|Primary Skills||Light Armor, Two-handed, Archery, Block|
|Morality||Violence Against Enemies||Aggression||Aggressive|
|Faction(s)||CrimeFactionReach; MarkarthWarrensTenantsFaction; TownMarkarthFaction|
Dryston is a Breton barbarian working for the Forsworn. During the related quest he tries to beat you up after you nose around too much. He will arrogantly tell you, "You've been digging around where you don't belong. It's time you learned a lesson." If you ask him about who he is working for he will simply reply with, "Someone who doesn't like you asking questions." to avoid telling you the truth. If you try to act tough and say that you don't listen to threats he will respond by saying, "You'll listen to this." before attacking you.
After you beat him in a brawl on the streets he will fall to the ground while gasping for air and mutter, "Ugh. You mangy piece of pit-bait!" You can then freely ask him for answers and, being in no position to argue, he will quickly tell you, "I was sent by Nepos the Nose. The old man hands out the orders. He told me to make sure you didn't get in the way. That's all I know, I swear!"
- The Forsworn Conspiracy: Investigate a murder in Markarth to discover a sinister plot surrounding the Forsworn.
- During the quest-related brawl with Dryston, you must use only your fists. If you attack him with anything but your fists (i.e., weapons or magic), you will receive a bounty and any guards that witness the attack will join in and fight you to the death.
- If he dies before telling you about Nepos the Nose, you can find a note on his corpse addressed to a friend. It explains that Nepos ordered him to rough you up. His note refers to you as "him" regardless of your actual gender.