Fight or fly by kuertee
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Fight or fly

Note that a copy of this document exists in the Skyrim\\Data\\Docs folder.

Version: 0.81
Date: 23 April 2015
Author: kuertee


Short description

Actors will flee when they start to lose a fight. You can loot NPCs that yielded by conversing with them.

Quick start

  • Step 1: Quickly read only 3 sections for now: the "Requirements" (above), the "Install" (or "Updating") and the "Uninstall" sections, all below.
  • Step 2: Do a very quick read of available configuration settings in the "Configuring the mod" section.
  • Step 3: Play.
  • Step 4 (when something is wrong): Only when you think something is wrong, or when you don't understand how a feature works, should you open this document again. Also search for keywords to quickly "jump" to a possibly relevant section. It's better than reading this from top to bottom.
  • Step 5 (when something is REALLY wrong): If you feel that something is really wrong in your game, read the "Troubleshooting", "Creating a clean save", and "Script logging" sections below. A log of your game session really helps in determining a problem and in finding solutions for it.

Updates since last release (0.806)

    0.81, 23 April 2015:
  • Bug fix: When looting a surrendered NPCs with the "Give me..." option, their gear would sometimes disappear.
  • Compatibility fix: Followers are never resurrected anymore. Resurrecting them caused too many bugs on them. They simply die from this version on. Make sure that they are set as essential in whichever follower mod you use.


  1. Simply deactivate and uninstall the previous version then install and activate this version. Note that you do not need to stop the mod in-game. If you do, you will lose your accumulated mod-specific data. Let the new version back-up the data of its old version, clean-up the old data (i.e. zero-out) by stopping itself, restart itself and restore the data of the old version.
  2. After the update is finished, the message "kuFOF2 v0.81" will appear.
  3. If the MCM fails to start, simply type "startQuest kuFOF2xMCMQ" in the console.

Gameplay changes

Actors will flee when they start to lose a fight. You can loot NPCs that yielded by conversing with them.

Dragons, the undead (except vampires), summoned creatures and automatons never yield.

Detailed below is how the mod behaves during some quests.

Note that some quest targets (mainly Bounty targets and repeatable Radiant quest targets) will complete the associated quest when their targets yield.

Quest - Mod behaviour
Ill Met by Moonlight (DA05), The Mind of Madness (DA15), Waking Nightmare (DA16) - All effects of Fight or Fly are disabled.
Bounty: Bandit Boss (BQ01), Bounty: Forwsworn (BQ02), Bounty: Giant (BQ03), Animal Extermination (CR01, CR02), Trouble in Skyrim (CR05), Striking the heart (CR08), during brawling (DGIntimidateQuest), Revenge, Hired Thugs (WIKill06) - The targets for these quests will not surrender if the appropriate userNPCBountyTargetsFlee, userGiantBountyTargetsFlee, userCreatureBountyTargetsFlee is False. They will need to be killed. However, if the relevant setting is True, the targets will surrender and the relevant Quest will complete when they surrender.
Proving Honor (C01), Escaped Criminal (CR07), Rescue Mission (CR08), start of Forsworn Conspiracy (MS01GuardAmbushQuest), Blood on Ice (MS11) - The targets for these quests will never surrender.

More information

The mod classifies all actors as one of three types: (1) combatants, (2) ignored by the mod and (3) those that have surrendered. Each classification can hold 30 actors. When full, new actors are added at the start of the list, removing those that previously occupied them. This lists are actually Quest Aliases. When actors move 5000 distant away from the player, they are also removed from the list. Actors that were removed from the list lose all of the mods effects on them - i.e. those who have surrendered will stop running away and regain the default game's AI. Also, actors that were removed from the list can be "found" and reclassified again by the mod.

When the mod first finds an actor, they are added to either the combatants or the ignored list.

Those in the ignored list will act with their default Skyrim AI. The mod does not add any of its behaviours to these actors.

Those in the combatant list may yield when their health drops 25% below their combat target's health. Combatants with ranged weapons will yield when their health drops below 12% their combat target's health if they are 750 distant from their target. Otherwise they will yield at 25% or lower health. Note that each actor remembers the last highest damage they received and takes this into consideration when determining whether they should flee.

Some actors may fight to the death. This is determined by a random chance that is dependent on their left-over health and their confidence. An actor's chance of fighting to the death is: left-over health / base health * confidence / 4 * userFightToDeathChanceFactor. By default userFightToDeathChanceFactor is 1. You can increase the chances of an actor fighting to the death by increasing this number.

Actors who go into their bleed-out state will yield after their bleed-out animation is finished. At this time, they will run away from you but they won't be activatble (i.e. you cannot converse with them) for 5 seconds. This is Skyrim's default flee behaviour. After 5 seconds, they will become activatable even if they still run away from. This is the mod's own "flee" behaviour.

When an actor yields, they are removed from the combatants list and added to the surrendered list.

