Morrowind:Essential NPCs

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The NPCs on this list are considered "Essential" by the game. If any of them are killed at any time, you will receive a message stating:

"With this character's death, the thread of prophecy is severed. Restore a saved game to restore the weave of fate, or persist in the doomed world you have created."

In most cases, this means that you will be unable to complete the Main Quest without resorting to Killing Vivec, though some of them may be killed after their part in the Main Quest has been fulfilled without causing a problem. In the case of the [House] Hortator and [Clan] Nerevarine quests, however, you can bypass them by gaining level 21 or above and 50 or more reputation.

This list does not include NPCs who are essential to various side quests that are not part of the Main Quest scripting.

NPC Location When Essential
Addhiranirr Vivec, St. Olms Underworks Until Vivec Informants is completed.*
Athyn Sarethi Ald'ruhn, Sarethi Manor Until Redoran Hortator is completed.
Blatta Hateria Ebonheart Until Mehra Milo and the Lost Prophecies is completed.
Caius Cosades Balmora, Caius Cosades' House He is always essential until he disappears at the beginning of Mehra Milo and the Lost Prophecies.
Crassius Curio Vivec, Hlaalu Canton, Curio Manor Until Hlaalu Hortator is completed.
Crazy Batou Maren Ancestral Tomb Crazy Batou is not really essential, but he is marked so by the game. There is no reason not to kill him, and good reason to do so, as he is wearing a valuable artifact on his head.
Danso Indules Vivec, Temple Canton, outside Until Hortator and Nerevarine is completed.
Divayth Fyr Tel Fyr, Hall of Fyr Until Corprus Cure is completed.*
Dram Bero Vivec, St. Olms Canton, Haunted Manor Until Hlaalu Hortator is completed.
Dutadalk Ahemmusa Camp, Dutadalk's Yurt Until Ahemmusa Nerevarine is completed.
Endryn Llethan Vivec, High Fane He is not directly related to any quest in the Main Quest, however, it is assumed that killing him will prevent you from completing Hortator and Nerevarine.
Falura Llervu Tel Aruhn Until Zainab Nerevarine is completed.
Garisa Llethri Ald'ruhn, Llethri Private Quarters Until Redoran Hortator is completed.
Gilvas Barelo Holamayan Monastery Until Mehra Milo and the Lost Prophecies is completed.
Goris the Maggot King Venim Ancestral Tomb and Luven Isn't needed for any quest, but vanilla versions of the game incorrectly mark him as essential.
Han-Ammu Erabenimsun Camp, Han-Ammu's Yurt Until Erabenimsun Nerevarine is completed.
Hasphat Antabolis Balmora Guild of Fighters Until Antabolis Informant is completed.*
Hassour Zainsubani Ald'ruhn, Ald-Skar Inn Until Zainsubani Informant is completed.*
Hlaren Ramoran Ald'ruhn, Ramoran Private Quarters Until Redoran Hortator is completed.
Huleeya Vivec, Foreign Quarter, Black Shalk Cornerclub Until Vivec Informants is completed.*
Kaushad Zainab Camp, Ashkhan's Yurt Until Zainab Nerevarine is completed.
Kausi Ahemmusa Camp, Kausi's Yurt Until Ahemmusa Nerevarine is completed.
Lord Cluttermonkey Clutter Warehouse - Everything Must Go! Although marked as essential, the Lord Cluttermonkey can only be reached through Console codes and his death will have no effect on the main quest.
Luven Venim Ancestral Tomb Isn't needed for any quest, but vanilla versions of the game incorrectly mark him as essential.
Manirai Erabenimsun Camp, Wise Woman's Yurt Until Erabenimsun Nerevarine is completed.
Mehra Milo Vivec, Library of Vivec Until Mehra Milo and the Lost Prophecies is completed.
Miner Arobar Ald'ruhn, Arobar Manor Bedrooms Until Redoran Hortator is completed.
Mistress Brara Morvayn Ald'ruhn, Morvayn Quarters Until Redoran Hortator is completed.
Nevena Ules Ascadian Isles Region [5,-7], Ules Manor Until Hlaalu Hortator is completed.
Nibani Maesa Urshilaku Camp, Wise Woman's Yurt Until Urshilaku Nerevarine is completed.
Raesa Pullia Buckmoth Legion Fort, Interior Until Sixth House Base is completed.*
Savile Imayn Tel Aruhn [15,5], outside Until Zainab Nerevarine is completed.
Sharn gra-Muzgob Balmora, Guild of Mages Until Gra-Muzgob Informant is completed.*
Sinnammu Mirpal Ahemmusa Camp, Wise Woman's Yurt Until Ahemmusa Nerevarine is completed.
Sonummu Zabamat Zainab Camp, Wise Woman's Yurt Until Zainab Nerevarine is completed.
Sul-Matuul Urshilaku Camp, Ashkhan's Yurt Until Urshilaku Nerevarine is completed.
Tholer Saryoni Vivec, High Fane Until Hortator and Nerevarine is completed.
Uupse Fyr Tel Fyr, Corprusarium Bowels Until Corprus Cure is completed.
Varvur Sarethi Ald'ruhn, Venim Manor Right Wing Until Redoran Hortator is completed.
Velanda Omani Ascadian Isles Region [7,-12], Omani Manor Until Hlaalu Hortator is completed.
Vivec Vivec, Palace of Vivec Until Hortator and Nerevarine is completed.
Yagrum Bagarn Tel Fyr, Corprusarium Bowels Until Corprus Cure is completed. He is even essential for the Back Path.
Yenammu Ahemmusa Camp, Dutadalk's Yurt Until Ahemmusa Nerevarine is completed.
Zabamund Urshilaku Camp, Zabamund's Yurt Until Urshilaku Nerevarine is completed.

