Before going any further into my current game, I decided to check out the website for the Less Generic NPC mods (LGNPC) and saw that quite a few of their mods have been updated since my previous Morrowind play-through, so I downloaded the updated versions and used Wrye Mash to swap the old versions for the new and cleaned all of my saves.
I like their new version of LGNPC Seyda Neen better than the old version (which I understand was made by someone else). The character backstories for the characters makes more sense, especially when the Children of Morrowind mod is installed. For example, in the old version, the Altmer womer Eldafire says that she is a spinster and strongly indicates that she has never been intimately involved with anyone. But with Children of Morrowind there is a small Altmer girl that follows Eldafire around. When one is deeply roleplaying, as I tend to do, the player immediately wonders, "so where did this child come from?"
In the newest versions of the LGNPC mods, there are variables put in place that tells the mod whether or not you're using Children of Morrowind and allows dialog that mentions the children to appear. So in the newest version of LGNPC, Eldafire's backstory says that she is married and her husband, apparently an adventurous sort, left to explore some "ruins in the north", thinking he would find valuable artifacts and return with a lot of money for his family. He never returned.
If one speaks to Arrille about Eldafire, he says that her husband "never gave her anything but a charming daughter".
Unfortunately when you speak to Eldafire, she refers to her child as a son. If you look at the child who is following her, you can clearly see that it's a girl, so Eldafire seems to be a little confused.***
*** Edited to add: My mistake. There is a male Altmer teen who is often play-sparring with a Dunmer boy on the path that leads to the lighthouse. That is the son who Eldafire is referring to.
Another change I made to my game was adding a texture and mess replacer for Goldbrand
. I didn't have Aeronwen do the quest that awards Goldbrand in my previous play-through, which of course means I didn't write that into the fan-fiction. While looking at the images of the retexture I was thinking, "Here we go; something that I wish I had done differently for the fic. It would have worked well for Goldbrand to be Aeronwen's primary blade until she acquires Trueflame. I should have written her doing that quest into her story".
But that's just the way it goes. There is so much to do in Morrowind, both in the vanilla game and with the mods that the community makes. No matter how many times I might rewrite the story, there will ALWAYS be something that I wish I had added or done differently.
Speaking of The Archer's Tale, I've started transferring the Tribunal portion of the fic to lady_morningstar
, which means I'm getting close to have the entire main quest transferred to Dreamwidth. Once the entire main quest is completely transferred and posted I'll need to think about what else I want to use that journal for.