Za'ji
Location Varies
Ship The Perfect Pounce
Race Dagi-raht Gender Male
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Follower Uneasy Alliances
Faction(s) Dragonguard
Za'ji, captain of The Perfect Pounce
Za'ji in his Dragonguard uniform

Za'ji is a Dagi-raht pirate and captain of The Perfect Pounce. He is first met when sent by Aeliah Renmus and he enlists your help in recovering his ship. After the expedition to Tideholm, he joins Sai Sahan's reformed Dragonguard. He is Clan Mother Tadali's son.

Related QuestsEdit

Quest-Related EventsEdit

The Dragon's LairEdit

When you first arrive at Za'ji and Caska's location in the southern corner of the city (not far from the Senchal Outlaws Refuge entrance) with Sai Sahan, you'll hear Za'ji exclaim:

Za'ji : "Just buy another ship? Caska, you wound Za'ji! You truly do!"

When first spoken to:

"Can't you see that Za'ji is grieving?
He has lost everything! His home! His heart! His one and only lady love! Oh, how can he go on?"
You lost your lady love? Who was she?
"The Perfect Pounce! The finest vessel to sail the Topal Bay.
Someone stole her as we slumbered. A heartless wretch! A thief without honor! A member of Za'ji's very own crew, he is sure of it! Nartise Merys. May he suffer a thousand salty cuts."
Do you know where your ship may be?
"No, but Nartise does. And Za'ji knows we can find him in South Guard Ruins. Pounce needs provisions before it sets sail, and that's where Nartise will get them.
But why are you offering to help, walker?"
Aeliah said you could sail us to a nearby island so we can slay a Dragon.
"Aeliah sent you? Then you must be walkers of honor! And this one must admit, slaying a Dragon sounds quite heroic ….
Very well, it's a deal! You help Za'ji get back his ship, he will take you to this island."
What's our first step?
"We must head to South Guard Ruins and search for Nartise. It is a coastal town of sorts, just south of Senchal.
With some persuasion, that clawless Dark Elf should let slip the location of the Perfect Pounce. Then we steal her back!"

He can then be asked questions about his crew and Nartise:

Why do you think Nartise stole your ship?
"He is the newest member of Za'ji's crew. Came aboard only a few weeks ago. And then this morning, just as the Perfect Pounce is stolen away, he disappears!
It is more than a coincidence, this one thinks."
And you believe he's in the South Guard Ruins?
"Za'ji's blood may boil, but his mind remains as sharp as a blade!
We came to Senchal for provisions. It is unlikely that Nartise would journey out to sea without stocking up first. That means dealing with the vagabonds in South Guard Ruins."
Tell me about South Guard Ruins.
"It used to be a fort, but as the name suggests, it's seen better days. Now pirates and brigands call it home. They will not welcome outsiders."
What can you tell me about Caska?
"Caska? Why she's the Pounce's first mate, of course!
Don't take her manner personally, walker. She's a Khajiit of few words and little patience. And so this one would recommend you stay on her good side, yes?"
And what happens if I get on her bad side?
"Well, she didn't earn the title Caska the Unconquered without biting off a few heads. Do not try your luck, walker."
Tell me more about yourself and your crew.
"Ah! And so we finally move on to one of Za'ji's favorite topics of conversation.
The Perfect Pounce is home to the sleekest profiteers this side of the Topal Bay. She is captained by a roguishly handsome Khajiit, who sought fortune from a young age."
Is that captain … you?
"Indeed he is! There is no treasure too hidden, no adventure too perilous, no glory too great for Za'ji and his loyal crew!
Danger? This one does not know the word."
Well, you have agreed to sail us to a Dragon's island lair.
"In such situations, Za'ji tends to go with his well–toned gut. And his gut says this Dragon will be a problem for Senchal eventually. He will help those brave enough to hunt the beast down!
Right after we find the Pounce, of course."

Arrive at South Guard Ruins and you'll find Za'ji and Caska discussing tactics:

Za'ji : "We must sneak in, Caska! Sneak! You do remember how to do that, yes?"
Caska : "I remember the last time you tried to sneak somewhere. Did you ever remove all those cactus spines from your arse?"
Za'ji : "Those cactus spines never stung as much as your betrayal, Caska."
Caska : "Ah, yes. My third betrayal of the day. But who's counting?"

After you speak to Sai, he will give orders to the group:

Sai Sahan : "Enough! Do you accept the plan?"
Za'ji : "It is an excellent plan! We'll circle around to the back, yes?"
Caska : "And knowing your mouth, we'll alert every pirate in South Guard along the way."
Za'ji : "What? Za'ji is the epitome of discretion!"
Sai Sahan : "I'm going to take the lay of the land. I'll meet you at the entrance to the camp."

Za'ji and Caska head towards the ruins.

On the beach on the other side of the ruins, you'll find Nartise in magical chains held by Za'ji while Caska crouches, ready to pounce.

