Hendil is an Altmer and the resident alchemist for the town of Phaer. He is currently acting as a healer, with the assistance of Amuur, to combat the deadly plague enveloping the town. His son, Tancano, was its first victim. He owns a house in town. Prior to the relevant quest, he'll greet you with, "Sorry, can't talk right now. For your own health. Please get out of here."
- Plague of Phaer: Help distribute the treatment for a terrible disease.
- The First Patient: Help discover the source of a terrible disease.
Plague of Phaer
As you enter the barn, you can overhear Hendil and Amuur talking while treating a woman:
- Hendil: "We're losing her. Amuur! Bring me that salve!"
- Hendil: "Quickly!"
- Amuur: "This is the last of the salve, sir. I hope it's enough."
- Hendil: "We can get more later. Hurry!"
- Hendil: "Yes, just like that. Apply the salve."
- Curorne: "Please. Don't let me die."
- Hendil: "She's alive. That's all that matters. Take her to quarantine."
When you first approach Hendil in the makeshift hospital, he is clearly very weary:
- "Here about the plague? It's really catching on."
- "Sorry, sorry. This is about my fourth day without sleep. Are you feeling well? Can I help you?"
- I'm fine. How long has this plague been going on?
- "Uh, not long. My son was its first victim, bless his heart. I'm not really a healer, just the town alchemist.
But I couldn't just sit by and watch people suffer."
- How do you treat something like this?
- "Salloweed aloe. It seems to hold back the illness for a time. I apply it to my patients as soon as they show symptoms.
If their condition worsens, though, we put them in quarantine."
- Is there anything I can do to help?
- "Actually, we just ran out of salloweed. A big patch grows just outside of town. Will you gather some?
Amuur's already got the next batch of salve prepped. Just need the sap to get back to work."
- Happy to help.
You can further question him about the quarantine he spoke of:
- "Salloweed's pretty potent stuff. Gathering it should be safe enough. As long as you don't eat it, you'll be fine. I think."
- You mentioned a quarantine? Where is that?
- "Phaer used to be a mining town. The workings are still down there.
After folks started to get sick, we wanted to keep the worst away from the uninfected. So we put them in quarantine down below."
- You just abandoned them to die?
- "No, not at all. Amuur and I go down regularly to care for them. We set up a contract with the mercenaries to keep everyone safe.
This'll all turn out fine in the end."
After you have collected the salloweed, Hendil will be gladdened by your return:
- "Ah, you're back. Good. Sorry, just trying to stay on my feet."
- I've got some salloweed for you.
- "Wonderful. I'll have Amuur make up another batch of aloe straight away. I hope it wasn't any trouble for you?"
- Some people were wandering the fields. They looked diseased and attacked me.
- "Oh. They did? That's unfortunate. Very unfortunate."
- Hendil? What's wrong?
- "Hmm? I'm sorry. My mind is drifting. Very tired.
Some of the local farmworkers must have been touched by the plague. I'll send Amuur and some of the mercenaries to treat them. Thank you for telling me."
- Is there anything else I can do to help?
- "Yes, actually. If you could pass out the aloe to some of the villagers, I'll be able to send Amuur to treat those farmhands straight away.
New patients popping up every day."
- Who should I talk to?
- "Let's see, have my list here.
Nelulin, who should be out fixing the sheds about now. Eryeril, no doubt hiding in his home. And Aninwe. She owns this farm, probably just outside the barn here. Those are the next victims on the list."
- I'll pass out the aloe, then.
Amuur will then make another batch:
- Amuur: "I'll make the new batch right away, sir."
- Hendil: "Make this batch extra potent, Amuur."
- Amuur: "It's ready, sir. I put an extra dose in. Here you go."
If you talk to Hendil again before heading out, he'll say, "I thank the Stars I found that book on salloweed. Without it, we'd have no defense against this wretched disease."
As you return from distributing the salve, there is some disturbance at the entrance to the quarantined mine, as Heldil shouts:
- Hendil: "Bring the reserves! And seal the exits. We must be cautious."
When you speak to him, he will try to reassure you:
- "Everything's going to be fine. We're just very worried about the poor victims in the mine.
Does everyone have their salve?"
- I spoke to all three of them. Are they ill?
- "In some cases I'm taking a preventative stance. Hopefully that will stop the spread of the disease.
The gods thank you. As do I."
This completes the quest and you receive some gold.
If you talk to him again before starting the next quest, he'll tell you:
- "Amuur and I will be making the rounds soon enough. Check in on the people you spoke with.
Everything's going to be all right. You'll see."
The First Patient
After you have investigated his home and found some suspicious things, you can enter the Catacombs to investigate. As you walk by the empty pallets, you will overhear Hendil shouting in the distance.
- Hendil: "Hurry, Amuur! We've got to get back before someone notices we're gone."
When you get closer, you will notice Hendil and Amuur standing above Nelulin's body. As you approach them, they will flee:
- Hendil: "Someone's here! Leave him! We must find Tancano!"
After you have checked on Nelulin, follow them further in and and Hendil will order Amuur to stay back:
- Hendil: "Hold them, Amuur. We can't let them get any further. They can't know the truth!"
Defeat Amuur on your way. After pursuing Hendil through the catacombs, he finally reaches a dead end at the door to his son's chamber. He can be heard calling to him:
- Hendil: "Son! Let me in! They can't find you like this! They'll kill you!"
- Hendil: "Tancano! They're coming for you!"
He will then notice you and will plead with you:
- Hendil: "Get back! Don't hurt him! It's not his fault!"
Talk to him to understand what it going on.
- "Please, go away. I'm just trying to protect my son."
- What are you talking about? What's going on here?
- "Tancano, my son. He's sick. I've been trying to hide it. But everything's gone wrong."
- What's wrong with all of these people?
- "My son. He feeds off of them. Then he bends them to his will. They become his thralls.
I've been bringing people down here since he first got sick. Once I find the cure, I can set everything right!"
- This is just wrong.
- "I just want my son back! Not this monster. Please, don't hurt him. I can still make this right. I can still—"
He is then interrupted by his son, who welcomes "the new blood" into his lair.
While you engage Tancano in combat, Hendil will run past and plead with you:
- Hendil: "Don't hurt him! He's just sick! He'll get better!"
After the battle, Hendil will be distraught:
- Hendil: "My son. Tancano? Why did the gods curse him?"
Talk to him again.
- "Oh, my son! I can't believe it. After everything I did to protect him …."
- To protect him? What about all these people?
- "I don't know. They were under Tancano—the monster's—control.
I don't know what will happen now that he's gone. All we can do is hope."
- You need to answer for what you've done here.
- "I understand. I don't … I don't deserve freedom. Report me to Netanwe. She can take me in.
I can't face all those families. Can I wait here?"
- How do I know you won't run?
- "I won't run. I'll—
Tie me up. I'll wait for her to come for me."
Trying to talk to him after this, he'll just say, "Please, just leave me. Don't look at me."