"I'd welcome you to Whisper Grove, but it's little more than a city of ash at the moment. Please, I don't have time to take care of visitors. My husband Fingaenion here has been injured, and I have an army of Daedra to deal with."
What happened?"Followers of Mehrunes Dagon have set fire to our city. They've opened an Oblivion Gate, and we can barely keep the incoming Daedra contained. Perhaps our home is lost, but we have to do something about that Gate, or this entire forest is doomed."
I can help."That is … generous of you. We're being attacked on three fronts, and I need my archers here just to keep the Daedra from breaking through. If you could stop them from pushing the north and south fronts, we might have a chance."
I'll take care of the other fronts."I can't tell if you're crazy or daft, but you have my thanks. If you can stop the Daedra at the other fronts, we should be able to hold here. I won't blame you if you fail or flee—we're prepared to defend our homes either way."
Tell me about yourself."My name is Gilraen. I took over as the headmer of Whisper Grove since our former leader … abandoned us. Perhaps a story for another time. If you're going to help, you'd better get to it. Our barrier won't hold forever."
Do you have spare warriors I can take?"I can dispense with an archer or two, but I need this central point defended …. You could ask Laeneval, our healer, or Elolir, one of our longbowmen, for help."
Tell me about Laeneval."She was Whisper Grove's local healer before the attack. Take her if you need someone to look after your wounds, but bring her back safe. If the city survives this, she'll be vital to our restoration efforts."
Tell me about Elolir."He's brash, but an excellent shot. If you want someone to drop those Daedra from afar, you should ask Elolir to accompany you."
Where are the Daedra coming from, again?"They're invading from just beyond this barrier. Came through an Oblivion Gate that these Dagon cultists opened. Despite the Green Pact I … ordered the barricade up ahead to be built. We found plenty of dead wood after our enemy's first attack."
Speaking with her after Dark Ember is defeated:
"By the Green Pact, they're a tenacious lot! The Daedra on the other fronts would have closed in on us in that last attack if it weren't for you."
What's next? You mentioned an Oblivion Gate."It's up ahead, in the heart of our Grove, defended by the leader of the Dagon Cell we've been battling. He's called Razor Master Erthas."
I'll deal with Erthas."Do not hesitate to kill him—Erthas will grant you no mercy. That Oblivion Gate must be closed before something worse comes through. I was reluctant to ask for your help before, but I'm glad you followed through."
Tell me about Erthas."He was one of us. Erthas was the leader when this community came together, during the formation of the Aldmeri Dominon. He voiced the dangers the rest of us saw in allying with the Altmeri and the Khajiit, and convinced us to reject the Dominion."
What happened?"We built this city at his behest, and attracted some of the brightest Bosmer to live here. We had no idea what was coming. He seemed a decent Elf, and lived that way for many years—until he put that Elf aside and revealed the Razor Master underneath."
What is his purpose?"Who can say for sure, when it comes to the servants of Daedric Princes? Wanton destruction comes to mind. Look at what he's done to all that he helped build. He had us leave our people, and now he wants to burn us alive."
Who is that on the ground?"That's my husband, Fingaenion. He was hurt in the Daedra's first attack, but Laeneval got to him in time. He'll live. I'm almost glad. If he were awake, he'd be screaming his head off."
Why?"He has his uses, but he's stubborn, thick-headed, and a coward. If it were up to him-and I am quick to remind him it is not-he'd leave the Oblivion Gate where it is and flee."
[Persuade]Not entirely unreasonable, considering the Daedra."What would you have us do? Escape and crawl to the Dominion for help? This community exists because we believe in the self-reliance of the Bosmer. No. We stay, and we clean up this mess we've created."
Completing the quest:
"I didn't think we'd survive this day. Many have died, but some live. Thank you for fighting on our behalf."
What will you do now?"In time, our city will recover. Perhaps we'll parley with the Dominion and return to our people. But for now, we'll have our hands full trying to close this damned Oblivion Gate."
Gilraen: "More of them coming! Keep those bows ready!"
Mehrunes Dagon speaks through the Oblivion Gate:
Mehrunes Dagon: "I'm beside myself. You truly believe you've won. I didn't expect our little friends there could kill Erthas, but I stand corrected. All this trouble because of one Bosmeri woman? You are Gilraen, of the Whisper Grove, are you not?" Gilraen: "I am. Are you … Mehrunes Dagon?" Mehrunes Dagon: "It was you who rallied this peasant village to contend with me. Fascinating that a mortal could be so troublesome. I need a replacement for your Erthas. Come. Meet with me, and I will close this Gate, spare your people." Gilraen: "I think … I think I have little choice. Tell the others to get as far away from here as they can."
After killing Razor Master Erthas:
Gilraen: "I thought I would be more satisfied at his death. I guess it won't bring back those he's killed."