When actors first yield, their Confidence is set to 0 and their Aggression is set to 1. Deer and other non-aggressive animals have this settings. This is how they get their flight behaviour. While in this behaviour, you cannot activate them. (In my tests in Skyrim, from literature about the Oblivion AI engine, and from experience with my Oblivion mod, NPCs Yield, Confidence is the determining factor for Skyrim's default fleeing behaviour. When actors first go into combat the game checks the actor's Confidence. If low, then the actor will not engage in combat and will instead flee. However, this behaviour is triggred only when they go into combat. Hence, an Aggression of 1 is required. If 0, then the actor will never enter combat and so their flee behaviour is not triggered. Also during this flee behaviour, the default game prevents you from activating the actor.)

Five seconds after they first yield, the mod sets their Confidence to 1 and their Aggression and Assistance to 0. Their Confidence at 1 prevents them from trigerring Skyrim's default flee behaviour described above. And Aggression and Assistance both at 0 prevents them engaging in combat. The behaviour of running away from their attacker is from my custom Package AI that is applied to them.

Actors who have targeted the player and who have not received damage but have their health already at 25% or less than the player's will also be put in the surrendered list. But only temporarily. With their Confidence at 0 and Aggression at 1, they will get Skyrim's default fleeing behaviour. This behaviour includes actors fleeing towards their closest friends. This is called "grouping" in this mod. Grouping actors will delay their true yielding behaviour for 30 seconds. If the player gets busy with another meleer combatant (i.e. gets attacked by another actor in melee), grouping actors will rejoin the fight (i.e. will be removed from the surrendered list and readded into the combatants list). You can turn off this behaviour by setting userCreaturesGroup and/or userNPCsGroup to False.

Actors who have targeted another actor who is not the player and who have their health already at 25% or less than their opponents will always yield immediately because userYieldBeforeDamage is set to True by default. Set this to False so that only actors with damaged health will flee.

Teammates (i.e. actors with IsPlayerTeammate () as True which includes owned horses) will yield and run away, as described above, in the first five seconds of their surrender. After this, their Confidence, Aggression and Assistance and all other effects of the mod are removed from them. They are readded to the combatants list for the mod to track their health for the possibility for their next yield.

As mentioned above, when actors are removed from any of the lists, all the mod's effects are removed from them. This includes the restoration of their original Confidence, Aggression and Assistance. Actors are removed from the lists when (1) they die, (2) they move away from the player 5000 distant.

Protect from first death

When userProtectAllFromFirstDeath is True, actors are protected from their "first" death. They truly die on their "second" death.

When damage is high, actors with low base health may die before they have a chance to flee. Without this feature, there is no way to stop an attack other than to kill. With this feature, fighting becomes more about stopping the fight and less about killing.

Actors who decide to fight to the death are not protected with this feature.

Note that actors will still try to flee before they die with this feature.

There are two methods this feature is implemented.

Protect from first death - method 0

If userProtectAllFromFirstDeath is True and userProtectAllFromFirstDeathMethod is 0, those that yield will be put into their bleed-out state. They are protected from death while they are in the combatants list (i.e. during the entire time of them being in combat). After their bleed-out state (i.e. when they are put into the surredenred list), they are no longer protected and can be killed. With userProtectAllFromFirstDeath set as True, you can role-play a true good-aligned character. You don't have to "pull your punches" waiting for your opponents to yield.

Note that since method 1 has been developed, method 0 may now be buggy. I did try to keep the two separate, so method 0 may not be buggy. I just don't know because I've not played with method 0 since method 1.

Protect from first death - method 1

If userProtectAllFromFirstDeath is True and userProtectAllFromFirstDeathMethod is 1, those that die before they had a chance to flee are simply "knocked out". They will be revived after the value of userResurrectAfterSeconds in seconds. You can loot them while they are knocked out. If they die or are killed after they are reived, they will truly die.

If a quest is updated close to the time they are "knocked out", they are likely to be a quest "kill" target and they have actually died. They won't be revived.

Blood-thirsty fueds

Actors in these fights will never yield:

Silverhand Faction v player and teammates if player is a werewolf
Vigilants of Stendarrs v vampires and werewolves
Dawnguard Faction v vampires
Cultist Faction v player and teammates

Configuring the mod

Method 1: SkyUI's MCM
You can configure this mod with SkyUI's MCM or manually as described below. Ignore the rest of this section.

Method 2: FISS
The SKSE plug-in, FISS (, is required for this. With FISS installed, you can (1) export your settings from the MCM to the XML file, SKSE\\plugins\\FISS\\kuertee\\kuerteeSightlessSenses.xml, (2) edit this file outside the game with a text editor, (3) then import it again for any save game.

Method 3: INI file
Another way to configure this mod is to use its INI file. Note, however, that every time you change a value in the INI file, you'll need to execute it from the in-game console by typing {bat "ini\\kuerteeSightlessSenses.ini"} (without the brackets).

Method 4: Console
A less efficient way to configure this mod is by using the console command {SetPQV kuFOF2Q option value}. Option is the name of setting. And value is your new value for it.

