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    Buyable Houses Guide by Idiosyncrat

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    ............| The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - Buyable Houses Guide |...........
    ............|                       Version 1.37                    |...........
    ............|  Written by Glenn Frazee (grfrazee[at]gmail[dot]com)  |...........
    ............|                GameFAQs s/n: Idiosyncrat              |.........--
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    |                               TABLE OF CONTENTS                              |
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    |		    CHAPTER	              			| REFERENCE NO.|
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    |  Version History......................................................01-00  |
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    |  Legal Stuff..........................................................02-00  |
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    |  Introduction.........................................................03-00  |
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    |  Houses...............................................................04-00  |
    |	Imperial City...................................................04-01  |
    |	Bravil..........................................................04-02  |
    |	Anvil...........................................................04-03  |
    |	Leyawiin........................................................04-04  |
    |	Bruma...........................................................04-05  |
    |	Cheydinhal......................................................04-06  |
    |	Chorrol.........................................................04-07  |
    |	Skingrad........................................................04-08  |
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    |  FAQ..................................................................05-00  |
    +==============================================================================+
    |  Contact Information..................................................06-00  |
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    |  Credits..............................................................07-00  |
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    |  Version History......................................................01-00  |
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    Version 1.37 (8-01-06)
       - Updated "FAQ"
    
    Version 1.36 (6-28-06)
       - Updated "Anvil" house info
    
    Version 1.35 (5-30-06)
       - Added ASCII Art
       - Updated "FAQ"
    
    Version 1.34 (5-21-06)
       - Updated "FAQ"
    
    Version 1.33 (5-15-06)
       - Updated "Anvil" house
    
    Version 1.32 (5-12-06)
       - Updated "FAQ"
    
    Version 1.31 (4-30-06)
       - Updated "Chorrol" house info
    
    Version 1.3 (4-30-06)
       - Added "FAQ"
    
    Version 1.21
       - Updated "Skingrad" House info
    
    Version 1.2
       - Updated Contact Info
    	     "Skingrad" House info
    
    Version 1.1
       - Updated Legal Stuff
       	     Contact Info
    
    Version 1.0
       - Beginning
    
    
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    |  Legal Stuff..........................................................02-00  |
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    	This document is copyrighted  2006-2010 by Glenn Frazee.  The Elder
    Scrolls IV: Oblivion is copyrighted by Bethesda Softworks.  I write this for 
    personal use only, not to be altered, printed, or distributed comercially.  This
    guide may be printed for personal use, but not for any other purpose.  No part 
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    If any copies are found elsewhere, please notify the author.
    
    
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    |  Introduction.........................................................03-00  |
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    	This is, simply, a guide of house prices and what one has to do in order
    to acquire the house.  Some require only money, others require a quest along 
    with the gold.  Save the wonder: read this guide.
    
    
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    |  Houses...............................................................04-00  |
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    	So, you got this far, eh?  *looks above*  Okay, nevermind.  Anyway, 
    Bethesda decided to make it possible for a player to own a house in Oblivion, 
    unlike in Morrowind where you basically killed the owner and took whatever house
    you want.  That doesn't work here.  Not only will you probably get fined, but 
    anything you store in the house is subject to removal at any time, no 
    notification given to you at all.  Dang.  So, now you have to buy a house.
    Where to begin?  How about the cheapest.
    
    
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    |  Imperial City........................................................04-01  |
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    	This is actually a shack.  Nothing much.  Still, it costs 2,000 gold.
    Woah.  I'll paste from my other guide the steps you need to do to get the house:
    
    	Start his quest (yes, it's actually a quest) by talking to Vinicia
    Melissaeia in the Office of Imperial Commerce in the Market District.  Ask about
    "Buy a House in Town" and she'll tell you about the 2,000 gold shack in the
    Waterfront.  Accept and pay the 2,000 and the house is yours.
    
    	Take a visit to your new house.  Kinda bare, eh?  Now you have to go to
    Three Brothers' Trade Goods in the Market District to buy furnishings.  They 
    cost about 660 each and there are about five sets.  If you have the gold, deck
    your new house out.  Easy.
    
    	Now you have a pimped out shack on the Waterfront.  Useful once you
    finish the Thieve's Guild quests and can dump stolen goods there.  Anyway, I
    digress.  Moving on.
    
    
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    |  Bravil...............................................................04-02  |
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    	You buy this house by talking to Count Terentius at the castle.  May 
    need to raise his dispostion.  Once you buy the ugly little thing for 4,000 
    gold, you can purchase all the niceties at The Fair Deal.  They cost about the
    same as the ones from Imperial City.
    
    
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    |  Anvil................................................................04-03  |
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    	I started this one by talking to Huurwen in the Fighter's Guild and
    asking about "Rumors."  Probably works on other townsfolk as well.  Anyway, the
    quest is that this guy named Velwyn Benirus is trying to sell his house, cheap.
    You have to find him at The Count's Arms, an inn in town.
    
    	Talk to the guy and you learn that he's selling the house straight up 
    for 5000 gold, no questions asked.  With the quest title named like so, it makes
    me think the place is haunted.  Hmmm.  Guess I'll just have to go on a klepto
    run and get myself another 3000 gold.
    
    	That done, purchase the house.  After getting the deed, go to sleep in
    the house for any amount of time you see fit.  In any order, you'll be attacked 
    by ghosts. Kill them (can you really kill a ghost?).  The dialogue says you 
    heard a crash downstairs, so go investigate.  There will be an urn on the floor 
    in the front room of the house with a journal and skeletal hand.  Grab both, 
    being sure to take them.  You'll need them.
    
