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ON-qico-Zone Story.png Find and warn former Elder Council members in Blackwood.
Zone: Blackwood
Zone StoryThis quest is part of the Zone Story
Quest Giver: Captain Rian Liore, Brigadine Antonius
Location(s): Leyawiin, Councilor Jirich's Manor, Leyawiin Castle, Fort Blueblood, Tidewater Cave, Gideon, Twyllbek Ruins
Next Quest: An Unexpected Adversary
Reward: Armored Gauntlets of the Ivory Brigade
Very High Leveled Gold
XP Gain: Very High Experience
ID: 6615
Ominous dealings are occuring in Blackwood...
Captain Rian Liore, commander of Leyawiin's Ivory Brigade, needs help investigating the disappearance of a city councilor.


Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Search for Councilor Jirich.
  2. Talk to Milona Hanus.
  3. Talk to Eveli Sharp-Arrow.
  4. Find Councilor Faleria and Councilor Sophus.
  5. Search Councilor Jirich's Manor.
  6. Report to Councilor Lovidicus in Leyawiin Castle.
  7. Meet with Councilor Abor at Fort Blueblood.
  8. Warn Councilor Faleria and Councilor Vandacia.
    • Councilor Faleria
    1. Travel to Tidewater Cave and talk to Councilor Faleria.
    • Councilor Vandacia
    1. Speak with Councilor Vandacia in Gideon.
    2. Talk to Elam Drals in Twyllbek Ruins.
  9. Talk to Councilor Lovidicus in Leyawiin Castle.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Starting the Quest[edit]

Having arrived in Blackwood, speak with Captain Rian Liore outside of Leyawiin after picking up the quest in the Collections Menu or getting it from Brigadine Antonius.

Like the other quests beginning Chapter storylines, there are several ways to begin A Deadly Secret:

  • You can find the prompt to start it in the Collections Menu under the Stories sub-section and Chapter tab. This will lead you to Captain Rian Liore in front of the northwestern Leyawiin gates or on the docks.
  • If you are near the wayshrines of Leyawiin, Gideon, or Telepe, you can encounter Brigadine Antonius, who will have the following dialog:
Brigadine Antonius: "You there! The Ivory Brigade has need of you!"

Approach and speak with him to find out more.

"You look like you've got your wits about you. Care to make a bit of extra gold working for Leyawiin's Ivory Brigade?
I've been asked by my captain to find someone who can handle themselves. We need help with a delicate situation."
What's the situation?
"Deadly secrets. Assassins. Murder! And now apparently a councilor has gone missing. Between the war, bandits, and cultists, the Ivory Brigade is like the Nord that tries to plug a leaking cask of mead only to realize he doesn't have enough fingers!"
What do you need me to do?
"Talk to my commander, Captain Rian Liore. You can find him just outside the city gates, trying to appease some of the nobles.
Tell him I sent you and he'll put you right to work, I'm sure."
I'll go speak to Captain Rian Liore.

I think there's was a prologue quest added with Blackwood as well, but I haven't made a new character yet.

A Conversation with the Captain[edit]

However you start the quest, the next step in the quest will be to talk to Captain Rian outside the city walls. When you first meet him he is busy reassuring a trio of nervous nobles, saying:

Captain Rian Liore: "You have my word. If the councilor is in Leyawiin or the surrounding countryside, the Ivory Brigade will find her."
<He notices you and calls you over.>
Captain Rian Liore: "You there. A moment of your time, please."

Speak with him to find out what's troubling the city.

"Leyawiin has problems enough, and now the predictions of the Wood Elf archer seem to be coming true. Damn these old Imperial secrets!
Councilor Jirich has disappeared and my Ivory Brigade is spread thin as a sliver of butter on day-old bread."
Tell me more about this Wood Elf archer and the Imperial secrets.
"The Wood Elf, Eveli Sharp-Arrow. She brought news that the Dark Brotherhood was targeting members of the Elder Council. All because of some secret of the Longhouse Emperors.
We took her warning seriously, but Jirich refused brigadine protection."
You think the Dark Brotherhood harmed Councilor Jirich?
"With that guild of assassins, I'm not sure what to think. But Jirich is missing and I don't have enough brigadines at the ready to conduct a proper search.
You look capable. So, care to earn some gold and help us determine the councilor's fate?"
I'll try to find Councilor Jirich.
"Here. Let me update your map. These are places Jirich visits during her daily routine. If something befell her, it happened somewhere along this path.
Meanwhile, I have Eveli Sharp-Arrow checking locations in the city. She was very eager to help."

