Convenient Enhanced Edition NPCs

A mod for BG:EE, BG2:EE and EET (Enhanced Edition Trilogy) that allows you to tweak the new Beamdog NPCs.

Author: Argent77


Overview

A mod for BG:EE, BG:SOD, BG2:EE and EET.

The new NPCs introduced in the Enhanced Editions differ somewhat from the original cast and might not be everyone's taste. This mod provides a number of options to adapt them to your comfort level. You can make their first appearance more passive, giving you more control over whether or when to make the first contact. A small number of events will be slightly altered to make this possible.

Alternatively it is also possible to simply remove one or more NPCs from the game. In that case you have the choice to make their personal or quest-related items available to everyone in stores or as loot.

Additional components allow you to improve their portraits or customize their classes and/or kits to whatever you desire. You can find more detailed information below.


Visit the SHS Forums or the Beamdog Forums if you have questions, or download the the latest version from Spellhold Studios or GitHub.

Compatibility

"Convenient Enhanced Edition NPCs" should be compatible with every mod out there that doesn't significantly alter the starting locations and scripts of the Enhanced Edition NPCs. At present only Pecca's mod "EE_content_tweaks" is known to interfere with this mod in BG:EE. This mod will check if it has been installed and refuses to install relevant components if detected.

The mod is fully compatible with Siege of Dragonspear. However, tweak options for SoD NPCs will be more restricted because of their close involvement in the plot.

IMPORTANT: Version 4.0 of the mod contains several structural changes. Do not install it together with earlier versions of this mod (3.5 or earlier)!

Installation

This is a WeiDU mod, that means it is very easy to install. Simply unpack the downloaded archive into your game's installation directory (where you can find the file "chitin.key") and run "setup-A7-ConvenientEENPCs.exe" (Windows) or "setup-A7-ConvenientEENPCs.command" (macOS). Follow the instructions and you are ready to start.

It is strongly recommended to start a new game after installing the mod.

To uninstall, run "setup-A7-ConvenientEENPCs.exe" or "setup-A7-ConvenientEENPCs.command" again and follow the prompts.

Mod Components

Group: Appearance

  1. Modify Enhanced Edition NPCs (BG:EE, BG:SOD, BG2:EE and EET)

    1. Disable all NPCs: Disables NPCs all at once.
    2. Make all NPCs passive: Makes all NPCs passive at once.
    3. Decide for each NPC individually: See below.

    The following components are only available when selecting subcomponent "Decide for each NPC individually":

  2. Modify individually: Baeloth

    1. Disable Baeloth (BG:EE and EET only): This component prevents Baeloth from spawning in BG:EE. (Black Pits and Siege of Dragonspear are not affected.)
    2. Make Baeloth passive (BG:EE and EET only): This component reduces the introduction cutscene to a bare minimum and prevents Baeloth from initiating a conversation on his own.
  3. Disable Dorn (BG:EE, BG:SOD, BG2:EE and EET)

    This component prevents Dorn from appearing in BG:EE, BG:SOD and BG2:EE.

  4. Modify individually: Hexxat

    1. Disable Hexxat (BG2:EE and EET only): This component prevents Hexxat and related NPCs from appearing in BG2:EE.
    2. Make Hexxat passive (BG2:EE and EET only): This component prevents Hexxat from initiating a conversation on her own.
  5. Modify individually: Neera

    1. Disable Neera (BG:EE, BG:SOD, BG2:EE and EET): This component prevents Neera from appearing in BG:EE, BG:SOD and BG2:EE.
    2. Make Neera passive (BG:EE, BG2:EE and EET): In BG:EE this component prevents Neera from initiating a conversation on her own. In BG2:EE this component triggers the introduction cutscene in the Bridge District only when you talk to Neera. She can be found near the place where the Red Wizards cutscene occurs after the townsfolk talked about the local murders.
  6. Modify individually: Rasaad

