So, I mentioned my new Oblivion game, to get some race mods... and some *ahem* other mods fully working.
I've been hitting the ruins surrounding the Imperial City, picking up loots to sell, for pretties from the Goddess store, and houses.
We worked our way around the west shore this evening. I was just going through everywhere as I came across it. Strip everything that isn't nailed down; and if it is nailed down? Here's a crowbar.
Eventually, we happened across Vindasel.
It's been so long since I did Clavicus Vile's quest that I had completely forgotten the significance of the place.
Turns out Umbra is in there from the game start; and we blundered right into her.
At level four.
Amazingly, I survived. It was dumbest luck that I had a few healing potions and a flame-enchanted sword found in previous ruins. I pretended to be a Spartan; hid behind my shield and held Umbra's attention while dealing what damage I could. Survived - barely. Thankfully, I had not just Branwen, but all four of my CW-Neko race companions along as well.
That ebony armor of hers should fetch enough to put us over the top for acquiring Benirus Manor, at least.
Oh man, do I miss carrying automatic weapons and explosives. Going to be sore, tomorrow.