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Author: 
Xan

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Kogoruhn)

KOGORUHN

(manage to go down to Charma's Breath)

Dagoth Uthol

"He said you would come to us. And he was right. Have you come to submit? Or come to die?"

:come to submit:
"Keep going. These passages lead under the Ghostfence and into the crater of Red Mountain. Then enter the Mount of Dagoth Ur, and find Lord Dagoth. Make your submission, and perhaps you may join us. Ha. If you survive such a journey, we'd be glad to have you join us."

:make your submission:
"Lord Dagoth says you will join us or die. I thought you might just leave us alone, and go about your own affairs. But Lord Dagoth says it is not your way, to leave a thing well enough alone. Perhaps. I cannot remember you at all. But I do my Lord's bidding. I have always done his bidding. So go to him and submit. You will be given power and place. And, perhaps, peace and forgiveness. Do as you like."

:come to die:
"He said you might come to fight. It doesn't matter to me, one way or the other."

Faern Sargtlin

(start fight and kill Dagoth Uthol)
(loot his Belt of Heartfire)
(manage to find the secret cave of Mamaea, Sanctum of Awakening in Wesh Gash Region)

MAMAEA

Faern Sargtlin

(manage the way to Sanctum of Black Hope)

Dagoth Araynys

"You've done well to come this far. I don't think we have anything to talk about, do we? Then let's get on with it."

:get on with it:
"I'm going to kill you. You don't believe that, or you wouldn't be here. You are the challenger, so, by House Dagoth custom, yours is the first move."

Faern Sargtlin

(start fight and kill Dagoth Araynys)
(loot his Soul Ring)
(release Hannat Zainsubani)

Hannat Zainsubani

"My name is Hannat Zainsubani. I entered this cavern seeking shelter from the weather, and these madmen stripped me and imprisoned me here. While I've been trapped here, I've had the most terrible dreams. I... don't know if I can trust my own eyes and ears. Please. I need an armed escort to the cavern entrance. They have left me nothing. I cannot offer you reward. But my father, Hassour Zainsubani, in Ald'ruhn, will gift you generously if you can rescue me."

:Hassour Zainsubani:
"Ah, then you know my father? You can always find him at the Ald Skar Inn. If you can deliver me from this cavern, I'm sure he will reward you handsomely."

:armed escort:
"Shall I follow you now to the cavern entrance?"

Faern Sargtlin

"Yes. Follow me."
(escort and get him out of the cave)

Hannat Zainsubani

"Thank you, Faern Sargtlin. I owe you my life. As you can see, I have nothing to give you. But go speak to my father, Hassour Zainsubani, at the Ald Skar Inn in Ald'ruhn, for courage and generosity must always be rewarded. Tell him that I am well, and will come to him as soon as I can. I have no token you might show him, but tell him that I blossom 'anew beneath tomorrow's sun' -- he will know who has sent you."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Ald'ruhn)

Hassour Zainsubani

"Welcome, my friend Faern Sargtlin. Did you wish to ask about the Ashlanders and the Nerevarine cult? Or was there some other business you have with me?"

:Hannat Zainsubani:
"You have spoken with my son? Indeed? He blossoms 'anew beneath tomorrow's sun'? That is my son, indeed. And you have rescued him from a terrible fate, if that is his message. He owes you a debt of gratitude, and I am proud to pay that debt. Who can place a value on life? But please accept these five pieces of raw ebony, rare and valuable. And from me personally, accept this, my own personal blade, and this, the ring from my own finger. May these gifts bless you, as you have blessed my son."

Faern Sargtlin

(retrieve Ring of Knuckle Luck, Imperial Netch Blade, and 5 Raw Ebony)
(go to Ghostgate)

GHOSTGATE

Faern Sargtlin

(enter the Tower of Dusk)

Buoyant Armiger

"Yes, outlander? Ask. If I know, I'll tell you. Are you looking for services?"

:my trade:
"I am a Buoyant Armiger, a member of a small military order of the Tribunal Temple, exclusively dedicated to and answering to Lord Vivec. We pattern ourselves on Lord Vivec's heroic spirit of exploration and adventure, and emulate his mastery of the varied arts of personal combat, chivalric courtesy, and subtle verse. We serve the Temple as champions and knights-errant, and are friendly rivals of the more solemn Ordinators in our dedicated service to Lord Vivec and the Temple."

:Services:
"House Redoran maintains a hostel with beds, food, and sundries in the Tower of Dusk. Redoran also offers services here for retainers and kin. The Temple has healers and other services in the Tower of Dawn."

