Overview


The Neera Expansion mod adds a series of dialogues to the lovely elven wild mage Neera, in an effort to help flesh her out and give the game a little more content for those who've played through it a half-million times. For the romantically inclined, it also adds a number of flirts that you can initiate if you force-talk her.

The first talk should begin an hour and a half after you recruit her, and from there on in, talks are spaced at 1.5 hours.

The last talk has the words, "It's a little exciting, isn't it?" in the first line. Once you've seen that, you know you've seen all the PC dialogues this mod has to offer.




Flirts

Once you've had your first lovetalk with Neera, a flirt menu becomes available via force-talk. An additional number of flirts become available after you've completed the BG:EE portion of her romance as well.


Visit the website or forum for all the latest updates.


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Compatibility


Games supported

Neera Expansion is designed to work on Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition (BG:EE) and Enhanced Edition Trilogy (EET).


This version contains content only for BG only, so while Neera will be functional in a SoD game, she will not speak to you.




Other Mods Compatibility

This mod is a WeiDU mod, and therefore should be compatible with all WeiDU mods.

Though we are striving to make Neera Expansion compatible with as many other mods as possible, there is always a chance that incompatibilities will arise. If you encounter any bugs, please report them on the forum!




Installation Order

  • Please install Neera Expansion after EET.
  • Please install Neera Expansion before EET_End, and any final "biffing" routines.


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Installation


Notes

If you've previously installed the mod, remove it before extracting the new version. To do this, run  setup-neera.exe , un-install all previously installed components and delete the 📁 neera folder.

When installing or un-installing, do not close the DOS window by clicking on the X button! Instead, press the Enter key whenever instructed to do so.

Disable any antivirus or other memory-resident software before installing this or any other mod. Some (particularly avast and Norton!) have a tendency to report false positives with mod activity, resulting in failed installs.

You can extract files from the archive using 7zip, WinRAR, ZipGenius, or another file compression utility that handles .zip files.




Special Note for Siege of Dragonspear from Steam/GOG

Good Old Games (GOG) and Steam both package the additional content for Siege of Dragonspear in a method that WeiDU, the tool used to install this mod, cannot access. You must run a program called DLC Merger on your SoD installation before you can install this or any other WeiDU-based mod.




Enhanced Editions Note

The Enhanced Editions are actively supported games. Please note that every patch update will wipe your current mod setup! If in the middle of a modded game you might want to delay the patch update (if possible) as even after reinstalling the mods, you might not be able to continue with your old savegames. Alternatively, copy the whole game's folder into a new one that can be modded and will stay untouched by game patches. It is important that you install the mod to the language version you are playing the game in. Otherwise, the dialogues of the mod will not show but give error messages.




Windows

Neera Expansion for Windows is distributed as an extractable compressed archive and includes a WeiDU installer.

Extract the contents of the mod to the folder of the game you wish to modify (the folder which contains the "CHITIN.KEY" file). On successful extraction, there should be a 📁 neera folder and a setup-neera.exe file in your game folder. To install, simply double-click  setup-neera.exe  and follow the instructions on screen.

Run  setup-neera.exe  in your game folder to reinstall, un-install or otherwise change components.




Mac OS

Neera Expansion for Mac OS is distributed in the same compressed archive and includes a WeiDU installer.

First, extract the files of the archive into your game directory. On successful extraction, there should be a 📁 neera folder, setup-neera and setup-neera.command files in your game folder. To install, double-click  setup-neera.command  and follow the instructions on screen.

You can run  setup-neera.command  in your game folder to reinstall, un-install or otherwise the components settings.




Linux

Neera Expansion for Linux is distributed in the same compressed archive and does not include a WeiDU installer.

Extract the contents of the mod to the folder of the game you wish to modify.

Download the latest Linux version of WeiDU and copy weidu, weinstall and tolower to /usr/bin. Then open a terminal and  cd  to your game installation directory.

Optional: run 'tolower' and answer 'Y' to both queries. You can avoid running the second option (linux.ini) if you've already ran it once in the same directory. To save time, the archive is already tolowered, so there's no need to run the first option (lowercasing file names) either, if you've extracted only this mod since the last time you lowercased file names. If unsure, running tolower and choosing both options is the safe bet.

Run  weinstall setup-neera  in your game folder to install the mod. Then run  wine bgmain.exe  (or  wine baldur.exe  for EE games), and start playing.




Note for Complete Un-installation

In addition to the methods above for removing individual components, you can completely un-install the mod using  setup-neera --uninstall  at the command line to remove all components without wading through prompts.


