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SWS is a vast modification set in a lore inspired by the Warring States period of Japanese history. While many of the concepts are inspired by history, this mod is also heavily influenced by Japanese Pop Culture, and how it has portrayed this time in history. In order to better fit the Elder Scrolls universe, this mod will include fantastical elements such as magic, demons and other RPG staples.

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2 comments by Aurel_Tristen on Apr 17th, 2012

Recently, I've been focusing on fleshing out Mikua, the first village in our worldspace Miora.  Below are a few pictures you may have already seen.

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New Landscaping

I know landscaping elements aren't the most exciting things when it comes to games, but they help to flesh out a living world.  Here you can see a new grass texture, 'fine grass,' which will not have additional 3D grass models on top of it when the rest of the grass is working properly.

Mikua Village in CK Mikua Village WIP

Please note that the above two images were taken within the Creation Kit.

Followers

As we've discussed before, followers in SWS are not like the ones you find in Skyrim.  Followers will be functioning characters within the story, and will react to their environment both randomly and contextually.  Those who chose to follow you into battle are not 'sworn to carry your burden,' but instead are individuals who's trust you have worked hard to earn.  This doesn't mean you'll be playing a mini version of The Sims, talking and complementing your way into someone's heart, but simply that your choices will have a say in who is willing to do what for you.

You will also be able to gather more than one follower, forming a 'party,' as seen in many traditional RPGs.  Your party members will react to one-another, and may not always get along so well.  Choosing who to bring along on what adventure can be the difference between quick success and a long drawn out affair.

Multiple Followers Demon Hunter Armor - Scout 2

We Need Your Help!

Are you a Skyrim player interested in helping out?  Do you lack modding skills?  Its ok! Here is something anyone can do to help out. 

We need faces.  Not faces pealed from the skulls of other living people (Sorry, put the knife down), but faces carefully crafted in Skyrim.  More spesifically, we need Asian themed male faces.  As you may know, the modding community is overflowing with mods to make your female characters look amazing, but not a single modified male-head mesh exists in all of the interwebs.
Due to this lack of resources, we will be using the default head mesh from Skyrim, at least until we can make our own.  Here is what you need to do if you want to join in the fun:

  • Open Skyrim and make sure you have saved your character as you like them.  Also make sure NOT TO SAVE after this unless you understand the consequences (If your character looks like their arms are bound in ropes like the start of the game, you've done something that will mess with your stats!  Don't save.)
  • Find an area with good light and face the sun so that you can get a good look at your face as you work (Optional)
  • Open the console using the '~' key and type ShowRaceMenu (Capitalization is irrelevant).  This will launch the same interface that you see at the start of the game.
  • Select Imperial as your race and make adjustments as needed to form a face.  Note that we are looking for Asian looking faces.  Imagine them in samurai armor.  If it looks weird, it isn't right.  Sadly, Skyrim is heavily geared toward massive, weight lifting nords with massive noses, jaws and forheads, IE the opposite of many Asian facial features.
  • Tip! If you play via Steam, you can press Shift+Tab to bring up the overlay.  Then launch your web browser and google-image search Asian faces (WARNING! I take no responsibility for the kinds of things you may see during this search.  Use safe-search!).  You can then resize the window so that you can see both the browser and your face at the same time.  Keep Shift+tabing out of game as you work to compare your results.
  • Once you have a face you like, you don't even have to exit the showracemenu, just bring down the console again and type spf YourName_AsianMale01.  SPF is a command to Save Player Face.  After the space comes a file name.  You include your name so that we know who made what face.  Obviously change male to female if you do one of those instead.  Make as many as you'd like!
  • Before you exit or start on another face, take a screenshot of your face from the front and side, or just one at about 45 degrees.
  • Exit the game without saving by typing qqq in the console. This will make sure you don't save over anything.  You will find your face files as .npc files in the Skyrim directory.  Re-name your screenshots to correspond with your .npc files and zip them up (If you can).
  • Email them to us (Subject 'Skyrim NPC Faces.'  We will sort through them and select ones that are appropriate for use.  The best ones will be used for pre-sets in the player creation screen, and or for NPCs that will populate the world.  You will receive credit for your time and effort, along with our thanks!

Here you can see my failed attempt, with a nice sunset to make up for it.

Mikua Village WIP
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commandersmith
commandersmith Dec 27 2012, 1:30pm says:

great work dude! when i first got skyrim i hoped for a mod like this..keep it up bro!

as i see your an inuyasha fan, will there be sword attacks similar to those in the show?

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skaylor
skaylor Dec 21 2012, 10:47am says:

thanks dude for your wrong work.
i really expected samurais,ninjas,clans,japan map,TRUE HISTORY and not a TV show for 7-12 years old kids.

really i am dissapointed.

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commandersmith
commandersmith Dec 28 2012, 3:21pm replied:

if you want to make a mod go ahead... dont get mad at people for doing what they want. if you read the description you would have known there would be a fantastical influence from anime

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UltraElectroMagnetic
UltraElectroMagnetic May 1 2012, 12:35pm says:

I wonder if there will be any Touhou Project inspired content in this mod. hehehe

Tracking!

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ScarFace7454
ScarFace7454 Apr 18 2012, 10:18pm says:

I started following this mod only because it was a conversion to a samurai era of time then i saw the screen shot of the multiple followers and now im not so sure i want to follow this anymore. I liked the inuyasha (SP?) series, but as a game like this? i dunno....

dont get me wrong, your doing a AMAZING JOB on this mod, but i was hoping for a unique structure of story as opposed to based off a tv series. personal preferences and what not

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Aurel_Tristen
Aurel_Tristen Apr 19 2012, 3:26am replied:

Your choice to follow this mod is your own, but I'll clarify for you that this is not an InuYasah mod, or themed specifically toward any Anime or existing IP. The mod adds many items that can potentially be used to assemble a character that resembles one from a TV show or game you may have played, but that is totally up to the individual player. When testing a mod, we often use the COC command to teleport to a new location as a new Level 1 character. As a fan of InuYasha, I often tend to build a character like him when I start these new games, as my jump height has been changed and the character seemed appropriate.

This mod will not be a TC that turns every element into its Japanese equivalent. I've tried to be clear that the mod's concept is -inspired by- edo period Japanese culture and history. Just as Skyrim had 'nords' instead of Vikings, 'blades' instead of Samurai and 'Imperials' instead of Roamns, SWS will not have 'Japanese' people and 'Samurai,' it will have parallels to them in a unique world.

Do what you think is best. I can't expect to make everyone happy, but I'm trying to cover a great many bases with one concept.

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HounderKnight
HounderKnight Apr 18 2012, 3:33am says: Online

Oh, and for the facial problem:

Maybe you could get in contact with the Oriental/ "Ashen" race modder(s)? The faces wouldn't be perfect, but they'd at least be a lot more Asian-looking than any of the non-elf faces.

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Aurel_Tristen
Aurel_Tristen Apr 18 2012, 3:48pm replied:

I've already got in contact with the author behind the Ashen, and received permission to use their mod within SWS. While the females are well done, the males only have a new face normal map that smooths them out a bit.

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