- Last Call! -
"There you can have a flagon of ale, enjoy the bard's versifications, and chat with the pub regulars. Some of the greatest adventures have had their starts in smoky, noisy taverns." - The Daggerfall Manual, p.58
What is it about?
Oblivifall - Last Call should be the last module to complete my Oblivifall series of mods; a series that adds new gameplay elements that were found in The Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall. Last Call is about enhancing the mood in taverns and inns by adding patrons like citizens, minstrels, bouncers, serving gals/guys, adventurers, prostitutes/courtesans and more along with drinking contests, fistfights and, possibly, dialogue-based gambling.
This project is basically about making taverns feel like busy places where people from all social classes and professions come to relax, share rumors and perform shady deals while listening to the bard's songs and stories.
â€‹Over 1600 new NPCs
â€‹Generic NPCs: Travelers from a leveled list of various professions and backgrounds who spawn inside Cyrodiil's inns and taverns. They are replaced anytime a tavern cell resets (Three days by Oblivion default). Includes Arena combatants, assassins, barbarians, warriors, crusaders, farmers, herders, pilgrims, thieves, etc. (Full list of NPC classes at the end)
Regulars: Composed of named peasants, commoners and nobles, those citizens are the taverns' main customers. They fill the tavern during the busy hours (Dawn, Noon and Dusk). They arrive at the tavern during those hours to eat, drink, dance and chat. If you become a regular, you may start noticing a few faces you saw before.
â€‹Minstrels: Minstrels travel around Cyrodiil to play their lute and learn the latest rumors. Some minstrels are entertainers to the courts of Cyrodiil, others play in the streets during the day and move to taverns at night. Other than playing their lute, they can also offer services to the player for some septims:
Rumors: Bards are the best source of information. They hear and participate in the taverns' discussions. For 5 septims, they will inform the player of rumors and information they heard. There are more than 100 rumors, all based on quests the player has or hasn't completed along with other main events.
Storytelling: For 75 septims, the minstrel can make up a story about your good or evil deeds each month. This will increase your fame or infamy by five points. When your fame or infamy is high enough, storytelling will no longer be possible.
Tipping: You can also simply tip the minstrel while he's performing to show your gratitude. Tip enough and you'll put a smile on his face while he's playing his lute! (An unintended but very nice side effect)
Special NPCs: These characters can interact with the player in interesting ways:
Bounty Hunters: May recognize and confront the player if he has a bounty on his head. (Minimum 250 gold)
Healers: For a fee, healers can restore the player's health, cure his diseases or perform a full restoration.
Traveling Merchants: They carry around various miscellaneous wares for sale and can buy some loot from the player.
Vampire Hunters: Armed with vampire-slaying weapons, they will spot and attack the vampire player after some time if the player stays in his sight for long enough.
Serving Gals/Guys: These people are employed by some of the bigger/busier establishments. They will greet the player when he sits down, offering him drinks and food. They also give information about their establishment's services.
Prostitutes/Courtesans: Prostitutes are found in some low-class taverns and inns and can provide a good night's rest for a small fee. Courtesans, on the other hand, are trained in erotic instruction at the House of Dibella and are found in high-class inns. An expensive night with a courtesan will grant the player a small bonus to his personality and endurance for a limited time.
Bouncers: Mostly composed of Nords and Orcs, bouncers are there to throw out drunkards and undesirable patrons. Trained in hand-to-hand, they will try to break fights, hopefully before the city guards arrive.
Fences: These freelance smugglers are direct competitors to the Thieves Guild. They appear at certain dates, at certain times and at certain places to sell or buy hot merchandise from other freelancers.
Dancers: In low-class and mid-class establishments, some patrons will stand up and dance to the minstrel's moving songs.
Real-Time Drinking Contests
A popular gambling game among adventurers and hard-working peasants, drinking contests test the contestants' alcohol resistance. The first to fall unconscious loses! Contestants can be found in several taverns, mug in hand. Rules: The two contestants agree to a bet. The first to fall unconscious loses his bet and the winner earns it. If both contestants fail, they get their bet back. (And they look funny, lying on the floor in the middle of the tavern until they regain consciousness) Alcohol resistance: The higher a contestant's Endurance, the more resistant he is. Orcs and Nords have a higher resistance than other races. Luck also plays a part. Being very lucky will increase your resistance.
â€‹While illegal, some taverns open their basement to fistfights for high-paying customers which are mainly comprised of nobles and other high class characters. Participate in fights to earn money or place bets on contestants. These special VIP clubs are also home to drug dealing and other shady activities. You'll need to be a good friend with the owner to pay your way into the nobles' den of depravity.
Cats & rats
â€‹Cats have always been important to tavern owners. Do not be surprised to see a cat wandering about the inn's basement looking for their prey. On the other hand, some low-class establishments cannot afford cats, so do not also be surprised to see a small rodent or two in your room.
Horses outside taverns
To simulate the come and go of travelers on the road, different species of horses populate the stables and exteriors of roadside establishments.
Generic NPCs class list (Click to unveil!)
The Feed Bag
The Feed Bag, again
The King and Queen Tavern
The Oak and Crosier
The Oak and Crosier, again
Olav's Tap and Tack
Olav's Tap and Tack, again
Patron slightly annoyed by the player greeting him
Orc barbarians tend to be slightly aggressive
Nords can also have a bad temper
A patron sharing a ridiculous rumor
Minstrels don't like being interrupted while they play
Just a typical nobleman recommending a good bottle of wine
Paying 5 septims to a minstrel leads to quest-related rumor
Another minstrel sharing a quest-related rumor
One of the regulars' greeting
Generic NPCs: Done Regulars: Almost done Minstrels: Done Special NPCs: Done Drinking contests: Done. Needs further testing Fistfights: Halfway done Gambling games: Maybe? Still needs reflexion...
ETA: I tend to disappear for some time. Hopefully I can finish it in the modding spree I'm having at the moment.
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Insults? Let me know!