Better Rethan Manor

The one thing the Duke didn’t tell you, when handing over the construction contract, is that Armavel Hlervu, the architect, has gone utterly bonkers. Shortly after completion of this most unusual stronghold, Hlervu was quietly shipped off to an isolated retreat to live out his days conversing with the little pixies.

Size: 1.32MB 7zip

Trivia: This was one of my early mods, so I was thrilled when someone claiming to be “Todd Howard” posted “two up!… for creativity!” as a feedback comment at Morrowind Summit (now Planet Elder Scrolls). Whether it was the real Todd or not, we’ll never know, but it certainly made me smile at the time. I appear to have updated the mod slightly without bothering to update the version numbers, so the one labelled ‘version 1.1’ appears to actually be version 1.2.

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The Elder Scrolls III
MORROWIND:
Better Rethan Manor.ESP
(Requires: Morrowind, Tribunal, Bloodmoon)

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Index:
1. Installation
2. Playing the Plugin
3. Save Games
4. What It Does
5. Credits
6. Usage
7. Bug Reporting/Known Issues

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1. Installing the Plugin

To install the plugin, unzip the .esp file into the Morrowind/Data Files directory

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2. Playing the Plugin

From the Morrowind Launcher, select Data Files and check the box next to the Better Rethan Manor .esp file. Please uncheck any previous version of Better Rethan Manor you have.

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3. Save Games

This plugin will not invalidate your old saved games. If you save your game while this plugin is loaded, you may encounter error messages when you reload the saved game without the plugin. But you will be able to continue on with the original game.

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4. What It Does

The one thing the Duke didn’t tell you, when handing over the construction contract, is that Armavel Hlervu, the architect, has gone utterly bonkers. Shortly after completion of this most unusual stronghold, Hlervu was quietly shipped off to an isolated retreat to live out his days conversing with the little pixies.

However, those broad of mind – and most of all, of taste – should enjoy this rather eclectic abode. With his imagination running wild, Hlervu combined the best of all known architecture in Morrowind – much to the chagrin of the conservative Hlaalu tastes. Towers that shouldn’t exist sprawl in the semi-wild, Telvanni style, whilst hidden Imperial doors lead to sunken monster-filled swimming pools. Even the servants’ quarters do not stick to the plans – whilst at first glance they might look very normal, a trap door might lead to a spooky underground retreat, or the house might simply be a blend of several different styles of building.

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This plug-in uses the same multi-stage scripts as the existing stronghold quest, and is designed for Hlaalu players. Although other players should be able to obtain the house by completing their own house quests and killing Councillor Rethan, just as in the regular game, your servants won’t talk to you.
Version 1.2 enhances the lighting and makes one or two minor improvements.

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5. Credits

Everyone on the Elder Scrolls Forums – particularly OldeCow69 for the fix, lonewylfe for the encouragement and JOG for the explanation, plus the tutorial makers particularly Scripting for Dummies. Rain’s Hand Hall for much inspiration.

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6. Usage

Unrestricted, per EULA. Credit where it’s due and all that.

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