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Talen-Jei wears a set of barkeep [[Skyrim:Clothing#0005b6a1|clothes]] along with a pair of [[Skyrim:Clothing#0005b6a0|shoes]]. He carries his [[Skyrim:Bee and Barb Key|key]] to the inn, a [[Skyrim:Belted Tunic|belted tunic]], and a selection [[Skyrim:Leveled Lists#Common|common loot and gold]]. He also carries one bottle of the [[Skyrim:Velvet LeChance|Velvet LeChance]], [[Skyrim:White-Gold Tower|White-Gold Tower]], and [[Skyrim:Cliff Racer|Cliff Racer]] wines. In combat, he relies on a leveled [[Skyrim:Dagger|dagger]] which can be up to [[Skyrim:Elven|Elven]] in quality.
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==Related Quests==
As you enter the tavern, Talen may greet you with ''"Welcome to the Bee and Barb, milord/milady. If I can interest you in one of our special drinks, you let me know."'' or ''"Is there something I do for you?"'' When exiting conversation, Talen may say, ''"If you'll excuse me, I have other things to attend to."'' If either [[Skyrim:Taking Care of Business|Taking Care of Business]] is completed or Keerava is dead, Talen-Jei will be understandably angry, greeting you with ''"You have some nerve coming back here after what you did to Keerava."'' and ending conversation with ''"Just get out of here."''
* {{Quest Link|Sealing the Deal}}
* {{Quest Link|Spread the Love}}
* {{Quest Link|Taking Care of Business}}
* {{Quest Link|A Cornered Rat}}
 
==Dialogue==
When you [[Skyrim:Spread the Love|give]] a [[Skyrim:The Warmth of Mara|religious pamphlet]] to Talen-Jei, he will be appreciative. ''"Interesting. I'll look it over. Thanks."''
As you enter the tavern, Talen may greet you.
:''"Welcome to the Bee and Barb, milord/milady. If I can interest you in one of our special drinks, you let me know."''
:''"Is there something I do for you?"''
 
When exiting conversation, Talen may say:
If you tell him that he mentioned he serves special drinks, Talen will confirm this. ''"Three in fact. They're my own recipe. Brought them over here from my days as a bartender in {{Lore Link|Gideon}}."'' The drinks are Elder Scrolls-themed:
:''"If you'll excuse me, I have other things to attend to."''
 
You can ask about the special drinks.
:'''You mentioned you served special drinks?'''
:''"Three in fact. They're my own recipe. Brought them over here from my days as a bartender in {{Lore Link|Gideon}}."''
The drinks are Elder Scrolls-themed:
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He has a negative view of the [[Skyrim:Thieves Guild (faction)|Thieves Guild]], as shown when he tells you about the Guild. ''"They're vermin... garbage. They're exactly what makes this city such a horrible place to live. How appropriate they should live in the [[Skyrim:The Ratway|Ratway]] with the rest of the trash."'' You can also ask him what the Ratway is, and he'll describe it with ''"Disgusting. Ruined sewers filled with goodness knows what. There's an entrance down by the canal, but I'd highly advise you stay out of there... {{sic|its|it's}} the Thieves Guild's territory."''
:'''Tell me about the Thieves Guild.'''
:''"They're vermin... garbage. They're exactly what makes this city such a horrible place to live.<br>How appropriate they should live in the [[Skyrim:The Ratway|Ratway]] with the rest of the trash."''
:'''What's the Ratway?'''
:''"Disgusting. Ruined sewers filled with goodness knows what.<br>There's an entrance down by the canal, but I'd highly advise you stay out of there... {{sic|its|it's}} the Thieves Guild's territory."''
 