Sai Sahan : "That's one way to catch a thief."
Za'ji : "Walkers, good to see you! Look who Za'ji found! Why don't you say hello?"
Nartise Merys : "Please, Za'ji! Don't let Caska rip out my throat!"
Sai Sahan : "I'll stand guard while you interrogate Nartise."

If you speak to Za'ji he says he'll leave the talking to you while he holds the Dunmer in place.

"Usually Za'ji is the one who does the talking, but his spellwork is a tad rusty. This one will keep the muskarse floating while you do the questioning."

After speaking to Nartise, Za'ji deals with the thief:

Za'ji : "Za'ji wants you to know there are no hard feelings. In our business, it's sink or swim, yes?"
<Nartise flies off into the ocean>
Za'ji : "Oh, that's right! You can't swim."

Speak to him and he'll say:

"That went exactly as planned! Which, honestly, may be a first for Za'ji."
Do you think Nartise will drown?
"Za'ji is counting on it. There's no place for slavers in Elsweyr, but there's plenty of room at the bottom of the sea.
Perhaps Khenarthi will even take pity on Nartise and guide him to … wherever it is that Dark Elves go."
He could be telling the truth. Perhaps he didn't know Irathi was a slave trader.
"There's not a sailor in the Topal Bay who hasn't heard of Admiral Irathi and her practices. Many Khajiit have suffered because of her.
But now we have a chance to repay this suffering, yes?"
What do you have in mind?
"Oh, you want a plan! Now, that plan would be … ah!
Za'ji and the bearded one will draw away the slavers. Meanwhile, Caska will help you secure the Perfect Pounce. We'll reconvene when the coast is clear!"
All right, I'll go with Caska to secure your ship.

Speak to him before heading off and he'll ask:

"Be gentle with the Perfect Pounce, yes? Za'ji doesn't want too much blood spilled on her! It stains the deck."

Once you and Caska have seized The Perfect Pounce, Za'ji and Sai will arrive:

Za'ji : "Ah, it is good to be home!"
Sai Sahan : "We should sail for Senchal before reinforcements arrive."
Za'ji : "Excellent point. Hey, walker! Get us out of here!"

Sail the Pounce back to Senchal. Once docked, the rest of the crew will board along with Aeliah Renmus. If you speak to Za'ji, he'll be very complimentary towards his ship.

"Once again, the Perfect Pounce sails under Za'ji's tender touch.
She is an impressive vessel, yes? Sleeker than a greased Alfiq and twice as fast! Swift enough to dodge any Dragonfire that comes our way, this one assures you."

After speaking to Aeliah, Za'ji will be eager to head to Tideholm:

"There is no day like today for adventure! And you have a Dragon to slay, yes? Talk to the bearded one first, though. He seems like the strategy type and will probably want to discuss many, many boring things with you."

If you speak to him once more before sailing to Tideholm, he'll say:

"So both Aeliah and Caska have joined your hunt, eh? Two beautiful sweetmeats, willing to fight by your side! Ah, there's no better way to leap into battle.
Not that Caska needs to know this one called her a sweetmeat."

ReformationEdit

You must ask him if he'd like to join the Dragonguard.

"Za'ji knew his gut was right! Only a truly great warrior could tame a Dragon.
Do you suppose the creature will let us ride it? Hmm. No, no, best not to ask. This one would not want to be rude."
Sai Sahan would like your crew to join us as members of the Dragonguard.
"Really? Ah, well, of course you do! Who wouldn't want the daring Za'ji by their side?
The offer is tempting. Whoever defeats these Dragons will have their names sung by Moon-Singers for generations."
Do you want some time to think about it?
"Za'ji is not one to hesitate, walker! Not when a stranger asks him to sail to a Dragon's island, and certainly not when that same stranger offers glory and fame!
The crew of the Perfect Pounce will join your Dragonguard."
Perhaps you should ask your crew first.
"Hmm? Ah, yes! Za'ji will speak to the crew.
However, there are two crew members you may wish to speak with personally. Dirge Truptor, the Imperial with a weasel face, and the beautiful Chizbari. Their particular talents may prove interesting."
Perhaps I will.
Zai'ji aboard his ship

You can ask Za'ji about his crew.

