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#1 Midnight

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 11:26 PM

Hello all again, Im Midnight, the late night reviewer of mods both good and bad. Like my previous posts, Im writing again after midnight over this months review of a popular mod, Fade-the romancable tiefling shadowthief. Tonights review is a pretty well know figure for the mod community so this wont take anyone by storm, but if you -the reader- are browsing for useful mods for the first time, this is for you especially. Lets dive right in.
The basics about Fade-she is a stright up theif(no kit), female, romancable to male pcs, who side with Aran Linvail at his hideout(the shadowthief headquarters in the docks). She is a tiefling -half demon/half elf-all woman. She starts out at lvl 13 which might be higher then you depending on when you get to that point in the game. No outragous gear or powers -though she does start with shadow studded leather +3 (equal to quest reward for killing Mae'Var), and a standard +2 short sword.
Her pros are shes well rounded as a thief, pretty simple to pick up and utilize, with very few problems that plague the standard vanillia npcs--if you trust her to just be a friend/teammember, shes fine with that, the romance is standard in that you have to show trust, friendship without being cruel (you can be naughty though) and shes down with that too. Think of her as the "bad girl/biker chick" from across the tracks dressed up in black leather, and you have a good idea of Fade. She does behave as a fairly good npc though(rated pg), and hates slavers in any shape/form/idea, based on her past. She wont force you into quest decisions though (be careful with evil decisions for slaver quests though). As a shadow thief in good standing, she will give access to a few small extra quests for the shadow thieves (including meeting Arans Mom...), but nothing super hard. For all that she talks about, and is presented as loving "shiny things" and/or being sticky fingered, she doesnt behave like this ingame to the point where the non playable quest-giving NPCs get angry at you.
Her cons are few-her flirt/romance/banters are all SoA content atm, and while you can take her into ToB, shes going to be very quiet. As a stright thief, she lacks some of the sharp definations of the kit rogues(namely super x7 stabbiness of the assassions, etc) but gives up those for overall utility. Shes more entertaining the Yoshimo in my view, but thats just my taste. She does have some quests involving getting kidnapped/vampire/family squables that I dont want to give away spoilers on, but they are not easy-you will have to read the hints carefully and do some deductions/guesswork (I had to forum hunt around for help on one and explored alot for the others). Oh, and minor con-her portrait isnt my personal favorite-but thats just me. I was not able to find any alternate portraits for her at this time.
Overall opinion- Well, Ive run this mod through Soa twice now-Fade is an enjoyable mod that was remarkably free of bugs -major and minor, and will interact quiet well with your pc and party members while in SoA. Shes maintaince free mostly, and wont kill other party members or stomp off; she cant stand Nalia though (rich girl vs poor girl situation), so if you want to see some great bickering banters between them, group them both :P. The biggest drawback to me is lack of ToB content at the present. For parties looking for a good rogue, you could do far worse. I would give Fade a 7 out 10 on my scale. Until next review folks, Excelsior!!