{Procrastination Post} Modding Skyrim: Custom Male Followers Get Custom Weapons and A Small Quest

I’s been a few days since I wrote my last post about modding. Today we’ll have another one and this time I finally finished what I wanted to accomplish with my small Skyrim mod. I learned to make basic quests. 🙂

I had some issues with the Creation Kit. First, there was a bug with my quest dialog not appearing. A save and reload fixes that issue, but it is not a fault on my end. It happens because of the CK patch.

Another issue I had run into was with scripts. I misspelled a function name a couldn’t figure for some time WHY wasn’t it working. And the compiler was like, I got nothing man. I’m glad this silliness is over. It’s how it always happens with coding. Either a lost bracket or a letter. 😀

There is another issue that persist for now (voicing), but I will talk about it later. From technical standpoint the quest is perfection now.

You’ll have to talk to Drennan and he will ask you for help. You agreeing to help him will start his small quest to get him and his brother as followers. The quest is reeeeeally tiny, but it is here for immersion’s sake. You can’t just approach people and they’d agree to be your followers. You have to butter them up, even if just a bit. 😉

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Apprentice Tongues starts

With mod installed the brothers and their house are there from the beginning of the game, but the dialogue for the quest becomes available only after you complete Dragon Rising. It’s better to visit them before you leave for High Hrothgar, because it’s where Drennan will send you anyway. So two birds with one stone.

You task will be to retrieve Drennan’s journal.

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Reading it will briefly introduce you to the background of the Silver-Eye brothers.

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First pages

Return the journal to Drennan and he will reward you with 2000 gold.

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Almost done

After that both brothers become available as followers, so you can ask them on a date. 😉

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verodfollower

One more thing to say about this mod’s improvements is that I added some custom weapons for the guys. Yes, those are one-kill weapons, yes, the brothers are overpowered anyway, but you can always take their things away from them and give them something simpler and less devastating. It’s up to the player’s taste. But if you prefer to have two guys killing everything for you, that’s what they will do. 😀

Now let’s talk about that issue I mentioned earlier. As the mod currently exists, all the dialogue is said in my girly voice, so obviously I won’t be sharing this version with anyone. I need to record empty voice files (while keeping the LIP files I created from my wav files). As followers, Drennan speaks with Male Brute voice, and Verod has Male Even Toned voice. And I’m perfectly fine with it. The quest dialogue will be silent (for now, until someone would record male-voiced lines for it) but lip-synched.

As for the rest, I’d say mission accomplished. If one day I’ll decide to make a questline for these NPCs, this little quest will be a perfect place to start. 😉

As soon as I finish cleaning up the voice files, I would probably share the mod on Nexus. I still have to learn how to pack the mod for sharing. 😀

UPDATE 25 NOV 2016

The mod can be downloaded here.

Jeno Marz
JENO MARZ is a science fiction writer from Latvia, Northern Europe, with background in electronics engineering and computer science. She is the author of two serial novels, Falaha’s Journey: A Spacegirl’s Account in Three Movements and Falaha’s Journey into Pleasure. Marz is current at work on a new SF trilogy. All her fiction is aimed at an adult audience.

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