Video Game: Interesting NPCs
Interesting NPCsInteresting NPCs
is an NPC-related mod
. It is authored by Kris Takahashi
with a sizable group of other users contributing in the form of Quests
and Voice Acting.
At present time the mod contains over 100 complete characters with extensive dialogue, over eighty of which have been fitted with voices by amateur voice actors
. Approximately 300,000 words of dialogue are currently included in the mod, making the majority of the new characters more talkative than original Skyrim NPC's, and the total amount about half that of the vanilla edition.
Quite a few quests
are currently included as well, some of which further NPC
interaction and other are extensive storylines with quite a bit of detailed backstory and a lot of combat.
Provides examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: A few NPC's in the base game got this treatment through anecdotes given by the new NPCs. The scary thing is that it's actually seamless.
- Affably Evil: Orondil, the Justiciar who shares the basic Thalmor goals, but believes that Nord customs should be respected, as long as they don't involve Talos. He is generally polite to the player and plays a helpful role in a quest.
- AI Is A Crap Shoot: Relic, ancient robotic remnant of Dwemer artificing may turn evil and rather nutty when improperly repaired.
- All There in the Manual: The mod's website contains a map with the locations of all current NPC's as well as lists on which ones have voices and the rather arcane pre-requisites of some quests; none of this is available in-game.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Gabania the villainous Imperial nobleman, and his daughter (who is even called The Baroness, sharing some traits of this trope) play this straight. As the man whose home village Gabania razed (after hiding its existence from the outside world), puts it:
Kill every nobleman you see.
- Badass Beard: You can have a very thoughtful conversation with Frik on the greatness of a beard.
- Blood Knight: Gorr has some elements of this.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Godrod the Hammer.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Iria, who is completely deadpan (and not in a good way) as she cracks jokes.
- Deadpan Snarker: Nearly all of Rumarin's dialogue options lead to some kind of sarcastic one-liner.
- Doing It for the Art: Carmella is a necromancer who raises the dead as some sort of performance art...thing. She left the College of Winterhold because they disapproved of using necromancy for non-research purposes, and then she left a group of spellswords because she was disgusted by the idea of using her "art" as a weapon.
- Embarrassing First Name: Hagravi Gray-wave, picked on for the similarity of his name to Hagraven, a harpy-like species of creatures.
- Enemy Mine: In the questline starting with "The Aldmeri Prisoner", Daenlyn Oakhollow and Jerulith, who shares the Thalmor ideology Daenlyn hates need to work together to kill a common enemy. Some rather tense Hilarity Ensues.
- Erudite Stoner: Beatrice, a skooma addict and former Forsworn who has a magical amulet that makes her extremely smart and eloquent.
- Even Evil Has Standards: At least one Thalmor officer is stated to have been disgusted by Jerulith's brutality when she was a Justiciar.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Dagri'Lon.
- Fur Against Fang: Largely Played for Laughs with the rivalry of two pompous bard-poets, Skjarn and Edwayne, the first of whom is heavily implied to be a werewolf, while the latter is a vampire.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: It doesn't matter how much poison resistance or armor you have, when you get that poisonous pat on the back during the pit dogs quest you go down.
- Has Two Mommies: Fuki, daughter of Nord Feldi (her biological mother) and Argonian Vukeera.
- Hellhole Prison: Dragonsreach. Both Larkspur and Gorr were imprisoned there. Larkspur was tortured and healed to survive more torture while he was imprisoned.
- Honor Before Reason: In the quest Honor's Calling, that's Dalum-Ei's motivation for killing off former members of his company, as a punishment for an incident in which they inadvertently ended up killing innocents.
- Intrepid Merchant: Al'Hassan, a former Alik'r who left Kematu's squad to become a blacksmith in Morthal.
- Insult to Rocks: Hjoromir in Riverwood at one point complains about how the town's rats are as bothersome as the Thalmor presence in Skyrim. Your character can then chide him for thinking rats are worse than the Thalmor.
- Jerkass: Quite a few, but Brelas in the Riften Watchtower stands out. Even Dravos, a Dremora, thinks he needs to mellow out.
- Knight in Sour Armor: After Erevan realizes, with the help of his old friend, that he can still behave in a truly knightly manner, even after he was framed for attempted murder, he becomes halfway between this trope and straightforward Knight in Shining Armor.
- Anum-La also has shades of this trope.
- Lampshade Hanging / Leaning on the Fourth Wall: More than a few characters will do this. Anum-La, for example, will point out how nice it is that bandits frequently trap themselves in enclosed spaces with no back exits, and Eldawyn mentions how she crafts, enchants, and sells tons of necklaces to Farengar for easy money.
Eldawyn: I don't know what he wants all those necklaces for.
- Laughably Evil: Relic's initial and improperly repaired states have a disturbing fascination with the insides of organic beings.
