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The Family Business

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Faction
Aldmeri Dominion
Quest giver
Azbi-ra
Officer Lorin
Journal region
Khenarthi's Roost
Reward(s)
Sugar Jacket
106 Gold.png
Required level
4
Quest objectives


Objectives

There are two ways of starting this quest

Starting from Officer Lorin:

Dialogue with Officer Lorin

Do you work here? Are you a field hand?

No, I don't work here.
You're from the shipwreck, then? Watch your step, a fire hit this plantation and set the skeevers on edge.
Shame about Azbi-ra. Seems her father burned himself in the fire.
Who is Azbi-ra?
Azbi-ra runs the plantation with her father. She didn't have much to tell me.
Maybe she'll be forthcoming with someone who isn't a Thalmor inspector. If this was arson, I'll need to know.
I'll talk to Azbi-ra.
I should get back to my investigation. If you find anything, I'll be around.
Who are the Thalmor?
Dominion government. I'm an officer, charged with keeping the peace. They sent us to Khenarthi's Roost weeks ago.
Inspector Tarma commands us. He's at Laughing Moons Plantation, towards the center of the island.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


A moon-sugar plantation suffered a terrible fire. The family in charge of the plantation needs a hand to recover from their tragedy.

Officer Lorin of the Thalmor is looking into the fire. She said the plantation's owners might know more about the matter. I should talk to Azbi-ra.

  • Talk to Azbi-ra

— game journal


Dialogue with Azbi-ra

Father burned in the fire, my brother missing… S'rendarr, show mercy!

Officer Lorin said there was a fire at your plantation.
Yes, our moon-sugar storehouses burnt in the night. My father inside to save our tools, but he barely made it out.
Do you hear his wheezing? The sweet-smoke ruined his lungs. He needs powerful medicine, or he won't last until morning.
Is there anything I can do?
Father tried to save our alchemical tools. If any survive, we could trade them for medicine.
Please, this one begs you to salvage any tools from the wreckage! There's little time for my father.
I'll find any tools that survived the fire.
Please return quickly with the tools. If I can't trade them for medicine, this one's father will die.
What crops do you grow here?
(A} You know of moon-sugar, yes? The moon-sugar can grows well on these isles. With my people's sweet tooth, there can never be enough to sprinkle on out meals.
Why do farmers need alchemical tools? Go to (B}
You mentioned your brother was missing? Go to (C}
Goodbye.
Why do farmers need alchemical tools?
(B} We must pay our debts. If our neighbours own more land, how do we match their crops at market? We must turn to alchemy to grow better crops, yes?
Did you grow better crops?
Yes, our crops came in much bigger this season. Not that it matters now.
What crops do you grow here? Go to (A}
You mentioned your brother was missing? Go to (C}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
You mentioned your brother was missing?
(C} Yes, Zaban-ma shares a temper with hurricanes. After a great quarrel with this one, he stormed off and left us short-clawed. Father had to cancel his trip to Mistral, and now he's…
What crops do you grow here? Go to (A}
Why do farmers need alchemical tools? Go to (B}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

Azbi-ra asked me to salvage any alchemical tools from the wreckage of her family's moon-sugar storehouses. She hopes to trade them for healing magic to save her husband.

  • Salvage Alchemical Tools

Optional Steps:
Talk to Officer Lorin

— game journal


Dialogue with Officer Lorin

So, any luck? Did Azbi-ra mention anything about the fire you didn't hear from me?

She asked me to search the wreckage for alchemical tools.
Strange. Why would farmers need alchemical tools?
Azbi-ra said it was to improve their crops.
I won't stand in your way. If you see anything out of place, let me know.
Who are the Thalmor?
Dominion government. I'm an officer, charged with keeping the peace. They sent us to Khenarthi's Roost weeks ago.
Inspector Tarma commands us. He's at Laughing Moons Plantation, towards the center of the island.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


Starting from Azbi-ra:

Dialogue with Azbi-ra

Father burned in the fire, my brother missing… S'rendarr, show mercy!

What happened here?
Our moon-sugar storehouses caught fire. Father thought to save our livelihood. He ran inside, and…
The burns weren't bad, but the sweet-smoke ruined his lungs. Without powerful medicine, he won't last the day.
Is there anything I can do?
Father tried to save our alchemical tools. If they survive the fire, we could trade them for medicine.
Please, it's all I can do to keep my father alive. This one begs you to salvage the tools from our storehouses!
I'll find any tools that survived the fire.
Please return quickly with the tools. If I can't trade them for medicine, this one's father will die.
What crops do you grow here?
(A} You know of moon-sugar, yes? The moon-sugar can grows well on these isles. With my people's sweet tooth, there can never be enough to sprinkle on out meals.
Why do farmers need alchemical tools? Go to (B}
You mentioned your brother was missing? Go to (C}
Goodbye.
Why do farmers need alchemical tools?
(B} We must pay our debts. If our neighbours own more land, how do we match their crops at market? We must turn to alchemy to grow better crops, yes?
Did you grow better crops?
Yes, our crops came in much bigger this season. Not that it matters now.
What crops do you grow here? Go to (A}
You mentioned your brother was missing? Go to (C}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
You mentioned your brother was missing?
(C} Yes, Zaban-ma shares a temper with hurricanes. After a great quarrel with this one, he stormed off and left us short-clawed. Father had to cancel his trip to Mistral, and now he's…
What crops do you grow here? Go to (A}
Why do farmers need alchemical tools? Go to (B}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

Azbi-ra asked me to salvage any alchemical tools from the wreckage of her family's moon-sugar storehouses. She hopes to trade them for healing magic to save her husband.

