Family Business  

Start Zone: Vale of Mularn
Start NPC:Thrand
Related Quests:
  Mistaken Identity
Related Zones:
  Myrkwood Forest
  Svealand West
Min Level:26
Max Level:50
Grants XP:Yes
Grants Coin:Yes
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Related NPCs:
  Arachite Priest
  Arachite Shadowslinker
  Arachite Weblasher
  Great Tingler
  Priest Thaxtix
Last Updated:Thu Oct 11 13:00:15 2012
DISCLAIMER: Your Steps and Tasks may be different

Per Patch 1.76:
- Family Business - This quest has been updated to reflect the recent monster changes in Myrkwood and the minimum level has been changed to 26.

The Jordheim bartender told me a story over a mug of ale about a boy named Thrand

Prugar told me to look for Thrand outside Mularn. He was worried about his brother. Thrand is located near a tree next to the guard tower just outside the town of Mularn. Loc: 42398, 48978. Seems Thrand has another possible loc in Gotar, loc 22,46 There is a guard tower manned by Svartalf just behind it to the south if a small farm and Thrand is stood by the haystack to the left as you approach.

Thrand says, "Hi there, have you ever heard of the Svartalfs? They're terrible! They are callous, cold-blooded killers, and I think my brother is [working for them]!"

Thrand says, "Yes, working for them. But my brother isn't anything like that. He's great at hiding in the shadows and maybe he's redistributed a little wealth, but I don't think that he'd work for the Svartalfs. He is a good person, not a killer! I just know something is wrong. He won't tell me anything though, he thinks he's protecting me. But he might talk to you. Do you think you could go [see him] for me?"

Dialog box: Will you help Thrand find out if his brother Piercer is mixed up in Svartalf business?

You have been given the Family Business quest.

Thrand says, "Thank you so much! You have no idea what this means to me. Piercer has been living in West Svealand, above and north of the main Svartalf camp. Be careful and stay far away from them, they don't [trust] anyone and will often attack."

Thrand says, "Ah you're right. Piercer won't trust you either. Hmmm, let's see, I know! Tell him you have a message for Halvor. That's his real name and if you use it he'll know I sent you. Good luck, I just hope it's not too late. He's the only family I have."

[Step #1] Tell Piercer that you have a message for [Halvor]. Piercer is on the ridge west of Huginfell, overlooking the Svartalf camp.

Piercer says, "What are you doing here, spying? Give me one good reason I shouldn't just kill you right now."

You say, "I have a message for Halvor."

Piercer says, "So! You know my real name, do you? Keep your voice down, there are unfriendly ears nearby. My brother Thrand must have told you. I don't blame him for worrying, I'm in real trouble this time. I got involved with these treacherous Svartalfar and now they want me to [kill someone]."

Piercer says, "Shhhh! Not so loud. Yes, murder. You're probably not familiar with the Svartalfar, so before I ask you to help me I'll explain a little about them. The Svartalfar, the Arachites and the Varulv are all involved in a long-standing dispute over the Myrkwood area. The Svartalfar think that they were there first and that the other two groups are invading their [territory]."

Piercer says, "The three factions are constantly fighting amongst themselves, sometimes in open combat, but more often they send agents to murder key personalities and sabotage plans. The Svartalfar have become adept at sneak attacks and assassinations and are pretty unscrupulous about what they'll agree to do to increase their holdings and resources. I didn't realize they were such a bad bunch when I first got involved and now they won't let me leave. They say they're going to kill my brother Thrand if I don't do this job for them! Can you [help] me?"

Piercer says, "Maybe Graesen will talk to you. I report to him, and if you tell him that I'd be a terrible assassin maybe he'll just let me leave. See the camp below? Graesen is just to the east of it."

[Step #2] Find Graesen in or around the Svartalf camp. See if he will release Piercer from his Svartalf obligations.

Graesen says, "What brings you skulking around here? Lookin' for work? I've got plenty hereabouts. Good money in it for you, too. 'Course we don't want none of them types that gets cold feet, like [Piercer]."

Graesen says, "He's a new guy, and a pitiful fool that don't have no guts. Promised he'd do a job, now says he's scared."

Graesen appears to think something over and then gets a treacherous gleam in his eye.

Graesen says, "I 'spose we could call it off, but someone would need to contact our arachite agent and tell him. That ain't gonna be easy. Those arachites are fighters and he'll probably attack before he hears the message. Want to [do it]?"

