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Wow, looks like I'm late to

Wow, looks like I'm late to the party. Only a few spots left. Ill finish the ald skar inn if no one else wants to. Always liked that place.

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I would love to help out with

I really wanted to help out with the project and think this is my spot. I am a writer and signed up to contribute by doing Indarys Manor if that's alright.

My main question is how do I go about figuring out who the bantering is between? I have a list of the characters and locations so I can improvise, I just want to make sure I do everything the way it is meant to be done. I can do whatever you ask fairly promptly, but would like an idea.

Thanks!

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Characters that are in the

Characters that are in the same cell are fair game for conversations.  You can also have a few lines of 'personal thoughts' of individual characters, as it works for them.

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Hey Luttinator, great to have

Hey Luttinator, great to have you onboard!

Just one problem...I think loloctopus put a claim on that one earlier in the thread...but you've signed up for it on the document, so he must not have claimed it on there? 

If you could get in contact with him and see if he still intends to do it, that would be cool, because I guess he technically got the claim in first. 

Until then, you're more than welcome to tackle any other areas left unclaimed! There are a couple of areas of Vivec that need writing, and I think the miscellaneous street dwellers in Ald-ruhn. Just sign up on the sheet, you don't necessarily have to post a claim here :)

As for figuring out who the banter should be between: we try to make sure that only NPCs in the same cell talk to each other (so for example, if one was writing for a town like Gnaar Mok, those outside/wandering the town's exterior and those in the Tradehouse don't talk with each other, for simplicity's sake. Most areas listed are single cells anyway). The other thing to consider would be looking at which characters are closest (in the physical sense) to each other in the actual game, and which ones (based on occupation/faction perhaps) would be most likely to talk to one another. UESP is great for this kind of stuff. 

Hopefully that makes sense and clarifies somewhat. Feel free to contact me if you have questions :)

Your drafts/final copies can be posted in the Idle Banter Collaboration Thread, where we can all help you out should you need it. 

Happy writing!

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Hey there, so like pretty

Hey there, so like pretty much everyone who is a member of the site I'm really excited about the project and well I'd like to help get it through the door as quickly as possible, so I'd like to offer up my time and skills to help get some NPC dialogue written I see that most sections have already been covered, but I'd be happy to take on the miscellaneous street dwellers dialogue for the Ald'Rhun region. 

Would people say that a complete play through of Morrowind needed to write decent dialogue for skywind or are the characters, races and cultures transferable enough between the games that just experince in The Elder Scrolls will be enough? 

I haven't spent too many hours in Morrowind, but I'm very familiar with both Skyrim and Oblivion and well I have a pretty decent understanding on how the population of Tamriel interact with one another. so I'm sure with some research through the wiki pages I'd be able to write so dialogue coherent with Morrowind. 

Could you possibly provide some examples of work done by other writers on the site, just so I have something to go from? 

Cheers guys!

Ben 

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The environment and culture

The environment and culture of Morrowind is quite different from Oblivion and Skyrim, but the UESP pages can generally give you insight to characters.  If a particular character is generic, you can make up a personality for them judging from their race, class, and faction rank (if they have one).

Ald'Ruhn is the Redoran capital, so for some insight to how characters from that house would act I would suggest reading the UESPs on that great house and the other great houses.

Here's a link to some dialogue I wrote for the Redoran canton in Vivec, for some ideas on how one might handle Redorans.  http://tesrenewal.com/comment/59381#comment-59381

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Thanks for letting me know

Thanks for letting me know Aurabelle. I missed the post right above mine claiming Indarys Manor! I'll sign up for something else in the time being while I contact loloctopus. He hasn't been on in two days, so I'll wait up to about a week.

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So that brought rise to one

So that brought rise to one new question! I signed up for the miscellaneous cells of Ald-Ruhn. I'm not very good at figuring out "cells" in general, but I plan to do in-game research to get a good sense of the area, but can it be confirmed what characters are in the area? I don't want to miss one or two by accident. I have a list http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Ald'ruhn_Characters and was wondering if a knowledgeable member could confirm those under the 'General' tab are indeed those included in my cells. Thanks!

