Oblivion:Go Fish

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Help Aelwin contribute to his retirement savings by obtaining the scales from some Rumare Slaughterfish for him to sell.
Quest Giver: Aelwin Merowald in Weye
Location(s): Weye
Reward: Jewel of the Rumare
ID: SQ09
An angry Rumare Slaughterfish

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Find Aelwin pacing around his house and speak to him.
  2. He will ask you to obtain a dozen Rumare Slaughterfish scales.
  3. Dispose of the Slaughterfish and return to him for the Jewel of the Rumare.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Slaughterfish Problem[edit]

Aelwin Merowald can be found walking around his house in Weye after about 7 or 8 in the morning. Talk to him and go through his dialogue in order to receive a quest to kill twelve Rumare Slaughterfish. When talking to him, it is advisable to not select the option to laugh at him, since laughing will decrease his disposition towards you by 60 points and end the conversation. If you lower his disposition below 20, he will not even start a conversation with you; a Charm spell will be necessary to get his disposition over 20 and receive the quest.

Gone Fishing[edit]

Follow the quest marker to find and kill each fish. It may be necessary to search the area around where the marker points because it is not always accurate. The Detect Life spell is useful for locating the fish. It is also much easier to fish during the day.

Once you've collected the scales from the first fish, the marker should point to the next one (there might be a short delay). If the marker doesn't update, try hitting the fish's corpse or leaving and waiting elsewhere for a few hours. Continue this until you have all twelve scales. The quest isn't timed and the fish don't move, so you do not have to complete it all at once.

Talk to Aelwin again and he will give you a unique ring called the Jewel of the Rumare, which is enchanted with Water Breathing and Fortify Athletics 4 points, a rather nice reward for such a simple task.

Retirement Savings[edit]

Aelwin mentions that the fish scales will be sold to an alchemist and the money made will contribute to his savings for his retirement. If you are the thieving type, select the Where are your savings? dialogue option. If you increase his disposition to at least 70, he'll mention that his savings are locked in a box in his house and he has the key. After Aelwin tells you this, you can pick his pocket for the key or kill him and take it. The chest is located to the left of the fireplace in his house, though there is only a small amount of gold in the chest. Note that the key will not appear in his inventory if you do not successfully ask him about his savings.


  • The following three journal discrepancies occur:
  • Although the quest journal says that the Weye settlement is southwest of the Imperial City, it is actually due west.
  • The quest journal states that Aelwin is getting too old, therefore you need to do the legwork for him. Aelwin however says the reason he can't get the scales is because a slaughterfish injured his leg.
  • The journal (and Aelwin) mentions that the Rumare Slaughterfish is a special breed that can only be found in Lake Rumare, directly north of Weye. It is not clear whether "directly north of Weye" refers to the location of Lake Rumare or the location of the slaughterfish, but in either case the description is inaccurate. Lake Rumare lies east of Weye, and the slaughterfish can actually be found to the north, east, and south of Weye.
  • It is advisable not to kill the fish before making the quest active, as it may lead to the marker indefinitely pointing to the first fish (see bugs).


  • The quest marker may get stuck pointing at the location of the fish that has just been killed.
    • PC Only The Unofficial Oblivion Patch, version 1.0.0, addresses this issue. However, the bug can occur even with the patch installed.
    • Using the resurrect console command on the corpse of a previous fish and then killing it again can be used to advance the quest if you have already killed one and the corpse is still present.
    • It is also possible to use the console to spawn new fish directly in front of you: player.placeatme <formid>, where <formid> ranges from 00068825 through 00068829 (see Rumare Slaughterfish for details).
  • After you finish the quest, you can pickpocket Aelwin and take back the Rumare Slaughterfish Scales, but doing so is not recommended as they are still classified as quest items and can't be sold or removed from your inventory. They will also be stuck in your inventory if you happen to collect the scales but Aelwin dies before you can hand them over.
    • On PC You can remove the Quest Item status of the scales yourself with the following command: setquestobject 00185FE2 0
  • The seventh Rumare Slaughterfish was not initially disabled, which threw off the compass marker and the quest.
  • A fish sometimes spawns out of the water or stuck inside a rock in the lake, making it difficult or impossible to attack it.
    • PC Only The Unofficial Oblivion Patch, version 3.1.0, addresses this issue. The spawn points of the Slaughterfish now get hardcoded, so they can't spawn in embedded.
    • The same notes about the previous bug also apply here.
    • An area-of-effect Command spell can be used to relocate the fish, or an area attack spell used to kill it, if it's within range; but you may have to reload an earlier save.
  • Some of the Rumare Slaughterfish spawns are not initially disabled properly which can lead to the quest incorrectly updating stages if you pick up the scales from the corpses. This will then cause other stages to misfire, leading to the quest not enabling new targets when it should.
  • Aelwin's retirement savings chest was supposed to contain a minimum of 500 gold (a fixed amount combined with a leveled amount), but due to an engine bug the 500 never appears, only the much smaller leveled amount.
  • Each time you ask Aelwin "Where are your savings?", a copy of his key is added to his inventory, meaning he can end up with several copies.

Journal Entries[edit]

Go Fish (SQ09)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 Aelwin Merowald at the Weye Settlement southwest of the Imperial City is looking to acquire 12 Rumare Slaughterfish Scales to sell to a customer. He's asked me to do the legwork, as he's getting quite old and can't handle the difficult task. The Rumare slaughterfish is a special breed of slaughterfish that can only be found in Lake Rumare, directly north of Weye.
15 (First slaughterfish is dead. Enable the second)
20 (Second slaughterfish is dead. Disable the first and enable the third)
25 (Third slaughterfish is dead. Disable the second and enable the fourth)
30 (Fourth slaughterfish is dead. Disable the third and enable the fifth)
35 (Fifth slaughterfish is dead. Disable the fourth and enable the sixth)
40 (Sixth slaughterfish is dead. Disable the fifth and enable the seventh)
45 (Seventh slaughterfish is dead. Disable the sixth and enable the eighth)
50 (Eighth slaughterfish is dead. Disable the seventh and enable the ninth)
55 (Ninth slaughterfish is dead. Disable the eighth and enable the tenth)
60 (Tenth slaughterfish is dead. Disable the ninth and enable the eleventh)
65 (Eleventh slaughterfish is dead. Disable the tenth and enable the twelfth)
90 I've acquired 12 Rumare Slaughterfish Scales. I should bring them to Aelwin Merowald at the Weye Settlement as soon as I can.
100 Finishes quest☑ I've given the 12 Rumare Slaughterfish Scales to Aelwin Merowald and he's rewarded me with a magical ring. (Disable the eleventh and twelfth slaughterfish)
110 Finishes quest☑ Aelwin Merowald at the Weye Settlement needed 12 Rumare Slaughterfish Scales. After berating me for fishing "his" waters, he traded me an amulet for the scales.
200 Finishes quest☑ With Aelwin's death, it is impossible to complete this quest.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in random order.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On PC It is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage SQ09 stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages. See SetStage for more information.