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Dry Fort

Author: 
Xan

SOMEWHERE IN VVARDENFELL

Guard

:Solstheim:
"I've heard of the place. I believe there's an Imperial fort up there. Fort Frostmoth, or something. If you want to go there, check around in Khuul. There may be a ship that'll take you."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Khuul, and meet a Khajiit shipmaster)

S'virr

"Greetings. Are you in need of transport? S'virr will gladly take you to Fort Frostmoth in Solstheim for a small fee."

:Solstheim:
"S'virr can take you to Solstheim. At a fair price, too."

Faern Sargtlin

(pay a price and go to Solstheim)

SOLSTHEIM, FORT FROSTMOTH

Basks-In-The-Sun

"Welcome to Solstheim, jewel of absolutely nowhere. It's a miserable place, even for the warmbloods. If you want to leave, I'd be happy to take you back to Vvardenfell. If you feel you must stay, speak with Captain Falx Carius in his chambers at Fort Frostmoth. Captain Carius is the commander here. Not a bad man, but he is a fool for remaining in this place. So cold. So cold. If you are here about the colony, Carnius Magius is the man you will speak to. Find him at the Imperial Cult Shrine."

:Fort Frostmoth:
"You're in Fort Frostmoth, jewel of the Empire. Get out while you can."

:Captain Carius:
"The Captain of this fort can be found within its walls. Ask his soldiers where to find him. Go if you wish. I will gladly wait here to make the voyage back to Vvardenfell."

:specific place:
"There's not much here at Fort Frostmoth. We've got a smith in the Armory and a shrine at the Imperial Cult Shrine, but that's about it. If you're looking for more than that, head over to Raven Rock and see if they've got anyone to help you."

:someone in particular:
"If you're looking for some new armor or weapons, check with Zeno Faustus in the Armory. He can get most of what you need. If you're sick, head to the Imperial Cult Shrine."

Faern Sargtlin

(enter the fort and talk to a guard)

Imperial Guard

"What do you want? Talk to Captain Carius if you're looking for something to do. Head through the General Quarters and all the way up the south staircase. On the third floor are his chambers. That's where you'll find him. If you're here about that colony business, talk to Carnius Magius. He's in the Imperial Cult Shrine."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to find Captain Carius)

Captain Falx Carius

"Yes? What can I do for you? I am Captain Falx Carius, commander of Fort Frostmoth."

:Fort Frostmoth:
"We are an Imperial fort, obviously. My soldiers have the ability to be among the best in all the Empire. This island of Solstheim is not the easiest assignment, though, and sometimes it makes the men edgy."

:edgy:
"As I said, this is a difficult post. These soldiers are separated from their families and forced to live in harsh conditions. To be fair, most of these men were sent to this island as punishment for a past offense. They are not the best of soldiers. Yet. Still, until recently, they had performed their duties adequately. Lately, I have noticed some disturbing trends."

:disturbing trends:
"To be sure. The men have been restless, complaining more than usual. They have been lackadaisical in the performance of their duties. I sense a great unease among them, and morale has been low."

:morale has been low:
"Very low. This is not normal. My instinct tells me that there is one among my troops who is fanning the fires of this discontent, and I wish to know who it is. They will never let me know who the culprit is...as their commanding officer, I must regretfully keep some distance between these fine soldiers and myself. They may be willing to speak with you, though. See if you can't gain their trust. If you learn anything, report to me."

Faern Sargtlin

(go out and talk to an Imperial Guard)

Imperial Guard

"I got nothing to say. Sure could use a drink, though. And not that Nord swill."

Faern Sargtlin

(go somewhere and manage to find some Mazte)

Imperial Guard

"What do you w.... Hey, is that booze I smell on you?"

:booze:
"Smells like mazte to me. I'd know the smell anywhere. How about giving a thirsty soldier a little pick-me-up?"

Faern Sargtlin

"Sure, take it."

