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Morrowind:The Grandmaster's Retort

Morrowind: Quests: Thieves Guild / Tel Mora
Steal a rare Retort for some cash.
Quest Giver: Big Helende at Wolverine Hall
Location(s): Wolverine Hall, Tel Mora
Prerequisite Quest: Potion Recipe
Next Quest: Wizard For Hire
Reward: 200 gold
Disposition: +10 (Big Helende)
Reputation Gain: +5 (Thieves Guild)
ID: TG_GrandmasterRetort
Required Rank: None

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Talk to Big Helende in Dirty Muriel's Cornerclub in Wolverine Hall for a new job.
  2. Travel to Tel Mora and steal Berwen's Grandmaster's Retort, or acquire one in any other way.
  3. Return to Helende to complete the quest.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit


Big Helende in Dirty Muriel's Cornerclub in Wolverine Hall asks you to steal a Grandmaster's Retort from Berwen, a trader in Tel Mora (north of Sadrith Mora, quickest route is by ship). Of course, any Grandmaster's Retort will do if you happen to have any.

Berwen's RetortEdit

Berwen is in the center of Tel Mora, northeast of the docks if you arrived by ship. Unfortunately, the retort is on the shelf in front of Berwen, so you'll have to be sneaky. The easiest way is to go upstairs, jump over the boxes, jump up on the table in the far corner, take one or two steps into the corner, turn to the right until you can see the shelf below, get into sneak mode and use a telekinesis spell (one with a 25 foot range works well) to grab the retort. Another way is to exploit the game mechanics by jumping onto the shelf, then immediately jump again so you are stuck in the ceiling (you have perfect sneak when you are in the ceiling), then sneak and grab the retort and anything else within your reach that you may want.

If you have already killed the Corprus Stalker upstairs, you could just buy it for an exorbitant amount of money if you don't want to risk getting caught, but it's cheaper to kill Berwen (you'll get a bounty around 40), take the retort and anything else that seems useful to you, then go remove the price on your head with Rissinia when you return to Sadrith Mora. Speak with Big Helende to finish the quest.


  • You'll find a Corprus Stalker upstairs in Berwen's shop, part of an unrelated Fighters Guild quest.
  • Another way of acquiring a Grandmaster's Retort is to go to the Services Tower in Tel Vos. Right in front of Andil, there is a shelf with a Grandmaster's Retort. You can get over by the door leading outside (around the corner where no one can see you) and use telekinesis to steal it. You may want to wait for the guard to walk out of the room, though his presence shouldn't be a problem.
  • Daynali Dren in Tel Mora (Lower Tower) has complete sets of Grandmaster's alchemy equipment.
  • Abelle Chriditte, who resides in the Propylon Chamber of Valenvaryon (far north-northeast of Maar Gan and far east of Khuul, near the coast), has two full sets of Grandmaster's alchemy equipment for sale, and one of these sets is lying on the table and floor to the left of the room.

Quest StagesEdit

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 Grandmaster's Retort (TG_GrandmasterRetort)
Index Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 Big Helende told me that a client wants a Grandmaster's Retort. Big Helende told me that Berwen the Trader in Tel Mora has a Grandmaster's Retort.
100 Finishes quest  Big Helende thanked me for delivering a Grandmaster's Retort.

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