Can you obtain a mammoth tusk without fighting a giant?
In Skyrim I have a quest to retrieve a mammoth tusk to help someone set up as a merchant. Of course, mammoths are generally being shepherded by giants. I do want to kill a giant at some stage but my character isn't quite ready for that yet. Is there any way to obtain a mammoth tusk without taking on a giant?
An easy place to find several mammoth tusks is in the Halted Stream Camp. You get a miscellaneous objective from Ahmren in Whiterun to retrieve his family sword, which may be located in the cave at the camp. In the same area as the sword, there is a shelf with 5-6 Mammoth Tusks just laying there, ripe for the taking. It's slightly North-Northwest from Whiterun's main gate. The symbol on the map looks like two sticks forming an X.
I think that quest location changes depending on the character - I've done it twice, and the sword was at different landmarks.
@Artless I don't believe so. There have been a large number of mentions of people being sent to Halted Stream right at the beginning of the game (people remember because of the Transmute book) so I think that is a static quest.
I retrieved his sword from Redoran's Retreat, so the location must change for different games.
Just to confirm I did this quest 2 days ago and it was in here, http://steamcommunity.com/id/neon1024/screenshot/614968789488853983?tab=public
There were actually a few tusks right inside the entrance, so you don't even need to kill the bandit chief if you don't want to (although I did, of course).
+1, but you can't mention Halted Stream Camp without mentioning the Transmutation spell book there.
Halted Stream Camp is my first stop after I get to Whiterun. Grab a pickaxe, a tusk, mine all the iron, grab the Transmutation spell, and you've set yourself up for the early game. Just mine and transmute as you travel and you'll have a supply of gold to forge jewelry you can then enchant. A perpetual source of income and training in 3 different skill trees. And you please marriable Ysolda, who's one of the cuter NPCs.