Dragon Broadswords by talion
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Added: 06/06/2009 - 10:22AM
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Last updated at 12:21, 24 Jun 2009 Uploaded at 10:22, 6 Jun 2009

Name: Dragon Broadswords
Version: 1.3 Final
Date: 6/24/2009
Category: Weapons and Armor
Requirements: Oblivion Patch
Author(s): Argonianiac (aka talion)
Source: http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=24938 and http://planetelderscrolls.gamespy.com/View.php?view=OblivionMods.Detail&id=5615

New scabbard meshes have been added to each of the swords. This will probably be the final update for this mod unless something comes up that demands an update. There is one minor issue with the scabbard mesh, that being if you use it one-handed and are standing idle with the sword sheathed, the horns on the scabbard will pierce (clip) through your character's arm, making for a painful looking, though harmless, display.

A new sword mesh with three textures. Now includes two-handed versions and scabbards.

Each sword is held by a custom NPC I made. You can find an Argonian named Rashek in the chapel in Bravil, a Khajiit named JRaash at Olav's Tap and Tack in Bruma, and a female Dremora named Rathe hanging around outside Cheydinhal's east gate along the wall.

A fourth hidden joke sword can be found on a Redguard named Daraleta. She is in Hawkhaven, the village that can only be accessed by the testing hall (open the console with the ~ key and type "coc testinghall" without the quotes, then find the door to Hawkhaven, which is in the center group of doors.) This sword was thrown together as a bonus and uses the exported UV map template as its texture, so people who prefer to play the game without using the console aren't really going to be missing out on anything.

This project all started when I fell in love with this sword I found on a fantasy weapon website but knew I would probably never have the expendable income to throw into buying it. So, I decided if I couldn't have it in the real world, I would let my character have it in my favorite (offline) game! I downloaded Blender and followed the tutorials enough to figure out how to do the rest along with some other helpful posts I found on various websites. When I looked at other fantasy weapon sites to find other reference pictures of the sword, I found that it had different names on those sites, so I decided to do a texture for each name I found. While none of the textures look exactly like my reference, I think they came out okay. I will admit that my texturing skills can use some work, though.

If anyone would like to make better textures for these, feel free to do so! I also intend to include these weapons again (with possibly better textures and normal maps) in a quest mod I have planned. The only problem is that this quest mod is actually part two of a quest series I have planned out and I haven't even had time to start part one yet, so don't expect it anytime in the very near future.

Related Mods
Custom Creatures - by SaidenStorm - http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=10338
Adonnay's Classical Weaponry - by Adonnay - http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=9185

1. Extract the files to a temporary location.
2. Copy files to (install folder)\Oblivion\Data\
3. Start Oblivion Launcher, click 'Data Files', place a checkmark beside Dragon Broadswords.esp.

1. Start Oblivion Launcher, click Data Files, uncheck the .esp file(s).
2. Delete the files/folders associated with the mod.

Oblivion\Data\Dragon Broadswords.esp
Oblivion\Data\Sound\Voice\Dragon Broadswords.esp

None known, but not really tested with other mods either. Please let me know if you find something.

Known Issues or Bugs
If you take the option to kill any of the NPCs for their sword, occasionally they will try to pummel you to death with their fists instead of using their weapon. I haven't had it happen in the last couple tests, but thought I should get that out just in case.

Also, I think the handle of the sword may still be a bit too wide. I already reduced it, but it still seems to cut through the character's hand some. It doesn't bother me any, but I do intend to fix it later on.

1.3, 2009/06/24 - Final update. Added scabbards to all swords.

1.2.1, 2009/06/09 - Fixed an issue due to bad script copying on my part where one-handed swords can be swapped to two-handed, but not back.

1.2, 2009/06/09 - Tweaked the mesh some, making the blade and grip longer. This was done mainly to make the mesh more suitable for two-handed use. I used Adonnay's sword swap script from his Classical Weaponry mod so that players can switch each sword from one- to two-handed.

1.1, 2009/06/08 - Attempted to fix a balance issue by making the NPCs essential until the player is level 20. Before level 20, the NPCs cannot be killed by players and they will not engage in their conversations that would result in provoking them into attacking or in them giving players their sword. The issue was that at low levels, the player originally had an easy time getting the weapons, which are of Daedric Longsword quality, and as such would be very unbalancing to the game. Hopefully, the methods I used will resolve this issue.

1.0, 2009/06/06 - Initial release.

You can find me on TESNexus as talion or on Planet Elder Scrolls as Argonianiac.
You can also shoot me an email at [email protected], but I don't check my email very often, so don't feel bad if I don't respond right away.

Thanks to SaidenStorm for the Akatosh mesh I decapitated to make the ornaments on the sword.
Thanks to Adonnay for the sword swapping script that I used to allow the player to choose between using the swords as one- or two-handed weapons.
Thanks to Bethesda for creating Oblivion and the Construction Set.
Thanks to TESNexus and Planet Elder Scrolls for providing free hosting for this and many other mods.
Thanks to LHammonds for creating the Readme Generator and for the tutorial "Blender Tutorial - How to Make Swords with Scabbards." A link to this tutorial is under "Tools Used."
Thanks to the Construction Set Wiki website, without which this mod would never have come to be.
Thanks to The Blender Foundation for keeping Blender a great, free modelling tool.
Finally, thanks to everyone who downloads and enjoys this mod.

Some dialogue was borrowed from the games Neverwinter Nights and Shadowgate, copyright to Bioware and ICOM Simulations, respectively.

Tools Used
7-Zip - http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=15579
Blender - http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=12248
Paint Shop Pro - http://www.paintshoppro.com/
Photoshop - http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/
TES4Gecko - http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=8665
TES Construction Set - http://www.tesnexus.com/downloads/file.php?id=11367
Readme Generator - http://lhammonds.game-host.org/obmm/tools_readme_generator1.asp
"Blender Tutorial - How To Make Swords With Scabbards" by LHammonds - http://www.tesnexus.com/articles/article.php?id=151

You can do whatever you want with this mod but all I ask in return is that you give me credit if you distribute any part of it. I would also like to know what mods are including my work.