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The Dark Brotherhood

Author: 
Xan

SOMEWHERE IN VVARDENFELL

Faern Sargtlin

(attacked by a black armored assassin)
(survive the attack, and find a guard to report)

SEYDA NEEN

Imperial Guard

"You say you've been attacked by assassins? From your description, it sounds like the work of the Dark Brotherhood. I'm not sure who you angered, but stay away from me. I suppose this should be officially reported, though. Speak to Apelles Matius in Ebonheart about this matter."

:Dark Brotherhood:
"Scum, all of them. If they're after you, friend, you'd better find yourself some help. Or write a will. Or both."

:Apelles Matius:
"He's recently arrived from Cyrodiil. You'll likely find him inspecting the grounds at Ebonheart."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Ebonheart)

EBONHEART

Apelles Matius

"What's this about the Dark Brotherhood? You say you've been attacked by them? The fact that you're standing here seems to suggest otherwise."

:Dark Brotherhood:
"Perhaps you have been attacked. That's bad business. I don't know who it is that wants you dead, and I don't want to know. Dark Brotherhood activity here on Vvardenfell has been almost unheard of, but I know they have a large contingent back on the mainland."

:the mainland:
"Yes, in Mournhold itself, actually. If you're feeling particularly suicidal, you can check it out for yourself. Of course, it's not easy to get there these days. Even though the Blight seems to be gone, Mournhold is wary of visitors from Vvardenfell. There is one way you might get there, though. Speak with Asciene Rane about transport to Mournhold--she might be able to help you out."

:Asciene Rane:
"She's a mage who arrived in Vvardenfell the same time I did. Special appointment to Duke Dren himself. Nice woman, and a powerful mage. You should be able to find her in the Grand Council Chambers here in Ebonheart."

:transport to Mournhold:
"Well, that's what you'll need if you're so hell-bent on tracking down these Dark Brotherhood assassins you claim have visited you."

Faern Sargtlin

(enter the Grand Council Chamber)

Asciene Rane

"Greetings, friend, what may I do for you?"

:transport to Mournhold:
"You wish to go to the mainland? That's highly irregular. I'm sure you've heard that they've restricted travel to Mournhold. They've been a bit worried about the Blight. Even though it's been reported that the Blight is gone from Vvardenfell, they're still worried about possible contamination. What's your reason for wanting to go to the city?"

Faern Sargtlin

"I fear I've been marked by the Dark Brotherhood, and I wish to investigate."

Asciene Rane:
:transport to Mournhold:
"Oh, my! I can see why you'd want to get that cleared up. That's dangerous business, though. I can't say I'd be happy to send you off on that sort of fool's errand. If you're sure, though, I suppose I can oblige you. If you need to return to Vvardenfell, speak with Effe-Tei in the Royal Palace. Take care, friend. Those people are not to be taken lightly. I'll send you there when we've finished speaking."

Faern Sargtlin

(teleported to Mournhold, Royal Palace: Reception Area)

MOURNHOLD, ROYAL PALACE

Effe-Tei

"Yes? Do you seek transport to Vvardenfell?"

:transport to Vvardenfell:
"Do you wish to go back to Vvardenfell now? I can send you to Ebonheart directly."

Faern Sargtlin

"No."

Effe-Tei

:transport to Vvardenfell:
"Let me know when you wish to return."

:Mournhold:
"Mournhold is the Imperial capital of Morrowind and the Holy City of Almalexia, one of Morrowind's three Living Gods. Modern Mournhold is built upon the ruins of Old Mournhold, which was destroyed by Mehrunes Dagon at the end of the First Era. You can reach the abandoned passages of Old Mournhold through the sewers beneath Mournhold, and adventurers still seek lost treasures in the First Era ruins."

:Almalexia:
"Almalexia is one of the gods worshipped by the Dunmer in the Tribunal Temple. She's known as the Healing Mother and Lady of Mercy, the source of compassion and sympathy, and protector of the poor and weak. She's no tender-hearted powderpuff, though. She's an important symbol of Dunmer independence to those who resent the Empire, and the Hands of Almalexia -- her personal guard -- enforce a strict adherence to Temple doctrines."

:specific place:
"You're in the Royal Palace now. South is Plaza Brindisi Dorom. North is the Temple Courtyard and Almalexia's Temple. To the west is Godsreach, to the east is the Great Bazaar -- but you can't get there from here -- go through the Temple or Plaza first."

:Services:
"You'll find the smith Bols Indalen at Craftmen's Hall in Godsreach, along with several other fine craftsmen. There's a healer and an Imperial altar in the Royal Palace. Go to the Temple for Temple services. Otherwise, most trainers, crafters, and merchants are in the Great Bazaar."

:someone in particular:
"Almalexia, our Lady of Mercy, dwells in her Temple. Her steward, Fedris Hler, and the Lord Archcanon, Gavas Drin, also reside in the Temple. King Hlaalu Helseth and his mother, Queen Barenziah, live in the Royal Palace. Tienius Delitian is Captain of the Royal Guard. It's a big city. If there's someone else you want, ask around."

:Helseth:
"This new ruler, King Hlaalu Helseth, is trying to transform the role of King of Morrowind from a mere Imperial figurehead into a powerful, personalized head of state. Athyn Llethan, the previous king, was old and dignified, but few took him seriously. Helseth, by contrast, is dynamic and ambitious. Before Morrowind entered the Empire, the Dunmer had no kings, and many Dunmer prefer the old system of council rule, but Imperial partisans want a strong king along Western Imperial lines."