    1. Disable Rasaad (BG:EE, BG:SOD, BG2:EE and EET): This component prevents Rasaad from appearing in BG:EE, BG:SOD and BG2:EE.
    2. Make Rasaad passive (BG:EE, BG2:EE and EET): In BG:EE this component prevents Rasaad from joining the fight against the assassins Neira or Nimbul in Nashkel. In BG2:EE this component triggers the introduction cutscene in Trademeet only when you talk to Rasaad. He can be found near the fountain.
  7. Make NPC-specific items available for everyone

    This component allows you to acquire personal or quest-related items of disabled NPC(s) from merchants all over the game or as loot from containers or creatures. The following items have been (fixed and) relocated:

    Baeloth:

    • BG:EE: His special ring can be purchased from "Lucky Aello's Discount Store" in Baldur's Gate at a huge discount. Item description has been fixed. As a bonus I have also fixed an inactive effect in its charged ability to make it slightly more worthwhile. Note: For technical reasons the ring will not be available if you have SoD installed.

    Dorn:

    • BG:EE: The Gloves of Missile Snaring can be purchased in Ulgoth's Beard Inn.
    • BG:EE: The Golden Girdle of Urnst, Elven Chain Mail and Albruin +1 are all available in the Thunderhammer Smithy of Beregost.
    • BG:EE: The Amulet of Spell Warding is available in the Feldepost's Inn of Beregost.
    • BG2:EE: The Silver Dragon Scales can be taken from the dead body of Adalon if you decide to attack her. Cespenar can forge something out of it later in ToB.
    • BG2:EE: A second copy of the scales can be looted from the body of "The Huntress" which is guarding the final seal at the lowest level of Watcher's Keep.
    • BG2:EE: The Holy Long Sword of Tyr +3 can be found in the maze level of Watcher's Keep, more specifically in the room where you have to defeat the Demon Wraith.
    • BG2:EE: Helmets of the Noble +1 can be purchased from Ribald Barterman and a merchant in Trademeet.
    • BG2:EE: You can attempt to pickpocket a Rod of Shadowstep from Saemon Havarian in Amkethran.
    • BG2:EE: Potions of Clairvoyance can be bought from Roger the Fence in the sewers below the Temple District and from Sister Farielle in Saradush.
    • BG2:EE: The Abyssal Blade is now in possession of Raamilat in Suldanessellar.
    • BG2:EE: I have also added the very powerful "Brass Blade +5" to the game. It belongs to Dorn's questline, but is currently unused. You can loot it from Berenn in the Temple of the Fire Giants.

    Hexxat:

    • BG2:EE: A Ring of Anti-Venom is now worn by Mae'var.
    • BG2:EE: The Worn Whispers boots can be purchased from Ribald Barterman.
    • BG2:EE: The dagger "Jade Fang" has been added to Ribald's special store which is available after returning from the Underdark.

    Neera:

    • BG:EE: Neera's Gem Bag can be purchased in the Friendly Arm Inn.
    • BG:EE: Adoy's Belt is available in the Feldepost's Inn of Beregost.
    • BG2:EE: Adoy's Belt and the Robe of Invocation have been added to Ribald Barterman's store.
    • BG2:EE: A Thayan Circlet is now in possession of Rayic Gethras, the Cowled Wizard you have to kill in the course of the Mae'Var quest.
    • BG2:EE: The hammer "The Brick +2" and the Tunic of Blindeye can be purchased from a merchant in Trademeet.
    • BG2:EE: The Shield of Fyrus Khal +2 has been added to Ribald Barterman's special store which is available after returning from the Underdark.
    • BG2:EE: Perter, the fletcher on Waukeen's Promenade, can sell you the Wild Sling +1.
    • BG2:EE: The Wand of Whips can be found on the body of the enthralled mage in the hidden Mindflayer lair in the sewers under the Temple District.

