Shadow Broker Terminal Messages

“Uncorrupting” these emails is very easy. All you need is ME3Explorer, Notepad++ (or another XML editor), and your imagination.

ATTENTION | This article has been written with rev653 of ME3Explorer in mind. It will be updated as time permits.

1 | Convert the TLK

The TLK can’t be edited directly, so first you’ll use the TLK Tool to convert it to an XML file. This is the file you will edit.

  • Run ME3Explorer.exe.
  • Go to Tools > TLK Editor.
  • The TLK Tool window will open and the “Load TLK File” tab should be selected. In this tab, click the “Change” button underneath “Current Path to TLK File.”
  • In the window that opens, navigate to the DLC_CON_THANEMOD_INT.tlk in your installed ME3 ThaneMOD DLC. Select it and click “Open” in the lower right corner. The file path will appear in the TLK Tool window.
  • Click the “Change” button underneath “Current Path to Output Text File.”
  • In the window that opens, choose where you want to save the new XML file (not in your ThaneMOD DLC) and give it a name. Click “Save” in the lower right corner when you are finished.
  • Before taking the next step, double check your file paths. If they look correct, click “Start!” It should only take a moment to finish. A window will pop up letting you know the process is complete. Keep the program open in the background if you intend on doing this all in one sitting, as you’ll need it again when you are finished editing the XML.
  • Finally, navigate to the location you saved the XML file. Right click on it and select “Edit with Notepad++.”

2 | Edit the XML

Now for the easy part, editing the messages! It’s easy to locate the string IDs for specific messages by doing a Ctrl+F in the document and copy/pasting the ID number into the search field:

  • String ID 140000035 — Post-Huerta visit note; after Shepard after visits Thane at the hospital
  • String ID 140000037 — Post-Sur’Kesh, Pre-Tuchanka message; her reply to Thane’s message
  • String ID 140000118 — Post-Tuchanka message; prompts Thane’s reply
  • String ID 140000120 — Post-Coup message; prompts Thane’s reply
  • String ID 140000122 — Post-Rannoch message; prompts Thane’s reply
  • String ID 140000124 — Post-Thessia message; prompts Thane’s reply
  • String ID 140000126 — Post-Horizon message; prompts Thane’s reply

It’s important as you edit the messages that you only edit the text inside the tags for the string. As long as you don’t edit anything else, you won’t introduce any formatting errors into the TLK. When you are finished, click “Save” and close the document (and program, if you wish).

3 | Recreate the TLK

All that’s left is to translate the XML back into a TLK. Go back to ME3Explorer and reopen the TLK Editor if you closed it.

  • This time you want to click on the “Create TLK tab.”
  • Click the “Change” button underneath “Current Path to XML File.”
  • In the window that opens, navigate to the location of the XML file you just edited. Select it and click “Open” in the lower right corner. The file path will appear in the TLK Tool window.
  • Click the “Change” button underneath “Current Path to Output TLK File.” You can either navigate to your ThaneMOD DLC and select the DLC_CON_THANEMOD_INT.tlk, or navigate to another location on your PC and choose a different file name. It all depends on if you want to overwrite the mod’s TLK immediately, or if you want to save the TLK file with a different name and location and then copy it over manually. For the purposes of these instructions, I’ll assume you are overwriting the mod’s TLK immediately.
  • Before taking the next step, again double check your file paths. If they look correct, click “Start!” It should only take a moment to finish. A window will pop up asking you to confirm the file overwrite (click “Ok”), and another to let you know the process is complete.
  • Before the final step, navigate to your ThaneMOD DLC and make sure the TLK file has indeed been updated.

4 | AutoTOC

Run an AutoTOC using the procedure outlined in the Install Guide and you’re finished!

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