I've got a little problem. It seems that the Ahkari caravan has gone completely missing from my main character's game.
So I first found this bug outside of Whiterun. Caravan equipment was there, but no Khajiit. So I did a little bit of testing. I loaded up my oldest save and headed to Riften... again, the caravan was there and not a soul to be found. The tents, campfire, everything is there... except the Khajiit. I know it's the Ahkari because they are missing when they "visit" Whiterun and Riften. Only the Ahkari caravan visits Riften.
Each time I fight a dragon I make sure to pull the dragon far away from any semi-essential NPCs and limit it to interacting with guards, which will respawn. Anyways, I'm 80% sure they're not dead, but other than that I have no plausible explanation other than a bug. Either they're bugged or all dead, but if it's the latter I have no idea how it could have possibly happened. Ahkari should technically be an essential NPC, as she is required for a quest I have yet to complete.
I also ran into a strange issue with Ri'saad's caravan, as well. I was doing the testing for this issue and saw some Khajiit outside Whiterun. I was understandably excited, so I ran up to them (oh, BOO, it's just Ri'saad.) However, there was no caravan equipment, and they were all just standing around in the grass. Not so much as a mat to sit on. But Ri'saad was ready and willing to sell me some moon sugar, sitting where his mat should typically be.
I know it's not a HUGE issue, but not having them in the game makes me feel... incomplete. Not to mention a little pissed, because this currently includes Kharjo.
Anyone else experience this? Also, is it wrong that this makes me want to completely start over? And lastly, Bethesda, WTH is going on here?