This mod adds Thranger the Faithful.
THE ELDER SCROLLS IV: OBLIVION
By: Madcat221 and Elhoim
1: THE PREMISE
Ever notice that the Cloud Ruler Temple has a smithy in the East Wing basement... but no Smith? This mod adds Thranger the Faithful, a Blade who serves as CRT's Blacksmith. Besides offering replacement weapons and armor, he also will issue you two new graduated levels of Blades armor made of better materials as you progress through the main quest. Talk to Thranger for details (Replacements will appear in his inventory as soon as you get your first issue of gear).
2: THE ARMOR
Retextured from the Akaviri Dragonscale Armor that you see the Blades wearing, the two new grades are the Special Issue and the Elite armors. The Special Issue is made of gleaming Mithril Plate, and the Elite is made from super-hard Ebony. The standard issue is roughly on-par with Dwarven armor, offering more armor HP at a lower weight at the modest cost of some armor protection. Special Issue armor is similarly related to Orcish armor, and Elite armor is also similarly related to Ebony armor.
3: THE WEAPONS
Though you've seen them in many other instances, VagabondAngel's Godai and Itami katanas are perfectly matched to these two armors. White-colored Itami serves as an upgraded Katana weapon issued alongside the Special Issue armor, while Pitch-Black Godai is issued alongside the Elite armor. Godai in this instance is so sharp that it can cut through Ethereals and hardened hides (IE: Normal Weapon Resistance) without the aid of enchantment, much like Silver weapons. The two-hand variants are also available through Thranger's inventory (though not when he issues you the free armor).
4: THE CLOTHES
I have availed myself to the basic textured versions of Corthian's Akaviri/Japanese clothing as well, and you can also acquire them through Thranger. Elhoim also textured up a black and white cape with the seal of the Dragonborn adorning them.
5: THE BLADES
All the blades have been altered to make use of the items above: Most simply have Corthian's clothing for their "Civvies", but some have the uprated armor. Roliand, Achille, and Fotris all sport Special Issue gear, and Captain Steffan and Master Jauffre don Elite gear. You will also note that Baurus's personal weapon is now an Itami katana, and that ill-fated Captain Renault at the beginning also has Special Issue armor. Later in the quest, Baurus will sport a full set of Special Issue armor. So that Corthian's clothing is more visible, I have altered the RAI routines in all the Blades so that their "downtime" activities (eating, reading, sleeping, general loafing), is donewithout armor on (but still with weapons).
Also, be aware that Thranger has a full schedule involving sleep, eating, loafing, and service offering. Don't expect him to be on duty 24/7.
6: RETROACTIVE FIXING
Odds are that you have loaded this mod fairly far along in the MQ. To that end, I have implemented a retroactive system that will arm Jauffre and Baurus with new armor, and also will easily allow You The Player to "catch up" with the issuing.
To enable Retroactive Fixing, there are three small Ayleid buttons on the table in front of Thranger's smithy. One starts Thranger's issuing system off, the second causes Baurus to re-armor, but it won't armor him if it's not past the MQ stage point where it would happen normally or if he's DEAD, and a third functions for Jauffre similarly to the button for Baurus. All three will give messagebox notices, and will disappear after pressed.
7: OOO COMPATIBILITY:
I'm an OOO Beta Tester, so OOO compatibility was definitely a priority for me. I have made a compatibility version (more like a "Overwrite The Entries With Similarly Decked Out Entries" version) for OOO. There WILL be conflicts between this and OOO in OBMM, just ignore them.
For obvious reasons, this should be loaded after OOO. :)
If you don't have OOO, then use the standard one. Although, if you want OOO-grade beefups on the Blades in a non-OOO world, that's entirely your perrogative. ;)
Chris Edmonds AKA MadCat221 (ME!) for starting and organizing the mod, and authoring the ESP file
Oscar Velzi AKA Elhoim for creating the Special Issue and Elite armor textures, and for the capes.
Corthian for his Akaviri Clothing
VagabondAngel for Godai and Itami
Email Madcat221@Gmail.com for bug reports, or report them in the [REL] topic on the TES Official Forums (in the forum thread link)
V1.01: Fixed a bug with the standard Kimonos making everyone's body invisible. Both versions uploaded into patch file, with full version patch upcoming.
V1.02: The OOO version caused the hated Baurus Bug to rear its ugly head again. I've mimiced the solution to the problem in the appropriate quest scripts. Also fixed the lack of a "decline" reply to Elite Issue armor, and also fixed an issue where Thranger would issue the Special armor over and over again. Full version upload will occur at a later time.