Adventures in Morrowind: Journal Entry #9

9 Heartfire, 3E330

The local pawnbroker asked me to find Ienas Sarandas to settle a debt. I’ll look into it sometime.

I met a strange man outside of the Mages’ Guild named “Louis Beauchamp.” He talked in a very strange way and at a strange speed. He kept talking about an airship he created out of Dwemer scrap. He sent a crew on it over to Solstheim to go to Hrothmund’s Barrow to recover a magical amulet. The amulet makes the wearer irresistible to women. How sad that he did all of this for that. He thinks his crew has failed him and has tasked me with finding out what happened to the crew and to find the amulet. I told him if I ever go to Solstheim, I’ll check it out.

Note: Say “Ondjage” at Hrothmund’s Barrow to gain entrance.

I joined the Mages’ Guild for the sole purpose of teleportation between towns. Also, find the Chronicles of Nehuleft sometime.

I ported to Caldera, near Balmora, since I’d never been there before. I traded in town, found a nice Nordic claymore and some better armor. I also bought a Hlormaren Propylon Index. Not sure what it is used for but I thought it was intriguing.

I ported to Balmora and trained with Chirranirr in the South Wall Cornerclub for two days. I found myself more agile and more skilled with the lockpick.

It is going to take me a long time to be skilled enough to work with the Thieves’ Guild again, so I just joined the Fighters’ Guild. I begin today.

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Adventures in Morrowind: Journal Entry #8

2 Heartfire, 3E330

I moved out of Caius’ house and bought a recently built manor in town, near the Pawnbroker for 3000 drakes. It is a cozy place, worth the money. I traded my sword and shield for a steel claymore. I found that I wasn’t my greatest with the sword and shield combination.

Nileno wanted me to go to the Inanius Egg Mine to kill the Kwama queen, destroying a rival’s business. The Inanius mine is near Suran. I checked my map and decided not to do that quite yet. It’s a 2 day trip at least.

Instead, I took a trip to Ald’Ruhn to visit Aengoth the Jeweler of the Thieves’ Guild. He’s a funny fellow, a strange wood elf if I ever saw one. He said he would not be able to promote me for a while because I’m not skilled enough, but he still gave me jobs. My first was to steal Anaren’s Devil Tanto from the local Mages’ Guild. He said the guild would be empty for a few hours.

There was a mage there, waiting. I disposed of him quickly with my new claymore and found the tanto downstairs in a chest. I found 500 drakes around the building and an interesting looking book called “Withershins.” Aengoth gave me no reward, whatever I stole from the guild was it. Fair enough.

I was in Arobar Manor, looking for a Redoran Master Helm. I took me a while to find it, but there it was, on top of a shelf with the head of Arobar Manor standing in front of it. I casually wandered the room and when he wasn’t looking I quickly put it in my bag and left. Before I left, I looked around in some other rooms and found a book called “Boethiah’s Pillow Book.” I don’t know what the hell I had just read. I can’t even describe it.

Aengoth gave me 1000 drakes and then asked for Boethiah’s Pillow Book. What a coincidence. That book was unbelieveable anyway. He gave me an amulet and a Chameleon Ring for the book. Once again, Aengoth asked me for another book: Withershins. I laughed and handed it over to him. I told him I had stolen it from the Mages’ Guild when I was robbing them. We decided to ignore the past two coincidences. 1000 drakes.

I asked for another job before going to bed. Find some scrape metal. Usually found in a dwemer ruin. Here we go.

6 Heartfire, 3E330

I am never entering a Dwemer ruin unprepared ever again. I was exploring a ruin I had found when I found this golden ball. I crept closer to it and something popped out of it and stabbed me in the chest, through my armor! Somehow (I don’t know how) I managed to escape, while losing a lot of blood. I didn’t have any potions so I had to crawl back to town. Apparently I stumbled into the bar and Aengoth shoved a potion down my throat and patched me up. I nearly died. I awoke a few hours ago. Though I am still weak, I’ve got stuff to do.

I told Aengoth I won’t be back for a while, or at least until I’ve trained enough.

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Adventures in Morrowind: Journal Entry #7

31 Last Seed, 3E330

I decided to join House Hlaalu. Nileno Dorvayn welcomed me graciously and gave me the rank of “Retainer.” We discussed business and Nileno said that I sound just like a Redoran, Felsen Sethandus, who had just died recently. I was to put on a Redoran helmet, head to Ald’Ruhn, and get orders from Neminda of the Redoran council. “Orphan of Arnesia” was the password to use.

