- It would be easy to get lost in the trackless marshes east of Fort Blueblood, on the nebulous border between Blackwood and Argonia. Easy—and probably fatal.
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|Dark Guardians, Spectral Assassin, Spectral Murderer, Spectral Punisher, Spectral Slayer, Spectral Strangler|
|Between Blackwood and western Black Marsh|
The Blackwood Borderlands are an area between Blackwood in Cyrodiil and western Black Marsh. An abandoned Dark Brotherhood sanctuary can be found there, within the ruins of Xith-Izkul. You will travel to Blackwood Borderlands with Green-Venom-Tongue to find out what happened at his old sanctuary.
The Xith-Izkul Sanctuary is an abandoned Dark Brotherhood sanctuary located deep in the heart of Blackwood. It appears to be built in an ancient Argonian temple and houses a statue of Sithis as a centerpiece that is visible from the entrance.
The sanctuary was ordered to be purified by the Black Hand, who suspected a traitor among their ranks. There were only two known survivors of the purification: Lyra Viria, who was the Silencer instructed to carry out the task, and Green-Venom-Tongue, who was working deep within Black Marsh and was therefore considered above suspicion by the Black Hand.
With the Gold Coast Sanctuary threatened by the Black Dragon and with evidence that suggests Lyra is involved in somewway, Green-Venom-Tongue takes you with him on an unsanctioned visit to his old sanctuary to shed some light on Lyra's past.
Abandoned for years and reclaimed by nature, the sanctuary has been left very much as it was the day Lyra purified it. Skeletal remains can be found throughout the sanctuary, and the Black Door retains the same question - "What is the gift of death?" - and the answer - "Solace" - remains unchanged.
When you arrive, the sanctuary is empty save for hostile dark guardians that roam the halls and the spectral forms of assassins long dead. Upon entering a room the ghosts will initially be seen performing mundane actions such as leaning against an inaccessible balcony or sitting in a chair, but they will disappear into the ground and reappear with weapons drawn, attacking if they detect you.
Through burning resin from the Hist, you and Green-Venom-Tongue can relive the last moments that transpired between Lyra and Hallan, Vrayden, Duras, and Annalise before they were killed. Afterward, you witness the conversation between Lyra and Speaker Arawen below the statue of Sithis.