    Rasaad:

    • BG:EE: The Moonlight Walkers can be equipped by any Sun Soul Monk and can be looted from Neira's body, the assassin in Nashkel.
    • BG:EE: The Glimmering Bands can be equipped by any monk. You can buy it from one of the merchants at the Nashkel Carnival.
    • BG:EE: The Big-Fisted Belt is worn by the Pride spectre in Durlag's Tower.
    • BG2:EE: The Moonlight Walkers can be equipped by any Sun Soul Monk and are in possession of Anishai in Mae'Var's guild house.
    • BG2:EE: The Ox-Tail Belt is now worn by Cohrvale. From the body of his partner Bregg you can also loot Hojar's Fame +1, an enchanted axe of poor quality.
    • BG2:EE: The Brooch of the Vagrant Blades can be bought from Ribald Barterman.
    • BG2:EE: The Belt of Minor Invulnerability can be looted from King Ixilthetocal of the sahuagin Underwater City.
    • BG2:EE: The Ring of Duplication has been added to the fence in the Thieves Guild HQ.
    • BG2:EE: Elence Fielding, one of the merchants in the Umar Hills, can sell you the Lupine Sling +2.
    • BG2:EE: The Cowl of the Stars is worn by Valeria, a hostile fighter who can be found in a hideout in the Bridge District.
    • BG2:EE: The blacksmith of Trademeet can sell you the scimitar Hawksight +2.
    • BG2:EE: The Cloak of Unerring Strikes is available from Bernard of the Copper Coronet after Lehtinan has been replaced by Hendak.
    • BG2:EE: Karthis al-Hezzar can sell you the Night Walkers and "Sun Soulbeam", which is an enchanted scimitar. He can be found in the Wilderness between Saradush and the abandoned Temple of Bhaal.
    • BG2:EE: Olaf Rassmusen is one of the henchmen you have to fight if you break into the Guarded Compound in the Temple District. You can loot the Gauntlets of Aln Zekk from his dead body.
    • BG2:EE: One of the merchants in Ust Natha can sell you the Cloak of Atonement.
    • BG2:EE: The Priest of Cyric in the North Forest, which becomes available after you return from the Underdark, is in possession of the Cloak of the Dark Moon.
    • BG2:EE: The Elder Brain in the Mindflayer Lair of the Underdark is now also fiercely guarding the Eyes of the Beholder. Defeat it and that headpiece is yours.
    • BG2:EE: Carras is a smuggler in Amkethran. If you help him out you can purchase the Headband of the Devout from him.
    • BG2:EE: The Gem of Seeing can be looted from Gaal. He is the leader of the Cult of the Eyeless.

Group: Portraits

  1. Change portrait: Baeloth (Preview)

    1. Alternate version: Installs an alternate portrait variant for the whole game. (BG:EE and EET)
    2. Alternate version, in BG2 only: Applies an alternate portrait variant to Baeloth only in the BG2 part of the game. (EET only)
  2. Change portrait: Dorn (Preview)

    1. BG2-style version: Installs an alternate portrait variant for the whole game. (BG:EE, BG2:EE and EET)
    2. BG2-style version, in BG2 only: Applies an alternate portrait variant to Dorn only in the BG2 part of the game. (EET only)
  3. Change portrait: Hexxat (BG2-style) (Preview)

    Installs alternate portrait variants for Hexxat. (BG2:EE and EET)

  4. Change portrait: Neera (Preview)

    1. BG2-style version: Installs an alternate portrait variant for the whole game. (BG:EE, BG2:EE and EET)
    2. BG2-style version, in BG2 only: Applies an alternate portrait variant to Neera only in the BG2 part of the game. (EET only)
  5. Change portrait: Rasaad (Preview)

    1. BG2-style version: Installs an alternate portrait variant for the whole game. (BG:EE, BG2:EE and EET)
    2. BG2-style version, in BG2 only: Applies an alternate portrait variant to Rasaad only in the BG2 part of the game. (EET only)
  6. Improved portrait: Wilson (Preview)

    Installs an improved portrait for Wilson. (BG2:EE and EET)

Group: Class changes

Note: Class and kit changes are restricted to the NPC's stats, skills and abilities. They won't be reflected in their personal quests or dialogs. However, personal equipment may be updated to comply with the new class or kit requirements.

