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"I've sworn to keep Councilor Morvayn safe, and I intend to take that oath to the grave if need be."
―Adril Arano[src]

Adril Arano is the Dunmer second councilor of Raven Rock.


A stern and uncompromising Dunmer, Adril's abrasive personality comes across to the Dragonborn upon first meeting Arano upon arrival at Raven Rock, a reflection of living through harsh times on Solstheim. He is completely committed to his role as Second Councilor to Lleril Morvayn, with whom he shares a lifelong friendship, and as such is completely devoted to the governance of Raven Rock, much to the chagrin of his wife, Cindiri Arano. As the Dragonborn continues to prove their trustworthiness, he eventually comes to respect and trust the Dragonborn enough to confide the potential assassination plot against Lleril Morvayn. Upon completion of Served Cold and foiling the assassination, Arano's demeanor towards the Dragonborn softens considerably, addressing them now with respect, stating that he will never forget that the Dragonborn has succeeded where he has failed. Cindiri notes that the efforts of the Dragonborn on Solstheim have been most invigorating for her husband, and cannot remember seeing him this pleased in many years.



Adril is met upon arriving in Solstheim. He can be questioned to learn more information about Miraak. He, like most residents of Solstheim, will not know who Miraak is, but will claim that the name sounds familiar. 

Served Cold[]

After March of the Dead, Adril Arano requests that the Dragonborn come to speak with him. Arano thinks someone is trying to kill the councilor of Raven Rock and asks the Dragonborn to search the town for clues of Hlaalu presence.


First meeting[]

"I don't recognize you, so I'll assume this is your first visit to Raven Rock, outlander. State your intentions."

I'm looking for Miraak. Do you know him? "Miraak... I... I'm... I'm not sure that I do."
Just looking for work. "You've picked one of the worst places in Morrowind to do that, but suit yourself."
None of your business. "That's the kind of attitude that'll land you in prison. But I'll let it go for now."
"Just remember, Raven Rock is sovereign territory of House Redoran. This is Morrowind, not Skyrim. While you're here you will be expected to abide by our laws. Any questions?"
Do you know who Miraak is? "I... I'm unsure. I swear I know the name, but I cannot place it."
Can you tell me anything about him? "I don't think so. I'm not... The name has something to do with the Earth Stone, I think. But I'm not sure what."
Why are you so suspicious of visitors? "I have to be. As Second Councilor, the security of Raven Rock is my primary concern."
Has security been an issue? "This isn't exactly the city of Blacklight. We're on the frontier out here, and we've had more than a fair share of troubles. After all we've been through together, I refuse to let Councilor Morvayn down."
Are you friends with Councilor Morvayn? "I've known the councilor since we were both quite young. We rose the ranks in House Redoran together. When word arrived in Blacklight that the Councilor's father had passed, I was asked to sail to Raven Rock with him as his second. It meant passing on better opportunities at home, but I didn't want to leave his side."
You must owe him quite a bit. "We've fought quite a few battles together, and saved each other's lives on more than one occasion. Our bond is our strength. We've always been at each other's side and nothing will ever change that."
What do your titles mean? "Councilor Morvayn is House Redoran's representative on Solstheim. As second councilor, it's my job to support him and make certain his rule is enforced."
What is the city of Blacklight? "Your ignorance of our homeland doesn't surprise me (Or "How can you have Dunmer blood in your veins and have no knowledge of Blacklight?" if the Dragonborn is a Dunmer). It's the capital of Morrowind... been that way ever since Mournhold was sacked by the Argonians. I don't visit there often anymore, but we still get the occasional supply ship and visitors from there."
The Argonians invaded Morrowind? "Quite a while ago yes, they cut a bloody swath across most of the southern region of Morrowind. Nobody seems certain why it happened... an attempt at expansion, revenge for the enslavement of their people or perhaps both. Whatever the case may be, thousands of Dunmer needlessly lost their lives and many more were exiled from their homeland."
Raven Rock is purely a Dunmer settlement? "Raven Rock started out as an Imperial settlement, but the Empire decided to abandon it just as my people were first setting foot here. They left the town a shambles... but when House Redoran took over, we turned it around and it became ours. And even if it's been a struggle to make this island livable, we're proud to call it home."

"Remember, we're watching you."

Show: Served Cold
In Raven Rock:

"Thank you for coming. After everything you've already done for Raven Rock, I hate to ask for more, but I can't risk Councilor Morvayn being killed."