"The Dragonguard! Who's a good for nothing lout now, Mother?
Ah, but you must be busy with the Dragon, no? Za'ji will speak to the crew on your behalf if you do not have the time to spare. Leave it to Za'ji!"
Tell me more about Dirge Truptor and Chizbari. Why might their talents interset me?
"Dirge Truptor has more book smarts than the rest of my crew combined! Now, that's not saying much, since most of my crew can't read.
The Dragonguard wrote many things, yes? Perhaps he can help you read them."
Researching Dragonguard techniques would be helpful. Anything else?
"Well, Dirge has an awful lot of contacts. He always helps us figure out who we can trust and how to avoid those who mean us harm.
Maybe he can help keep track of our enemies in some fashion?"
And what about Chizbari?
"Chizbari the Chipper, as she is known! You'll see why as soon as you hear her lovely voice.
Aside from Caska, there's no one more dependable aboard the Pounce. Give her a task and she'll get it done, yes?"
Do you think your crew is up for the challenge of being part of the Dragonguard?
"Za'ji has not a single doubt! Not a one!
We may be just smugglers to you and the bearded one, but our hearts sing for adventure. They will all take up the call, this one is sure!"
And do you think they're qualified to hunt Dragons?
"Life on the seas is not easy, walker. You must be able to adapt at a moment's notice if you wish to survive its many dangers. Storms, attacking ships, sea serpents!
The Pounce's crew will learn to navigate the dangers of Dragons just as readily."
You seem to have much confidence in your crew.
"Of course! Za'ji is their captain, after all.
This one is confident that his crew will become the greatest Dragonguard to ever walk the sands of Elsweyr. It's just a matter of time!"

Uneasy AlliancesEdit

When you reenter the sanctum, you'll find Aeliah and Za'ji in new outfits.

Za'ji: "We're part of the Dragonguard, Aeliah! It's not stealing."
Aeliah Renmus: "I still think we should ask before putting them on."
Za'ji: "But it looks so good on you!"
"Look what we found, walker! Za'ji has to say, the Dragonguard certainly has style. Though this one did decide to make a few alterations.
Now, what's our next move? What does our Dragon friend have up his scaly sleeve?"
There's another Dragon who might help us, but we don't know where to find him.
"A missing Dragon, huh? Then you'll want to head to Khenarthi's Breath Temple.
The priests there can find all sorts of things, if your cause is just. I'm certain they wouldn't mind helping the noble Dragonguard defeat a great evil."
Where is Khenarthi's Breath Temple?
"South of Black Heights, Za'ji's childhood village. Just follow the ringing of the bells, yes? You can't miss it."
I'll meet you at Black Heights.
"Za'ji will meet you there? Ah, yes! Of course. This one is your resident expert, after all.
He just did not realize that his first Dragonguard mission would take him back to Black Heights. He hasn't visited since … well, he has never visited."
Tell me more about Khenarthi's Breath Temple.
"Khenarthi is the Goddess of the Winds. She guides the Khajiit, ensuring our ships reach safe harbor and our souls find the Sands Behind the Stars.
With Khenarthi's power, the priests can guide us to what we seek."
How will they guide us?
"Something to do with the bells, Za'ji thinks.
He has never seen the ritual, of course. It is only performed in times of dire need. Such as when a group of brave Dragonguard must find a Dragon, yes?"
Tell me more about Black Heights.
"The only thing remarkable about Black Heights is just how unremarkable it is.
Nothing ever happens there. The villagers paint the Wall of Life, the priests pray to Khenarthi for guidance. It's all very dull."
The Wall of Life?
"A big mural. The villagers each add to it before they die, preserving their stories for generations to come.
Za'ji remembers staring at it when he was a ja'khajiit. The stories of this one's ancestors made Za'ji think … so that's it?"
What do you mean?
"Merchants! Weavers! Fishers and farmers! There were no stories of heroes, no glorious tales of adventure. All Za'ji saw in that mural was a life too dull to contemplate.
And so this one ran away and never looked back."

As you walk away, you'll hear:

Za'ji : "It's settled. To Black Heights!"
Aeliah Renmus : "And I'm coming with you."
Za'ji : "What? You don't trust Za'ji to handle this?"
Aeliah Renmus : "Not in the slightest."

Outside the Temple:

Za'ji: "Here we are! Khenarthi's Breath Temple, home to sweet winds and pleasant chimes."
Aeliah Renmus: "Za'ji, I don't like your tone. Is there something you're not telling us?"
Za'ji: "Ah, yes, well. This one may not have left home on the ... best of terms."
Aeliah Renmus: "Oh. I'm sorry, Za'ji, I didn't mean to pry. Do you want to wait outside?"
Za'ji: "Lovely Aeliah, your words are as a soothing balm! With you by Za'ji's side, he can do anything. Let's venture forth."

If you speak to him he'll say:

"No time like the present, yes? Let's head into the temple."

Once inside the temple, he greets the Clanmother.

Clan Mother Tadali: "Oh no. Oh no, no, no."
Za'ji: "Mother! It's been so long."
Clan Mother Tadali: "Out! Out of this temple! You disrespect Khenarthi with your very presence!"
Za'ji: "Please, this is important. We're trying to save all of Elsweyr."
Clan Mother Tadali: "Then this one will speak with your companions. As for you? Out!"
Za'ji: "Za'ji will, uh … wait outside."


