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"The Hag's Cure is here for all your discreet needs..."
―Bothela[src]

Bothela

Bothela is a Breton Reachwoman alchemist who lives in Markarth.

BackgroundEdit

She is the proprietor of The Hag's Cure, where she sells potions and alchemical ingredients. Her store helper is Muiri. Bothela expresses regret at the situation of the Forsworn.

PersonalityEdit

Silver-BloodsEdit

Bothela thinks that Markarth would be better off without the Silver-Bloods, as she says they send Yngvar to forcefully collect gold from her every few days.

ForswornEdit

If one asks her about the Forsworn, she will tell the Dragonborn that the only thing she knows about them is that they broke her heart. She will say that a great number of her friends and her kin were lost because they joined the Forsworn.

InteractionsEdit

The Steward's PotionEdit

She asks the Dragonborn to deliver the Stallion's Potion to Raerek, the Jarl's Steward. Upon delivery Raerek will give a reward.

QuotesEdit

  • "I have potions for disease, love sickness, irritating children..."
  • "A little bit of old Reach magic can cure whatever ills you...."
  • "Oh yes... you'll need one of my special brews..."
  • "Not scared of an old woman now, are you?"

DialogueEdit

"A little bit of old Reach magic can cure whatever ills you...."
The "Hag's Cure." That's a unique name. "Comes with living to a ripe old age, people start thinking there's something magical about you. Then, the insults. Still, a little knowledge of plants and potions can get you by. Not that anyone likes to admit buying things from you. See? I even have a little potion for the Steward. Mind handing it over to him? Just say it should solve that problem he has."

I'll make sure he gets it. "Thank you."
I don't have time right now. "Pity."

What do you know about the Forsworn? "We'd be better off without the Silver-Bloods. They send their brute, Yngvar, to shake some coins from me every few days. And Betrid Silver-Blood is always asking for more potions to fuel Thonar's 'ambitions.' Gives him a temper fiercer than any bear." Asking her if she knows about the Forsworn will result in a sadder reply: "Only that they break an old woman's heart. So many friends, so many kin, all lost trying to rebuild a past that was over long ago."

ConversationsEdit

Potions or poisonsEdit

Bothela: "No, no girl. It's the picked spider tongue and then the decayed taproot. Do it the other way, and your cure turns into a poison."
Muiri: "There's just so much to memorize. How am I supposed to remember what goes where for every single herb?"
Bothela: "You will. Until then, you'll taste every potion you make before you sell it."

A familyEdit

Muiri: "Bothela, I have a question...."
Bothela: "You want to know a secret of mine, young girl? The most effective poison to kill a man? A potion to make others fall in love, perhaps?"
Muiri: "I was actually just wondering if you had any family...."
Bothela: "Oh. Oh, I see...."
Muiri: "I'm sorry. You don't have to tell me if you don't...."
Bothela: "I have one. A nephew. He's in prison for being a member of the Forsworn."
Muiri: "I'm sorry, I didn't realize."
Bothela: "Don't be. We all make mistakes."

The man you pickEdit

Bothela: "You should be more careful with the man you pick, dear."
Muiri: "He said he loved me..."
Bothela: "Real men prove their love. Words are as empty as the air they run through."

TearsEdit

Bothela: "Stop moping about, girl. Tears won't change what you've done."
Muiri: "I was such a fool. How could I let him use me like that?"
Bothela: "We all get used, dear. It's living with it that makes you a woman."

TriviaEdit

  • She has a unique variant of face paint, which cannot be put onto the Dragonborn's character.
  • If Muiri is married, Bothela will attend the wedding ceremony.
  • She does not sleep, meaning her shop cannot be robbed easily.
  • Odvan, in Cidhna Mine, is her grandson.
  • If the Dragonborn kills Odvan, she will send Hired Thugs after them.

AppearancesEdit