Below are the various settings that you can change, their default values and a short description.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userCreaturesFlee 1
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userEssentialsFlee 1
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userLastRiddenHorseFlees 1
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userPlayerTeammatesFlee 1
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userUniquesFlee 1
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userVampiresFlee 1
;Default False or 0

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userNPCBountyTargetsFlee 1
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userGiantBountyTargetsFlee 1
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userCreatureBountyTargetsFlee 1
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userYieldBeforeDamage 0
;Default False or 0. When True, NPCs and non-animal-type creatures may fly before they are hurt.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userFightToDeathChanceFactor 1.000000
;Default 1.000000. The chance for an actor to fight to their death is health / base health * confidence / 4 * userFightToDeathChanceFactor. 0 = never fight to the death.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userCreaturesGroup 1
;Default TRUE. Grouping prevents the actor from engaging the player unless the player is busy with at least 1 melee opponent.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userCreaturesMayFightToDeath 0
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userNPCsGroup 1
;Default TRUE.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userNPCsMayFightToDeath 0
;Default TRUE.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userProtectAllFromFirstDeath 1
;Default TRUE. All actors who may fly are protected from death until they surrender. They may be killed when they surrender - unless they are tagged as essential by a Quest or another mod.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userDebugPerActor 0
;Default TRUE. Create debug logs for each actor rather than for combatant, flier and ignored Aliases. This will create a log of log files so use this sparingly. At the start of each game session, this will be reset to False.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userProtectAllFromFirstDeathMethod 1
;Default 1.000000. Method 0 = Make actors essential. Method 1 = Let actors die. If no Quest is completed, resurrect them. Note that Method 0 is no longer supported. When userProtectAllFromFirstDeath is True, userProtectAllFromFirstDeathMethod is forced to 1.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userDisableTemporarily 0
;Default TRUE. Disables all fleeing behaviours for 10 minutes.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userResurrectAfterSeconds 1.000000
;Default 1.000000. When userProtectAllFromFirstDeathMethod = 1, this is the number of seconds the actor stays dead before resurrection. Note that the actual time is determined by when the mod receives its allocated CPU time from the engine. And the actual time before resurrection may be longer than this value.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userApplyToRunTimeCreatedActorsOnly 1
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userNonCombatClassAlwaysFlee 1
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userAnimalsYieldBeforeDamage 1
;Default TRUE. When True, animals may fly before they are hurt.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userOnlyPlayerCombatantsFlee 0
;Default False or 0.

SetPQV kuFOF2Q userUseActivateLootButton 1
;Default TRUE. When true, a 'Give me...'' button is presented when you activate a yielded actor. It's much faster than going into the Dialogue Menu.


  1. Use Wrye Bash ( to install this mod. Just drag the package (which is a normal ZIP file) into Wrye Bash's Installers tab. Note, however, that the package is only a normal ZIP file, so if you know the game's mod file structure, install it manually. Other mod managers (e.g. NMM) that support ZIP files that mirror the file structure of the game may also be used.
  2. Configure the mod as described in the "Configuring the mod" section.
  3. Activate the mod.

Starting from a downloaded saved-game

(Thanks to Restutitor Orbis for this suggestion on how to jump-start my mods when playing from a downloaded saved game.)

"Starting another character from a DLed saved game file in Helgen, I came upon an easier solution than warping into the LAL prison cell.
If you have LAL but are starting a character in Helgen, just use a bat file with these 2 console commands or just type them in after the ~:
setstage arthlalstartquest10
setstage arthlalstartquest20This ends the LAL quest and re-enables the MQ101 update that you are supposed to get when you complete your escape, but was initially disabled by LAL.
That way you can do the vanilla MQ without switching to the LAL beginning if you want to."
-Restutitor Orbis


  1. In the console, type {SetPQV kuFOF2Q uninstallNow True} (without the brackets). Or with Sky UI's MCM, set the uninstallNow toggle to True then exit the menus.
  2. Wait for a message confirming the uninstallation. Save the game.
  3. Deactivate the mod with Wrye Bash. If you installed this manually, simply delete all the files you installed. (Wrye Bash keeps track of files used, so installing/uninstalling the mod with it is 100% simpler.)


  • You can reset the mod by typing {SetPQV kuFOF2Q resetNow True} (without the brackets) in the console. Or with Sky UI's MCM, set the resetNow toggle to True then exit the menus.
  • When it resets it will ask you either reset all of its data or continue with the current data. Resetting all its data will remove all your settings and set the mod as if you have first installed it.
  • You can check all the mod's data by typing {SQV kuFOF2Q} in the console. You can check if your settings were set in the mod properly with this.
  • If you find that your changes (with the command SetPQV or from executing the INI) do not appear in the mod, check the command again for spelling errors. Then try again.
  • If you find that resetting (with resetNow) and uninstalling (with uninstallNow) don't seem to work, the mod may have been suspended. It is best to simply start-over (i.e. reinstall the mod) after a "clean" save.

Creating a clean save:

  1. If you can, uninstall the mod from the console with {SetPQV kuFOF2Q uninstallNow True}.
  2. Wait for the mod to confirm the uninstallation. It may take a minute. If no confirmation appears, then simply continue to the next step.
  3. Save the game manually from the console by typing {save uninstalledMod}.
  4. Uninstall all the mod's files (*.ESP, *.PSC, *.PEX) from the game folders. Make sure that none of the mod's Scripts are left. A mod manager like Wrye is best used for this.
  5. Load the "uninstalledMod" save.
  6. Save the game manually again from the console by typing {save cleanSave}. Because all of the mod's files were removed, all of its data will be "zeroed" in this game.
  7. Play from this game.