He marks two spots in the Leyawiin swamps on your map, and you are then able to ask him about the missing Councilor, the situation in the city and its mode of governance, the locations he highlighted for you to search and Eveli Sharp-Arrow, your cheerful Wood Elf companion. Additionally, if you have completed the prologue quest The Emperor's Secret, you are also able to confirm her rather fanciful-sounding story about the Dark Brotherhood assassinating Farrul Lupus. At this point you can either enter Leyawiin to see the sights, shops, and wayshine or get right to the Captain's investigation.

Too late

Searching the Swamps[edit]

You're going to cross the bridge heading east of Leyawiin and follow the riverbank south, then head up a dirt path east until you reach a cave. You'll find a Letter to Councilor Lovidicus atop a rock inside the cave. Once you've read it, exit the cave and head back across the bridge, towards the Event Exchange. Once you reach the Event Exchange, head north up the islet. There, you'll find the councilor's picnic site and a Letter from Farrul Lupus.

After you read it, you'll be approached by Milona Hanus:

Milona Hanus: "Councilor Jirich? Oh, pardon me! You're not the councilor."

Talk to her. dialogue

Milona asks you to check the area around the eastern gate for Councilor Jirich. Head south along the riverside, back towards the bridge near the event exchange. You'll find Councilor Jirich dying in the water, leaning against a broken stone stele of Argonian make. There's a Mysterious Note by her side: it appears to be a Dark Brotherhood calling card. Speak to her in her final moments. dialogue

Just then, Eveli Sharp-Arrow shows up. Get her up to speed on the situation. dialogue

Warning the Councilors[edit]

Eveli wants you to check up on Councilor Faleria and Councilor Sophus. Sophus lives in a cabin with his wife and dog north of Undertow Cavern. Faleria is staying at a fisherman's hut along the coast south of Leyawiin. Pick one to warn; it doesn't matter which. You'll find Sophus dead a ways away from his home.

Faleria is alive, and she's being guarded.

Quest Stages[edit]

A Deadly Secret
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
I need to find Captain Rian Liore and talk to him to get more information. I should tell him that Brigadine Antonius sent me.
Objective: Talk to Captain Rian Liore
Latest start Captain Rian marked two locations on my map, places where he wants me to start looking for the missing councilor. I should investigate the sites.
Objective: Find Councilor Jirich
Objective Hint: Search Along the River
Objective Hint: Find the Cave

(Once you find the cave)

Objective Hint: Search the Cave
A woman mistook me for Councilor Jirich. I should speak to her and see what she knows about the missing councilor.
Objective: Talk to Milona
The councilor's aide said she last saw Jirich heading back to Leyawiin by way of the city's eastern gate. I should see if I can find any sign of the councilor between here and the gate.
Objective: Find Councilor Jirich

(Appears as you near her location)

