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Morrowind - Main Quest: Ashlander Informant

19 February 2011

Prerequisite Quest: Travel to Vivec [Ashlander Informant Main Quest Map Locations, 321x375 (29 kb)]
Next Quest: Urshilaku Camp
Locations: Balmora, Ald'ruhn
Minimum Level: 2
Recommended Level: 3
Required Items: None
Suggested Items: None
Difficulty: Low

Quick Walkthrough

  1. Return to Caius in Balmora for your orders.
  2. Meet with Hassour Zainsubani in the Ald Skar Inn in Ald'ruhn.
  3. Visit the nearby bookseller, Codus Callonus, and buy a book as a gift for Hassour.
  4. Give the gift to Hassour and receive the notes for Caius in return.
  5. Return to Caius in Balmora.

Detailed Walkthrough

Orders from Caius
Caius Cosades next asks you to try to get an Ashlander informant. He has heard of Hassour Zainsubani in Ald'ruhn who has been a wealthy trader. Caius gives you 100 gold for you to try and find out what this Ashlander likes and buy him a present in hopes of persuading him to talk about Ashlanders and this Nerevarine Cult. Although Caius says he's not sure where to find this gentleman, he suggests the Ald Skar Inn. If you haven't been to Ald'Ruhn before, its basically far North of Balmora, past Caldera. The quickest way is to grab a Silt Strider from Balmora.

Meet with Hassour Zainsubani
The Ald Skar Inn is just South West of the big Manor District building in Ald'ruhn and Hassour is on the middle level (under the bar). Chatting with him you indeed find out that it is an Ashlander custom to give gifts and that Hassour's passion happens to include poetry. So, just give him that book of poetry you've been reading and... what, you don't have one! Ahh well, time to visit the local merchants to see what books they have in stock. Note that you can also talk to other people to get this info, or explore his room to see what sort of books he has. Just as luck would have it, Codus Callonus: Bookseller is just next door to the Inn and Codus actually suggests a few selections when you mention Hassour (Words of the Wind 45 gold, Ashland Hymns 35 gold, or The Five Far Stars 25 gold). Now, if you have explored Hassour's room, you'll know he already has two of them but he'll accept any of the three as a gift. If you're really tricky (and cheap) you can steal his own books from his room and give it back too him (he shouldn't notice). You can also avoid the whole book buying and just raise his disposition to 80 or higher.

Return to Caius
At any rate, once you get Hassour to talk with you about the Ashlanders and Nerevarine Cult, receving Zainsubani's notes for Caius. Once you return to Caius, he again promotes you but says for you to keep the notes as he is sending you to the Urshilaku Ashlander camp that Hassour mentions. He also goes on to explain things a bit. It appears that you were released and recruited as the Emperor believes that you may fit the Nerevarine prophecies. Caius gives you a decoded copy of the original package you delivered to him along with 200 gold and instructions to see Somutis Vunnis and Crulius Pontanian at Fort Moonmoth before heading up to see the heads of the Nerevarine Cult at Urshilaku.

Bug Note
If Hassour is not where he is supposed to be, you can add him to the game by opening the console using the ~ tilde key and entering the command:
PlaceAtPC "hassour zainsubani", 1, 20, 1
Continue on with the Urshilaku Camp portion of the main quest or return to the Main Quest page.

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