Script logging

  • As a last resort, you can enable script logging and investigate the "Documents\\My Games\\Skyrim\\Logs\\Script\\Papyrus.0.log" file and/or send them to me. Contact me first either on TESNexus or the official Bethesda forums.
  • To enable script logging, set bEnableLogging, bEnableTrace and bLoadDebugInformation in the Skyrim.INI file. More information about this is described in this thread in the official Bethesda Creation Kit Forum:
  • Also, you can set mod specific logging by setting debugMode to 1 in either the MCM or in the console by typing {SetPQV kuFOF2Q debugMode 1} (without the brackets). Mod specific logs are found in "Documents\\My Games\\Skyrim\\Logs\\Script\\User\\kuFOF2Qs.0.log".
  • Play the game for 5 minutes or so - enough time for the game to capture logging events.
  • If the "Papyrus.0.log" contain "Suspended stack count is over our warning threshold, dumping stacks:", then your game is suffering very badly. I've written a guide on how to clean your game and recover from this problem in Bethesda's official forums:
  • Feel free to send me (kuertee at gmail dot com) the "Documents\\My Games\\Skyrim\\Logs\\Script\\Papyrus.0.log", "Documents\\My Games\\Skyrim\\Logs\\Script\\User\\kuFOF2Qs.0.log" to investigate the problem.


