The theory came up that the issue with NCCS is somehow related to Dead Money. How an esm could change the scripting environment of the game I don't know; but I have seen stranger things from this engine.
I switched on Dead Money and resumed testing this morning...
...and everything still works.
I've tried commenting out the new features, and none of it helped in testing in a game where the problem has manifested. I'm running out of stuff to try, here.
I have long suspected that I live in a different reality from you people, and this is only reinforcing that paranoid, dissociative belief.
On the up side, I found out that Maeva looks quite spiffy in a stetson:
...But on looking closer at that first shot, I also see that the 44mag mesh is screwed up and has the speed loader sticking out of it. I wonder if Bethsoft employs anyone who isn't incompetent and/or a total slacker?