Hildegard was born into a village of Nord werewolves in the wilds of Skyrim. She had trouble controlling herself when in her werewolf form, and one day she attacked a member of the village, after which she fled to avoid hurting anyone else.
Kor found her wandering the wilds of Skyrim, and his knowledge of beasts as a hunter allowed him to eventually befriend her when she was in her werewolf form (though she still attacked him at first, leading to the scar on Kor's face). After a time, Hildegard joined the Dark Brotherhood at the Gold Coast Sanctuary.
"Oh, hello. Sorry about not greeting you earlier. I … wasn't exactly in a talkative mood when you arrived."
You seem nervous. Is everything all right?"I suppose. It's just, well, my condition. The lycanthropy. My transformations. I can't trigger them at will and they don't follow any pattern we've been able to discern. Venom called it a "divergent strain." I'm not sure what that means."
So you could turn into a beast at any moment?"I guess so. Usually I can feel it coming, kind of like when Kor feels a storm in his big toe. As long as I can get out of the Sanctuary or into my cage before I lose control, I won't hurt anybody. At least, not any of the family."
Ever thought about seeking a cure?"I don't think I want to be cured. The wolf is a part of me. It's who I am. I would like to learn to control it, though. Kor and Mirabelle think I'll get the hang of it eventually. Venom even keeps meticulous records every time I change."
You don't seem like a typical assassin."Neither do you, come to think of it. Is it bad to be … different? I may not have the training or experience of some of the others, but Astara says I'm the best tracker in the family. Whenever a target tries to hide, I always find them."
And you don't have a problem with killing? "The wolf kills. That is its purpose. Astara taught me that I become a wolf in order to accomplish what the Night Mother requests of her children. My prey already belongs to Sithis. The wolf just helps them find the Void."
By ripping them apart?"I don't remember much of what the wolf does. Kor assures me that I'm never cruel when I send souls to Father. I trust my Brother. And I trust Astara. They saved me. Gave me something to believe in. For that, I'm happy to serve the Dark Brotherhood."
"I did not mean to cause so much trouble. I never meant to put you or Kor in harm's way."
Why didn't you return to the Sanctuary, Hildegard?"I meant to. But the Chanter told me I had to flee. He said my past and my wild nature were going to cause the people I love to come to harm. He said the deaths of our Brothers and Sisters were my fault—and it was going to get worse if I remained."
Chanter Nemus told you all this? He knows about you and the Brotherhood?"The Chanter sings to the Divines. He speaks for Akatosh! I had to tell him things. About me. About the family. It happened before. I was a danger to my wolf clan. Now I am a danger to Kor. To you and the others. You're all better off without me."
Chanter Nemus deceived you. He sent the Silver Dawn to kill you."No! Why would the Chanter do that? He told me to return to my old life, to the wilderness. He said I'd be safe, that no one else would get hurt if I left. He promised that Akatosh would show me the way!"
We're a family, Hilde. We protect each other. We're stronger together."You… you really mean that? Even after I abandoned the family, you still want me around? I'm sorry I caused so much trouble. I let my fear allow the Chanter to deceive me. That is not going to happen again. Kor and I, we'll handle things. Together."
Let's get back to the Gold Coast.
You abandoned us when we needed you the most. It was foolish and dangerous."I … I—you're right. I should never have listened to the Chanter. But after what happened to Tanek, I let my fear of losing my family drive me to do something stupid. I should have come back and talked to Kor. I—I'm sorry. I'm … I'm so sorry."
I think we should get back to the Gold Coast.
Near the wagon, back in Anvil:
"Now that it's all over, I feel like a foolfor listening to the Chanter. I might have to pay him a visit one of these nights and even the score."
You said you were a danger to your wolf clan. Can you tell me about that?"I guess you never heard. I grew up … different. My parents were Nords, but we followed a different path from most other Nords. We admired the were-beasts. Wanted to be like them. We … drank their blood."
And that's how you became a werewolf?"My clan were hunters. We worshiped Hircine. Becoming a werewolf was part of that. It was the way things were done. But I could not control my wolf form. I … I hurt someone. Badly. After that, I ran away. To save them."
And that's when Kor found you?"Not at first. I lived on my own, deep in the mountains. I was wild, feral. Then Kor found me. He took me in and gave me a family again. If not for him, I don't know where I'd be right now. Now if only I could make that damn Chanter pay …."
I'll handle the Chanter. Where can I find him?"You'd do that? For me? I … thank you. Chanter Nemus tends to the Akatosh shrine in the Chapel of Dibella. He spends a lot of time in the chapel office when he isn't lying to foolish young women. Make him feel pain before you kill him, all right?"
I'll take care of the Chanter. Go home, Hildegard.
Hildegard: "The Grand Sermonizer is at it again, Matron." Kor: "Those loud-mouthed fanatics! It's time to teach them a lesson about the blessings of silence!" Astara Caerellius: "Enough! I'll decide how we respond to these malign sermons." Astara Caerellius: "Initiate, I have a task for you."
After accepting the contract:
Kor: "Initiate, I have my own contract in Kvatch. I'll join you and Tanek as soon as I'm finished." Hildegard: "Three blades on the same contract? Is that wise, Matron?" Astara Caerellius: "Just make sure the Grand Sermonizer dies, Initiate. That's my chief concern."
In the Sanctuary:
Kor:"Don't worry, Tanek. A cask of mead and you'll be back on your feet in no time!" Tanek:"Ech. Your mead tastes like bee vomit. I'll pass." Hildegard:"Tanek, I hate that this happened to you!" Tanek:"You worry more than the Matron, Hildegard. I'll be as good as new before you know it. Ah, New-blade has arrived. Give us the room if you would, Kor." Kor:"Certainly, Tanek, but I still expect you to be completing contracts again in a few days." Tanek:"I'll do my best not to disappoint you." Hildegard:"Take your time, Tanek. I'm going to say a prayer for your quick recovery."
"It means a lot that you still want me to be a part of the family. I won't let you or Kor down. Just make sure Chanter Nemus pays for what he tried to do to me."
"Thank you for helping me see that I do belong here. That I belong with my family." – In the Sanctuary
A Special Request
"I overheard Astara taking. She praised your skill and obedience, which is a rare thing. You're really making a name for yourself and she appreciates it, even if she doesn't always show it. Keep it up. Just stay safe, all right?" – After the quest