"Ah, the machine-riding Nora with the special spear! How lucky to come across you. I have a proposal! Come closer."

A Curious Proposal is an errand in Horizon Zero Dawn.


In Brightmarket, Aloy encounters an Oseram fortune-hunter named Fernund who recognizes her as the Nora machine-rider and offers a proposal. Prompted to explain further, Fernund tells Aloy that many outlanders hid their valuables from raiders during the reign of the Mad Sun-King Jiran. Fernund claims to have located a valuable relic from the Old Ones stashed out of his reach in the Dusk Mesa. He offers to split the proceeds from the relic's sale with Aloy should she recover it for him. Although seemingly suspicious, Aloy agrees to retrieve the relic and bring it to Fernund in Meridian Village.

At Dusk Mesa, Aloy climbs the rock formation and is surprised to discover a small chest, indicating that Fernund was telling the truth. However, she opens the chest and finds it empty. At this moment, Fernund appears from below and calls out to Aloy, explaining that the relic story was a ruse to lure her to his ambush point. His true desire is Aloy's spear, and he offers to let her live if she gives it to him. Aloy refuses and must defeat or evade the outlander mercenaries hired by Fernund, who disappears during the commotion.

After killing or escaping from the outlanders, Aloy goes to Meridian Village hoping to locate Fernund. When he spots her, he runs in an attempt to avoid her ire but is quickly cornered when he tries to open a locked door. Aloy confronts and threatens him but ultimately lets him go after he promises to stop swindling citizens and leave her alone.


  1. Go to Dusk Mesa
  2. Search Dusk Mesa for the Relic
  3. Recover the Relic
  4. Survive the Ambush
  5. Find Fernund at Meridian Village
  6. Talk to Fernund



A Curious Proposal - Very Hard - No Damage - Video Guide

Horizon Zero Dawn Quests
Main Quest A Gift from the Past - Lessons of the Wild - The Point of the Spear - Mother's Heart - The Proving - The Womb of the Mountain - A Seeker at the Gates - The War-Chief's Trail - Revenge of the Nora - The City of the Sun - The Field of the Fallen - Into the Borderlands - The Sun Shall Fall - Maker's End - The Grave-Hoard - To Curse the Darkness - Deep Secrets of the Earth - The Terror of the Sun - The Heart of the Nora - The Mountain That Fell - The Looming Shadow - The Face of Extinction
Side Quests A Daughter's Vengeance - A Moment's Peace - Acquired Taste - Ancient Armory - Blood on Stone - Cause for Concern - Farewell - Death from the Skies - Fatal Inheritance - Heap of Trouble - Honor The Fallen - Hunters' Blind - In Her Mother's Footsteps - Insult to Injury - Queen's Gambit - Redmaw - Robbing the Rich - Sun and Shadow - Sunstone Rock - The Forgotten - Traitor's Bounty - Underequipped - Weapons of the Lodge
Errands A Curious Proposal - Collateral - Deadliest Game - Demand and Supply - Hammer and Steel - Healer's Oath - Hunting for the Lodge - In Foreign Lands - Luck of the Hunt - Odd Grata - Sanctuary - Shortage of Supplies - Sun's Judgment - To Old Acquaintance
Activities Bandit Camps Blackwing Snag - Devil's Thirst - Gatelands - Hollow Fort - Shattered Kiln - Stone YieldFW - Two-Teeth
Cauldrons Cauldron RHO - Cauldron SIGMA - Cauldron XI - Cauldron ZETA
Corrupted Zones Corrupted Zones
Hunting Grounds Greatrun - Nora - SnowchantsFW - Spurflints - Sun Furrows - Valleymeet
Tallnecks Devil's Thirst - Copper Deeps - FrostfiguresFW - Rustwash - Spearshafts - Sun-Steps
Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds Quests
Side Quests Firebreak - For the Werak - Frontier Justice - Into the Frozen Wilds - The Forge of Winter - The Hunters Three - The Shaman's Path - The Survivor - Waterlogged
Errands A Secret Shared - Ikrie's Challenge - Geared Up: Forgefire - Geared Up: Icerail - Geared Up: Stormslinger - Out of the Forge - The Claws Beneath
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