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The Ancient Profession is part prostitution mod, part lore-friendly quest mod. It's my attempt to make prostitution as legitimate an in-game choice as joining the College of Winterhold or the Thieves Guild, and it's my attempt to make role-playing a character who truly starts from nothing a little more possible (still a work in progress). The mod adds the following:


  • Quests. This is a SexLab mod, so the quests will almost always include some kind of sexual element. The early quest content centers around you obtaining licenses to work as a prostitute in each of the nine holds of Skyrim, and they are designed so that low-level characters can complete them. The quests will branch out from there. I intend to design the quests around role-playing, not combat, because I want to be able to play a character who simply isn't a combat bad-ass right at the start of the game. I also intend to keep the quests as lore-friendly as possible while still expanding beyond what's officially part of the lore.
  • Prostitution. There are existing prostitution mods, of course. This one is just designed to fit in with the quest mechanics of the rest of the mod, and I want the interactions with clients to be a little more to my personal taste. My intent is to also implement at least one brothel that you can join, with its own quest line and benefits, as well as other choices that may have their own trade-offs.


I hope that players enjoy getting to know the characters in the mod and find the quest lines interesting to play.


At this time, and for the foreseeable future, this mod is intended for female player characters only.


Up-front warning: Although rape is not the focus of this mod, your path through some quests can lead to the player character being raped. This mod will also contain some references to creature-related content, though all scenes of that nature will be optional.



This mod is currently an EARLY ALPHA release. All version upgrades are likely to require clean saves for now.


I often add features and make updates to existing quests, and right now I'm not worried about making sure you can upgrade an existing save seamlessly. Until the quests get more finalized it is VERY LIKELY that quests won't work if you try to upgrade in an existing game. If you want to keep up with new versions, keep a clean save from before you install the mod, or be prepared to start a new game.


I am looking for people willing to test and provide feedback.


Note about LE compatibility:


Because of the amount of time it takes to develop the mod, I don't plan to support Skyrim LE at this time, simply because I don't have time to test the mod in both versions. The mod does appear to mostly work if you extract the BSA and put the loose files in your Skyrim directory, then delete the BSA. But note that I AM NOT SUPPORTING THIS RIGHT NOW.


How to start the quests


Option 1: Go to the Dibella's Garden brothel between Dragon Bridge and Solitude, and speak to Eliana Duerra


Option 2: Go to any innkeeper and ask, "Do you have any work that doesn't involve risking my life?". Then ask "May I...sell myself in your inn?". If you are in Skyrim, this will start a quest.  While you can start working as a prostitute outside of Skyrim, such as in Raven Rock, it will not start a quest there.


Option 3: Speak to a prostitute.


Option 4: Speak to Benjen Black-Briar in Riften.


Planned features


  • Different employers, with different advantages and disadvantages (partly implemented)
  • Ways to build skills through safe training - that is, not putting your life on the line - in a way that's not just clicking a message box and paying some gold. (partly implemented)
  • More quests and a more complex prostitution system (the prostitution system is now partly implemented)


Bugs and known issues


There are a lot of them. This is my first attempt at Skyrim modding. Some of them I already know about, and some of them I don't. A few things you should know right away:


  • There are about 16 playable quests right now. Sometimes, somebody might tell you that they will get in touch with you later, but that is not implemented yet.
  • The Whiterun and Falkreath quests are placeholders.
  • The prostitution system is in early parts of its implementation. Every man you solicit will accept, and they will always say the same thing. I will add some variety and chances for acceptance or not later.
  • The Windhelm quest has multiple paths through it, depending on your allegiance in the civil war. It will do something different if you are unaffiliated vs. an Imperial vs. a Stormcloak. It even handles you changing allegiance partway through.  While I tested the hell out of this quest, it's complex. I'm sure I missed something.
  • When training with Fasta, she may stand there with her firsts in the air or a spell on her hand without casting it. She is supposed to cast a spell at you, but sometimes won't. The quest should detect when this happens and use another way of applying the effect to you.
  • Vanikseth gets stuck multiple times on the way to his workroom. This is an issue with the vanilla navmesh between where he starts and where he's going. I will address it at some point, but he should automatically "jump" past the parts where he's stuck.
  • If you work as a prostitute in an inn added by a mod, you may get a bounty just for walking out the door of the inn if you didn't pay the innkeeper his due first. This is caused by the mod not giving the inn a parent location with the keyword LocTypeHabitation on it, and the mod author would have to fix it. This happens with Skygerfall, for example.
  • After the special Dibella's Garden party job, if you do the job again, the cell may not reset properly unless you leave the brothel first.


