@FoShizNat - hmm weird. I'm sure we can figure it out just might take a while to gradually eliminate things.
What I'd suggest, not that I think it will make much difference just so it's been checked... is to verifying the integrity of the game cache. That basically just re-validates all your local core files.
Load your Steam client, go to Library.. right click FE:LH on the left menu and select Properties. Local Files Tab then click Verify Integrity of Game Cache. I don't think that will change anything but probably worth doing in any case.
Next question, what happens if you uninstall ALL Mods... but leave the "Use Mods" checkbox turned on.... do you get clay pits then? That will tell us if there's something dodgy, like maybe a stray file sitting somewhere that is stuffing up your clay pits. Try that and let me know how that goes?
When I uninstall all mods but still leave the "Use Mods" checkbox on, I get my clay pits back, so maybe some stray file somwhere? I verified my game integrity and it said "1 file was not validated and has been acquired"...tried things again, still no clay pit.
With that in mind, it couldn't hurt to do a full reinstall because things seemed fishy. I cleaned out everything and re-downloaded + re-installed the game from scrath...got everything back up and working except as soon as I put back on D&W_0.5, clay pits go poof and still no shadow/beast/nature/battle shards to be found. Also just tried the modified JB_CustomshardsNewBook.xml with the question marks on the cloth map and still nothing.
Just a quick clarification, I know that the JB_CustomshardsNewBook.xml needs to be in the data/english folder... but does it also "need" to be in the mods folder as well? No, right? i currently still have a copy of it in the mods folder as well from when i had extracted everything to begin with.
Lastly, my hardisk is partitioned, therefore my FE:LH mod stuff are all in my C: drive.... C:\Documents and Settings\User\My Documents\My Games\LegendaryHeroes\Mods
However my JB_CustomshardsNewBook.xml goes into my D: Drive.... D:\Steam\steamapps\common\FE Legendary Heroes\data\English
That shouldn't be an issue right? I guess i'm getting pretty desperate for solutions/answers ha.
I appreciate you helping me out