For other uses, see Lyris Titanborn.

Lyris Titanborn is a Nord and partial giant who is a member of the original Five Companions. She is first encountered while fleeing from Coldharbour through The Wailing Prison, joining the Vestige on the way towards the Prophet, and later returns to help Tamriel.

Background[edit | edit source]

"I feel powerful enough to take on Umaril the Unfeathered, himself! I feel ... like a warrior again!"
―Lyris to the Vestige, after regaining her axe[src]

Lyris was born to Gjalder, a Nord man who was a descendant of giants. Due to Lyris' giant blood, she was a considerably large infant and her mother died in childbirth as a result. Lyris was raised by her father in Skyrim, who believed his wife's death was on his hands, but loved Lyris dearly none-the-less. Lyris later left for Cyrodiil and enlisted in the Imperial Legion, enduring constant harassment from her fellow soldiers during her training due to her height and giant blood, calling her a beast, among other terms. Lyris rose up through the ranks and eventually became one of Emperor Varen Aquilarios' most trusted advisors, forming the Five Companions with him, alongside Councilor Abnur Tharn, Dragonguard leader Sai Sahan, and Battlemage Mannimarco. The Companions set out to find the Amulet of Kings between 2E 580 and 582, as Varen believed it to be the key to legitimizing his rule as Emperor. When they located the Amulet, the Companions initiated a ritual upon the Dragonfires to proclaim Varen as a Dragonborn. However, they were tricked by Mannimarco during the ritual, who used the Amulet to extinguish the Dragonfires and cause a tear between Mundus and Oblivion in an event known as the Soulburst, allowing his master Molag Bal to invade Tamriel and begin his Planemeld. During the Soulburst, Molag Bal captured Lyris and Sai Sahan, keeping them prisoners in Coldharbour.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Soul Shriven in Coldharbour[edit | edit source]

Lyris finds the Vestige in his or her cell, releasing them. She takes the Vestige with her on their way out of Coldharbour, explaining why he or she was in the Wailing Prison, and who the Prophet is. She reveals that she and the Prophet are still alive—unlike the Soul Shriven—but are still prisoners there, regardless.

After the Vestige destroys a Coldharbour Sentinel, the gate to the Prophet will be sealed by Molag Bal, to which Lyris suggests that Cadwell might know another way. Following his advice, Lyris and the Vestige go through the Undercroft to get to the Prophet's cell. Lyris tells the Vestige that a living soul must take his place in order for him to escape, and volunteers to do so, warning that the transference is sure to attract some guards. After the Vestige activates the pinions of the snare, she is replaced by a freed Prophet, who must leave her behind in order to escape with the Vestige, with a promise to return and get her out as well.

The Harborage[edit | edit source]


Daughter of Giants[edit | edit source]

The Vestige must help her overcome her fears to escape Coldharbour. Lyris' mother died in childbirth, and she always felt that her father blamed her for her mother's death. She was teased during training for her size.

Chasing Shadows[edit | edit source]


Castle of the Worm[edit | edit source]


Halls of Torment[edit | edit source]


Valley of Blades[edit | edit source]


Shadow of Sancre Tor[edit | edit source]


Council of the Five Companions[edit | edit source]


God of Schemes[edit | edit source]


The Gathering Storm GM[edit | edit source]


Dark Clouds Over Solitude GM[edit | edit source]


Danger in the Holds GM[edit | edit source]


The Vampire Scholar GM[edit | edit source]


The Gray Host GM[edit | edit source]


Greymoor Rising GM[edit | edit source]


Daughter of the Wolf GM[edit | edit source]


Red Eagle's Song MK[edit | edit source]


The End of Eternity MK[edit | edit source]


Kingdom of Ash MK[edit | edit source]


Second Chances MK[edit | edit source]


Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Show: Soul Shriven in Coldharbour
In Coldharbour:

"Whoa, there! Are you all right? The name's Lyris. I hope you've still got some fight left in you. You're going to need it. Dead. Must have been the runt of the litter. (When spotting the nearby corpse) Keep your weapon ready and stay sharp. This place is full of surprises."

After killing the Dremora Kynval:

"Keep moving! There are more Daedra on the way!"

After killing the second Dremora Kynval:

"Let's get out of here, my friend."

After talking to the Prophet:

"Hold a moment. Come here, we need to talk. The Prophet! He's a prisoner here, too. It was very dangerous for him to speak to you, even for a moment. He must think you can help me."

Help you do what? "Break him out, of course! Believe me, I can use all the help I can get. That blind old man is the only person alive who can help us get back home. Tamriel's a long way from here."
Where do we go from here? "These tunnels will eventually take us to the Towers of Eyes. That's where we'll find the Sentinels."
What are these Sentinels? "Magical constructs created by Molag Bal to guide his vision in Coldharbour. The Sentinels are connected. If we destroy one, the others will be blinded. With any luck, that will buy us the time we need to free the Prophet."
How can we destroy it? "I've no idea. Brute force? We'll find a way. We have to. Be ready for anything. I doubt Molag Bal left the Sentinels unguarded."
I have so many questions. "I'm sure you do. And I'll answer them as best I can."
Who is this Prophet? "He's a strange one, no doubt about it, but he's the wisest man I've ever met. He sees things. The past, the future."
What is this place? Where am I? "You're obviously not in Tamriel anymore. Think of the most miserable, depressing place you've ever been in your life. That's paradise compared to Coldharbour. And to top it off, welll ... there is no easy way to say it. You're dead."
Then how are we having this conversation? "I don't know. Once we rescue the Prophet, he can tell you about the Gods and the ways of Oblivion. I don't understand any of it, myself."
If I'm dead, who killed me? "A man named Mannimarco. His Worm Cult is doing some kind of ritual back in Tamriel. They sacrificed you, and everyone in this prison, to the Daedric Prince Molag Bal. After you died, whatever was left showed up here. They call you the Soul Shriven."
What does that mean? "It means you're a slave and you'll spend the rest of eternity here in Coldharbour, working under the lash of the Daedra. Unless of course, you come with me."
Are you dead, too? "No, I wasn't sacrificed. The Prophet and I were brought here ... conventionally, if that makes any sense. But we're prisoners here, same as you."
How can we rescue the Prophet? "It won't be easy. The place is watched by magical construct called Sentinels. We won't stand a chance unless we can blind them. I'll tell you more when we get there. And we'll never get there if we don't get moving."

