IS THAT A REFERENCE TO .... ?!
I love well-written healthy NPCs. So much.
(and I liked the one quest giver in front of the castle in Dragons Dogma a lot too, tho, you know, stuff)
It often isn't the focus tho, but if they feel alive and have their own social ties and interests, it can be so great. LET THEM LIVE THEIR OWN LIFE FOR ONCE!!