Graesen says, "The agent is in Myrkwood, disguised as an arachite priest (or weblasher or shadowslinker for another version). Just tell him Graesen sent you."

[Step #3] Find Graesen's agent in Myrkwood and tell him [Graesen sent me]. He's disguised as an arachite priest. Remember, he'll probably attack when he sees you.

Locate an arachite priest (or weblasher or shadowslinker or great tingler)and tell him that Graesen sent you, you will most likely have to do this while being attacked, even if gray con.

You say, "Graesen sent me."

The arachite priest says, "Then Graesen sent you to your death, fool! We know his plans, and every arachite will defend Priest Thaxtix to the death. Let me give you a taste of where my loyalties lie!"

The arachite priest says, "If the Svartalfs sent you, tell them we will all fight to the end.

[Step #4] Obviously Graesen tried to trick you by sending you into a trap. You can go back and tell Piercer of Graesen's trickery OR you can return and report to the treacherous Graesen.

**Return to Piercer version**

[Step #4] Talk to Piercer.

Piercer says, "You're okay! I was so worried! Graesen came and said that he'd tricked you into working for them, then sent you into a trap! You're a true friend for risking yourself for me. Did you bring anything back with you?"

You say, "The arachite priest dropped Priest Thaxtix Schedule."

Piercer says, "I've heard of Priest Thaxtix, he's the one the Svartalfar want me to assassinate. He and his priests have been performing ceremonies and sacrifices to gain enough power to launch a full attack on the Svartalfar. That's why Graesen wants him and his followers out of the picture so badly. You've got a lot more than that to worry about though. I overheard Graesen order someone to kill you if you [returned] from his trap!"

Piercer says, "A Svartalfar named Rip was told to do the job. He's big, mean, and won't stop until he's done it. I think the best thing would be for you to take the initiative and go after him first. He is Southwest of here, under a tree outside the main camp."

**Return to Graesen version**

After you kill the arachite weblasher, return to Graesen. Graeson is suprised to see you and tells you to see a friend of his, Rip, to the east of the camp. He will try and kill you.

Either way you are sent to Rip.

[Step #5] Find and kill Rip, to the Southwest of the main Svartalf camp in West Svealand.

Rip says, "What are you doing here? I should thank you for saving me the trouble of finding you. Prepare to die!"

Kill Rip and return to Piercer.

[Step #6] Talk to Piercer.

Piercer says, "Nice work, I'm glad Rip won't be bothering us anymore. I wish I had courage like yours. Then my little brother wouldn't be in danger. Will you please [help] me take care of Priest Thaxtix?"

Piercer says, "Please go and kill Priest Thaxtix for me. You might need to bring a few friends along to help because Thaxtix is usally surrounded by his lesser priests. Bring back proof that he's dead, so I can turn it in and then quit the Svatalfar. Here is some silver for you also, to reimburse some of what you've spent on travel. Taking a horse from Huginfell to Myrkwood and back can get expensive."

You receive 20 silver from Piercer

[Step #8] Find Priest Thaxtix in Myrkwood and kill him, so you can bring proof of his death to Piercer. You may need to bring some friends to help you, because Priest Thaxtix is often surrounded by his priests.

Locate and kill Priest Thaxtix and return to Piercer with proof. He is north from the werewolf fort, across the lake. Thaxtix spawns on the west shore of the lake north of the Werewolf fort. You can either go west from Gna, past the ww fort, and turning north, following the lake edge; or go north from Gna, then west around the the north shore of the lake. The location is approximately 10000,31000. BUT sometimes he pops as a regular priest, you may have to kill it a few times to get him to pop. Kill him and give his leg to Piercer.

Priest Thaxtix says, "You shall pay for this outrage against the Arachites! You shall pay..."

You receive Priest Thaxtix's leg from Priest Thaxtix!

[Step #9] Return Priest Thaxtix's leg to Piercer.

Piercer says, "You're back! Did you bring proof that you killed Priest Thaxtix?"

Piercer says, "I don't know how to thank you, you've done so much for me and my brother. Perhaps you can get some use out of these boots. I came by them honestly, and they have some useful properties. Thanks gain for your help."

You receive the Boots of Favor from Piercer!

You have finished the Family Business quest.