===Quest-Related Events===
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===A Related QuestsCornered Rat===
During [[Skyrim:A Cornered Rat|A Cornered Rat]], you can inquire with Talen-Jei about your mission, saying that you're looking for an [[Skyrim:Esbern|old guy]], hiding out somewhere in Riften. He will direct you to the Ratway.
* {{Quest Link|Sealing the Deal}}
:''"Never heard of anybody like that. But if you want to hide out in Riften, the Ratway's where you'd be.<br>There's a sort of tavern down there, the [[Skyrim:The Ragged Flagon|Ragged Flagon]]. Where all the lowlifes in Riften get drunk and knife each other.<br>You might try there, if you can get through the Ratway alive."''
* {{Quest Link|Taking Care of Business}}
* {{Quest Link|A Cornered Rat}}
 
====Sealing the Deal====
==Quest-Related Events==
===To start Sealing the Deal===, you must ask Talen-Jei how he met Keerava.
:'''How did you meet Keerava?'''
To start Sealing the Deal, you must ask Talen-Jei how he met Keerava. He will reply, ''"I met her when I wandered into Riften a few years ago. Been smitten with her ever since. In fact, I'm thinking of asking her to marry me."'' He'll then explain that ''"In Black Marsh, tradition dictates we present a potential mate a unique wedding ring to represent our future bond."'' and tell you what he needs. ''"I already have the gold band, but all I need are three [[Skyrim:Flawless Amethyst|flawless amethysts]] to complete the setting."'' You can suggest that you could find those for him, and he will be grateful. ''"I was hoping you'd offer. I didn't think it was my place to ask such a favor of you. I thank you."'' Telling him that you can't help him there will have him say, ''"I understand. Hopefully I'll be able to save my meager earnings up to buy them one day."''
:''"I met her when I wandered into Riften a few years ago. Been smitten with her ever since. In fact, I'm thinking of asking her to marry me.<br>In Black Marsh, tradition dictates we present a potential mate a unique wedding ring to represent our future bond.<br>I already have the gold band, but all I need are three [[Skyrim:Flawless Amethyst|flawless amethysts]] to complete the setting."''
You can offer to find them for him.
:'''I could find those for you.'''
:''"I was hoping you'd offer. I didn't think it was my place to ask such a favor of you. I thank you."''
You can also politely decline to help.
:'''Can't help you there.'''
:''"I understand. Hopefully I'll be able to save my meager earnings up to buy them one day."''
If you already have the amethysts, you can give them to him. If not, you'll need to go find them. Once you have the flawless amethysts, you can give them to Talen-Jei, who will be immensely grateful.
:'''I have them right here.'''
:''"I... I... I don't know what to say. Such kindness is unheard of in these times.<br>Here. I want you to accept this as payment for your sacrifice and I... well, we both thank you."''
 
He will give you a random potion in return.
Once you have the amethysts, you can give them to Talen-Jei, who will be immensely grateful. ''"I... I... I don't know what to say. Such kindness is unheard of in these times."'' He will give you a random potion in return, saying, ''"Here. I want you to accept this as payment for your sacrifice and I... well, we both thank you."''
 
You can also ask Talen-Jei to tell you about the wedding ring. He'll explain, ''"Every Argonian wedding proposal band is supposed to have three flawless amethysts as part of their design. Two of the gems, the ones on the outside, represent the couple to be married... one for the husband, one for the wife. The amethyst in the center represents The {{Lore Link|Hist}}, the entity that all Argonians consider a sacred part of our lives."''
 
===A Cornered Rat===
 
You can also ask Talen-Jei to tell you about the wedding ring.
During [[Skyrim:A Cornered Rat|A Cornered Rat]], you can inquire with Talen-Jei about your mission, saying that you're looking for an [[Skyrim:Esbern|old guy]], hiding out somewhere in Riften. He will direct you to the Ratway. ''"Never heard of anybody like that. But if you want to hide out in Riften, the Ratway's where you'd be. There's a sort of tavern down there, the [[Skyrim:The Ragged Flagon|Ragged Flagon]]. Where all the lowlifes in Riften get drunk and knife each other."'' He'll also warn you with ''"You might try there, if you can get through the Ratway alive."''
:'''Can you tell me about the wedding ring?'''
''"Every Argonian wedding proposal band is supposed to have three flawless amethysts as part of their design.<br>Two of the gems, the ones on the outside, represent the couple to be married... one for the husband, one for the wife.<br>The amethyst in the center represents The {{Lore Link|Hist}}, the entity that all Argonians consider a sacred part of our lives."''
 
