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THE ELDER SCROLLS III: Morrowind
Home Sweet Home FAQ
By: ww2jacob
Version 1.00

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

1. Version Information
2. Legal Stuff
3. Opening Notes
4. Why You Need a House
5. The Three Ways to Get a House
     5.1. Stealing One
     5.2. Advancing in a Faction
     5.3. Taking Over an Empty House
6. Locations for a House
     6.1. The Top Locations for a House on Vvardenfell
     6.2. Houses in Bloodmoon and Tribunal
7. Strongholds
     7.1. Hlaalu Stronghold Info
     7.2. Redoran Stronghold Info
     7.3. Telvanni Stronghold Info
8. Closing Notes


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1. Version Information
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6/8/05- Finished v. 1.00

6/7/05- Started writing FAQ.

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2. Legal Stuff
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3. Opening Notes
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Welcome to my Home Sweet Home FAQ for Morrowind.  This guide will tell you 
everything you need to know about why you should aquire a house in Morrowind 
and how to get one.  This is my first FAQ, so go easy on me if I mess up on any
thing.  I hope you learn something from this guide and I really hope that what 
I say improves your Morrowind experience.  

So, without further ado, I'll cut the chatter and tell you what you REALLY want
to know.

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4. Why You Need a House
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Okay, I'm sure that by the time you are reading this guide, you have played 
Morrowind and you understand at least the basics of the game.  If you haven't,
I would recommend that you at least play the game and do a few quests, build up 
your character, so you have a good feel for the game and how it works, as what 
I'm about to dish out is for slightly more experienced players.  

So, you know Morrowind.  You know where Seyda Neen and Balmora are.  You know 
that Cliff Racers are annoying as hell.  Good, young grasshopper, you are 
grasping the basics of the game.

Now for the big stuff.  Why in God's name would you want a house in this game?
Why not carry everything with you?  I mean, come on man, houses are for 
wimps!  Real men go and carry their stuff around, and they don't sit in their 
little houses all day!

Well, I guess you should know some of the biggest reasons to have a house.

Reason one:  Face it, you can't carry EVERYTHING you want to have or use around
with you all the time and expect to succeed in Morrowind.  Even if you have 
100 strength, it is very difficult and next to impossible to haul everything 
around.  A house makes things much easier on your character's back, and it 
allows you to have the room for that 40 pound Daedric weapon you find in a 
ruin when your pack is bursting at the seams with stuff that you don't need to
carry everywhere you go.  Simply put, you can leave things in your house that 
you don't use that often, or that you are planning to sell, and it saves you a 
ton of weight.  Not convinced yet?  Well, let's move on.

Reason two:  It makes travel simpler.  Okay, so let's assume for a second that 
you listen to me and get a house.  Then, you can set a mark at your house and 
*presto!*, whenever you want to return to the area your house is in, or 
whenever you want to make a quick escape, or whenever you need to sell some 
stuff, you can recall to your house and you will have returned to civilization.
It can also be useful for quests, if your house is close to the quest or the 
quest-giver.  And finally, you can use your house as a safe place to recover 
or hide if the guards are after you and you have a huge bounty.   

Reason three:  It makes things more organized.  If you know that all your extra
stuff is at one place, and you know where that place is, plus you have a mark
set there, then it makes things simpler for you.  Plus, you can even have a 
network of houses, where you can leave key items like potions and scrolls for 
quick pick up.  

So, as you can clearly see, having a house in Morrowind is very helpful.  Now 
that I have hopefully convinced you of this, let's get to the real candy center
of this guide: how to get a house. 

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5. How To Get a House
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A house in Morrowind can be many things.  It can be a "real" house, where an 
NPC actually lives.  It can be a "vacant" house, where either an NPC owns it 
but isn't inside, or it has no owner.  It can be an entire building, so if you
wanted to make the entire Balmora Temple your house, you can.  Finally, it can 
be a stronghold, where a faction decides you are good enough for a house that 
is rightfully yours.  So, pretty much any building in Morrowind can become your
 house if you desire (yes, even Daedric shrines if you want) although how 
useful your house is can vary greatly.    

Basically, there are three basic ways to get one.  

First way: Kill an NPC and take their house.

Second way: Advance high enough in a certain faction (Great Houses especially) 
and get them to build a house for you, or give a house to you.

Third way: Take over an empty house.

