Figured out Constance's full name. Constancely Gets Dead. Have now entered the classic Morrowind state of game corruption best seen by 'Where the F is Constance now?' which rivals the cannot exit the game without it crashing.
I had a similar issue with Constance in my last game, she would occasionally disappear, usually after going through an interior portal door (not an "open the door and walk through" but click on door and be transported to another room). If I contacted her to come to me she would either confirm but never appear, or tell me she was in the middle of a fight. But if I went outside and walked for a while she would suddenly appear behind me as if nothing had happened and follow normally. I never found a reason, much less a solution, for this, I just lived with it and attributed it to Constance being contrary and wandering off on her own.
As for Morrowind crashing on exit, this is an arcane interaction between the game and the OS, seemingly more prevalent if you're also using the script extender and/or the graphics extender; there are several, fairly simple, things which cause this. A search for "Morrowind crashing on exit" will find numerous threads, from reddit to Bethesda to numerous game and TES sites.
jgf Thanks. I've got more Constance issues. Her simple not following is script not executing issues. She catches up when they sort themselves out. But having to tell her to follow repeatedly, and inventory items not showing up, I need a saved game cleaner. Know of one?
Techy told me crash on exit would mostly be caused by memory issues. Using the 4 gb memory enhancement mod thing allows the game to use more memory and run much better but it isn't able to put all that stuff in memory back in the box on exit. Especially Win 7 64 NT handling is not Morrowind's friend.
Wrye MASH has a save game cleaning function that truly helps with many issues, I ran it periodically on my saves even when nothing seemed wrong (it cleans out so much that 'could' cause issues). en.uesp.net/wiki/Tes3Mod:Repairing_Saves Also, if you're not aware, do NOT use quicksave; I don't know what the problem is but it is known to mangle save files. It is somewhat immersion breaking but exit to the menu and save there, then return to the game.
With the crashes, have you tried the obvious - run in XP compatibility, run as administrator, set affinity to one or two cores. Do the "crash on exit" search, there are some DX settings and sound settings that can cause this. Also, vid driver settings, particularly AA mode, can have odd side effects; this seems quite system dependent so usually entails some experimentation (I once spent over a week trying to decipher why Flightsim 9 was exiting to a black screen - no cursor, no alt+tab, no alt+enter; the only sign of life was the power LED; eventually found the three finger salute took me to the blue screen (where you can open task manager, log out, etc.), cancel that and i was back at the desktop and all was well ...the culprit was the AA mode, had about a half dozen options with weird names like "narrow tent", "wide tent", etc.).
To elaborate; leave her in an exterior area, go somewhere else (do not even return to the cell where she is), do whatever for at least 72 hours game time. Return to her and see if she is behaving (I'm not sure if she will respond to a summon after 72 hours), either have her meet you in Gnisis or tell her to wait, then go somewhere and summon her.
I waited mnore than 72 hours and searched where she originally shows up outside Gnisis. Not there. So I tried her amulet. It asked if I wanted to contact her and I clicked yes. Nothing happens. No script contacting her. Any ideas?
I remember one of Emma's companion plugins, you could talk to (random?) NPCs in certain towns and ask them where Constance is. The act of doing so would force the companion to appear in a town and the NPC would say something like "I think I saw her in <name-of-town>".
I don't remember if the Constance plugin had this. Anyway, it would be a way to get her re-appear, using her scripting, which could be less likely to mess anything else up?
So go to Gnisis and see anyone walking around "knows" where Constance is?
People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it.