Imperial Guard

:booze:
"Mazte. Good stuff. Thanks, friend. Just hasn't been the same around here since this became a dry fort. It's ridiculous, I tell you!"

:dry fort:
"That's right...no liquor at all is allowed at Fort Frostmoth these days. Captain's orders, I guess. Seemed odd coming from him. Captain Carius seemed like a fair enough guy, as long as we carried out our duties. Guess he figured we weren't up to his standards, so he cut us off. Since then, everyone's been in a pretty foul mood."

Faern Sargtlin

(go back to Captain Carius)

Captain Falx Carius

"I asked you to investigate why the morale has been low in the fort. Have you learned anything?"

:morale has been low:
"Hmmm...I imagined that the lack of alcohol might have some effects on the morale, but I didn't ever actually ban it. Personally, I didn't even care about the alcohol; it was the priest, Antonius Nuncius, who was worried about the effect it was having on the men. I disagreed, but the question became moot: our shipments stopped coming in months ago. Speak with the soldiers a bit more, and see if you can find out who the source of this discontent is."

Faern Sargtlin

(go back to the Imperial Guard)

Imperial Guard

"What do you need, friend?"

:dry fort:
"Look, I'm not sure what caused all this. I just know that I heard from Antonius Nuncius that the Captain had placed a ban on all alcohol at the fort. And, sure enough, there was none to be found."

:Antonius Nuncius:
"The priest? He's not bad, I guess, for a priest. You'll find him at the Imperial Cult Shrine here at the fort, though he keeps an office upstairs from the Armory. Could be in either place. Seems to understand us soldiers pretty well. He was telling me just the other day how it seemed unfair that the Captain had cut us off from the drink. He figures that's one of our few pleasures on this dungheap of an island."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Imperial Cult Shrine)
(talk with Antonius Nuncius)

Antonius Nuncius

"What can I do for you?"

:dry fort:
"Yes...odd that the Captain would ban liquor for his troops. There's no understanding some people."

Faern Sargtlin

"He tells me he never banned alcohol."

Antonius Nuncius

:dry fort:
"Told you that, did he? I guess he never officially did. Still, the shipments stopped arriving. What's to be done about that?"

:shipments stopped arriving:
"Well, I have no idea why. I am but a simple priest, forced to serve these pathetic soldiers on this terrible frozen excuse for an island. It's not my concern why the alcohol hasn't arrived. You have no proof I've done anything wrong. Stop asking me these questions!"

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Armory)
(find the Antonius Nuncius' office)
(find some booze inside his locked desk)
(go back to Imperial Cult Shrine)

Antonius Nuncius

"What do you want?"

:shipments stopped arriving:
"Well, I have no idea.... You've been in my desk? My desk? You've been in there? Why...that's an outrage! Stolen liquor? I have no idea.... All right. Perhaps I have been hiding the alcohol. It was for their own good! And...I had hoped that if the soldiers got fed up and revolted, I'd be able to justify going home to my superiors. Look, I don't want any trouble from you."

Faern Sargtlin

"Your secret is safe with me."

Antonius Nuncius

:shipments stopped arriving:
"Thank you. Thank you so much. Look, take this key. You'll find all of the misplaced liquor in the closet. The troops will be happy to have it again. I'm sure they'll be more than happy to talk to you. Just don't tell them what I did."

Faern Sargtlin

(receive Antonius Nuncius' Closet key)
(go back into Antonius Nuncius' office)
(find the rest of the booze)
(go back to Captain Carius)

Captain Falx Carius

"I asked you to investigate why the morale has been low in the fort. Have you learned anything?"

:morale has been low:
"You say that the shipment had merely been misplaced and this was all a big miscommunication? That's ridiculous. I expected better of my men, and myself. Especially of myself. Thank you for your help, Faern Sargtlin. Take these--there are diseases on this island we have never encountered. I would hate to see you take ill. Now, though, there is more fort business to discuss."

Faern Sargtlin

(receive 3 Potion of Cure Common Disease)