At some point during his life, he heard about the murder of Friga Shatter-Shield and headed to Windhelm, hoping to swindle money from Friga's relatives. At the Windhelm tavern, he met Muiri. Wanting to exploit Muiri's connections to the Shatter-Shield family, he romanced her. He robbed the Shatter-Shields, who blamed the event on Muiri. After the deed was done, Alain left her and found a hiding place in the Dwarven ruins of Raldbthar.
Muiri, Alain's ex-lover, performs The Black Sacrament to establish a contract with the Dark Brotherhood to kill Alain. Astrid sends the Dragonborn to meet Muiri in Markarth as a representative of the organization, and Muiri sends the Dragonborn to kill Alain and Nilsine Shatter-Shield.
If Alain was killed before first speaking with Muiri, she expresses her disappointment about the way the transaction occurred and pays the Dragonborn anyway. The bonus for killing Nilsine cannot be obtained.
Found deep within Raldbthar, Alain is flanked by numerous Bandits. He wields Aegisbane, a unique enchanted warhammer. Having resist-frost potions may help. If the Dragonborn succeeds at picking an Expert-level lock, they can gain access to an elevated level behind Dufont, where lever-activated crossbows sit. He can be killed in one hit and covertly using this method. Also, there is a puddle of oil laying around Alain and his bandit guards. Ignite it with a fire spell or shout, and a few of his guards will be most likely killed.
- Should the player have killed all of the bandits execept Alain, then sheath their weapon, Alain will speak to them and continue to say, "You had your chance to talk."
- Even before the quest, Mourning Never Comes, Alain can be found in the ruin and can be killed.