He's in danger of being killed? How? "The Ulen Family of House Hlaalu, a rival Great House, has placed a deathmark on the councilor's head."
Why would the Ulens want him dead? "It's a private matter. Let's just say they seek revenge for the execution of one of their own... ordered by Councilor Morvayn himself. The problem is I don't have any solid proof that anyone from House Hlaalu is hidden among us... only my suspicions."
Your concern seems justified. "It may be justified, but it certainly isn't appreciated. Councilor Morvayn simply feels that I'm being paranoid."
You sound paranoid. "As second councilor, it's my responsibility to explore the possibility of any threat, no matter how paranoid it might seem."
He ordered the execution. It's on his head... not yours. "Now that's just ridiculous! As second councilor, it's my responsibility to protect Councilor Morvayn from harm."

"I'm afraid that one day I'll awaken and discover him dead, and I don't want it to come to that."

You feel an attack on the councilor is imminent. "I do. I've received some information from my sources that there could be elements of Ulen's house, House Hlaalu, already in Raven Rock."
Why haven't you acted on the information? "Raven Rock is a small settlement, so it's hard to accomplish anything in secret. If any of them is from House Hlaalu, I wouldn't be able to make a move without them knowing."
What will you do? "Summoning you here was part of my plan. I was hoping you'd be interested in investigating for me."
Well, good luck with that. "Before you dismiss this entirely, I was hoping you might be able to lend a hand by investigating on the councilor's behalf."
I'd prefer not to get involved. "Without Councilor Morvayn, Raven Rock has no future. Keep that in mind next time you decide to help or not."
How can I help? "I had a feeling you'd be willing to listen to me."
Where do I begin? "I need you to start out by being my eyes and ears... search Raven Rock and see if you can root out these traitors. The best place to start would be Geldis Sadri over at the Retching Netch Cornerclub. If he provides you any leads, check them out before bringing them to my attention. I can't afford to make any mistakes."
What can you tell me about House Hlaalu? "Traitors. The lot of them. Their collaboration with the Empire may have given them unrivaled political and economic strength, but their hearts weren’t with the Dunmer people. They had welcomed the Empire with open arms, and benefited from it."
I presume that was their downfall? "Hlaalu deserved every bit of the hatred they received once the Empire released its grasp on Morrowind."
What happened to house Hlaalu as a result? "Having past ties to the Empire immediately turned them into the scapegoat for the Dunmer people’s suffering. When everything was said and done, they were no longer recognized as a Great House and were dismissed from the Council."
Why do the Dunmer hate the Empire? "During the Oblivion Crisis, gates to the plane of Oblivion opened all over Morrowind. The Empire pulled most of its forces out of Morrowind to deal with the gates in their own homeland, leaving us virtually defenseless. We had no standing army at the time, just uncoordinated pockets of resistance."
How did the Dunmer survive this at all? "House Redoran took charge and was slowly able to build an army. It took years, but it became a force to be reckoned with. When the Argonians invaded years later, House Redoran's army was able to prevent them from sweeping across all of Morrowind. It would be fair to say that House Redoran literally saved the Dunmer people from destruction."
You mentioned your "sources"? "I maintain a few contacts in other Dunmer settlements across Tamriel. Most hail from House Redoran, but there are a few from other houses."
Why don't you ask them to investigate? "Most of my contacts live leagues away from Solstheim. Sending the occasional message back and forth is all we can manage, and sometimes takes months or more to arrive. However, any information we can glean in times like this I consider vital to House Redoran's survival."

After talking to Geldis Sadri:

"I hope Geldis proved useful. Have you made any progress?"

