Hlaalu Stronghold, is a House Hlaalu quest available in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It results in the construction of Rethan Manor, which can be used by the Nerevarine as their home.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

Detailed walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Once the Nerevarine reaches the rank of Kinsman in House Hlaalu, any councilor or quest giver will tell whom to contact to start the construction of the Hero's very own stronghold. Talk to Dondos Driler at the Hlaalu Manor in Balmora. He says that a Construction Contract is required and a land deed in order to start the building.

Phase I[edit | edit source]

Travel to see Duke Vedam Dren in the Grand Council Chambers in Ebonheart to receive the contract. The land deed can be bought from Baren Alen at the Hlaalu Treasury in Vivec City. Return to Dondos Driler with the deed and contract and the construction will begin.

In a few days, the Nerevarine will be prompted by an entry in the journal to talk with Driler. He will provide the directions to the stronghold and ask the Nerevarine to check on its progress. The foreman on site, Durbul gro-Rush, will say that work should be finished within the week. Return to Dondos with the news.

After a few days, another journal entry will appear to inform the Nerevarine that the first phase of the stronghold has been finished.

Phase II[edit | edit source]

Once the first phase of the stronghold is completed, return to Dondos in Balmora. He will say that the Nerevarine needs to improve business near the stronghold by restoring the nearby Shurdan-Raplay Egg Mine, just across the river. The mine can be restored by curing the Kwama Queen and hiring some miners.

To cure the queen, simply cast a Cure Blight spell or scroll on her. Getting the Vivec's Touch spell from the Vivec Ashmask in the Gnisis temple is also an option.

As for the miners, talk to Dondos again and he'll suggest recruiting an unemployed miner. That would be either Ilasour Tansumiran, found in his cave dwelling home north of the Temple in Gnisis, or Llaals Ores at the Slave Market of Tel Aruhn. Llaals is now a slave in the Underground; talk to Savile Imayn to learn that curing the Kwama Queen is needed to secure his release. Whichever one is chosen, return to Dondos afterwards. Note that neither miner will actually go to the mine.

Upon curing the Queen and hiring one of the miners, return to Dondos to start the second phase of the stronghold. The Nerevarine should receive another journal entry one week later, when the second phase of construction is complete.

Phase III[edit | edit source]

Once the second phase of the stronghold is finished and the Nerevarine has reached the rank of House Father, it is now possible to begin the third and final phase of construction. Return to Balmora and speak with Dondos, who will explain that the Nerevarine needs to get rid of the bandits in the area of the stronghold. To do that the Nerevarine will need to hire a guard, and Dondos suggests speaking with the Balmora Fighters Guild or the Imperial Legion at Moonmoth Legion Fort to do so.

"We need every Legionnaire we have."
―Legion members at Moonmoth Legion Fort

The fort will have no one to spare, but speaking with Flaenia Amiulusus at the Balmora Fighters Guild will get the Hero a guard named Fjorgeir for 1000 gold.

Once he is hired, travel to the stronghold to meet him and talk to him about the bandits. Apparently the bandits are hiding out in the cave of Zainsipilu. Kill the leader of the bandits, Maros Gimayn. Killing the other seven bandits is optional.

Return to Driler to begin the third phase of construction. Another journal entry should be received in three days when the last phase of construction is complete.

Journal entries[edit | edit source]

Hlaalu Stronghold (Phase I)
ID Journal Entry
5 In order to advance further, I must strengthen House Hlaalu by building a stronghold. I should go to the House Hlaalu Council Hall in Balmora and speak with the stronghold builder, Dondos Driler.
  • Quest accepted
10 I spoke with the stronghold builder for House Hlaalu, Dondos Driler. He told me that he would build a stronghold for me on the site of the old Rethan Manor. Before construction can begin, I must get a land deed and construction contract from Baren Alen at the Hlaalu Vaults in Vivec.
50 Dondos Driler accepted the land deed and construction contract. He said that construction would begin soon. I should speak with Dondos Driler again in a few days to check on the progress of my stronghold.
55 I should speak with Dondos Driler about the progress on my stronghold.
60 Dondos Driler asked me to speak with Durbul gro-Rush, the foreman at the construction site. My stronghold will be built on the ruins of Rethan Manor which is on the northwest bank of the Odai river which flows from Balmora to the coast.
70 Durbul gro-Rush assured me that the stronghold would be complete in one week's time.
90 Dondos Driler thanked me for keeping him informed of the progress on my stronghold.
 100  The first stage of my stronghold should be complete by today.
  • Phase I Complete
Hlaalu Stronghold (Phase II)
105 Crassius Curio told me that in order to advance further in House Hlaalu, I must build improvements for my stronghold. I should speak with Dondos Driler again at the Hlaalu Council Manor in Balmora.
110 To improve my stronghold, Dondos Driler told me that I must improve business around my stronghold. The Shurdan-Raplay egg mine is just southeast of my stronghold, across the Odai river. Dondos Driler told me I should cure the blighted kwama queen and hire some egg miners.
120 Dondos Driler told me that I might could get scrolls of cure blight from Hetman Abelmawia in Gnisis or from Pierlette Rostorard in Sadrith Mora.
130 Dondos Driler told me that there are some unemployed miners in Gnisis and Tel Aruhn. If I can, I should draw experience [sic] miners away from House Redoran or House Telvanni.
140 I cured the blighted kwama queen in the Shurdan-Raplay Egg Mine.
150 I found a miner who will work for me in the Shurdan-Raplay egg mine.
170 Dondos Driler gave the orders to being [sic] improving my stronghold.
200 The next phase of my stronghold should be complete.
  • Phase II Complete
Hlaalu Stronghold (Phase III)
210 Dondos Driler told me that I need to recruit a guard for my stronghold from the Fighters Guild here in Balmora or Fort Moonmoth nearby. I also need to find and kill the bandits that are disrupting trade near my stronghold.
220 I have hired the mercenary Fjorgeir from the Fighters Guild here in Balmora. He will meet me at my stronghold.
250 Fjorgeir told me the bandits are led by Maros Gimayn and come from Zainsipilu, a small cave across the River Odai and over the hills to the south. He offered to either guard my stronghold or fight together against the bandits.
270 Dondos Driler gave the orders to put the finishing touches on my stronghold.
300 The final stage of my stronghold should be complete.
  • Quest complete

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • After the first phase has been completed, the Nerevarine may immediately recruit the miner Ilasour Tansumiran.
    • This will begin the Second Phase, despite the Queen having not been cured

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