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Title  Assassin: A Tale of Winter
Author  Levistus
Submitted / Updated  11-26-2004 / 09-28-2009
Category  Snowy Adventure
Expansions  Requires All Expansions (SoU & HotU & CEP)
Setting  World of my own creation
Gameplay Length  Something about four hours. The first half of the adventure, you are assigned straightforward missions. Then, things become more complicated.
Number Players  Intended exclusively for single player.
Language  English
Level Range  The main character is included. See readme for details.
Races  Human, Elf or Half-Elf
Tricks & Traps  Medium
Roleplay  Medium
Hack & Slash  Medium
Classes  See readme for details.
Scope  Medium
DMNeeded  No DM Required
Single or Multiplayer  Single Player
Max Character Level  16
Max # Players  01
Min # Players  01
Min Character Level  14
Content Rating  Adult
Alignments  Any evil
Gameplay Hours  04
The Elder God of Darkness wages war upon Taelurien, and my permanent employer, Lord Jakar, Champion of Volroc, has sent me from Cormyr to the coastal city of Valra. Here I shall meet a local contact of mine who will expect me in the Temple of Solyana, in Valra's noble district. His name is Nico Taerlian, and since General Jakar did not come out with it in the first place, I am eager to see what kind of work is to be done...

This is a tale not only of winter in the world, but also of the winter a man can carry in his heart. It tells of a hired assassin in a time of twilight. The general background tone of the adventure is one of melancholy, and its anti-hero, who is included with the module, is not a mortal fiend or fanatic, but a fallen, sometimes even noble, human.

Module requires the CEP v1.52: Link

If you have NWN version 1.68, you also need the patch: Link


Submitted: 11-26-2004 / Last Updated: 11-28-2004
Submitted: 11-26-2004 / Last Updated: 11-26-2004
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Posted by Steve_Savicki at 2012-05-06 15:31:54    Voted 9.75 on 05/06/12
Burning a house down with people inside was a little too evil for my tastes, but storywise, this is one of the best stories of love and betrayal on the vault.
Steve's Characters - please don't forget to vote on them if you play them.


Posted by Viriatus at 2011-12-21 11:39:47    Voted 9.00 on 12/21/11
I just realized I used an alternate hak folder where I had a previous version of CEP. So, more files could be required then those three I pointed. Anyway, sure all af them can be located somewhere in the vault. After an unsucessful start, you always can see a list with the files missing in the file:
nwn(main installation folder)/logs/nwclientlog1.txt

And sorry about the typos :|

Posted by Viriatus at 2011-12-21 11:23:24    Voted 9.00 on 12/21/11
A very nice mod. Linear and short, but flawless and without a bug. Very interesting to for a change from the "good" characters that most modules require.

A it pity doesn't last a big longer, and that the sequel was cancelled, but anyway, a satand alone short story it is quite good.

Note: in order to play, some old files can be needed. With CEP 2.4 intalled, it required me to find the files:


(I think I couldfind all three in the links provided. If not, a bit of searching across the vault will locate which could remain)

Posted by wes471 at 2009-09-09 04:10:54    Voted 7.00 on 09/09/09
Good mod! Very linear and straight, but that's what so good about it. You simply do mission after mission until you get to the simple ending, pretty short and easy on a brain.

Posted by ImmoralFlame at 2009-07-23 13:36:11    
i got an error that's saying missing talk table, how can i repair it???

Posted by Levistus at 2009-01-01 07:02:30    
You need the following (see mod description above):

CEP v1.52
If you have NWN version 1.68, you also need the patch.

With these, it should work. Otherwise, I have no workaround for this.

Posted by lady_sotha at 2008-12-13 12:37:25    
I am trying to play this module, but when I load it up I am given an error message of a missing talk table. My error log isn't very helpful, and I didn't notice a custom talk table in the module download. Please help!

Posted by Cates at 2008-07-25 09:01:30    Voted 8.50 on 07/25/08
I liked this module. Nice atmosphere, fairly engaging story. I particularly enjoyed the "feel" of being an Assassin taking jobs. Some combat was extremely difficult, but I might have missed some items and stuff on the way.

Posted by Also Copy at 2008-07-04 10:48:34    Voted 9.25 on 07/04/08
I replayed this not too long ago and I have to say it's a good portrayal of a sympathetic villain. I would have liked to see a sequel (of any kind), but I do understand how time could be a problem.

