1001 ways to die... Requiem, Frostfall, and iNeed! Oh my! [6th of Sun's Dawn]
A few people had been following my "I'm tired" thread and it was fun. But, unfortunately, despite gimping myself like crazy (no crafting, Necromancer's amulet, crappy armor), I was still a goddess by level 43. I had been interested in playing an overhaul mod for quite some time, but I was afraid. See, I'm a bonified wuss, I suck at games, I really do. I only play Skyrim well because I know the game, not because I'm actually any good at it. But, I decided to grow a pair and download some of the big overhaul "survival" mods. I took a lot of time and sorted my load order and for those who contributed to that thread, a hearty thanks. It was hard to decide between SkyRe and Requiem, but I finally opted for Requiem as it changes the game more. I don't really want to rely on my prior knowledge. EDIT 10/25/2014: This thread is a work in progress. I will make some edits accordingly. I will probably strike references of Lilithia being dragonborn from this thread, as I don't feel that that's the direction her build is going in. While she's not evil, she is also not nearly as self-sacrificing as the Paladin Aelberon, who is a far more suitable candidate for Dragonborn status. Will their paths cross? Who knows? She can still more than likely do the Mage's guild and assume a position of power as archmage. That is better suited to her personality. EDIT 7/20/2014: I have below my load current load order, if anyone is curious about downloading any of these mods. If memory serves, I installed them based on Mod recommendations from their respective Nexus pages and I was very careful to select mods designed to work together. Here is the step by step process and it worked for me. After every few mods, I'd run LOOT and test the game to make sure nothing exploded. All textures are full, but I have a decent rig, if you don't, please don't be stupid and use the full textures, go do light instead. Download all mods at your own risk.
1. I reinstalled the game and made sure there were no mods still left.
2. Installed the unofficial patches
3. Installed SKSE
4. Installed LOOT
5. Installed SkyUI & iHud
6. Installed basic textures
-Better dynamic snow (overide HQ)
-Enhanced distance terrain
-SMIM (there is one that you don't overide with BDS)
-Skyrim HD (overide SMIM)
-Skyrim flora overhaul (Overide SMIM & Skyrim HD)
7. Installed the ENB, weather, & lighting clusterfudge.
-Project Reality - default settings
-Supreme Storms - default settings
-Climates of Tamriel weater patch - default settings
-Enhanced Lighting and FX
8. Installed WATER - let it overide SMIM
9. Installed Character enhancement mods (Xenius, face unlocker, hairstyles, elf skin)
10. Installed World enhancing mods (Expanded Cities and Towns, Wet and Cold, Winter is Coming, Cloaks of Skyrim)
11. Installed Frostfall & iNeed
12. Installed Requiem, Requiem Resorces, and Requiem patches
13. Ran LOOT one more time to check order and sorted
14. Played game
15. Installed two more mods, but they are very minor and have not affected the game.
Here is the actual load order as it appears in NMM. LOOT did everything up until Requiem, which I then did myself, as I just wanted it and its patches last.
Unofficial Skyrim Patch.esp=1
Unofficial Dawnguard Patch.esp=1
Unofficial Hearthfire Patch.esp=1
Unofficial Dragonborn Patch.esp=1
ETaC - RESOURCES.esm=1
Unofficial High Resolution Patch.esp=1
Cloaks - Dawnguard.esp=1
Better Dynamic Snow.esp=1
ETaC - BDS Patch.esp=1
ETaC - Complete.esp=1
ELFX - Exteriors.esp=1
Crimson Tide - Blood.esp=1
Supreme Storms - Cot Version.esp=1
WetandCold - Ashes.esp=1
WetandCold - Holidays.esp=1
WATER DB Waves.esp=1
Skyrim Flora Overhaul.esp=1
SFO - Dragonborn.esp=1
Requiem - Resources.esp=1
Requiem - Dragonborn.esp=1
Requiem - HearthFires.esp=1
Requiem - Frostfall.esp=1FINISHED EDIT
HAHAHA, I made a booboo right at the start. First, I activated Frostfall and iNeed while I was on the wagon with Ulfric, Ralof, and Lokir. Whooopsies, that killed Lokir for some wierdo reason and made me naked in the middle of a wagon with a bunch of strange men, and we couldn't have that, so I had to reload.
OMG, then I take an hour to make my character. I wanted to roll as a high elf, so I downloaded the usual basics in character enhancement (Xenius, Ultimate NPC face unlocker, some hairstyles mods, and a mod that makes high elves a bit paler). Here's what I came up with. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=286439612
She doesn't look too bad. Especially for a High elf. Less "drag queenie" than the typical high elf does with long hair. Her name is Lilithia. Sorta Lore-friendly. I actually used a Vanilla preset. Bottom row, middle, believe it or not. That preset is pretty nasty.http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20111105174750/elderscrolls/images/c/ca/44156_Altmer_normal.jpg
So... Alduin decides to pay a visit and Lilithia jumps to the inn from the tower like she's supposed to. Wow, never lost THAT much health making that jump before. This is gonna be interesting...
Made it to the keep and I configured Requiem, iNeed, and Frostfall. Not gonna lie, I tweaked a lot of stuff. Solved heavy armor issues, raised my carry weight, increased my damage output, made gold weightless, decreased my damage intake, made npc arrows less accurate, nerfed frostfall a bit (I really don't want to make fires every 10min), and tweaked some other things. Remember, I'm a wuss, and I have a ton of new things to get used to (interface, new HUD, etc).
That may not have been the best idea as poor Lilithia was IMMEDIATELY hungry and thirsty. Geez, you'd think General Tullius would feed the prisoners some food and water during the trip. Lilithia and Ralof dispatched the first group of enemies, though it is WAY harder, lots of running and weapons hit HARD. Didn't die though! Yay! Ralof is useless by the way. She's sooooo hungry by the time she's finished with the first two enemies that her magicka and stamina stop regenerating. At least there is food in the next room. Mmmm... Food...
It's all raw. Damn it! Ralof is still useless. He must be hungry too. Lilithia plays "dodge the evil Imperials" for about 5 minutes and zaps them with whatever pitiful magicka she has left, until she manages to nab a piece of bread while they're all running around the table. Not hungry anymore, but still very thirsty. Once she killed the Imperials, the focus shifted to finding something to drink. She found an empty waterskin, but no water. Now she's REALLY thirsty (thank you iNeed notifications). That alto wine on the table is looking sooooo good now. Why not? Bottoms up!
She's not thirsty anymore, but she's now stone drunk. Haha, I get the "I'm feeling good and warm" notification and everything. So, Lilithia is stuck in a dungeon with a useless Nord and now she's drunk, which, I have since learned, kills the magicka regen. A drunk mage with no magicka. Well, I'll cut her some slack, the Empire tried to cut off her head and then a giant black dragon attacked. Under those circumstances, I'd drink too. Time to grab the sword and shield looted from the crazy Imperial in heavy armor, cause stamina is now up the wazoo. The benifit of booze. On to the next room! Mebbe Ralof should have a drink too!
She hasn't finished Helgen yet, she just has spiders and the bear left, but I'm having a great time. Not sure how she'll do those since she's drunk. It's hard, but fun. The needs sort of pop up at you. Hopefully once she gets to Riverwood, she can regulate the needs a bit better, so it is not creeping up at inopportune times. Her skills, ehem, once she sobers up ;) will be Destruction, Restoration, Alteration, Enchanting, and perhaps Block cause I always enjoy a good Bash 'n Fry. Thanks for looking.
Death tally - 0