Have you ever arrived at a base after a long journey only to find the base in ruins with the bodies of the non respawning traders and mechanics on the floor? Or perhaps do you want to be a monolith member that all the traders still sell to because of your charming charisma? Now you can!
With this simple mod you too can enjoy the luxury of not having dead traders that never respawn. Well atleast not to other hostile stalkers as all traders are now set to the neutral faction of "trader" and will not engage nor be engaged by other stalkers, they will also continue to sell to stalkers of a hostile faction.
However it doesn't make traders immortal so i guess mutants can still kill them depending on if they ignore the "trader" faction or not. But mutants are rarely the reason for them dying unless you have a addon which increases the mutant population to absurd levels in which case this won't help with that.
It also makes Hip friendly with Mercs and Military because why not?
Feedback is much appreciated for example how this interacts with goodwill and if that still applies properly to the proper factions. It should as a handfull of traders are already set to the "trader" faction yet scale with another faction like barkeep being neutral to all but gaining better goods after reaching higher free stalker goodwill so it should still apply.
If there is a trader that still isn't neutral or if someone becomes neutral when they shouldn't be let me know that too. There might be some special npc you want to see become neutral too and in that case i could try doing that too.
Install as you normally would by placing in the gamedata folder or preferably trough a mod manager, it shouldn't conflict with much other than maybe those that change Hip's faction as the files are seldom used for other mods but if it conflicts feel free to let me know.
Also feel free to do whatever with it, i just changed a few lines in the files for personal use and thought that others might want something like this as the old version of this addon hasn't been updated in forever.