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Information at a Price
Information at a Price
Quest Giver Hannibal Traven
Location Castle Skingrad
Bloodcrust Cavern
Prerequisite Liberation or Apprehension?
Next Quest A Plot Revealed
Faction Mages Guild
Type Arcane University quest
Information at a Price is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Arch-Mage Hannibal Traven asks the Hero to retrieve some information from the Count Count Janus Hassildor|Janus Hassildor of Skingrad, but the Count has something else in mind for them before he reveals what he knows.

BackgroundEdit

Count Janus Hassildor of Skingrad requires a favor from the Hero in exchange for information on the status of the necromancers.

WalkthroughEdit

Head to Castle Skingrad and speak to Hal-Liurz who will fetch the Count. The Count has information on the Necromancer activity in Cyrodiil. Before he gives that information, he wants a favor performed. It appears that a nest of vampires and a group of vampire hunters need to be removed from the area. The vampires are found in Bloodcrust Cavern while the vampire hunters are at the Two Sisters Lodge in Skingrad. They can also be found wandering the streets of Skingrad.

Ways to complete this quest:

Method OneEdit

Head to Bloodcrust Cavern and fight the vampires. Once the last one is dead and some vampire dust has been collected, the vampire hunters need to be dealt with. Head to the Two Sisters Lodge and speak to Eridor, who is their leader. Inform him of the vampires demise and show him the dust as evidence. With this, they will leave town.

Method TwoEdit

Instead of speaking to Eridor and his group of vampire hunters, wait until they fall asleep (after midnight) and kill them in their rooms. Once all four are dead an updated journal entry shows that the group has been dealt with. This method is more dangerous, as the Count refuses to have the city guard look the other way if crimes are committed during this mission. The Gray Cowl of Nocturnal helps with eliminating the hunters. Once they are dead, head to Bloodcrust Cavern and slay the vampires.

Method ThreeEdit

Go to the vampire hunters and tell them where the vampires are. They will head to the cavern themselves and take out the vampires. Let the two groups fight it out. If the vampire hunters win, they'll leave town in a few days. Otherwise, head to the cavern and clear the mess up (should be a few stray vampires remain). If the vampire hunters were successful, head to the caverns anyway.

Back to Count HassildorEdit

Once the vampires are dead and the vampire Hunters gone, head back to the castle and speak to Hal-Liurz. Once the Count arrives, inform him of the victory. Then, he gives the information about Mannimarco, as promised. Head back to the University and speak to Hannibal Traven about Mannimarco and the quest is done. Three days must pass before another quest can be performed for Traven.

JournalEdit

Journal Entry
  • Update: After speaking to Traven:

Count Hassildor wishes to see me. I should travel to Skingrad immediately and speak with Hal-Liurz.

  • Update: After speak in to Count Hassildor:

Count Hassildor has information that he will provide only if I remove the Vampire Hunters lurking around Skingrad, as well as a nest of vampires in Bloodcrust Cavern outside of town.

  • Update: When the vampires at Bloodcrust Cavern are killed:

The Vampires in Bloodcrust Cavern have been disposed of. Now I must deal with the Vampire Hunters.

  • Update: After showing the Vampire Dust to the vampire hunters, or if they disposed of all the vampires:

The Vampire Hunters have left Skingrad. I should return to Castle Skingrad and speak with Hal-Liurz.

  • Update: If the vampire hunters are killed:

The Vampire Hunters in Skingrad have been killed.

  • Update: After speaking to the count:

Count Hassildor's news about Mannimarco must be delivered to Hannibal Traven right away.

  • Update: Upon returning to and informing Traven in the University:

I have told Arch-Mage Traven about Mannimarco's presence in Cyrodiil.

  • Quest complete

BugsEdit

  • There seems to be a bug in which the vampire hunters do not go to the cave when told the location. It is currently unknown what triggers this bug, or what resolves it (short of murdering them in their sleep). Killing the vampires does not resolve the issue, as no new conversation topics appear when talking to Eridor, even while in possession of dust from each of the vampires. The hunters simply behave as they did immediately after being given the location of the lair but before they actually go to it. Waiting 24 hours should resolve this.
    • Resolution: Use a frenzy spell on the vampire hunters whilst they are in town. They will get themselves killed. The frenzy spell does not register as an assault, so no bounty is accumulated.
  • In the unpatched game, killing all the vampires may not be recognized by the game as having been done.
  •  PC   360   If the "Order of the Virtuous Blood" has been completed, Roland Jenseric may not buy the Vampire Dust found at Bloodcrust Cavern.


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