  • Salvage Alchemical Tools

Optional Steps:
Talk to Officer Lorin

— game journal


Dialogue with Officer Lorin

I haven't seen you around the island before. In the name of Thalmor, what's your business here?

I didn't plan to come to this island.
Ah, the shipwreck? Worst hurricane I've seen in decades.
If you're headed through this plantation, watch your step. Last night some buildings caught fire. Usually the skeevers keep to themselves, but they're acting up something fierce.
I'll be careful.
I should get back to our inspection. If you see anything suspicious, it's your duty to let us know. Fires don't start themselves.
Who are the Thalmor?
(A} Dominion government. I'm an officer, charged with keeping the peace. They sent us to Khenarthi's Roost weeks ago.
Inspector Tarma commands us. He's at Laughing Moons Plantation, towards the center of the island.
The fire injured one of the plantation's farmers. Go to (B}
Goodbye.
The fire injured one of the plantation's farmers.
(B} Saw him on the way in. We gave his daughter some medical supplies, but he looks bad.
Who are the Thalmor? Go to (A}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


Common:

There are three objects that are marked as quest objects. You can interact with any two of them, as you approach the third, Zaban-ma approaches you.

  • Scorched Workbench

<Melted glass coats the workbench, but you find nothing to salvage.>

Goodbye.
  • Smoking Alchemical Tools

<The fire completely ruined the alchemical tools in this storehouse.>

Goodbye.
  • Charred Workbench

You find nothing to salvage on this charred workbench.>

Goodbye.




While searching for alchemical tools in the burned moon-sugar storehouses, I encountered a Khajiit named Zaban-ma. I should ask if he knows what happened to the plantation.

  • Talk to Zaban-ma

— game journal

Dialogue with Zaban-ma

If you plan to loot my family's plantation, I will give you such a trashing!

Azbi-ra asked me to look for alchemical tools.
Too late, sugar-thief. The fire destroyed every last calcinator.
Wait, I expected my sister to check on the tools herself. Why did she send a stranger?
She's with your father. He was gravely injured in the fire.
You lie! My father left yesterday to trade in Mistral. Didn't he?
Oh, no. I set the fires to destroy those damned tools, not to hurt anyone. Not to hurt my father!
Why would you burn your family's plantation?
We lost our last harvest to thunderbugs. Despite the debt, Azbi-ra bought alchemical tools. To improve our crop, she said.
But last week I caught her brewing skooma. That vile drug destroys lives! When she refused to stop, I knew what must be done.
How do I know you're telling the truth?
My sister despises sand under her claws, but recently I saw her digging out on the beach. Why else would she be out there, if not to bury skooma.
I'll go look for the buried skooma.
(A} My sister placed colorful seashells near whatever she buried. I bet there's a sack full of skooma vials next to them.
I'll be with my father. If you find anything, bring it back to me.
I'll bring back any skooma I find to you.
I should really go check on my father.
What is skooma exactly?
(B} It is death in a bottle. Distill moon-sugar cane the right way and the crystals make you happy and stupid. Do it the wrong way and you get shaking fits, you foam at the the mouth, and then you die.
How long was your sister brewing skooma? Go to (C}
Goodbye.
How long was your sister brewing skooma?
(C} Not for long. I always know it's month's end when the debt collectors pound at our door, but last month they didn't show. When I asked why, Azbi-ra said not to worry.
This must have been her scheme. She's always had father wrapped around her tail.
What is skooma exactly? Go to (B}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
If I bring back skooma, what will you do with it? Go to (D}
Goodbye.
Why burn everything to destroy the tools?
I don't want my family imprisoned. The fire was to destroy any trace of skooma.
Recently I saw my sister bury something on the beach. I was headed there next, but I should be with my father. Would you search for the skooma she hid on the beach?
I'll go look for the buried skooma. Go to (A}
If I bring back skooma, what will you do with it?
(D} I'll destroy it. With the money we spend to rebuild, it will be like the skooma never happened. I'd rather debt collectors pound at our door than skooma dealers.
Damn my eyes. Father should have been in Mistral!
I'll go look for the buried skooma. Go to (A}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.



Zaban-ma discovered his sister Azbi-ra brewing skooma, a dangerous drug. He set the fire to destroy her alchemical tools. He saw his sister bury skooma on the beach nearby, and asked me to collect it for him.

  • Find the Skooma

— game journal



When I recovered the skooma from the beach, I was attacked by a Crosstree Bandit. I should return to Azbi-ra and determine what should be done with the skooma.

