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15 Feb 2009

Location: Minnesota: The Land of 11,842 Lakes

Here are the updated quest designs. Hopefully, I've been able to find common ground using all the feedback.

Kneading the Dough

Latest Rumor - I bought a loaf of bread at The Mother Alessia the other day -- stale as timber. I hear they are only kept afloat by the favorable contracts the Baker's Guild keeps steering their way.

"The Mother Alessia" is having a hard time making ends meet. Meanwhile competitors are flourishing that, unlike the Mother Alessia, are not part of the Bakers' Guild.

The owners want these non-members to pay guild dues. They need a mercenary (the player) to get them to pay up. There should be a few creative ways of doing this, some taking advantage of Mercantile/Speechcraft. Potential targets are:

*Pinefist Foods
*Gul-Ei's Pantry
*Emaroc Harquart's Baked Goods
*A street vendor selling homemade bread

The player will collect the dues and get to keep a 10 percent portion of the money, possibly more with good Mercantile skill. The player can also lie to the various bakers about the amount they owe to inflate his or her personal profits.

An basic outline with sample dialogue can be found in the original thread, though the claimant should feel free to revise, tweak or deviate from it to their liking.

Also, there should be no references to bread being imported or exported. It's a local everyday commodity.

Elicit Inspiration

Little Secret - "Have you heard of the Wayrest painter ____? He came to Morrowind seeking exotic inspiration as part of King Helseth Hlaalu’s and Queen Barenziah’s entourage. He’s since set up a workshop in his home next to the Mages Guild here in Old Ebonheart. From what I’ve heard, he’s rather eccentric, though what artist isn’t?"

A mid-ranking Legion officer stationed in OE has been offered the hand of a well-to-do man (whom she has never met in person) back in Cyrodiil. She needs to commission a suitor portrait to send to this person. The officer is very much in love (with the letter and suitor portrait she has herself received, subject to much gossip and amusement among her fellow soldiers, as well as the rest of town) and wants the most exquisite portrait she can get.

She knows of an artist brought up in Wayrest under the apprenticeship of the official Court painter who lives in Old Ebonheart. He traveled to Morrowind with Helseth and Barenziah, seeking exotic influences, and was sort of forgotten. The officer wants the player to convince said painter to do her portrait. Apparently, the Breton has been turning down potential patrons like the officer lately, becoming more and more reclusive within his workshop/gallery.

In order to help the client, the player will have to form a personal connection with the painter. Thus these first two tasks are more about proving their trustworthiness to the somewhat paranoid painter rather than actually fetching needed supplies.

The player contacts the painter, who makes no promise but asks the player to gather pigment-bearing plants for him, either by purchase or foraging the surroundings.

Returning with the plants, the painter requests a small number of clay bowls to mix the pigments into paint in.

On returning with the bowls, the player is tasked with fetching one more thing: the painter confesses that he relies on skooma for inspiration (implying this is the cause for his fall from grace with the higher circles of society), and simply cannot work without it. He agrees to do the portrait, if the player can procure some skooma for him.

As it turns out, the painter's normal Skooma dealer has gone missing and the player has to find him a new one by slumming it in Old Ebonheart's seedier part of town. Once this is taken cared of, the painter will thank the player profusely and eagerly begin work on the portrait.

Suffocating Spores

A customs agent working in the Old Ebonheart gate tower has been having allergy problems. He or she thinks that the cause is the giant mushroom just outside the gate, saying that the native flora doesn't agree with his or her sinuses. He or she asks the player to find an alchemist in Old Ebonheart to make a plant-killing concoction to do away with the mushroom (he'd rather not enter an alchemy shop himself, again due to his sensitive allergies).

After procuring ingredients for the local alchemist, the player will attempt to do away with the mushroom in question. The potion would end up backfiring, making the mushroom's spores more potent. This would drive home that the quest giver is in an unwinnable battle with Morrowind's ecosystem.

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