I suspect Tilisu Severin is the culprit. "Tilisu? Are you sure?"
I saw her in the Ulen tomb. "So Geldis's plan worked, eh? Everytime we tried it, no one would ever show up. If Tilisu's involved in any sort of plot to harm Councilor Morvayn, I'm going to need hard evidence to prove it."
So go search their house. "I'm not kicking down anyone's door until I have solid evidence in hand. If you're wrong about Tilisu, things would quickly go downhill around here and the real culprits might slip away. I can't afford for that to happen."
What if they try to stop me? "If you have the evidence and it places your life in peril, I would expect you to do whatever you must to keep yourself alive. Here, this key should open the front door of the manor in case they've locked it. Good luck."
Can you tell me more about the Severin family? "Tilisu is wife to the family patriarch, Vendil. They have a single child, a daughter named Mirri. They arrived here ten years ago, and have been nothing but a benefit to Raven Rock ever since."
A benefit? How? "They're quite wealthy and they've been quite generous by sharing their fortune with the community. They've contributed coin, food, supplies... even helped repair a few of the buildings in town with their own hands."
Nothing unusual about them at all? "People have mentioned it's a bit odd about how close in age Mirri appears to be to her father, but that's hardly a cause for alarm. Just make sure that you find solid evidence. If I accuse them without it, I'll be the laughingstock of the colony."
Why do the Ulens have a tomb in Raven Rock? "Vilur Ulen wasn't the first Ulen to live in Raven Rock. His father, Valin Ulen, was one of the first Dunmer to settle here. Unlike his son Vilur, Valin was a good man. He contributed to the community and was quite respected. When Valin died, his family provided the funds to construct the tomb."
But you told me House Hlaalu was disliked. "The Ulen family being a part of House Hlaalu didn't matter. It's Dunmer tradition for the ashes of the deceased to be placed in an ancestral tomb. Valin Ulen and his son's remains were both laid to rest there because that's what he'd requested."

After finding The Ulen Matter:

"Did you find any evidence at Severin Manor yet?"

I found evidence proving the Severins's guilt. "Then we finally have them! All that remains now is chasing them down, and bringing them to justice."
I don't think they'll give up willingly. "Good. I'm going to send two of the best Redoran Guard we have to take them down. I want you to assist them any way you can."
Haven't I done enough? "If even one of these House Hlaalu s'wits escapes, they won't just be after Councilor Morvayn. You've proven devastating to their plans and they'd stop at nothing to hunt you down. It's time to take the fight to them, and finish this."
I'll head there immediately. "See that you do. We can't afford to let these traitors slip away."

"Ashfallow Citadel's been abandoned for a long time. Be ready for anything."

After taking out Ashfallow Citadel:

"Well, what happened? Were you able to track down Vendil? Out with it!"

He's no longer a threat. "Then... it's finally over. What of the Redoran Guard I sent to assist you?"
Slain by the Morag Tong. "Damn it. I was hoping to protect our people by sending them, not end up with casualties. To think that Vendil would stoop so low as to hire those fetchers... I'm glad you killed him."
I did what had to be done. "Wonderful, simply wonderful! Councilor Morvayn will be quite pleased when he hears about this."

"Follow me and I'll take you to the councilor so you can speak to him yourself."


Served Cold

Adril: "Excuse me, Councilor Morvayn? I have some wonderful news."
Lleril: "Adril... I haven't seen a smile on your face like that in a long time."
Adril: "This visitor has single-handedly dealt with a threat that could have ended your life. Vendil, Tilisu and Mirri Serevin weren't who they appeared to be. I'm afraid they were here to avenge Vilur Ulen's death."
Lleril: "Vendil? But he's done so much work for Raven Rock... how could this be possible?"
Adril: "They did it to gain our confidence, councilor. They had us all fooled. I should have been more vigilant. I'm sorry."
Lleril: "Don't say that. It's not your fault, old friend. And you (referring to the Dragonborn)... step forward."


Adril: "Gjalund. I was starting to wonder what happened to you. ("Hail, Gjalund." if "Dragonborn" has not been started beforehand)"
Gjalund: "We... uh were delayed by bad weather. ("Well met, Adril." if "Dragonborn" has not been started beforehand) Before you even ask... yes I have the supplies you requested. But..."
Adril: "But what?"
Gjalund: "This load cost me double what we had agreed on. Nothing I can do about it."
Adril: "Damn it Gjalund. You know we don't have that much coin."
Gjalund: "Look, the East Empire Company didn't give me a choice. They've raised their prices again, and there's nothing I can do about it."
Adril: "After all the years, they're gouging us for every last drake we have. Let me talk to Lleril. I'll see what we can do."
Gjalund: "All right, Adril. Don't worry about rushing it. Just pay me when you can.


  • If the Dragonborn is a Dunmer and asks him about the city of Blacklight, he will criticize them, saying "How can you have Dunmer blood in your veins and have no knowledge of Blacklight?" Dunmer characters who are also vampires will not get this quote from him as their race is not flagged as Dunmer.