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Axdred
Location Near the Singing Grotto
Race Nord Gender Male
Reaction Friendly
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Faction(s) Blackguards
Axdred

Axdred is a Nord Blackguard who was unlucky enough to get caught in a poisoned Dead-Water trap near their village. With his death imminent, he is willing to give you the location of the Skin Taker's den.

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The Skin Taker[edit]

Once you find the final clue around the Dead-Water Pools, you will hear a voice cry out.

Axdred: "Gods! How much longer are you going to wait?"

Following the voice, you will find Axdred at the bottom of a ridge with his leg caught in a trap. When he sees you, he doesn't care that you are not a Blackguard but asks if you can put him out of his misery.

"Orkey's bumpy arse it hurts!
You—yeah, you! Do me a mercy an' slit my throat. I can't take anymore of this."
Hold on. I might have something to treat your injury.
"Don't bother. Savages rub their traps in poison. Got me so weak the leg started festering in a few hours. Infection's spread to my blood. I'm a goner.
Just wish it'd be over with already."

His dialogue will then branch out depending on who the Skin Taker is, due to past choices.

The Daughter[edit]

How'd you end up like this?
"Playing errand boy for a mad woman. Stumbled into this trap looking for her damned mother's knife. Didn't think it wise to refuse her. Julitta's been unhinged since she got murdered."
Murdered? By the Skin Taker?
"Hah! Is that what they're calling her? Julitta is the horking Skin Taker! Mud-lizards slit her mother's throat after taking her prisoner. Who's going to miss a slaver, right?
Bet Julitta knew they'd be prepared this time. Had me take the fall."
Where can I find Julitta?
"Do I look like a skeever to you? I should. Caught in a trap, diseased and half-dead. She sent me to this miserable death, so what do I owe her?
She's in an old Blackguard hideout. A cave not too far from here. One entrance, one exit, but trapped."
I'll find her.
"If you find the fool girl, tell her Axdred will be waiting with her knife in Orkey's bloody teeth."
Will there be more Blackguards waiting for me at this hideout?
"No. Been abandoned awhile. Perfect place for your Skin Taker to work undisturbed. She didn't like us around when she had guests."
Is there anything I can do for you?
"Doesn't hurt so much now. The end must be close.
Just leave me to die in peace."
Did you know Julitta's mother?
"I did. Hostia was a strange one. She was cold as ice when it came to the lizards, but she'd return to camp smiling for her daughter. Father was long gone.
Rumor was he got executed by one of the tribes and they had to watch. Her too now. Figures."
Hostia, you said? I was there when she was put to death.
"I wouldn't tell that to Julitta when you see her. Maybe I would. Lunatic's the reason I'm going to die with a damp ass.
I don't know your part in all this, but she's never going to stop. Might as well finish what they started."

The Mother[edit]

How'd you end up like this?
"On a fool's errand. Blundered into this trap while rooting through the muck for Hostia's damned knife.
She knew the Argonian's 
[sic] would be prepared this time. Probably sent me to get killed and throw them off her trail. Snowback wretch."
Hostia? The slaver I spared from execution?
"Oh, was you that stayed their blades? She was grateful for that. Dying at the hands of the same lizards that killed her husband would have been the worst way to go. Think she snapped a bit after though. Her hate for them turned into something else."
Where is Hostia now?
"Do I look like a skeever to you? I should. Caught in a trap, diseased and half-dead. She sent me to this miserable death, so what do I owe her?
She's in an old Blackguard hideout. A cave not too far from here. One entrance, one exit, but trapped."
I'll find her.
"Give Hostia my regards. Tell her I'll be waiting for her in Orkey's bloody teeth."
Will there be more Blackguards waiting for me at this hideout?
"No. Been abandoned awhile. Perfect place for your Skin Taker to work undisturbed. She didn't like us around when she had guests."
Is there anything I can do for you?
"Doesn't hurt so much now. The end must be close.
Just leave me to die in peace."
Why would Hostia do this after we spared her life?
"You spared her life, she was grateful for that, but the mud-lizards? They would have cut her throat without a second thought. Just like they did to the father of her child, or so I heard. Rumor was Hostia and her daughter had to watch."
Why was he put to death?
"He was a Blackguard. Had to be guilty of something. Doubt that made much difference to her.
She's always had an ax to grind, but I wager the blade at her throat brought back some bad memories. They crossed a line they can't step back from with that."

Notes[edit]

  • Once the Skin Taker is dealt with, Axdred will no longer be there.