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Aerie in BG:EE v1.1

CoutelierCoutelier Member Posts: 1,238
edited February 2015 in BG:EE Mods
This simple little mod simply adds an appearance from the wingless wonder, Aerie, at the Nashkel Fair in BG1. She's not a joinable NPC (although you can of course do the console thing to add her to your group if you want, but there are no banters written for her). There are a couple of little things you can help her with, and in return she opens a little store at the fair.

BG1AerieV11.rar

Screenshot:
image


It's actually the first ever mod I attempted, just repackaged and rewritten quite a bit. Since I started learning modding pretty much as I was going along, I spent more time messing around and trying to see what could be done then I did actually writing anything. So now it's been tidied up quite a bit, trimmed, most of the really silly dialogue taken out.

Originally, I had also been considering adding little cameos from other BG2 NPC's into BG1. Like coming across Mazzy and her group out in the wilderness somewhere, or Anomen or Keldorn similarly out on a quest. But then BG2:EE came out pretty fast, and I completely lost interest in continuing with it I'm afraid.

I basically just polished this up as I've been looking at tra files some other stuff and this was a small, easy thing to start with.

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  • CoutelierCoutelier Member Posts: 1,238
    Incidentally, you know how dialogue and text can be scripted to pop up over a characters head sometimes... can that be done via a translation file?

    In any case, I like the tra files as they allow me to just see all the dialogue without all the code surrounding it, making tweaking it a bit easier.
    lolienWithinAmnesia
  • CoutelierCoutelier Member Posts: 1,238
    I forgot I included Aerie's soundset in this. That's for people like me who might like to add to their party using the console (even though, as I mentioned, she's not written as a joinable NPC and doesn't have any banter if you do that). Most of a soundset anyway... I remember I had to delete the spell failure line because for some reason she would keep randomly saying it while just standing there. I've no idea why.

    But if 3 mb is too much for some people, maybe I'll post a version without all the sounds.
    lolienWithinAmnesia
  • AstroBryGuyAstroBryGuy Member Posts: 2,836
    Coutelier said:

    I forgot I included Aerie's soundset in this. That's for people like me who might like to add to their party using the console (even though, as I mentioned, she's not written as a joinable NPC and doesn't have any banter if you do that). Most of a soundset anyway... I remember I had to delete the spell failure line because for some reason she would keep randomly saying it while just standing there. I've no idea why.

    But if 3 mb is too much for some people, maybe I'll post a version without all the sounds.

    If you look at the end of SNDSLOT.IDS file you'll see a few lines duplicated. Note that slot 71 is both SPELL_DISRUPTED and EXISTANCE2 (sic).
    69 PICKED_POCKET           
    70 EXISTANCE1
    71 EXISTANCE2
    72 EXISTANCE3
    73 EXISTANCE4
    74 EXISTANCE5
    70 HIDDEN_IN_SHADOWS
    71 SPELL_DISRUPTED
    72 SET_A_TRAP
    IIRC, the engine uses the slots differently for non-party NPCs vs. party members. Non-party NPCs use them as "existence lines" and keep saying them over and over. Party members use them for the special cases (e.g., SPELL_DISRUPTED).
    Coutelierlolien
  • CoutelierCoutelier Member Posts: 1,238
    When I was starting out, I was following tutorials for making party-joinable NPC's, even though I wasn't really intending to make her one.

    In this case, I don't think anyone will really miss that one line even if they intend to add to their party via console. But it's definitely useful information for the future.
    AstroBryGuy
  • AmyRoseAmyRose Member Posts: 2
    Figured I would leave you a little review or two.

    There's not much to say about this one. You mention your idea was for cameos, I guess serving as an early introduction to those characters ahead of BG2. In Aerie's case, she's integrated very well and the justification for her being there makes perfect sense. It works so well in fact that I'd actually like to see it turned into a full NPC mod, but I know you're already busy.

    But for what this mod is, it's very good.
    lolien
  • CoutelierCoutelier Member Posts: 1,238
    AmyRose said:

    There's not much to say about this one. You mention your idea was for cameos, I guess serving as an early introduction to those characters ahead of BG2. In Aerie's case, she's integrated very well and the justification for her being there makes perfect sense. It works so well in fact that I'd actually like to see it turned into a full NPC mod, but I know you're already busy.

    I've given the matter of turning her into a full NPC mod a little bit thought, and while it's certainly doable, I think it would mean having to change quite a lot in BG2 as well. Obviously, there's adding in the bits where she already would recognise you and explain why she went back to the circus. I think she has a talk where she asks about your adventures in the north, so that would have to be changed. If she actually knew Khalid, then there's no chance she would ever say anything bad about him, so those parts of the romance conflict would have to be rewritten. And on the subject of romance, should any of that be imported from BG2 and then new ones written there, or should a romance be started in BG1 with just a lot of shy and awkward getting-to-know-you type conversations. And overall there's the fact that the Aerie would obviously already be more experienced and likely more confident, meaning more changes... basically, the BG2 Aerie would now be in BG1, and the ToB Aerie would start in BG2.

    Like I said, I'm sure it could all be worked out and done quite well, but yeah, I do have other projects I'm focusing my attention on right now.
    lolienWithinAmnesia
  • CoutelierCoutelier Member Posts: 1,238
    edited February 2015
    This little update just adds a little scene and a fight if you return to the fair a couple days after helping Aerie find her boots. There'll be a new character that appears outside her tent (but only at night) you can talk to.

    BG1AerieV11.rar

    Screenshot:
    image


    Maybe I'll give a prize or something to anyone who can identify the song Aerie is singing.
    AstroBryGuylolienWithinAmnesia
  • YupImMadBroYupImMadBro Member Posts: 347
    Isn't it lyrics to a Star Trek theme?
    AstroBryGuyCoutelierlolien
  • AstroBryGuyAstroBryGuy Member Posts: 2,836

    Isn't it lyrics to a Star Trek theme?

    Yup. It's lyrics Gene Roddenberry wrote for the theme to Star Trek (TV show). He did it purely to claim half the performance royalties for the theme, much to composer Alexander Courage's dismay. The lyrics were never used in the show.
    Coutelierlolien
  • CoutelierCoutelier Member Posts: 1,238

    Isn't it lyrics to a Star Trek theme?

    Yup. It's lyrics Gene Roddenberry wrote for the theme to Star Trek (TV show). He did it purely to claim half the performance royalties for the theme, much to composer Alexander Courage's dismay. The lyrics were never used in the show.
    Yup. I first found out that these lyrics existed years ago when I bought a Stat Trek music book to learn to play all the themes. I believe Tenacious D have performed it in concerts as well.

    As for your prizes... well, being a nerd, the most attractive and desirable people there are, is prize enough I think.
    lolienWithinAmnesia
  • ALIENALIEN Member Posts: 451
    edited March 2015
    @Coutelier I've always liked Arie and I can't wait when I will have chance to play you mod!
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  • CoutelierCoutelier Member Posts: 1,238
    ALIEN said:

    @Coutelier I've always liked Arie and I can't wait when I will have chance ti pay you mod!

    Don't be fooled by the filesize... that's mainly just because of her sound set. This is a small mod. But best to install it before visiting the Nashkel Carnival for the first time.
    lolienWithinAmnesia
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