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About this blog

Greetings everyone! This page contains my various Bethesda blogs. At the time of this update, it contains my troubleshooting playthrough series, my Skyrim modding diary, my mod cleanup case study series, and my Shout Like a Virgin beta test blog. You can access all the entries from the sidebar on the right side of your screen.

 

Playthroughs

I've recently exceeded the 1000 mod threshold, and it's time to start periodically doing brief playthroughs to ferret out hidden conflicts and other bugs. In this series, we'll do shorter, more focused adventures where we try to tell an interesting story and also talk about what problems we ran into them and how we addressed them.

 

  • Charley's Story: Charlotte Ellison survived a nuclear war by spending more than two hundred years in stasis. Now she has to survive in a very new world, facing very new threats. A Fallout 4 playthrough.
  • The Spider's Web: Kirstia's search for answers has taken her to the island of Solstheim. Now she must uncover the secret of The Teacher - also known as Mephala - and continue the journey to master her powerful magical heritage. But can she survive as her enemies, new and old, close in? 
  • The Curious Case of Forrien Hlaalu: A year after she returned to Northpoint, Kirstia is back in Skyrim and looking for answers. The strange events that occured during her search for Sybil Fjotra continue to trouble her, as does the ongoing influence of the strange gods of the Forsworn. After a chance encounter over drinks, a wizard from the College of Winterhold sets her on the trail of a scholar who may have the answers she needs...
  • The Search for the Sybil: Exiled from Skyrim to the remote land of Northpoint, Kirstia Bjissen has fallen on hard times. Just as she hits rock bottom, a voice speaks to her and charges her with a sacred quest that will take her back to her native land - and likely into danger. Can Kirstia find the new Sybil of Dibella before her past catches up with her?
  • Shout Like a Virgin: Miraculously saved from death, Monilee of High Rock finds herself in Skyrim, a land riven by civil war and harboring dark secrets. While she tries to build a new life in this foreign land, she's haunted by half-remembered dreams, and in chasing them she discovers her role in the turning of the ages. However, Monilee has not gone unnoticed by powers outside the mortal realm. Used as a pawn in the struggle between Nocturnal and Dibella, it will take all her wits, endurance, bravery, and stubbornness to reclaim sovereignty over her body and her soul.

 

Modding Diary

This series tracks my modding projects in-between playthroughs and case studies. The main focus will be on the technical processes of cleaning, editing, and integrating mods into a large load order configuration, including managing emergent multi-mod interactions. 

 

Modding Case Studies

This blog reviews the tools and techniques that authors and end users can apply to make their mods as stable and compatible as possible, as well as how end users can integrate complicated mods into a large load order setup. In addition to coverage of well known techniques such as automatic mod cleaning, this blog delves into more complicated issues such as navmesh repair. 

 

Entries in this blog

Chapter 32: The Thalmor Inferno

Monywyr took a moment to examine the Redguard's corpse, being careful to avoid touching or disturbing the black soul gem.    "You know," Rosa said, "I've seen the Thalmor do a lot of bad things, but somehow I'd never thing they'd stoop to soul stealing."   "Believe it," Rigmor answered. "Whatever you've seen here in Skyrim is just scratching the surface of what they're capable of. Look there, do you see those tools," she pointed to a long iron implement, something like an ove

Chapter 31: Descent to Fort Black

Beyond the rough camp, the mine shafts started to gradually slope upwards. After a time, the party passed into a more developed section of the mine, with log stairs laid down on the steeper slopes and wooden doors separating distinct sections. Before Monywyr could extinguish his halo and cleave to the shadows, however, a roar turned all their heads to the gloom at the head of the stairs. A lone bandit observed them, urging on the source of the roars - a troll and a chitinous monster that could o

Chapter 30: Breathless

"Did you think Nocturnal would just let you leave?" the ghostly figure asked.   Monywyr tried to answer, but cold steel clamped tight around his throat.    She continued then, smiling thinly as she explained, "I'm not sure what power hid you from my mistress' sight for these past days, but... steps have been taken to rectify that error. Any you... there's a fitting punishment in store for you." The ghost turned, walked from the tent, and vanished.    Struggling to d

Chapter 29: Damsel in Distress

It must have been nearly midnight when Monywyr arrived at the old border post that marked Riverwood's southern limit. He wondered if Lucan Valerius would remember him - remember Monilee, that is - but somehow he doubted it. Really, Monywyr was more concerned with just getting in the door. He knew he had the gold to afford a night at the Sleeping Giant, but Rose's urgency pushed him to avoid delay.   And yet, delays found him. The gaggle of elves dressed in golden armor was impossible t

Chapter 28: Rebirth

"Approach, my child, and choose how your new life shall begin..."   Monywyr felt a presence behind him. Just moments ago, he was sure he was alone in the cell. Now... he was not so certain. Dim memories flitted through his mind, of another life, and of a dream of pine and lavender. He knew that when he turned, he would once again face the idol of Mara.     Monywyr considered delay. The transformation Nocturnal had subjected to had been anything but painless, and hi

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