Long-winded post incoming.
So I went back to The Witcher 3 for (light) modding time.
You know how I always complain that Geralt isn’t the most interesting character ? Well well well. I’ve bee combining the Geralt Doppler mod that enables to mix and match character parts and animations, and the Mute Geralt mod that makes Geralt shut up in dialogue.
Disclaimer : pardon the french interface, and more importantly the shitty medium-low graphic settings. It’s 35°C here and I’m not eager to see what is the melting temperature of my laptop. Also while modding I lost my interface in the process and I’m too lazy to get it back. HUD-less TW3 is nice, but the game clearly wasn’t built around it.
Hence, I give you Azur, the Zerrikanian witcher.
This one was complex to build with the mods, because she’s a woman, and I wanted to give her a dark skin. Problem : the only female character with a dark skin in TW3 is a Novigrad succubus. She works well for a witcher (weird cat eyes too) but her body isn’t usable because it’s half-naked and has goat legs. So, when mixing and matching body parts and clothes, I had to cover every single centimeter of exposed skin with scarfs, furs, jewels and the like.
I then used The Geralt Doppler mod menu to build a set of outfits for my Zerrikanian witcher :
Streamlined, light outfit, based on Syanna’s from Blood and Wine.
Wandering witcher outfit, doesn’t look flamboyant but I assume a Zerrikanian witcher lost in the Northern Kingdoms is mostly looking for a comfy outfit.
Heavy outfit based on Skellige armors - it’s the closest I could get to an actual armor (there’s a mod to give Ciri Saskia’s armor on the Nexus so I might be able to give her that too.)
Travel outfit based on Yennefer’s outfit - which is one of the only “default” outfits that doesn’t show a lot of skin.
And what I could imagine to be an actual Zerrikanian outfit with Northern parts - I was trying to go for kind of a Balkan/Armenia style, complete with very fashionable feathers. I’m not happy with the seams between the dress and the pants, but that’s because the dress comes from a Novigrad prostitute outfit and it’s supposed to be worn without pants underneath. It is exceedingly hard to find outfit parts that would have this kind of shape and would be worn with other clothes underneath in the in-game models.
A few images in gameplay/dialogue :
I plan to use all of that to go through the Blood and Wine DLC, which is sufficiently disjointed from the main game and Geralt as a character to be more or less plausible as a Zerrikanian witcher.
Overral, the whole thing works pretty well, and Geralt Doppler is really a nice mod. There’s a few animation issues, of course, because the female models are using Ciri’s animations, and they’re not a one-to-one match with Geralt’s (sign casting animations especially have issues - which is why I’ll focus on swords and potions there), and cutscenes can be slightly odd when the player model doesn’t use regular animations (this is rare but happens). Swords are also not exactly in contact with the player model’s back, but that’s impossible to solve because they actually use Geralt’s mesh for positioning.
A “fun” thing : out of all the female player models available, about one third are prostitutes, and sorceresses share the same animations as prostitutes. I don’t if this tells more about the world of the witcher, or CDPR, or games as a whole.