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All right, it’s Monday, so that means it’s time for another update. This one features the re-introduction of Jeerah-Nur from the island of the mutes. I believe he’s the last one, come to think of it. Now we can sell the island to an evil scientist to create his secret lair of nukes and kittens.

There’s also a ton of new lines for Daenlyn Oakhollow, as well as a new song and a mini-quest involving him and another NPC. And as always, the updates are cumulative, so you only need v3.05 installed for this one to work.

3DNPC v3.05.5 (100MB Zip Download) – REQUIRES v3.05 INSTALLED

New NPCs
• Mithril (Ronja Monto)

Re-Recorded NPCs
• Jerulith (Jessica Osborne)
• Carmella (Katie Votapka)
• Jeerah-Nur (Aranas)

New Songs
• Spring (Ronja Monto)

All Fixes and Tweaks from v3.05
• Increased difficulty by adding reanimated corpses and healing mechanic to Forgotten Lore
• Provided option to turn in Talos worshipers for Immortal Coil
• Fenced In – Morndas asks to meet fence but script referenced wrong quest.
• Immortal Coil – Added wandering, potentially hostile Thalmor patrol in Markarth for first phase of the quest and objective to ensure PC talks to Froa upon retrieving the soul gems. Also added objective to return to Widow’s Watch.
• Froa’s 100+ Post-Quest audio files were not included in 3.05
• Hagravi missing marriage lines added
• Dropped HP of Darkened Steel NPC and added failsafe script to ensure proper outcome
• Ylgyne dismissal was incorrectly conditioned to Meresine being in your group as opposed toYlgyne
• Removed instances of double voices for Larkspur, Duraz, and Yushari
• S’vashni’s minimum level raised to 20

Site News and Notes
One of the reasons I don’t like Nexus is because everything is funneled to a single comment thread. This is ideal for most mods, but hardly for something of this size. What the new website does is compartmentalize everything into specific sections. Here are the main areas we have at the moment.

  • Wiki – I’ve disabled comments here. In the past, people have used these pages to give their thoughts, post screenshots, and report bugs. These should now be taken care of by the forums and Q&A.
  • Blog Posts – This is where regular comments are enabled. They should pertain to the post itself.
  • Forums – The forum section is for discussions. In other words, questions can be asked, but they should be directed toward facilitating a conversation as opposed to things that are better served for the Q&A.
  • The Q&A  - This section is for troubleshooting questions and bug reports. Unsure how to start a quest? Found a typo? This the place to ask your question or search previous inquiries.

Using the Q&A Search Function
The Q&A is there to help build a database and allow users to quickly find the answers to their questions. However, don’t be afraid to just ask a question, even if it’s been asked before. That’s because I’m not entirely clear on how the search function works.  I think it’s better for keywords than complete phrases.

Notice here how the word “robber” immediately pulls up the pertinent question.howdoi3

However, typing the full phrase “How do I get into Robber’s Refuge” does not.

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Even though the term “Robber” is used here, the additional words seem to fool the system. Generally it appears limiting your search to key phrases is the best way to use the search. Ultimately though, it never hurts to just ask the question like it’s never been asked before.

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Advertisements Showing up on the Q&A
Hopefully this is just temporary. I’ve begged onto the WordAds beta in order to help feed my addiction to money. The problem is the plugin offers much less control over where the advertisements show up. I don’t think I’m going back to Adsense – it pays worse than a Guangzhou sweatshop - so I’m either going to have to find a new plugin for Q&A or hope DesignWall or WordPress provides a solution.

I don’t see it as that big of an issue at the moment, because hardly anyone uses the Q&A, but I definitely could see problems if the database grows and becomes something people depend on. As always, I appreciate those who’ve whitelisted the site and my hope is that doing so will not come with pain and suffering.

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So, I think I wasted enough hours on Photofunia for one day. That site really does live up to the name though.  There are photos, there is fun, and the suffix -ia accurately describes it as a type of infectious disease from which there is no turning back. I probably spent a good 3 hours putting Two-Tails’ face on various types of money.

Open Roles
I’ve opened a lot of roles in the casting call section, but most of these are unfinished. These are long term roles that will be built piece by piece once I get a better feel for how everyone is going to interact.

Happy Easter!
I suppose today would be a perfect day to discuss easter eggs ( or legalizing recreational marijuana). I’m not really sure anything in the mod quantifies since most of it isn’t designed to be hidden. For example, when Jerulith mentions the murder in Markarth, I want you to suspect Jeerah-Nur is the culprit. When Dro’bar talks about the High Elf who drank his wine bottles, there’s only one person that could be. Gorr will talk about his time in the dungeon because you’re supposed to make the connection to Larkspur with minimal effort. While you don’t want to shove them down people’s throats, concealing these eggs from the player would be foolish.

If there are easter eggs to be found, it would mostly be inventory items or minor rewards that depend on your responses. Here are some just off the top of my head:

  • You can pickpocket the note from Wander-Lust’s son.
  • You can pickpocket Godrod’s “Letter to Jarl Tullius” and “Letter to Ulfric.”
  • Asteria has the birth certificate she mentions on her person.
  • In Lorne’s Shack, one of the wine bottles has a poem inside.
  • Inside Widow’s Watch, telling Arilwaen “We could sit down and talk for a bit” will open an additional reply option at the end.
  • Morndas has a running gag where she comments on people’s “made up names.”
  • Bringing certain followers near each other may result in additional conversations – these were made before I decided to stick to the 1 follower limit. This is mostly limited to a handful of super followers, but I believe even Raynes will have an idle commentary on Qa’Dojo.
  • If the player is a member of the Bards College, they can recite the poem about Olaf and the Dragon to Beatrice. Beatrice will then respond with her take on the Lusty Argonian Maid as opposed to her standard poetry.

