|Gorelin Village viewed from the western mountains, with Thabarkin in the background further to the east.|
You'll be able to receive a related set of quests between Thabarkin's Pale Stone Cave (see Thabarkin section), the Crossroads Inn & Gorelin Village (covered in this section), and the Skelden House Excavations (see Excavations section) that require you to visit all three areas. When all are completed, you'll be able to gain a good amount of experience and reputation with the Karga, Skelden, and Giriza factions, gain access to the gated Karga Clan Fortress (which is eventually required to complete the main storyline quests), and gain access to the gated Gorelin village controlled by the Giriza.
The Thabarkin Crossroads Inn
You can get to the Inn by following the road that heads roughly north/south to the west of the turnoff to Thabarkin's citadel (i.e. by continuing south down the hill, without taking the turnoff to the Thabarkin Gate and teleport, avoiding the higher elevation cliff road).
|The Thabarkin Crossroads Inn. (The Giriza you need to speak to are in the side courtyard to the left.)|
Stork & The Excavations Informant
The first Giriza operative to speak with outside the Inn is named Stork: He'll tell you that they are trying to learn what is going on in the Skelden Excavations, and that they already have an informant among the diggers, but need someone who can freely enter the Excavations to go talk with him. This will give you the quest "Withheld Work", which you can solve in the Excavations by visiting the digger (an imprisoned thief) named Armin.
|Stork, the first Giriza man who will give you a quest to visit the Excavations|
You'll find Armin inside the Excavations digging pits. (See the Excavations file for other details about the quests you can get there.) Armin will tell you to "push off" at first, since he doesn't want Skelden soldiers to see him, but will give you the information if your persist, and you'll be rewarded with experience points. Then, after you return to the Inn and talk to Stork to deliver the information, Stork will reward you with gold, and you'll also gain increased reputation with the Giriza.
Keshi Lono & The Dwarven Artifact
The increased reputation with the Giriza that you gain from helping Stork will allow you to speak with Keshi Lono. (If you tried to speak with him before completing Stork's quest, Lono would just give you an unfriendly rebuff— unless you somehow gained reputation with the Giriza elsewhere.)
|Keshi Lono will give you another quest after you help Stork|
Lono will speculate that their mysterious enemy may have hired nearby bandits to steal the item from the Excavations caravan, and offer a reward if you can find out what it was.
The best way to complete this quest is probably to first visit the Skelden Excavations, because you'll eventually discover that the item Lono wants to see is the same Dwareven pre-war artifact that you can obtain (without violence) by completing Set Kistor's Quest from the Excavations. (See the Excavations for the full details about Kistor and the bandits who you will need to visit inside Silver Plate Cave to get the Dwarven pre-war artifact.)
|Finch, the bandit leader inside Silver Plate Cave, will give you the dwarven contraption that Keshi Lono wants to see.|
Completing the two quests above for Stork and Keshi Lono at the Crossroads Inn will enable you to have a good enough reputation with the Giriza to get the guard outside Gorelin village to open the gates for you, so you can solve more quests for both the Skeldens and the Karga Clan inside...
|Without reputation with the Giriza, the gate guard Met won't let you into Gorelin|
(As described above, the best way we know of to gain enough reputation on a pacifist run is to do the Crossroads Inn quests from Stork and Lono.)
|The open gates of Gorelin, after completing the Thabarkin Crossroads quests|
If you got the quest "Collecting Evidence" from Ethan in the Karga stronghold, he will have directed you to find the anti-Skelden spy Zed Masara, and obtain some reports from him about the Skelden Excavations.
|Zed Masara has the Excavations reports sought by Ethan from the Karga Fortress|
Either way: Zed Masara is found inside Gorelin Village, and you can get the documents from him here. He'll tell you that he has an old grudge against Erbat Skelden, but that Brokk is suspicious and the documents were all he could obtain.
If you have been to the Skelden Excavations and received the quest from Sanno Moon to find the missing "package" he was expecting to be delivered, you'll find the courier inside Gorelin: His name is Estar Gren. Sanno Moon told you to teach Gren "the meanin' of the word responsibility," but you can complete the quest without using violence by just speaking with Gren:
|Estar Gren will give you the money and the location of Sanno Moon's goods|
(Note: You could probably also complete Moon's quest without speaking with Estar Gren by just taking the cure from the Karga Supply Cave and bringing it back to Moon at the Excavations, but if you skipped speaking with Gren in Gorelin, you might miss some rewards.)
There is also a man inside Gorelin who will tell you about an angry spirit of the mountains called "Ironshoes" that has been killing people in their sleep, but we never found any other quest involving this mystery. (Some of the Skeldens who mention the Ironshoes legend will state that it's just a myth, and that the actual killings are committed by Karga Clan men to punish anyone who aids the Skeldens, but we never found out the truth.)