"We should keep moving."

After leaving the prison:

"The God of Schemes can see every part of Coldharbour. We need to distract him."

When approaching a Coldharbour Sentinel:

"Try to be inconspicious. We just got free of this place. The last thing we need is to get recaptured."
"I'll keep watch."

After destroying a Coldharbour Sentinel and trying to reach the Prophet's cell:

"Herma-Mora's wagging tongue! The door's warded. We'll never get in this way."
"Damn it! Destroying the Sentinel must have triggered these wards. We'll need to find another way in. Hmm. Maybe Cadwell can help us."

Who's Cadwell? "Cadwell is the oldest of the Soul Shriven. After years of torment, Soul Shriven usually go insane and turn feral, but not Cadwell. He was already insane before he left Tamriel. Mad as a box of frogs, but completely harmless. You'll see."
How can a madman possibly help us? "Cadwell sees things as he wishes them to be. To him, Coldharbour is a wondrous place. It's his home. And he knows it like the back of his hand. He's usually down by the river. Let's go find him."

After speaking to Cadwell:

"Cadwell seems to think this Undercroft is a delightful place. That probably means it's a death trap. We'd better be careful."

When in front of The Undercroft:

"The sooner you get that door open, the sooner we can get out of here."
"This place stinks of death and decay."

When approaching the Prophet's Cage:

"The Prophet's cage should be just ahead. Quickly, now! We haven't much time."
"All right. The good news is, we made it here in one piece and the Prophet looks unharmed. Now the bad news. It's going to be up to you to keep him safe and get him back to Tamriel. I'm not going with you."
"There's a trick to opening the cell. The only way for a prisoner to leave is for another living soul to take their place. I need to swap places with the Prophet."

There's no other way? "Believe me, I wish there was. But ... I don't see anyone else here with a beating heart, do you? If Molag Bal isn't stopped he'll destroy everyone and everything we've ever loved."
I'm ready when you are. "Once it's done, get moving. The Prophet will know where to go, but he'll need your eyes, and your protection."
Show: Daughter of Giants
In Coldharbour:

"You! You're alive! Are you really here, or is this another trick?"

It's me. The Prophet sent me to find you. "Then he's still alive. Thank the gods! But, you! You can't stay! You have to leave before they find you here!"
I'm not leaving without you. "You don't understand. They've ... done something to me. I can't leave!"
What do you mean? "It's hard to describe. My memories, my feelings, they've been fragmented. Ripped apart. And all the fragmented pieces have been locked away in different parts of the Foundry."
Then we'll retrieve them. "I've tried. The Daedra took everything. My willpower, my courage, my sense of self. I'm an empty shell. The fragments are reflections of my worst fears and most painful memories. I can't ... I don't think I can face them."
We'll face them together. Come on.

"I'll do my best. Lead on."

While walking:

"These lost souls are barely aware of their humanity. The guards don't even beat them anymore."

While approaching Lyris's regret:

"This can't be! It ... it looks like my childhood home in Skyrim! My parent's graves. My mother died in childbirth. My father was distant. Cold. I think he blamed me for my mother's death. I ran off to become a mercenary when I was sixteen. I never saw my father again. He was murdered by an old enemy. Father? Papa, is that you?"

After Lyris spoke to her father:

"He's gone. Come on, let's get out of here."
"This place is a labyrinth of hopelessness, built to compound the misery of those who labor here."

While approaching Lyris's Solitude:

"Careful, keep your head down."

After searching the footlockers:

"Did you find something?"

I believe this armor belongs to you. "I can't believe it! This armor is who I am. It's what I am. A warrior without her armor is like a bear without claws."
Suit up. I'll wait.

After Lyris puts her armor on:

"Excellent. I'm ready."

While walking through the Paths of Toil:

"Watch your step. All the mining has made these tunnels unstable."

After Lyris retreives her axe:

"It's good to have you back. Are you thirsty for Daedric blood, old friend?"
"My axe! It feels good to have it back. It's part of me. Losing it was like losing an arm."

Why would Tharn try to help you? "I don't know. I don't trust him and I never will. But it's odd. The blind hatred I felt when I saw him? I could have strangled him with my bare hands. But now ... I think he was right. That hatred was poisoning me."
How do you feel, now? "Better. Stronger. Almost whole again. Isn't that strange? I feel powerful enough to take on Umaril the Unfeathered, himself! I feel ... like a warrior again!"
What's next? "We're not done yet. We need to keep moving forward. The passage is blocked by a rock slide, but now that I have my axe back I might be able to break through it."
Let's check it out.

"Stand back. No damned pile of pebbles is going to stop me now!"

After the rocks are broken and the Ogrim is approached:

"So many Daedric beasties, so little time. We need to keep moving."

Inside the Prison of Echoes:

"Did you hear that? That sounded like ... no, it couldn't be."

