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This is a very simple assassination. Lurbuk is not known to ever leave the Moorside Inn and can easily be picked off with an arrow when he isn't performing. If you are having difficulty killing Lurbuk in the common room, you can wait until he either sits in the corner of his room or goes to sleep late at night. There should be no one else in the room, so a single sneak attack should be enough to eliminate him silently. It is also possible to wait until he's sitting in the common room, and then sneak into the room across from him, facing his back. From this position it can be safe to shoot him with an arrow, and as long as the arrow used can take him out with one blow, it will still be a stealthy kill. You can also rent a bed from the innkeeper. When she leaves to show you to your room, you can kill Lurbuk without her witnessing the kill. A creative, albeit risky, way to get the job done is to cast a Frenzy spell on him. Provided that you are not seen or heard, the effect will cause everyone in the inn to see Lurbuk as a hostile, attacking and killing him for you.
Another way to kill him is similar to the bow and arrow method above. Sneak into the room across from him and wait until you are hidden. Once hidden, release an offensive Shout (fire breath, frost breath, etc.) towards Lurbuk. This should do the trick since one Shout should be sufficient in killing him.
Note: invisibility helps with sneaking and hiding in the room across from Lurbuk.
Like most assassination targets, you may choose to have a conversation with Lurbuk before killing him:
|"Someone hired the Dark Brotherhood to kill you, Lurbuk."||"Ha! Oh, that's a good one, friend. Killing Lurbuk... I mean, can you even imagine something so ludicrous? Depriving the world of my unique talents?"|
|"Sing me a song, bard. A song of fear, and death!"||"Hmm... All right... How about this? Shadows creep, and... and phantoms leap! A man got... he got scared. And the demons dared! To um... visit upon him all which they feared! Brilliant, I know. It's a gift."|
|(Remain Silent)||"What's the matter, friend? Khajiit got your tongue? Maybe you need a little ditty to loosen your gob, hmm? There once was a stranger, with eyes full of danger, he spoke not a word, but his meaning was heard... Sing on, sweet Lurbuk, sing on!"|
- If you have started but not yet completed the quest Laid To Rest, Lurbuk may still be standing outside of Movarth's Lair. For this reason, it is recommended that you either dismiss the townspeople or finish Laid To Rest. Otherwise, you will be spotted when killing Lurbuk and thus incur a bounty.
- If you ask Nazir for additional information, he will tell you that Lurbuk is so hated that he had multiple Brotherhood contracts out on him and Astrid had to hold a lottery to decide who was able to put in the contract.
|Contract: Kill Lurbuk (DBSideContract05)|
|Stage||Finishes Quest||Journal Entry|
|10||I must kill the bard Lurbuk, in the town of Morthal. I may use any means at my disposal. When I am done, I am to report back to Nazir at the Sanctuary and collect my reward.
Objective 10: Kill Lurbuk
Objective 20: Report back to Nazir
|200||Lurbuk is dead, and I have collected my reward from Nazir at the Sanctuary.|
- The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 255.
|Prev: Whispers in the Dark||Up: Dark Brotherhood
Conc: Kill Hern
|Next: The Silence Has Been Broken|