    0.806, 30 November 2014:
  • New feature: Added blood-thirsty fueds between The Companions and Silver Hand factions. Previously, blood-thirsty fueds in regards to the Silver Hand faction were only against the player and their teammates ONLY if the player is a werewolf.
  • Bug fix: Some of the quest-critical NPCs listed in the "Gameplay changes" section were getting processed. They shouldn't.
  • Bug fix: After looting a surrendered actor, their items were getting replenished.
  • Bug fix: MCM - sometimes the MCM data was not getting re-initialised between version updates. You may need to reset the mod via the console (i.e. with "setpqv kuFOF2Q resetNow 1") if you find the MCM unresponsive.
  • 0.804, 20 April 2014:
  • Bug fix: The soul-trapped detection is now detected by checking the player's Soul Trapped General Statistics. If an actor dies very near the time that is updated, it's likely that they were soul trapped. This is not as accurate as checking the actor itself. But that method causes the problem described below.
  • Bug fix: The soul-trapped detection in the last update was causing the Dumping Suspended Stacks problem. If you find that the mod doesn't update by itself when installing this new version, your game may be suffering from this problem. Restart from a clean save. Force it, if required. Details in this document.
  • Bug fix: When playing with the "protect from first death" option, actors were still getting revived near the time a quest is updated. This shouldn't happen.
  • 0.803, 10 April 2014:
  • Bug fix: Passive animals, like foxes, that should be ignored were getting processed as if they were fliers. That's the reason why they were getting aggressive before being calmed. Fixed now.
  • Tweak: Followers are considered as vampires or werewolves if the player is a vampire or werewolf for the blood-thirsty fueds check.
  • Bug fix: When moving between "load spaces", combatants were losing their status - causing them to re-attack you again when you return to their area. Their status should be retained for a day, before their status is cleared.
  • Bug fix: Soul trapped actors will not get resurrected when "protect from first death" is on.
  • Bug fix: Reanimated actors will not get resurrected or receive the yielded behaviour.
  • Bug fix: Head gear are lootable from those who yielded.
  • 0.802, 30 March 2014:
  • Tweak: All actors that are not followers are removed from the list when moving between "load doors". This should prevent the mod from processing actors that will be removed from active memory when loading finishes. This should lessen the times when the mod stalls.
  • New feature: When userUseActivateLootButton is set, a "Give me..." button is presented when you activate a yielded actor. It's much faster than going into the Dialogue Menu.
  • Tweak: Moving between aliases generally slowed down the script engine. In this version, actors who start out as combatants will not be moved into a flier alias when they group or yield. Instead, the grouping and yielding functions will run on their combatant alias. This makes for a much fluid operation of the mod. Note that actors may still start out as a flier (e.g. non-combat class actors) or as an ignored (e.g. those with their confidence at 0).
  • Tweak: Actors you leave when moving between "load doors" will retain their status for one game day. This will make actors left behind in an exterior cell retain their yielded status you when you re-exit the interior cell.
  • Bug fixes: Many bug fixes in regards to the timing of different Events processed in the mod. With Scripts all running asynchronously, and Events able to run a process even if it conflicts with another that is already running, a lot of work has gone into the code to streamline these processes so that no Events do not interfere with others. However, the code contained bugs, of course. This version much better compared to previous versions. E.g. actors shouldn't be classified as both combatant and flier - which sometimes happened in previous versions.
  • Bug fixes: Many bug fixes in regards to the "protect from first death" feature. E.g. actors shouldn't return to combat after resurrection - unless their native Script (which I have no control over) makes them so.
  • Tweak: When an actor dies (or "truly" dies when the "protect from first death" feature is enabled), any actors that yielded to them are returned as combatants. This will make, for e.g., soldiers that yielded return as combatants after you killed those they surrendered to.
  • Tweak: Mode 0 of the "protect all from first death" feature is now disabled. When that feature is set, mode 1 will always be active.
  • Tweak: Run-time created actors will run away from you even if they yielded to another actor who is not your teammate. Previously, they were not "fearful" of you because they yielded to another actor. They didn't really do anything when you activated them, so the behaviour felt weird. They run away from you in this version. A much better behaviour.
  • Tweak: Flee behaviour. Actors who have yielded to you or a teammate will now voice their surrender and jog away from you. Previously, they simply jogged away.
  • Tweak: Animals that you loot will not be resurrected.
  • Tweak: Player enemies that are allowed to yield before damage (userYieldBeforeDamage and userAnimalsYieldBeforeDamage in the MCM), will immediately be classified as a flier if their health is less than 25% the player's. Previously, the mod waited for the actors to enter combat and evaluate their AI with their combatant. Most times, this occurs too late and you'll notice, for e.g., wolves attacking the player even if they have no chance of surviving.
  • Tweak: Removed trainers to Alteration, trainers to armours and trainers to Enchanting from non-combat class designations.
  • Bug fix: Add ActorTypePrisoner to non-combatant list. The PrisonerJob was in the list but I noticed that prisoners being led off by the soldiers were still engaging in combat. I'm assuming that they do not have the Prisoner class in their base record. I'm also assuming that they are tagged with the ActorTypePrisoner in their base record.
  • Bug fix: Looting of worn gear from the "Give me..." dialogue option is now allowed.
  • Bug fix: After resurrection, some actors were getting left disabled.
  • Bug fix: The "Give me..." dialogue option was disappearing from yielded actors a few seconds after they yield.
  • Bug fix: Vampire check on player was failing.
  • Bug fix: Sometimes, the check for bloodthirsty fueds wasn't working. It was being overidden by the "resurrect" function. Fixed now.
  • 0.801, 9 February 2014:
  • Bug fix: Better detection of invalid actors (i.e. actors not in active memory). Previously, some invalid actors were not getting removed from aliases.