===TakingSpread Carethe of BusinessLove===
When you [[Skyrim:Spread the Love|give]] a [[Skyrim:The Warmth of Mara|religious pamphlet]] to Talen-Jei, he will be appreciative.
:'''Here, brother. Blessings of Mara upon you.'''
:''"Interesting. I'll look it over. Thanks."''
 
====Taking Care of Business====
During Taking Care of Business, you can approach Talen-Jei for help. He will be less trusting than usual, however, asking, ''"What do you want?"'' You can now mention that he might want to talk some sense into Keerava, which will be replied to with ''"With the rumors going around about how poorly your Guild's been doing, she's become much too bold. I'm not that foolish. The last thing I want is a war with your people."'' You can tell him that he should then help you convince her to pay, and he will reluctantly cooperate. ''"Look, I'm only telling you this because I care for her. Don't mistake this as acceptance for what you do. Keerava has some family at a farm just inside of Morrowind. If you mention you know about it, she might just listen to you. Just please, don't harm anyone. I couldn't bear the thought."'' After you receive your dues from Keerava, Talen can be found dismissing you with ''"We got the message... now just take your business elsewhere."''
During Taking Care of Business, you can approach Talen-Jei for help. He will be less trusting than usual, however.
:''"What do you want?"'' You can now mention that he might want to talk some sense into Keerava, which will be replied to with ''"With the rumors going around about how poorly your Guild's been doing, she's become much too bold.<br>I'm not that foolish. The last thing I want is a war with your people."''
:'''Then help me convince her to pay.'''
:''"Look, I'm only telling you this because I care for her. Don't mistake this as acceptance for what you do.<br>Keerava has some family at a farm just inside of Morrowind. If you mention you know about it, she might just listen to you.<br>Just please, don't harm anyone. I couldn't bear the thought."''
 
After the quest, he greets you with distrust.
==Conversations==
:''"We got the message... now just take your business elsewhere."''
Talen can be seen talking with Keerava about their life in Riften:
 
When you idle or pass him by in the tavern, he may say:
'''Talen''': ''"Keerava, we're running low on Black-Briar Mead."''<br>
:'''Talen-Jei:''' ''"You have some nerve coming back here after what you did to Keerava."''
'''Keerava''': ''"If only [[Skyrim:Maven Black-Briar|Maven]] would stop raising the price on it maybe I could afford to stock more cases."''<br>
'''Talen''': ''"We could always look for another brand."''<br>
'''Keerava''': ''"That isn't an option. Maven sees me serve a competitor's brand here and we may as well dig our own graves."''
 
:'''KeeravaTalen-Jei:''': ''"Don't worry, the time will come when we canJust walkget awayout fromof here."''<br>
'''Talen''': ''"I hope so. I can't stand this city anymore."''<br>
'''Keerava''': ''"Damn it, Talen. We still don't have enough this year to get out of Riften."''
 
==Conversations===
'''Keerava''': ''"Talen, do you believe what they're saying? Do you really think the dragons have returned?"''<br>
Talen-Jei can be seen talking with Keerava about their life in Riften:
'''Talen''': ''"I don't know what to believe. If it's true, then dark times may be upon us."''<br>
:'''KeeravaTalen-Jei:''': ''"What shouldKeerava, we're running low on Black-Briar do?Mead."''<br>
:'''TalenKeerava:''': ''"WeIf only Maven would stop raising holdthe eachprice otheron closeit andmaybe hopeI thatcould allafford ofto thisstock endsmore wellcases."''
:'''Talen-Jei:''' ''"We could always look for another brand."''
:'''Keerava:''' ''"That isn't an option. Maven sees me serve a competitor's brand here and we may as well dig our own graves."''
 
