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Alek's Weapon Skills Overhaul - AWSO
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Feb 13, 2012 @ 6:00am
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AWSO is an overhaul of weapon skills and perks. Goal is to give better skill scaling, improve existing perks where needed and add couple of cool new and unique ones. By default skill damage multiplier is 1.5 when at 100 skill and with 5 ranks in first tier perks you get total of x3 damage at 100 skill. I changed skill scaling multiplier to 2.5 which is less than 3 but boosted some of the existing perks that were weak so net damage should stay around the same perimeter. I used the existing perk layout and added new perks in such manner so that it doesn't break vanilla perk dependency. Therefore existing characters can install and use the mod without the need to start the new game.
Note that this mod also change playable race records because I had to add new keywords to specific attacks so some new perks can work as intended therefore if you use any mod that change any of 10 existing playable races it might get overriden by this mod, or you might end up with Dual Sweep not working at all. On the other hand custom races will not get overriden but they will probably miss the attack data I added so Dual Sweep will not work on them. While doing this I also discovered that Argonian race doesn't have keyword assigned to a power bash attack so that means that disarming bash will not work for Argonians! I fixed this issue along the way and fix is included in this mod.

* In short this mod does the following:

- Perks no longer do what skill is supposed to do therefore weapon damage fully scale with the skill.
- Better weapon specialization perks.
- Each weapon skill gets one new perk in the tree.
- Some original perks have been reworked or improved with scripts.
- New unique perks: Whirlwind, Dual Berserking, Dual Sweep, Bow Smash, Crippling Wounds.
- Removed archery auto aiming in 1st person view.
- Fixed game bug where Argonian race is not able to use disarming bash.

* Compatibility:

- Not compatible at all with mods that change weapon perks or alter weapon damage skill scaling.
- Not fully compatible with mods that alter any of 10 default and 10 vampire races. Dual Sweep will not work with custom or modified races.
- Not fully compatible with mods that add custom perks with "Apply Combat Hit Spell" entry set to high priority. If you find that Crippling Wounds and Quick Shot stacking effect does not work for you then mod is probably in an indirect conflict and no load order will help. These custom perks might be hidden and applied via scripts to perform the task of applying magic effect on targets when being hit by the player so it is hard to know which mod is in conflict. Most modders don't know that "Apply Combat Hit Spell" perks cannot stack and only one can work at the time. It can be managed with priority indexes and conditions to make two coexist to some degree like Bethesda done with Limbsplitter bleed damage which will not apply when your Warmaster perk proc so if one mod breaks Crippling Wounds it will also break default axe bleeding perks. Believe me that it will be most common issue to conflicts before it become well known issue as there is no other mean to apply magic effect on hit on general basis.

* Install & Uninstall Notes:

- You may use this mod with existing characters without any problems but backup your saves first.
- Uninstalling after picking new perks (Whirlwind, Dual Sweep or Bow Smash) will not refund the perk points.
- Do not save the game with Dual Berserking active or weapon damage will stay boosted after you uninstall. To deactivate it just sheathe your weapons before saving. In case of mistake it can be fixed via console: "player.modav attackdamagemult -value". You can find value by querying the actor value: "player.getav attackdamagemult" where default value is 1 so use this formula to find value to substract: value=attackdamagemult-1.

* Latest Update:

- Updated mounted combat attack data so attacks should no longer miss.
- Enemies that you hit with sprinting attacks will no longer say "Hey, watch it..." as if you have bumped into them.

* Details:

== Two-Handed Perks ==
- Barbarian replaced with Brutality (Power attacks with two-handed weapons do 10/20/30/40/50% more damage.)
- Limbsplitter bleed damage tripled.
- Deep Wounds critical damage multiplier increased from 1/1.25/1.5 to 1/1.5/2.
- Skull Crusher (Attacks with warhammers ignore 25/50/75% of armor and have 10/15/20% chance to stagger). Stagger works with normal attacks and has a short duration.
- Greater Critical Charge criticals now do triple damage.
- Whirlwind is a new perk that requires 50 skill and Champion's Stance perk and is alternate route to Sweep (Attacks with two-handed weapons are 20% faster).
- Warmaster has been improved with a script (Backwards power attack with two-handed weapons hit all targets in front of you and has a minimum 25% chance to knock back. Chance and force increase with severity of your wounds). In practice original perk did not use paralyze effect at all even though it said so in description. It was also lackluster because of only 25% chance to hit single opponent while backward power attack is by its own hard to use effectively due to moving out of hit range and failing to hit the opponent. It is now designed to be used in "Oh, no!" situations because if your health drops below 50% knock back is guaranteed to occur and will hit the enemies with a fair amount of force.