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I'd like to claim the two

I'd like to claim the two unclaimed spots in Vivec, Hlaalu Canton (the Plaza and Miscellaneous canton-dwellers.) However, I'd rather not step on any toes. I've noticed there's been a little misinterpretation and confusion regarding the sign-up. Are these actually available? 

If not, I'll take pretty much one or two of whatever's left and do my best to create some fruitful, concise exchanges between NPCs.

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Yeah, that's fine.  I just

Yeah, that's fine.  I just wanted to claim the waistworks so people wouldn't interfere with a particular character there, but the rest are open.

Hlaalu, for the most part, have a reputation for being disreputable and big on 'running things'.  Business, politics, criminal syndicates.  Not universally, of course.  Here's a link to the stuff I wrote for the waistworks if you want some inspiration on how Hlaalu might act.

http://tesrenewal.com/comment/58896#comment-58896

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@Smitehammer

@Smitehammer

Thanks for the tips. :) I'll be sure to take what's already down into consideration.

Now to UESP for some research.

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Sorry for the repeat message,

Sorry for the repeat message, but it may have been missed above and I want to make sure my part gets done as soon as possible! :)

So that brought rise to one new question! I signed up for the miscellaneous cells of Ald-Ruhn. I'm not very good at figuring out "cells" in general, but I plan to do in-game research to get a good sense of the area, but can it be confirmed what characters are in the area? I don't want to miss one or two by accident. I have a list http://elderscrolls.wikia.com/wiki/Ald'ruhn_Characters and was wondering if a knowledgeable member could confirm those under the 'General' tab are indeed those included in my cells. Thanks!

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Hey Luttinator, sorry about

Hey Luttinator, sorry about the late reply! I was unable to access this page for some reason, but this should be of more help to you I think: http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Morrowind:People_in_Ald%27ruhn

Try use this wiki for Morrowind, as I think it has a lot more/better information :)

You'll be focusing on the NPCs whose locations are listed as outside, if I'm not mistaken. All of those guys are classed as being in one cell, technically. I think perhaps your claim also includes the common folk in their homes (which count as a cell by itself, so interaction between him and those outside are not needed/wanted :) ), like Drinar Varyon. They can have lines muttering to themselves, if they're home alone. Just check that the home is not part of another 'area' claimed on the sign up sheet first :)

I'll go through the list myself tomorrow to clarify who exactly the Misc claim encompasses if you like. 

Hope this helps! :)

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Hello everyone ; )

Hello everyone ; )

I have 2 questions - if a place is claimed, but "incomplete" or "in progress", can I just take it over and write all idle banters ? 
In quite crowded places, like Seyda Neen, do we have to assing the lines to particular people ? I mean, do we have to write a specific line for each character or pair of characters or we can write some lines that would be randomly spoken between random characters ? I know that for example  in Arrille's Tradehouse he and that woman next to him (forgot her name) should have special lines, but i can write a line about, i don't know, going fishing, and that line can be randomly assigned to many characters in Seyda Neen.

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Aurabelle wrote:

Aurabelle wrote:

...but this should be of more help to you I think: http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Morrowind:People_in_Ald%27ruhn

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Hope this helps! :)

Thanks, that helps! I did look at uesp first, but didn't find such a detailed page. I would appreciate it if you did go through everyone included in the miscellaneous sections like you mentioned, but that should give me enough to start! 

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@Ardevon: nice to see a new

@Ardevon: nice to see a new face! Welcome aboard our crazy ship, potentially :)

In regards to your questions: a) Please do not tamper with other people's claims on the sheet, unless you have got in touch with them to either see if they're still alive and well, or to see if they'd like it taken off their hands AND they have agreed to give it over to you. I think a clean-out/writers check in will be in order shortly, so a few more areas will possibly become up for grabs then. That said, there are still a few unclaimed areas, if you're willing to give them a go :). So basically, no, don't do that...yet.

b)We are aiming to give each NPC some unique dialogue, so yes you do need to assign specific lines to specific characters. We are trying to avoid generic dialogue as much as possible--this project means we can flesh out the characters in a way that makes sense...because although the idea for a generic fishing line may have worked, it wouldn't have made sense for some people to say it, you know? :) Perhaps have another read through of the description of the job at the beginning of the thread for further clarification :)

Hopefully this doesn't scare you off, we'd love to have you onboard. I'll be here if you have further questions.

