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"Aren't you familiar with the cherished Black Marsh custom? Consuming various venomous concoctions to bolster our natural immunity? I drank so much my tongue turned green! Ha! The new initiates fall for that every time!"
―Green-Venom-Tongue to the Vestige[src]

Green-Venom-Tongue is an Argonian assassin residing in Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary.

BackgroundEdit

Green-Venom-Tongue was once an assassin at a Sanctuary in the Blackwood Borderlands in Black Marsh. While out on a contract for several months, the Black Hand ordered the purification of his Sanctuary. As he had been away for so long, he was absolved of suspicion and transferred to the Santuary on the Gold Coast.

InteractionsEdit

Welcome HomeEdit

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A Ghost from the PastEdit

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The Wrath of SithisEdit

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ConversationsEdit

Show: Welcome Home

"Ah, I heard we had a new initiate on the premises! I was just checking my notes and realized that details concerning you are sorely lacking. We'll need to rectify that before too long."

The Matron suggested I introduce myself. "She did? I wonder what she's planning this time? Well, I'm certain everything will become clear eventually. Even you, I suppose."
Why do they call you Green-Venom-Tongue? "Aren't you familiar with the cherished Black Marsh custom? Consuming various venomous concoctions to bolster our natural immunity? I drank so much my tongue turned green! Ha! The new initiates fall for that every time!"
Anyway, it's nice to meet you. "And you, as well, Initiate. I look forward to interviewing you at length when you have some time. For my journals, of course. I keep meticulous records. I'll help you, you'll help me ... isn't that what the Bretons call a "win-win"?"
I'd like to know a bit more about you. "What more could you possibly need to know? I am a Shadowscale. My life begins and ends with the Dark Brotherhood."
What's a Shadowscale? "I could have sworn I explained this before. Let me check my notes. Hmmm. Well, like other Argonians born under the sign of the Shadow, I was taken upon hatching and trained to be an assassin. That makes me a good killer. A very good killer."
Do you like living here? "What an intriguing inquiry! Attempting to ascertain if I actually like it here or something more subtle? Well, like or dislike is meaningless. I serve the Matron as I served my former Sanctuary. And as I serve Black March when called upon."
Former Sanctuary? "The river carries us where it will, and that's all I prefer to say about that at this time. I was there. Now I am here. As are you, Initiate."
Is there actually something about me in that book? "Perhaps … depending upon what you mean by "something" and "me." Rest assured, whatever musing and observations I record herein are strictly confidential."
Any advice you want to share with a new recruit? "Now this one I know I've written down! Study the Five Tenets. Learn them, memorize them, live them. There's a copy in the Sanctuary. Someplace. I'd let you look at this one, but I don't let anybody read my journals. That would be … inadvisable."
I … see. Anything else? "Such a curious mind! Then listen carefully, Initiate. Contracts must be taken seriously. Always obey the Matron's instructions to the letter. And don't get yourself killed. Though that probably goes without saying."
Show: A Lesson in Silence

Talking to him after accepting to go to Kvatch:

"Make no mistake, Initiate. Astara sends you to Kvatch not because she trusts you. She's decided to test you. Do not fail her."

Any advice on my current mission? "An average priest is easy prey, but don't underestimate the Grand Sermonizer. I heard whispers that she's a highly trained spellcaster. If that turns out to be true, please let me know. I like to keep my records up to date."
Any thoughts on the current situation? "I never question the Matron, although it's strange for her to so hastily send multiple brethren to deal with a single target. It's almost as though she knows more than she is telling us. Of course, she almost always does."

After killing the Grand Sermonizer:

"A good showing, slaying the Grand Sermonizer. A pity Cimbar paid for his failure with his life. Keep your blades sharp and your wits sharper, otherwise we may see a similar end to your story. Even so, I've recorded it all. For posterity, of course."

You weren't fond of Cimbar? "I felt no particular emotions concerning him whatsoever. Not all of us form attachments so easily."
Is there anyone here you care about? "I care about performing my duties under the shadow of Sithis. That includes following the Tenets. I aid my Brothers and Sisters when I can. Beyond that … I'd rather not say."
Sounds like there's a story there. "For another time, perhaps. At present, I suggest you focus on your contracts. Take care getting too personal with your Brothers and Sisters. Attachments can become a … distraction."
Show: Questions of Faith

After agreeing to help Kor:

"You and the Nord seek the girl. Hmm. My research suggests she is a confused and tormented individual, prone to blaming herself when misfortune strikes. My conclusion? She's going to get herself killed."

That's not exactly helpful. "It isn't? I'll make note of that. Perhaps this will be more useful—chasing after Hilde will likely result in your death as well."
She's part of the family. Shouldn't we look out for each other? "Not once did I deny that. I simply set the facts at your feet. To act despite this knowledge … would not be such a terrible thing."

After returning:

"First Tanek, now small Hildegard. I suppose if you were in league with the Black Dragon you would not have saved them. Interesting. Let me jot that down."

Wait. You thought I was the one killing members of the family? "Is that so hard to believe? If I were hunting the Brotherhood, I would certainly attempt to infiltrate their ranks and destroy them from within."
So have I earned your trust? "No one still living has my complete trust. I would advise you to walk a similar path in that regard. But I don't believe you're the killer. Not any more. But something makes my scales itch. Something I'm missing …."
Like what? "Further research is required. I prefer not to act on a hunch. For now, let's continue to work our contracts and hope an opportunity to unmask the killer presents itself."
Show: A Special Request

"I don't know who Fortunata wants dead, but an educated guess isn't difficult. According to my notes, relations between Anvil and Kvatch have been strained, if not outright hostile, of late."

Any advice for me? "Governor Fortunata fears what all those in power fear—the loss of that power. She will no doubt seek to strike at someone she believes is key to the stability of Kvatch."
So I'll likely be heading back to Kvatch. "Killing your target will likely be the least difficult aspect of the job. I suggest discretion. Alerting others will be the real threat, especially if you're tasked with infiltrating a fortified area, such as the castle."

QuotesEdit

  • "I was almost certain that we had concluded our former interaction, but these customs have always confused me. Is there something else expected of us? An ever so brief embrace perhaps? Or the firm clasping of the wrists and hands?" – If spoken to for the second time during the "Welcome Home"
  • "An unexpected turn on your last mission. I admit, I would not have expected Count Carolus to have the will to perform the Black Sacrament. And now he owes us information as well as gold. Very interesting. We can always use both." – After "A Special Request"
  • "Please, Assassin, not now. I need to record that exchange between Mirabelle and the Matron word for word. Does 'cold-hearted oligarch' have one 'g' or two?" – If spoken to after the conversation between Astara and Mirabelle during the "Dark Revelations"
  • "The entries in this journal go back more than a decade. It will take some time to make sense of it all. Do not worry, Assassin. Whatever I learn from this tome, you'll be the first to know." – At the end of the "Dark Revelations"
  • "I hope your contracts go smoothly, Initiate. Kill well and kill often. Every soul you sen to the Void pleases Sithis to no end."
  • "An unexpected turn on your last mission. I admit, I would not have expected Count Carolus to have the will to perform the Black Sacrament. And now he owes us information as well as gold. Very interesting. We can always use both." – After "A Special Request"

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