- Literal-Minded: Ylgyne does not understand metaphors in the least; insulting him by saying he's "two loaves short of a sandwich" just results in a confused "what does bread have to do with this?"
- Loads and Loads of Characters: More than 200 - and still expanding.
- Lost Technology: Relic is a remnant of the Dwemer.
- Mind Screw: Blood of Kings questline has a whiff of it, with a sorcerer sending you into an alternate immediate-future timeline in which two new pretenders for the title of High King appear in Skyrim. It ends with your death. He then brings you back and you have to prevent this timeline from happening the same bad way it had happened in the alternate universe. The fact that during the questline you have a strange dream in which you kill the Dragonborn from Bethesda trailer contributes to this even more.
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Arilwaen, an Altmer who leads a secret group of Talos worshippers in order to prevent the Thalmor from reaching their apocaliptico-genocidal goals. Her brother also qualifies, though his motivation is more pragmatic then hers. Somewhat downplayed by vanilla game already including some Altmer who don't want anything to do with the Thalmor.
- One Last Job: Orenius Scilus is semi-retired, seeking to catch one last thief.
- Parental Incest: Rongeir has a less than savoury relationship with his daughter, Shelur. Though he genuinely seems to believe that she's not actually his daughter, but just the reincarnation of his wife (this is actually a real ancient Scandinavian belief that people can be reincarnated through their children). He does seem a bit shaken when you explain why his relationship with Shelur counts as incestuous.
You: There must be something about her that comes from you.
Rongeir: Huh, maybe your right. A few days a ago she stubbed her toe on a bucket, and then nearly took an axe to brook. Same thing I would do. I need some time to think about this; people don't break off a whole relationship just 'cause a stranger had something smart to say...
- Put on a Bus: Virayana the Vigilant as of the Dawnguard update. Considering what happens to the Hall of the Vigilant in Dawnguard, it's understandable.
- Raised by Orcs: Bergrisar, raised by giants.
- Really Gets Around: One of the Dibellan priestesses in Markarth will hit on you. Man, woman, other races. Talking to her reveals that she has slept with everyone but her parents - even the girl who had skin like mammoth cheese.
- Real Men Eat Meat: Gorr really likes horker meat. (He also strongly dislikes vegetables.)
- Retired Monster: Dravos the Dremora was once a loyal servant of Mehrunes Dagon, but now has devoted himself to Sanguine.
- Riches to Rags: Lady Veralene Ashwood, an aristocratic landowner whose large farm was destroyed by the dragon at Helgen. She still wears noble clothing, as befits an Impoverished Patrician, and desires to marry someone rich in order to restore her wealth, though her abrasive personality makes such a prospect unlikely.
- Robot Buddy: Relic, a Centurion Spider found in Blackreach's War Quarter. He initially starts out as a Third-Person Person Jerkass, but depending on your actions he can become either a Nice Guy or an HK-47 Expy.
- Sad Clown: Rumarin, by the Nine, Rumarin. Every word out of his mouth is a wry comment, a joke, or some other form of deflection, because he does not want to think about what's gone wrong with his life.
- Self-Proclaimed Knight: Anum-La the Swamp Knight, who first declared herself to be a knight just because she thought it sounded impressive. Nevertheless, she's a heroic version of this trope.
- Some of My Best Friends Are X: Invoked by Sadrin Reloro, a Dunmer in Riften, who specifically points out that he has real friends of other races, as opposed to non-existent friends bigots invent to defend themselves from accusations.
- So Unfunny It's Funny: In universe: Larkspur mentions that only Gorr can laugh at the jokes he makes.
- Most of the jokes from the stoic mage girl in Whiterun are only found amusing (as amused as she can) by herself.
- Sociopathic Soldier: Haakon Iron Fist, who was imprisoned in the Windhelm dungeons and more or less court martialled and dishonourably discharged by Ulfric Stormcloak himself. Interestingly enough, he actually straddles the line between this an Well-Intentioned Extremist if you talk with him. So, type 4. Just wants to get things done in a way he sees as pragmatic. Emphasis on he sees as pragmatic.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: Iria, who sounds like (and probably is) an Emo Teen, has to tell you, deadpan, that she is amused, or finds things funny.
- Vigilante Man: Raynes, a Dunmer who disposes of law-breakers in excessively brutal ways.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Should the Imperials win the Civil War, a drunkard in Winterhold will bitterly remind you that you've changed nothing and that the Thalmor are still a threat.
- Wolfpack Boss: The Akaviri ghosts in The Way of the Nine, whom you have to defeat in order to pass the test given you by Garett, the ghost of a Blade. Worse, Garett participates in a battle with you himself, but he is essential, and he will judge you worthy and end the battle only once you defeat all his ghost companions.
- Would Hurt a Child: Jerulith, a former Thalmor (who was formally expelled by Ondolemar due to tactical convenience, and who still believes in Thalmor ideology) proclaims to you that, unlike another colleague of hers, she advocates killing children who worship Talos.