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Choixth
Location Summerset
MurkmireMurkmire
Race Argonian Gender Female
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Choixth

Choixth is an Argonian who can be encountered around Summerset, generally getting in trouble with the law in the form of Baliff Naramin. The player can decide to help her out, or let justice take its course. Witnessing five encounters between Naramin and Choixth grants you the achievement A Book and its Cover.

She can also be encountered in Murkmire, where she reveals herself to be a Shadowscale. It is implied that she may have killed Baliff Naramin. Learning from her in Murkmire will give you the achievement Surreptitiously Shadowed

Encounters[edit]

Summerset[edit]

Traffic Stop[edit]

Choixth: "So, standing around is a crime in Summerset?"
Baliff Naramin: "Yes, we even have a word for it: loitering. I suggest you learn it."
"Say, you speak mud-for-brains? I could use some help translating for this obviously under worked officer of the law."
What's the problem?
"I've just been standing here trying to mind my own business, until this thug starts telling me to shove off. I'm making people nervous.
Apparently that's a punishable offence in Summerset."
What's the punishment?
"A fine. Not even a huge fine, but my waters ran dry not long after I arrived here.
They're just looking for an excuse to bully an Argonian."
I can pay for you. [69 Gold]
"Thanks for your help. If you ever need me to hold your place in line or something, I'm your girl."
Tough break.
"Not that you care. Not that anyone cares. Island full of gasbags."

If you pay her fine:

Choixth: "If you'll excuse me, I was tired of standing here anyway."

Pecking Order[edit]

When approached the Baliff and Choixth can be heard arguing about chickens.

Choixth: "Look, those birds tasted awful. I did that farmer a favor!"
Baliff Naramin: "He's disinclined to agree."

Choixth can be asked about the situation.

"Well! I'm running into all my old friends today.
Look, before that reed-licker tells you otherwise: I thought those chickens were wild."
What happened now? And how are chickens involved?
"I was going about my usual routine, down on my luck, starving. When out of nowhere these chickens—wild chickens, on the loose—happened across my path like a gift from the Divine. What else was I to do but eat them?"
So you stole some chickens.
"I didn't steal nothing. I just caught some free-running fowl and some muck-stepper is trying to lay claim to them, after the fact. Honest mistake, at worst!
Maybe you could help the officer here look past it? This one time? Again?"

If Baliff Naramin is convinced to let her go:

"Thanks for watching my hind-scales. You ever need chickens caught, or eaten, you find me!"

Otherwise, he leads her off towards Alinor.

The Usual Suspect[edit]

Choixth: "We both know the reason you're here. You're in love with me!"
Baliff Naramin: "I'm adding obscenity to the list of charges."
"Hey! Hey, it's you. The ... person I like. Wait ... do I like you? I can't remember. Doesn't matter! I can like anybody right now! Even this stick in the mud! Help me loosen him up!"
Are you drunk?
"Yes! Found a couple bottles of the good stuff! Have some—oh, they're all empty now.
I was trying to find some more, but this handsome devil says I'm making a scene. Won't let me go. I know his game."
Well, you are making a scene.
"It's not my fault they kick you out of taverns if you can't pay! I even brought my own bottles! And this ain't that tavern swill either—the label says reserve!
Now if handsome there wanted to buy me a drink, that'd be another story."
You know what? I've got you covered. [347 Gold]
"What a friend! You're the best. I love you, not that Elf. He won't even dance with me!
To you ... person!"

Forgive Our Trespass[edit]

Choixth: "Keep it down! I'm trying to sleep here!"
Baliff Naramin: "I know. That's the problem."
"What's it going to take for a girl to get some shut eye around here?"
You don't seem too happy.
"That's because I'm not. Dryskin over here has in it for me now.
Says I've been seen trespassing on some noble's land. Valenbear, or something. Even if I did, all I was doing was taking a shortcut. Or I was until I took a nap."
You're turning up around this kinlord a lot.
"Oh, not you too. How was I supposed to know this tree was owned by the Kinlord? I didn't see his name on it. If he doesn't like people trespassing maybe he shouldn't own so much land!"
I suppose I believe you.
"Thanks for the vote of confidence. Maybe you could persuade that ugly Elf to stop harassing me then?"
I think it's more than just a coincidence.
"Ugh, what is with people here! I haven't got anything against Kinlord What's-His-Face! If anything he's got something against me. I just want to be left alone!
Get that through your round head, then maybe get it through his while you're at it!"