    	Now to find Velwyn.  He's skipped town, you learn from anyone at the
    Count's Arms.  Make the journey to the Elven Garden District in Imperial City
    and find Velwyn.  Talk to him, mentioning the haunting and blah blah blah.  He
    reads the note and discovers that he is needed to lift the curse, so the goes
    back to Anvil.  You should too.
    
    	Meet Velwyn at the Count's Arms and talk to him.  He'll head off to the
    Manor and you should follow.  Enter and fight off (or just run past) any ghosts 
    you encounter, making your way to the bowels of the basement.  Velwyn will play 
    around with the weird symbols on the wall and the promptly run away when the 
    door opens. Figures.  Enter and save in front of the altar.  Activate the altar 
    and Grandpa Benirus will talk.  Activate his body to add the skeletal hand to it
    (told you it would come in handy!).  Joke's on you.  The body comes to life and 
    you have to fight it.  Kill it to lift the curse on Benirus Manor.
    
    	That done, go and talk to Velwyn.  He's off to the Imperial City now
    that all his loose ends are tied.  Enjoy your home.
    
    **After you leave the house and reenter (might have to wait a day or so), the
      house will be completely furnished.  In reality, it really is the cheapest
      house since you don't have to buy any furnishings.
    
    
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    |  Leyawiin.............................................................04-04  |
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    	Talk to Count Marius Caro at the Castle and buy this one for 7,000.  
    Pimp it out with upgrades from Best Goods and Guarantees.  They cost about 1,000
    each.  Wow.  Expensive for that piece of junk.
    
    
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    |  Bruma................................................................04-05  |
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    	Talk to the Countess Marina Carvain and she'll sell it to you for 10,000
    gold.  Buy furnishings at Novaroma for around 1,100 gold each.
    
    
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    |  Cheydinhal...........................................................04-06  |
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    	Talk to Count Indarys (yet another Count) to purchase this house for
    a whopping 15,000 gold.  I love the Cheydinhal architecture, so it didn't hurt
    me so much :-P  Anyway, furnish it by visiting Borba's Goods and buying the
    upgrades for around 1,500 each.
    
    
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    |  Chorrol..............................................................04-07  |
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    	If you have 13 renown (fame minus infamy) and 20,000 gold, buy this 
    house from Countess Volga.  Be ready to shell out some major dough - the 
    furnishings from Northern Goods and Trade cost well over the base cost of the 
    house.  Yikes.
    
    
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    |  Skingrad.............................................................04-08  |
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    	Last but not least is the 25,000 house in Skingrad.  Space must be a 
    premium there, I tell you.  Talk to the Count's butler Shum gro-Yarug, as the
    Count is to haughty to talk to us puny mortals.  You need to have your 
    disposition above 70 and at least 15 renown (fame minus infamy) before he'll 
    talk to you about it. Deck it out at Colovian Traders by talking to Gunder.  The
    furnishings cost a whopping 2,300 to 2,500 each!
    
    	There are two side quests to this house.  One is to get a maid (why not,
    you're royalty if you can afford this thing) and another little quest.  Once you
    get the Servant's Quarters upgrade, reenter Colovian Traders (not sure what time
    if it makes a difference).  Eyja will bring up working for you if you pay her
    150 gold.  She gives food and drink on demand after you get the Kitchen Upgrade.
    
    	For the other, enter the main bedroom and pause.  See the desk to your 
    left?  Look directly above it.  See the ledge on the top of the wall?  Jump up 
    there.  You might have to go from desk to bookshelf to get there.  Anyway, 
    you'll find an old scroll, which you should read.  It tells you of a treasure 
    hidden somewhere in the house.
    
    	Go to the basement.  See the support with the garlic hanging on it?  The
    treasure is on one of the triangular braces in an hourglass.  Activate the loot
    and you will get your reward.
    
    
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    |  FAQ..................................................................05-00  |
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    	I've decided to add an FAQ because of some of the questions I've gotten
    in email.  Here goes:
    
    Q: Can I rent my house out or rent it as a shop?
    A: Nope.  Houses are for living - your living only.
    
    Q: I can't find Shum gro-Yarug for the Skingrad house.  Or he's dead.  What 
       should I do?
    A: If he's dead, your only option is to "make" a new one of him via the console
       commands.  Hit the tilde ( ~ ) key and type this:
    
       player.placeatme <00028FB6>
    
       Or you can open the console, click on his corpse, and type "resurrect."
    
    Q: Can you sell a house after you buy it?
    A: No.
    
    Q: Can people break into your house and/or steal your stuff?
    A; No.
    
    Q: Can I get a servant for the Chorrol house?  It has a servant's quarters
       upgrade.
    A: No.
    
    
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    |  Contact Information..................................................06-00  |
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    GameFAQs s/n: Idiosyncrat
    Email: grfrazee [at] gmail [dot] com
    
    Please have "Buyable Houses Guide" in the first part of the title so it sticks 
    out for me.  You probably won't get a reply unless your email incites one, but I
    will give you credit where it's deserved :)
    
    LOOK ONLINE for a solution to your problem before you come running to me for
    help.  I'm getting tired of answering peoples' emails who ask questions a 30
    second Google search could find.  A good site is the Unofficial Elder Scrolls
    Wiki (http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Oblivion).  If I don't answer your
    email within a week, there's a good chance you asked a question that I feel you
    can find the answer to in less time than it'll take me to write.
    
    
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    |  Credits..............................................................07-00  |
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    Thanks to Karaza for info on "Skingrad" House
    Thanks to Andrew Koutsoftas for corrections on "Skingrad" and "Chorrol" houses
    
    Thanks to Alternates ASCII Artist v2.0.1 (http://alterlife.org/asciiartist/) for
      the great ASCII generation program.  A beatuiful, functional, open-source
      program that works great and produces great results.  Man, I love open-source.