They talk about their finances.
He can also be seen having random conversations with other guests at the Bee and Barb, as outlined below:
:'''Keerava:''' ''"Don't worry, the time will come when we can walk away from here."''
:'''Talen-Jei:''' ''"I hope so. I can't stand this city anymore."''
:'''Keerava:''' ''"Damn it, Talen. We still don't have enough this year to get out of Riften."''
 
They'll also talk about the [[SR:Dragon|Dragons]].
'''[[Skyrim:Bolli|Bolli]]''': ''"Talen my friend, up for some fishing this week?"''<br>
:'''Talen-JeiKeerava:''': ''"ITalen, don'tdo knowyou Bolli.believe Itwhat they'sre gettingsaying? dangerousDo outsideyou really think the wallsdragons have returned?"''<br>
:'''BolliTalen-Jei:''': ''"OhI comedon't now,know what's ato dragonbelieve. orIf twoit's comparedtrue, tothen dark atimes daymay fullbe ofupon fishing!us."''<br>
:'''Talen-JeiKeerava:''': ''"That's not funny, Bolli.What Peopleshould arewe scared.do?"''
:'''Talen-Jei:''' ''"We hold each other close and hope that all of this ends well."''
 
He can also be seen having random conversations with other guests at the Bee and Barb. One of these guests is [[Skyrim:Bolli|Bolli]].
'''[[Skyrim:Vulwulf Snow-Shod|Vulwulf]]''': ''"Talen! Another round!"''<br>
: '''Talen-JeiBolli:''': ''"ITalen thinkmy you've had plentyfriend, Vulwulf. Maybeup youfor shouldsome headfishing onthis home.week?"''<br>
:'''Talen-Jei:''' ''"I don't know Bolli. It's getting dangerous outside the walls"''
'''Vulwulf''': ''"You stupid lizard! I said give me some more drink, or I'll have your head on a pike!"''<br>
:'''Bolli:''' ''"Oh come now, what's a dragon or two compared to a day full of fishing!"''
'''Talen-Jei''': ''"Suit yourself."''
:'''Talen-Jei:''' ''"That's not funny, Bolli. People are scared."''
 
He also speaks with [[Skyrim:Vulwulf Snow-Shod|Vulwulf Snow-Shod]].
Maven's son, [[Skyrim:Hemming Black-Briar|Hemming]] may also approach him for an "offer":
:'''Vulwulf Snow-Shod:''' ''"Talen! Another round!"''
:'''Talen-Jei:''' ''"I think you've had plenty, Vulwulf. Maybe you should head on home."''
:'''Vulwulf:''' ''"You stupid lizard! I said give me some more drink, or I'll have your head on a pike!"''
:'''Talen-Jei:''' ''"Suit yourself."''
 
Maven's son, [[Skyrim:Hemming Black-Briar|Hemming Black-Briar]] may also approach him with an "offer".
'''Hemming''': ''"So, Talen. Have you reconsidered my offer?"''<br>
:'''Hemming Black-Briar:''' ''"So, Talen. Have you reconsidered my offer?"''
'''Talen-Jei''': ''"Sorry Hemming, I've no interest in becoming your valet."''<br>
:'''HemmingTalen-Jei:''': ''"What'sSorry the matterHemming, I've thought you peopleno wereinterest usedin tobecoming indenturedyour servitudevalet."''<br>
:'''Hemming Black-Briar:''' ''"What's the matter, I thought you people were used to indentured servitude."''
'''Talen-Jei''': ''"Xhuth! Black-Briar or not, say that again and so help me you're going to need more than your mother to protect you from me."''
:'''Talen-Jei:''' ''"Xhuth! Black-Briar or not, say that again and so help me you're going to need more than your mother to protect you from me."''
 
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