Wait… cakes are just a thing you can MAKE? Any time you want?
Your mind is overwhelmed by all the new possibilities this opens up.
You tell Quill-Weave that you’d like to walk back home with her, but there’s a couple people you want to talk to real quick first. You’ll try to make it fast, if that’s okay.
She says that’s fine; take your time. She doesn’t want to get in the way of you making friends. She’ll wait here with Capital S until you’re ready to go.
You thank her and offer the Strange, Dangerous Man a piece of cake.
You don’t see Baeralorn anywhere. He must have already turned in for the night. You do spot Orrin, though.
Orrin! You know stuff about weapons, right?
Among other things, he says. What do you need?
You explain that you’re going to be traveling to Kvatch tomorrow and want to have something simple for self-defense. One of the bodies in the other room was holding this; do you think it would be okay?
Orrin examines your machete. He wouldn’t take it into a straight up fight, he says, but if you are jumped by a wild animal or something it should be enough to make them run. You can do that scary Khajiit eye thing too, right?
Sort of, you say. You can pull it off once every day or so, but much more than that and your eye gushes blood and you can’t see out of it for a month. Which is weird, since you swear your mother could Eye of Fear all day long like it was nobody’s business.
Well, he says, you’re just headed to Kvatch so he thinks you’ll be fine with this. If the handle breaks or something, you should be able to bind it back together pretty easily with some nails and metal. Anyway, if you’re looking to travel light, this is also a useful tool. You can use it to cut down trees, make firewood, things like that.
Huh. Thanks, you say.
For the first time in your life, you suddenly understand where lumber comes from.
You have one more stop to make before heading back to Quill-Weave’s.
Dairihill said the soldier’s “heart was in the right place”, which you guess is a good thing. And he’s enthusiastic, which you guess is good too? If he’s headed toward Kvatch, this could be your chance to get some additional protection on your way there. It might even be a chance to get a friend.
He’s on his way out, but luckily hasn’t left yet.
Hey, you say to the soldier, I was kind of maybe meaning to ask you if y-
Do not fear, noble citizen! You are in safe hands now. How can the Imperial Legion serve you?