No particular way is the best, and you can have multiple houses, so you can try
it various ways and see which one is easiest for you.  I personally think that
the first is easiest, the second is most rewarding and the third is best for 
lower level players, but again, it's up to you.

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5.1. Stealing One
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So, you want to be evil and just barge in and kill someone for their house, eh?
All the more power to you.  This is probably the simplest way to go about 
getting a house, as most houses in Morrowind can be gotten this way.  

To get a house (or building, if you prefer) this way, first you need to pick 
out one that you like that also follows the guidelines below:  (You should also
look at the "Locations for a House" section to find out what places are best 
for having a house in.)

- The house has no NPC guards in it.  (In most editions of the game, all NPC 
guards respawn after one game day, and they can cause problems for you.

- The house has none of the "nescessary NPCs" in it.  (If you kill these NPC 
characters, you will be unable to finish the main quest.  Ignore this point if 
you already finished the main quest or if you don't plan on doing the main 
quest.)

- The house or building has no respawning monsters inside it.  (Certain places
in the game, such as some of the dungeons, have respawning monsters that come 
back after you exit and re-enter the building.  For obvious reasons, this can 
be very bad.  If your chosen location has any beasts in it at all, try killing 
them and leaving.  If you return and the beasts are still dead, then you should
be okay.)

If the house fits within those guidelines, then feel free to hack and slash 
your way through all the NPCs in the building.  The easiest way to do this 
without getting a bounty if there are multiple people in the building is to 
use the taunt/bribe trick, in which you alternate between taunting and bribing
an NPC until they attack you.  If you are doing this or something similar, then 
be sure to let the NPC hit you before you attack, as that is what counts as 
aggrevated assault for the guards.  

Once the NPCs are dead, you can begin using the house for your own purposes.
 
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5.2. Advancing in a Faction
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This way is usually the longest, as it requires you to finish one or more 
quests to complete, but it is also usually the most rewarding as often the 
houses you get are better than ones you can steal, and they are rightfully 
yours, so there is no risk of getting caught by the law for stealing or 
killing.  

The most straightforward factions to get a house from are the Great Dunmer 
Houses.  Hlaalu, Redoran, and Telvanni will build you "strongholds" when you 
reach a certain level in their house.  These strongholds each have the same 
basic idea, but are built in different locations, and with different aspects 
of construction and other things.  See the respective sections of the guide 
for House strongholds for more details.    

Other quests and factions will either give you a house or cause you to vacate 
a house that you can then use without anyone caring.  One of the first quests 
that you can do, the Dead Taxman quest in Seyda Neen, will open up a house to 
you.  Keep your eyes out for these quests, but I will not list all of them 
here because there are many, and I wouldn't want to spoil it for you, although 
I will hint you that factions that generally want you to kill people as part of 
their quests will end up freeing a lot of potential houses.  (Hint, hint... 
Morag Tong)   

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5.3. Taking Over an Empty House
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So, if you don't want to risk killing someone, and you don't want to take the 
time to do a bunch of quests, then there is still hope.  Taking over vacant 
houses is easy, quick, and almost risk-free, so it provides a good 
alternative to the other two ways.

Look around.  In most towns, there is at least one locked house.  Generally, 
if a house is locked, that means that no one is home and the owner is strutting 
around town somewhere.  The cool thing is that if you can pick the lock to the 
house, it's all yours.  Sometimes this can be tricky, but there are many houses
like this where no one is around, providing a good chance to comandeer the 
house.  

Also, there are sometimes abandoned houses in the wilderness or on the edges 
of towns that can be used.  Keep your eyes peeled. 

***Note***- If you own the PC version of Morrowind and have the Construction 
Kit, then there is a fourth way to aquire a house: create one yourself!  You 
can open the Construction Kit and create a plugin for the game that adds in a 
house of your own wherever and however you want! A good choice for PC users!

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6. Locations for a House
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Now that you've decided how you're going to get your house, you should narrow 
down the choices by figuring out what locations are the best for having a 
house.  I have chosen some of the better locations and put down their pros and 
cons, so hopefully it will make your search easier.  

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6.1. The Top Locations for a House on Vvardenfell
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The locations will be arranged as follows:

Name
Background
Pros
Cons
Conclusion

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Balmora
The region capital of House Hlaalu.
Pros:
- Lots of house choices
- Centralized location
- Silt Strider port
- Mages Guild
- Fighters Guild
- Thieves Guild
- Temple
- Imperial Garrison
- Imperial Cult Shrine
- Blades Headquarters
- House Hlaalu capital
- Security Master Trainer
- Short Blade Master Trainer
Cons:
None
With no major cons and tons of pros, Balmora is probably the best place to 
have a house.  It has just about everything one could need, and a huge 
selection of houses to choose from.  

