Morrowind:The Scholars and the Mating Kagouti

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Help protect a naturalist who got a little too curious for his own good.
Quest Giver: Thoronor or Edras Oril on the road west of Suran
Location(s): None
Reward: Amulet of Slowfalling or 2920, Second Seed
ID: MV_StrayedPilgrim
The two scholars reunited

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Meet either Thoronor or Edras Oril on the road north of Lake Amaya, just northeast of Alof's Farmhouse.
  2. Deal with the love-maddened Kagouti.
  3. Reunite the two Scholars.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

The Scholars and the Mating Kagouti[edit]

West from Suran, on the road north of Lake Amaya, you will find Thoronor who will tell you that he has lost a friend, Edras Oril, who wandered off to check on some strange sounds. Close by you should be able to easily find the source of the sounds, two mating kagouti. Edras should be trapped nearby, east from Thoronor.

Dispose of the Threat[edit]

You can either kill the kagouti and escort Edras back to his friend, or cast a chameleon or invisibility spell on Edras to avoid detection from the animals.

Reunite the two Scholars[edit]

Either way, once you return to Thoronor you will receive an Amulet of Slowfalling (it doesn't actually matter who you find first. Finding Edras first will also lead to Thoronor's reward). If Edras is killed, you'll receive a copy of 2920, Second Seed, a Speechcraft skill book, instead.


  • Edras was obviously scared into dropping his notes - on the hillside near the two kagouti is his book Kagouti Mating Habits.
  • Thoronor possesses the amulet from the start, but does not hold a copy of the book. This means you can obtain both rewards by letting Edras die (or just killing him), going to Thoronor and getting the book, and then killing Thoronor and looting his body.

Quest Stages[edit]

The following Quest_ID and Index codes can be used with the Journal Console command to manually update the quest to a certain point.

The Scholars and the Mating Kagouti (MV_StrayedPilgrim)
Index Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 I met a Bosmer pilgrim named Thoronor, who was on his way to Vivec. Apparently, he and his traveling companion, Edras Oril, were separated along the way. He would like my help in finding his friend.
15 I met a dark elf named Edras Oril, hiding among some trees. It seems he was trapped there by some kagouti when he and his friend were separated.
20 I have agreed to help Thoronor in his search for Edras Oril. Apparently, Oril wandered away to investigate some strange animal sounds he heard, and he hasn't been seen since. Perhaps whatever made those sounds was more than he could handle on his own.
21 ☑Finishes quest I've decided that Thoronor will be able to find Edras Oril on his own. I have more pressing business.
24 Edras Oril would like me to help him get back to his friend, Thoronor. He won't budge if there's a chance the kagouti can still get him, though.
25 I've agreed to help Edras Oril find his friend, Thoronor. To do so, I'll have to get rid of the nearby kagouti that Edras fears (and seems so fascinated with).
26 ☑Finishes quest Edras Oril can find his own way back to his friend. I have no time to try and babysit a couple of wayward scholars.
27 Although I told Edras Oril I would not help him, I have cast a spell to make him invisible.
28 I've agreed to escort Edras back to his friend, Thoronor.
29 ☑Finishes quest I've told Edras Oril again that although I cast a spell on him, I will not lead him back to his friend.
30 I found Edras Oril not far from his friend. A small group of Kagouti had gotten between him and the path back to Thoronor. Good thing I found him, or he might have been trapped out here for a much longer time.
40 Edras Oril refuses to move from his hiding place with the kagouti still on the prowl.
43 In order to sneak Edras Oril by the kagouti, I've given him a potion that should make him unnoticeable to the kagouti. Hopefully, we'll be able to sneak by without attracting too much attention.
45 In order to sneak Edras Oril by the kagouti, I've cast a spell on him that should make him unnoticeable to the kagouti. Hopefully, we'll be able to sneak by without attracting too much attention.
48 I've spoken to Edras Oril, and he's agreed to follow me back to his friend, now that the kagouti are dead. Seems that he's completely terrified of them, though he seems to enjoy speaking at great length about the various noises they make.
90 I've been able to escort Edras Oril back to where I found Thoronor.
100 ☑Finishes quest I was able to reunite Edras Oril and Thoronor. Hopefully, these two pilgrims will be able to continue on their journey now. Hopefully, they'll stick together from now on. They've given me an amulet for my troubles that they say is enchanted.
110 ☑Finishes quest Unfortunately, Edras Oril has been killed. His book on the habits of kagouti will never get published. Kagouti scholars in all of Tamriel will surely mourn his passing.
115 ☑Finishes quest I've told Edras Oril that his friend Thoronor is dead.