Speaking to him outside the temple after speaking with his mother:

"You would think a life devoted to the Divines would make mother a bit more forgiving.
Well? What did she say? Za'ji had trouble hearing your conversation from the other side of the gate."
She'll help us, but we need to return a temple bell you stole.
"Stole? That is not the exact word Za'ji would use. Regardless, returning it will be … tricky.
To purchase the Perfect Pounce, Za'ji sold the bell to the skooma lord, Bahzahar the Bull. Said trade involved certain … promises."
What sort of promises?
"Za'ji happened to mention that the bell could be used to find things, which is entirely true! Of course, this one had no idea how to use the bell in that way.
Bahzahar was not pleased when he learned this."
So Bahzahar is also angry with you?
"Murderously so! Za'ji has made a point to keep track of Bahzahar's movements to avoid a confrontation. For example, he currently hides out in Moonlit Cove.
If we want the bell, we'll have to sneak in and steal it back."
All right. Let's go to Moonlit Cove and get that bell.

You can ask him more about Moonlit Cove before you leave.

"Moonlit Cove is just south of here, right on the coast. A beautiful place to visit if you ignore the skooma dealers and pirates skulking about."
Tell me more about Moonlit Cove.
"The cove's waters are filled with moonlight. Many go to drink from its waters. For its holy properties, you understand. At least, they used to.
Now a skooma lord has taken over, laying claim to the sacred water and attacking anyone who enters."
What does a skooma lord want with the sacred water?
"Bahzahar has some harebrained scheme. Probably thinks the moonlit water can be used to make more potent moon-sugar. Which, in turn, can make more potent skooma.
But what does Za'ji know about skooma? Less than you might think, yes."
Where in the cove can we find Bahzahar?
"No idea. Za'ji knows he's there, somewhere, but Za'ji has never gone in for a closer look.
We'll just have to do what Za'ji does best. Improvise!"
You stole the bell to buy your ship?/You said you stole the bell to buy your ship?
"In Za'ji's defense, he stole a lot of things that night.
Besides, how was he supposed to know the bell was so important? The temple has so many! He just thought mother would replace it."
It seems the bell might be irreplaceable.
"So mother claims, but how special can one tiny bell be?
Za'ji thinks she just wants to punish him. Make him run all over Southern Elsweyr to prove how sorry he is! And he will, for the Dragonguard. But that doesn't mean he will like it."

Once inside Moonlit Cove, Za'ji greets you.

Za'ji: "Come, Za'ji used to explore this place as a cub. He'll sniff out where Bahzahar is hiding."

Speaking with him:

"Bahzahar should be around here somewhere. Just look for a Pahmar with rotten teeth."

Follow him to Bahzahar's hideout, in the river at the bottom of the cave.

Za'ji: "Ugh, that stench! This must be where Bahzahar's hiding. Come, walker. Let's talk."

Speak with him.

""Bahzahar's stench is unmistakable. He's locked himself in this chamber. Probably has his loot nearby, too. Hopefully, that includes the bell.
We just have to figure out how to get inside."
Any ideas?
"When Za'ji lived here, he used this cove to get away from mother's constant nagging. It was also a good spot to bring the lovely sweetmeats, yes?
Back in the day, Za'ji even snagged a key to the back chambers from a sleeping Moon-Priest."
You have a key to Bahzahar's hideout?
"It wasn't his hideout then, but yes. Well, no. Za'ji knows where he left it, though!
Come, walker! Za'ji has a lock box hidden nearby."

Follow Za'ji.

Za'ji: "That ladder, it should be here somewhere."

Arriving at the spot where he hid the key:

Za'ji: "There's the alcove, but where's the ladder? Hmm. Walker, let's talk."

Speak with Za'ji.

"See that alcove up ahead? It was Za'ji's secret spot when the cove contained less Bahzahar! That's where you'll find the key.
Hmm, the ladder this one used is missing. If only we had … wait! Za'ji has something that will help!"
Do you have any idea how to get to the alcove?
"This grappling bow! Za'ji found it in the sanctum before we left for Black Heights. He thought it might come in handy.
Looks simple enough to use. Just aim and pull the trigger. Like a crossbow, yes? Then the rope propels you upward."

If you have completed the prologue quest, you can tell him:

I know how to use a grappling bow. It came in handy when we were searching for the Horn of Ja'darri.
"You are an expert? All right, then!
There's a grapple point on the edge of some nearby scaffolding. Aim for that and let the bow do the rest of the work."
All right, I'll use the grappling bow to reach the alcove and search for the key.

If you haven't completed the Dragonhold prequel quests:

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"More tips, more tips ….
Ah! There is a grapple point on the edge of some nearby scaffolding. Aim for that and let the bow do all the work!"

You can ask him more about the situation.