Ald’Ruhn is a horrible place. Constant sandstorms. Neminda bought my disguise and gave me a scroll to bring to Maar Gan. I brought it to Nileno instead. I receieved 500 drakes and a promotion to “Oathman.”

I was tasked with acquiring some alchemical formulas from Aurane Frenris’ shop in the Foreign Quarter of Vivec. I was also told that a Hlaalu councillor, Edryno Arethi, might have some business for me too.

I arrived in Vivec at 10 p.m., the perfect time to steal the formulas. The scroll was a synch to steal. She turned her back and I pocketed it and left.

I arrived in Balmora by 8 a.m., and was promoted to “Lawman.” I went home and slept.

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Adventures in Morrowind: Journal Entry #6

Short one today.

28 Last Seed, 3E330

I was in Pelagiad. Habasi sent me to get a fellow guild member, New-Shoes Bragor, out of jail. I was to get a Dwemer device from Mebestian Ence and blackmail Shabak gra-Burbug for taking bribes, in order to free New Shoes. I stole a Dwemer coherer from Ence and brought it to Shadbak. He angrly agreed to let New-Shoes free.

I received 1000 drakes and I was tasked with finding a “master of security” in Balmora to help secure the South Wall in the guild war between the Thieves’ Guild and the Fighter’s Guild and Cammona Tong. I found out a high-elf named “Hecerinde” was the master. He agreed without hesitation.

I was promoted to “Operative,” and was informed that there were no more jobs in Balmora. I was told to speak to Aengoth the Jeweller in Ald’Ruhn and Big Helende in Sadrith Mora for more jobs. But, I’m not leaving Balmora for good anytime soon. I just got here.

For a skooma addict, Caius sure knows how to keep it together (for the most part).

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Adventures in Morrowind: Journal Entry #5

27 Last Seed, 3E330

What I drank from the potion healed me okay. I still had a gash from the stab wound but it was almost healed over. I ate some bread and water and set off back to Balmora. I was still very weak but I didn’t want to sit around any longer.

I arrived the next day. I received 4 lockpicks from Habasi. I didn’t have the strength to scream at her. She gave me another job, to find a bottle of Vintage Brandy in Ralen Hlaalo’s house. Simple. But first, I slept.

8 hours later I was good to go. I entered Hlaalo Manor and found Ralen Hlaalo dead. I spoke to one of his servants who said she saw the killer: a dark-elf with a red Mohawk, bonemold armor, and a Dwarven axe. I’d look for him myself. Before I left, I found the brandy on a wine shelf, swiped it and left.

Habasi gave me 1000 gold and promoted me to “Blackcap.” I took a day off from the guild and investigated the murder. I asked around the cornerclub and got several confirmations that it was a red-haird dark-elf who might be the killer.

I found the murder suspect, Thanelen Velas, at the Council Club. I questioned him and he said Nine-Toes, an argonian Blades member was the killer. Everyone in the Council Club confirmed this as well. They were covering up for Velas.

I stabbed Velas through the knee. He collapsed and I put my sword downward through his shoulder and into his chest, causing blood to spray all over myself and the walls. I watched the life fade out of his eyes, like he had with Ralen Hlaalo. I let him know I knew. By the time the club members found him, I was gone.

I had heard to speak to a Nileno Dorvayn about the matter at the Hlaalu Council Manor. He gave me 1000 drakes and said he would put in a good word for me if I wished to join House Hlaalu. I may later.

I returned home and went to bed.

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Adventures in Morrowind: Journal Entry #4

25 Last Seed, 3E330

Caius was still asleep when I awoke. I told a guard what had happened and he said it sounded like the work of the Dark Brotherhood, an assassin’s fraternity. He said it was serious and to speak to Apelles Matius in Ebonheart about it. I think I can take care of myself for now, I’ll just be more cautious.

At the Council Club I queried Savor Trandel about the key, and he said he didn’t know what I was talking about. I got a bad vibe from him, so I bid him farewell. As I was leaving I purposely fell into him and pickpocketed the key off of him. He was none the wiser.

I received 500 drakes from Habasi and a promotion to “Footpad.” She gave me another job. A Khajit named “Ra’Zhid,” stole some Dwemer artifacts from her, and Habasi wanted them back.

Hla Oad was a one day trip. I was sleep deprived by the time I arrived at Ra’Zhid’s place. I questioned Ra’Zhid about the Dwemer items and he played dumb, of course. I knew he was hiding something.

I rested in his house for a day to prepare for my trip back to Balmora, all the while trying to figure out how to open that chest in the back of the room without Ra’Zhid noticing. I decided to go for it when him and his buddy weren’t looking. They caught me. I heard the draw of a sword and I whipped around and slit Ra’Zhid’s throat and charged at his friend with my shield, knocking him down, and put my sword through his head. I opened the chest and put the Dwemer artifacts in my bag. That was when I noticed there was a trap door near the chest. I went down.

