He can be found outside the barrow, and needs funding for the excavation, with the exact sum being 1000 gold. After some time, a courier will deliver a letter to you asking for your assistance once more. Throughout the mission, he will ask for more gold for more miners and warriors. He will ask for 11000 total before he is finally done with the work needed to complete the mission.
Speaking to Ralis will initiate this quest. He is an essential part to the quest, and can be killed or spared at the end of said quest.
- Sometimes, if Hoarfrost is taken from Ralis, then placed back in his inventory, it may be on the ground in front of him, moving around as he does, unable to be picked up. It remains this way even during combat, fast travel, and entering/exiting areas. There is no known fix.
- On PS3, sometimes after being left alive after Unearthed, his speech may be stuck on "awakening" phrases as if he was still trying to awaken Azhidal. His interactions are normal and he responds normally when talked to but when he is following the player he will randomly shout "awakening" phrases.