"Remember, look for a lock box. That's where young Za'ji stored his most precious items. Well, before he acquired the Perfect Pounce.
Za'ji will keep watch from down here. We only have one grappling bow, yes?"
Tell me more about this key and secret chamber.
"Za'ji grew bored spending all his time in the temple. All the praying and cleaning and chanting.
So Za'ji would come here. He hid away high in an alcove so the Moon-Priests wouldn't find him and stole a key so he could explore the back rooms."
Wasn't your mother angry you neglected your duties in the temple?
"Oh, yes. She screeched and scowled at Za'ji's blasphemous disregard of his chores every time he returned home.
Eventually, mother realized the less we saw of one another, the better it was for both of us."
Is that why you left Black Heights for good? Because you thought your mother wanted you gone?
"Za'ji left to pursue a life of adventure. The open seas offer far more than a small town such as Black Heights.
But this one will admit that his strained relationship with his mother made for a painless parting."

When you find Za'ji's Lockbox:

Za'ji: "Sleek! Za'ji knew you could do it!"

After retrieving the key, Za'ji runs back to Bahzahar's door.

Za'ji: "Someone comes! Meet Za'ji by the door!"

Speaking to him again outside of the skooma lord's lair:

"Let's get the bell and get out of this place."

He gives you some advice as you enter the lair.

Za'ji: "Stay upwind of Bahzahar. His rotten breath has been known to clear barnacles off a ship's hull!"

He then sees Bahzahar.

Za'ji: "That's him. Bahzahar the Bull! Go get him, walker!"

He comments on the fight after Bahzahar is dead:

Za'ji: "That's it, five-claw! Show them what for!"

He then sees the bell amidst a pile of pillows.

Za'ji: "Look at that! Old rot-mouth actually kept the bell."

Returning to the temple with the bell:

Za'ji: "Should Za'ji go in? Of course he should go in! Za'ji found the bell, didn't he?"

Upon entering the temple, Za'ji proudly announces your deeds.

Za'ji: "We found the bell, mother! At great risk to life and limb, we heroically fought our way—"
Clan Mother Tadali: "Stop bragging and have your friend place the bell on its hook. Tadali wants to look at it."

Speaking to him before his mother:

"You have the bell, right? Don't tell Za'ji you dropped it."

Speaking with him after the Clan Mother declares the bell tarnished:

"Mother always did have a flair for the dramatic. The bell's just a bit dirty, that's all."

The Clan Mother begins to instruct you on how to cleanse the bell, but Za'ji interrupts her.

Clan Mother Tadali: "First, we must listen for Khenarthi's breath. Not just the wind, mind you, but her holy exhalations."
Za'ji: "And how long will that take?"
Clan Mother Tadali: "As long as it needs to. Sacred rituals should not be rushed."
Za'ji: "We're trying to save Elsweyr, mother! There must be a faster way."
Clan Mother Tadali: "Fine. If you think you can cleanse the bell faster, go ahead. But don't expect this one to help you."

She then teleports away.

Speak with him.

"Za'ji, ah … Za'ji will own up to that one. He messed up.
Mother never did like it when I interrupted her. This one doubts she will be eager to help us now."
How are we going to cleanse the bell now?
"We'll do what Za'ji does best! We'll improvise.
The bells are all about ringing, yes? Perhaps if we get them started, they'll figure themselves out. Or something like that."
Or you could apologize to your mother and ask her to help us.
""Look, this one spent a great deal of his childhood annoying mother. It takes a long time for her to calm down once she gets in one of her moods.
So, in the meantime, why not try Za'ji's way?"
Fine. We'll try to perform the cleansing ritual ourselves.

Za'ji turns to face the bells.

Za'ji: "All right, Za'ji has seen mother ring the bells a thousand times. Just press here ...."
Za'ji: "Huh. Za'ji didn't expect that. Wait, wait. The big bells in this courtyard have the same colored lanterns!"

Speaking with him again:

"Did you see that? Whenever the bells chimed a certain way, a lantern would glow.
Now that this one thinks about it, aren't those lanterns on the larger bells as well? Perhaps there's a connection."
Can you ring the bells again? I want to see the lanterns glow.
"Of course! Watch the master at work."

He rings the bells again.

Za'ji: "One more time!"

After cleansing the bells, they peal loud and clear. We did it! We cleansed the bell!"

Clan Mother Tadali: "Yes, yes, you did a beautiful job. Come, walker, speak to Tadali."
Za'ji: "Walker? Oh! She means you, my friend."

Za'ji bids you farewell after Nahfahlaar is done with you.

Nahfahlaar: "If you encounter Laatvulon, do not attempt to fight him. Our alliance ends the moment you die."
Aeliah Renmus: "Za'ji, let Sai Sahan know where we're going. We might need his help."
Za'ji: "Of course! This one will heroically play messenger."
Za'ji: "Za'ji does not often say this, but ... be careful, yes? The situation does not sound so good."

Speaking to him:

"Aeliah seems to have things well in hand! And after our adventure in Moonlit Cove, Za'ji thinks it's her turn to shine a bit.
This one will meet you back in the sanctum."

Order of the New MoonEdit

You will find him in The Sweet Breezes Inn with Kazahn and his friends.