There were 5 slave traders in the underground cave. There is nothing I hate more than slave traders. One of them asked me to help bring a slave to some place. I refused, took out my sword, pulled him close, and stabbed him through the chest, and sprinted across to the sophisticated looking one and sliced his torso open. I calmly walked across to the other side of the cave and killed another. He dropped throwing stars, and when another came for me I threw one and hit him in the eye. I charged at the last one, but she managed to stab me through my armor in my gut. I stabbed her back 3 times and grabbed the keys off her, stumbled toward the slave and freed him. He thanked me greatly and I told him to run. I was bleeding profusely and collapsed. I rummaged through my bag and drank as much of a potion as I could before passing out.

I’ve just awakened, two days later.

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Adventures in Morrowind: Journal Entry #3

21 Last Seed, 3E330

I awoke with a very bad hangover. I stumbled downstairs and bought a potion from the barkeep and drank it quickly and left. I gave the note to Maurrie. She was very pleased. Apparently Nelos was going to meet her. She told me to visit someone named Emisette Braques in Tel Aruhn. Duly noted.

After a few hours, I reached Balmora. The first thing I did was head over to the South Wall and found Caius Cosades’ house. I gave him his package and he told me that the details of the package said that the Emporer wanted Cosades to make me a Novice in The Blades. The Blades are the “Emperor’s eyes and ears of the provinces.” I accepted of course.

His first orders to me were to join some guilds, do some work, and hone my skills. He said to be prepared for what is ahead. He said I can use his house for the time being. I decided to do what he told me, and not request my orders until I was skilled enough.

I asked around town and I heard that the South Wall Cornerclub is the Thieves Guild hideout. Sugar-Lips Habasi, a Khajit, is the head of the guild in Balmora (there are posts across Morrowind). I asked to join, and was accepted. My first job was to steal a diamond from Nalcarya the Alchemist from her shop across town. Nightfall would be best, I thought.

I had some time to kill, so I bartered with some local traders, repaired my armor, and spent some time in the book store. You can learn a lot from books.

At 1 a.m., I broke into Nalcarya’s shop. She was asleep when I snuck in. Quietly I looked around for any sign of a diamond. I noticed a small locked box on a shelf above her bed, so I stealthily reached over her and picked it up and brought it downstairs. I picked it open and found 3 diamonds. I got out of there and returned to Habasi.

Habasi gave me an invisibility potion (would have preferred gold) and promoted me to “Wet Ear.” I asked about other jobs, and Habasi told me she wants the key to Nerano Manor. I could either get the key from Ondres Nerano or his servant Sovor Trandel at the Council Club. I’m going to sleep first. I’ve had a long day.

I was just attacked in my sleep by an assassin! I awoke with a dagger pressed to my forehead I moved my head, grabbed my dagger and stabbed the assassin 7 times (I think) and pushed him off me. All the time, Caius was passed out, and still is. I think he has a skooma problem. I’ll ask him about this assassin in the morning. I’d dispose of the body but I want Caius to see him, just in case if he knows or not. Hopefully it won’t stink when I awake.

I’ve been here 3 days and I’ve almost been killed more times than I’d like to think. This place is not very welcoming.

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Adventures in Morrowind: Journal Entry #2

20 Last Seed, 3E330

I departed from Seyda Neen at dawn. I decided to walk, instead of take a silt strider. I figured that I should face the dangers of Morrowind head-on instead of avoiding them. I came across a mine called “Ulummusa,” and snuck inside. I quietly moved through it, finding one bandit. I quietly killed her, and moved on. I quietly moved through a doorway when I was struck in the chest by a warhammer (I think I cracked a rib or two) and wielding it was a huge Nord. He was a formidable opponent, but he was slow. He kept swinging that giant hammer at me and I dodged side to side, and with one last swing, I rolled out of the way, bashed him in the face with my shield, and plunged my sword into his heart. He fell dead instantly. His name was Godrod Hairy-Breeks.

I found a silver bowl, with an inscription saying it belonged to “Armand Belvelle,” a hired bodyguard of the East Empire Company. I found a light healing potion and downed it, fixing up my wounds a bit, and left.

When I was back on the main road to Balmora I came upon a young woman named Maurrie Aurmine. She told me that a Dark-Elf named Nelos Onmar stole her jewels, and when I asked if she wanted them back, she said she didn’t care about the jewels. She wanted to meet this Dark-Elf again, she was in love. I was confused, but I told her I would find him. She gave me one of her white gloves to give to him and said he was in Pelagiad, a town I had just passed about an hour back.

