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Oblivion:The Unfortunate Shopkeeper

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Stop some thieves from robbing a local shopkeeper.
Quest Giver: Azzan at the Anvil Fighters Guild
Location(s): Lelles' Quality Merchandise, Anvil
Prerequisite Quest: A Rat Problem
Next Quest: The Desolate Mine or Unfinished Business
Reward: Level-dependent gold, possible promotion to Journeyman
Fame/Infamy: Fame +1
ID: FGC02Protect
Quality Sign Manufacturing

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Speak with Azzan.
  2. Talk to Norbert Lelles at Lelles' Quality Merchandise.
  3. Confront the burglars.
  4. Defeat the burglars.
  5. Return to Lelles to receive your reward.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

Quality BurglariesEdit

Azzan asks you to speak to Norbert Lelles at Lelles' Quality Merchandise. The shop is outside Anvil in the harbor district along the dock. Ask Norbert about Break-Ins to learn that he's lost a great deal of merchandise over the past month. The thieves always come at night after he has gone to sleep. Norbert gives you permission to stay overnight to guard the place and mentions that he'll be staying next door at the Flowing Bowl Inn until you resolve the matter.

The three criminals waiting outside their target

Good Help is Hard to FindEdit

Wait around inside the store; the thieves will generally appear between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Aenvir, Dranas Lerano, and Storn the Burly will enter the store and attack you on sight. If you're having difficulty fighting all three you can try to use the stairs to separate them, or head outside, where you will be assisted by any nearby guards. Once all three are dead, head next door to the Flowing Bowl to tell Norbert the news. It seems that all three men had worked for Norbert in the past. Norbert will give you a standard level-dependent gold reward, and your Fame will also increase by one point.

If you have not yet been to Cheydinhal to do Burz gro-Khash's quest The Desolate Mine, you need to head there next. If you have already completed that quest, Azzan will promote you to the rank of Journeyman and send you to Chorrol to talk to Vilena Donton and Modryn Oreyn for Unfinished Business.


  • The thieves are flagged as part of the FGC02ThiefFaction, which is a unique faction created just for this quest to ensure they attack you on sight. So you can simply kill them as they loiter outside the shop without acquiring a bounty and with the support of nearby guards and townsfolk.
  • All three men carry the store key, but removing the keys by pickpocketing will not prevent them from entering the store.
  • You can easily take anything in the shop while Lelles is out. This includes the Boots of the Eel on the top floor, second bedroom from the right, behind the door.


Journal EntriesEdit

The Unfortunate Shopkeeper (FGC02Protect)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 Azzan has told me about a contract in Anvil, at Norbert Lelles store, Lelles' Quality Merchandise.
20 I've spoken to Norbert Lelles, who says he has had break-ins at his store almost nightly. He would like someone to stay in the store tonight and catch the crooks in the act.
30 I have taken care of the crooks breaking into Norbert Lelles' store. I should speak with the shopkeeper himself.
100 Finishes quest  Norbert Lelles was surprised to learn that the men breaking in were all former employees, though none had been with him long. He was glad that the problem was taken care of, though.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in random order.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  •   It is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage FGC02Protect stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages. See SetStage for more information.
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Unfinished Business