A Hireling of House Telvanni is a quest in ESO Morrowind. It takes you through the adventures of the slave Sun-in-Shadow in Sadrith Mora. This quest is the first of many in a large chain. Completing them all will unlock the Rising Sun achievement, which is worth 10 points.
Where to start Hireling of House Telvanni quest
To start the quest, talk to Eoki in Sadrith Mora. This settlement is located in eastern Vvardenfell, in an area with a lot of tiny islands. Eoki is raking the grass near the docks. Once you talk to him, he will ask you to go and talk to Sun-in-Shadow. If you agree, the quest will start.
Pickpocket the Bad Poem and Take Correspondence
Sun-in-Shadow is in the largest residence in Sadrith Mora. Go inside and you’ll find her close to the stairs. She will give you the task to find Eravan Onthim’s Chambers. They are in the Council House just north from where you acquire this objective. Find a door with a small canopy over it and go inside.
Once inside, you’ll need to speak with Bralen Neloren. To get to the next objective, you’ll need to pickpocket the Bad Poem from Ethrandora in the Wizard’s Study, a nearby room.
To pickpocket the Bad Poem successfully, crouch and get behind Ethrandora. Try not to be spotted while doing so. While close to her, try to raise the pickpocketing chance to 75% at least, by waiting for the right moment. You don’t want to be caught.
Get back to Bralen and give the Bad Poem to him. He might hesitate at first, as there was no quest marker for him to accept it, but just be patient. Once he has the poem, he’ll leave the room, and you’ll be able to take Magister Therana’s Correspondence from a nearby table. If you like to read letters like this one, it will provide a significant clue for completing the next step.
As you acquire the correspondence, you’ll get a new objective. Get back to Sun-in-Shadow to complete it and get the next one. Travel to Zaintiraris. This area is in southeastern Vvardenfell, south from Molag Mar.
How to enter Zaintiraris?
There is a platform with braziers you have to light up in the correct order. When it is done properly, the Mad Prince’s door will open, so you can enter Zaintiraris.
The clue for the correct order is found in the Correspondence letter, but also on a Scribbled Note just next to a pile of bones at the center of the platform. The solution part clearly says: “A family of skulls say “How do you do?” Two shout “We’re one!” and three yell “We’re two!” Five glare at “three” as six laugh at “four”.”
This means you’ll need to count the skulls next to the braziers. Different braziers have different amount of skulls next to them. To open the gate and enter Zaintiraris, you’ll need to light up the braziers in the following order: 1st – two skull brazier, 2nd – three skull brazier, 3rd – five skull brazier, 4th – six skull brazier.
The first and second braziers have the skulls located on the column’s platform just behind them. The third brazier has all five skulls positioned in front of it. The last brazier has all six skulls placed on two sticks on the side.
Find a Way to Access the Central Chamber and Get the Finger Bone
Head to the southern part of Zaintiraris. Enter the room called Inner Sanctum. At the center of this room there is a circular stone table with a Peculiar Key. There’s a strong enemy here, called Izhavi the Petty. You’ll need to fight him to collect the key.
With the key, get back to the central room and look at the contents of the Daedric Reliquary chest. Once again, you’ll need to fight off some enemies. Inside this chest, you’ll find the Finger Bone of Saint Felms. Get it and leave Zaintiraris, and head south toward Tel Branora.
There is a tower you need to enter. Step on the central platform and use the teleport to get to Therana’s Chambers. After the conversation with Magister Therana, wait a bit, and take the Magister’s Writ of the table.
We are now coming to the end of the quest. Get back to the Sadrith Mora with the writ, talk to Eraven Onthim and meet Sun-in-Shadow in the Council Chamber. Be sure to WAIT for the ceremony to end, in order to accept the next quest in line, called Rising to Retainer.