I made a house, and a 'basic' marriageable follower(no special dialogue or anything like that, though heck yes I have 'plans'/wish to someday make him as epic as Inigo and Kaidan and the like).
What I'd like to happen is he literally just waits in the abandoned prison; you find him there, recruit him, and then when you dismiss him, he heads to the house rather than the prison. He owns the house, and idles there and everything-but you can visit and chill if you'd like-, and then when you marry him, the game recognizes that its a house-ie the 'go check out your spouses' home' quest completes; and you can use the bed and all the items and have the bonuses when you rest-and you could also move him to one of your vanilla/hearthfire homes if you want to, no problem.
I've tried all kinds of things and looked around for answers but my googling and searching skills aren't that great I guess or its all very confusing, and I just... I don't know what to do.
Right now, I've got
-him to seemingly wait forever, and then to forcegreet you when you go to the prison and you're close enough; and you can just recruit him on the spot.
-When you dismiss him once out of the prison if you want to, he heads to the house, and idles there and that all seems to work fine. As far as I know, he doesn't return to the prison at all.
-You can marry him, he has the 'oh move to my house' dialogue, the daily meal, the store.
-he uses his custom class and stuff just fine too I think so that's all good.
-Follower has/is in potentialmarriagefac, currentfollowerfac, dlc1potentialvampirefac, potentialfollowerfac.
-I made/edited my own packages for the forcegreet, and then for the housestuff, made/edited packages/used as example faendal's hunt, eat, and sleep packages, and then a sandbox/homeowner package.
-I made Locations for the interior and the exterior of the house as well as a mapmarker on the outside;
-both Locations have the loctypehouse, loctypedwelling, and loctypeplayerhouse keywords. And maybe another one I can't remember right now.
-Both are linked to the mapmarker/reference it. Interior is parented by exterior, exteriors parent is Falkreath Hold.
-I gave the inside and outside main/front doors the HouseMainDoorreftype keyword thing.
-there are a few xmarkers, one on the outside saying this is where he's to come and homeowner sandbox, one inside for spousebedkeyword, and another inside for the 'interior' for packages or something.
BUT, -and I've tried making things mine, his, playerfaction, different loctags, looked at other packages that might example, etc...
-if you dismiss him when in the prison, he just keeps following you(I *think* that time was also after I already dismissed him and he'd gone to house then I'd re-hired him maybe)? and acts a bit like he's just at home, though at least he doesn't start Forcegreeting again. You can tell him to follow you again and all is chill.
-when you get the quest 'go see spouses' home' after marriage, and you go to the house, it never completes/doesn't actually recognize the house.
-Nor, as far as I can tell with already having hearthfire/vanilla home, can you say 'oh I already have a home lets move here instead.'
-also, I can't get the bed to, once you're married to him, have well-rested/lover's embrace or comfort or whathaveyou. I want the bed to be 'his'; but once you're married, it's yours too and you get those spells/perks/things. I've tried player owned, player faction, him, housebedreftype, etc. But only get rested.
-if I have him 'own' the interior ofc, everything is 'Steal' even after marriage.
-Also I'm not understanding the Persistent location thing correctly. If I have him start in the prison, but then he moves to his house once dismissed, or maybe want him to move in with me and just pretend his house doesn't exist, should I not have persistent location as his house? Should I have it as the prison? or not at at all?
How do I make him the 'boss'/own the house so that the game and marriagehousequest recognizes that its his house and changes it to 'ours', even though he's 'starting'/waiting in the prison? I want it to always be his house though if we *don't* get married, like it could go on being just his house, or it could be our house, or we could live somewhere else.
I hope this all made sense/anyone can read it okay; this is literally my first follower and all the package and link things and all those terms and twisty stuff is very... well. Twisty, for my brain and I have a hard time understanding it and how to make it all work even looking at what guides and things I could find. I'm hoping that it doesn't involve a lot of quest and more complicated packaging stuff because that was *really* something that goes over my head-I've made some small housemods, and I keep them small and simple because I have such trouble with the rest of it.
But this guy, I really want to make him in what ways I can, and it all mostly/almost works. I'm so close >..<
If anyone replies, thank you so much; but also apologies if I still don't understand. I would like to, I will try to, cause I really wanna make this guy work on at least these basic levels(real quests and voice stuff is superrr beyond me), so I am asking for help, but also. yeah. Brain things.