Boots of Favor -- Healer, Berserker, Savage, and Shaman
Slippers of Favor -- Bonedancer, Runemaster and Spiritmaster
Heavy Boots of Favor -- Thane and Warrior
Moccasins of Favor -- Hunter, Shadowblade and Mauler

Thanks to Beguila Blutoz, Nydiric Inthgrad, and Sigmagnus

  Boots of Favor
  Slippers of Favor
  Heavy Boots of Favor
  Moccasins of Favor

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Mauler Reward
# Dec 17 2006 at 3:31 AM Rating: Excellent
344 posts
A mauler receives the Moccasins of Favor, the leather boots of this quest.
Thaxtix spawn
# Jun 03 2005 at 12:07 PM Rating: Decent
IMPORTANT. Thaxtix spawns right after you kill the priest place holder and then go kill named priest just west in the middle of all the spiders. in my case i died before the kill Thaxtix step, and he wouldn't spawn unitll after i killed the other named with out dieing.
thaxtix loot ?
# Jun 09 2003 at 6:19 PM Rating: Default
I played on Brocéliande Midgar, french server.

When i killed Thaxtix, he loot the legs and a cloak too.

But, the cloak : "Arachite silk cloak" doesn't have any magical bonus.
Is it an item for an extansion quest?
If it is, for what quest this cloak is required?
# May 29 2003 at 7:29 AM Rating: Default
graesen's loc:

45.0 54.7
# May 29 2003 at 6:43 AM Rating: Default
piercer at loc:

42447, 49931
Skald Reward?
# Jan 22 2003 at 6:54 AM Rating: Decent
I noticed that none of the rewards go to a skald, would i get the studded or the chain, considering both items are lvl 20?
Savage Confirmed
# Jan 03 2003 at 3:54 AM Rating: Decent
This quest can be completed by the Savage class!

The reward: "Boots of Favor"
Problem with Thaxtix
# Sep 29 2002 at 7:28 AM Rating: Default
Hi, i have problems with thaxtis. Both my factions with Arachs and Svartalfs are neutral. When i spoke to Graesen i had my first bug (had to tell him "do it" manually). Then when i approach Thaxtix hes still neutral to me, doesnt want to talk and isnt even impressed when i tell him "graesen sent me".

I killed him a few times, but it still doesnt work

Any help?

Aggro, level 18 berserker
RE: Problem with Thaxtix
# Oct 07 2002 at 2:23 PM Rating: Default
Thaxtis isn't meant to be killed until later on in the quest. The part you're at - I believe - is to go up to an Arachnite Priest, Weblasher, or Shadowslinker, and say that Graesen sent me.

Hope this helps you out.
# Sep 01 2002 at 2:49 PM Rating: Good
I just did this quest, soloed the whole thing, and I love the Heavy Boots of Favor! Now, this is a good quest.

Zephy Windtalon
lvl 18 Kobold Warrior, Iseult
und bei deutschen Server ?
# Aug 19 2002 at 2:02 PM Rating: Default
RE: und bei deutschen Server ?
# Aug 19 2002 at 2:03 PM Rating: Default

bei Greasen musst dann halt "/s es tun" eintippen, dann sagt er dir wie es weiter geht - hab lang davor gehockt bis iuch drauf kam
Thatix not arachite
# Aug 12 2002 at 7:25 AM Rating: Default
Dunno if it matters qhich server one uses. I'm using the Italian server (Vortigern) and when I've been given the mission I've was told that Thatix was a Vedova Nera (Black Widow?). However I still got to go look for him.

Morindin Darkblade
lvl 19 Thane
reward description issue
# Jul 31 2002 at 4:48 PM Rating: Default
there seems to be a problem with the reward description above. the "heavy boots of favor" are chain which a berserker cannot wear. I believe the zerk would get the "boots of favor" which are studded.
Can't talk to to Graesen
# Jul 28 2002 at 4:29 AM Rating: Default
I'm playing the German version.
I don't have nothing to click, when I talk to Greasen. What do I have to whisper to him?
RE: Can't talk to to Graesen
# Aug 07 2002 at 7:50 PM Rating: Default
You have to say to him....guess what.."es tun" ;-)
# Jul 24 2002 at 6:46 AM Rating: Default
I was wondering up above says for every class but if you go down a ways theres no reward for a berserker does somebody know what you get as a berserker?
RE: Berserker
# Jul 24 2002 at 11:57 AM Rating: Default
after rip?
# Jul 16 2002 at 8:42 PM Rating: Default
how do i get the rest of the quest after i kill rip? i returned to piercer and he asked will i {help} but if i click on {help} or say i will help it says i have to be under 20 to do a task. this is a quest not a task right so what is the phrase to use?

vimm fuego
Thaxtix loc
# May 11 2002 at 10:58 PM Rating: Good
I found Thaxtix at 9755, 30284. Had to kill a "regular" arachite priest before he popped.
RE: Thaxtix loc
# May 23 2002 at 4:35 PM Rating: Good
84 posts
Scapularus hits it on the head. I think the problem most people are having is that they're looking for the Priest at 1000, 31000 not 9000, 31000.