  • Talk to Zaban-ma

— game journal


Acquire Sack of Skooma Vials



When I returned to Zaban-ma, I encountered Officer Lorin again. She wants to speak with me. I should do so before I do anything with the skooma.

  • Talk to Officer Lorin

— game journal


Dialogue with Officer Lorin

——If you have spoken with Officer Lorin during this quest
I asked around. Nobody from the shipwreck remembers seing you before Eagle's Strand.
No more lies! You're running skooma, aren't you?
——If you have NOT spoken with Officer Lorin during this quest
I saw you scurrying around this plantation. I know you're running skooma
Tell me who you work for, or you'll end up in a cell.

I work for myself, and I'm not running skooma.



Officer Lorin believes I'm involved in a skooma-brewing operation. I need to decide whether to hand over the skooma or refuse to say anything.

  • 'Decide the Fate of the Family

— game journal


That farmer shook himself to death. You think I don't recognize a skooma overdose when I see one? That I don't know why the skeevers are frothing at the mouth?
I should arrest the lot of you.
Wait, I found this skooma on the beach. Go to (Choice 2}
[Lie] I don't know what you're talking about.
(2} Last chance. If someone doesn't tell me where the skooma is, you'll all face the consequences.
Wait, I found this skooma on the beach. Go to (Choice 2}
Those Khajiit lost their father. Why are you harassing them?
Yes, well… it's my job to ask questions. Perhaps moon-sugar fumes can cause the skooma shakes. Maybe I see skooma where it isn't, sometimes
I'll leave then to their grief. Go to (Choice 1}
Goodbye. Go to (4}
Goodbye.
Let me speak to the family. I'll prove I'm not involved.
(1} Buying time to get your story straight?
Go ahead, I'll be right over here. One warning - my ears are as sharp as my dagger. I'll prove it to you if you even try to whisper/
Goodbye. — Talk to Zaban-ma
Goodbye.
Goodbye.

Dialogue with Zaban-ma - if taken the "Let me speak to the family" choice

My father is dead, and now this Dominion outsider wants to throw me in prison! They say they found evidence of skooma in the storehouses, but that's impossible!

I found what was buried under those shells.
Then Officer Lorin found nothing in the storehouses but suspicion. She's bluffing.
What will you tell her?
I'll do what I believe is right.
What's right is allowing us tho recover from tragedy, not suffer more of it.
Please. Make this right.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.

Dialogue with Officer Lorin - if taken the "Let me speak to the family" choice

All right, you've had enough time. Where's the skooma? Wait, I found this skooma on the beach. Go to (Choice 2}

[Lie] I don't know what you're talking about. Go to (2}
Let me speak to the family. I'll prove I'm not involved. Go to (1}
Goodbye.


If taken Choice 1 "Those Khajiit lost their father. Why are you harassing them?"



I kept the skooma from Officer Lorin. She had no evidence and decided to leave Azbi-ra and Zaban-ma to mourn. I should give the skooma to Zaban-ma for disposal.

  • Bring the Skooma to Zaban-ma

— game journal


Dialogue with Zaban-ma

Thank you. S'rendarr himself would commend your actions. Give me the skooma so I can destroy it. I want to finish what I started.

Here's the skooma.
Thank you. I'll destroy it immediately.
My sister is all I have left. We'll learn to forgive each other. We have to, if we're going to rebuild.
Complete Quest
Never mind.
Goodbye.

If taken the Choice 2 - "I found this skooma on the beach"



I gave the skooma to Officer Lorin. I should speak with her and see what's going to happen to Azbi-ra and Zaban-ma.

  • Talk to Officer Lorin

— game journal

Dialogue with Officer Lorin

That;s a lot of skooma. I had my doubts, but I'm glad you came to your senses.
Now, what should I do with you? What else are you hiding?

A Crosstree bandit tried to take the skooma.
Explains why Crosstree bandits popped up all around the island. If they're running more and more skooma, they'll approach farmers to brew it directly. That kind of short-sighted greed is what leads to situations like this.
So what happens to me now.
(A} That sack of skooma bought your freedom, and a reward for your cooperation.
Now, stand aside, I've got business with these Khajiit.
Complete Quest.
Never mind.
Goodbye.

I found this on the beach. I did nothing wrong.

I'm not sure I believe you.
You're lucky Inspector Tarma is busy at Laughing Moons Plantation. He doesn't have a lenient bone in his body.
What are you going to do with me? Go to (A}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.



I gave the skooma to Officer Lorin. I should speak with her and see what's going to happen to Azbi-ra and Zaban-ma.

  • Talk to Officer Lorin

— game journal

  • You are not able to talk to Officer Lorin at this stage.

Note

This quest and Moon-Sugar Medicament are needed for the Stop Skooma Abuse achievement.


Bug Bug:
The journal once refers to Azbi-ra's husband, should be father. Bug report sent.
Bug Bug:
The journal once refers to returning to Azbi-ra when it means Zaban-ma. Bug report sent.