  • Bug fix: The resurrection code was getting triggered twice on actors that die before the mod initialises their combatant data.
  • Tweak: Some actors were still getting resurrected even if they died soon after a quest status is updated. Increased the time buffer from 5 seconds to 10 before and after a quest status is updated when no actor is resurrected.
  • 0.8, 23 January 2014:
  • Bug fix: Decapitated actors are no longer resurrected.
  • Bug fix: After fleeing, the actor was reacquired as a new combatant, putting them in a combatant-flier loop until either they die or the mod stopped reacquiring them.
  • Bug fix: The userProtectAllFromFirstDeath is now forced as default which can be changed by you after this version. The previous version was picking up the value from the previous version which was 0.
  • Bug fix: Blood thirsty feuds now include: Cultists vs the player's team, and Vigilants of Stendarr v the player's team while the player is in werewolf form.
  • 0.713, 31 December 2013:
  • New feature: Protect from first death method 1: no combatants are added to the Essentials lists with this method. Instead, combatants are resurrected when no quest completion is triggered and after a number of seconds has passed. On resurrection, you'll see the actor "blink" out then back in. This is intended. Otherwise, you'll see their clothes "blink" out then in as the mod "fixes" their inventory. Resurrected actors get their inventory reset. Items you looted while they are "dead" (or knocked out), will reappear. The mod "fixes" their inventory "off screen" to ensure that their inventory is as it should. This is now the default. Set userProtectAllFromFirstDeathMethod to 0 to re-enable the previous method of making combatants "Essential" actors.
  • New feature: When userProtectAllFromFirstDeathMethod = 1, userResurrectAfterSeconds (default 1 second) is the number of seconds the actor stays dead before resurrection.
  • New feature: When userApplyToRunTimeCreatedActorsOnly = True (the default), the AI is applied to run-time created actors only. This prevents actors that were hand-placed (and may be quest-critical) in the Creation Kit from fleeing. A value of True lessens the number of actors who receives the fight-or-fly AI. However, less quests will stall when an NPC who should die doesn't. Run-time created actors have an id that starts with "FF".
  • New feature: When userNonCombatClassAlwaysFlee = True (the default), actors that don't have a combat class will never fight and will always fly. Set userNotCombatClassAlwaysFlee to False so that they enter combat and fight and fly as normal. Note, however, that most townsfolks are hand-placed in the CK and the value of userApplyToRunTimeCreatedActorsOnly may prevent them from getting the AI.
  • New feature: userAnimalsYieldBeforeDamage = True (the default). When True, animals may fly before they are hurt.
  • New feature: userOnlyPlayerCombatantsFlee = False (the default). When True, only combatants against you and your teammates flee. All other combatants don't.
  • Bug fix: Sometimes actors would fight to the death even if they shouldn't.
  • 0.705, 22 October 2013:
  • Tweak: Previously, the MCM checking if the mod has been suspended waited for the ping-back only 60 seconds. This is sometimes not enough time - causing the MCM to report that the mod was not found. In this version, the MCM allows the mod to return its "ping" in 5 minutes. That's an excessive amount of time for this function. However, the mod not being able to ping the MCM back within that time suggests that the mod has truly stalled. It may need to be restarted from a clean-save.
  • 0.704, 28 July 2013:
  • Tweak: Animals were ignoring the "userYieldBeforeDamage" option since the last couple of versions.
  • 0.703, 10 July 2013:
  • Tweak: The giant that the Companions are attacking when you first entering Whiterun will never flee.
  • Bug fix: Previously, creatures that were not animals (e.g. Falmer, Reiklings, etc.) were getting classed as "magical creatures". In this version magical creatures are now classed with IsCommandedActor (), HasKeyword (MagicNoReanimate) or HasKeyword (NoSoulTrap).
  • Tweak: Only 5 actors at a time are added to the list (of 30) combatants - this decreases the length of time the mod is "busy" while it classifies and adds the actors into their correct aliases.
  • Tweak: You can now change user settings before the main quest is at stage 5 (e.g. before leaving Helgen).
  • Bug fix: Fixes to the MCM's ping-back code. This will be the last time this bug will resurface - I hope. I found another instance when the RegisterForModEvent () for the ping-back is not registered or loses its registration in the previous version.
  • 0.701, 30 June 2013:
  • New feature: "Get away from here!" dialogue option. When selected, the NPC will move away from the area. When the NPC gets beyond 10000 units distance away from the player, they are killed (without affecting the player's kill-stat) and removed from the game. Note that, because it cannot be done yet, there is no check whether the NPC holds a quest object or not. So use this only when you're sure it is safe to do so.
  • Tweak: Those who surrendered now speak the generic "I surrendered" voice files when you converse with them.
  • Tweak: When determining whether animals will fight to the death, half of their Confidence is used - rather than all of it. This should make those with a Confidence of 4 (e.g. wolves) flee from (or not even engage) high-level prey - similar to earilier versions of this mod.
  • Bug fix: Detection of vampire NPCs.
  • New feature: Bloodthirsthy fueds: Vigilants of Stendarr and Dawnguards will never surrender to Vampire NPCs. And vice-versa.
  • Tweak: When playing with "protect from first death", you can now kill actors who are in bleed-out mode. Previously, you cannot because they are tagged as "essentials". In this version, they are still tagged as essentials but the mod detects hits that they receive. Hits from the player received during this time will kill them. However, there is still a delay between when you strike them and when they die. They will die just not immediately after you hit them. This is purely because the command KillEssential () doesn't seem to work. So my mod has to move them out of the essentials list first before my mod can force the Kill () function on them.
  • Tweak: Changed the way actors are found which should prevent them getting reacquired as new combatants when they had already surrendered and were getting moved into the fliers list of Aliases.
  • Tweak: The main package and the MCM can now be merged manually (with TES5Edit). Removing the reliance on GetFormFromFile () from the MCM discovery code made this possible. In this new version, SendModEvent () is used by the main package and the MCM to "ping" each other.
