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Neville is a Redguard knight and a retired Imperial Legion Soldier. Together with Dovesi Dran, Matilde Petit, Nels the Naughty and Primo Antonius, he's involved in a private treasure hunt which takes place in Summitmist Manor. With a meager retirement fund, he opted to enter the competition to win the prize – a chest of gold. In truth, there is no such chest, he is in fact trapped with the others as part of a Dark Brotherhood contract, which will be given to you as the quest Whodunit?.
The chest in his room holds a full set of Imperial Legion armor along with a leveled mace; Neville holds the key to it. Neville wears a burgundy linen shirt, burgundy linens, and a pair of oiled linen shoes and carries a large amount of gold. Neville knows a leveled set of crusader spells.
He's on good terms with Matilde Petit. In fact, she seems to hold a romantic interest in him. While he respects Dovesi Dran and her people the Dunmer, she however hates the Imperial Legion and therefore distrusts Neville. Though the most rocky relationship is between him and Nels, as they both can't stand one another due to Neville having prejudices towards Nords, and Nels similarly having had a traumatic experience with the Legion. Finally, there is no initial bias between Neville and Primo Antonius.
Because of his past in the Legion, he'll remain the most cool-headed throughout the quest, instead using his experience to act as an investigator. Though he too can be convinced to take action should he make it to the end.
- Whodunit?: Summitmist Manor; there were six on the night of last and then there were none... save one.
During Whodunit?, you'll be tasked to eliminate the whole party at Summitmist Manor, which includes Neville. Ocheeva will reveal, "Each guest, at some point in the past, wronged their mysterious host. Now he's hired us to exact his revenge.", though it is unknown what Neville did to deserve this contract on him.
When you enter the manor, Matilde will approach you and introduce herself and the other guests: "The rest of us have already traded introductions. I'm Matilde Petit. The others are Nels the Naughty, Neville, Dovesi Dran and Primo Antonius." You will hear a conversation between Nels and Neville:
Neville: "So, Nord, if you find the gold, what will you spend it on? Wait, let me guess -- a sleazy whore and a nice new battleaxe. Am I right?"
Nels: "I'm going to open a tavern. Not that I'd welcome your patronage. No pigs allowed inside, you see. You Legion types tend to stink up a place."
Neville: "A tavern! Ha ha ha ha ha! Oh, I should have known! Leave it to a barbarian to spend an entire chest full of gold on beer and mead. How pathetic."
Nels: "You can call me a barbarian. It's true and I'm proud of the fact. But you call me pathetic again and I'm going to show you just how barbaric I am."
Neville: "With every word you speak you're just proving me right, Nord. Your kind has contributed nothing to our Empire, and never will!"
Nels: "Ha ha ha ha ha! "My kind," as you like to call us, are plenty happy serving our own needs while your useless Empire crumbles down around you!"
Neville: "Your words border on treason, Nord, and I will not tolerate them! You will respect the Empire! You will respect the memory of our dear Emperor!"
Nels: "Bah! Don't get your linens in a bunch. You have no authority in this house, or anywhere else. You're not even in the Legion anymore!"
Neville: "Nevertheless, I still serve the Empire in my heart and will not abide such talk! Walk away from me now, barbarian, or you'll regret your arrogance."
Nels: "Pfft. I was done with you anyway. I can only talk to an ex-Legion pig for so long before my ears start bleeding. Besides, I need a drink. Ha ha ha!"
When you first greet him, he'll introduce himself: "Ah yes, the sixth guest. I'm Neville. It's nice to make your acquaintance." He'll provide some background should you ask him about himself: "I'm a Redguard, though I've never actually been to Hammerfell. I was born here in Cyrodiil. My family has been in the Legion for three generations."
He and the other guests will provide their opinions on each other, all of which depend their disposition towards you:
Should you speak to him again, he will greet you depending on his disposition. A low one gets you, "You're starting to crowd me, friend. Why don't you just back off, eh?" and a normal one, "Well, that chest of gold is supposed to be in here somewhere. Though why someone would invite us all here just to give it away is quite the mystery." However, with a high disposition, he'll reveal his intentions and suspicions regarding the event: "You want my honest opinion? This whole setup -- the party, the chest of gold -- it doesn't make any sense. Why would someone invite us here? Why would they just give away an entire chest of gold? If I didn't know better, I'd say this whole thing is a trap. So, why am I here? Greed, my friend. I need the gold. I served the Legion proudly for twenty-three years, but pride doesn't put food on my table."
One Guest Eliminated
Once a guest has been eliminated, the atmosphere obviously changes, and so do the opinions of each guest. When you approach Neville, he will say, "I know someone's been murdered and we're all on edge. Just try to remain calm. I'll get to the bottom of this." He will greet you according to his disposition. A low one will grant you,"Someone's been killed, and as far as I'm concerned, you're one of the prime suspects. You watch your step.", a normal one, "Locked inside a house with five strangers. It sounded like a trap when I read the invitation. Looks like I was right!", and a high one, "A guest has been murdered. So it begins. You mark my words. This entire party is a trap. Someone wants us all dead, and now they have their chance." When you leave the conversation, Nevill may remark, "I knew this little party was too good to be true..."
Assuming the person you wish to discuss still lives, Neville will have the following to say:
The others will also discuss Neville when you ask them:
Two Guests Eliminated
With tension now rising, it becomes more apparent that the supposed gold is just a hoax, and everyone suspects each other more and more. Neville will now greet you with, "Well, well, look who's here. It's the number one suspect in the cold-blooded murder of two innocent people. I'm watching you, scum." if he dislikes you, or with, "I'd say that with two people dead, it's time for everyone to pull together. We need to watch out for each other, stay in a group." if he's indifferent. If you greet him with a high disposition at this point, he'll say the following before he gets his gear: "We're being stalked, like animals in the forest. I'm still not sure if the killer is one of the other guests, or is hiding somewhere in the house. One thing I do know is that the killer won't just stop with two. They never do. You and I, we need to watch each other's backs. I've got my old Legion armor and sword in a chest upstairs. It's time I geared up and showed this coward just who he's dealing with!", after this point he will then greet you with, "Don't worry, my friend. I'm going to show this slinking cutthroat how the Imperial Legion takes care of things." When you leave the conversation, he may say, "Don't get any ideas about wandering off alone. I'm keeping my eye on everyone, including you."
