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Balmora + Factions
Note: this guide is a walkthrough for someone , once they are in balamora, getting to caius cosades to the first parts of the Fighters guild,theives guild, mages guild, and Imperial Legion. BALAMORA: Once your in Balamora you should head to the left of the Silt strider port and to the large circular are near the entrance to balamora. find the Traders building. its on the right side and is south of the mages and fighters guild. once inside talk to the trader. hell brag about his super weapons and how he gets them. look over his inventory but dont buy anything thats really cheap. If you went to the bandit cave in Sedya neen near the silt strider port you can sell the skooma and moon sugar that you found there. now go to the back of the shop and around the corner (on the first floor). youll see weapons and armor along with a lanturn on the shelf. take all the armor and weapons (you can take the lanturn too but its not worth much).DONT SELL IT TO THE TRADER!!!! if you do hell reconise the merchandise and youll have a bounty on you head and hell start to attack you. instead go out of the shop and head to the right. you should find the armorers. sell the stuff to him for some cash unless you want to use it.(note on shops: many shopkeepers make their houses their shops as well. if you want, you can go into doors and up/down stairs to get to the house area. ussually you can steal a few things for gold if your in a crises). now go back to the bottom of the stairs to the silt strider. go east from there and go under the arch on the other side of the river. where you shoul enter the door to the first building straight ahead(the south wall corner club).once inside go up the stairs to your left and talk to the man there about caius cosades(Im not sure how you spell it exactly). hell tell you directions on how to get to caius cosades house and it will be written in your journal. for those of you who dont use your journal and dont listen, exit out of the south wall , go up the stairs to your right turn left and caiuss apartment should be facing south and sort of in a corner. once inside caiuses apartment talk to him about report to caius cosades and give him the package. then talk to him about your duties. hell give you 200 gold and tell you to join some kind of faction. I tell you how to join and finish the first duties in the theives guild, mages guild, fighters guild, and imperial legion. these are the eaisiest to find, join, and advance in that Ive tried so far to do. they are all imperial factions so they eaisily accept outlanders to join (which you are).Now talk to caius about blades trainers and all the people he mentions. these people,if you talk to them about blades trainers, will give you avereage thing that suit the class they are. so visit whichever one has the same or similar class as you sometime to get free stuff. once you exit his apartment you should buy or sell anything you need to so you are ready for your duties. FIGHTERS GUILD: the fighters guild is an easy guild to start off with but gets harder faster as you progress than other guilds and doesnt have many bonuses. you can find it near the armorers in balamora and can join by talking to the woman on the top floor.to get your duties talk to her about duties. your first quest is to exterminate some cave rats from a womans house and storage area. the rats arent tough alone but theres two in her storage area and they are slightly hard to get rid of without taking damage for characters at a low level. the womans house is on the east side of town across from the fighters guild over the river. shes in the row of houses that is closest to the river. once you find the house enter and talk to her about the rats. shell give you a storage room key and tell you one rat is in her bedroom while two are in the storage area.the only other door in her house besides the one you came in is her bedroom door. open it and kill the rat inside. if you have tower key you can close her bedroom door and unlock the chest there to get whats inside if you want. go back outside again. south of her door (to the left facing away from her door) are some stairs. go up the and youll see a dor that leads to storage with a lock level on it. simply open the door like normal and youll automatically unlock it with the key. kill the rats inside by concentrating on one at a time. if you want you can loot the place but theres nothing of real value there. now talk to the woman and shell reluctantly pay 100 gold for your services (I told you no bonuses). go back to the guild steward (who let you join) and hit advancement you will be advanced and can now learn of your next task. MAGES GUILD: the mages guild is a bunce of magic weilding outlanders who give pretty easy quests that dont change in dficulty for the first few. you can find the mages guild right next to the fighters guild in balamora. the guild steward is next to the bottom entrance but you wont get duties from her at first. you get them from her apprentace near the teleporter on the bottom floor in a small room(shes a kahajit).shell ask you to get some mushrooms for her that can be found on the bitter coast (near sedya neen) and gives you directions on how to get there from balamora on foot. Dont follow those directions. you only need to go to sedya neen to get those mushrooms. take the silt strider to sedya neen and head towards the tree in between the census office and arriles tradehouse. two of the the mushrooms you need are right on it and a third is right behind it. the fourth mushroom is behind the lighthouse anywhere. theyre all over. once you collect all the mushrooms go back to balamora and give them to the