|House||Karthwasten Miner's Barracks|
|Primary Skills||Enchanting, Heavy Armor, Smithing|
|Faction(s)||CrimeFactionReach; JobMinerFaction; KarthwastenMinersBarracksFaction; TownKarthwastenFaction|
Lash gra-Dushnikh is an Orc miner living in Karthwasten. She is originally from Dushnikh Yal. Apparently she left there on bad terms with her mother Gharol, as per her response to the completion of Gharol's Message. If you side with Ainethach when completing the Sanuarach Mine quest, you will increase her disposition and thus become Blood-Kin at Orc strongholds if you aren't already.
During your first time in Karthwasten, Lash will be with the other miners as a group of Silver-Blood mercenaries take over the mine, after which she will resume her normal schedule: she sleeps in Karthwasten Miner's Barracks between midnight and 8am, then heads outside to work for twelve hours, ending her workday by relaxing in the barracks until her bedtime.
She can be heard saying, "I work in the mines. I hunt. Everything else I do is my business." or "These Reach folk are so... nosy." If you have yet to help Ainethach reclaim his mine, she will remark on the problem: "You should talk to Ainethach. He runs the mines. Used to anyway." or "Ainethach needs to get rid of those Silver-Blood. Then maybe we can go back to work." If he is dead, she will instead say, "Ainethach's dead, but that doesn't mean we can stop working." If Ragnar is alive, she may comment on him: "Ragnar has a strong arm. Pity he isn't an Orc."
If you ask her mother, Gharol, if she trades with other cities, she will explain, "Occasionally. But an Orc blade is a very personal thing. Anger, regret, pride. All these things are put into our steel. When my daughter Lash chose to leave the stronghold, I forged a sword to channel all my shame and grief. Honor me with a task, outlander. Bring the sword to my daughter, if you see her. It'll be all she needs to know." Upon bringing the sword to Lash, she will respond, "So that's it, then. 'Don't come back.' Thank you. Here. You honored my mother's task and should be rewarded. Now, I need to be alone." She will leave you and leave conversation.
Occasionally, she can be heard threatening Belchimac over his careless remarks:
Belchimac: "I don't like bunking with Orcs. It's not... clean."
Lash: "If you want me to leave, you could challenge me to a fight. I promise to stop once you've lost an arm."
Belchimac: "What I meant to say was... I love having an Orc here in the barracks. They're so... pleasant."
Lash: "Why do your people claim the Reach is theirs? The Orcs have been in these lands just as long."
Belchimac: "You wouldn't understand, Lash. Your people aren't smart enough for politics."
Lash: "Is that so? I'll remember that next time we're in the mine tunnels... alone."
Belchimac: "Did... did I say you weren't smart? I meant to say that I'm not smart, Lash. I'm just not smart enough to answer your questions."
She will also have friendlier conversations with Ragnar, but they will only be heard if you have not resolved the mine dispute in favor of Ainethach:
Lash: "I've been thinking, would you like to join me in hunting?"
Ragnar: "You want me to hunt with you? I thought you preferred being alone."
Lash: "Your arms and legs are fit for catching strong, agile prey. I could use your help."
Ragnar: "I'd be honored, but I have work to do in the mines."
Lash: "When will Sanuarach Mine be open?"
Ragnar: "I don't know. Whenever those Silver-Blood men decide to leave."
If you have sided with Ainethach, Lash and Ragnar will have these conversations instead:
Ragnar: "I haven't seen you hunting in a while."
Lash: "I can afford to buy meat now. I prefer working in the mines, anyway."
Lash: "Tell me, Ragnar, what do you think of the Orcs?"
Ragnar: "Cunning warriors and skilled workers. It's good to have you here, Lash."
Lash: "I asked what you thought of the Orcs, not about me."
Ragnar: "Oh. I'm sorry. Well, it's good to have you here, anyway."
Lash: "You have strong arms. You'd make a good Orc."
Ragnar: "Um... thank you, Lash. You'd... make a fine Nord?"
Lash: "Don't say words you don't mean."