Neville's suspicions haven't changed, with Nels still being the main suspect provided he yet lives.
Interestingly, at this point Matilde would start to doubt Neville's innocence due to her escalating fear. In fact, only Primo would be correct in his observations regarding Neville's tenacity to catch the killer, while Dovesi and Nels both believe Neville to be dangerous.
Three Guests Eliminated
With only two targets left, there are now only two possible suspects: the other guest, or you. Neville will only trust your innocence if he has a high disposition. With a low disposition, Neville will greet you with, "Come to have a few words before you slit my throat? That's right, I know you did it. I can't prove it yet, but you mark my words: You're going down!", or with a neutral disposition: "I've been doing some thinking. About you. It's kind of interesting that you were the last guest to arrive, don't you think? And now, three people lie dead, and you look as if you haven't a care in the world. It just looks a bit... suspicious. That's all I'm saying." With a high disposition, and Nels being dead, he'll greet you with, "There you are. Listen, I've searched every inch of this house. It's sealed up tight. There's no way in or out, and there's nobody hiding anyplace. That means the killer has been inside with us all along. You and I aren't murderers, so that leaves one person! We must prepare to defend ourselves!"
If Nels is the other guest still breathing, and Neville has a high disposition towards you, you're given an opportunity to affect Neville's actions. He will claim Nels is the killer: "There you are. Listen, I've searched every inch of this house. It's sealed up tight. There's no way in or out, and there's nobody hiding anyplace. That means the killer has been inside with us all along. You and I aren't murderers, so that leaves one person! It's Nels the Naughty!" You then have three options to reply:
- We must act now! Kill Nels!
- "Yes! Yes! We must kill that foul Nord before he slits our throats! Aaaaaiiiieee!" (Neville attacks Nels)
- Flee, my friend! I'll confront Nels!
- "You... You would do that for me? You are truly a good friend. Yes, I... I fear this is beyond even my ability. I'm not as young as I used to be. I'll take refuge in my room until Nels has been dealt with. Thank you my friend! And good luck!" (Neville proceeds to hide)
- [Say nothing.]
- "Yes, well, I know how you feel. What words can really do justice to the terrible situation at hand? But we must stick together if we are to survive!" (nothing happens)
Otherwise, Neville will attack the other guest if you mention them with a high disposition, except for Primo, as the dialogue with script has improper conditions (see bugs).
The other guest in turn can be made to attack Neville instead, except for Matilde.
Provided he's not the only target left, Neville will discuss the guest you've already murdered as well, as will the other guests discuss Neville should you have killed him.
If Neville is the only target left, and you've convinced him to attack the previous target by mentioning them with a high disposition, he'll now greet you with, "Well, that's that. The killer is dead, and this nightmare is just about over. All we have to do now is find a way out of here." In this case, if he killed Dovesi Dran, you can discuss her, to which he'll show his unease regarding the killing of a child: "She murdered all those innocent people, and I delivered justice, just like any Legion soldier would. I... I only did what I thought was right..."
Otherwise, his disposition towards you will affect what happens next. Both a low disposition and normal one will be proof enough for him to know that you are in fact the killer, and he will attack you after the appropriate greeting: "Well, here we both are. Retired Imperial Legion officer and hired assassin. So, who do you work for? The Dark Brotherhood? The Morag Tong? No matter. I've faced your kind before. You're a coward. You use stealth and lies to destroy innocent lives. All of that ends now! Prepare to meet your doom!", or "I was wondering when you'd get to me. I have to give you some credit. You had me fooled. You made me trust you, which is not an easy thing. Oh, and the chest of gold was a nice touch. I knew it was all too good to be true, but I guess my greed got the best of me. But I'm afraid your little game is over now. I've killed more assassins in my day than I can count. So let's get this over with!", respectively. A high disposition will still have him believe your innocence, despite his convinction there was no way for an assassin outside of the known group of people, and he'll go grab an axe and proceed trying to break down the front door in vain: "Well, that's it, my friend. We're the last. And that damned assassin is still hiding out in this house somewhere. I guess there's only one thing left for me to do. I'm going to find an axe and do my best to chop that damn door down and get us out of here!"
- Due to his high aggression, it's likely for him to attack you on sight when entering the Manor if your infamy is high enough; this can be used as an advantage however: since he is the attacker, the other guests will help you kill him and you will not gain a bounty for being attacked first.
- Neville won't discuss rumors with you, nor will the other guests.
- There's a line that Neville is supposed to say about Dovesi Dran when Nels is dead, but one of the conditions requires Neville himself to be dead instead of Nels, so it can obviously never be heard: "I would have sworn with my life that Nels was the killer, but now he's dead as well! Dovesi is now my top suspect."
- This bug is fixed by version 3.0.0 of the Unofficial Oblivion Patch.
- When Neville and Primo Antonius are the only guests left alive, Neville's dialogue regarding Primo has improper tags, as the high disposition line and script causing him to attack has a condition of only ≥30 and lacks the conversation end forcing, while the normal disposition has >30, potentially causing the wrong line.
- Neville claims that he'll go get his armor and sword but his chest contains a mace instead.
- This bug is fixed by version 3.5.5 of the Unofficial Oblivion Patch.