So, in the last few days I've been revisiting Skyrim, one of my favorite games, and trying to do a serious RP playthrough of the game (no fast travel, open cities mod, taking a journal, etc.)
Unfortunately for me, this became 20x harder for me yesterday, when I discovered walking toward Falkreath that my game crashes in two places that are essential to be passed on the way to the city. One is the large lake just north of it, and the road from Helgen to Falkreath. I tried to bypass the large trip by road to Falkreath by going to the hunter's camp behind the Guardian Stones, then proceeding to swim around the corner onto the land farther south of that.
I then discovered that that area causes me to crash (I've tested it, it's like an axes which crashes the game once I pass it). So, I decided the trip through Helgen would be fine.
As I continued down that road, I found it crashes in an area on that road. Same situation, trying to walk around causes the same thing. Every time I neared that point, there was a Redguard warrior standing still there, making me suspect he was a maliciously bugged NPC. I discovered he was not the problem as he came forward of the line to kill a skeleton that had randomly spawned. I neared him, and didn't crash. I proceeded to kill him (just in case) and walked west to that line, and it crashed again. I've tried deactivating certain mods, as well as sleeping a week hoping the cells would reset, and while they did, it did not affect the places of crash.
I made a new game and deleted all of the save games that I believed were corrupted. This was not the case. As soon as I escaped Helgen I headed to the Guardian Stones with Hadvar and then went the exact same route around the hunter's camp I originally took, to discover that the game still crashed in that location.
After that, I decided the only way to fix it was to delete the game and reinstall it. After doing that I walked to the area causing my game to crash, to no avail. I'd highly appreciate some help or guidance. Thanks!
My Mod List:
Open Cities Skyrim
ESP Craftable Clothes
All of the Unofficial Skyrim Patches