*Killing any of these NPCs will make Caius Cosades unwilling to talk to you, even after their part in the Main Quest is over. They must stay alive until Caius gives his final quest, Mehra Milo and the Lost Prophecies. In case you accidentally kill one of these before that, the only way around Caius's auto-goodbye is to have a bounty of 1000 or more.

Unofficial Essential NPCs[edit]

These NPCs are not marked as essential in the game, but killing them will still prevent you from completing the Main Quest normally; note that the vast majority of these are only important for the Nerevarine quests in the Fourth Trial, which means they can be bypassed by waiting during the fourth and fifth trials as described above.

NPC Location When Essential
Ababael Timsar-Dadisun Zainab Camp, Ababael Timsar-Dadisun's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Zainab Nerevarine
Addammus Ahemmusa Camp, Addammus's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Addut-Lamanu Erabenimsun Camp, Addut-Lamanu's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Erabenimsun Nerevarine
Ahasour Urshilaku Camp, Ahasour's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Alfe Fyr Tower of Tel Fyr, Hall of Fyr Will prevent you from completing Corprus Cure
Ashibaal Zainab Camp, Ashibaal's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Zainab Nerevarine
Ashur-Dan Zainab Camp, Ashur-Dan's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Zainab Nerevarine
Assamma-Idan Ahemmusa Camp, Assamma-Idan's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Assemmus Erabenimsun Camp, Assummus' Yurt Will prevent you from completing Erabenimsun Nerevarine
Beyte Fyr Tower of Tel Fyr, Onyx Hall Will prevent you from completing Corprus Cure
Bolvyn Venim Venim Manor Private Quarters, Ald'ruhn Killing him outside the Arena will prevent you completing the Redoran Hortator quest. Bolvyn even has a script to simulate the essential character death message.
Delte Fyr Tower of Tel Fyr, Onyx Hall Will prevent you from completing Corprus Cure
Hainab Urshilaku Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Kammu Ahemmusa Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Kummu Erabenimsun Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Erabenimsun Nerevarine
Kurapli Urshilaku Camp, Kurapli's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Lanabi Ahemmusa Camp, Lanabi's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Mabarrabael Ahemmusa Camp, Mamaea's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Maeli Urshilaku Camp, Maeli's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Mamaea Ahemmusa Camp, Mamaea's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Massarapal Erabenimsun Camp, Massarapal's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Erabenimsun Nerevarine
Mausur Ahemmusa Camp, Nummu's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Minassour Zainab Camp, Minassour's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Zainab Nerevarine
Ninirrasour Urshilaku Camp, Shara's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Nummu Ahemmusa Camp, Nummu's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Patababi Zainab Camp, Patababi's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Zainab Nerevarine
Sakiran Urshilaku Camp, Sakiran's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Sakulerib Zainab Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Zainab Nerevarine
Sellus Gravius Seyda Neen, Census and Excise Office Will prevent you from exiting the Census and Excise Office if killed before the end of the tutorial.
Sen Ahemmusa Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Senipu Urshilaku Camp, Ahasour's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Shabinbael Urshilaku Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Shallath-Piremus Urshilaku Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Shara Urshilaku Camp, Shara's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Shimsun Urshilaku Camp, Shimsun's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Tussi Zainab Camp, Tussi's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Zainab Nerevarine
Tussurradad Urshilaku Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Ulabael Ahemmusa Camp, Addammus's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Ulibabi Erabenimsun Camp, Massarapal's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Erabenimsun Nerevarine
Urshamusa Rapli Ahemmusa Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Vistha-Kai Tower of Tel Fyr, Corprusarium Will prevent you from completing Corprus Cure
Yantus Erabenimsun Camp, Han-Ammu's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Erabenimsun Nerevarine
Yen Urshilaku Camp, Sakiran's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Zaba Zainab Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Zainab Nerevarine
Zallit Ahemmusa Camp, Outside Will prevent you from completing Ahemmusa Nerevarine
Zanummu Urshilaku Camp, Zanummu's Yurt Will prevent you from completing Urshilaku Nerevarine
Zebba Erabenimsun Camp, Assemmus' Yurt Will prevent you from completing Erabenimsun Nerevarine