Hi, I'm having a hard time getting a merged plugin to pull in the values I want and I'm not sure if I'm missing something. I'm trying to merge several NPC retexture mods into one esp. I'm using Divine People of Skyrim, Migal's Housecarls, Improved Bards, Ordinary Women, Men of Winter, and the Bijin series. I prioritized them roughly in that order, as well. I created a Smash Patch which looked really good and had most of the values I wanted carried forward. I then created a small conflict resolution patch in xEdit to grab a few of the changed or missing values I wanted (mostly from patches like ICOW).
Then I ran merged plugins and all my fine tuning seems to go out the window. Instead of using the values for the last three eps in my order - Bijin, Smash Patch, and Conflict Resolution patch (all of which are in agreement) my merge plugin is pulling in values that don't even appear in any of the relevant esps.
As just one example, I want the Bijin head parts for Maven Black-Briar. The last three esps in my load (Bijin, Smash, and CR) all point to those values. The only other eps affecting that NPC record are Ordinary Women and Skyrim.esm. But when I create my merge, I don't get any of those values. Merged Plugins creates a whole new set of values. I know they must come from somewhere, but I can't see them and I can't figure out how to get Merged Plugins to end up with the values I want. I can't even forward a record into the merged esp or an external CR patch, because that turns the merged esps into masters and doesn't work.
I included a screenshot of the Maven record in xEdit to illustrate the issue. But it's also happening in most of the other NPCs as well. Can someone please explain why Merged Plugins isn't pulling in those last loaded values, where those other values str coming from, and is there a way to accomplish what I'm trying to do? Thanks!