The gnome insists I have totally maxxed persuasion to get the quest, so I have to waste a talent point capping the skill from 90%. After he gives me the quest, though, he mentions my having the Ashbury monument reputation. So my questions are: 1. Is there an Elixir of Persuasion available anywhere as a magic user unable to make it? Can any followers make it? 2. Are there any other reputations that impact the selection process? Does the Ashbury monument reputation even affect it or is this just a fork in the dialogue? 3. Does having Bates' mansion or betraying Bates affect eligibility negatively?