soulus Jan 22, 2013 @ 1:49pm
Do NPCs even sleep?
So I started a stealth character for the first time. When I first tried to enter a house at night to steal stuff, I found people there just standing around. All night. How does one steal from places like this? Or is it a bug? Or do NPCs never sleep?
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sjamesashton Jan 22, 2013 @ 3:06pm 
No, they do not in Morrowind. Have to empty their houses while they are elsewhere
EgoMaster Jan 23, 2013 @ 3:29am 
There's a mod called "Living Cities of Vvardenfel". Basically, NPC's get a life. They close shops at night, go to their homes, lock their doors and sleep. It uses a lot of CPU power in big cities like Balmora. Also, because of Morrowind's scripting limitations funny things occur (like you hear a gong when it's closing time -18.00- and NPC's suddenly beam to the street, walking to their homes. At least that was the case when I used the mod, don't know about newer versions). It's still immersive though. If that's a big let down for you, you can give it a try. Bear in mind that the mod will only effect vanilla NPCs. NPCs added by mods (if there are any) will still wonder the streets.
Vuldari Jan 23, 2013 @ 1:21pm 
No, they all stay exactly where they are 24/7/365, unless a scripted event tells them to go elsewhere. Even NPC's you meet along the side of the roads will stand on that roadside corner all day and night, never eating or sleeping. It is a limitation of the game engine. The more active and realistic NPC activity in Oblivion/Skyrim was a revolutionary introduction at the time.

Just be very sneaky. Find and use chameleon (not invisibility) enchanted items or spells to boost your chances, sneak around everywhere to level up your sneak skill, and you can rob anyone blind behind their back without them ever noticing. I've cleaned out an entire treasure room full of loot with two guards standing in the middle of it and all they did was bid me to "carry on citizen" as I walked right out the door with my pockets overflowing and their shelves bare.

That is how thieving works in Morrowind. You can't wait for them to leave 99% of the time (with the exception of some rare NPCs that will follow you from one room to another when you are being sneaky), so you just have to steal with them watching, but be smooth enough to get away with it.
blckruc47 Jan 25, 2013 @ 7:28pm 
No, always up and ready to serve. Bethesda definitely improved on that issue in Oblivion and Skyrim. Morrowind wasn't the best for sneaky characters. I could steal stuff, but the NPCs had to be upstairs or not in the same room as my character.
Anvos Jan 26, 2013 @ 1:12am 
Stealing in Morrowind is more about taking everything that isn't nailed down or furnishings when your in an area of a house the owner can't see you in and then not trying to sell them the same type of item back. Also unlike Oblivion regular plates and pots still have value (something I really don't get about Oblivion as I doubt items like a clay plate or broom being a straight 1 gold sell would have broken the game economy).
☼TheMagicHobo76☼ Jan 29, 2013 @ 11:31am 
My advice: sprint around and jump a lot to level up your acrobatics and atheltics skills, then just charge through town taking everything and running away. but then, you'll have such a high bounty that you probably won't be able to sell any of it... lol.
Anvos Jan 29, 2013 @ 5:02pm 
Originally posted by The Magic Hobo 76:
My advice: sprint around and jump a lot to level up your acrobatics and atheltics skills, then just charge through town taking everything and running away. but then, you'll have such a high bounty that you probably won't be able to sell any of it... lol.

As long as you don't get up to death petalty warrent you just have to drop or store the items before your arrested and pay off the fine.
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