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This is a radiant quest which you can receive from any of the following people. Total in the following table is simply the amount you can obtain by mining all the veins in the quest-giver's mine; more money is possible if you also sell ores collected elsewhere.
If you talk to one of the quest givers, they will offer to pay you for any ore you mine. Each quest-giver will only accept a single type of ore, as listed in the above table. You can also mine ore without talking to a quest giver, and either sell them the ore later or use the ore yourself (e.g., by smelting it). For most ores you are paid its standard base value, with the exception of Iron Ore, for which you receive 7 gold instead of 2 gold. The amount you are paid is fixed, and does not depend upon your Speech skill or perks. All ore of the specified type will be purchased.
Information on how and where to mine is provided at Mining.
An Achievement is related to mining ore:
- Hard Worker (10 points/Bronze) — Chop wood, mine ore, and cook food
- To obtain this achievement you do not need to sell the ore, or even talk to any of the quest givers. Simply activating an ore vein is sufficient.
- This quest does not have any stages or objectives.
- Dialogue for selling the ore only appears if you have the specified type of ore in your inventory.
- They will buy all the ore of the specified type that you are carrying, meaning if you want to save any you'll have to get it out of your inventory first.
- Selling ore through direct dialogue doesn't increase the Speech skill, unlike selling through the merchant screen.
- Because this is a favor quest which affects the quest giver's disposition, it will count towards the "Help the People" part of the thane quest for the quest giver's hold.