Morrowind:Alchemical Formulas

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A rival alchemist is spoiling business for a loyal Hlaalu alchemist.
Quest Giver: Nileno Dorvayn in Balmora
Location(s): Balmora, Vivec Foreign Quarter
Prerequisite Quest: Disguise
Next Quest: Inanius Egg Mine
Reward: None
Disposition: +15 (Nileno Dorvayn)
-25 (Aurane Frernis)
Reputation Gain: +5 (House Hlaalu)
ID: HH_IndEsp1
Aurane has too much business...

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to Nileno Dorvayn about duties.
  2. Steal a copy of Aurane Frernis' secret alchemy formulas.
  3. Return it to Nileno for an increase in faction reputation.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Hlaalu Alchemy[edit]

Nileno Dorvayn at the Hlaalu Council Manor in Balmora will ask you to steal a formula from an alchemist who has been taking business from a loyal Hlaalu alchemist in Vivec. The alchemist in question is Aurane Frernis in the Foreign Quarter's lower waistworks.

Aurane's Secret Formula[edit]

Locations of the Scrolls

You can find Aurane Frernis in the Foreign Quarter's lower waistworks. It may be very difficult to steal a recipe scroll without any magic. In all, there's one on the table, one in a chest at the foot of the bed, and one on Aurane herself. The chest is locked and trapped, so non-thieves should avoid this one; the same goes for the one on Aurane. The easiest would be the one on the table; it's a small room, so there's little to hide behind when stealing the scroll. A telekinesis spell or item would be useful since you can't hide anywhere in the room while stealing it.

Once you've acquired the formula, return it to Nileno in Balmora with the recipe to complete the quest and receive a five point boost in faction reputation.

An easy way to do this (especially early in the game) is to grab the scroll on the table and turn around immediately to leave the room (before she manages to do anything other than shout at you). You will have to pay a bounty of 100 (remember to drop all the stuff you've stolen, including the recipe scroll, if you choose to do the quest this way), but other than that all will be as before - she won't even be angry when you come back.


  • If you kill Aurane Frernis, Nileno Dorvayn will lecture you on performing your tasks as ordered. You won't get a reward and Nileno's disposition with you will drop 10 points.
  • It is only necessary to steal one of the three formulas.
  • If you attempt to ask Aurane Frernis for the formulas, she will refuse to give them to you and it is impossible to get them from her through bribes or persuasion (though her response changes from "I won't share them" to "I like you, but I still won't share them").
  • If you get Aurane Frernis to turn away from the list on the table you can hide while her back is turned and take it.

Quest Stages[edit]

The following Quest_ID and Index codes can be used with the Journal Console command to manually update the quest to a certain point.

Alchemical Formulas (HH_IndEsp1)
Index Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 Nileno Dorvayn asked me to steal the alchemical formulas of Aurane Frernis whose shop is in the Market Canton in Vivec.
100 ☑Finishes quest I gave Aurane Frernis' formulas to Nileno Dorvayn.
200 ☑Finishes quest I told Nileno Dorvayn that I killed Aurane Frernis.

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