How to learn to craft a Dwemer Spider
In the small Dwemer ruin inside Shimmermist Cave (because that's the first Dwemer ruin most players will stumble upon) a book by a long dead researcher would be on the table, along with a unique Dwemer Gyro and a flawless ruby, (both needed to make the companion) that would detail the observations of the Dwemer Spider that this researcher gathered, as well as their discovery of a method to make a dwemer spiders. Picking up this book would allow the player to craft a dwemer spider out of numerous metals. (Feel free to come up with something lore friendly here.)
The player would be able to make a Dwemer Spider out of any obtainable metal, and that metal would determine the Spider's statistics, along with a boost based on the player's smithing skill, which would increase the statistics somewhat at time of forging, and it's color would be simlar to the metals it's composed of (iron would be a dark grey, steel would be a whitish color, dwarven would look like a standard spider and so on). My idea for progression:
-10 Iron ingots, easiest to make, (if you like to find materials instead of buy them) lowest statistics, comparable to a sabre cat, (or some fairly weak creature, I'm just making educated guesses as to what creatures would be balanced).
-10 Steel ingots, slightly harder to make, somewhat better statistics, comparable to a cave bear.
-10 Dwarven Metal ingots, somewhat harder to make, statistics comparable to Chaurus Reaper.
-10 Orichalcum Ingots, hard to make, Statistics comparable to a Giant.
-10 Ebony Ingots, Pretty hard to make, Statistics comparable to a Dwarven Centurion Master.
-10 Ebony Ingots and 1 Daedra Heart, REALLY hard to make, statistics level with the player after level 50.
EDIT: Maybe it would be a good idea to require the player to have the necessary smithing perk in order to craft the companion (i.e. Steel smithing to make a steel Dwemer spider, Dwarven smithing for dwarven spider etc.) So the spider's better statistical materials avoids being available too quickly.
The Dwemer Spider would not be essential, but if it dies the player can simply loot it and get back what the player used to make it and simply smith it again, so if the player's smithing skill has gone up, it can increase the spider's statistics that way as well as changing the metal it's made out of. The ability to name it would be helpful too.
Dwemer Spider A.I.
The Dwemer Spider would not be able to be seen by any enemies unless the Spider attacks them, and the Spider would only do so if the enemies were in open combat with the player, it would not attack while the enemy is searching for the player (so it wouldn't effect stealth players, one of the things that always annoyed me about companions is that they make sneaking impossible).
The Spider would be able to carry 400lbs of items, it's metallic compostion would not effect this.
So what does everybody think? Is this doable? Thanks for your great contributions to Skyrim modders, you take a great game and make it much better.
Edited by immortalfrieza, 01 July 2012 - 04:13 PM.