Ald'ruhn 
The region capital of House Redoran.
Pros:
- Fairly central location
- Lots of choices
- Silt Strider port
- Mages Guild
- Fighters Guild
- Thieves Guild
- Temple
- Imperial Garrison
- Imperial Cult Shrine
- House Redoran capital
- Block Master Trainer
Cons:
- Not quite as central as Balmora
- Can be a confusing city
With a ton of pros and only a few cons, Ald'ruhn is an excellent choice for a 
house, but not quite as good as Balmora.

Vivec
The largest city in Vvardenfell, and the city of the god Vivec.
Pros:
- Huge selection of locations for a home.
- Mages Guild
- Fighters Guild
- Thieves Guild
- Morag Tong HQ
- Hlaalu presence
- Redoran presence
- Telvanni presence
- Silt Strider port
- Boat service
- Temple
- Blunt Weapon Master Trainer
- Heavy Armor Master Trainer
- Acrobatics Master Trainer
Cons:
- Obscure location
- Very confusing city
- Ordinators (Need I say more?)
- Lack of Imperial services
- No freestanding houses
Vivec is a huge metropolis, bringing with it both the pros and cons of it 
falling under that category.  It has most everything you need, but it is hard 
to travel around in, and easy to get lost.  Plus, it is way down at the bottom 
of the map, which means it can take a long time to travel to some places.  It's
not a bad city, but I would prefer to settle in either Balmora and Ald'ruhn 
and visit Vivec via Guild Guides or Silt Striders.  

Suran
A Hlaalu city on the edge between Molag Amur and the Ascadian Isles.
Pros:
- Near the Talking Mudcrab merchant
- Silt Strider port
- Near a variety of good treasure-hunting locations
- Good loot in and around Suran
- Centralized location
- Temple
Cons:
- Smaller city
- No Guilds
- Fewer services
Suran is a nice little city, with fewer people, but a good location makes up 
for it.  It is conviniently located near the Talking Mudcrab, a variety of 
Daedric and Dwemer ruins, and near several key cities.  

Caldera
An Imperial City with a nearby ebony mine.
Pros:
- Centralized location
- Mages Guild
- Creeper
- Ebony Mines
- Imperial Garrison
- Imperial Cult Shrine (I think...)
Cons:
- Smaller city
- Less services
- Smaller choice of house locations
Caldera is a good city to live in.  It has a Mages Guild, for quick transport,
it has Creeper, to sell your items to, and it has a great location along the 
road from Balmora to Ald'ruhn.

Sadrith Mora
The region capital of House Telvanni.
Pros:
- Good choice of houses
- Mages Guild
- Fighters Guild
- Boat service
- Imperial Garrison
- Imperial Cult Shrine
- Telvanni capital
- Illusion Master Trainer
- Mysticism Master Trainer
- Speechcraft Master Trainer
Cons:
- Terrible location
- Confusing city
- Unwelcoming
Sadrith Mora is a House capital, bringing with it the expected services and 
guilds, but it is marred by being so far off to the side of the map and having 
such stuffy occupants.  I wouldn't recommend anyone live here unless you are 
going to be spending some serious time with the Telvanni out in the middle of 

nowhere.

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6.2. Houses in Bloodmoon and Tribunal 
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If you have the two Morrowind expansions, then read on.  If not, skip this 
section and keep reading.

Due to their smaller sizes, Bloodmoon and Tribunal do not offer as many 
possible houses as Morrowind.  Still the need for houses in Solstheim and 
Mournhold is great.  I would recommend that you have seperate houses for both, 
since it can be a pain to have to take all your stuff back to your house in 
Vvardenfell. 

For Solstheim, the best way to get a house is to follow the East Empire quests 
with Raven Rock.  After finishing these quests, the East Empire country will 
build you an estate in the town.  It's a pretty nice house, built in the 
Nordic style of many of the buildings in Solstheim, especially the other ones 
in Raven Rock.  You could also take over a hut in the Skaal Village, and there 
are also certain NPCs that you kill in the main quest for Bloodmoon whose 
houses you may take.  

