A Kiss Before Dying is a quest in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. The next target is a Wood Elf named Ungolim. He can be found in Bravil by the statue of the Lucky Old Lady between 6pm and 1am.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Travel to Bravil and wait for the hour Ungolim will appear by the statue. He knows the Hero will appear and will attack them on sight. There is no need to worry about the guards, as they will not interfere and the Hero will not get a bounty on their head. Ungolim uses a rather powerful bow, but he can be easily killed if the player plans the attack.

Disarming attacks work very well against him, as do disintegrating attacks/spells on his bow. Standing next to a guard as he aims and then dodging to the side so he hits the guard instead will make all the city guards attack him, and the Hero can simply wait until he is dead.

Once Ungolim is killed, Lucien Lachance will show up and start yelling at the Hero. He will claim that they are a traitor, but he will soon realize they are both being set up. Apparently, every dead drop since the mission Next of Kin has been false and has had the Hero systematically killing off members of the Black Hand.

The Black Hand now believe that Lucien is the traitor and are relentlessly hunting him down. He asks them to watch their next dead drop, believing that they may be able to intercept the false delivery.

Journal[edit | edit source]

A Kiss Before Dying – Dark16Kiss
ID Journal Entry
  • Update: Upon receiving the quest:

I must go to the city of Bravil, and lie in wait near the ancient statue known as the Lucky Old Lady. A Wood Elf named Ungolim visits the statue every night between around 6:00 PM and 1:00 AM to make a wish, as is the local custom. When I see Ungolim, I must kill him. I should be warned, however, that Ungolim has been alerted to danger, and if he senses an assassin will probably attack on sight. He has also bribed the guards to look the other way if there is a fight. Perhaps a stealth approach would be best...

  • Update: After killing Ungolim:

Ungolim is dead. I must now journey to the city of Anvil, and pick up my reward and next contract at the dead drop there. It is located in the barrel just behind the pond, in the city of Anvil.

  • Update: After being intercepted by Lucien:

I was intercepted by Lucien Lachance shortly after Ungolim was killed.

  • Quest complete

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If the Hero kills Ungolim in an area inaccessible to an NPC (a rooftop for instance), a journal entry will appear that says Lucien is coming to talk to the Hero, however since he cannot reach them, even if they get off the roof, the quest will remain unfinished.
  • All fake dead drop orders actually have a different appearance in the inventory. When read, the "handwriting" looks different from the real dead drop orders, with more of a flourish compared to Lucien's print style. As well as these cosmetic differences, they all explain who want the targets dead and why, something that the real dead drops never do. Also, at the beginning of the fakes, there is always praise of the Hero, which the real ones do not have.
  • This quest shares the same name as the novel by Ira Levin, and tells a similar story of a murderer in disguise; Burton Corliss begins a secret romantic relationship with a woman in an attempt to gain her rich father's inheritance, but after she becomes pregnant, he kills her and covers it up as a suicide. He then starts a relationship with her sister, but after she begins to suspect that her sister had not committed suicide, he kills her too. Finally, he courts another one of the three sisters and they become engaged. However, Corliss has been under investigation by Gordon Gant, and after breaking into his home and finding evidence of the murders, confronts him in front of the father, similar to the events of the following quest.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

This section contains bugs related to A Kiss Before Dying. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • If the Hero is on the roof and immediately kills Ungolim and then comes off the roof, Lucien might find the Hero. If he doesn't, wait a few days in the same place. It is unknown if this bug always occurs or if it's conditional.

Dark Brotherhood
Dark Brotherhood Quests A Knife in the DarkThe Renegade Shadowscale (optional)Darkness Eternal (optional)
Vicente Valtieri Quests A Watery GraveAccidents HappenScheduled for ExecutionThe Assassinated Man
Ocheeva Quests The Lonely WandererBad MedicineWhodunit?Permanent Retirement
Lucien Lachance Quest The Purification
Dead Drop Orders Quests Affairs of a WizardNext of KinBroken VowsFinal JusticeA Matter of HonorThe Coldest SleepA Kiss Before DyingFollowing a LeadHonor Thy Mother
Epilogue Quest Whispers of Death
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