There are more. These are just the ones I think are likely to confuse people.




Just extract the archive into your Skyrim SE Data folder or use a mod manager to install it.


Hard Requirements (install them or it won't work)


  • SexLab SE and any of its dependencies
    • Some of the quests do require creature animations. I intend to always keep creature-related content optional. If you start going down a quest path that won't work without creature animations enabled, the mod will tell you.
  • PapyrusUtil
    • This is installed with SexLab, and it's fine to use that version, but this mod directly uses it now.
  • Fuz Ro D'oh for Skyrim SE (https://www.nexusmods.com/skyrimspecialedition/mods/15109)
    • Dialogue will go by too fast without it
  • Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch 
    • The mod will load without this at the moment, but I think some of the quest conditions rely on bug fixes from the patch.


Soft Requirements (install them if you want to)


The mod will load the following to provide the prostitutes more outfit variety than the dull vanilla tavern clothes:



As of 0.4, you can add or remove these outfit mods at any time, and the mod will use them.




I have not tested this mod extensively for compatibility, but I do usually play with plenty of mods. I have seen no conflicts in the ones I use, and in general I try not to modify vanilla assets more than absolutely necessary. That said, there are certain planned features that will introduce the possibility for compatibility issue. The biggest of these is brothel locations, as this will require me to edit the Tamriel worldspace. I may also be forced to modify a few vanilla scripts to integrate the mod better.


Definitely compatible


  • Sisterhood of Dibella. This mod doesn't interfere with the Sisterhood of Dibella mod, and I've tried to make sure that certain quest lines that interact with the temple still make sense if you have that mod installed.
  • SexLab Jail Rape. I tested this explicitly with the one part of the mod that might conflict, and there is no issue.


Not recommended 


  • Any other prostitution mod. Other prostitution mods will be unaware of the licensing and employment systems in The Ancient Profession and will provide a way to sidestep its game mechanics. If they implement player approaches, you may also get weird interactions. And if they provide solicitation dialogue, you may have to remember which mod does which thing.


Not compatible


  • If there's a mod out there that changes the rental bed at the Sleeping Giant Inn in Riverwood to a different bed, this mod won't be compatible with it. There are technical reasons for this that you probably don't care about.
  • Radiant Prostitution if you have the "NPC Scene" options turned on. Some of the characters in The Ancient Profession wear the tavern clothes outfit, and this can cause quest-breaking interruptions.


What's New in Version 0.4


This release adds two new quests and fixes bugs.




  • There is now a new prostitute in Riverwood who will start a quest.
  • Benjen now has a special job available if you earn 1200 gold while working for him.
  • You can now interact with some of the characters from the Dawnstar, Morthal, and Solitude license quests more after those quests have been completed.
  • There is now dialogue to help finding the girls for the Solitude Prostitution License quest.
  • Bug fix: Training Dremora couldn't hurt summoned creatures, making it too easy to beat him.
  • Bug fix: If Benjen and his girls left their normal spot, they would never go back to it again.
  • Bug fix: If you completed the main part of the Dawnstar Prostitution License quest by persuasion, you could not complete the quest.
  • Bug fix: Dibella's Garden special job would fail if you put your clothes on after leaving the party but before getting paid.
  • Bug fix: If you killed the quest target in Morthal Prostitution License without talking to him first, his wife would not remain hostile to you.
  • Bug fix: Some quest objectives would not be marked completed in Morthal Prostitution License if you did things in a certain order.
  • Bug fix: Morthal Prostitution License would not properly handle if you killed the quest target after pursuing an alternative solution.
  • Bug fix: Rudhiir wouldn't shut up while you were fucking his client.
  • Bug fix: Rudhiir would wait until the next day to talk to you if you completed the conditions for him to do so while he was leaving the inn.
  • There is now a miscellaneous objective for getting all of the prostitution licenses, so you don't have 9 quests all starting at the same time.
  • Open Monk Robes are now supported as a prostitute outfit.
  • The mod will now detect soft dependencies after the first time it loads, so they can be added or removed at any time.


