Since J’Zhirr is in Riften, this one pays a visit to Jarl Laila Law-Giver to see if he can pick up any paying work. With all the unrest in Skyrim, there should be plenty of work available for someone handy with a blade. The Jarl’s Bosmer stewardess, Anuriel, hands this one a bounty note. Seems like the Jarl is willing to pay for someone to get rid of the bandits at the Ruins of Bthalft.
The sun is up when J’Zhirr arrives at Riften. Aerin and Mjoll are still at home but the door is unlocked so J’Zhirr just walks in. This one hands Mjoll her cherished Grimsever and enjoys the look of surprise on her face.
Mjoll says, “Astonishing. To think you actually were able to reach it and yet return to tell the tale. Rarely in my travels have I encountered those who possess skills equal to your own. I see I still have much to learn. If you’d permit me, I’d be honored to accompany you in your travels for a time.”
J’Zhirr is tempted to take Mjoll up on her offer. It will be nice to have a big, strong warrior watching this one’s back but there is Aerin to think of. J’Zhirr does not want Aerin to tag along but he realizes that the man will stubbornly follow Mjoll to the ends of the world, and perhaps to his death. J’Zhirr has no patience for Aerin so this one regretfully declines Mjoll’s offer.
Mjoll steps out into the morning sun, carrying Grimsever proudly on her back. This one swears that there is an extra spring in Mjoll’s step.
J’Zhirr returns to Brynjolf with the good news. Brynjolf is really happy that J’Zhirr finishes the job successfully and rewards this one with 200 gold. He also tells J’Zhirr that Maven Black-Briar wants to speak to this one. Brynjolf does not know that details but says that it is about a job. Maven will be waiting at The Bee and Barb.
But the Black-Briar matriarch can wait. For J’Zhirr wants to visit the Dwemer ruin that Mjoll the Lioness spoke about. Perhaps this one will be able to retrieve her blade, or perhaps not. But one thing is certain, it will be an exciting experience.
The tall Nord woman comes up to Balimund’s stall as J’Zhirr was browsing his wares. She is called Mjoll the Lioness.
Mjoll is not a native of Riften and has been adventuring across Tamriel, from High Rock to Valenwood, Elsweyr to Morrowind and all points in between. It is impressive that she had visited more places than J’Zhirr. One day, J’Zhirr hopes that he will be able to visit them as well.
Mjoll says that many years ago, she lost her blade, “Grimserver”, within a Dwemer ruin. Mjoll, herself barely escaped with her life but somehow she managed to make it out of the ruin. A man called Aerin found her dying outside. He brought her back to Riften and nursed her back to health. When Aerin told her about the problems plaguing Riften, she decided that fate had brought her to Riften for a reason. Mjoll also took the loss of her blade as a sign that she was wasting her days in search of wealth.
Mjoll says, “You and I are alike. We seek challenge and great fortune. But for me, that’s where the similarities end. You see, Riften is my great beast to be slain and my fortune comes from gratitude and trust.”
Throughout the whole conversation, Aerin (for J’Zhirr assumed that is the name of the man who keeps following Mjoll around) keeps giving this one dirty looks behind Mjoll’s back.
Dirge is the impolite guard at the Ragged Flagon. No matter what you say or do, he is not going to be friendly towards you. A typical conversation goes something like this:
“Why do they call you Dirge?”
“They call me Dirge, ’cause I’m the last thing you hear before they put you in the ground.”
So J’Zhirr tries to provoke Dirge into a brawl by laughing at his name. But all he does is to say, “My problem is I’m too tired to punch your face in.”
J’Zhirr finds Tonilia and collects his amour from her. She is a tough woman and will not take any nonsense from other people. Somehow J’Zhirr gets a feeling that it is best to stay on her good side.
Tonilia is the fence for the Guild and will buy any stolen goods from J’Zhirr. She pays way below the worth of an item but since merchants will not buy stolen goods, she is the only person a thief can sell to. It must be great to own a monopoly. For a small fee, Tonilia will also provide a few supplies useful for a thief.