My Old Person Race Mod Child as Playable Race

I have some experience with the Skyrim Creation Kit, and have made some small mods. I am really interested in creating new races, and have already made a mod that allows the player to create an old person, a child or a dremora. To accomplish this, I simply found their IDs in the editor and checked the "playable" box (and unchecked "child"). When I attempt this with some of the non-human races, such as wolf, horse or dragon, the game crashes as soon as I select that race in the character creation screen.

My question is this: Why does the game crash instantly, and is there a way to make animal/monster races playable fairly easily (I don't have much knowledge with scripting or creating meshes). Thanks.

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    \$\begingroup\$ My guess would be that animals and dragons use a different animation rig that can't support the animation sequence the character select screen wants to play. Or can't support the customization controls, or similar. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Jan 25 '16 at 19:06
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    \$\begingroup\$ Well, If this still a problem hopefully you've solved it. I think loading the asset in 2 separate places first of all confuses the system thinking there's a error when a model designated for a npc, animal is used as a player character. \$\endgroup\$
    – Arkadius
    Mar 15 '16 at 23:49
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Artsicle Modding is game dev :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Vaillancourt
    Feb 13 '17 at 12:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ Here's hoping that someone posts an answer. Being able to play as a slaughterfish or mammoth would certainly get me back in that game for at least a few hours. \$\endgroup\$ Feb 10 '18 at 21:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ Please see wiki.tesnexus.com/index.php/Creating_a_custom_race_for_Skyrim for a tutorial on creating custom races. Mods for playable animals do exist, e.g. on skyrimnexus. \$\endgroup\$
    – Exilyth
    Sep 8 '18 at 21:44

Probably reason in different classes that handled them. (that's little late answer, but still better this than nothing)

For example, humans, elves, dremora are humanoid races that have method equipArmor.

But animals don't have such method. As engine don't handle this situation it will be fatal error.

It is very hard to find exact reason so probably you will not be able to make it work. Or maybe you can change some of "animal types" to humanoid race? For example use same id, but change his type to human.


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