You can't really get to 1000, 31000 -- it would be on the hill. But the closest "obvious" place near that is at 2000, 33000 where you will frequently find Priestess Araxia. She spawns in any one of three "clumps" the end of the lake (farthest point from Gna Faste). Two of the "clumps" roam a bit, the third spawn is stationery. When I went hunting, I thought "Oh, so they've given Priest Thaxis a more flashy placeholder! This must be the right spot."

After huntng it for several hours, I figured out it wasn't the right spot. The only upside was that this is the right spot for the Mother Tingler. Yay super arrows!

Priest Thaxis is actually at about 9500, 31000. His placeholder is the solo priest that stands right at the waters edge. He doesn't roam.

Hope that clarifies things.

Edited, Thu May 23 17:26:32 2002
RE: Thaxtix loc
# May 13 2002 at 4:13 PM Rating: Default
WOW almost identical info!

"location is approximately 1000,31000. BUT sometimes he pops as a regular priest"
for skalds
# May 07 2002 at 7:40 PM Rating: Default
If you are a skald and on the uk servers DO NOT do this quest as it is bugged and can't be finished till the next patch (according to RightNow anyway). All other classes are ok
RE: for skalds
# May 30 2002 at 6:45 AM Rating: Default
It also seems to happen on the french server Orcanie, because I did the quest (I am a lvl 19 skald) and I wasn't able to give Thaxtix's leg to Piercer (step 9).
Thane Item
# May 02 2002 at 8:38 AM Rating: Default
Thane's at least definitely get Heavy Boots of Favor:

STR +3, DEX +3, Hits +15, AF 34, Qual 100%, Bon 10%. Chain, Abs 27%
# Apr 26 2002 at 6:02 AM Rating: Default
is this quest in the same area its seems it going to take forever but how do i find aracitite preist in the game please ty
RE: ack
# Apr 26 2002 at 12:31 PM Rating: Default
Did you even read the quest description??????


"Locate and kill Priest Thaxtix and return to Piercer with proof. He is north from the werewolf fort, across the lake. Thaxtix spawns on the west shore of the lake north of the Werewolf fort. You can either go west from Gna, past the ww fort, and turning north, following the lake edge; or go north from Gna, then west around the the north shore of the lake. The location is approximately 1000,31000. BUT sometimes he pops as a regular priest, you have to kill it a few times to get him to pop. Kill him and give his leg to Piercer."
Why in Gotar?
# Apr 23 2002 at 6:32 AM Rating: Decent
10 posts
on my server thrand is defintely in vale of mularn. as he always was. for percival i can say that. maybe on some server with older version isn't like this.

/loc 42466 49050

Edited, Wed Apr 24 05:29:18 2002

Maximilia - Percival
lvl 18 healer
# Apr 23 2002 at 2:57 AM Rating: Default
i am a lvl 18 healer and i got this quest.

habalton marksane
Thrand Location
# Apr 19 2002 at 3:06 AM Rating: Default
I have tried this with a number of characters and have never:

a. Got the bartender to tell me anything

b. Found Thrand in Valoe of Mularn

However I did find Thrand in Gotar at loc 22,46. There is a guard tower manned by Svartalf (I think) just behind it to the south if a small farm and Thrand is stood by the haystack to the left as you approach. Evrything else appeared as in the walkthrough.
RE: Thrand Location
# Apr 19 2002 at 9:12 AM Rating: Default
Then they must have moved him, because that is where he was. I did the quest the first day he was in game.
# Apr 13 2002 at 1:35 AM Rating: Default

im level 20 right now, but there was no barkeeper who told me something about the quest.

then i tried to find that little guy, but he wasnt there, i just ran around for 2 hours. so maybe this quest starts at lvl 21?

how does he looks like?
RE: Thrand
# Apr 15 2002 at 10:31 AM Rating: Default
Click on his name up there and look at the picture. And no it starts are level 20.
# Mar 26 2002 at 9:24 AM Rating: Default
priest thaxtix does stand near the water, very alone, near loc 5k,31k BUT sometimes he pops as a regular priest, u have to kill it a few times to get him to pop :) (they always pop in the same place)

-lvl 21 Norsewoman Thane Cherie <uprising>
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