After Lyris spoke to Sai Sahan:

"That was no trick. That was Sai Sahan!"

Are you going to be all right? "Sai's a friend. Maybe my best friend. We need to find him and get him out of there!"
There must be a way to find out where they're keeping him. "We need to tell the Prophet about this. He'll know what to do. But first, we need to find a way out of here. I don't care what else they throw at us, nothing's going to keep me from helping Sai."
Let's go.

While approaching Lyris' Terror:

"Something's wrong. All the doubt, the fear, the loneliness ... it's all coming back! I ... I have to push through this! Let's go!"
"Stendarr defend us! That thing! It's the source of all my fears! I can hear it whispering to me. Taunting me!"

After defeating the Manifestation of Terror:

"We did it! The voices ... the whispering ... it's gone! This whole time, it was like watching myself from a distance. I felt ... disconnected. But now, this is the best I've felt in years. Like I've been reborn! And I owe it all to you. Thank you. Let's get out of here! We need to rescue Sai, then we've got a world to save!"

Show: Chasing Shadows
In The Harborage:

"Hold a moment. Come here, we need to talk."
"I heard you and the Prophet talking about Abnur Tharn."

Why do you dislike Tharn so much? "Didn't the Prophet tell you the story of the Five Companions?"
He showed me a vision about them, but I'd like to hear your thoughts. "I don't know where to start. There's so much to tell."
Tell me about the Five Companions. "We were chosen by Emperor Varen to join him on a quest to recover a lost artifact called the Amulet Of Kings. The five included Varen, myself, a Redguard named Sai Sahan, Abnur Tharn, and the traitor, Mannimarco."
Tell me more about Mannimarco. "You only know him as the man who killed you and stole your soul, but back then he was Emperor Varen's most trusted advisor. It was Mannimarco who convinced Varen to search for the Amulet of Kings."
Why would Varen need the amulet? "Varen wasn't a true Dragonborn Emperor. He didn't share Alessia's bloodline. Mannimarco said the amulet could change all that. He said he could use it to perform a ritual that would turn Varen into a true Dragonborn."
What happened next? "It took us more than two years, but we finally recovered the amulet and returned to Cyrodiil to perform the ritual. Mannimarco set us up. The ritual caused a violent explosion of magical energy. We lost Varen. Sai Sahan and I were declared outlaws."
What then? "Mannimarco convinced the Elder Council to recognize Abnur Tharn's daughter Clivia as Empress-Regent, but Mannimarco was the true power behind the throne. Sai Sahan and I went into hiding. There was a bounty on our heads."
What are the Dragonfires? "Well, the legend says that the Dragonfires were created by the blood of Akatosh and given to Saint Alessia. When a new Emperor is crowned, they're supposed to relight them to prove that they're a true heir of Alessia. One of the Dragonborn."
I've heard enough for now. "I know it's a lot to take in. We'll talk more later. In the meantime, I'll keep an eye on the Prophet. Hopefully that orb will help him find out where Sai Sahan is being held. Once we know that, we can plan our next move."
Tell me about Abnur Tharn. "Abnur Tharn is Grand Chancellor of the Elder Council, and chief advisor to his daughter, the Empress-Regent. He's also Mannimarco's toady."
Tharn didn't seem too happy working for the Worm Cult. "Tharn's first loyalty is to his family and the Empire, and he's a ruthless bastard when it comes to defending them. The Worm Cult obviously doesn't share those loyalties. Tharn would never trust them, but he's too much of a coward to betray them."
What if he got something out of it? "Maybe. But what could we offer him? He's already got more gold than the Gods themselves!"
Yes, I've already heard this story. No need to repeat it. "I know it's a lot to take in. We'll talk more later. In the meantime, I'll keep an eye on the Prophet. Hopefully that orb will help him find out where Sai Sahan is being held. Once we know that, we can plan our next move."
Show: Castle of the Worm
In Coldharbour:

"What a skeever!"
"Improvise, he says. I can't believe we're risking our lives to rescue that skeeving horker."

Any suggestions? "Subtlety and stealth. Let's not bring the entire castle guard on our hands. And didn't he say this was a town of soul shriven? Maybe we can find one who knows his way around."
We'd better get started, then. "Try to be inconspicuous. We just got free of this place. The last thing we need is to get recaptured."

After talking with Famazar:

"Why am I not surprised to find Cadwell here? He certainly does get around."

After talking with Cadwell:

"That might be our best chance to get inside."

After Cadwell shuts off the steam:

"Sir Cadwell came through again! That crazy knight is starting to grow on me. Should I be worried?"

While obtaining the Atronach parts:

"Ugh. Not the most glamorous task, is it?"
"I'm not going near the city butcher for a while, I'll tell you that much."
"It takes a lot to make me ill, but this is getting there."
"It's freezing in here. At least that means the body parts won't smell as bad."

After making progress through the Tower Summit:

"There he is! Looks like we've got him under guard."

Show: Halls of Torment
In the Harborage:

"What's wrong? What did Varen say?"

He said that only one of you can join me. "Then your choice is clear! I've known Sai Sahan longer than anyone. I should be the one to go! It's your decision, just know that I'd give my life for you or for Sai. Would Tharn do the same?"
[Choose Lyris] I want you by my side, Lyris. "Thank you. You won't regret it. Back in the Coldharbour slave pits, the shriven used to whisper about the Halls of Torment. When I think of what Sai Sahan must be going through .... We'll bring him back, or die trying!"

After hearing Tharn's Doppelganger:

"That's Tharn's voice! What is he doing here?"

After defeating Tharn's Doppelganger:

"Sai was right here. We had him! We were so close."

