snow and Stone

Windhelm is fraught with snow and icy cold winds, but it also has an interesting dynamic being so close to Morrowind. In the 2nd century, the Argonians and Dunmer teamed up with the Nords to form the Ebonheart Pact. Remnants of that alliance can still be seen today. Walking through the oldest city should provide a sense of established architecture that’s been properly cared for all these hundreds of years. This pack covers the groundwork, stone and wood, windows, Wall of Heroes, and properly UV mapped meshes for the large buildings.


  • Exterior stone
  • New exterior and interior wood
  • Updated UV wraps on meshes
  • Windows
  • Hero Wall

Ancient City of Stone and Magic

Markarth is situated in the Reach which has very little healthy wood and therefore the stone and Dwemer metal dominate this hold. The Dwemer metal matches the same metal found in both Dark Ages Dungeon packs because Markarth shares the same door texture. This pack also contains meshes that help ease a lot of blurry lines from all the sharp edges. It covers the mine cobble stones, the dirt and all stone buildings and roofs. Interior and exterior stone share the same texture sets.



  • New etched stone
  • Exterior mine road
  • Wood paneling
  • Dwemer doors
  • Stone steps

Pirates, Tramps, and Thieves

Riften is built right on Lake Honrich and features locks and docks, a beautiful capital palace, and is also home to the Thieves Guild. The Rift itself is temperate compared to the rest of Skyrim and is well known for its beautiful aspen trees. The goal of this texture pack was to incorporate all of that without taking up too much space. Included are the dock woods and SMIM’d ropes, windows, stone pathways, the interior wood wall and floors, and also the special brick for the plaza.


  • Exterior wood logs
  • Exterior and interior wood paneling and floors
  • Wood and ropes for the docks
  • Brick stone marketplace
  • Wall stone
  • Coloured cobblestone paths
  • Better fallen leaves
  • Windows
  • Doors

Winterhold, Morthal, Falkreath, Dawnstar + Villages

Farmhouses take up quite a bit of Skyrim so it’s important they maintain a look of wear with care. Thatched roofs are given a notably darker tone as seen in more northern climates. Farmhouse texture sets include the stonewalls found throughout Skyrim, the wooden platforms and walkways, interior stone floors, stone walls, the windmill, the woven fence and, of course, SMIM’ed ropes.


  • Exterior thatch
  • Stone for houses, walls and stone fences
  • Walkways and colums
  • Interior thatch
  • Interior stone floors
  • Ivy
  • Wooden posts
  • Windows

Greenify Whiterun

  • This add-on transforms the lichen covered ground of Whiterun into a lush, green carpet of grass.


Enhance Your Game

Shape the world to your story.

Beautiful. Realistic. Artfully designed.

Shape the world to your story.

Beautiful. Realistic. Green.

Technical Info


This is a texture/graphic overhaul for all the cities listed; do not use it with other graphic overhauls that do the same thing.

To complete the look and additional graphics, you can use the SMIM addon which features SMIM meshes and new furniture and rugs that match the Dark Ages Aesthetic.

Load Order

Meshes and Textures on your Logical Load Order sheet.

Place Dark Ages – Green Whiterun below Dark Ages – Architecture to override Architecture‘s default textures.

How To Use

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This mod would not possible without the following resources:


ClearanceClarence for the mines, mountains, caves and signs Perms LinkSecondary Perms
T4gtr34um3r – some landscapes and the bridges Tarshana/ Open Source
Osmodius – for the various stone wall textures in Solitude, Riften, Whiterun, Windhelm and the roads Perms Link
Insanity Sorrow – for providing some incredible resources Perms Link
raiserFX – Detailed Rugs  
Langley – furniture bits, landscape ideas and clutter items Perms Link
Gutmaw – noble furniture/chairs Perms Link
Brumbek – SMIM furniture, clutters, architecture, jewelry, etc Perms Link
Brumbek SMIM Food- Tomatoes, Potatoes, Bread, Apples Perms Link
Crusty Loaves by Thunderfluff Perms linkMod Link
HQ Food by eratico – salmon, sweet roll, venison, slaughterfish, chicken Permissions ModLink
Melt in the Mouth by Elza for cream treats Modder’s Resource
Soups by Quib (Modders Resource files) File Link Soups by Kjell Granlund (Modder’s resource) Modders Source Files
mherp – for the signs Perms Link
benitoite for the honeypot Perms Link
CrazyLion – fort doors and other meshes Perms Link
HD Markarth elecgs Perms Link
HD baskets by Himini Perms Link
Original Xbox Mod Tarshana

Textures Lib

Textures Library Textures Lib
Textures Library Brick Stone Wall
Textures Library Brick Stone Wall 112
Textures Library Medival Brick Wall
Textures Library Wood Ends
Textures Library Wood Planks
Textures Library Light Wood Planks
Textures Library Old Wood Planks
Textures Library Old Wood Planks

HQ Textures

HQ Textures Info Link
HQ Textures Wood Flooring
HQ Textures Cut Stone Textures
HQ Textures Slate Roof Textures
HQ Textures Wood Grain Textures


  • 3DSMax
  • Quixel
  • Nifskope
  • Photoshop

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