Za'ji: "Aeliah! Walker! Come join us. We were just about to order another round."
Aeliah Renmus: "I should have known we'd find him here."

Speaking with him:

"Walker! Tell Aeliah to relax a little, yes? This one completed his last mission perfectly. He deserves a pint or two.
Za'ji heard about Yahgrondu's death. Tough break, yes?"
And what mission are you and Caska currently on?
"Supply run! Sai sent us to Senchal for food, bedding. You know the deal.
So Za'ji thought, what does our Dragonguard really need? Some libations! And what sort of fool purchases a barrel without first tasting a pint?"
We're on a mission to investigate the Order of the New Moon. Think you can help?
"Right then! Sure. Za'ji just needs a quick nap. Three or four hours and he'll be ready for action!"
What about Caska? Is she able to help?
"Of course! Takes a few barrels to get Caska tipsy. On account of her being very large, you understand.
Za'ji will heroically get these supplies back to the sanctum! After one more round."

Speaking to him before taking the map:

"Don't expect too much from Ranza. He's a bit addled, if you know what Za'ji means."

Speaking to him after Caska joins the search:

"Happy hunting! Za'ji will see you back at the sanctum."


The Pride of AlkoshEdit

Za'ji calls over to you as you approach Pridehome's bells.

Za'ji: "Hey, look at this! A letter from mother. Peculiar, isn't it?"

Speaking to him before reading the letter:

"Mother wrote a letter to Pridehome's Clan Mother! Don't believe me? Look for yourself!"

After reading the letter, he wonders aloud.

Za'ji: "This one knew mother could read, but he never saw her write. How does she hold the quill?"

Speak with him.

"A demon from the East, the Pride of Alkosh ... what is mother going on about?"
You were raised in a temple. You must know something about all this.
"Well, this one remembers something about the Pride of Alkosh. They were warriors born during an eclipse. Made them more sensitive to time and the call of the Moons.
For some, it gave them the wisdom to become a Mane, a leader. For others …."
For others?
"They follow a difficult path, walker. Born under Dark Moons, the drum of Lorkhaj calls to them clearly. Or so the stories go.
You should let Sai Sahan know about this. He's deeper within the compound"
I'll let Sai Sahan know what we discovered.

You can ask him more about his mother's letter.

"Maybe mother holds the quill in her mouth? Ha! Can you imagine that?"
Focus, Za'ji. Why would your mother write a letter to Pridehome?
"No idea.
Mother's temple worships Khenarthi, while Pridehome appears dedicated to Alkosh. They're both of the Eight, true, but … hmm. Actually, there is one legend that Za'ji remembers."
A legend?
"One of Za'ji's favorites!
There once was a Khajiiti warrior, blessed by Alkosh himself. She fought a mighty demon, drenched in ice and death. Though the warrior was able to trap the demon away, she did not survive the battle."
I see where Alkosh comes into the story, but what about Khenarthi?
"Za'ji was getting to that part!
The warrior's corpse was taken to Khenarthi's Breath Temple, where the Moon-Priests prayed over her body for four days and four nights. On the fourth night, when both Moons were full, Khenarthi herself appeared."
What happened next?
"With a single swipe of Khenarthi's paw, the warrior's spirit rose from her corpse. Together, they flew into the sky, past the Sands Behind the Stars, and went to a place beyond all that is known.
There, Alkosh welcomed his warrior home."
So Khenarthi guided this warrior to Alkosh's realm.
"So the legend says.
But a Khajiiti tale is as reliable as, say, a harlot's affection. One should not take either too seriously, yes?"

Speaking to him in front of the temple before seeing the Clan Mother:

"What are you waiting for? Go, go!"

Speaking to him after Nahfahlaar arrives:

"Was that a saucy retort from Nahfahlaar? How dare the Dragon encroach on Za'ji's forte!"

After speaking with Nahfahlaar, he flies off.

Nahfahlaar: "Seek the mask if you wish. I will deal with Laatvulon."
Za'ji: "Ugh. Another trip to mother's temple."
Caska: "Oh, no. I am not dealing with another one of your bouts of depression. Aeliah will go."
Aeliah Renmus: "I will? I mean, of course I will!"
Sai Sahan: "It's settled. You two will head to Khenarthi's temple and search for the mask."
Sai Sahan: "Caska, Za'ji. You're with me."

Speaking with him then:

"Back to mother, eh? Better you than me! If I never step foot inside that temple again, it'll be too soon."

The DragonguardEdit

After taking down a dragon, you'll find him atop the West Sentry Tower:

"Did you see the corpse, walker? A Dragon! Za'ji killed an actual Dragon!
Oh, the Moon-Singers will tell tales of our adventures for generations to come. Za'ji the Dragonslayer and his heroic associates!"
Have you been able to spot Nahfahlaar?
"Not since he flew by. To be honest, things weren't looking good for our scaly friend. An entire rage of Dragons chased after him.
Za'ji doesn't think Laatvulon is interested in a fair fight."
Which way did they go?
"Za'ji lost sight of them. They're fast and loud. This one can't help but wince whenever they shout. Is that really just him?
Wait. Looks like they're coming back around!"
What?

