Unless I restart Adriel’s save and recreate Rumarin’s mod from scratch. Which I don’t particularly want to do.
I’m casting out my net. Figured doing it here wouldn’t hurt nothin.
I have spoken to other people about this, and they cheerily say nope, no problem at all with follower appearances made through MO.
But I do. Every time. I have to just do it oldschool through Skyrim/Data.
So here’s what happens. My workflow.
Use MO to get all the basics set up. Skin, outfit, combat style, etc.
Migrate all my working files (including skeletons and everything else under the sun) to Skyrim/Data.
Launch CK from the Skyrim folder, load mod.
Place NPC in the world.
Export facegen files.
Verify merge is successful, change paths as needed.
Migrate mod back to MO.
Now that sounds fine and dandy. A bit roundabout, but if it works, hey. If I place the NPC (which is the confirmed point of failure) and do the merge without scooting over to direct CK, the merge won’t take. The nif will be the head I created, but it won’t actually be recognized. If I go the roundabout route, it’s fine. Unless something has to change.
If you have to change something in the mod – ANYTHING – you have to go through Skyrim’s CK directly. Or your NPC’s head will revert. And at that point, they’re hosed. Forever. You can’t just reload a save or remake the mod mid-game. You can’t just re-merge the head. They’re broken forever. Oh my god you should’ve seen me with Erevan. Like a Wagnerian drama it was!
Anyway I’d discovered that Rumarin wasn’t using his skin set because I forget to, well, set it.
No big deeeeal, just TES5Edit that shit.
…Oh, I can’t.
No big deeeeeal, it’s just a drop-down menu. I don’t even have to look at him!
“Rumarin, your plastic surgery is gone!”
“Oh, is it? Jolly good, I meant to say at my last appointment I think the Botox was making me a bit ill. Anyway, off to Adventureland!”
“No go away I hate you now.”
“Leave me!” *turns black-and-white and collapses onto fainting couch and then Vincent Price shows up for some reason*
Clearly I’m doing something wrong. I did a screenshare with someone in Discord just the other day to help walk them through the follower process and saw WITH MY OWN TWO EYES that they did everything start-to-finish in MO, and it turned out perfectly!
Is it because I’m not running NifMerge through MO?
Should I try that?
Adriel loves Rumarin so. I mean, he’d love him anyway, but his skin tones no longer match and nor do his textures and that’s really the issue here.
If someone has insight it’s welcome. Meanwhile I post an update if something neat happens. Meanwhile I think maybe I’ll see about giving Rumarin a new makeover. I think I overdid some things.