|Locations||Haelga’s Bunkhouse, Vilemyr Inn, Ivarstead, Amicus’ Dreamworld|
|Enemy Level||PC x 3||Class||EncClassAnimalPredator|
|Quest ID||AmicusDialogue/FicusDialogue||Editor ID||021EDD76/021E9D28|
|NPCs||Amicus, Ficus, Sadrin Reloro, Haelga|
|Reward||Gold Ruby Necklace|
In Idle Dreams, the player assists a sleep addict with overcoming his recurring nightmare by entering the nightmare and guiding him out.
Being Awake is so Dull
Amicus is initially encountered sleeping in one of the beds in Haelga’s Bunkhouse at Riften. On waking, he will assume the Player is Haelga pestering him and display annoyance. Once he has come round a little and discovered a stranger has disturbed him, he will compose himself and explain that he spends most of his life sleeping as he’s addicted to his particularly vivid dreams, the only situation in which he really feels alive. This lifestyle is not without its drawbacks however, as he now rarely washes, barely eats, and steals to fund his lifestyle. A prolific but light sleeper, he considers the amount of noise at the Bunkhouse and how any disturbance or measure of awareness breaks the dream, which is unrepeatable. He concludes that he would be better off paying a little extra for a quiet place to sleep and resolves to move to the Vilemyr Inn at Ivarstead.
I Haven’t Slept in Weeks
On arriving at Ivarstead, Amicus’ plans are thwarted when he finds the vivid dreams he so loves have transformed into a vivid recurring nightmare set in a Dwemer ruin. When the player expresses surprise at his waking state, Amicus presents them with a plan; at Riften he discovered that he possessed the ability to share his dreams with the other residents. If they could sleep in close proximity, perhaps the player could enter his nightmare and kill his tormentors. He suggests the abandoned shack across the river to ensure only the player joins him in the dream.
Hopefully This Will Work. Otherwise, I Don’t Think I Can Ever Sleep Again
Having solicited help, Amicus heads to the Abandoned Shack where he invites the player to sleep in the bedroll on the left, transporting them into his dream.
On arrival, the Dragonborn will find an adventurer fighting two falmer, and discover that all the inhabitants of this dream world take the form of Amicus. While expressing his gratitude, the archetypal adventurer will exhibit some confusion about the presence of the player. Pushing those thoughts aside, he will quickly enlist their service to aid him in rescuing a beautiful princess before her chastity is taken.
As he follows the player through the ruin, it becomes apparent that he is unable to discern that all the inhabitants share a single identity. He also confesses that the princess is his bride to be. Fighting through falmer, the player will reach the atrium and discover the corpses of several researchers, and near them a research journal containing gibberish. A little further along is a torture chamber, a rack standing in the centre and Amicus cast as a frail and injured princess sitting beside it, cowering from the adventurer’s advances. Initially confused, he quickly discerns the situation and implores the player to kill the adventurer and end the nightmare.
The adventurer thanks the player, who is then faced with two options:
Ignoring the princess’ pleas will fail the quest, forcing the player back to Ivarstead, where they will find a trembling Amicus lying on his bedroll and begging to be killed.
Conversely, attempting to introduce an element of lucidity to the adventurer will cause him to start to doubt the veracity of the situation, bringing on a headache and causing him to cower next to a lever.
Amicus will seize his chance and instruct the player to pull the lever to deploy spikes and kill the adventurer, and will quickly grow frustrated and do it himself if there is any hesitation. He then urges the player to search the corpse for a key. If asked what he thinks the dream means, he will muse about the solipsistic nature of his dreams but form no conclusion.
An Unfamiliar Face
With the correct door located, the player enters the second part of the dream. Conscious of the implied narcissism in the first, Amicus turns his attention outwards and imagines a Jarl’s long house, with Sadrin Reloro as the Jarl and Haelga his steward.
Amicus approaches the throne and requests assistance from Sadrin, who reasons that his existence is dependant on keeping him asleep. He concedes for the collection of statues of Dibella, which will allow him to consummate his marriage to Haelga. The statues delivered, he will present the choice of two routes out of the long house; a room with twenty skeever-sized Centurions, or another with one Centurion-sized skeever. He equips Amicus with a set of thieves guild armour before retiring to bed.
Knights and Knaves
On selecting a door, the player enters another Dwarven ruin. When the fight concludes, a clown and a jester in the form of Amicus appear. Amicus will talk about his childhood and explain that the jester and clown give the player a puzzle, the solution to which has always eluded him.
To choose the right door, the player must ask the clown whether the jester would say “yes” when asked if the clown is guarding the correct door. If the clown answers “no”, his door leads to the exit, if “yes” then the jester’s (or vice versa).
Alternatively, on selecting the wrong door twice, Amicus will suggest he and the player simply kill the jester and clown and loot both keys, turning them hostile.
On discerning the correct doorway, the player will find a room with a stone bed. A relieved Amicus will tell the Dragonborn that sleeping in it will return them both to Ivarstead.
Being Awake is so Dull
On waking at Ivarstead, Amicus can be found sleeping on his bedroll. Talking to him will reveal he remembers nothing of the dream. He will reward the player with a stolen gold ruby necklace and make his way to the Windpeak Inn at Dawnstar where he will enjoy his vivid dreams once more.
– Amicus’ essential status is removed from here on
|Idle Dreams (AmicusDialogue/FicusDialogue)|
|0||Talk to Amicus at Haelga’s Bunkhouse in Riften.|
|2||Visit Amicus at the Vilemyr Inn at Ivarstead.|
|30||Meet Amicus at the Abandoned Shack in Ivarstead.|
|70||Save the princess.|
|95||Escape the Dwemer ruin.|
|96||Retrieve the statue of Dibella.|
|97||Return to Jarl Sadrin.|
|98||Retrieve 2 statues of Dibella.|
|99||Return to Jarl Sadrin.|
|100||Retrieve 3 statues of Dibella.|
|101||Return to Jarl Sadrin.|
|110||Fight 20 skeever-sized Centurions or 1 Centurion-sized skeever.|
|190||Reward necklace. Amicus’ essential status removed. Amicus moves to Dawnstar.|