Posted by Libita at 2008-02-01 13:58:20    
Ah, alright, thanks!
One feels inclined to say that the idea that man should be "happy" is not included in the plan of "creation". - Sigmund Freud

Posted by Levistus at 2008-02-01 07:20:18    
The module's story is finished and completely stand-alone. A sequel would have started out with a wholly different premise, as a new "episode".

Posted by Libita at 2008-01-30 13:44:48    
I read that there will be no sequel. How wrapped-up is this mod's ending?
One feels inclined to say that the idea that man should be "happy" is not included in the plan of "creation". - Sigmund Freud

Posted by Lorn van Darken at 2007-10-11 11:22:53    Voted 10.00 on 10/11/07
Evil... Eeeeeeevil... I LIKE that...

Posted by Levistus at 2007-07-18 09:47:35    
I chose an "adult" rating because of "interactive" courtesans in the bordello.

Posted by Steve_Savicki at 2007-07-13 08:37:54    Voted 9.75 on 05/06/12
Maybe I didn't ask... why is the content rated adult?
Steve's Characters - please don't forget to vote on them if you play them.


Posted by Cates at 2007-07-06 06:00:13    Voted 8.50 on 07/25/08
A fun one. I played through with the default character. Good atmosphere, some unique moments, and the tasks certainly put you in the role of an assassin. Couldn't give a 10, though, because I didn't enjoy the final battle. I think my character was missing one of the module's more powerful items, but even so, it didn't seem to follow with the rest of the module's tone.

Posted by Mirgalen at 2007-06-20 19:58:03    
Sure you have a point but sometimes that silly adventurer need to take chances if he/she wants to find a plot item (e.g. key).
I will retry it with your specified char or with one of mine.

Posted by Levistus at 2007-06-20 09:10:16    
*lol* I think I understand your post correctly... Yes, 'Ed' is some kind of a nuisance, if in no way obligatory to complete the dungeon... Just something for an evil-minded DM to watch the fun of players getting killed for carelessly tossing over ages-old stone urns ;)

Posted by Mirgalen at 2007-06-20 05:06:06    
* Minor Spoiler *

Had a good time early on with my rogue/druid but while looking for a key my char got lost in a crypt/maze (may be it was a portal malfunction). Found a NPC (Ed) but he is not the guy I was looking for, I guess he does not have the key I need. Worse, I think that spell killed me... Now since we are in good terms with some of the Dark Powers may be some reaper guy could do something to fix the situation. Not a chance.

Posted by DrClick at 2006-12-08 21:35:05    Voted 9.25 on 12/08/06
Really Nice, Linear but who's to say a good story needs to be open ended.

Posted by Azarr Kul at 2006-12-08 14:49:01    Voted 10.00 on 12/08/06
Sad thing about the sequel. But it deserves a vote nonetheless, though one i should have given a long time ago.

Posted by Levistus at 2006-11-27 02:21:54    
Hi lee74,

thanks for your vote. I won't be able to finish the sequel due to time constraints. Thanks for playing "A Tale of Winter"!


Posted by lee74 at 2006-11-24 15:59:15    Voted 9.75 on 11/24/06
Very well done . When wil the sequel be out?

Posted by Levistus at 2006-11-11 08:14:39    
Thanks for voting guys... great to see that you enjoyed the mod.


Posted by jonoave at 2006-11-10 22:41:57    Voted 10.00 on 11/10/06
Great module. There are not many assassin/rogue modules out there, especially for higher level characters. Great story, appropriate settings and NPCs. I really liked this module a lot!

Posted by Goggie at 2006-10-25 09:12:01    Voted 9.50 on 10/25/06
Nice mod. But I just hate pre-generated characters so I used my own.

Posted by Yangsmoth at 2006-07-26 18:49:27    Voted 10.00 on 07/26/06
This mod's rating is unfair... Hmpf. I give it a ten, one of the best
"I just love your pointy ears" Said the orc. "Really? I do like your large fangs" Replied the elf.

Posted by Levistus at 2006-07-26 07:21:54    
Hi Max, thanks for your vote! Development of the sequel was halted due to real life obligations, and I won't have the time to finish it. Perhaps I'll create a new adventure when nwn2 comes out, though I am a bit disappointed of nwn2 graphics. We'll see.


Posted by gcmaxon at 2006-07-23 00:34:23    Voted 9.75 on 07/23/06
Emperor Levistus,
Best mod yet. But I would have liked to have played my own character. Hope you have time to come out with a sequel only next time have the guys show a little more skin.

Just the facts from Max

Posted by EmperorLevistus ( ) at 2006-06-26 06:50:23    
I dodn't change the mod, just reworked the description and specs a bit... you should have the same version.


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