I asked around town about the silver bowl and of Nelos Onmar. Mebestian Ence, a trader, told me that a woman named “Pierwette Belvelle” lived east of Pelagiad and across Lake Hairan, a while away, close to Vivec. I decided I would look if I ever headed that way.

I then asked him about Nelos Onmar. He told me that he is often seen at the Halfway Tavern in town. I thanked him, and left. Before I went to the tavern I did some trading and picked up a few new pieces of armor.

I found Nelos in the tavern and gave him the white glove. He admitted that he felt drawn toward her as well, and also felt remorse for robbing her. He gave me a note to give to her. I didn’t read it. I told him that in the morning I’d deliver the message.

I socialized in the tavern, even got drunk. I met a nice Khajit named Ahnassi, who was a member of the Thieves Guild. Ahnassi seemed obsessed with my friendship and asked if I would give it to her, or would she have to steal it. I laughed and told her that I would gladly be her friend. She then told me that her friend, Hrodis, had a “secret,” and also said that Hrodis serves Mehrunes Dagon. I was a bit taken aback by this. I tried to speak to Hrodis, but she was rude and told me to leave.

I then spoke with Ahnassi again, and she asked me to kill someone! Daren Adryn of the Cammona Tong. Ahnassi said that Adryn kept pressuring her to join the Cammona Tong or something (by this time I was very drunk). I remember that she said he would be in Gnaar Mok, in Nadene Rotheran’s shack. If I ever go there I’ll pay him a visit.

I booked a room and retired for the night.

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Adventures in Morrowind: Journal Entry #1

18 Last Seed, 3E430,

I awoke on a boat docked in Seyda Neen 3 days ago. A dark elf helped me regain my wits before I was taken off the ship and turned over to the authorities. I admit, I was a bit scared at first, but for some reason I was set free. All they did was ask me a few questions and then I was given my papers and they sent me on my way to talk to a man named "Sellus Gravius." Before going to see him, I found about 30 drakes and some items useful for me to sell. There was also a note to a fellow named "Hrisskar," about some guy named "Fargoth," who owed him some money. I pocketed it and headed over to the census office. I found a magical ring in a barrel near the office and took that too.

Sellus Gravius told me that I was released by the Emperor Uriel Septim VII himself, and was sent here on a quest. My first mission was to take a package to a man named "Caius Cosades," in a town called "Balmora." Gravius gave me some drakes and told me to get a weapon and take a silt strider (means of transportation) to Balmora. Before I left, I pocketed a key that was on the table next to Gravius (I need all the stuff I can get my hands on).

I used the key on a warehouse next to the census office. It worked, surprisingly. Inside, I found crates upon crates of armor and weapons. I grabbed a sack nearby and stuffed all I could into it and dragged it out. Nervously, I tried to lug the sack across town to Arille's Tradehouse (Gravius told me of it), but it was very hard to do so. A wood elf came nearby (I thought he was going to call the guards on me). Instead, he offered his help and we carried it to the tradehouse. This was Fargoth. I thanked him very much and then he said that the ring on my finger looked familiar. Apparently it was his family ring, so I gave it to him. He thanked me greatly, and departed.

I bartered with Arille for quite sometime, and when we had finished I had a full suit of armor, a steel longsword and a steel shield, and I still had 800 drakes to spare. I sat at the bar for a bit while I had some food and a drink. Hrisskar was there, we introduced ourselves and I told him of the note I had found. He said that Fargoth had been holding out on money he owed, and Hrisskar said if I could find Fargoth's hiding place with the money in it, I could have a share of it. I accepted.

Fargoth got mad at me when I asked him about his hiding place. I got to the top of the lighthouse and waited till nightfall. I saw Fargoth sneaking over to a treestump in a swamp. After he left, I went there and found 300 drakes, a lockpick, and his ring. I took them all and went back to Hrisskar. Hrisskar gave me 100 drakes and bid me farewell. By this time it was about 10:30 p.m, but I decided to get a little bit more done before retiring for the day.

I heard that a cave near the silt strider had some bandits in it (you can kill bandits here without consequence). I found the cave, "Addamasartus," and worked my way through it. There were 5 bandits in the cave, all novices. But one got me with a flesh wound on my arm, nothing too serious. I found a key on one of them. Apparently they were slave traders. I freed all of the slaves (Khajits and Argonians) and left.

I got back to Arille's when I started to feel a little lightheaded. I lost a bit of blood. They fixed me up there and I paid for a room and slept for 2 days. Today I leave for Balmora.

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