Whenever my bank alt in Daggerfall steals furnishing patterns from the bank containers, they are usually Breton patterns. When Issa the Blacksmith pulls patterns out of Deshaan backpacks, they are almost always Dunmer ones. So I got it into my head that if I wanted Redguard patterns (which I do, so much) I should farm containers in Alik’r.
Uh, yeah. I don’t know if Redguards are allergic to end tables, or if there’s a local superstition about backpacks being evil. But for whatever reason, there are hardly any recipe-possible containers in Alik’r. I spent hours last night looking and came up empty, pretty literally.
I started in the west and moved east across the zone, went into each building and scavenged through all the camps and settlements. My usual standard for whether or not a building is worth stealing from is a minimum of 5 containers. (Recipe-possible, not crates.) I did not find a single building in Sentinel that had 5, even the Inns. Many buildings had none. Even the public dungeon only had 2 backpacks, no lootable urns. I got 3 patterns out of the whole zone – two Khajiit, one Redguard. The Redguard pattern was a “bin, sealed”. Wah-wah.
The only single place in Alik’r I found worth checking out is in Leki’s Blade, the settlement mid-zone, north of Bergama. On LB’s west side, just inside the wall, there’s a collection of tents in a training area, and each tent has three backpacks and an assortment of trash gear; 12-15 backpacks total. But b/c they aren’t inside an instance, I believe they’re only lootable by one person until they respawn, like harvest nodes.
Still can’t say for certain that there’s a better chance of getting race-specific patterns in different zones, or it’s just been a weird RNG quirk with the Breton and Dunmer ones. But I can verify that Alik’r is crap for farming them. If you know of a good place, please tell me. Meanwhile, I’m moving up to southern Bangkor’ai and will report if I have better luck there.