I have tested ASLAL extensively, and had a LOT of strange things happening. One of them was that the 3dnpc ghost was hanging out in the fort.
I found The Realm of Lorkhan much better suited to start a playthrough. It loads in a VERY short time, and is very good for troubleshooting or testing textures or a load list.
It has a LOT of options, or better "Places" from where to start the game, one can even start as vampire if desired.
Since it is not located in the actual game world, there are no possible clashes or incompatibilites