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Feb
26
comment How to find enemy health in memory?
The health is authoritatively stored on the server, but there will be client side copies that could be read. I would not encourage this sort thing though.
Feb
15
comment Where are all of the women?
Stumbled across something related while wandering around the world, updated my answer below.
Jan
15
comment Is Master Chief a human or some sort of robot/alien?
This is very, very wrong.
Jan
13
comment Can I change what happens to Astrid in the Dark Brotherhood quest line?
I agree, I think the edit sacrifices too much of the question on the alter of "no spoilers." I've tried to put some useful searchable terms back into the title while still preserving the gory details behind the spoiler tag.
Dec
11
comment Skyrim: Where to get daedric weapons at level 40?
No clue; I suppose an easy test would be to make a new character, coc to Dagon's shrine and cheat the Dremora in there dead over and over, looting them to see if their Daedric weapons ever appear (you can do the real quest at level 15 or so, which nets four guaranteed Dremora fights, which is a pretty decent chance if your level doesn't influence their drops).
Dec
10
comment Skyrim: Where to get daedric weapons at level 40?
Daedric weapons don't appear in leveled lists until level 46; wouldn't this make them ineligible for random drop rolls from Dremora?
Dec
9
comment What is the best way to defeat dragon preist Krosis?
"Floating" is purely a visual effect, generally. Even the mighty floaty vampire lords die from sufficient fall damage.
Dec
3
comment What happens if I genocide my own race?
Good point (it was just the first search result I found, but non-wikia sites are always preferable in my book; updated).
Nov
25
comment Why can't I start “Under New Management?”
No mods, I assume? The wiki suggests, at the bottom, and certain mods may interfere with this, although that's totally unsubstantiated. Still it would be good to know if you've got anything running that may interfere.
Nov
24
comment What is the longest dagger in Skyrim?
They are; the best way to get an authoritative answer for this is probably going to be to crack open the .nif files for the daggers and measure the longest axes of the geometry bounding boxes (and also account for any scale factors the weapon data can apply, although I don't recall that being a thing.)
Nov
19
comment Was Cicero the Adoring Fan?
@Studoku Yea, that's what I mean (the reference to the trivia section that Finn is making is not potentially confusing since there was debate on the wiki as to where that content belonged, and the Trivia section is currently missing from the page he links). "Debated" was a poor word choice in hindsight.
Nov
19
comment Was Cicero the Adoring Fan?
It's worth pointing out that the trivia reference you are referring to is debated.
Nov
17
comment Why aren't the dragons spawning?
Note that one the player completes Dragon Rising (which is an earlier quest), random dragon spawns will start.
Nov
11
comment What happened to the East Empire Company?
What evidence do you have that they are "diminished" during the period of Skyrim? Their warehouses in Solitude look quite well stocked, after all. It could simply be that Skyrim is not as critical a province as Vvardenfell, Morrowind, and Cyrodill appear to be.
Nov
7
comment How do I install Diablo 2 on Windows 7
That's good to know; I don't actually have discs for the game any longer so my answer is based mainly on the memory of them. And the way the autorun stuff works.
Nov
3
comment How can I add foreground blur to ENBSeries' depth-of-field in Skyrim?
A screenshot would really help; it's fairly easy to alter the blur strength and focal point of the DOF shader, but I'm not entirely sure that will yield the effect you're actually thinking of.
Oct
31
comment Why can't I purchase Hjerim?
Can you be more specific? Is the option to purchase the house not available? Is it available but doesn't seem to do anything? Et cetera. This is, unfortunately, a particularly buggy house and you may have to revert to an earlier save.
Oct
30
comment Statistic difference between ascended and legendary?
I can give you a (former) developer's citation: they don't have stat differences, they're all about sparkle and ponies and sunsets.
Oct
10
comment Does Progress Quest end?
I looked at the code, but you beat me to the answer. :) I can't find any obvious check for a natural "ending" of a character, it will go until the storage for its various stats overflows (mostly 32-bit numbers). Then it will start to act oddly and probably eventually crash; this is in fact mentioned in the FAQ.
Jun
16
comment Explain the phrase “Oh, He is smart like my shoe” - Chivalry
An obvious answer is still an answer (and as far as I can tell, the right one; the phrase is so nonsensical as to perhaps be an inside joke from the developers, but that's going to be hard to confirm).