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A small mod that replaces KEI-9 with Urz from Mass Effect 2, in a lore-friendly way.

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20 Mar 2018 -- Bugfix for Leviathan users is available!
12 Mar 2018 -- UOTN v2.0 is available!

Urz on the Normandy (UOTN) is a small, simple mod for Mass Effect 3  that replaces KEI-9 with Urz from ME2 in a lore-friendly way. The original idea for UOTN came from ELE08/UserDomainError's Varren on the Normandy, which despite its obvious awesomeness, has some drawbacks with technical implementation and immersion.

UOTNv2.0 rebuilds the mod entirely from the ground up, rectifying all lingering issues from the v1.0 release and adding brand new functionality:

  • Urz now uses an original, unmodified varren mesh, which fixes all previous issues with appearance and animation
  • The timing for Joker's email -- and therefore Urz's availability -- has changed; the email will arrive later and require fully exploring the Citadel
  • Urz's vocalizations from ME2 have been imported; one of Shepard's voice lines has also been imported
  • Shepard's interactions with Urz have been re-implemented and now feel significantly more dynamic
  • UOTN v2.0 may be installed into an existing playthrough, as long as the mod has never been installed

Veteran users of my mods know that I include ample documentation in every download. This documentation will answer 99% of user questions, as long as you read it. Be aware that reading this description is not a substitute for reading the supplied documentation. Key requirements
are listed below to help you decide if you want to download the mod.

  • Urz in ME2.  UOTN requires that you’ve fed Urz in ME2 to function. Without meeting this condition you will not be able to access Urz (or KEI-9). The ME3 Collector's Edition is not required for the mod to work.
  • English.  UOTN is made for English localizations, only. If you have another localization, I cannot guarantee functionality, nor can I provide technical support. Do not ask. Instead, read here more information on my mods and localizations.
  • DLL Patcher.  UOTN requires use of a DLL Patcher so ME3 can load new DLC. If you have DLC mods installed, then you already have this patcher. If not, then it must be downloaded and installed, separately. See the install guide for details.

UOTN is a small mod that is compatible with the majority of other mods for ME3. A couple of quick comments:

  • For users of my other mods, Urz requires no additional compatibility patches.
  • UOTN is explicitly compatible with Expanded Galaxy Mod (EGM), but folks need to make sure they are using the most recent version of EGM. EGM mechanics allow both Urz or KEI-9 to be used in the playthrough; see EGM’s documentation for details.

Users should read more about compatibility, patches, and conflicts here and here. Modders interested in creating compatibility patches or translations for my mods should refer to this page.

Urz on the Normandy is brought to you by giftfish. Much appreciation to:

  • Barddoc1992, for Leviathan DLC testing
  • ELE08/UDE, for the original concept of placing a varren on the Normandy and letting me run a bit further with the idea
  • Kinkojiro, for troubleshooting and EGM compatibility
  • ME3Explorer team and community, for making the best modding tool for Mass Effect
  • ThaneMOD forum community, for feedback and ideas