There's going to be a BIG wall of text here, because I've done everything I can think of to figure out what is causing this problem to avoid having to make a topic on here, but I simply am not versed enough in DA:O modding to understand what is causing my problem. So I'm hoping someone can figue it out after I explain it, so apologies in advance,
My specific problem seems to happen regardless of the route I take through the first part of the game(building the army), it seems to happen regardless of the choices I make while acquiring the armies(race, origin, choices of whom to side with, etc), it seems to happen no matter what I do. When I get to the part before the Landsmeet, with all armies acquired and Eamon revived to go confront Loghain, my game starts breaking down. The initial cutscene and confronting Loghain is fine, however, if I leave the Arl's estate and try to go back into the Estate, the same cutscene plays again however this Loghain is not present. His voice lines still play but he's a ghost, he just isn't there? I can do this over and over as many times as I want and it'll happen every time. This isn't the end of problems however as if I continue through with rescuing Anora and get to the part where you can either fight Cauthrien or give up and get sent to Fort Drakon, it simply.... doesn't work. I surrender, the next cutscene plays with Anora and your teammates(sans Alistair) however, my character is just.. there! So I guess the game thinks I'm in Fort Drakon and there at the same time? I don't know. It's at this point where I keep giving up because I WANT to experience Fort Drakon because I've completely forgotten everything about it, and most things after the acquiring of armies really. This isn't the end of the weirdness however.
So when this kept happening to me, I figure do a clean install and it'll get fixed. Install the 4GB patch fix, run the DLC fix tool, do all the mods through DAO-ModManager including Overrides I made through the program, run the chargencompiler, etc. I get back to that point of the game and... still happens. So I figure it HAS to be a mod doing this. So one by one I go through every dazip mod I have installed, uninstall it through DAO-ModManager, load the game back up, do the initial Loghain encounter, leave the estate, go back in and "Ghost Loghain" is talking to me again which probably means Fort Drakon is broken as well. Every single dazip uninstalled one by one, and every single the same glitch happens. So it seems that none of my dazips are the problem. So I look at my overrides, and uninstall every conflicting cosmetic mod... AND IT STILL HAPPENS! No matter what I do, this glitch happens and no mods seem to be causing it?
So at this point I am beyond frustrated, but I get an idea to load an older save because I always make a save right at the start of any character I make. Not sure why but I'm glad I did. So I load that save, use the console and run the "runscript zz_den_debug" command to pull up the Debug Menu for that area. I try to load into Fort Drakon and... it works?! I can get in! No problem, Alistair's right there talking to me in the cell and everything. Ok, so the same will work on my progress save right? Load up the game right before the Landsmeet, runscript zz_den_debugm try to warp to Fort Drakon and... IT DOESN'T WORK! It just warps me to in front of Eamon and Anora in the Arl of Denerim's Estate?!
So now I am just beyond lost. Am I to conclude that whatever is causing this problem is not because of mods being installed and conflicting, but because something is happening sometime in between the start of the game and having all armies collected? I don't know anything about coding but that doesn't sound possible to me.
I have a guess, but it sounds pretty ridiculous to me. I use Slinks RAVAge mod to make the game more challenging and loot system a little more interesting, however that mod causes a lot of save file bloat if you turn the settings up too high, which I have. So my question is: Could my save file size be causing these errors? Like I mentioned, loading a save from the start of the game works no problem, but loading my character right before the beginning of the Landsmeet is that glitched out Ghostly Loghain mess that cannot even debug warp into Fort Drakon. Is that how this game works? I know it's old, so maybe it's possible? For the record, my start of game file size is 375 KB's, and my bugged out before the Landsmeet file size is over 12,000 KB's. I remember having similar problems many years ago where the ending of the game didn't even really load except for a empty Landsmeet hall with no one but my character there and no one to talk to. The part that happens after killing the Archdemon. I do not want to start another character and run them through the entirety of the game up to the beginning of the Landsmeet without Slinks RAVAge mod installed or turned way down until I know for certain what is causing this problem.
Anyone who has any idea, please help. If it's not my file size, I can't think of what it would be. I know the game is old and I can't imagine too many people hang around this place specifically, but I'm out of my element here so I gotta try. Sorry for the wall of text, just wanted to be thorough.