If detained:

Choixth: "Oh? Look who's forward now! I knew you were sweet on me!"

If you let her go:

Choixth: "Well, now that that's settled, me and this tree have some cuddling to get to."

Justice for All[edit]

Choixth: "You know, I'm going to miss these little exchanges."
Baliff Naramin: "If you think I will just roll over and let this happen, you are mistaken."
"Hey! The whole gang's here! You're just in time to see me off. I was just wrapping up my goodbyes with my favorite Bailiff."
Are you in trouble again?
"No, not at all. Even got papers to prove it, signed by the Chief Justiciar! Says I'm clear of any suspicion in the recent disappearance.
The Bailiff is having a hard time reconciling that. I think maybe he can't read."
You mean Kinlord Valenbar's disappearance?
"Alleged disappearance. I understand he wrote a very detailed note, expressing a desire to take up sailing in some faraway land. Lords and their money, right?
I have a mind to leave Summerset, as well. Too bad the Bailiff won't get out of my way."
Did you have anything to do with it?
"The Bailiff seems to think I had something to do with it, but he's had it out for me since day one. Lucky for me, it's not up to him this time. I'm in the clear.
Nice bumping into you again. We're regular partners in crime at this point."

If you let Choixth go free:

Baliff Naramin: "Just get out of here. I hope to never see you again."
Choixth: "If you do, I promise it'll be brief."

If detained:

Baliff Naramin: "Forget your travel plans. I'm placing you under arrest for conspiracy."
Choixth: "Oh, sweetie, you're making such a big mistake."
Appears only with Murkmire

Murkmire[edit]

Choixth in Murkmire.

There are several factors defining how she will speak to you in Murkmire:

  • If you met her in Summerset or not
  • Whether or not you are a member of the Dark Brotherhood
  • Whether or not your character is an Argonian

Meeting Choixth in Murkmire[edit]

Choixth: "Watch your step. You never know what might jump out of the murk to kill you."

If you haven't met Choixth in Summerset:

Character is an Argonian in the Dark Brotherhood:
Character is a Non-Argonian in the Dark Brotherhood:
Character is not a member of the Dark Brotherhood:
"You'll find no Sanctuary in this swamp, [brother/sister]. Murkmire is where the Dread Father takes his meals."
Do Shadowscales not welcome the Brotherhood?
"All children of Sithis are welcome in Murkmire, you just might find yourself in the Dread Father's embrace sooner than you like if you track mud through his house."
So you're here to give me fair warning?
"Call it advice from a dear egg-sister. You might not have been born under the sign, but you found your way to the Brotherhood all the same. I admire that.
It'll take more than the Five Tenets to protect you from the Wrath of Sithis in Murkmire."
Is that why you're here? To admire me.
"I'm just here to welcome a kindred spirit home, beeko. I'm sure you'll take to the mud here like you were born in it, but best not forget that Murkmire is Sithis's playground or you'll never leave."
Point taken.
"If the Night Mother calls on you, obey, but be discreet. There's no Sanctuary for you here, and you'll Receive no special privilege. Fear and the Blade will be your only allies … but I might be your guide. I'm sure we'll cross paths again."
Until then.
"You'll find no Sanctuary in this swamp, [brother/sister]. Murkmire is where the Dread Father takes his meals."
Do Shadowscales not welcome the Brotherhood?
"All children of Sithis are welcome in Murkmire, you just might find yourself in the Dread Father's embrace sooner than you like if you track mud through his house."
So you're here to give me fair warning?
"I'm just here to welcome a kindred spirit to my home. What kind of hostess would I be if I just left you to your own devices? You might get yourself into trouble. The Five Tenets won't protect you from the Wrath of Sithis here. You're in its teeth."
Point taken.
"If the Night Mother calls on you, obey, but be discreet. There's no Sanctuary for you here, and you'll Receive no special privilege. Fear and the Blade will be your only allies … but I might be your guide. I'm sure we'll cross paths again."
Until then.
"A wise wanderer would have walked the other way. Are you lost, friend?"
You're implying I shouldn't be here?
"Oh, I won't stop you. We're all on the same journey. It's only the time of arrival that differs. Consider me a guide."
Are you always so cryptic?
"I'm very to the point when I need to be, but all work and no play makes for dull knives.
You're in a hurry, so I leave you with a little friendly advice: choose your path carefully. Murkmire is full of shortcuts to your destination."
(The following options will all end the conversation)
Thanks, I think.
"Hope to see you around."
How can I find one of those shortcuts?
"Just Keep a swift pace and you'll reach the end of your journey before you know it."
Who are you and how do you know of my business?
"Just a friendly keeper of the peace, here to make sure you stay out of trouble. Take my advice and I'm sure we'll meet again."


