Oblivion:Black Horse Courier

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Black Horse Courier
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ICMarketDistrictBlackHorseCourier, ICMarketDistrictBlackHorseCourierUpstairs, ICMarketDistrictBlackHorseCourierBasement
Imperial City, Market District
Offices of the Black Horse Courier

The Black Horse Courier is the headquarters of The Black Horse Courier newspaper in the Imperial City's Market District. It is across from The Merchants Inn, next door to Three Brothers Trade Goods.

The newspaper is jointly run by three Khajiit brothers, Ra'jiradh, Urjabhi, and Hassiri. The three of them divide their time between editorial duties in the office or researching in and around the Imperial City. All of them can be spotted at random times running towards the headquarters with the latest news or gossip in hand, eager to write the next edition of the paper.

Copies of the editions of The Black Horse Courier are found throughout the buildings at different times in the main level and the upstairs office, two of which are available even before the associated quest has begun. The building also features a basement.

Several Imperial City citizens will pay monthly visits to the Black Horse Courier. This is due to an unfinished quest that supposedly had to do with the player delivering letters from the big city to citizens in the smaller cities around Cyrodiil. At 12pm, on a set date of every month, they will break off their usual routine, enter the editorial office and spend a brief amount of time there, provided that their long-distance friends are still alive.

Black Horse Courier[edit]

Chaos reigns inside

The front door reveals the seemingly busy editorial office with several editions of the publication scattered on both floor and tables. At least one of the three brothers can be found in this area during the regular opening time between 8am and 8pm. On the southwest wall of the main level, a large desk holds a copy of the Tragic Accident! Baenlin Dead! edition after Accidents Happen is completed, provided Gromm is not killed and Baenlin's death looks like an accident. It also holds a copy of the Adamus Phillida Slain! edition if Permanent Retirement is completed.

In the west corner, a smaller desk contains up to five random books and holds a copy of the Mercantile skill book 2920, Sun's Height (v7) on top of it. Next to the desk, in a basket, and on the two shelves are nine handbills from Three Brothers Trade Goods. The door to the basement is in the north corner and the shelves here holds two handbills from A Fighting Chance. In the southeastern corner, a bottle of cheap wine sits on a table at the foot of the stairs leading up to the upstairs offices.

Black Horse Courier Upstairs Offices[edit]

More chaos upstairs

The front door opens to the sight of a small meeting table surrounded by chairs. A bowl on the table holds three apples. The large desk on the southwest wall holds a copy of the Tragic Accident! Baenlin Dead! edition and a copy of the Cheydinhal Heir Saved! edition, both of them available before the associated quests are finished. Also on the desk sits a handbill from Mystic Emporium and two shopping lists; one for spices and one for food. The nearby shelves contain a complete collection of Alessia Ottus's guides to the major cities. A non-respawning chest sits next to the shelves and can hold armor and weapons. In the southern corner sits a clutter desk and a non-respawning chest that can hold gold and jewelry. Scattered on the floor are four handbills from Jensine's "Good as New" Merchandise. The table in the eastern corner holds a dish with an apple, a carrot, and a cheese wedge. As to be expected, several regular editions of the publication can be found lying on both the floor and furniture.

Black Horse Courier Basement[edit]

The basement

The basement area is much cleaner than the rest of the Black Horse Courier, due to the fact that the brothers never use it. A barrel and a sack sit on the first landing of the stairs into the basement, and another two barrels sit at the foot of the stairs. In the east corner is a desk, and in the north corner two crates. Another barrel, a chest, and two more sacks lie in the west corner. All of the containers in the basement hold clutter, except the two barrels at the foot of the stairs which contain food, and only the sacks are non-respawning. The only item of real interest is a scroll of Absorb Skill: Mercantile sitting on top of the empty bookshelf in the northeastern corner.


Name Date Acquaintance*
Alessia Ottus 10th Hafid Hollowleg
Algot the Northerner 26th Erina Jeranus
Amantius Allectus 9th Mog gra-Mogakh
Astinia Atius 11th Emfrid
Audens Avidius 8th Mariana Ancharia
Caula Allectus 7th Emfrid
Cicero Verus 13th Olav
Curtis[c] 30th Gilgondorin
Dynari Amnis 17th Witseidutsei
Elisa Pierrane 4th Maenlorn
Elragail 23rd Mog gra-Mogakh
Fathis Ules 18th Wilbur
Ida Ottus 24th Gilen Norvalo[b]
Irene Metrick 25th Bogrum Gro-Galash
Luronk gro-Glurzog 16th Hafid Hollowleg
Name Date Acquaintance*
Mandil 29th Witseidutsei
Othrelos 15th Wilbur
Pennus Mallius 21st Bogrum Gro-Galash
Pista Marillin 28th Shuravi
Ra'Jhan 5th Dervera Romalen
Renee Geonette 5th[a] Talasma
Rochelle Bantien 2nd Hafid Hollowleg
Salomon Geonette 27th Olav
Sergius Verus 12th Erina Jeranus
Severius Atius 1st Hafid Hollowleg
Stantus Varrid 22nd Mariana Ancharia
Thamriel 3rd Maenlorn
Trenus Duronius 14th Talasma
Usheeja 20th Shuravi

* The acquaintance must be alive for the visit to occur

^aBased on the internal name of the package, this visit was meant to occur on the 6th, rather than the 5th. Ra'Jhan was supposed to be the only visitor on the 5th.
^bAs all targets are innkeepers, he lacks a second visitor, and he's alphabetically listed next to him, it's very likely that this target was meant to be Gilgondorin, rather than Gilen.
^cCurtis does not appear in the final game, he's only listed here because he's in possession of a numbered visit package.

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