Information Gathering is a quest in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.


After both Azzan and Burz gro-Khash told the Hero that they have no more contracts, go see Modryn Oreyn in Chorrol at his house as he has been expelled from the Fighters Guild for getting the Guild Leader's son killed. He is still trying to bring honor to the Guild while also bringing down the Blackwood Company.


Oreyn explains that the Blackwood Company has expanded into the region, and has a new hideout in Glademist Cave. One of the Blackwood Company leaders, Ajum-Kajin, is there. Oreyn would like the Hero to go capture him and bring him in for questioning.

Follow the quest marker to Glademist Cave. The Hero may want to lighten their load as The Blackwood Company is equipped with the best light and heavy armor, unlike the Fighters Guild iron armor.

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Ajum-Kajin in the cave

There will be almost a dozen Blackwood Company Guards that are posted in groups of two. Defeat the pairs, and continue following the quest marker to find Ajum-Kajin. Talk to him, and he will follow back to Chorrol. He is not an essential character, but if he gets damaged he will run away quickly while casting heal on himself, and return when it's safe.

Bring him back to Chorrol. Upon speaking to Oreyn, he will tell the Hero to interrogate him and get him to give all the details about the Blackwood Company.

Go back to Ajum-Kajin. Tell him to sit down, and start talking to him. He will say that they do not scare him, and he will not tell them anything. There are two ways to get him to talk. Torture him or persuade him (by playing the persuasion game, or by bribing him).

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Ajum-Kajin in Oreyn's house

If choosing to torture him, unequip weapons and start beating him with fists (be careful, as he can be killed). He needs to get down to 60% health for him to talk the first time, then 20% the second.

If choosing to persuade him, get his disposition to 70. The Hero will get a quest update that he is ready to divulge some information when leaving the dialogue mode. Talk to him again, and ask him how many members there are. He will say over a hundred. Continue the conversation, and attempt to ask him who the leader is. He will say that he will not betray him. Ask where the Blackwood Company gets its strength, and he will again say that he won't tell you.

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A painting made by Modryn depicting the interrogation scene.

Continue to beat on him, or get his disposition to 90 (a charm spell helps here or he could be bribed) until the Hero gets another quest update. Now ask him who the leader is. He will say that the leader's name is Ri'Zakar. Ask him where the Blackwood Company gets its strength, and he will say he'd rather die. The conversation exits, and he bursts into flames. He had a hidden Blackwood Ring of Silence, and equipped it instead of divulging this information.

Go speak to Oreyn. He says it is unfortunate that he killed himself, however the information that was needed was obtained. He rewards the Hero with the Amulet of Interrogation and the quest completes.


Journal Entry
  • Update: Upon receiving this quest from either Azzan or Burz after being promoted:

I have been promoted to the rank of Champion of the Fighters Guild. I'm told that Modryn Oreyn is looking for me, and I should speak with him as soon as possible.

  • Update: After speaking with Oreyn:

I have spoken to Modryn Oreyn, who tells me that, although he has been expelled from the Fighters Guild, he will still work to restore its honor. To that end, he wants me to go to the Glademist Cave and capture a Blackwood Company leader, Ajum-Kajin.

  • Update: Once Ajum-Kajin has been located:

I have found Ajum-Kajin, cowering in his Blackwood Company hideout. I must convince him to return with me.

  • Update: After Ajum-Kajin agrees to follow:

Ajum-Kajin will now return with me to Modryn Oreyn's house.

  • Update: After returning to Oreyn with Ajum-Kajin:

Oreyn would like me to learn some things from Ajum-Kajin: how large the Blackwood Company is; who leads the Company; and what is the source of their power. Oreyn has told me I am to use whatever means necessary to get this information.

  • Update: Once Ajum-Kajin is ready to divulge the first set of information:

It appears Ajum-Kajin may be ready to give me information.

  • Update: After asking how large the Blackwood Company is:

I've learned that the Blackwood Company is over 100 strong, and growing every day. I must find out who leads them.

  • Update: Once he has been roughed up or talked up again:

It looks like Ajum-Kajin is ready to tell me more. I should question him.

  • Update: After learning the identity of their leader:

I've learned their leader is Ri'Zakar. I must now learn the source of their power, what gives them such courage in battle.

  • Update: When asking about the source of the Blackwood Company's power:

Ajum-Kajin seems unwilling to answer me as to the source of the Blackwood Company's power. I will have to persuade him further.

  • Update: After Ajum-Kajin kills himself:

Rather than divulge the Blackwood Company's secret, Ajum-Kajin has killed himself. I should speak with Oreyn for further instruction.

  • Update: If Ajum-Kajin wasn't killed during the Interrogation:

Though we did not get all of the answers we had hoped for, Oreyn is pleased with the information we gained.

  • Quest complete
  • Update: If Ajum-Kajin was killed in the interrogation:

Ajum-Kajin has died. I will be unable to learn any more from him. Oreyn is unhappy I took the interrogation too far.

  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to Information Gathering. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • The Amulet of Interrogation provided as a reward for this quest is a leveled item, but the levels are out of order. One will receive the best amulet if one are between levels 5 and 9, and becomes less powerful once one reach level 10. Try to complete this quest before level 10. However, keep in mind that one of the earlier Fighters Guild quests -namely, Mystery at Harlun's Watch - is also glitched, and doing this quest after level 10 nets you the best reward. It is to your advantage to decide which item you like best, and do the quests either before or after level 10. See Quest Timing for an overview of all the Fighters Guild quests with unusual leveled items.
  • Sometimes, Ajum-Kajin will get stuck behind the chair when you tell him to sit down.
    • If this happens, use the console to disable him, then use the console again to enable him. He should show up next to you, and not be trapped behind the chair.
  • If you use a spell or an item with the Damage Fatigue effect, Ajum-Kajin will be knocked down, then will stand up. He will not sit down again and you cannot talk to him. The only way to complete the quest is to kill him, sacrificing the reward.
  • If you charm or attack Ajum-Kajin before telling him to sit down, you will not be able to ask him any questions, and therefore be unable to finish the quest without killing him.

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Fighters Guild Quests
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Azzan A Rat ProblemThe Unfortunate ShopkeeperDen of ThievesNewheim's FlagonThe Wandering ScholarThe Stone of St. Alessia
Burz gro-Khash The Desolate MineAmelion's DebtThe FugitivesThe Noble's DaughterMystery at Harlun's Watch
Modryn Oreyn Unfinished BusinessDrunk and DisorderlyThe Master's SonMore Unfinished BusinessAzani BlackheartTrolls of Forsaken MineInformation GatheringInfiltrationThe Hist
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