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Components


The installer includes the following components. All optional components require the main component to be installed.




Neera Expansion group


[0] Neera Expansion (Main component)

➽ This is the main component.




[1-5] How much time would you like between talks (approximately)?

    [1] 15 Minutes
    [2] 30 Minutes
    [3] 1 Hour
    [4] 1.5 Hours
    (default)
    [5] 2 Hours

➽ This optional component defines talks intervals frequency.




BG:EE Game romance tweaks group


One of the most-requested tweaks is to make Neera and Rasaad same-sex romanceable, so with Jalily's help I created two components to do so. Their dialogue will be appropriately altered to suit either gender, and the romance should begin as normal. There are two optional components:


[6] Make Neera romanceable by women




[7] Make Rasaad romanceable by men


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Credits


Author: K'aeloree


For support or questions, please visit the mod forum.




Special Acknowledgements to:
  • Spellhold Studios team for hosting the mod (Forums).
  • Austin: Russian translation and traification.
  • K4thos for providing EET compatibility.
  • Everyone else from the Spellhold Studios and BG:EE forums for testing and giving feedback!

If you wish to translate the mod, have a suggestion, or should encounter any bugs, please report them to the maintainers at the mod forum.




Programs/tools used in creation:



Copyrights

The Neera Expansion is not developed, supported, or endorsed by BioWare™ or Interplay/BlackIsle, Overhaul, Beamdog or the Wizards of the Coast. It was developed by K'aeloree, based on material from the game Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition.

All mod content is ©K'aeloree.

Baldur's Gate, Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn and Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal © TSR, Inc. The BioWare Infinity Engine is © BioWare Corp. All other trademarks and copyrights are property of their respective owners.


This mod was created to be freely enjoyed by all Baldur's Gate II players, and its content is free of rights. However, it should not be sold, published, compiled or redistributed in any form without the consent of its author.


The modding community for the Infinity Engine has been going strong for more than 10 years now, and is the culmination of thousands of unpaid modding hours by fellow fans of the game. Modders produce their best work and players get the best, well-supported mods when we all work together.

There are two big ways to upset this harmony. One is to claim someone else's work as your own. The second is to host and redistribute a mod without permission from the author(s).

Be kind to your fellow players and modders. Don't do either.


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Version History


Version 1.3.0  (June 30, 2021)
  • Added Dynamic Install Syntax and global LABELS to support AL|EN's "Project Infinity".
  • Added native EET compatibility (thanks K4thos).
  • Reformatted readme file.
  • Updated WeiDU installer to v246.

Version 1.2.0  (June 22, 2020)
  • Added neera.ini metadata file to support AL|EN's "Project Infinity"
  • Replaced AUTHOR keyword with SUPPORT.
  • Added REQUIRE_PREDICATE condition to avoid installing components in inaccurate games.
  • Added components DESIGNATED numbers and "neera_expansion", "neera_expansion_talks_900", "neera_expansion_talks_1800", "neera_expansion_talks_3600", "neera_expansion_talks_5400", "neera_expansion_talks_7200", "neera_romanceable_by_women" and "rasaad_romanceable_by_men"" LABELS.
  • Replaced old-school DECOMPILE_DLG_TO_D plus COMPILE_D_TO_DLG and destructive REPLACE_SAY processes with more accurate DECOMPILE_AND_PATCH command and WeiDU homemade gw_dlg_functions.tpa library which dynamically modifies response transitions without overwriting dialog.tlk. Moreover, the two "Game romance tweaks" components work now in foreign languages! 😉
  • Replaced old-school DECOMPILE_BCS_TO_BAF plus COMPILE_BAF_TO_BCS process with more accurate DECOMPILE_AND_PATCH command.
  • Added Russian translation (Thanks Austin).
  • Proofread English strrefs (Gwendolyne).
  • TRAified the mod. Feel free to provide me with translations. I will include them as soon as possible.
  • Updated and renamed readme file to neera-readme-english.html, then moved it into new 📁 "readme" folder.
  • Reorganized mod architecture tree: created folders to sort files according to their types.
  • Lower cased files.
  • Included Linux and mac OS versions in the same package (thanks AL|EN's Infinity Auto Packager tool!).
  • Updated WeiDU installer to v246.
  • Uploaded mod to official Spellhold Studios GitHub mirror account.

Version 1.2  (February 19, 2013)
  • Fixed several typos.
  • Fixed a variety of bugs thanks to the BWP Fixpack & Lollorian.

Version 1.1  (November 14, 2013)
  • Now with simpler, properly compatible installation!

Version 1.0  (January 4, 2013)
  • Initial beta release.


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