== One-Handed Perks ==
- Armsman replaced with Savagery (Power attacks with one-handed weapons do 10/20/30/40/50% more damage).
- Hack and Slash bleed damage tripled.
- Bone Breaker (Attacks with maces ignore 25/50/75% of armor and have 10/15/20% chance stagger). Stagger works with normal attacks and has a very short duration.
- Bladesman critical damage multiplier increased from 1/1.25/1.5 to 1/1.5/2.
- Critical Charge criticals now do triple damage.
- Dual Savagery replaced with Dual Berserking and now requires 60 skill (Dual wielding damage is increased with severity of your wounds). This is brand new scripted ability. Damage is increased exponentially as you lose health with a maximum of +150% damage. Includes screen effect that indicates the damage increase by gradually increasing screen tint color to red and giving more of a tunnel vision. Berserking works only while weapons are drawn. Also note that some NPCs in game now also use this perk instead of Dual Savagery.
- Dual Sweep is a new perk that requires 70 skill and Dual Berserking (Dual wielding power attack hit all targets in front of you).
- Paralyzing Strike duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds.

== Archery Perks ==
- Overdraw replaced with Crippling Wounds (Wounded targets suffer 2/4/6/8/10 damage and move 30% slower for 2/4/6/8/10 seconds.). Basically, shots apply damage over time dealing total 4/16/36/64/100 damage over the duration which can be stacked but each instance has its own timer. Slow effect will stack with Nightingale Bow enchant potentially giving maximum slow of 80%.
- Bow Smash is a new scripted perk that requires 20 skill and Crippling Wounds perk (Chance to knock down and deal bonus damage when bashing with the bow). Chance will increase while wounded giving you more guaranteed knockdown if you are in life threatening situations. Damage is symbolic 10 physical flat.
- Critical Shot critical damage multiplier increased from 1/1.25/1.5 to 1/1.5/2.
- Quick Shot perk improved (Can draw a bow 30% faster. Every successful hit increase draw speed further by 5% for 10 seconds). Effect can be stacked but each instance has its own timer. It is possible to overlap the effect and sustain additional 30% draw speed boost if using faster bow, making minimal delay between shots and hitting the target every time. Effect is lost immediatelly if not in combat or not having a bow drawn.
59 Comments
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srperkins85 Dec 22, 2013 @ 12:50pm 
thank you thank you thank you love your mods bro. now i dont have to do anymore manual equip unequips with Frost active =)
jgbloyd Aug 24, 2013 @ 4:20pm 
all good, but i'm not sure i agree about how things are supposed to be, like when you imply this is more natural or immersive. i roleplay that my actual skills only improve with, well, my actual gaming skills as I play and that perks are more like when you go over what you did right or wrong and practice or think about better methods, you know, like Bruce Lee did a lot of working toward his perks, lol. I mean, really, what are perks supposed to be RP'd as anyway? So i don't mind that some of the old perks just increased damage or what not. I just pretended it came after some practice and training, which are important yet don't otherwise increase your character's skills. so i'd stab at a practice dummy in game then open my perks.
Prick Aug 20, 2013 @ 6:20am 
aaahhhhhh...........i didnt realise.....thanks :)
Alek  [author] Aug 19, 2013 @ 1:26pm 
@The Buster Basher: It would be pointless because you get more damage from skill increase now.
Prick Aug 17, 2013 @ 2:37pm 
i think the Armsman perk should of stayed, but otherwise great :)
dragonosis Jul 22, 2013 @ 1:14am 
could you lower the two handed speed boost? at 20% i'm finding that it makes the game unbalanced (they swing faster than one handers) and it makes the animation looks a little weird.
[HZ}-Walldasher May 25, 2013 @ 1:05am 
Do a "more extended" version of this mod and it will can called AWSOME ;P
i would really like it if you could make some more ranks to some perks, because i play with really hardcore mods and having "souls to perks/skills" where i get much more perkpoints. You dont have to Sir, but i would really like it to have about 10 ranks like Bone Breaker ignores 25/30/35/40/45/50/55/60/65/70% or Paralyzing stike 1/2/3/4 seconds. Just an example.

But anyway, a good mod, i really like the archery perks!
Zibuddha Jan 27, 2013 @ 3:42pm 
Found it finally! Removed 6 mods and voila, one of them was the culprit! Enjoying the DOT on the arrows tree.
Alek  [author] Jan 27, 2013 @ 3:15pm 
@Zibuddha: It is surely not this mod, only 3 weapon perk trees are altered.
Zibuddha Jan 27, 2013 @ 11:30am 
I've been playing around a little, but so far I'm having an issue with the lockpicking tree. Trying to access it at all, the menu wonks out and then there is just a messy overlap of various stars condensed together, making it a nightmare to try to work with that area.