:someone in particular:
"The Ordinator Grand Commander Ralyn Othravel is in the Tower of Dawn. Buoyant Armiger Grand Marshal Galdal Omayn, Ordinator Knight Commander Enar Dralor, and Anise Romoran, publican of the Redoran hostel, are in the Tower of Dusk. Rilvase Avani is the priest of the Temple."

:Ghostgate:
"Ghostgate is a stronghold that guards the only passage through the Ghostfence and into the blighted region of Red Mountain. Ghostgate is garrisoned by the Ordinators and the Buoyant Armigers, and House Redoran maintains a hostel for pilgrims. For centuries Ordinators and Buoyant Armigers led by the Tribunal would passed through Ghostgate on annual raids against Dagoth Ur's ash vampire kin, but these raids were suspended because of heavy losses to the Temple forces."

:Ghostfence:
"The Ghostfence is a magic wall running completely around Red Mountain. The barrier keeps blight storms and blight monsters from spreading across Vvardenfell. The Ghostfence was created and is sustained by the divine powers of Vivec and the Tribunal. In the past, the Ghostfence was completely effective, but now we hear reports of encounters with blighted monsters outside the fence."

:Buoyant Armigers:
"The Buoyant Armigers pattern themselves on Lord Vivec's heroic spirit of exploration and adventure, and they emulate his mastery of the varied arts of personal combat, chivalric courtesy, and subtle verse. The Buoyant Armigers serve the Temple as champions and knights-errant. The light-hearted Buoyant Armigers are rivals of the more solemn Ordinators in service to the Temple."

:Ordinators:
"The Ordinators are the holy guards and soldiers of the Temple. The four orders of Ordinators answer to the Alma Rula in Almalexia. Grandmaster Berel Sala is the chief Ordinator on Vvardenfell. The Order of the Watch provides guards for temples and shrines. The Order of War fights the enemies of the Temple; most War Ordinators are stationed near Red Mountain. The Order of Doctrine and Ordination are militant scholars. The Order of the Inquisition identifies and suppresses heresy among priests and laymen."

:Nerevarine:
"We have heard the proclamation. Vivec has removed his curse upon the Nerevarine, and has ended the persecution of the Dissident Priests. Vivec has acknowledged you as the Incarnate and Nerevarine, the prophesied savior of Morrowind, and the last hope to withstand the menace of Dagoth Ur and the Sixth House."

:inside the Ghostfence:
"All our intelligence is old. No one has ventured far inside the fence for years. This map shows the locations of the citadels of the various ash vampires. Sixth House creatures have become more numerous and powerful, and the most powerful can conjure powerful daedra. Until recently, we've been able to clear routes and keep them clean with raids, but no longer. There are no safe refuges or services inside the fence; you must return here to rest and heal."

Faern Sargtlin

(retrieve "Map of Red Mountain")

Buoyant Armiger

:crater citadels:
"Five ancient Dwemer citadels in the crater of Red Mountain are occupied by Dagoth Ur and his ash vampire kin. The ancient Dwemer citadels on Red Mountain are no longer known by their Dwemer names, but now take the names of their Dagoth Lords: Endusal, Odrosal, Vemynal, Tureynulal, and Dagoth Ur. The only approach to the crater citadels is up Foyada Esannudan from Fort Moonmoth, through the Ghostfence at the fortress of Ghostgate, and down into the crater."

Faern Sargtlin

(meet Wulf)

Wulf

"Hello. They call me Wulf. What brings you to Ghostgate?"

:Wulf:
"Wulf. That's me."

:Ghostgate:
"This is a helluva place. Why are you here?"

Faern Sargtlin

"I am the Nerevarine, and I go to confront Dagoth Ur in his citadel."

Wulf

:Ghostgate:
"What a piece of luck! Look. I'm an old Legion veteran, as old as the poor old Emperor, bless his soul. I'm too old for campaigning. I came this far to look at hell. But I can't go any farther than this. I'd take it kindly if you'd carry this old lucky coin with you when you go to Dagoth Ur. Sort of a token of the tough young hero I used to be. Would you do that for an old man?"

Faern Sargtlin

"I'll take your old lucky coin to Dagoth Ur with me."