Full details:


  • Allow adding and removing outfit soft dependencies after first time mod loads
  • Numeeva won't stop cooking to fight for her husband's life
  • Numeeva and Intius should react to each others' deaths
  • Race condition in Solitude DG Girls recruitment dialogue
  • Prevent soliciting player spouse
  • Numeeva dialogue should change if Intius dies in jail
  • Prevent looting of Nord while he's reanimating
  • TAPQEntertainStormcloaks can select camps that aren't active
  • Handle joining Imperials after starting "find spy" branch of Windhelm license quest
  • Make it possible to find out about Janilla's mother's death in the "About your mother..." branch
  • Give Janilla appropriate dialogue after Solitude orgy
  • Eliana Duerra should not be one of the hired girls for Solitude orgy
  • Make townspeople give hints about non-DG girls for Solitude party
  • Avoid starting all license quests at the same time
  • Give Falion appropriate dialogue after sex with Argonian
  • Allow non-confrontational conversation with Intius about his daughter
  • Allow asking about Vanikseth at the Winterhold inn
  • TAPQWindhelmLicense Imperial path rapists give out quests and map markers while raping you
  • Allow "say nothing" option to Imperial spy when confronting him about rape
  • Putting clothes back on for TAPQDGJobs01 before taking payment fails quest
  • Allow more interactions with Jagar after TAPQDawnstarLicense
  • Provide a way to take Jagar to a private location for sex
  • TAPQDawnstarLicense doesn't stop running after quest completion
  • Make it possible to marry Jagar
  • Add ability to have sex with Argonian or Aia again
  • Change Benjen's normal package to a travel package
  • Training Dremora can't hurt summoned creatures
  • Player can cheat to increment "correct answers" in TAPQBenjenJobs01
  • Siarra has general townsperson dialogue for "know anyone?" in TAPQSolitudeLicense
  • Add dialogue to help find Kella and Janilla for TAPQSolitudeLicense
  • Minor typo in opening dialogue for TAPQMorthalLicense
  • Objective to visit spouse's home can't be completed if you marry Jagar
  • Jagar has dialogue options that no longer make sense after you marry him
  • If you persuade Jagar to tell you info, you can't complete TAPQDawnstarLicense
  • Argonian ghost will reappear with Aia if 3 AM passes while player is fucking him
  • Add support for Open Monk Robes CBBE
  • Add journal entries for TAPQBenjenJobs01
  • Missing "m" in "ambassadors" when explaining Solitude party to Tlatha
  • Janilla dialogue after Solitude party doesn't always show up
  • Give Elyssa completion dialogue after learning tasting done in TAPQBenjenJobs01
  • Completing TAPQBenjenJobs01 in meadery makes you a trespasser
  • Guests for TAPQBenjenJobs01 can be naked
  • Benjen and girls have inappropriate dialogue options during TAPQBenjenJobs01
  • Give real dialogue for starting sex in TAPQBenjenJobs01
  • Dialogue for "learn" option for TAPQBenjenJobs01 doesn't tell you when to be at meadery
  • Support Nazeem and Ahlam living at Wintersand Manor (Cutting Room Floor)
  • Make asking whores about becoming a whore start miscellaneous license quest
  • Numeeva doesn't remain hostile if you attack Intius without dialogue
  • Additional Intius dialogue options not visible at first
  • Intius should have a reaction if you use extra scroll in his house during TAPQMorthalLicense
  • After TAPQMorthalLicense stops, Argonian doesn't disappear after sex
  • Argonian ghost can greet player
  • "Learn Intius Dinora's fate" objective doesn't complete if Numeeva killed before meeting Intius
  • TAPQMorthalLicense mishandles Intius dying after going to jail but before player talks to Aia
  • Correct misspelled "mischievous" in TAPQDawnstarLicense
  • "Let's do it here" option for Jagar doesn't work if said immediately in TAPQMorthalDialogue
  • Rudhiir won't shut up while you're fucking the client he brings for you
  • Benjen won't shut up during tasting party
  • In rare event Elyssa can't find her way to meadery, TAPQBenjenJobs01 breaks
  • Dialogue telling Jagar he must pay is still available after he has agreed to paying
  • Jagar won't stop following you if he says he can't pay after he starts following you
  • Jagar will always agree to pay for sex if he isn't following you
  • Rudhiir waits until next day to approach player if player complains as he is leaving inn
  • TAPQBenjenJobs01 can't be completed if failed because you took too long


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