Nahfahlaar and three other dragons fly over the tower:

Za'ji : "Looks like they're headed straight to Doomstone Keep. Huh. What could they want with that old ruin?"
Za'ji : "Sai Sahan will want to know about this! We'll report in while you go after Nahfahlaar."

Speak to Za'ji again:

"Seems like Nahfahlaar is being chased straight to Doomstone Keep. It's a creepy old ruin, abandoned for centuries. The locals say it's haunted.
Actually, that sounds like a fairly decent Dragon lair, doesn't it?"
General Renmus did say that the Order of the New Moon was moving north.
"So they're all headed to Doomstone Keep? Must be something big happening there."
General Renmus and Sai Sahan also plan to march north and follow the cult.
"Then it would be best for Caska and Za'ji to meet up with them and give a full report!
You go on ahead, walker. See if you can rendezvous with Nahfahlaar. We'll be right behind you."

After you've arrived at Doomstone Keep and assessed the situation, Za'ji and Caska arrive:

Za'ji : "Have no fear, Za'ji the Dragonslayer has arrived!"
Caska : "We're never going to hear the end of this …."

Speak to him and he'll say:

"Our final battle, is it? How fortunate for you to have Za'ji by your side."
You seem more confidant than usual, Za'ji.
"This one just wants you to understand what an asset he will be in this fight. After all, Za'ji is now a seasoned Dragon slayer.
Now, where is our ballista?"
We don't have one.
"Oh. No ballista. Huh.
A trebuchet, then? Or perhaps even a catapult? Maybe even just a very, very big bow?"
We have what we have, Za'ji. You'll have to make do.
"Then perhaps Za'ji should make his way back to the sentry tower. He'll watch over the fight from there."
The Dragonguard needs you here.
"Yes … yes, you do. This one will fight, then. For Elsweyr, for the Dragonguard. For his friends. Even if he's scared out of his mind. Not that he's scared, mind you.
Za'ji would ask that you hear one request, walker."
What request would that be?
"If Za'ji dies, bring his body back to Black Heights.
If he is to meet Khenarthi and travel to the Sands Behind the Stars, he would rather mother send him on his way. She is an expert in such matters, after all."

During your battle with Laatvulon, Aeliah, Za'ji, and Caska will enter the fray:

Za'ji : "Have no fear! Za'ji has arrived!"
Caska : "We'll handle this rabble!"
Aeliah Renmus : "We'll cover you! Protect Nahfahlaar!"

Return to the Dragonguard Sanctuary and you'll immediately hear:

Za'ji : "You should have seen the battle, mother! Flames and ice, swords and arrows! It was spectacular."
Clan Mother Tadali : "Mother must say, slaying Dragons is certainly a step up from stealing temple heirlooms."
Za'ji : "You'll never let that one go, will you?"

Speak to him and he'll say:

"Za'ji knew we could do it! There was never a doubt in his mind.
After all, we are the Dragonguard, right? The scourge of Dragons far and wide!"
So you were always confident we would win?
"Ah, well. Za'ji will admit there was one or two moments of doubt, but they passed by very quickly! He hardly noticed them at all.
You know, walker …. Ah. Forget it."
Do you have something you want to say?
"At the danger of sounding boorish, Za'ji just wanted to thank you. For all that you've done.
When this one left Black Heights, it was to seek adventure and glory. And so he bought a fine vessel and assembled a gallant crew. However …."
However?
"However, adventure and glory is a bit hard to seek out. It's not often you come upon sign posts asking for mighty heroes to save the kingdom!
Well, maybe you do. It seems like you have that sort of luck."
Get to the point, Za'ji.
"The point is that Sai Sahan was right to doubt Za'ji and his crew. We were smugglers, not heroes. Ruffians trying to make enough gold to get by.
And then you came along and asked us to take you here, to this island."
And because of that request you had the chance to join the Dragonguard.
"And now the Moon-Singers will tell stories of us for generations to come.
So, thanks for giving Za'ji a chance to become the hero he always knew he could be. And for letting us come along with you on this unbelievable adventure."

Speak to him before starting the epilogue quests, and he'll say:

"Za'ji hasn't taken the Perfect Pounce out for a sail in quite some time!
Hunting Dragons is important, but this one's true love will always be his ship. Perhaps a short expedition is in order, yes?"

The Dark AeonEdit

If you start the quest from Aeliah in Senchal or Rimmen, she will be accompanied by Caska and Za'ji.

Aeliah Renmus: "Finally! Over here!"
Caska: "Didn't I say we would find them here? Pay up, captain!"
Za'ji: "Bah! Put it on Za'ji's tab"

Za'ji will direct you to Aeliah if you try to talk with him first.

