- "But of course. You and I have a date with destiny. But so it is with assassins and emperors, hmm?"
- ―Titus Mede II[src]
Hail Sithis! is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. After a failed assassination attempt on Emperor Titus Mede II and the near-destruction of the Dark Brotherhood, it is time to finish the Brotherhood's greatest contract in centuries. This is the final contract-based quest in the Dark Brotherhood questline; however, it is not the final quest.
- Talk to Nazir
- Talk to Amaund Motierre
- Board the Katariah
- Kill Commander Maro (optional)
- Kill the Emperor!
- Report to Amaund Motierre
- Retrieve the payment
- Kill Amaund Motierre (optional)
- Report to Nazir
The quest begins by talking to Nazir and telling him the Night Mother has spoken, and thus the contract is still on. He will direct the Dragonborn to Amaund Motierre, who is hiding out in the back room of The Bannered Mare in Whiterun.
Amaund will reveal that the Emperor is on The Katariah, which is a ship about to leave Skyrim. He also mentions that Commander Maro will be at the East Empire Company Warehouse docks, should the Dragonborn wish to pay him a "visit."
Killing Commander Maro
Maro can be found on the docks of the East Empire Company Warehouse, near an unnamed docked ship. He will be surprised that the Dragonborn is alive and will turn hostile. It is possible to walk onto the archway over the water and shoot him from afar, but unless he is killed with the first shot, he will start moving around, fighting with Shadowmere. A more direct way is to go down to the docks and kill him, then flee from the guards towards The Katariah. However, this will earn a bounty if witnessed, and there are very few hiding places on the docks for sneak attacks.
Another tactic is to approach the warehouse from the west, starting from either Katla's Farm or Solitude Sawmill. Go down the wooden stairs/walkway, but rather than going all the way to the dock, jump off into the water and swim toward the dock staying close to the rocks on the left. Upon reaching the area that is under the last landing before reaching the dock, there is a section of land large enough to stand upon. From this position, the Dragonborn can get a clear view of Maro, and can easily shoot him unobserved. Also, as already mentioned, one will need to kill him with the first shot, so it is best to use a high-damage bow and arrow.
One can also wait until nightfall and sneak up behind Maro from the inlet and knife him from behind. If one is wearing Shrouded Gloves or Shrouded Hand Wraps and has a good One-Handed skill, he can be killed in one stab.
The simplest way is by talking to Maro with a clean bounty— he will attack, and the guards may help kill him (at the least, they will be indifferent and no bounty is incurred unless a guard is accidentally hit). If the Stormcloak questline is finished, there will be Stormcloak Guards on the docks that will help kill Maro.
Killing the Emperor
The next step is to swim to The Katariah, which is anchored in the water under Solitude. To get inside, the Dragonborn should swim around the hull to the anchor chain, then activate it. If The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn is installed, and the Dragonborn knows all three words for the Bend Will shout, riding a dragon and landing it on the ship is also an option.
On board the ship, there will be several low level Sailors and more dangerous Penitus Oculatus agents. The winding, narrow passages inside the ship offer ample cover for a stealthy approach, but none of the ship's occupants are especially powerful. Alerting one will not necessarily alert the rest of the ship, but only those enemies who happen to be close by.
Proceeding south through a dining room leads to stairs up to the main deck. A locked door (expert) to the aft (north) cabins is at the top of these stairs. The key to this door (and all doors on the ship) is held by Captain Avidius, who can be found in a forward cabin (in the southwest corner of the ship). The key can also be obtained by killing the lieutenant who is in the room directly below the Emperor. Either the key can be used or the lock picked to allow entrance to the aft cabin area. Upon entering, there is a room to the left with one Penitus Oculatus agent, and one to the right with two that has smoke rising from the floor. At the north end of the area is another room with Lieutenant Salvarus. Up the stairs in either the northwest or northeast corner is a master-level locked door to the Emperor's Quarters (that can be opened with the key).
Once inside, the Emperor will start talking. He accepts his death, stating that this is destiny. He will ask a favor however: kill whomever assigned the contract. He gets up from his chair and turns his back to stare out a window, allowing an easy kill.
Before leaving, the door to the left should not be overlooked. It leads to the Emperor's sleeping quarters with jewelry, gems, and armor to be taken. Two sets of Emperor's Robes can be looted—— one off of the Emperor and one set in the bedroom. It is a possible location for Meridia's Beacon.
Report to Amaund Motierre
After the Emperor has been killed, there is a conveniently placed door to his right that leads outside. After jumping off and escaping the ship, the Dragonborn should return to the Bannered Mare to talk to Amaund. He reveals the payment is in a dead drop in Volunruud. In the same chamber where Amaund was first met, there is a 20,000 payment in an urn.
Killing Amaund Motierre
Once Amaund gives the location of the reward, he can be killed immediately. This can also be done after returning from Volunruud, or at any later date. This will yield no particular reward, except a handful of valuable gems which can also be pickpocketed from his inventory without killing him. If he is killed, his dying words are "But we had a deal..."
Report to Nazir
After returning to Nazir at the Dawnstar Sanctuary, he asks how much Amaund left as a reward. The Dragonborn can lie about the reward, but it does not change anything. Either way, Nazir will suggest speaking to Delvin Mallory in Riften about repairing the Dawnstar Sanctuary with the gold from the reward. In return, Nazir says that once the repairs are complete, he will start recruiting new members to the Dark Brotherhood. This completes the quest and begins the next, "Where You Hang Your Enemy's Head." The gold is kept as the Dragonborn's reward— upgrading the Sanctuary is optional.
When climbing the stairs to exit the Sanctuary after the quest is complete, the Night Mother will speak to the Dragonborn, asking them to come close to her to receive her words.
This then begins the quest "The Dark Brotherhood Forever."
|Hail Sithis! – DB11|
|5||The Night Mother has spoken to me once again. The true Emperor must be assassinated - the contract with Amaund Motierre must be completed.
|200||The Emperor has been assassinated. The Dark Brotherhood will, once more, be feared and respected the world over.
- Upon arrival at the East Empire Company docks, the Dragonborn may be accosted by a Solitude guard demanding that the bounty must be paid that was earned in the assassination of the Emperor's double.
- After this quest, guards in any hold may mention the Emperor's death.
- The Emperor will attack the Dragonborn if they turn into a werewolf even after he gives permission to kill him. He will also attack if he catches the Dragonborn pickpocketing him, if the Drain Vitality shout is used on him but he is not killed or if Soul Trap is cast on him.
- If the Dragonborn is at stage four of vampirism, the Emperor will refuse to speak to them. Having Dawnguard installed prevents this.
- If the Dragonborn has sided with the Stormcloaks and is ready to assault Solitude while the quest is ongoing, Ulfric Stormcloak will refuse to attack due to the Emperor's presence.
- If the quest is completed before Skyrim Civil War is started, then there is no effect and the Imperials will still act as if they are fighting for a living emperor.
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Complete "Hail Sithis!"