( Update Oct 2005: Sad to say, but this MW mod will likely never be completed.
With Oblivion coming out soon, I expect my modding efforts will be directed
that way. My biggest problem was the effort required to detail all the generic
landscape on the island, the ordinary areas in between towns and other focal
points. I'm looking forward to Oblivion's tools for auto-generating terrain
and basic foliage. But no doubt many of the ideas I had for Berjon's Blade will be
reborn in a new Oblivion mod! )
I am currently working on a Morrowind mod called 'Berjon's Blade'. This is your
typically over-ambitious, large-scale mod that will take a long time to complete.
Feeling run-down, exhausted? Having difficulty getting out of your bedroll in the
morning? No wonder, you've already saved Morrowind from certain doom more than once.
Maybe it's time to go on a more relaxed adventure, something just for you. Let the
world take care of itself for a while.
Why not investigate those tales of a magical weapon hidden somewhere in a region
far to the north of Vvardenfell. Swing by the shipmaster at Khuul and book passage
over to Wessan Cove. Listen in on the locals' gossip and try to pick up clues about
this powerful weapon.
Sounds like a nice little diversion, scouting through new territory. Others have
tried to find the truth behind the tales, only to come away empty-handed. But it
shouldn't be hard for someone of your experience. Nothing much could go wrong
Some parts of the mod are described below. This is very much a work in progress,
so not all detailing has been done yet. Click on the thumbnail image to see a
larger view of the area.
Wessan Cove is your first stop after coming over from Vvardenfell. The town has
30 buildings, many along the main street visible behind the tree. All
exteriors plus 29 interiors have been completed.
The sloping main street can provide a bit of a challenge for some patrons of
the Landfall Tavern on the right. The local Guild of
Mages is on the left and the Fighters' Guild is up and around a corner.
Fort Seamoth is on a wind-swept bluff overlooking Wessan Cove. The fort is
pretty much finished, including six interior cells, but some landscaping in
the area is still needed.
Eyeguard Tower is the Imperial Legion's forward observation post. It's a
rather lonely spot and guards who pull duty there tend to grumble about it.
Here's a night shot of the open-air bazaar in Wessan
Cove's town square. It looks like one of the Imperial Guards is trying to mooch a
free drink from Tak Obreen, the local vendor of ales and spirits.
You're on the road from Wessan Cove to the Klosath Estate, about
to cross the Tolmaar river. The river continues south down to the
coast, and has farmers' fields with crops of saltrice and such
along its banks.
We've reached the entrance to the Klosath Estate just as the sun is
setting. Hopan Klosath is a wealthy land owner in the area, with a
number of locals working in his fields and mines.
Some rapids on the Tolmaar river. They look better when animated in-game.
Hmmm, you don't suppose they emerge from an interesting location, do you?
Well, there's only one way you'll know for sure...
Sneaking a peek at the 'back-side' of the Arbos farm. Normally one
would reach the farmhouse by a dirt path on the other side of the river. Yiltunn
Arbos is one of several farmers employed by Hopan Klosath.
If you thought Fort Seamoth was built in an imposing location, check out the
spot the Tribunal Temple decided to call home. Obviously the priests don't
suffer from vertigo.
A panoramic shot of the Floating Gardens. Now known for their blissful
serenity, the Gardens have a troubled past. Many exotic
plants not normally found in this region somehow flourish within these walls.
As you travel northeast of Wessan Cove the Dwemer ruins of Nchuagthzed come into view. Long
abandoned, they seem peaceful enough. But appearances can be deceiving.
You may first venture to Nchuagthzed following discussions
with Barlu Aramot, a local priest and scholar. Will you accompany him into the
ruins to search for valuable artifacts, or plunder the site on your own?
On the north-east shores of Norval is the spiritual retreat of Rhaptic.
Nestled within some rough terrain, the complex is composed of two sections,
the main meditation centre and the residential quarters.
Although regarded as a bit 'flakey' by outsiders, you may find that the
monks and other residents of Rhaptic may be able to provide insightful
clues about Berjon's Blade.
Time for an interior shot, this is part of a gloomy pirates' cave. The pirates
are disrupting a merchant's business and he asks your help. But the merchant
himself seems rather disreputable. Decisions, decisions.
Naturally, there are many areas that have been completed but can't be shown in
screen shots. After all, I wouldn't want to spoil all the surprises.
I expect the total land area in the mod to run about 8 x 8 cells. So far
I've worked on 47 of them and 'finished' 13. I'm putting that in quotes
because it seems I always want to add 'just one more thing' to cells that
are essentially complete. I try to stop before the frame rate sinks below
15 FPS on my modest system. In addition, 120 interior cells have been completed,
ranging from simple fishing shacks and shops in Wessan Cove to twisty
caves and partially collapsed shrines.
There are 96 new NPCs, with more to come, plus a smattering of generic
guards. Most creatures are levelled to match the player's abilities, but there
are a couple of nasty ones. Three side quests have been completed
at the moment, plus 11 segments of the main quest. Just a couple more segments
to go. Several other side quests have been laid out, they are just waiting for
the territory they occupy to be built. There's still a lot of 'infrastructure'
that must be created before all the stories of the Norval region can be told.
Speaking of which, there are now 20,036 words of dialogue and journal entries.
Many of them vaguely coherent.