Lucien Lachance is a Speaker of the Black Hand, the core of the Dark Brotherhood, in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. He is the very first contact and recruiter for the Hero of Kvatch into the Dark Brotherhood. For much of the duration of the Dark Brotherhood questline, he is the Speaker overseeing the Hero. His only formal residence is Fort Farragut, which is located east of Cheydinhal.
Background[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
At some point, Lachance joined the Dark Brotherhood, an assassin's guild. When the Speaker of the Cheydinhal Sanctuary died fulfilling a contract, Lachance was promoted to replace them. Shortly afterwards, Lachance began the task of raising and training Ocheeva and Teinaava in the way of the Shadowscale. He later appointed Ocheeva as nominal head of Cheydinhal Sanctuary due to his long absences.
Lachance was responsible for recruiting Antoinetta Marie, having found her "in the gutter" and near death. He also recruited Telaendril, after she managed to kill her father in retaliation for putting a contract on her.
Lachance was said to have brutally murdered an assassin for breaking a tenant, an incident witnessed and recounted by Gogron gro-Bolmog. One of Lachance's known contracts was the murder of a woman at the behest of her husband.
Third Era[edit | edit source]
The Night Mother tasked Lachance with recruiting the Hero of Kvatch after they murdered an innocent. Once the Hero sleeps in any location Lachance deems secure, he pays them a visit and offers them a Blade of Woe, along with an opportunity to join the Dark Brotherhood by killing a man named Rufio at the Inn of Ill Omen.
Once the Hero completes the task, Lachance pays them a second visit and directs them to Cheydinhal Sanctuary. When the Hero receives a contract about helping Francois Motierre fake his death, Lachance personally murders Francois' mother since the Dark Brotherhood refuses to assist Francois without at least one death.
When the Black Hand declares a traitor is likely among the members of Cheydinhal Sanctuary, Lachance requests the Hero - the only one deemed innocent - to Fort Farragut and orders them to perform a Purification on the Sanctuary, killing everyone inside. He gives them a scroll to summon the ghost of Rufio and a poisoned apple to assist in this task.
After the Purification is complete, Lachance promotes the Hero to his personal Silencer, replacing his previous one after they died during a contract. He also rewards the Hero with his personal steed, Shadowmere. From then onward, Lachance intends to give the Hero contracts through a series of dead drops.
Death[edit | edit source]
After learning of the deaths of various Black Hand members, Lachance deduced correctly that Ungolim, the Listener of the Black Hand, was the next target, and set out to stop his renegade Silencer from destroying the Dark Brotherhood completely. Lachance arrived in Bravil too late. Ungolim lay dead at the foot of the Lucky Old Lady. Lachance angrily confronted his Silencer, and demanded to know why they had betrayed him and the Brotherhood. After seeing the confusion in the Silencer's eyes however, Lachance realized he was mistaken. The Silencer had been tricked into serving the real traitor, who had not died in the Purification of the Cheydinhal Sanctuary, but continued to wreak havoc on the Brotherhood by replacing Lachance's dead drops. Lachance ordered his Silencer to travel to Anvil at once, and lie in wait for the real traitor.
Unfortunately, the Black Hand believed it was Lachance himself who was the traitor, and had begun hunting him day and night and keeping watch of his home. Lachance made his way to Applewatch farm, hoping it to be a suitable hiding place while waiting for his Silencer to return.
However, four members of the Black Hand arrived first. Lachance desperately pleaded his innocence, but the Black Hand would not listen as they set about killing and mutilating his corpse beyond recognition. At one point during the slaughter, Speaker Arquen was said to have feasted on Lachance's entrails. Lachance's naked, mutilated corpse was then strung from the ceiling of the farmhouse, as a reminder to all who would betray the Dark Brotherhood.
When Lachance's Silencer finally arrived, Arquen promoted them as the new Speaker in Lachance's stead and gifted them with Lachance's Black Hand robes.
Legacy[edit | edit source]
Lachance was remembered by the Night Mother as a loyal child of Sithis, and the epitome of everything the Dark Brotherhood represents. The Sanctuary in Cheydinhal that had been in his care for many years was entrusted to Arquen, who showed remorse for her part in Lachance's murder, though took solace in the fact that he now serves the Dread Father in the Void.
Lachance appears in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as the Spectral Assassin, continuing to serve the Dark Brotherhood. To acquire the power, the Last Dragonborn must complete the quest "Bound Until Death."
Interactions[edit | edit source]
After murdering an innocent, the Hero is invited by Lachance to join the Dark Brotherhood if they can pass a test first; the Hero must kill Rufio in the Inn of Ill Omen. After doing so, he reveals the location of the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary in Cheydinhal to complete their entry within the Dark Brotherhood.
The Hero is summoned to Fort Farragut where Lachance orders them to eliminate all Dark Brotherhood members in an effort to rid the Sanctuary of a possible traitor.