Why would his torturer be made to look like Tharn? "Tharn was always mocking Sai. Making jokes at his expense. Sai never responded, but I know it hurt him deeply. The Daedra must have sensed that. On the plus side, a doppelganger with Tharn's face was much more satisfying to kill."
What was that about being a sword-singer? "The sword-singers are legendary. They were a group of Redguard swordmasters, wiped out in the First Era by the Yokudan Emperor Hira. Sahan spent years trying to resurrect their lost art, but never succeeded. He considered it his greatest failure."
So, the doppelganger was using that failure to torment him? "And it took on Tharn's appearance because he was a familiar rival that Sai secretly despised. Imagine seeing your nemesis succeed where you failed, day after day, year after year. I can't think of anything worse."

After hearing Lyris' Doppelganger:

"She seems to be drawing power from those stones. Destroy them, quickly!"

While destroying the first Shielding Stone:

"Why does she look like me?"

While destroying the second Shielding Stone:

"This can't be real. It's not like this between Sai and me."

While destroying the third Shielding Stone:

"They pulled these thoughts from Sai's head? I don't understand! Now they've gone and spoiled the mood!"

After defeating Lyris' Doppelganger:

"Vestige! Hold a moment!"
"When I get my hands on Mannimarco, I'm going to slice that traitor stem to sternum and wash my hands in his body cavity!"

I don't understand. Why did that doppelganger look like you? "How should I know? Sai and I are friends! Good friends. Nothing more!"
They pulled the idea from Sai's head, didn't they? "What? No! Our friendship is based on honor and loyalty, not foolish games of love! I ... I'm sorry. I didn't mean to snap at you. This is just so ... unexpected. Confusing."
I think we just met Mannimarco's Duchess of Anguish. "I'll show her anguish when I bury my axe in her skull! Let's keep moving. And, listen ... don't mention this whole thing to anyone. I need some time to figure out what it means."
Show: Shadow of Sancre Tor
In Sancre Tor:

"You better keep an eye on me. I'm getting ready to punch Tharn again."

Is Sai going to be all right? "Sai Sahan is nothing if not determined. He once told me that achieving victory is like wrestling an ogre. You don't quit when you're tired, you quit when the ogre is tired. He'll see this through, don't worry."
What about you? "Me? I'll chase Mannimarco to the furthest corners of Oblivion if I have to. Vengeance is a powerful motivator. And I don't know if you've realized it yet, but under this hardened shell, I'm an optimistic fool who'd take a blade for any one of you."
Did you and Sai ever talk about what happened in the Halls of Torment? "We're two of a kind. Stoic. Is that what people call us? Our hearts are connected, but we don't talk about our feelings. We don't even understand them ourselves. Maybe we'll talk about it someday, but today's not that day."

After lowering the drawbridge in the Reman Tomb:

"You did it! The bridge is down!"

Show: Council of the Five Companions
In the Harborage:

"It's been a long road, hasn't it? My father used to say that if you avoid all of life's abrasions, you'll never be polished enough to shine. We must be pretty damn shiny by now."

He was a wise man, your father. "I've been thinking bout our adventures and the hardships we've faced together. We're in the last leg of this journey, aren't we? I don't regret any of this, but it occurs to me that we haven't had much of a chance to talk as friends."
We may not get another chance. What did you want to talk about? "Where do you see yourself going after all of this is over? I mean, assuming we survive, get your soul back, and stop Molag Bal?"
There's a war to win. I intend to take up the fight in Cyrodiil. "Bloody business, war. There was a time that I loved my axe for its sharpness, and my armor for its sheen, but no more. Today, I love what they defend. Don't lost sight of what's behind you in the hatred of what's before you."
There's a whole world to explore. I want to see what's out there. "Traveling is a humbling experience. You see first hand what a small place you occupy in the world. Funny thing is, the farther you go, the harder it is to return. But when you do ... if you do ... you get to see the place you came from with new eyes."
What about you? "Me? I don't know. Maybe I'll go back to Skyrim and settle down. Squeeze out a few whelps. Maybe raise sheep or grow cabbages."
Are you serious? "What? No! Can you imagine it? Lyris Titanborn, shepherd? Farmer? Housewife? I need to be out in the wind and wild. And if I ever find my life mate, he'll feel the same way. My turn. What's your one regret about all we've been through?"
I have no regrets. "You're a hard-heart, eh? No regrets, no tears, no doubts? Don't look back unless you're planning to heard in that direction? I guess that that's exactly the kind of person we need right now."
The deaths of so many people. "You never get used to it. My father ... he'll die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief doesn't go away. You just learn to live with it. But I can live my life with his daring and spirit and joy. That way, he'll never die. Not really."
Missed opportunities to seize power. "That's the real test of character. Anyone can face adversity, but give them power and you'll see their true colors. Power over others is the way of cowards. Seize the power to choose your own path. To control your own life. That takes real courage."
What about you? "Oh, lots of things. Friends lost, missed opportunities, failed endeavors. Maybe the best that we can hope for is to end up with the right regrets. I do regret not taking the time to get to know the people I fought with. I hope to change that."
What else is on your mind? "One last thing. You like mead?"
Sure. "I knew I liked you! So, let's toast ... To Molag Bal, that ugly skeever! May his privates be infected with Brown Rot Fever! May our course be true and our hearts be brave, as we march into Coldharbour to spit on his grave!"
I'll drink to that!
No, I'll pas.
Not really. "Oh, my small friend, you are hopeless, aren't you? I've been saving a bottle for a special occasion. Real Skyrim mead, too. I don't suppose you'd want to share one, regardless of the taste?"
I've never had it. "Never? Mead is the honeyed kiss of the gods themselves! You must try some!"
Why not?
No, I'll pass.
There's nothing to talk about. We've got work to do. "I guess you're right. Ah, well. I won't take up too much of your time. You've got destiny and all that, written on some moldy-old scroll."
Show: God of Schemes
At the Seat of Tyranny:

"We've had some crazy adventures, haven't we? But adventures are what you call them when everybody comes back alive, so maybe they've come to an end. I don't regret any of it, though. Not for a moment."

