Skyrim:Braig

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Braig
(RefID: 00019911)
Home City Markarth
Location Cidhna Mine, then Druadach Redoubt
Race Breton Gender Male
Level PC×1 (range=6-30) Class Witchblade
RefID 00019911 BaseID 00013389
Other Information
Health 50+(PC-1)×10 Magicka 50+(PC-1)×5
Stamina 50
Primary Skills Destruction, One-handed, Block, Illusion
Perks MS02IncreaseDamage; Reduce Damage
Morality Violence Against Enemies Aggression Aggressive
Faction(s) CrimeFactionCidhnaMine; DruadachRedoubtFaction; TownCidhnaMinePrisonerFaction
Braig

Braig is a Breton witchblade, held prisoner in Cidhna Mine. He has been imprisoned longer than anyone else in the mine with the exception of Madanach.

He wears a roughspun tunic and footwraps, and carries a bottle of skooma and a shiv. He knows the Alteration spell Oakflesh, the Conjuration spell Raise Zombie, and the Destruction spell Flames.

During the day, he can be found mining in various areas of Cidhna Mine, going to sleep at 10pm and waking at 4am the next morning.

When you first try to talk to him it becomes clear that he doesn't want to talk. If you ask him how long he has been locked up he will simply say, "Long enough." before ending the conversation. If you attempt to ask him about the reason for his imprisonment he will again be unwilling to talk and simply remark, "Don't want to talk about it."

Madanach suggests that learning Braig's story will make you sympathetic to the Forsworn cause. Braig tells you how his young daughter, Aethra, had begged the jarl to take her to prison instead of Braig. So the jarl forced Braig to watch his daughter be executed, then sent him to Cidhna Mine anyway.

Once you tell him that Madanach has sent you he will be more open. When you question him again he will first ask, "My story, huh? Everyone in Cidhna Mine has a tale. Let's hear yours first. When was the first time you felt chains around your wrists?" You can then reply in three ways. If you tell him the story of your execution order at Helgen he will be sympathetic and tell you, "So you know what it's like to have your life in someone else's hands. Why should they get to decide? Isn't judgment for the gods?" If you tell him that you have always gotten into trouble he will say, "Then you know the hard looks as judgment gets set upon you. The sneers of people who never had to face sentence." You can also refuse to tell him which will cause him to remark, "Fine. Don't tell me. But I know that look in your eyes. Someone who's faced death at the hands of the law."

After you have told him your story he will return the favor and begin by saying, "I had a daughter, once. She'd be 23 this year. Married to some hot-headed silver worker or maybe on her own learning the herb trade.". Then he continues the story by saying, "The Nords didn't care who was and who wasn't involved in the Forsworn Uprising. I had spoken to Madanach once, that was enough." He will then reveal what happened to his daughter: "But my little Aethra didn't want to see her papa leave her. She pleaded to the Jarl to take her instead. And after they made me watch as her head rolled off the block, they threw me in here anyway, to dig up their silver."

Braig also suggests that he was innocent when arrested (that his only crime was speaking to Madanach once), but then goes on to say that his only regret is "not killing more Nords before I was locked up". After he tells you his sad story he will tell about the reality of life in the Reach by saying, "I'm not Madanach. I was never a leader of the Forsworn. The only anger I can justify is my own. But every family in the Reach has a story like mine. There are no innocent onlookers in this struggle. Just the guilty, and the dead."

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Notes[edit]

  • Braig mispronounces Madanach's name, calling him "Manadanach" when asked if his daughter's death justifies the murders committed by the Forsworn.
  • Braig's math concerning his daughter does not add up: The Markarth Incident happened in 4E 176, meaning his daughter would have been -2 years old at the time of the incident. As Braig has spent twenty years in a prison, however, it is most likely that he simply does not have a clear grasp of how much time has passed.