kahajit. shell give you 4 potions for you trouble. you need to talk to the guild steward to advance and her apprentace for more duties. THEIVES GUILD: the theives guild is one of the best guilds because it allows you to clear bountys off your head for half the price if you a member in good standing(you havent caused trouble).the only problem is their tasks call for inginuity and risks.the theives guild is actually the south wall corner club. you can join by talking to the kahajit in the hallway (sugar-lips habasi). shell tell you anything about the theives guilds rules and how to get prices off your head. Your first task is to steal a diamond from the local alchamist. her shop is near the temple along the north wall on the west side of town. simply leave the south wall and go straight until you reach the last bridge(you might go past it a little to go around the buildings) and cross it. go up the stairs closest to the north wall . go pst the temple and up more stairs. go straight and its on your right with a starway going above the entrance. go in the bottom door and to your right will be a shelf with two diamonds on the middle shelf. if you have moonshadow (from the shadow constilation) or an invisability potion its a snap. use them/ it to go invisable, sneak, and snatch the diamond. doing so will knock you out of invisability but they wont see you do it (the shopkeeper and the guard to the left of the entrance. if you dont have a way to go invisable chamelion sometimes works but is not guarenteed.if you cant do those thing and your not the sneak champion in the universe(you arent) then you have two options. you can grab the diamond and rush to the door before your arrested(if you are choose resist arrest and keep running) then you can pay 125 gold to clear your name(if you live). or you can pay around 250 gold to BUY a diamond and give it to sugar lips who will give you an invisability potion to you. hell advance you and give you your new duties if you ask about them. IMPERIAL LEGION: the imperial legion is by far my favorite faction to enlist in. its duties are on the average side and require a brain to do them but you get tons of free stuff. I myself have gotten farther in the Imperial legion than anyhing else. if you looted the storehouse in sedya neen by using tower key you probably have some imperial stuff(thats good), but you dont NEED anything to fancy to get through the first few quests (I recommend having a helm, boots,greaves, pauldrens, and gauntlets of any type so it will help you. you only need to wear an IMPERIAL style curiass to be a legionare. dukes guard style is acceptable too.). in order to join you have to use the silt strider service to travel to sedya neen and then travel to gnisis.go to the tradehouse next to the silt strider service and find Darius on the bottom floor through a door (his room is big and he has a guard with him). hell give you an Imperial chain curiass (wear it) when you join. your duty is to get a land deed from widow vabados( its not that simple) who lives outside of town. if you go towards the front of the temple in the center of town youll se a huge rock archway. go out of gnisis through there and follow the path untill you see a hut. this is vabadoss house(dont depend on the locals to find it, they dont tell you squat) she tells you to get lost and that her husband was murdered. ask her about the murder and shell tell you about him murdered in the eggmine somehow but she has no proof. head back to town. go up the hill towards the covered platform. go through the platform and up some more to a bridge(it doesnt really look like you can get up to the bridge but you can). follow the path and youll see a guard near a door and a wagon with a pick under it. take the pick (you wont be arrested) and talk to the guard about the mine. hell note that you have a pick and give you the key into the mine (its only open to miners, a key thing to understand in this murder case.). once inside dont go up the planks go down past the water and the up a spiral wood staircase. keep to the path until a open area apears with some creatures in it that will attack you. Kill them and turn right, towards a door to the queens lair (the queen is blighted which is why only miners are let in) and orc guard will treaten to kill you if you dont get out soon. ignore the threat but dont stick around or hell attack you. go to the other side(not left) and throught the door. go down the path and a ghost will talk to you. its vabadoss husband of course and he tells you about the murder and how lubgrubs (the orc who threatend you) axe was used to kill him and is in some water behind the ghost. go in the water and take lubgrubs axe up (make sure you dont get over encumbered in the water or youll die) . go back out to gnisis (lubgrub will threaten you again) and to the tradehouse. go to darius and talk about the murder. give him the axe and youll get permission to kill lubgrub (Yes!). go back in the mine and kill lubgrub. just dont lure any kwama warriors over or youll have trouble.take his suff and do what you want with it. talk to darius and hell say they dont need the land deed. advance and get a shield and your next duties. (hint: if you want darius to like you ask about widow vabados and contribute to the fund for her.) Note on Imperials in gnisis: there are few guards in gnisis. they are all spearmen and recruitsin the imperial legion but dont take them as being saps. they still enforce the law. HINT on the barracks: If you go into the barracks next to the trade house and go in the door on the bottom of the stairs youll find its filled with imperial stuff and is easy to loot if you close the door. (you can use the tower key skill on the chest if you have it.)