Nor do I. "My father once told me that the most important thing anyone can know is what they would die for. I know that now."
You're young. You still have a long life ahead of you. "I feel like I've already lived a dozen lifetimes. I'm so tired. And I look forward to seeing my parents again, in Sovngarde. If my death has meaning, then so will my life. It would be my great honor if you would choose me."
Very well. I choose you, Lyris.
I need more time to decide.

If Sai Sahan was sacrificed:

We did it. Tamriel will go on. But what a terrible price we had to pay. "I'll bring the news of Sai's death to Kasura at the Abbey of Blades. Maybe I'll stay there for awhile. Help rebuild. Sai would want that. After that, I don't know."

Sai's death must be hard to accept. Will you be all right? "Grief doesn't change us, it reveals us. That's what my father always said. I'll mourn Sai in my own way. I loved him. I know that now. There's a big, deep hole of aching inside me. Even when I'm finished mourning him, it's not going to go away."
Will I see you again? "I've never been able to sit still long. Eventually, the road will call. But where I'll wind up? Who knows? Roads are for journeys, not destinations. Maybe we'll run into each other again. Have a drink. Maybe crack some skulls for old times sake."
I'd like that. Farewell, Lyris Titanborn.

If Varen was sacrificed:

"You're not going to get all weepy with me, are you? I mean, I've got that stoic reputation to maintain..."

What now? "What now? For you, it seems there's more to do. For us... We've seen too much, my friend. Been through too much. I think it's time for us to go."
Where will you go? "Sai and I talked about it a few days ago. What would happen if we both survived. I'd like to go back to the Abbey of Blades with him, and help them rebuild."
Will we see each other again? "Maybe some day. It's not as though I'm dropping off the face of Tamriel! And if not, well, I'm sure there's a seat for you in Sovngarde. If you get there first, save me a cold mug of mead."
Farewell, Lyris Titanborn. "We really shook the pillars of Oblivion, didn't we? I'm going to miss you."
Show: The Gathering Storm GM
At the Blue Palace:

"Vestige? You're a sight for sore eyes. It feels like it's been ages since … well, you know. 'd invite you for a drink, but I'm about to present myself to royalty. Just as soon as my contact arrives. (If the player character hasn't interacted with her before this, she will say: "I’m accustomed to stares, but I reached my threshold for gawkers a long time ago. Move along, I’m waiting for someone.")"

Brondold isn’t coming. He’s dead. "He’s what? Dammit, Queen Gerhyld will be here at any moment. Look, her highness is expecting to talk to me and my contact. I need you to pretend to be my contact or this will go very badly."
What’s this all about? "We can exchange intimate details of our lives later. Right now, just know that the safety of all of Skyrim—maybe even all of Tamriel—depends on how this meeting goes. So follow my lead and be on your best behavior with her highness."
Follow your lead with what?

At this point Queen Gerhyld approaches. After speaking to the Queen:

"You handled this better than I expected. Now, what in Mara’s name happened to Brondold?"

He was fleeing pursuit and gave me a bundle of papers before he died. "Damn. Lucky thing he found you. Brondold was supposed to get the lay of the land before I got here. Without his information, my work with Jorunn the Skald-King could be over before in begins. What did he give you? Hand it over."
Here’s everything I found. "Hmm. Smugglers and Reachmen up to illicit business. Nothing unusual there,but Brondold thought it could be connected to the coven. I’m short a good investigator and you stepped into the role easily enough. Can I count on you to help me with this?"
What do you need me to do? "Bronhold mentioned some locals we should have a talk with. A snitch named Greyga who likes to gamble in back alleys, and an Orc named Maugh who frequents the Lonely Troll inn. Let’s find them and see what they can tell us."
Can you explain what all this is about? "[?]"
Who are you again? "Lyris Titanborn. I was one of Emperor Varen’s Five Companions. Currently, I serve Jorunn the Skald-King. Skyrim’s my home, and I’ll do whatever’s necessary to protect it. Whoever’s behind these threats will regret it—as soon as we identify them."
The queen recognised you. "[?]"
How do we know that the smugglers and Reachmen are connected? "[?]"


"Castle Dour is a monument to the western spirit. Stony and cheerless. Maybe the new tower will liven up the place."

After speaking to Maugh and Svana:

"Let’s talk outside, partner."

Exiting The Lonely Troll:

"So we’ve got a mysterious Breton, possibly working with Reachmen, recruiting workers for some reason. Plus, there’s a smuggler hiding unknown contraband in the warehouse down by the docks. I say we deal with the smuggler first."

Why the smuggler? "We know where to find her and we more or less know what she’s up to. And, if the two are connected, maybe the smuggler can help us narrow our search for the Breton. Ready to visit Kasalla’s warehouse?"
I’m ready to go to the smuggler’s warehouse.

Approaching Kasalla's Warehouse:

"That's Kasalla's warehouse. Only one sentry. Let's try not to cause a scene."

Inside Kasalla’s Warehouse:

"See what’s in those marked crates. I’ll watch the door."