  • 0.683, 31 March 2013:
  • Tweak: Recompiled with Skyrim's 1.9 patch and SkyUI's 3.4 patch.
  • Bug fix: NPCs were getting classed as "magical creatures" causing them to be ignored by the mod. This was a major bug that I missed after releasing the last fix which addressed dwarven automatons. Thanks to Elgar for finding and reporting it.
  • 0.682, 3 March 2013:
  • Bug fix: Dwarven automatons that don't have the ActorTypeDwarven Keyword are getting affected by the mod - i.e. they are getting put in the Essentials list and are fleeing. In this version, the mod also checks against the DwarvenAutomatonFaction.
  • 0.681, 21 February 2013:
  • Bug fix: When using Protect from first death feature, ome combatants stayed as an essential - making them unkillable. This was a previous bug that I thought I fixed. Seems like I missed one more cause of it. This latest fix should prevent this from happening. However, if it does happen again, simply set userProtectAllFromFirstDeath to False and report the bug, please.
  • Bug fix: The default for userFightToDeathChanceFactor in the MCM was incorrect at 2. Changed it to the correct value of 1.
  • 0.680, 21 February 2013:
  • New feature: This mod was rebuilt from scratch at v0.677, 24 January 2013. Read the Updating from v0.67 section for instructions on how to update the mod from versions prior to 0.677. Those who installed the pre-release version of 0.677, update as normal as described in the Updating from v0.677 section.
  • Bug-fix: The actors others surrendered to would sometimes be put in the surrendered lists making them flee until a new actor replaces them when that list is filled up and is restarted from the beginning.
  • Bug-fix: Mages who are in bleed-out mode would be incorrectly classified as unarmed combatant resulting in them not yielding. The game doesn't register their spells as equipped while in bleed-out mode while it does so for those with weapons.
  • Bug-fix: Previously, vampires were getting ignored by the mod even with userVampiresFlee set to True.
  • Bug-fix: Only actors with full health will "group".
  • Tweak: Better differentiation between creatures, giants, the undead and vampires.
  • Compatibility: When both Dawnguard and Arthmoor's When Vampire Attacks mod are installed, the vampire raiding party never yields.
  • Tweak: Actors who already have their Confidence at 0 will be ignored by the mod. Confidence is the determining factor on whether an actor engages in combat or flees. Most animals in the PreyFaction (e.g. deer, rabbit, etc.) have Confidence at 0. Horses commanded to Flee from combat (a feature from my Horse Command mod) have their Confidence at 0.
  • Tweak: Removed the 5 seconds period when you can't converse with actors that run away.
  • Tweak: When userProtectAllFromFirstDeath is True, Actors who bleed-out only has one iteration of the Script (about one or two seconds) of being Essential. They are made killable soon after. In v0.677, these Actors would be an Essential for 3 seconds or more which sometimes amounted to 5 seconds - which is too long.
  • 0.677, 24 January 2013:
  • New feature: Rebuilt the mod from the ground up.
  • New feature: userProtectAllFromFirstDeath: Default is True. All actors who may fly are protected from death until they surrender. They may be killed when they surrender - unless they are tagged as essential by a Quest or another mod.
  • New feature: userNPCBountyTargetsFlee, userGiantBountyTargetsFlee, userCreatureBountyTargetsFlee: Default True for all. When True, the mission completes when the bounty target flees. Not all quest targets are affected by this. A list of Quest targets and how they behave are described in this read-me.
  • New feature: SkyUI's MCM (Mod Config Menu) support. The configuration tool is a separate download from my mod's Nexus files section. It requires Sky UI's beta 3 version or better which can be downloaded from Sky UI's thread in Bethesda's official Skyrim mods forum:
  • 0.67, 21 Aug 2012:
  • Compatibility: Further refined the tracking of actors so that the closest actor is not pinged constantly. This was remnant of the same bug that the previous version fixed but for multiple actors around the player. Thanks to dubstyles for finding this bug.
  • Compatibility: Disabled fleeing during the Forsword Conspiracy Quest when you need to be imprisoned.
  • New feature: By default unique and essential actors never flees. Unique actors are those that have the "Is Unique" flag checked in the CK. They are generally named actors. Essential actors are those that are attached to a Quest Alias that have their "Is Essential" flag checked in the CK. These actors do not die. In this version, you can set it so that essential or unique actors do flee. Set userEssentialFlees to True. And/or userUniqueFlees to True.
  • New feature: You can disable this mod's effects on animals. Animals are those in factions CreatureFaction and PredatorFaction or PreyFaction. By default, animals are affected. You can turn this off by setting userCreatureFlees to False. This is useful if you have a wildlife mod that has its own behaviours for animals.
  • 0.666, 10 July 2012:
  • Compatibility: Increased the stages when the mod is disabled during the DA16 Quest - Waking Nightmare. Previously, the mod was only disabled during stage 50 - the library battle.
  • Compatibility: Refined the tracking of actors so that they are not pinged constantly. Constant pinging may have caused their idle animation constantly repeat itself.
  • Compatibility: The mod now ignores actors who are busy acting out a scene. In previous versions, the scene would be affected and so will never complete. An example of this bug is when Sinding in Falkreath cell will never move towards the player to activate his Quest. In this version, actors in a scene are ignored until they leave the scene.
  • Bug-fix: Actors who bleedout (i.e. fall to their knees due to low health) will now yield. Previously, the mod ignored them and so even if they seem to yield, they actually have not. In this version, the mod now applies its behaviours to these actors.
  • Tweak: Some NPCs became aggressive again after you left them and then returned through load doors. This version tweaks the code to minimise this from happening. It still happens because the mod takes a second or two to find the actors after going through load doors.
  • Tweak: Applied WarriorWithin's fight-to-the-death formula that takes into account the actor's Confidence for when userAlwaysYield is False.
