Daedra God: Malacath
How to trigger: To get this quest, you must travel to the orc camp of Largashbur (which is to the southwest of Riften). Once you get near, you’ll see the orcs fighting off a giant. Give them a hand and one orc (Ugor) will tell you to go away. However, another orc (Atub) will be more open to outsiders, and will ask for your help. It seems their tribe is cursed and as a result their leader, Yamarz, has forbidden anyone to leave the encampment.
However, they’ve also been suffering constant giant attacks. Atub plans on petitioning Malacath to break the curse, but since she can’t go to Malacath’s shrine she will ask you to bring two ingredients to her: Troll Fat and a Daedra Heart.
Note: There are several things to steal around the camp, as well as a few MASTER chests to try your hand at.
Troll Fat: If you’re a hoarder like me, chances are you already have this ingredient. In fact, I was able to scout around the orc camp and FIND troll fat on a shelf! Ha! If you can’t find any like I did, you can always roam around the woods (for trolls) or ice fields (for ice trolls) until you find one, then slay it.
Daedra Heart: This ingredient is a little trickier to get. Two quests that I KNOW have daedras to kill are "The Black Star" and "Pieces of the Past". If you haven’t done those yet, go do them and you’ll get this ingredient.
Once you have both ingredients, return to Atub. She will insist that you are present for the ritual, and will go get Yamarz as well. Once you’re back outside Atub will do the ritual and Malacath will speak! He will insult Yamarz for being a weakling and letting giants take over his shrine, and will task Yamarz with killing the giant leader and bringing back his club before he helps the tribe out! After the ritual, Yamarz will want to talk to you. He will blame YOU for starting this chain of events and will make you become his bodyguard. You are to meet him at Fallowstone Cave and protect him on his way to the giant leader.
Note: You can either follow Yamarz TO the cave (which is just northeast of Riften) or meet him there.
Once you get to the cave head inside and you’ll be charged with protecting Yamarz. He will take the lead, so just stay by him. Head down into the cave (which is beautiful) and kill a giant at the bottom. Follow Yamarz with the stream and kill another giant (there’s a dead bandit to the right in this room). Continue forwards and you’ll meet two bears that you can kill as well. When you reach a split Yamarz will go left (the right path is a shortcut out of this place) so follow him into Giant’s Grove.
Head into this area and eventually Yamarz will stop you. He will say that he’s ready to face the giant… that is unless you want to make some extra gold. Here you can either kill the giant yourself, or tell Yamarz that HE is supposed to do it.
Note: I would recommend telling Yamarz to kill the giant himself. You can see why for yourself if you read both paths below.
o Make Yamarz kill the giant:
Yamarz will charge down to the giant… and promptly eat the big one. And with him dead, it falls to you to slay the giant. Use the terrain here to your advantage, as this giant is much stronger than the two you just faced. Once he’s dead, Malacath will speak to you and tell you to take the weapon (Shargol’s Warhammer) back to the tribe. Loot the place thoroughly and grab the giant’s weapon and take it back to the camp (using the shortcut to the exit in Fallowstone Cave that we talked about earlier). Keep your eyes open for a chest on the way out!
Once you’re at the camp talk to Atub and explain what happened. Then go put the warhammer on the altar (interact with it). The warhammer will change into a weapon called VOLENDRUNG (which absorbs a WHOPPING 50 points of stamina) and you will become Malacath’s new champion. Also, with Yamarz dead, Gularzob will become the new chief. The orcs here are accepting of you now, and in fact Atub will even be able to teach you Illusion magic if you wished (as she is a trainer now). This ends this quest.
o Kill the giant yourself:
Go down there and slay the giant. If you’re an assassin, this is easier than having Yamarz try to kill it and die, as you can get some sneak attacks in. Once it’s dead, loot the place and pick up Shargol’s Warhammer and return back to Yamarz.
He will tell you that he can’t allow you to leave here alive since you may tell people what happened. He will then attack! Yamarz is a formidable foe, and for me at least took MORE hits to kill than the giant (making one wonder how the giant killed him so fast!). His attacks aren’t nearly as dangerous as the giant though, so take him out and Malacath will call him a weakling once more, and tell you to take the weapon back to the tribe. Be sure to use the shortcut in Fallowstone Cave and keep your eyes open for a chest on the way out!
Once you are at the camp, go talk to Atub and explain what happened. This is where the one MAJOR difference between the two paths shows: you can tell the tribe that Yamarz betrayed you. Malacath will even back you up! Go put the warhammer on the altar (interact with it). The warhammer will change into a weapon called VOLENDRUNG (which absorbs a WHOPPING 50 points of stamina) and you will become Malacath’s new champion. Also, with Yamarz dead, Gularzob will become the new chief. The orcs here are accepting of you now, and in fact Atub will even be able to teach you Illusion magic if you wished (as she is a trainer now). This ends this quest.