|I've arrived in the city of Vulkhel Guard, gateway to Auridon. Security is tight as Queen Ayrenn, the new leader of the Aldmeri Dominion, prepares for a public appearance.|
- Talk to Watch Captain Astanya.
- Help both Advisor Norion and Steward Eminwe patch holes in Vulkhel Guard's security.
- Return to Astanya, then find Watchman Heldil.
- Enter the suspect's house and witness the confrontation.
Once you arrive in Vulkhel Guard, head to Watch Captain Astanya. If you have already stopped the Maormer attack on Khenarthi's Roost, tell her about it and she will promise to inform those who need to know. Regardless, she will then ask for your name as part of security precaution. When you ask if she needs help, she tells you to assist Advisor Norion and Steward Eminwe, as the guard has its hands full right now. You can help them in any order.
Eminwe is in a warehouse, busily checking over all of the food in storage, and tells you that two of the chefs preparing food for the queen's feast fell ill after working with some of the ingredients. Check over the side warehouses for any infected food. Eventually, you will come across a container with poisoned meat in it. As you leave the warehouse, you may be attacked by a Heritance Soldier, who will command you to "Hold it right there!" After defeating the enemy, show the poisoned meat to Eminwe, who is relieved, but still believes it was simply a test. If you mention your attacker, she will simply claim it must've been a common cutpurse looking to steal cargo. She will tell you to save the meat to show to Astanya, and will direct you on to Advisor Norion at the west end of the docks.
Upon locating Norion standing outside a large warehouse, he will tell you that a burglar sneaked into the warehouse to steal marine deployment plans for the speech that the queen is planning to make in the near future. Enter alone to witness an assassin murdering the burglar and then disappearing. Collect the plans, which are lying on the ground near the corpse, and show them to Norion, telling him about what you saw. He is unconcerned about it all and directs you towards Astanya, excusing himself to find the queen.
Once you have sufficient evidence of a violent plot, bring it to the watch captain. She will cut you short, directing you towards a new development: A wanted Altmer with valuable information has walled himself inside a house, threatening to kill himself should anyone approach. Since you're not actually part of the guard, you should attempt to negotiate with him, allowing the guard to sneak in behind you.
Convince Fasion to let you in. He is aware from the start that the guard plans to use you as a distraction, but uses the little time he has to tell you that Captain Astanya is the danger to the queen, not him. He says she's part of a group called the Veiled Heritance, and bribed guards to help with her plot to assassinate the queen. He begs you to inform Queen Ayrenn of this danger to her life.
At this point, Watchman Heldil and Watchwoman Faritaale will enter the building. Faritaale incapacitates Fasion, and Heldil congratulates you for your work, assuring you that Fasion will receive a fair trial. Now, you can finally take your evidence to Astanya without distractions.