Lachance confronts the Hero in Bravil just after they had murdered Ungolim. Lachance reveals the Hero had been following false orders and unwittingly killing off members of the Black Hand. He orders the Hero to uncover who is behind the false orders.
Lachance is found by the surviving Black Hand at Applewatch farm and murdered. The Hero is promoted to Speaker in his stead and are given Lachance's Black Hand robes. The Night Mother later informs the Black Hand of Lachance's innocence.
Combat[edit | edit source]
Lachance wields a silver shortsword. The only time he may use it is if he is attacked by the Hero when first encountered, otherwise there is no other normal instance in which he is in combat. He wears a Black Hand Robe and Black Hand Hood.
Spells and perks[edit | edit source]
- Chameleon – Lachance uses this spell during his first and second encounter with the Hero after finishing speaking with them
Dialogue[edit | edit source]
|Show: A Knife in the Dark|
|At various locations after sleeping:
"You sleep rather soundly for a murderer. That's good. You'll need a clear conscience for what I'm about to propose."
After killing Rufio:
"So, the deed is done. How do I know this? You will find that the Dark Brotherhood knows a great many things. For you are now part of the family."
|Show: After starting A Knife in the Dark|
|At various locations:
Dark Brotherhood "Have you not heard of the Dark Brotherhood? Of the remorseless guild of paid assassins and homicidal cutthroats? Join us, and you'll find the Dark Brotherhood to be all that, and so much more. We are, more than anything, a union of like-minded individuals. We kill for profit, for enjoyment, and for the glory of the Dread Father, Sithis. We are family, with bonds forged in blood and death."
|Show: After completing A Knife in the Dark|
|At various locations:
Covenant "Know this. Every Dark Brother and Sister is a child of Sithis. He whom we call Sithis has many other names. Chaos. Doom. Discord. Sithis is the Void. We of the Dark Brotherhood serve the Night Mother, who is the bride of Sithis. The Night Mother rules her children with a terrible Black Hand. The Black Hand is the ruling body of the Dark Brotherhood. It is made up of one Listener and Four Speakers. Four fingers and a thumb, if you will. As a member of the Dark Brotherhood, you must abide by the Five Tenets. They are the laws that guide and protect us."
|Show: The Purification|
|At Fort Farragut:
"I have been waiting for you, assassin. We have not spoken in some time, but I am well aware of your accomplishments within the Dark Brotherhood. That is why I have sent for you. I'm afraid there is a... situation. The time has come to test both your skill and your loyalty to Sithis. The Black Hand has learned that the Dark Brotherhood has been infiltrated. By whom, and for what purpose, we do not yet know. What we do know is that there is some link between the traitor and the Cheydinhal Sanctuary. The traitor has tainted that place beyond repair. It was learned that the traitor has been active for quite some time, since before you joined the Brotherhood. That absolves you of any suspicion."
After completing the ritual:
"The ritual of Purification is complete. Well done. Sithis has been appeased, and the time has come to acknowledge and reward your unwavering loyalty. The Black Hand is most pleased with your progress. You have been invited to share in secrets that few within the Dark Brotherhood even know exist. Your life in the Sanctuary is over. Those contracts are behind you. Now, you will serve the Black Hand. You will serve me. From this moment forward, you will walk the shadows as my Silencer. You will receive contracts only from me. Your new life has begun."
|Show: A Kiss Before Dying|
"No! No, I'm too late! I thought I could get here in time, thought I could stop you! By Sithis, what have you done? What madness has claimed you? You have betrayed me, you have betrayed the Dark Brotherhood! Why? I am here to end your miserable life, to... But... I can see the confusion in your eyes. You... You have no idea what I'm talking about, do you?"
If approached at Applewatch before going to Anvil:
"You return to me, yet you bear no news? Go, Silencer, uncover the identity of the traitor! The fate of the Dark Brotherhood rests in your hands!"
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Lachance is voiced by Wes Johnson, who also voices most other male Imperials, as well as Sheogorath.
- The surname 'Lachance' is of Breton origin, however, his given name and in-game race are Imperial.
- "Lachance" means "the luck" in French.
- Under certain conditions, if asked about rumors, Lachance's voice will change into that of a regular Imperial male.
- If The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine is installed, Lachance will mention the attack on the Anvil Chapel.
- If attacked directly after his appearance in your quarters during recruitment, Lachance may be killed, ending any chance of joining the Dark Brotherhood.
- Lachance is featured in The Elder Scrolls: Legends under his own name.
Bugs[edit | edit source]
This section contains bugs related to Lucien Lachance (Oblivion). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- During the quest "Through A Nightmare, Darkly," Lachance may appear in the Dreamworld.confirmation needed
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (as Spectral Assassin)
- The Elder Scrolls: Legends
References[edit | edit source]
|Speaker of the Cheydinhal Sanctuary|
|Unidentified Female Speaker||3E ???–3E 433||Arquen|