"If Za'ji knew that delivering messages was part of official Dragonguard business, he may have refused membership. Ah, well.
Aeliah can fill you in on the pertinent details."

If you talk to Za'ji after receiving the summons back to the Sanctum to learn about the new threat:

"As excited to hear what news Abnur Tharn brings, this one has no desire to actually stand in the infamous battlemage's presence."

When you speak with Caska in the Dragonguard Sanctum later on, she will mention that Za'ji is out picking up his order of Plum Brandy.

New Moon RisingEdit

Before speaking to Khamira about opening a portal:

"Za'ji proudly claims that the Perfect Pounce could navigate any waters to reach any island. And that is true.
But no waters surround an island in the sky. Sadly, that is also true."

After returning from Moonlit Cove:

"Za'ji can't help but notice that Aeliah's father, the general, has come to the sanctum.
Remember, walker, you never saw Za'ji. Never."

While awaiting orders from Sai and after talking to Khamira:

"Big beard told us all about the ghost of Khunzar-ri. Za'ji loves those stories!
Now tell this one the truth. How much spiced whisky did our oversized leader imbibe before the ghost appeared to him, hmm?"

After talking to Sai and when Khamira appears:

"All this talk about Dragons makes for a powerful thirst. Got any honey wine hiding in your pack?"

Before you go into Khamira's portal:

"Za'ji doesn't have to go to Dragonhold? Fragrant!
Um, this one means, how unfortunate. Za'ji was so looking forward to assaulting the floating island. Good luck to you, five-claw."

Speaking with him before Sai Sahan after returning from Dragonhold:

"Sai told us what happened. Za'ji is sorry he missed all the excitement.
Well, not that sorry."

After the quest:

Za'ji: "Next time there's a Dragon, Za'ji does not want to be left behind."
Aeliah Renmus: "I don't recall you jumping forward to challenge Laatvulon."
Caska: "Now, now Aeliah. The captain always maintains a tactical distance."
Za'ji: "Tactical distance … right. Za'ji is nothing if not prudent."

Speaking with her:

"This one is glad to see you made it back in one piece. At least, all the pieces I can see appear to be in the right place.
As for the rest of you … Za'ji will take your word for it, yes?"

The Pride of ElsweyrEdit

You have the option of speaking with him before going to see Nahfahlaar:

"This one is sorry he missed all the action on Dragonhold. Za'ji expects to be part of the next assault on a floating island, yes?"
Have you really decided to leave your old life behind you, Za'ji?
"The smuggling? The piracy? The drinking? This one has dropped them like a hot sweet cake!
Well, except for the drinking …."
So you enjoy being a member of the Dragonguard?
"Za'ji always wanted to be a hero. The Dragonguard, it gives Za'ji a chance to do something important with his life. Something good.
But we should be celebrating! Not examining decisions that brought us to this point. At least, not while we're sober."
I'm glad to see you haven't completely changed, Za'ji.
"Za'ji still thinks a celebration is in order. Perhaps this one will mention it to the lady queen from Anequina. She must have enough gold to throw a proper party."
Other than a celebration, do you have any plans for the future, Za'ji?
"There are still Dragons to deal with. And the Dragonguard will need more ships. A whole fleet of them!
Then Captain Za'ji will require a grander rank. What do you think, Admiral Za'ji, yes?"

Speaking with him before leaving for Senchal:

"A Khajiit queen has summoned the Dragonguard to Senchal? She must want to reward Za'ji for his heroic actions! Oh, and the rest of you, too, yes?
Za'ji must break out the good plum brandy. Not those cheap bottles Caska loves so much."

When you arrive at the ceremony, your fellow Dragonguard members will call you out.

Caska: "Look, here comes the slayer of Kaalgrontiid!"
Za'ji: "Yeah, all seven of them …."
Aeliah Renmus: "I told you to go easy on the plum brandy."
Queen Khamira: "Five-claw, come here please."

Speaking with him before the ceremony:

"Za'ji is not drunk! How dare San Sihan make such an insituation!"

During the ceremony:

Queen Khamira: "People of Senchal, let us recognize the efforts of the Dragonguard. They saved Elsweyr from the rage of Dragons."
Queen Khamira: "First, let us bow our heads and remember Abnur Tharn, who gave his life to save Tamriel."
Queen Khamira: "Second, it brings me great joy to mark the return of Sai Sahan and the Dragonguard. May you always watch over us all."
Sai Sahan: "The honor is ours, Queen Khamira."
Queen Khamira: "And finally, join me in honoring my friend and champion, who ended the threat of Kaalgrontiid once and for all. Three cheers for five-claw! Three cheers for the Dragonguard!"
Za'ji: "Three beers? No, Za'ji has had enough, thank you."

(Za'ji throws up over the side of the balcony)

Sai Sahan: "Dragons take me …."

Speaking with him after the ceremony:

"Is the ceremony over? Did Za'ji get a medal? Za'ji always wanted a medal …."

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