  • Tweak: Also, from WarriorWithin's suggestions, I've increased the number of actors that will never yield. In this version actors with these VoiceTypes are ignored by the mod: CrAtronachFlameVoice, CrAtronachFrostVoice, CrAtronachStormVoice, CrDragonPriestVoice, CrDragonVoice, CrDraugrVoice, CrDwarvenCenturionVoice, CrDwarvenSphereVoice, CrDwarvenSpiderVoice, CrIceWraithVoice, CrSkeletonVoice, CrUniqueAlduin, CrUniqueOdahviing, CrUniquePaarthurnax, CrWerewolfVoice, FemaleUniqueGhost, MaleUniqueGhost, MaleUniqueGhostSvaknir.
  • 0.661, 19 June 2012:
  • Compatibility bug-fixes: My previous checks to prevent the mod running during the quests DA15 - The Mind of Madness and DA16 - Waking Nightmare didn't really work. This should fix those.
  • Compatibility tweak: Actors in an active Scene do not get the AI until the Scene finishes.
  • Tweak: Moved the IsUnique () and IsEssential () check to the Aliases Conditions from the Script.
  • 0.66, 11 June 2012:
  • Tweak: "Action: Loot" dialogue option is now "Give me...".
  • New feature: Group AI. In this version, low-level melee NPCs will fall back and wait until you a high-level melee combatant attacks the player or for 30 seconds. If a high-level melee combatant attacks the player within 30 seconds, the low-level NPCs will join the fight. Otherwise, they will flee after 30 seconds. In previous versions, their fight or fly behaviours had a one-off check against the player being busy with another melee combatant. However, this a one-off check and they flew if the player wasn't busy. In this version, they will wait for 30 seconds and fly if no melee combatant engages the player. Note that this behaviour is the normal Flee Package. Generally, this will make them run to a friendly Actor. This is not, however, always the case.
  • 0.65, 2 June 2012:
  • Compatibility tweak: The mod is disabled during parts of DA15 - The Mind of Madness quest and DA16 - Waking Nightmare.
  • New feature: Change userAlwaysYield (default = True) to False to give an actor a chance to fight to the death. The chance is the actor's health/base health. You can change this chance by setting userFightToDeathChanceFactor (default = 1). Read Details on how to set these variables.
  • New feature: Chance userYieldBeforeDamage (default = True) to False to prevent actors from yielding before they get damaged. Read Details on how to set this variable.
  • Bug-fix: Dragons. There were bugs in the previous versions which made dragons flee.
  • 0.64, 27 May 2012:
  • Tweak: Preventing yielded NPCs from attacking again. Previously, there was a delay in applying the AI that prevents them from reentering combat. In this version, the only delay happens when you go through a "load door" and enter an area with actors who previously surrendered. It may take a second for the Ai to be applied to these actors. This is enough time for them to take a swing at you. After this delay, they will acquire the behaviour and not attack again. I'm not sure if I can remove this delay. I already reset the quest that applies the behaviour (via alises) when the player loads a new area. The Skyrim game engine will then apply the behaviours when the quest gets its alloted CPU time slice - this is what causes this delay.
  • Tweak: Followers (including your last ridden horse) who flee to you will only return to combat immediately if they cannot die (i.e. they are tagged as essential). Otherwise, they will continue to flee until they are safe. Previously, if they are close to you, they will fight to the death - resulting in their deaths.
  • Tweak: This version uses GetRace () == DragonRace to prevent the mod from applying the flee behaviours to dragons. Previously, only IsInFaction (DragonFaction) was used. This version uses both.
  • 0.63, 18 May 2012:
  • Tweak: Folowers (including your last ridden horse) will attack again IF they flee to you. Previously, they only attacked again after their 10 seconds of fleeing is over - even if you are nearby.
  • Tweak: NPCs will not flee against those who have less than 25% of their health. Thanks for the suggestion, Leeira!
  • Tweak: NPCs that yielded to non-players will now act like those that yielded to the player. Previously, they were different AI code. But the behaviour for those that yielded to non-players didn't really work. In this version, they will act as if they yielded to you. They will get the Action: Loot dialogue option.
  • Bug-fix: My previuos bug-fix for werewolves didn't really work. In this version, no one will ever yield to a werewolf. It's not ideal but it's the only way to keep the werewolves attacking. Some missions (particularly C03: The Silver Hand and DA05: Ill Met By Moonlight) required the werewolves to kill everyone. However, they only attack those that are attacking them. So those that yielded to werewolves tend to stay living and so prevented the mission from progressing. In this version, actors attacking werewolves will never yield.
  • 0.62, 18 May 2012:
  • Bug-fix: Werewolves will ignore those who yield. This will make C03: The Silver Hand and DA05: Ill Met By Moonlight compatible with this mod. Thanks magodelaoscuridad for the heads up!
  • 0.61, 13 May 2012:
  • Bug-fix: Choosing Action: Loot from the dialogue menu was buggy in the previous version. Fixed.
  • 0.6, 13 May 2012:
  • Tweak: Unlike in previous versions, actors who have surrendered will not reenter combat and will run away from you. You can still converse with them to loot them.
  • Tweak: Surrender animations during conversations.
  • Tweak: This mod doesn't bug-out the prologue mission anymore. However, it doesn't actually start in-game until after you escape from Helgen.
  • 0.54, 23 April 2012:
  • Tweak: Player's last ridden horse will reset their flight behaviour preventing them from continually fleeing after combat.
  • 0.53, 22 April 2012:
  • Tweak: Newly reporgrammed. This mod doesn't need Actor events package anymore.
  • Tweak: Animation of surrendered NPCs when you loot them. There are no recorded audio, so you may not see the subtitles unless you have ShadeMe's Fuz Roh D'oh (universal silent voice file replacer): It needs SKSE.
  • 0.52, 18 April 2012:
  • Tweak: Enemies with health < 25% of the player's health flee immediately only if the player has no high-level enemies. Basically, low-level enemies will engage in combat if another, but is high-level, engages the player in combat. Previously, low-level enemies flee immediately.
  • Tweak: Also, low-level (base health < 25% the player's) ranged enemies against the player will not immediately flee if the player is engaged in melee combat with another.
  • Bug-fix: NPCs who yield to other NPCs do not get the Action: Loot dialogue option.
  • 0.51, 17 April 2012:
  • Bug-fix: Previously, teammates who have yielded will continually yield even long after combat.
  • Bug-fix: Previously, actors became aggressive after the player leaves their area.
  • 0.5, 15 April 2012:
  • Initial release.


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