I’m sure there’s a ton more, but I can’t remember them all. There’s also this one I threw in there just for shits and giggles.

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Hagravens can’t actually fly, and I don’t recall them ever using brooms the way most witches do – for delivery services and the occasional game of high stakes Quidditch. So I’m assuming this, having referenced things outside the game, would technically fall into the category of an easter egg. I think.

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After a long day of killing bandits and squashing spiders, the Riverwood Heroes like to have a nice picnic with sweets and story telling~ Zora likes re-telling the story about the bandit killing cats and talking dog.

Ah, here’s another fan art segment. Most of this is stuff I should’ve posted previously, along with a few doodles I found on Tumblr. Like this one right here by Moki, which was posted after the last batch and missed the cutoff. Not that I mind posting more art . More like the opposite of mind. I would like nothing more than to post fan art every day, it would be like me died and gone to heaven.

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This is a random doodle Numeriku posted on the forums of Rumarin. Rumarin is the undisputed king of fan art, although I think Anum-La and Zora are a close second. Still no love for Norgrof Oak-Heart.

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Above, Erandur, Nalvyna (current skyrim char), and Rumarin (from Interesting NPCS mod) being ridiculous. I love these derps so much, they’re making my current Skyrim playthrough so much fun.

This one here is by popfly, and it made my sides rumble. I was kind of disappointed followers aren’t allowed inside the temple let alone Erandur’s peyote hallucination, but I managed to sneak in one line before the chicken squaring.

And just in case you haven’t had your fill of Rumarin art, here is some awesome work by sinokoi-sk from his Tumblr page. I have no idea how old this is either, but I just recently learned how to use the internet search function.

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This last one requires some setting up, it’s an oldie but goodie the wonderful and talented Kayla Marquez posted waaaaay back in regards to the following line.


EXCUSE ME! Ur supposed to kick people’s butts and drop random parables and shit, not be an adorable dork. Sheesh! 

Qadojo by Kayla Marquez

Yeah, Qa’Dojo has his quirks. He has a weak spot for fish, he loves making snowcats, and his entire philosophy can be attributed to a head injury. Not your typical wise monk. Buuuut I suppose that’s the point of calling them three-dimensional NPCs.

 

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Any day now.

There was something wrong about the way the words rolled off her tongue. They were pointy, bold, and crooked, but that was nothing new. What was new was the fact that Veralene noticed, that she was somewhat self-aware – as if she saw herself through a window and caught of glimpse of her own foolishness.

Normally the Breton had no problem being honest, but not with herself. You might say her mind was so narrow it could hide behind a straw. This was life providing another angle, turning her head ever so slightly to show her the crook of her nose. Yet not even that could sway her belief that her situation was temporary. All she had to do was place the amulet around her neck, and a horde of handsome barons would walk into the Skeever and fight to the death for the honor of making her rich. You’ll see, she’d say. Any day now.

In contrast, Fironet always knew. Every night a chorus of bards would amble in and out of the tavern, like a flock of noble seraphs on their way to the heavens. Jarls and Thanes had titles, but they seldom had presence. Bards were different. What good is owning a piece of land if you were born with wings? And she always believed her back was bare.

For her, those three words meant something else entirely. Any day now, she’ll have to say goodbye to Solitude. And every day after, she’ll find it hard to sing – because the memories of her failure will be stuck to every chord. Veralene worries her day will never come. Fironet prays to the Nine that she’s right.

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Here’s some fan art 324b21 posted over on the forums. I believe that’s Rumarin and Anum-La, with the Dragonborn being the Orc. Not sure who the bard is in the back, although watching him cradle his lute is hilarious (as others have pointed out, it turns out it’s Fjona, and this is the Sleeping Giant quest – I think I’m turning senile).

Actually this really happened in game, I did the quest with my low level, master difficulty character (when I play I prefer not to change the difficulty for immersion) and then just as we triggered the giant, everybody started running away. I think it’s due to a glitch or something (I still kinda blame Rumarin tho, lol), but it was funny as hell.

That, Rumarin would say, is just the body taking over. It’s not like he wanted to disobey you, really. Although if our bodies do have a mind of their own,  leave it to Rumarin’s to be the practical one.

For fans of Alassea, here’s Ronja Monto with a video version of her eponymous song. In it you’ll find her flute playing, harp strumming, wind basking and hair brushing like a boss.

I’ve had this in the works for some time, but between pollen allergies and broken headphones and bloated bellies it’s had to take the backseat.

I tried to make a pretty video, but it ended up looking like one of those ultra-cheesy 80′s ballad videos. It was even worse when the light was golden, like right out of “Never Gonna Give You Up.” Hopefully the song is okay though. Ergh.

What, 80′s ballads are the best. By failing to age gracefully, they’ve managed to somehow age well. The 1980′s have. Memes, not so much.

On a side note, there was a lot of site downtime today, but not my fault, at least not directly. I did choose the hosting service, however, and I can be blamed for that. Evidently going with the shittiest company on the planet has its downsides. This is what I get for being lazy and trusting WordPress’ recommendation. Never again.

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