After speaking to Kasalla:

"Brondold has good instincts. We’re definitely on to something. Our mystery buyer is hiring locals to haul these urns and Reach fetishes out of the city. But for what purpose?"

Could it have something to do with the ritual I saw the witch perform at the barrow? "Hmm. The coven was also perfecting some kind of ritual in Icereach. Something to do with storms. If these fetishes are from Icereach, you may be on to something. Still, why involve the locals? Seems like an unnecessary risk."
I guess we should check the lodge. "Good idea. Head there while I circle around from the other direction. Maybe I can catch them before they reach the lodge. Just be careful. I’d rather not lose another partner at this point in the investigation."
I’ll see you at the lodge.

After investigating the lodge and finding her:

"Over here, partner."

"All I found were these Reachmen stalking the pass. Decided that they’d rather die than talk, so I obliged. They don’t look like they’re from Icereach, but they are wearing the coven’s medallion. Anyway, did you find the lodge?"

The lodge was empty, but I found a letter for the Breton. Orders to send the shipment to Kilkreath. "Kilkreath? The temple to Meridia? Why would the Icereach Coven target a local Daedra cult?"
The letter said they were ready to start the ritual as soon as they received the shipment. "Damn. We’re running out of time. I’ll head back to Solitude and try again to warn High King Svargrim. You go to Kilkreath Temple and alert Meridia’s priests. I’ll meet you there as soon as I can."
Warn the priests? Shouldn’t I attempt to stop the ritual? "You’ll be going up against the coven by yourself. Warn the priests. If there’s an opportunity to safely stop or delay the ritual, by all means. But don’t take any unnecessary chances. I still don’t want to lose another partner. Good luck."
I’ll see you at Kilkreath Temple after you warn the high king.

At Kilkreath Temple:

"Looks like I made it back just in time. This place is crawling with vampires and that one was about to make a meal out of you."

That’s Fennorian of House Ravenwatch. He’s investigating the Icereach Coven like us. "House Ravenwatch? I’ve heard of them, but he’s a long way from Rivenspire. Well, if you’re willing to trust that vampire, I suppose I can, too. I spotted a coven witch. If we find her, we might be able to catch her."
A coven witch? Where "On the cliff overlooking the temple. Calls herself Sister Ambritt. I was going to rush her, but I wanted to make sure you haven’t run afoul of any of these monsters. No offense, Fenn. Come on, if we’re lucky the witch is still up there."
I’ll meet you up there.

After speaking to Fennorian:

"So, what did your vampire friend discover?"

Fennorian thinks the harrowstorms create the harrowfiends and the harrowed. "Reach witches summoning magical storms to create feral vampires? That’s horrible, but to what purpose? Well, that’s the next puzzle to solve. First, we need to get this information to the queen. Here, this was for Brondold, but it’s yours now."
Show: Dark Clouds Over Solitude GM
At Kilkreath Temple:

"Queen Gerhyld needs to hear what we discovered at Kilkreath Temple. Hopefully, that will be enough for her to get us an audience with High King Svargrim."

Do we have enough evidence to convince the high king and queen of the danger? "The queen seemed reasonable. She’ll believe us. As for Svargrim, who can tell? I haven’t met the man, but everything I’ve heard describes him as prideful, and hard-headed. Even with the queen’s help, there’s no guarantee."
So what do we do if High King Svargrim refuse to see us? "I’d like to knock down the palace door, grab him by the throat, and shake him until he listens. That would probably start a war, though, and Jorunn specifically asked me to avoid that. For now, let’s bring our evidence to High Queen Gerhyld."
Let’s go see the high queen. "If there’s anything else we need to discuss, let’s get it out of the way now, before we return to Solitude"
Why do you think the Icereach Coven wants to turn people into harrowfiends? "Hey, you and Fennorian came to that conclusion, not me. Still, it makes as much sense as anything. As to why, I have no idea. This connection to vampires, though. That’s troubling. We should keep Fenn away until we get into Svargrim’s good graces."
Fennorian is going to seek help from a clever woman near Morthal. "[?]"

At the Blue Palace:

"That’s one of the queen’s attendants! Let’s get inside!"

After Lyris spoke to Svargrim:

"Gods...what a disaster. The queen’s been assassinated and Svargrim still refuses to listen to reason. We need to find a way to set things right."

How did an assasin get that close to the queen? "Good question. The guards should have been able to handle a run-of-the-mill assassin. This could be connected to the Icereach Coven. In fact, I’d wager my axe that it is."
So what do we do now? "Look around. See if you can find any indication of how the assassin got in and out of the palace so easily. Maybe even turn up something that ties the murderer to the coven. I’ll make sure the princess is all right."
I’ll see what I can find.

After investigating the scene:

"Svana’s taking this pretty hard. I suppose most daughters feel close to their mothers. Not that I’d know. I never knew my mother. Sorry. Don’t mind me. Did you find anything that would lead us to the assassin?"

I found this medallion nearby, beneath a broken window. "We’ve seen these medallions before. On the Reachmen near Kilkreath. And I saw them on the witches in Icereach. The assassin definitely seems to be in league with the coven, but can we get Svargrim to believe that and accept the danger he’s in?"
The high king seemed pretty angry to me. "Svargrim has every right to be angry. He watched his wife die right before his eyes. But he’s the high king! He doesn’t have the right to be stupid. Time to make Svargrim confront some hard truths. Come on, the swordthane led the king upstairs."
Lead the way.

After speaking to the witnesses:

"This is Svargrim’s fault. He should have heeded us from the start."

"Damn Svargrim and his distrust of Jorunn! How many more of his people have to die before he accepts the truth and lets us help him? Forget that for now. Tell me about the assassin. Did anyone get a good look at the murderer?"

