Mona Alta is a home for Skyrim around Lake Ilinalta heavily influenced by the culture of the Redguards, Imperials, and the Akaviri.
There are many house mods out there for Skyrim. Each have their own unique flavor. Mona Alta takes everything I want in a home for Skyrim and gives it to me with an exotic flair. Many of the items come from The Witcher games and another very lovely house mod called Clockwork Castle. The clutter works well to give the house a completely different atmosphere from Skyrim’s normal, wintery look.
The Redguards in the Elder Scrolls’ universe are written with an inspiration from North African/Arabic cultures. The Imperials are taken from the Romans and from Medieval Europe. The Akaviri, an ancient race no longer alive within the Elder Scroll’s mythos, are shown to have an Asian flair. The pictures below show the varying styles merged together.
Displays aren’t in the traditional fashion of having everything perfectly lined up on shelves. They’re displayed haphazardly, like someone interacts with the objects frequently. There are also displays for items that aren’t traditionally shown off, like the attunement sphere and Pelagius’ hip bone.
Mona Alta isn’t the biggest house out there, but it makes great use of the space given. Everything flows well once you get used to it. I admit I didn’t see the Study and Bedroom area for a hot second and thought my download had gotten corrupted. xD
The house features many beautifully designed rooms. A Living Room is down the stairs from the entrance. It has a lot of seating and even some “beds” in the form of couches so people can sleep on those (and some mannequins!). There is a Mage Study directly off the living room with displays and crafting for the arcane arts. There is a Master Bedroom Loft with a cute writing nook and a dressing spot. A large Balcony accessible by a rope ladder just outside of the master study has nice views of Lake Ilinalta and Whiterun Hold.
Overall, this house is great. There is a lot of eye candy. There are also options where you can change certain aspects of the house, such as the main floors and some tapestries.
Did I mention the windows? They are really awesome! Most of the windows are actually transparent and you can see outside! All the windows allow light to stream in. The colors of the house also look great in different ENBs (for my pictures I used Ruvaak Dahmaan ENB Redone and Natural Lighting Vivid Atmospherics with their included ENB – each picture is labeled with the ENB used).
My only real complaint is that the house tends to be very dark, even when I increase the brightness for interiors in my ENBs.
I give this house mod a 5/5, 10/10, 100%.
Download this mod, you’ll really enjoy it.
Check out my flickr page for Mona Alta for more photos!