|Covengor Village at night.|
There is also a Skelden House commander named Berud in Covengor village: He will ask you if you're a mercenary and offer a quest called "The Dangerous Rebel", to claim a bounty on a Karga Clan warrior named Conn Krannach. (Doing this quest would require killing Krannach as far as we know, so we didn't complete it. However, if you find Krannach's cottage a long way away in the eastern mountains of Thalmont later on, you can get a pacifist run quest from Krannach. See Eastern Thamont Mountains section for details. )
|Berud, House Skelden commander who gives the non-pacifist quest "The Dangerous Rebel"|
Covengor is also home to a former distiller named Dras Beclem, whose trade has been hindered by the Skelden House instituting a ban on strong drink. As it happens, however, Beclem is actually still in business despite the ban, and will reveal that he has been shipping moonshine to the Skelden House quartermaster in the citadel of Thabarkin Town, found a little further to the southeast.
|Dras Beclem's house (where he is secretly distilling despite the recent Skelden ban) is to the right.|
However, Beclem's trade (and that of his partners in the Merchants Guild) is now threatened by a bandit lurking somewhere along the road, who has stolen his latest shipment. Offering to help Beclem by getting rid of the bandit will initiate the subquest "Alcohol Trail," but you won't need to use violence to solve it:
|The roadside bandit surrenders the stolen goods without a fight.|
|Dras Beclem rewards you after you scare off the bandit.|
Just down the hill (southeast of Covengor) from where the roadside bandit was lurking, you will also find a side road with the entrance to a cave. You'll meet a man named Ash Lorus standing near the entrance, and he'll tell you that he tracked a thief down to this cave while trying to recover a ring that the knave stole from his family. Lorus is reluctant to go in the cave himself, however, since it is infested with skeletons, and will offer you a reward to go reclaim it for him.
|Outside the Thief's Cave, where you'll find Ash Lorus.|
|Using sneak mode in the dark caves can get you past the skeletons quietly.|
The thief who stole Lorus' family ring is named Tyco Thorn, and you'll find him in a large cavern at the rear of the cave.
|Tyco Thorn, found in this cavern past the skeletons, will give back the ring he stole without a fight.|
|After giving back the ring, Thorn will give you an optional quest to clear the skeletons in the cave.|
Regardless of your other choices from this point, note that you can also grab a number of magnesite crystals inside this cave (which might be important if you're still working on bringing magnesite to Ferid Redismos the Mage, at the teleport near Komorin village).
|There are many magnesite crystals in the Thief's cave, and also one outside it.|
After Thorn gives you back the Lorus family's ring and asks you to clear out the skeletons from the cave, you'll have two options:Option 1) The path of pure non-violence: Just ignore Thorn's request and let him solve his own problems, then run or sneak past the skeletons. (This will prevent you from being able to meet the necromancer Orm Varagor, but Varagor's quests yield little or no experience points or gold, so you won't be under any pressure to deal with the skeletons if you don't want to.)
Either way, you can give Ash Lorus back his family's ring, after which Lorus will thank you, and you'll receive more experience points and increased reputation with the Brotherhood.
|You can give Ash Lorus his ring back regardless of whether you choose to aid Thorn as well.|
If you decide to help Thorn deal with the skeletons, you'll need to decide on some "compromise" solution, depending on how you feel about the status of dispensing with undead in a pacifist run:
If you want to use an indirect option without fighting yourself, you could use Chaos Rage fire spells to make the skeletons fight each other. You could also lead the skeletons back into Lorus' own cavern and let him fight with them himself. (Caveat: In addition to taking awhile, this might endanger Thorn on the "Hard" difficulty setting— though you could always help him out with spells.)
|Thorn (after dispatching the skeletons lured back to his own cave) gives another quest that will cause the necromancer Orm Varagor to appear outside his hut north of Covengor.|
|Orm Varagor will only appear here outside the hut after receiving the "Talk to the Necromancer" quest from Tyco Thorn|
|Orm Varagor will give you multiple quests to bring him more and more Taint Shoots.|
|This graveyard near Varagor's hut containstaint shoots, which you can spot from a distance by the shafts of light they create.|
Rovant Village & Alchemy Training
If you want to learn the valuable skill of Alchemy, you can find an alchemy trainer relatively early on by traveling a distance over the mountain roads southwest of Covengor, to the small woodcutting and hunting village of Rovant.
|Following the western Thalmont mountain roads leading south over high ridges will bring you to Rovant, and to Gorelin if you go even further south.|
|Rovant Village: You will probably find the Alchemy trainer just up from the area shown above, inside the village walls.|