For Mournhold, the easiest way to get a house would be to move into the first 
floor of the Vacant Manor in Godsreach.  The first floor is pretty nice, but 
there are some other people in the basement, so avoid that area.  As for other 
buildings, I wouldn't mess with much until you finish the main quest for 
Tribunal, since a lot of the places that you might want to inhabit (and more 
importantly, the people you might kill to earn the right to inhabit them) are 
key to the main quest. 

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7. Strongholds
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As mentioned previously, strongholds are houses that the Great Houses build 
for you once you advance through their ranks far enough.  You may only have 
ONE stronghold, since you may only belong to one Great House.  (Unless, that 
is, if you exploit the Duke Dren glitch or you use a plugin)

Each house has a different location for their stronghold.

Hlaalu: Odai Plateau (Located south of Balmora along the Odai River)
Redoran: Bal Isra (Located in the Ashlands west of the Ald'ruhn-Mar Gaan road)
Telvanni: Uvirith's Grave (Located in Molag Amur west of Tel Fyr)

There are three general phrases to the construction of the stronghold.  In 
between each you must wait several days and complete a minor quest.  The 
phrases are:

Phrase 1: The manor house itself is built, and you can enter it.
Phrase 2: Walls are added around the stronghold, and a few more NPCs are 
included.
Phrase 3: The final bits are added, with lots of NPCs and some guards.

The completed strongholds are really nice, and they are all different in 
several ways.  This is nice because it can allow you to create new characters 
later on and have them complete the quests for a different Great House and 
get a different stronghold.  

Now, here comes my opinion on each stronghold.

Hlaalu: Has a great location, really close to Balmora and practically next 
door to Hla Oad.  You get some handy NPCs as well, who can sell and train well.

Redoran: Decent location, decent features.  The manor house is a bit bigger 
than the others, in my opinion.  

Telvanni:  A terrible location, surrounded by lava, Dwemer ruins, Daedric 
Shrines, and ocean.  In the middle of nowhere.  However, it does have a lot 
of nice features, like having Dwarven Centurions as guards, and having the 
Telvanni "tree-like" architecture.    

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7.1. Hlaalu Stronghold Info
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Here is how to get the House Hlaalu Stronghold at the Odai Plateau:

Once you've reached a high enough rank in Hlaalu, you can go to the Hlaalu 
Council Building in Balmora and talk to Dondos Driler.  He tells you that you 
need two things to start the construction of your stronghold: a construction 
contract and a land deed.  

Getting the contract is easy, go to Ebonheart and talk to Duke Vedam Dren 
(second floor of Grand Council Chambers) about it.  He'll give you one as long 
as you promise to be a good person and uphold the law.  

Getting the land deed is a little harder.  You need to go the the Hlaalu 
vaults in Vivec and buy one at 5000 gold from Baren Alen.  

Return to Dondos and he will give you directions to the construction site and 
tell you to go and talk to the Orc foreman there.  Return to Dondos and talk 
to him.  He'll tell you to wait a few days.  Your journal will update later 
telling you that the first stage should be finished.  

You can talk to Dondos again, and he'll tell you that you need to contribute 
to Hlaalu by including egg mining at your stronghold.  Go to the Balmora Mages 
Guild and buy a spell of Cure Blight Disease on Other from the Orc there, or 
you can buy a scroll of Daerir's Blessing from Hetman Abelmawia in Gnisis.  
Then, head to the Shurdan-Raplay Egg Mine, which is across the river to the 
Southeast of your stronghold.  This is your egg mine.  

Run through the mine, avoiding the kwama inside, and get to the queen.  Use 
the scroll or spell on her, as she is blighted.  Then leave.  Head back to 
Dondos, and he will want you to recruit miners.  

You can find miners at Gnisis or Tel Aruhn.  In Gnisis, go to the northern 
part of the town and find Tansumiran, in the Tansuriran Cave Dwelling.  He'll 
agree to mine for you.  In Tel Aruhn, go the the Underground, and find the 
slave pit guarded by the Orcs.  The male Dark Elf slave will agree to work 
with you.  

Return to Dondos, and he will order the phase two of construction.  

Then, once you are Counciler or Grandmaster of Hlaalu, talk to Dondos again.  
He will tell you to find someone to guard your stronghold against bandits.  
Go to the Balmora Fighter's Guild and talk to Flaenia Amiulusus.  She will let 
you hire Fjorgeir, a mercenary, for 1000 gold.  Hire him and head to your 
stronghold.  Talk to him, and you can choose to have him remain at your 
stronghold and guard it or go with you to fight the bandits.  