If you met her in Summerset, she will remember you:

Character is Argonian in the Dark Brotherhood:
Character is not a member of the Dark Brotherhood:
"So, you decided to take up my invitation? Followed me all the way out into the middle of nowhere? I'm flattered, and you're lucky."
You were in Summerset. Had that Justiciar watching you like a hawk
"Guilty as charged. Though a pardon does wonders. You'll forgive me for keeping you in the dark during my contract, but appearances are important in Summerset and camouflage comes in all colors."
So, you're an assassin.
"As are you. I am glad you found your way into the Brotherhood even if you weren't born under the sign. Shadowcales are made killers. You chose to be one. I admire that."
Do Shadowscales not welcome the Brotherhood?
<Remain silent.>
"<Remains silent>"
<Remain silent.>
"<Remains silent>"
"(?)"
Fine. I'll talk.
"Praise Sithis. I thought we might die of old age first."
You said there's no Sanctuary here. Do Shadowscales not welcome the Brotherhood?
"All children of Sithis are welcome in Murkmire, you just might find yourself in the Dread Father's embrace sooner than you like if you track mud through his house."
So you're here to give me fair warning?
"Call it advice from a dear egg-sister. You might not have been born under the sign, but you found your way to the Brotherhood all the same. I admire that."
Is that why you're here? To admire me.
"I'm just here to welcome a kindred spirit home, beeko. I'm sure you'll take to the mud here like you were born in it, but best not forget that Murkmire is Sithis's playground or you'll never leave."
Point taken.
'"If the Night Mother calls on you, obey, but be discreet. There's no Sanctuary for you here, and you'll Receive no special privilege. Fear and the Blade will be your only allies … but I might be your guide. I'm sure we'll cross paths again."
Until then.
"So, you decided to take up my invitation? Followed me all the way out into the middle of nowhere? I'm flattered, and you're lucky."
You were in Summerset. Had that Justiciar watching you like a hawk.
"Guilty as charged. Though a pardon does wonders. You'll forgive me for keeping you in the dark during my contract, but appearances are important in Summerset and camouflage comes in all colors."
So, you're an assassin.
(?)

After her welcome to Murkmire, she will make a promise:

Choixth: "Don't find me. I'll find you."


Speak to Choixth About Taking Lives[edit]

Choixth: "If it isn't my favorite vagabond. Keeping busy?"

She can then be spoken with:

"Sithis hasn't made a meal of you yet, so I guess you're getting acclimated. Of course, you've been devoted in your offerings. Keep the serpent fed and it has little reason to bite."
What offerings?
"You toss souls to the Void like grain to fowl. Some call me ku-vastei, but you—you're more like a flood."
Not part of the Dark Brotherhood:
Member of the Dark Brotherhood:
I only kill when I have to.
"Likewise, though I think our needs are very different.
You don't have to get defensive about the blood on your hands. It's all part of the process of creation."
That sounds more like destruction.
I give the Dread Father his due.
"We all serve in our own way. I prefer discretion, but your methods have their charm.
In either case, we're clearing the way for something new and that pleases our Father."
How so?
"Fresh seeds don't thrive if they're choked by old weeds. Hacking down overgrowth sows and nurtures the fields from which something new and vibrant will sprout.
Plant without reaping and sooner or later all you'll have are old sticks in the mud."
Ku-vastei?/You said something before: ku-vastei. What does that mean?
"Catalyst of Change, but ku-vastei rolls off the tongue so much better. Sometimes it's a person, sometimes it's a thing, but when the world gets stuck in the mire, a ku-vastei is what sets things into motion again."
And you're one of these ku-vastei?
"No, I'm a Shadowscale, but they're often one and the same. We are the chisel to stone. Sithis shapes the world through us, one careful cut at a time.
Or sometimes it wants the slate wiped clean and it sends someone like you."

Once she has said her piece, she will send you off with a farewell:

Choixth: "I've got my part to do, so I'll leave you to do yours. Be seeing you."

