The Barbarian and the Book is a miscellaneous quest in The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal. The Nerevarine comes across a Nord named Thrud wandering around Godsreach, and aids them in their search for their friend, Dilborn.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Speak with Thrud.
  • Enter the Residential Sewers with Thrud.
  • Speak with Drathas Nerus.
    • (Either) Negotiate Dilborn's debt down to 1,000 Gold and pay it off.
    • (Or) Attack Nerus and the bandits.
  • Speak with Thrud once again.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

While exploring Morrowind's capital city of Mournhold, the Nerevarine may come across a Nord named Thrud. Thrud, a barbarian by birth, is searching for his friend, and teacher, Dilborn, whom disappeared three days previously and has not been seen since. Thrud, in his simple broken sentences, asks that the Nerevarine help find his friend.

Sewer Socials[edit | edit source]

Thrud states that Dilborn frequently entered the Residential Sewers to speak to friends, although Thrud is unsure who they are. With Thrud in tow, the Nerevarine must enter the Sewers, heading to a deadend in the eastern part of the main area in order to find Dilborn. Surrounded by several bandits, Dilborn is being held captive by a Dunmer named Drathas Nerus, to whom Dilborn owes a large sum of money. The Nerevarine is now faced with a choice.

Reduced Ransom[edit | edit source]

The Nerevarine may attempt to negotiate with Nerus, who states that Dilborn holds a 3,000 Gold debt. This figure can either be paid, or reduced through raising Nerus' disposition, although Nerus will only go as low as 1,000 Gold. Once the debt has been paid, the Nerevarine may speak to Thrud, whom will reward them with a book, Trap.

Cutting the Captors[edit | edit source]

Alternatively, the Nerevarine may choose to simply attack Nerus, although his two associates will immediately pounce upon the defenceless Dilborn. They will also attack Dilborn if the Nerevarine attempts to Intimidate Nerus into letting him go, with the Nerevarine needing to kill all three before Dilborn and Thrud can be reunited. Thrud will assist in the fight, and will again reward the Nerevarine with a copy of Trap.

Once the Nerevarine has spoken to Thrud, the quest is completed.

Journal[edit | edit source]

The Barbarian and the Book – MS_BarbarianBook
ID Journal Entry
10 Today I met a distraught barbarian by the name of Thrud, frantically looking for his missing friend, Dilborn.
  • Quest accepted
20 I have agreed to help Thrud find his lost friend, Dilborn. Thrud says he has seen Dilborn go down in the sewers in Godsreach to meet friends.
30 We located Dilborn in the sewers, held captive by a group of bandits led by Drathas Nerus.
40 Drathas has agreed to cut the ransom down to 1,000 gold.
100 Thrud tried to get my help in finding his friend Dilborn, but I just don't have the time.
  • Quest complete
110 I paid off Dilborn's ransom and Drathas set him free.
140 I killed Dilborn's captors, but unfortunately, Thrud died during the battle. Dilborn was happy to be free, but very sad to see Thrud killed. It is a pity it had to come to this.
  • Quest complete
150 I killed Dilborn's captors, but unfortunately, Dilborn died during the battle. Thrud was inconsolable. It's a pity it had to come to this.
  • Quest complete
160 I have killed Dilborn's captors, and Thrud and Dilborn are happily reunited.
200 Thrud provided me with a copy of his favorite book as my reward for rescuing Dilborn.
  • Quest complete
1 I found a fellow named Dilborn being held captive, and I killed his captors.
100 Dilborn thanked me for my rescue, but he said he was 'financially embarrassed, and had no reward for me.
10 I killed Dilborn's captors, but unfortunately, Dilborn and Trhud [sic] [Do not change this to Thrud. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] died during the battle. It's a pity it had to come to this.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Both Thrud and Dilborn may die during the quest.
  • Thrud may not be spoken to at all during the quest, as the Nerevarine may rescue Dilborn before the quest begins.
    • In this case, Trap will not be rewarded, nor will anything else.
  • Thrud owns an Ebony War Axe, which may be taken if he dies.

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