Objective Hint: Follow the Cry for Help
I found Councilor Jirich, gravely wounded, not far from the city's eastern gate. I need to speak with her and find out what happened.
Objective: Talk to Councilor Jirich
Councilor Jirich was attacked and she died shortly after I found her. But Eveli Sharp-Arrow has arrived. I should talk to her.
Objective: Talk to Eveli Sharp-Arrow
While Eveli investigates Councilor Jirich's manor, I need to warn two other councilors, Councilor Sophus and Councilor Faleria, about the threat on their lives.
Complete one: Warn Councilor Faleria or Warn Councilor Sophus
I encountered Councilor Sophus's wife. I should ask her about her husband's whereabouts.
Objective: Talk to Lunia Sophus
Councilor Sophus went out for a walk with his dog Chaero. I should try to find them.
Objective: Find Councilor Sophus
I found Councilor Sophus's body and another Dark Brotherhood note. I should talk to his wife and see if I can learn anything else about what happened here.
Objective: Talk to Lunia Sophus
Before I report to Captain Rian or take Sophus's sealed scroll to Councilor Lovidicus, I need to meet Eveli Sharp-Arrow at Councilor Jirich's manor in Leyawiin.
Objective: Investigate Councilor Jirich's Manor
I entered the manor and found Eveli Sharp-Arrow. I should tell her about the secret compartment in the nightstand that Councilor Faleria informed me about.
Objective: Talk to Eveli Sharp-Arrow
Councilor Faleria told me that Councilor Jirich kept secret documents in a hidden compartment in her nightstand. I should investigate there.
Objective: Find Councilor Jirich's Records
I found Councilor Jirich's records in a compartment in her nightstand. I should see what they actually pertain to.
Objective: Examine Councilor Jirich's Records
Councilor Jirich's records include an order from Emperor Leovic. I should talk to Eveli about this discovery.
Objective: Talk to Eveli Sharp-Arrow
Eveli and I need to go to Leyawiin Castle and speak to Councilor Lovidicus about what we know so far.
Objective: Go to Leyawiin Castle
Captain Rian Liore is waiting outside the legate chambers. I should fill him in on what Eveli and I learned.
Objective: Talk to Captain Rian Liore
I found Councilor Lovidicus in Leyawiin Castle. I should speak with him.
Objective: Talk to Councilor Lovidicus
While Councilor Lovidicus sends for a scribe to decipher the Imperial code in the documents I gathered, he asked me to travel to Fort Blueblood and convince Councilor Abor to return to Leyawiin.
Objective: Go to Fort Blueblood
I should present myself to the Fort Blueblood commander before I attempt to locate Councilor Abor.
Objective: Talk to Commander Ortin
Councilor Abor has taken up residence in the watchtower at Fort Blueblood and asked not to be disturbed. I have permission from Commander Ortin to enter the tower so I can convince her to return to Leyawiin.
Objective: Enter the Watchtower
We entered the watchtower and found Councilor Abor dead. Murdered! I should look around and see if I can figure out what happened here.
Objective: Investigate the Murder Scene: 0/3
I should discuss the clues we found in the watchtower with Eveli Sharp-Arrow.
Objective: Talk to Eveli Sharp-Arrow
I should inform Commander Ortin about Councilor Abor and let him know there was no sign of the servant in the watchtower.
Objective: Talk to Commander Ortin
Commander Ortin asked Eveli and I to investigate the missing servant and her connection to the councilor's murder. He suggested we ask the other servants working in the kitchen and dining hall.
Objective: Talk to the Servants: 0/3
Eveli wants to review what we learned by questioning the servants. I should talk to her.
Objective: Talk to Eveli Sharp-Arrow
It seems that the missing servant may have visited the pantry before taking Councilor Abor's meal to the watchtower. We should take a look and see if we can find any indication of what happened to her there.
Objective: Search the Pantry
Talaise the servant was murdered. I should talk to Eveli about this development.
Objective: Talk to Eveli Sharp-Arrow
I should report to Commander Ortin before I leave Fort Blueblood and let him know what happened to the missing servant.
Objective: Talk to Commander Ortin
While Eveli returns to Leyawiin to consult with Councilor Lovidicus, I need to go to Tidewater Cave to talk to Councilor Faleria, and to Gideon to warn Councilor Vandacia.
Complete one: Warn Councilor Vandacia or Find Councilor Faleria
(Stage appears when you find Councilor Faleria)
I need to make sure that Councilor Faleria finished her business at Tidewater Cave and will return to Leyawiin for her safety.
Objective: Talk to Councilor Faleria
(Stage appears if you found Councilor Faleria beforehand.)
I need to go to Gideon and warn Councilor Vandacia about the assassination attempts. Eveli suggested I could find him in the Gideon courthouse.
Objective: Warn Councilor Vandacia
I arrived in Gideon and it seems that Councilor Vandacia survived an attack. I should speak to him and find out what happened.
Objective: Talk to Councilor Vandacia
Councilor Vandacia says his personal guard thwarted his assassin and he's been imprisoned in a cell in the courthouse basement. I should go down and interrogate the prisoner.
Objective: Talk to the Assassin
The assassin somehow disabled the cell lock and escaped. I should examine the lock and determine what happened.
Objective: Examine the Corroded Lock
Whatever acid the assassin used to destroy the lock appears to have dripped as he escaped and left a trail. I should follow it.
Objective: Follow the Trail of Acid
The assassin's trail leads into the Twyllbek Ruins. I should continue to follow him.
Objective: Search the Twyllbek Ruins
The assassin's trail ends at a bookshelf in the drainworks. I should investigate the area.
Objective: Examine the Bookshelf
The assassin's trail led to a hidden chamber. I should look around.
Objective: Search the Hidden Chamber
The assassin wishes to speak with me.
Objective: Talk to Elam Drals
The assassin, Elam Drals, claims the Dark Brotherhood didn't kill the councilors and that he never attacked Councilor Vandacia. I should return to the courthouse and show Vandacia the letter I found.
Objective: Talk to Councilor Vandacia
I warned everyone I could. Now to return to Leyawiin Castle and report to Councilor Lovidicus.
Objective: Go to Leyawiin Castle
I arrived at Leyawiin Castle. Now I should report to Councilor Lovidicus and let him know what I uncovered.
Objective: Talk to Councilor Lovidicus
☑Finishes quest The remaining councilors have gathered in Leyawiin Castle for their own protection. I should ask Councilor Lovidicus about the coded documents Eveli and I recovered from Councilor Jirich and Sophus.
Objective: Talk to Councilor Lovidicus
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