Tithes and Tribulations
As detailed in the scroll Ignatius gave you at the end of Hoarfrost Castle, the castle is now short of money after funding the repairs. In the past, the castle got revenue from neighbouring farms in return for protection; however, when the inhabitants were slain and the farms were no longer protected, the farmers stopped paying their tithes. In order to protect the settlements again, it will be necessary to hire guards, but in order to hire guards the tithes need restarting. Ignatius says that any interim protection will likely be down to you.
"Steward Ignatius has told me that if we are to afford hiring guardsmen and a staff for Hoarfrost Castle, we need to re-establish the tithes system that has, until recently, funded the castle. Inwold Mannick, a farmer living just south-east of the keep, is the representative for those under the protection of the castle. I am to see if he (or those he represents) needs any help, and ask him if they will resume paying tithes."
"Inwold Mannick was distraught with grief when I met him. His wife 'Annie' had been carried off to the nearby 'Glowing Tunnels' (and presumably killed) by mystical beasts of some kind. It was difficult to get details from him - such as when this happened - but I suppose losing his wife that way could leave any man... unbalanced. Inwold said that if I collapsed a tunnel in the caves (to keep the beasts in) using a trap he made years ago, he would persuade everyone to start paying tithes to Hoarfrost Castle again."
"I think I've found Mannick's trap; this pull-rope must set it off. But... I can see a note near it; written in blood. It might be important."
Take Anne back to Mannick's Farm. Mannick thanks you, and says the farms will start paying tithes again.
Return back to Hoarfrost Castle and speak to Ignatius. He says the farms have started paying the tithes, and you will get a stipend from these every week (you will receive a message when the money has been added to your strongbox), although much of the money will go to maintaining and improving the castle. The amount of Gold you receive in tithes is your level times 200.
"Ignatius was pleased to hear that the settlements under Hoarfrost Castle's protection will begin paying tithes again, and told me that from now on, a portion of each week's tithes will be placed in a money box near the bed in my master bedroom. The first payment is due tomorrow. In the meantime, Ignatius has asked me to come speak with him again when I'm ready to discuss hiring guards for the castle."
The next time you speak to him, Tithes and Tribulations finishes and a new quest starts.
Ignatius now suggests that you go and hire some guards for the castle. He knows a company who are suitable, and you should go and meet with them at the Highland Company Lodge west of Chorrol and speak to Captain Palenix.
"Captain Palenix told me that the Highland Company is not able to consider my offer of employment at Hoarfrost Castle until their current job is complete. They are tasked with destroying a fell zombie called 'Screamer' that has taken up residence under Chorrol. Palenix says they cannot pursue the beast until a shipment of healing potions arrive - whenever that may be. I ended up with a key to the sealed-off hollows beneath the town. Perhaps I can free these retainers of their current obligations myself..."
"I found the revenant called 'Screamer' deep beneath Chorrol, and the beast is now destroyed; its horrid moaning silenced. Captain Palenix would no doubt wish to be informed of this - and perhaps now he will be willing for he and his men to come work at Hoarfrost castle."
Palenix takes the Under-Chorrol Key from you, and explains there is more to the situation than he originally said. All the members of the Highland Company used to live at Hoarfrost Castle, before the Callonus' moved in, when their parents turned into undead and started attacking them. They eventually formed this company, and Palenix asks if you still want them as guards. Say yes, then return back to the castle. Once you speak to Ignatius, the quest is complete.
When you speak to Ignatius again the quest Grand Designs is added, although you cannot do that immediately. Instead, Ignatius says that the castle needs a blacksmith, priest and mage assistant. The Castle will also need a housekeeper, but Ignatius says one shouldn't be too hard to find. Each of the three major positions has a quest that requires doing to hire the person, An Eye for an Eye for the mage assistant, The Duellist for the blacksmith and Fiery Devotion for the priest. You can choose which quest to do first.