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Description

Quest Giver
Bradys Hlaalo in Necrom

Quest Objective
Random NPC in Roth Roryn or Aanthirin region

Type of Quest
Discovery Quest

Reward
Location to a treasure(?)
Temple Faction Reputation

Short Summary
Help an ancestor wrap up their mortal affairs before they lose their identity.

Prerequisites
Temple Faction rank of (?)
(Reputation?)

Assets Involved
2 NPCs with unique dialogue
1-2 cell names with unique dialogue
1 dialogue topic (name of a non-existant NPC)
1 item (scroll)

Long Summary

  1. The player is told to go talk to a particular Ancestor Ghost who's being troublesome  (either an Ancestor Ghost model, or an NPC with a ghost shader effect; this is implemented by giving them the ability ghost_ability, a 50% chameleon effect).
  2. The Ancestor feels like they cannot adequately advise their descendants because their thoughts mostly revolve around a love affair they had when they were still alive. They moved on and married into an existing family, but after death they still remember their affair's face better than that of their children.
  3. The PC is asked to first scribe, then deliver a scroll to a named NPC in a given city. The scroll contains a goodbye and regret for leaving the lover, as well as the wish that they had a happy life.
  4. When travelling to the city, the PC learns through dialogue that nobody knows that person. Either through speaking to a sufficiently bureocratic person (temple priest?) or random chance they learn that the person has died in the second era, but a descendant is known to live in another town.
  5. The (briefly bewildered) descendent is approached, the scroll is delivered.
  6. The named Ancestor is told that the scroll has been delivered. Thanks are given (along with reputation? or directions to a cache for bad times the Ancestor hid during their life?).
  7. The named Ancestor is disabled and a generic non-hostile Ancestor Ghost is spawned in their place.
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I would like to write

Terrifying Daedric Foe's picture

I would like to write dialogue for this.

BTW, I don't think this has to be a Temple faction quest. I think this one works fine as a misc. quest.

 It should have some kind of

Templar Tribe's picture

 It should have some kind of check to make sure the player has a quill and ink well in their inventory as well 

I'm unsure about that. I

Terrifying Daedric Foe's picture

I'm unsure about that. I think the gamey-ness of having a letter pop-up in your inventory is worth the benefit of not having to wander around looking for a quill and ink well (and paper as well) to buy, borrow or steal. Sure it's contrived, but gameplay over realism.

Go ahead and take it for the

Kevaar's picture

I've granted the claim to you for the writing, Terrifying. It looks like you're a quest dev already, so if you want to also do the CS work, you are free to.

I'm leaning more towards needing quill and parchment as Morrowind is still in that generation of games that realism comes before streamlined (even sensible, haha) gameplay. But, it's really more for the CS claimant to decide.

 In the vanilla game I don't

Templar Tribe's picture

 In the vanilla game I don't think there is a quest that ever has the player write anything down for someone. I'm sure that if there was, however, they would need to have a quill and ink well and some paper. It just seems like thats something Morrowind would do 

I don't have access to

Terrifying Daedric Foe's picture

I don't have access to Morrowind at the moment, so it's just dialogue for me. I'll write the dialogue asking for quill, ink and paper.

I have decided to drop this

Terrifying Daedric Foe's picture

I have decided to drop this claim. I have had less free time than I expected, so the work I have done is limited. It is also harder to effectively plan and write a quest without access to the CS than I imagined. This quest also has extremely limited / zero scripting, so it could be done by someone who enjoys writing dialogue but doesn't feel comfortable writing scripts. My lack of access to the CS means that some details would have to be determined by the implementer, which defeats the objective of writing the quest for them.

This is what I have written. The next claimant is free to use, edit or delete anything below:

Journal Entries

10 I spoke to the ghost of Saryne Ralethran in the catacombs beneath Necrom. He asked me to bring a letter to his former lover Niluva Belvayn in Bosmora.

11 I chose not to help Saryne Ralethran. (ENDS QUEST)

12 I need to find writing materials to record the ancestral ghost’s message.

15 I wrote down Saryne Ralethran’s message.

20 Nobody in Bosmora has heard of Niluva Belvayn. One mer suggested I ask Ulien Danoran at the temple.

30 Ulien Danoran consulted the town’s records and discovered that Niluva Sethril lived in Bosmora over one thousand years ago before she moved to Gorne. Perhaps I will find one of her descendants there.

40 I told Ulien Danoran that I was attending to unfinished business for an ancestral ghost. He blessed me and gave me an enchanted amulet.