Speak to Choixth About Order and Chaos[edit]

When she sees you, Choixth will call out:

Choixth: "Staying moist, beeko?"'
"You wasted no time getting your feet wet since you arrived. Really jumped in with both feet. I'd guess you must be about-oh-neck deep in tribal affairs by now. How's that treating you?"
Why do you care?
"What kind of hostess would I be if I didn't make sure you were having a pleasant stay? Most of our guests don't take as much interest in the politics around here as you seem to. I'm surprised you can make heads or tails of it."
What makes you say that?
"Outside of Black Marsh, everyone likes everything so neat and tidy. Organized. Orderly. Predictable. Most ojel don't know what to do with themselves without all those laws telling them what to do. Not you though. You're not afraid of chaos."
No, but I still like order.
"Who doesn't like a little peace and quiet? I've been known to silence the occasional noisy pest making a racket, when the situation calls for it. Just because no one's in charge, doesn't mean that no one's guiding the group."
I enjoy it.
"And that's why you're alive. Sithis doesn't care for your rules or your desires. Sithis does as it will, and woe to those who resist. They are cursed to relive their futile toil every day.
Follow Sithis, and your life will be anything but routine."

Once you have finished talking with her, she will say goodbye:

Choixth: "We've lingered long enough. I'll be seeing you soon, I'm sure."

Speak to Choixth About Living Lightly[edit]

As you approach, she'll say:

"You're doing it wrong."
"I was hoping I'd rubbed off on you, but here you are still clinging to the meaningless."
Excuse me?
"Helping these boring people dig up their pasts. Attaching significance to the old bones and cracked stone. Picking up every little thing you see because you think ownership matters. I'll bet you've got chests full of junk you don't need."
I do accumulate a lot of junk in my travels.
"At least you can admit it. Most of the things you've been taught to need—out there—are really just a burden. Do you need a fork? A drawer full of forks? A room just to dine in? What'd you part with so you could meet these needs? Too much, I say."
It's not junk, it's crafting materials. I have hobbies.
"Well, you're very skilled at making baggage for yourself. Preparation is storing food for lean times. Piling up lumber and lemons for the ill-conceived juice stall you're never going to open is just procrastinating. Use it or let it go. Trust me."
I don't hang on to anything I don't have plans for.
"Then you're wiser than most ojel. They drown for lock-boxes sinking in the mud and toil endlessly for wealth they'll never spend. Fools, quick to part with the one thing they can't replace for meaningless things and places to keep them."

Regardless, the conversation ends with:

Whats your point?
"You learn to step lightly in the swamp, or you drown … or get eaten … or-well, you get the idea. Try not to let these bone-polishers get you killed sifting through the mud for old rocks."

As you walk away, she'll say:

Choixth: "Don't forget to empty your pockets now and again."

Part Ways With Choixth[edit]

Approach her location and she'll call:

Choixth : "How nice of you to see me off."
Met in Summerset:
Otherwise:
"Well, beeko. It's time for us to part ways again. Business is calling me elsewhere, but I'm glad you took me up on my little invitation. I hope you feel sufficiently welcomed."
"As fun as it's been to welcome you to our humble swamp, I'm being called away on business. I'll miss these little talks. Not too much—I have a talent for finding interesting company—but still."
This is goodbye then.
"For now. I'm sure we'll cross paths again, as ku-vastei often do. If you happen to find me doing Sithis's work, I don't know you, but you're welcome to make my job easier."
Where are you headed?
"That will be between me and the Speakers, but I hope it's somewhere warm. Even Shadowscales like to sunbathe. This one does, anyway.
I think you'll manage without me watching over your shoulder. If not, you should have paid better attention."
Argonian Dark Brotherhood Member:
Dark Brotherhood Member:
Not a Dark Brotherhood Member:
Hail Sithis, egg-sister.
"You'd have made a good Shadowscale, with my help. Guess the stars aren't everything, hmm?
Hail Sithis."
Hail Sithis, sister.
"You're no Shadowscale, but you're clearly favored by the Night Mother. Most of our brothers and sisters who brave Murkmire end up in her cold embrace. Hail Sithis."
Hail Sithis.
Other replies are missing.

Related Achievements[edit]

There are two Achievements associated with this character:

Achievement Points Description
ON-icon-achievement-A Book and its Cover.png A Book and its Cover 15 Complete Bailiff Naramin's investigation of Choixth.
ON-icon-achievement-Surreptitiously Shadowed.png Surreptitiously Shadowed 5 Get to know the Shadowscale with peculiar interest in your activities in Murkmire.