@Luttinator: Don't worry, I haven't forgotten you! I'm working on that list for ya :)

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Here are a few of some idea I

Here are a few of some ideas I had for the Canton settlers random dialoge. Some reference specific quests. Hope you enjoy! :)

"I'm not sure I trust that Crassius Curio. Strange fellow."

"If you happen a Daedra worshipper around here those ordinators will have your head."

"Stay away from the underworks, there are all sorts of folks down there."

"If it's goods your looking for you'll want to seek the out waistworks."

"If you need to get around you could make use of a gondola. Talk to Dalse Adren."

*to another settler "Sometimes I think it'd be better if I just went back to Cyrodil."

"You look tough. Maybe you should test yourself at the arena" *possible quest starter*

"All the dark elves are holed up at House Redoran. Too serious of a bunch for me."  

"Have you heard about all those killings lately? Chilling. " *reference to quest http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Morrowind:Mysterious_Killings_in_Vivec.

 

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Ardevon wrote:

Ardevon wrote:

Hello everyone ; )

I have 2 questions - if a place is claimed, but "incomplete" or "in progress", can I just take it over and write all idle banters ? 
 

Don't take over the St. Olms Tanners and Miners Hall.  That one probably should be listed as complete unless they want me to make any further changes or additions.  But until they instruct me to make further changes or additions I would consider it complete. 

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@Aurabelle 

@Aurabelle 
Thanks for quick answer ;)
Ok, i understand now, it seems that only Arena Canton is unclaimed, so i'll take it.
Yeah, after reconsidering that, you're right about Idle Banters. In that case, there is more work to be done, and i'm ready&steady to begin it.
And don't worry, it doesn't scare me off, i'm extremely intrigued by this project and i'd love to be a part of it ; ) 

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I noticed no-one has claimed

I noticed no-one has claimed 'Miscellaneous' in Arena Canton. Am I okay to start on that?

 

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Any section listed as

Any section listed as "unclaimed" should be available. As I understand it, "incomplete" is typically what someone puts when they have first claimed an area put have not started working on it, "in progress" means the writer has begun writing (although some people seem to use this in the same manner as "incomplete"), and "complete" means a submission has been accepted.

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Man - By the nines, do you

/files/jympagel/files/banter.mp3

 

Man - By the nines, do you really intend to wear that?

Younger man - I's jes havin a bit o fun is all.

M - You know that it's inappropriate to go around in Argonian-face.  It's disrespectful!

YM - Oy jus cos they get offended easily don't mean it's my problum!

M - You march home right now and get rid of that disgusting display.  Thank the divines no one saw you.  Outlander!  Don't you say a word to anyone!

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Is the Arrile Tradehouse

Is the Arrile Tradehouse taken at all? 

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@lankyman0909, that is part

@lankyman0909, that is part of the Seyda Neen claim, and is currently taken. However, there may be areas which become available again in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled!

However, I may be able to find some work other cells for you to write for if you're interested. Just flick a PM my way if so, and I'll see if we can't find you something :)

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The Ald-Ruhn Miscellaneous

The Ald-Ruhn Miscellaneous section is now open for anyone wanting it!

I am sorry to be late about it, but I have found my skills will be better used in a different part of the project that will take a considerable amount of time. Attached to this document is the list of characters in the miscellaneous section as made by Aurabelle. It should help the new writer.

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WRITERS, READ THIS NOW. 

WRITERS, READ THIS NOW. 

Okay lovely crew, this just got serious. We now have a deadline of sorts for the writing of the idle banter. If everyone could make a last super-duper effort to get their claims done WITHIN THE NEXT 3-4 DAYS that would be much appreciated. This is your cut-off date to make your contribution. I realize this is bit short notice but it is essential it is done now, as other departments need this done in order to progress. 

Work can be submitted on the Collaboration thread or via PM to me or Justafan. Any issues, PLEASE let me know. 