50 The publican of the Emerald Haven tavern on Gorne is called Dralin Belvayn.

60 I showed Saryne Ralethran’s letter to Dralin Belvayn. She gave me a bottle of sujamma.

100 The ghost of Saryne Ralethran is now at peace. He told me that he kept an emergency stash of coins buried beneath a tree behind his house. They’re probably long gone by this point. (ENDS QUEST)

 

Letter
 

My dearest Niluva,

It pains me to have to tell you this, but I am dead. My spirit lives on beneath Necrom and I have entrusted this %PCRace to bring you this letter.

Not a day goes by when I do not think of you. I see your beautiful eyes and imagine your warm lips pressing against mine. I remember your tears as we parted like it was yesterday. I hope that you eventually found happiness with Hlanas.

Do not grieve for me, sweet Niluva. Gelanna may not have been my first choice but we grew to love one another in our own way. I learnt to forgive my parents and yours. They only sought what was best for us. I pray that you have come to do the same.

My love for you caused me more pain than anything else I have ever known, but I do not regret it for a single moment.

Ever yours,

Saryne

 

 

Saryne Ralethran

 

Greeting 1

Journal < 10

Why do you disturb me? You are not of the Ralethran blood. Yet perhaps you may be able to bring me peace.

Journal = 10

Will you bring my message to Niluva?

Journal = 11

Have you changed your mind, stranger? Will you bring my message to Niluva?

Journal = 12

No writing materials

I will wait whilst you find writing materials to record my message.

Goodbye

Journal = 12

Has writing materials

I see you are ready to record my message to Niluva.

Journal <

 

bring me peace

Journal < 10

I wish to help my family, but the unfinished business of the past clouds my vision. The faces of my own blood are like a rain-washed painting and yet the face of Niluva Gelanna stands clear and bright in my memory.

 

Niluva Gelanna

She was my lover once. It was not to be and we were wed to others. If I could send a message to Niluva one last time it would seal up this wound in my soul. I could return to advising my family.

Journal --> 10

 

 

message to Niluva

Journal < 12

Tell me stranger, will you do this service for me?

[Yes] = 1

[No] = 2

 

[2]

An understandable response. You owe me nothing. Perhaps another will help to bring me peace.

Journal --> 11

 

[1]

No writing materials (paper, ink pot, quill)

Blessings of ALMSIVI upon you, %PCRace. But how are you to record my message without writing materials? Go and fetch them, I will still be here when you return.

Journal --> 12

Goodbye

 

[1]

Has writing materials (paper, ink pot, quill)

Blessings of ALMSIVI upon you, %PCRace. I will speak my message.

[Continue] = 3

Journal = 12

Has writing materials

I will speak my message.

[Continue] = 3

[3]

My dearest Niluva, it pains me to have to tell you this, but I am dead. My spirit lives on beneath Necrom and I have entrusted this %PCRace to bring you this letter. Not a day goes by when I do not think of you. I see your beautiful eyes and imagine your warm lips pressing against mine. I remember your tears as we parted like it was yesterday. I hope that you eventually found happiness with Hlanas.

[Continue] = 4

[4]

Do not grieve for me, sweet Niluva. Gelanna may not have been my first choice but we grew to love one another in our own way. I learnt to forgive my parents and yours. They only sought what was best for us. I pray that you have come to do the same. My love for you caused me more pain than anything else I have ever known, but I do not regret it for a single moment. Ever yours, Saryne.

[Continue] = 5

[5]

This is my message. When I knew Niluva she was living in Bosmora. I have no reason to believe that she has left since then. May Saint Rilms bless your every step.

Goodbye

 

 

 

Most of this quest is fleshed

Mortimer's picture

Most of this quest is fleshed out enough to start working on it. I don't want to send the player to Bosmora half because plenty of quests send you there already and half because I don't think Bosmora is that interesting. This is written vaguely enough that it can put the player halfway across the continent and would probably best be suited to take the player from Necrom to somewhere like Roa Dyr or Andothren, or even Almas-Thirr, and the descendent could be living in an even smaller area close by.

Anyway, those are just my ideas, the scripting seems easy and the writing is mostly finished, I should have a file up in a few days

Hm, once the Velothi cliff

Kevaar's picture

Hm, once the Velothi cliff dwellings are up in Roth ROryn, they may make an interesting locale to place it in. As Roth Roryn is supposed to be a backwater, it'd make sense why no one has taken care of this beforehand. Pehaps use Andothren, and the descendant of this person moved to Andothren and the player has to find them there?

Ideas and tidbits...move the locale where you like, look forward to seeing the quest.