Not yet. I haven't been able to reproduce this. Haven't forgotten though.
I'm sorry, I know I have seen this before but I can't remember anything about it and didn't want to comment on a bug report without anything useful. Maybe getting your stuff off the ox (important! hehe), letting it die/DM kill it and try a new one?
This happened to both Razeriem and Richard Watchman when he logged on after having been gone for a long time. He re-tied them down though and hasn't had a problem since that I know of.
That's what my next question was going to be what leaving them in a "safe place" means, exactly.
Right now, the database does not show either character's ox as tied down. The only way to keep it from appearing next to your character after login is to tie it down. Leaving it inside a building or other "safe" location without tying it down doesn't mean it will stay there.
Anyway, please confirm, and we'll move forward from there.
First of all, thank you everyone for some ideas on this problem.
I usually leave my characters oxen tied down by their respected character's houses or by craft houses. Now no matter where I log on their oxen show up, and in party. No matter where I left them, they pop up next to my character once I log on, I have the ox follow my character, tie it down, and remove it from party. But if I tie it down, lets say Ell's oxen by her house in Prantz, and log Ell off in Leringard, that is where Ell's oxen will log on with her next time. My character Rory is at Dunn Lake, and when I log her on, so does her ox.
Does this help?
Just my two cents . . . This happened to me just once with Aesthir last year. It was in Hilm. but had not happened again to me. That happened after a long time of absence. . It has not happened to me since then. So.. really not sure what produces it, just confimed that had happened to me.
A possible fix but it's....messy. Take all the contents off the oxen, butcher it and buy a new more reliable one?
Edit: You might have to lead it out to pasture in front of a dire tiger and let it feed instead of killing it yourself to avoid faction craziness
Ugh, has this happened to you Willhoff? And this is how you fixed the problem?
This problem has never happened to me. I was just thinking of possible fixes and this came to mind! I know this is kinda ugly but heck maybe give your oxen some flame weapon and improved invisibility and stoneskin to give him a fighting chance? In the end, it's like what 100 trues for an oxen?
Give it a shot and let us know!
Yeah, in lieu of a 100% "this will definitely fix you" option I think both willhoff and I were just suggesting it in the "uh try turning it off and on again?" way...
From what I can see in the DB and the logs, this is now working for you? Did you do anything special to correct it? Take the advice and just get a new one?
I didn't buy a new ox, I swear I was clicking on the right button during the whole time. But I reread Dorg's post and looked again on choices to choose from from the oxen menu, and tried again. It worked! Pretty sure I was choosing the right command, I blame that technology doesn't like me.
Thanks again for your guys patience and help