The assassin killed more people as he fled out of the city gate. A priest identified him as a vampire. "That would explain the assassin’s swiftness and ability to escape so easily. We knew the Icereach Coven had vampires on their side, but using them so blatantly? Anything else to report?"
Other than the assassin was a vampire who wore an eyepatch and escaped? No. "Well then, time to fight fire with fire. They’ve got evil vampires, and we’ve got a friendly one. Let’s find out exactly what your friend Fenn knows about vampire clans in the area. Where did you tell me Fenn was going again?"
Fennorian. He said he was going to see a clever woman near Morthal. "Right. To research the ritual. Go find them and see what you can learn. I’ll stay with Svana. Bring her up to speed on everything we’ve uncovered. We’re going to need her to get the high king to trust us. And I’m calling him Fenn. It’s simpler."
Fenn it is. I’ll find him and see if he can help us track down Queen Gerhyld’s assassin.

At Silversnow Mine:

"We think this old mine is where the assassin fled to? Good a place as any to bury him."

Did Fenn inform you of our findings? "The clever woman helped you track the queen’s assassin to his hideout in Chillwind Depths. He got away and left behind evidence that the coven’s planning another harrowstorm in this mine and we’re going to wreck those plans. I miss anything?"
Since the assassin escaped, they’re probably expecting us. "Good. Less chance of them scurrying away if they think they have the advantage. I’m tired of chasing these rats through the shadows. Are you ready to end this?"
Let’s go.

"These tunnels better be dug on the large size."

In Blackreach:

"This is impressive, and that’s coming from someone who’s been to Oblivion and back. I can’t believe there’s omeone living down here, but atleast it gives us a place to start looking."

No sign of the vampire assassin yet. "Let’s split up. Take a look around. Ask some questions. If the assassin passed through that ramshackle town, someone saw him. Call out if you run into trouble, but don’t make a move until we’re all back together."
You really think we should split up? "We can cover more gorund that way. And lone travellers are less conspicuous than a large group. Plus, if one of us gets into trouble, the others can come to the rescue. Just stay close to the town. We don’t want to become totally separated down here."

After talking to the miners:

"What a waste of time. These people have no clue as to what’s going on down here. I wonder if being stupid was part of their service contract? Did you turn up anything?"

No one I spoke to has seen a man with an eye patch. "Just because no one saw him doesn’t mean he wasn’t here. Let’s talk to Fenn before we start turning the place inside out. Maybe he’s had better luck."
Fenn said he’d meet us outside the far side of the town. "Right, skulking in the shadows. Lead the way, I’m right behind you."

After speaking to Fennorian:

"Move! You take the east side, I’ll take the west. Then meet in the middle."

In Kagnthamz:

"We’re here. Let’s find this assassin."

After defeating Sister Tharda:

"One more witch for the pyre. Let’s go after the other two."

After speaking to Fennorian:

"Damn it, the vampire and the werewolf are long gone. They called themselves Tzinghalis and Ulfra. And they had an unusual rank or title. Exarch. I wonder what that means?"

They also mentioned an Ashen Lord. "Yeah, I heard. No idea who or what that is though. Maybe Fenn can make sense of what we saw down here. In the meantime, I’m going to head back inside. I want to get a better look at those stone husks that were left behind."
What do you want me to do? "While Fenn and I examine that ritual site more closely, you should return to Solitude and inform Svana that her mother’s assassin has been taken care of. She’d want to know. More than that, she deserves to know."
I’ll go tell Svana the news. "I left Svana back at the Lonely Troll, under the care of that drunken Orc, Maugh. Unless he ignored my stern warnings, he should be keeping the princess there. I’ll meet you back in the city once we finish here."
What are you hoping to find back at the ritual site? "[?]"
Why did you leave Svana at the Lonely Troll? "Because I don’t trust the security at the palace. Vampire or not, the assassin had too easy a time getting close to the queen. Besides, Svana feels comfortable at the tavern. I figured she needed some comfort after watching her mother die."
Show: Danger in the Holds GM
At Morthal Barrow:

"See that mound? That’s the barrow. The entrance will be down below."

After destroying the Witch Pike:

"No sign of that witch or the reliquary she ran off with. We should get back to the jarl’s hall."

Upon exiting the Barrow:

"If I never have to enter another barrow, it will be too soon." "No sign of that witch or the reliquary she ran off with. We should get back to the jarl’s hall."

What do you think we saw down there? "We saw the last stand of what could have been a much larger attack on Morthal. The witch pike in the barrow was the only one that wasn’t destroyed before they performed the ritual. Soldiers were caught in the harrowstorm, but the town was spared."
So that’s why the soldiers beccame harrowfiends? "That’s what happened in Kilkreath after the storm hit. I’m more curious about the witch, though. Why was that gray reliquary important enough for her to grab it and run off as soon as she spotted us? Come one, let’s go talk to Jarl Reddharn."
I’ll see you at the jarl’s hall.

At Solitude, east of the Wayshrine:

"Glad to see you’re alive and well. I was getting worried with all the harrowed they’ve been bringing into the city."