Best of luck to you all! :)

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Hey everyone! I've just done

Hey everyone! I've just done a massive cleanup on the signup sheet, removing the claims of all the people I haven't heard from in ages. Which means a lot of spots just opened up. So claim away, everyone!

Also, as Aurabelle said, we have a deadline here. So please only claim a spot if you're confident that you can get it done in a timely manner.

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Hey everyone! I've just done

Oh my, a double post. That hasn't happened in a while.

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i got the ald'ruhn outside

i got the ald'ruhn outside dudes

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I went ahead and claimed it

I went ahead and claimed it for you. In the future, you're welcome to do that step yourself.

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Ahoy, i sign up for Moonmoth

Ahoy, i sign up for Moonmoth fort ; ) I hope we are allowed to edit that sign up sheet, aren't we ? 

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Yep, feel free to add your

Yep, feel free to add your own name to the sheet.

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I'll give the Ald'ruhn temple

I'll give the Ald'ruhn temple a go.

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Not speech as such, but I

Not speech as such, but I thought of a funny idea that you could include. It would be an NPC whistling the main theme from Morrowind (Nerevar Rising) I'm not sure which NPC (a guard?) would be best suited for this or at what location, I just thought it could be a fun idea to include.

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But then the NPC would have

But then the NPC would have to whistle along the soundtrack or else it would sound quite disharmonious :P

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Wish I would have found all

Wish I would have found all this sooner, literally found out yesterday, and saw a few empty spots with the deadline coming quick. I'm jumping in on the Gnisis street dwellers, but hope to finish up the rest of the town as well. Claimed in the doc.

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Thaaaank you stegosaurus!

Thaaaank you stegosaurus! Anything you can get done will be much appreciated :D

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No problem, sorry to be late

No problem, sorry to be late to the party. Quick question though, since time is an issue I figured I'd ask instead of go searching through the forums: Will NPCs move about on a schedule like in Skyrim, or will they be in fixed locations like Morrowind (specifically people in interior cells being able to come outside).

Thanks!

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At this stage, we're kind of

At this stage, we're kind of just going with where the NPC is placed originally as to who they get to interact with. I'm pretty sure NPCs are going to get a schedule, but we don't know what it is...though I'm pretty sure most people will leave their house at some point. However, I would avoid cross-cell dialogue (unless ABSOLUTELY necessary, for simplicity's sake). Most solitary NPCs  make do with conversations with themselves :P

Hopefully that makes some sense :)

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Hey! I might have missed the

Hey! I might have missed the deadline, but I'd like to work with NPC in Gnisis Eggmine. May I?

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All right, I've already

All right, I've already finished with an eggmine. Since I'm still in Gnisis I'll take "Barracks" and "Madach Tradehouse".

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They're all yours. :)

They're all yours. :)

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ATTENTION! ATTENTION!

ATTENTION! ATTENTION!

The idle banter project is now CLOSED. We've gotten all the initial submissions we need, and new volunteers are NO LONGER being accepted. This phase of the project can now be considered COMPLETE.

 

Thank you all very much for your help and excellent writing. Perhaps one day when you're playing the finished Skywind, you'll stumble across some familiar lines. :)

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Justafan wrote:

Justafan wrote:

Hey lastmaster, this looks really good! I'm impressed by the creativity behind your writing! If you'd like to sign up, you're welcome to - just put your name next to any place you want to do using our signup sheet! Then, when you've made some progress, post your work on the Idle Banter Collaboration Thread where we can review it. Good luck, and happy writing!

 

I am glad you have liked it, thank you.. :) I am sorry that i was otherwise occupied and wasn't able to come here and write anything.. (i have been rather busy lately) I would be eternally grateful and happy if you used some of the things i have written.. 

By the way, i might be able to write more in the future (i don't know when but i would love to), i guess you no longer need it, but please let me know if or when you do.. :)

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Sorry to be a gravedigging

Sorry to be a gravedigging nuisance, but I went through some idle banters (just wanted to see what kind of lines people have written for my favorite NPCs etc.) and noticed that Tel Mora was nowhere to be found on the signup sheet. Is it just that not every region/cell is listed there, or was there no intent to even include idle banter in every settlement?

My apologies again for not knowing where I should have posted this or if this is relevant at all.

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