Wulf

:Ghostgate:
"That's very kind of you. Here's the coin. I've had it with me a long time, and it's always brought me luck. But I have no more use for it, and I'd like to pass it on to somebody younger. Somebody going places I can't go anymore. Your generation's shaper of history... an engine of destiny. That coin will bring you luck on the mountain. I promise. 'For Emperor and Empire,' as we say in the legions. Go with Kynareth."

Faern Sargtlin

(retrieve Old Man's Lucky Coin)
(retrieve Luck of the Emperor power)

Wulf

:poor old Emperor:
"The Emperor is getting old. Don't know how much longer he'll hang on. So is the whole Empire, for that matter. Getting old, that is. The Emperor and the legions have held the Empire together for hundreds of years. It's been a good thing, by and large. But maybe it's time for a change. Time for something young and new. What? No idea. Because I'm old. Old dog doesn't get new ideas. But maybe young folks like you should try some new ideas. I don't know. Could be messy. But change is never pretty."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Tureynulal inside the Ghostfence)

TUREYNULAL

Faern Sargtlin

(kill Dagoth Tureynul)
(loot his Amulet of Heartthrum)
(go to Endusal inside the Ghostfence)

ENDUSAL

Dagoth Endus

"I greet you, Faern Sargtlin. Or Nerevar. Or whoever you are. I'm Dagoth Endus, brother of Dagoth Ur, and lord of Citadel Endusal. Would you like a little ancient Dagoth brandy?"

:Dagoth brandy:
"It is a rare nectar beyond compare, distilled ages before your ancestor's ancestors. And a fitting toast to our challenge. Would you like to sample it?"

Faern Sargtlin

"Yes, give me some."

Dagoth Endus

:Dagoth brandy:
"Then I drink to your health. Bottoms up...."

Faern Sargtlin

(retrieve Dagoth Brandy)

Dagoth Endus

:Dagoth brandy:
"Whenever you're ready, then? You're the challenger, and I am your host. So honor demands that you deliver the first blow."

Faern Sargtlin

(start fight and kill Dagoth Endus)
(loot his Amulet of Heartrime)
(go to Odrosal inside the Ghostfence)

ODROSAL

Dagoth Odros

"Well, Faern Sargtlin. Have you come to serve? Or to challenge my station? Or to try to win Keening?"

:to serve:
"Many mortals serve their gods. Few are so fortunate to be invited to share their divine power with them. Lord Dagoth makes you a generous offer, Faern Sargtlin. Join him, and you can share the divine, eternal power of Lorkhan's heart. So far, all your struggles, your battling, your destructiveness... all these things might be understood as improving your bargaining position. Come now, we hold you no bitterness. You cannot truly harm us. We can afford to forgive."

:challenge my station:
"You think to climb higher in Brother Dagoth's eyes by defeating me? Well, then, you might rise at that. None of us Heartwights can die. The power of the Heart will bring us all back in time. But, yes, you might win Lord Dagoth's favor by defeating his lieutenants. No hard feelings, Faern Sargtlin. I lose, I lose my rank. You lose, you lose all. You're playing for high stakes, Faern Sargtlin. Are you sure you want to play? Surely, there is no dishonor for a mortal to serve a god?"

:Keening:
"It is well hidden. Faern Sargtlin. Even if I should fall, you'll never find it. But if you choose to serve, perhaps Lord Dagoth might even consent to grant you the use of it. Surely, by coming so far, you have drawn his discerning eye, and earned his favor. Be reasonable, Faern Sargtlin. Why risk blood and life for that which might be won by words and service?"

Faern Sargtlin

(start fight and kill Dagoth Odros)
(loot his Amulet of Heartfire and retrieve Keening)
(go to Vemynal inside the Ghostfence)

VEMYNAL

Dagoth Vemyn

"What? You want to talk? You want to surrender? To boast? To talk me to death?"

:surrender:
"Don't bother. You surrender, I'll kill you. You want to go home, fine. I won't touch you. But you lay a hand on me, and we fight until you're dead."

:boast:
"Don't bother. You're not scaring anyone, you know. Just makes you look nervous. Come on. I'm waiting for you to make the first move. You're the challenger."

:talk me to death:
"I'm one of the oldest things to ever have slipped from a womb, Faern Sargtlin, but I've never heard of anyone talked to death. Of course, there's always a first time. And I was brought up properly. I know it's not polite to interrupt. So you just go ahead. Talk all you want. And when you're done, go home. Or take your best shot. It's all the same to me."

Faern Sargtlin

(start fight and kill Dagoth Vemyn)
(loot his Amulet of Heartheal and retrieve Sunder)
(go to Dagoth Ur)