  1. Change class/kit: Baeloth (BG:EE, SoD and EET)

    1. Reset level only: Resets his level to 1, but makes no changes to his current class or kit.

    2. Choose your class: This option allows you to choose any class/kit combination you desire.

      Caution: Some class combinations can be immersion-breaking or may have unwanted side effects. Use at your own risk!

    3. Mage: Resets his level to 1 and applies the class "Mage".

    4. Abjurer: Resets his level to 1 and applies the mage kit "Abjurer".

    5. Conjurer: Resets his level to 1 and applies the mage kit "Conjurer".

    6. Diviner: Resets his level to 1 and applies the mage kit "Diviner".

    7. Enchanter: Resets his level to 1 and applies the mage kit "Enchanter".

    8. Illusionist: Resets his level to 1 and applies the mage kit "Illusionist".

    9. Invoker: Resets his level to 1 and applies the mage kit "Invoker".

    10. Necromancer: Resets his level to 1 and applies the mage kit "Necromancer".

    11. Transmuter: Resets his level to 1 and applies the mage kit "Transmuter".

    12. Wild Mage: Resets his level to 1 and applies the mage kit "Wild Mage".

    13. Dragon Disciple: Resets his level to 1 and applies the sorcerer kit "Dragon Disciple".

    14. Chaos Sorcerer: Resets his level to 1 and applies the custom sorcerer kit "Chaos Sorcerer". (requires mod "Chaos Sorcerer Kit" by Argent77)

    15. Shadow Adept: Resets his level to 1 and applies the custom mage kit "Shadow Adept". (requires mod "Shadow Magic" by Artemius_I)

  2. Change class/kit: Dorn (BG:EE, SoD, BG2:EE and EET)

    1. Reset level only: Resets his level to 1, but makes no changes to his current class or kit.

    Note: Dorn's personal quests are too closely linked to his profession to allow any class changes.

  3. Change class/kit: Neera (BG:EE, SoD, BG2:EE and EET)

    1. Reset level only: Resets her level to 1, but makes no changes to her current class or kit.

    2. Choose your class: This option allows you to choose any class/kit combination you desire.

      Caution: Some class combinations can be immersion-breaking or may have unwanted side effects. Use at your own risk!

    3. Chaos Sorcerer: Resets her level to 1 and applies the custom sorcerer kit "Chaos Sorcerer". (requires mod "Chaos Sorcerer Kit" by Argent77)

  4. Change class/kit: Rasaad (BG:EE, SoD, BG2:EE and EET)

    1. Reset level only: Resets his level to 1, but makes no changes to his current class or kit.

    2. Choose your class: This option allows you to choose any class/kit combination you desire.

      Caution: Some class combinations can be immersion-breaking or may have unwanted side effects. Use at your own risk!

    3. Monk: Resets his level to 1 and applies the class "Monk".

    4. Silverstar of Selûne: Resets his level to 1 and applies the custom cleric kit "Silverstar of Selûne". (requires component "Silverstar of Selûne" of the mod "Divine Remix")

  5. Change class/kit: M'Khiin (SoD and EET)

    1. Reset level only: Resets her level to 1, but makes no changes to her current class or kit.

    Note: M'Khiin's special racial traits don't allow to make changes to her original class.

  6. Change class/kit: Glint (SoD and EET)

    1. Reset level only: Resets his level to 1, but makes no changes to his current class or kit.

    2. Choose your class: This option allows you to choose any class/kit combination you desire.

      Caution: Some class combinations can be immersion-breaking or may have unwanted side effects. Use at your own risk!

    3. Cleric: Resets his level to 1 and applies the class "Cleric".

    4. Fighter/Cleric: Resets his level to 1 and applies the multiclass combination "Fighter/Cleric".

    5. Cleric/Illusionist: Resets his level to 1 and applies the specialized multiclass combination "Cleric/Illusionist".

  7. Change class/kit: Voghiln (SoD and EET)

    1. Reset level only: Resets his level to 1, but makes no changes to his current class or kit.

    2. Choose your class: This option allows you to choose any class/kit combination you desire.

      Caution: Some class combinations can be immersion-breaking or may have unwanted side effects. Use at your own risk!

