Just a Face In The Crowd

NPC screen

Simply put, this is an attempt to see if I can survive inside the PC game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion if I run my character like any old random NPC (Non-Player Character). You know, those nondescript, friendly-enough but not terribly important characters you brush by on your way to sell the hundreds of pounds of loot from your latest fortress raid? That’ll be me.

Along the way, I hope to answer some questions:

Does the economic system in Oblivion really work? Can I find a job, and earn enough money to live comfortably? Can I can scrape together enough to move to the big city, maybe even own a small hovel of my own?

Do the other NPCs really lead interesting, multi-faceted lives, or are they just mindless robots following a predetermined path? Will I fit in with them either way?

Is it even possible for a player to live as an NPC? How hard is it to avoid getting sucked into the enormous, sprawling adventure the game has planned for me? Will trouble find me even if I’m not looking for it?

Nondrick

With the help of the idiot pictured above, I’ll find out.  No quest to light the Dragonfires, no mansions crammed full of treasure, no heroic deeds of legendary proportions. Just an ordinary guy trying to scratch out a living and blend in with the crowd.

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26 Comments on “Just a Face In The Crowd”

  1. Spirited Treasure Says:

    I’m really enjoying Nondrick .. Though if I could sneak and make his face dashing and handsome I would =g= Thank you for sharing it and I hope to read more =s=

    Spirit

  2. Daniel The Great... I AM KING....NO....LORD OF OBLIVION Says:

    Are there any realy things stopping you from surviveing in oblivion if you dont battle, you dont have to eat sleep of do anything, you could just stand there for ever.

    what is the point of this sure you can make a living from foraging and selling items, but what are you going to buy with the gold you get from this, new shiny armor and weapons for you not to fight with.

    dont get me wrong i think its funny that some one is actualy playing oblivion but not doing anything, you find useless items that sell for nout, sell them and buy stuff you cant use, even if your were to make potions as an alc you could sell them but for what, you would just be selling them to another NPC.

    i dont see any gain from playing like this apart from a couple of hours fun.

    and surely in order to reach the world map of oblivion you had to kill and complete the quests in the prison sewer, so already there the boundrys of this lifestyle / class have been broken.

    • azizking2 Says:

      Its not constant NPC stuff! He migrates to better areas, while trying to avoid danger he gets into danger and many things like that plus hes funny!

    • Jedi.Squirrel Says:

      Well, the point is to survive while doing stuff not quest related.
      The shiny stuff will be for protection, not for questing. Just because you’re an NPC doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things.
      Selling to another NPC makes sense, because that’s how economies work, even though Oblivion doesn’t need Nondrick’s help.

  3. SovietRazor Says:

    Daniel The Great said:

    “and surely in order to reach the world map of oblivion you had to kill and complete the quests in the prison sewer, so already there the boundrys of this lifestyle / class have been broken.”

    Nope, he used a mod.

  4. Dan B. Says:

    @daniel the great:

    It seems you didn’t read the mods section at all. He has mods on for a lot of stuff. One of the things is that he has to eat and sleep in order to keep his fatigue levels from falling. He also has mods that skip him past the sewers (as SovietRazor said.)

  5. anon Says:

    Needs more Frohman.


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  7. A Concerned Citizen Says:

    anon….shame on you, concerned is over. if your looking for more chris comicy stuff head to 1fort.

  8. Con Says:

    Huh, A Concerned Citizen


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  10. Joey Says:

    Lolwut.

  11. G Says:

    I rule!!!! whoooooooooooooooooooo fuck you joey


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  14. Darverses Says:

    Lol’d be my balls off when I saw his face.

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