|Erbat Skelden's fortress seen from the eastern hills above the Excavations
Sanno Moon, the popular Skelden second-in-command, can be found standing outside his house directly across from the excavation diggings. Moon happens to already be looking for a freelancer with no internal ties to the House, in order to retrieve an overdue package he wants. This will iniate the quest called "A Delicate Issue" in the Questbook.
"A Delicate Issue" - Find Moon's CureMoon's "delicate" issue ultimately requires you to go find his "Cure," a mysterious medicine he needs for unexplained reasons. (Moon is rumored to be deathly ill, and some rumors even hint that he may be kept alive by some form of medicine prepared by necromancers, as you'll learn from speaking with the Skelden soldier named Harban nearby.) Exactly what this "cure" is remains a mystery, but solving the quest will reward you with more nonviolent experience points and more reputation with House Skelden.
As for the details:
Moon doesn't know what happened to his package, but directs you to go interrogate the courier, a Giriza rogue named Estar Gren. The full solution we used for this quest is detailed in the section on THABARKIN CROSSROADS & GORELIN section, since our preferred nonviolent solution involved first solving the Kistor & Bandits quest detailed below, and then the Giriza quests at Thabarkin Crossroads Inn and Gorelin Village:
Estar Gren is in Gorelin, which Moon will tell you about in your conversation, but the only way into the gated Giriza stronghold is to first gain reputation with the Giriza.
|Met, gate guard of Gorelin, won't let you in until you gain reputation with the Giriza
Before you can do all of these Giriza-related tasks, however, you'll have to complete the quest below to get a special item:
Set Kistor & The Bandits
If you take the path we suggested above, then the subquest given by Set Kistor will provide lots of nonviolent experience, reputation with the Giriza to get inside Gorelin, and also more gold and reputation with the Skelden House). Set Kistor is a somewhat haughty high-ranking Skelden soldier, but you will have to talk to Sanno Moon first in order to get Kistor to take you into guarded confidence. Once you've done so, Kistor will reveal that he's had a secret arrangement with a pack of bandits who they used for "extra profits." However, the bandits have now threatened to destroy the House's reputation after they raided an excavations caravan bound for Cathalon. Kistor wants the bandits massacred to cover up all ties between himself and the House, and the bandits, led by a ruffian named Finch.
To find the bandits, you'll need to visit Silver Plate Cave on the other side of the imposing fortification called Darrut Gate (an abandoned Dwarven gate that can't be opened, so has to be bypassed).
|The Silver Plate Cave guard will let you inside the cave if you give him the password from Kistor.
Better yet, this same Dwarven relic handed over by Finch is exactly what Giriza operative Keshi Lono wants to be shown at the roadside Thabarkin Crossroads Inn south of Thabarkin citadel:
See THABARKIN and the section on the Thabarkin Crossroads Inn for details. Ultimately, the main reason to do this is that completing the quests for the Giriza men there will give you enough reputation with the Giriza to open the gates to Gorelin village, where you can talk to Estar Gren to maximize the gains from following up on Moon's missing delivery, and also talk with the spy Zed Masara to complete another nonviolent Karga clan quest...
More Subquests to Complete at the Excavations:
Solution to "Work Withheld" from the Giriza at Thabarkin Crossroads Inn:
The Giriza spy Stork outside the Thabarkin Crossroads Inn will have given you a quest called "Work Withheld" if you spoke with him outside the Inn near Thabarkin, and asked to go find Armin at the Excavations.
|The House Skelden Excavations, where prisoners are put to work excavating Dwarven pre-war artifacts...
Harban & Brokk's Quests (not completed on our pacifist run):
Harban nearer to the gates will tell you they have problems with a pack of wolves whose den is in the mountains south of the Excavations, but we don't know any way to complete this without fighting with the wolves, since the wolves aren't as open to negotiations when you visit their cave as the bandit leader Finch was when you visited his. (You can optionally visit their cave to see some nice scenery and easily freeze the wolves in place with a spell without harming them, but you won't get any xp for doing so.)
|Hanging out with some wolves after casting the harmless "Freezing Wave" spell, to get them to temporarily stop chomping the protagonist...
|Brokk is on the trail of a Karga-clan informant...
Finally, Sanno Moon will have referred you to a Skelden soldier named Menno Heragerard who is stationed in the mountain outpost located above the Excavations, where he spies on the Grom war bands menacing the region: You can visit Heragerard by riding northeast of the Excavations and climbing the mountain paths up to the top of the ridgelines to find his outpost where he'll give you a quest called "Ruining the Groms' War for Them."