    3. Bard: Resets his level to 1 and applies the class "Bard".

    4. Blade: Resets his level to 1 and applies the bard kit "Blade".

    5. Thief: Resets his level to 1 and applies the class "Thief".

    6. Swashbuckler: Resets his level to 1 and applies the thief kit "Swashbuckler".

  8. Change class/kit: Corwin (SoD and EET)

    1. Reset level only: Resets her level to 1, but makes no changes to her current class or kit.

    2. Choose your class: This option allows you to choose any class/kit combination you desire.

      Caution: Some class combinations can be immersion-breaking or may have unwanted side effects. Use at your own risk!

    3. Ranger: Resets her level to 1 and applies the class "Ranger".

    4. Stalker: Resets her level to 1 and applies the ranger kit "Stalker".

    5. Fighter: Resets her level to 1 and applies the class "Fighter".

    6. Wizard Slayer: Resets her level to 1 and applies the fighter kit "Wizard Slayer".

    7. Cleric: Resets her level to 1 and applies the class "Cleric".

    8. Priest of Tyr: Resets her level to 1 and applies the cleric kit "Priest of Tyr".

    9. Priest of Helm: Resets her level to 1 and applies the cleric kit "Priest of Helm".

    10. Paladin: Resets her level to 1 and applies the class "Paladin".

    11. Cavalier: Resets her level to 1 and applies the paladin kit "Cavalier".

    12. Inquisitor: Resets her level to 1 and applies the paladin kit "Inquisitor".

  9. Change class/kit: Hexxat (BG2:EE and EET)

    1. Reset level only: Resets her level to 1, but makes no changes to her current class or kit.

    2. Choose your class: This option allows you to choose any class/kit combination you desire.

      Caution: Some class combinations can be immersion-breaking or may have unwanted side effects. Use at your own risk!

    3. Assassin: Resets her level to 1 and applies the thief kit "Assassin".

    4. Shadowdancer: Resets her level to 1 and applies the thief kit "Shadowdancer".

    5. Mage/Thief: Resets her level to 1 and applies the multiclass combination "Mage/Thief".

    6. Mage/Assassin: Resets her level to 1 and applies the specialized multiclass combination "Mage/Assassin".

    7. Mage/Shadowdancer: Resets her level to 1 and applies the specialized multiclass combination "Mage/Shadowdancer".

    8. Necromancer/Thief: Resets her level to 1 and applies the specialized multiclass combination "Necromancer/Thief".

    9. Fighter/Thief: Resets her level to 1 and applies the multiclass combination "Fighter/Thief".

    10. Fighter/Assassin: Resets her level to 1 and applies the specialized multiclass combination "Fighter/Assassin".

    11. Fighter/Shadowdancer: Resets her level to 1 and applies the specialized multiclass combination "Fighter/Shadowdancer".

  10. Change class/kit: Clara (BG2:EE and EET)

    1. Reset level only: Resets her level to 1, but makes no changes to her current class or kit.

    2. Choose your class: This option allows you to choose any class/kit combination you desire.

      Caution: Some class combinations can be immersion-breaking or may have unwanted side effects. Use at your own risk!

    3. Bounty Hunter: Resets her level to 1 and applies the thief kit "Bounty Hunter".

    4. Swashbuckler: Resets her level to 1 and applies the thief kit "Swashbuckler".

    5. Shadowdancer: Resets her level to 1 and applies the thief kit "Shadowdancer".

    6. Bard: Resets her level to 1 and applies the class "Bard".

Credits

Writing, coding & testing: Argent77

French translation: Gwendolyne

Polish translation: Cahir

Alternate character portraits: Lava Del'Vortel, Argent77

Additional help: Lava Del'Vortel


Copyright Notice:

Creative Commons License

"Convenient Enhanced Edition NPCs" is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, Siege of Dragonspear and Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition © Beamdog.

Version History

Version 4.0

Version 3.5

Version 3.4

Version 3.3

Version 3.2

Version 3.1

Version 3.0

Version 2.1

Version 2.0

Version 1.0