Now, go to the cave Zainsipilu.  To find it, go south and slightly west from 
the egg mine.  Enter, and kill the eight bandits inside.  Once they are all 
dead, you can go back to Dondos and tell him about what you did and he will 
give the order to build the last stage of the stronghold. 

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7.2. Redoran Stronghold Info
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Here is how to get the House Redoran Stronghold at Bal Isra:

Once you've reached a high enough rank in Redoran, you can go to the Redoran 
Council Hall in Ald'ruhn and talk to Galsa Gindu.  She tells you that you need 
two things to start the construction of your stronghold: a construction 
contract and a land deed.  

To get the contract, go to Ebonheart and talk to Duke Vedam Dren (second floor 
of Grand Council Chambers) about it.  He'll give you one as long as you 
promise to be a good person and uphold the law.  Then give Galsa 5000 gold for 
the land deed. 

Several days later, return to Galsa and she will tell you to go and inspect 
the construction.  Head to the site and talk to the Orc there.  Then return 
to Galsa.

After gaining a few more ranks, Galsa will want you to hire a garrison of 
guards for your stronghold.  Percius Mercius will give you guards for free if 
you will save Frelene Acques from the prison in the Hlaalu canton at Vivec.  

Go to Vivec, and then to the prison cells inside the Hlaalu Treasury.  There 
will be a guard with a key on his desk, and two prisoners, one of which is 
Frelene.  Steal the key using any means needed, and talk to Frelene through 
the cell door.  You will give her the key and she will escape on her own.  

Talk to Percius about it and he will agree to give you the guards.  Then talk 
to Galsa and she will agree to start work on the second phrase of the 
stronghold.  Your journal will be updated a few days later.

After it's done, you can go back to Galsa and she will tell you that you now 
need to attract more settlers to your stronghold.  She wants you to see the 
hetman of your stronghold.  See the hetman, Hetman Guls, outside of the manor 
at Bal Isra.  He will inform you that the men want more wives.  Now you must 
find some bachelorettes to come to your manor to make the men happy.  

Back in Ald'ruhn, there are two women who will agree.  Fathusa Girethi is 
downstairs in the Ald Skar Inn, and Aryni Orethi is on the streets of the city.
She tends to be found near the temple.  If you get them to like you enough, 
you can ask them about "needing wives".  They will agree.  Return to the 
hetman and tell him the good news.  Then talk to Galsa and she will start the 
last stage of the stronghold.   

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7.3. Telvanni Stronghold Info
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Here is how to get the House Telvanni Stronghold at Uvirith's Grave (or Tel 
Uvrith):

Once you've reached a high enough rank in Telvanni, you can go to the Telvanni 
Council House in Sadrith Mora and talk to Llunela Hleran.  She tells you that 
you need two things to start the construction of your stronghold: a 
construction contract and a land deed.  

To get the contract, go to Ebonheart and talk to Duke Vedam Dren (second floor 
of Grand Council Chambers) about it.  He'll give you one as long as you 
promise to be a good person and uphold the law.  Then capture two strong souls 
(atronach, golden saint, winged twilight) and give them to her.  She will then 
begin construction of the stronghold.  

Llunela will want you to go and speak with the Orc foreman at the site, so go 
out and do it, and then return to her after finding him.  Wait a week, and 
then your journal will update.  

Go back and talk to Llunela and she will ask you to investigate the Dwemer 
ruins at Mzachend and bring some schematics back to her.  Go the the ruins, 
which are northwest of the stronghold, and bring her back the schematics.  
Then pay her 5000 gold as the construction fee, and she will order the next 
phase of construction.  

After a few days the journel will update telling you that phase two is 
complete.  Return to Llunela, who now wants you to find the book "Secrets of 
the Dwemer Aniunculi".  She says that they are in the ruins of Galom Daeus, 
and they are southwest of the stronghold.  These ruins have vampires in them, 
so watch yourself.  Get the book, and return to her.  

Wait a few more days, and the stronghold will be complete.  Return to check 
out this unique stronghold.  It has steam centurions as guards.  

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8. Closing Notes
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I hope you learned about having a house in Morrowind from this FAQ.  Please 
let me know if you catch any mistakes or have any sugestions for this guide.  
I don't appreciate attacking emails, and I will delete everything that isn't 
constructive criticism.  My email is ww2jacob@gmail.com, and I always like to 
know what you think of this guide.  

Thanks for reading, and enjoy the game!