→Man's Best Friend
Travel along the road a short distance southwest of town. A dog will approach and enthusiastically address you, saying ''"You are exactly what I was looking for"''. He will introduce himself as [[Skyrim:Barbas|Barbas]] and will ask for your help. Choose the second dialogue option for a bit of background explanation. Barbas will describe a falling-out that he had with his master, and says that he needs someone who can settle the disagreement. Taunting Barbas will make him reveal his master to be Daedric Prince [[Skyrim:Clavicus Vile|Clavicus Vile]]. You agree to arbitrate this disagreement and Barbas tells you that Vile is probably close to a cult of worshippers living near [[Skyrim:Haemar's Shame|Haemar's Shame]]. Barbas will then be on his way towards this cavern, and you will have to follow him on a long journey.
Note that traveling with Barbas can be avoided by postponing his request during the second set of dialogue responses; select "You were looking for me?" followed by "I've got things to do". This will make Barbas travel to Haemar's Shame alone. You can then fast travel to Helgen or in the proximity of Haemar's Shame. If you choose this option, see [[#Haemar's Shame|this section]].
===A Long Journey===