:Athyn Llethan:
"The former king was an old man and had been ill for a while. He had no sons or daughters. Helseth is Llethan's great-nephew -- Barenziah is Llethan's niece. Queen Barenziah renounced her claim to the throne, so, according to Imperial custom, the crown goes to Prince Helseth. He didn't do much, but we assumed he wasn't supposed to. We thought he was just a convenient fiction for Imperial administrative purposes."

:Barenziah:
"She's the Queen Mother -- mother of King Hlaalu Helseth. She's also the widow of General Symmachus, the great Dunmer hero, and a former queen in her own right back in Wayrest. Many years ago she abdicated her throne and retired from public life here with her son. Now that her son has become king, you might expect him to respect her counsel and experience... or not. I pay no attention to MY mother."

:Dark Brotherhood:
"I don't know anything about who might have sent those people after you. If you're looking for help, try talking to Tienius Delitian at the Royal Palace. If you're a more religious sort, try speaking with Fedris Hler at the Temple. Either of them might be able to help you."

:latest rumors:
"The old king, Athyn Llethan, is dead. Long live King Hlaalu Helseth. Things are pretty grim here in the City of Light since the troubles with Dagoth Ur. Mournhold is Almalexia's city, and she's become more of a Warrior Queen than a Lady of Mercy. And there's always been hostility between the Temple and the Imperial administration, but since Helseth's accession, the tension between Imperial-leaning Dunmer and Almalexia's supporters is much worse."

:little advice:
"Don't forget. You can't levitate in Mournhold. They say Almalexia doesn't want anyone's head rising higher than hers. If that's how you avoid trouble, it won't work here. You CAN levitate down in the sewers and ruins of Old Mournhold. I guess Almalexia doesn't go down there much. And it's also a cheap place to sleep, if you don't mind the rats and thieves."

:sewers and ruins:
"If you're an adventurer, you'll want to go down there. The poor and the lawless live in the sewers under the city. It's dangerous -- but it's the only way to reach the ruins of Old Mournhold, where the real treasure lies. I'm probably wasting my breath -- but be careful down there. Maybe you think you're tough, and maybe you are... but there're things down there can kill you before you get your weapon out."

:little secret:
"If you are looking for access to the places of power, start with Tienius Delitian, King Helseth's Captain of the Royal Guard. He's fair and professional, and King Helseth is no simple figurehead, unlike his predecessor. There's real power there, and Helseth is just going to get more powerful as he learns how Mournhold works."

Faern Sargtlin

(find a Royal Guard, raise his disposition and talk)

Royal Guard

"I wouldn't have expected to see the Nerevarine here in Mournhold."

:Dark Brotherhood:
"You want to go looking for them? It's your funeral. Look, I've heard rumors that they have a hideout in the ruins of Old Mournhold. You can get there through the sewers in the Great Bazaar."

:Great Bazaar:
"You'll find the Great Bazaar in the eastern section of town. We don't want any trouble there, so mind your manners."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Royal Palace Courtyard)

Plitinius Mero

"Hello! What can I do for you?"

:Great Bazaar:
"It's in the eastern section of the Mournhold. You'll find some of the best wares in all of Morrowind on sale there. Check out some of the stores nearby, as well. They sell some excellent items. While you're at the Bazaar, see if there's a public performance. They can be amusing."

:Godsreach:
"Godsreach is on the western side of the city. There are a number of manors there, owned by some of the more wealthy citizens. You'll also find the Craftsmen's Hall, which is a fine place to find armor and weapons. They'll even make them to order, provided you have the materials. You can check out the Winged Guar Tavern as well. Not a bad place for a drink, or if you need a place to stay for the night. You might check out the Museum of Artifacts as well. The curator is always trying to add to the collection."

:Plaza Brindisi Dorom:
"You'll find the Plaza in the southern part of Mournhold. It is a beautiful area, a good place to spend a restful day."

:Almalexia:
"Almalexia is a member of the Tribunal. She was the wife of Nerevar, and one of his most trusted advisors. She resides here in Mournhold, and is much loved by the people."

:Helseth:
"Helseth is the son of Barenziah, former Queen of Morrowind, who herself was the niece of King Athyn Llethan. It is certain that his bloodline is strong. He is a young king, though, and perhaps a bit rash. He does not yet possess his mother's wisdom or his father's courage."

:Barenziah:
"Ahh...the Lady Barenziah. A fine, fine woman. It has been my pleasure to have known her as long as I have."

:Dark Brotherhood:
"The Dark Brotherhood have a long and interesting history, though a great deal of it still lies shrouded in mystery. What is certain is that they are deadly and remorseless. Steer clear of them at all costs."

Faern Sargtlin

(go to Great Bazaar and enter the sewer)

OLD MOURNHOLD, MANOR DISTRICT

Faern Sargtlin

(enter Moril Manor and manage to way to North Building)
(fight a host of Dark Brotherhood assassins, and eventually meet Dandras Vules)

Dandras Vules

"You would dare enter the lair of the Dark Brotherhood? Very well. We will complete our mission here and now. A speedy death to you, Faern Sargtlin."

Faern Sargtlin

(fight and kill Dandras Vules)

Dandras Vules

"No...tell my liege...I have...failed h...."

Faern Sargtlin

(retrieve "A Dark Brotherhood Contract" form Dadras Vules' body)
(notice 'H' as the person behind the Dark Brotherhood attacks)
(go back up to Mournhold)