What are they doing with the harrowed? "They’ve been taking them to the Temple of the Divines in Castle Dour. I suppose it’s really the only place to care for them in their condition."
So High King Svargrim is finally taking our warning seriously? "Jarl Reddharn gave him an earful the moment we entered the Blue Palace. Nord politics, it’s a wonder to behold. One step removed from a barroom brawl. I’m disappointed they didn’t start slugging each other, but it worked out in the end."
We reached Karthwatch too late. It was destroyed by a harrowstorm. "Damn it, I was afraid of that. We’re running out of time and we still don’t fully understand what we’re facing out there. Hey, where’s the princess? Tell me you didn’t lose Svana in Karthwatch."
Svana’s fine. She wants us to meet her in her chamber in the Blue Palace.
Show: The Vampire Scholar GM
In Svana’s chamber, in the Blue Palace:

"Dusktown? I wonder what Fenn’s found that led him back down there? Does his message give any indication of where we can find him? The settlement isn’t big, but it’s not exactly small, either."

Fenn’s message says he secured lodging on the south side. "Well, that’s a start. You know, I’d never imagined I’d be working alongside a vampire...let alone one that I respect. With all the leeches we’ve already had to kill, it’s nice to see another side. Fenn’s...different."
He certainly is. Let’s go find him. "You go on ahead. I need to get my axe sharpened before I go back down into Blackreach."
All right, I’ll meet you there.

At Dusktown, Blackreach:

"Hey, partner, glad I found you. Now, let’s get Fenn and return to the Blue Palace."

In Dusktown Lodgings:

"Fenn never struck me as a messy person. Could there have been a struggle here?"

After examining the burnt papers:

"Burnt papers? Someone was trying to hide something."

After finding investigating the lodge:

"Burnt journal pages, Fenn’s flask, and a strange, old key...all found among clear signs of a struggle. But other than what’s in the flask, we didn’t see any blood. That means Fenn’s probably taken alive."

What do you make of the notes and the key? "The key looks Dwarven to me. And the notes mention a Dwarven tower. They could be connected. The notes also indicate that Fenn was going to meet with someone named Edjar east of the Dusktown bridge. You start there and I’ll check with the locals."
I’ll try to find this Edjar then. "I have no idea who Edjar is. Or who took Fenn, for that matter. It could be this Ashen Lord we heard mentioned, or maybe the Icereach Coven. The question is, why take Fenn at all? Why not just kill him? Does he have information they need?"
Do you think Fenn’s disappearance is related to whatever drew him to Blackreach? "More than likely. If they want to get information out of him, death might be preferable to whatever tortures they have planned. Let’s get to it. You find this Edjar and I’ll see if the locals saw what happened here."

After speaking to Edjar:

"None of the locals really wanted to talk. One or to admitted to seeing Fenn, but no one witnessed any kind of disturbance at his lodgings. At least, no one saw anything they were willing to tell me about. Is this Edjar? Does he know anything?"

Edjar can lead us to Fenn, but we need to fulfill the bargain Fenn made with him. "Why is everything so complicated in this part of Skyrim? All right, so tell me. What did Fenn agree to do for our half-naked friend over there?"
We need to free Edjar’s pack mates from Exarch Tzinghalis in the Lightless Hollow. "Pack mates? Edjar is a werewolf? This just keeps getting better and better. So, I take you know how you want to deal with this particular situation?"
I’ll use the key we found to free the pack. Meet me at the Lightless Hollow, south of the work camp.

Inside Tzinghalis’s Tower:

"Definitely Dwarven. Watch out for traps."

After solving the puzzle:

"That sounded promising. Let’s try the door."

Upon entering Tzinghalis’s Laboratory:

"This chamber’s been used recently. Let’s look around."

After reading Netherroot Notes:

"That’s an ugly plant. Must be the netherroot mentioned in the note."

After taking the Refined Netherroot Brew:

"Why does everything connected to vampires involve blood?"

After hearing Fennorian’s scream:

"That was Fenn! We need to keep moving."

At the Netherroot machine:

"That smell, it’s overwhelming! We need to shut down those machines. That’s poison! Why are they spraying it on those plants? More of that netherroot. Turn off those sprayers or we’ll never get across this chamber."

After activating the Primary Distillate Outflow valve:

"That did something."

After activating the Secondary Distillate Outflow valve:

"I think you’ve figured it out!"

After activating the Primary Distillate Outflow valve again:

"You did it! Now we can cross the chamber. Shor’s bones, that stone husk is moving!"

After defeating Exarch Tzinghalis:

"Fenn’s delirious. See if you can free him!"

After Lyris spoke to Fennorian:

"I see a map and some papers. Hey partner, take a look."

After taking the map and the communique:

"So, partner, what did you find?"

"We set out to find Fenn and bring him back to Solitude. Along the way, we learned more about our true enemy, killed one of their leaders, and acquired some valuable intelligence. That’s a victory in my book."

Anything else we need to do here? "Not that I can think of. I’ll make sure that Fenn makes it to the Blue Palace. We’ll meet you there. And don’t forget that map and communique."
All right, see you at the Blue Palace.
Show: The Gray Host GM
In Svana’s chamber, in the Blue Palace:

"I know a commander’s map when I see one. Each of those marks matches a location mentioned in the communique from Rada al-Saran, the leader of the Gray Host. I can already see where we need to go."

Where do you think we should look? "That mark on the northwest coast, that’s an Icereach Coven camp. The communique mentioned needing more medallions. Odds are they come from there. And here, between Dragon Bridge and Morthal. It’s a staging ground for the harrowstorms."
And that’s where we can find the refined netherroot brew. "More than likely. Those two locations should provide what Fenn needs to finish his elixir. We can’t bet everything on that, though. The communique mentions a warlords’ camp in Blackreach. Maybe we can learn more about their ultimate plan there."
Three camps. That’s a lot of ground to cover. "Svana, Fenn and I will divvy up the camps and scout ahead. Fenn should investigate the coastal camp. I’ll take the midlands camp. That leaves Svana with Blackreach. Meet up with each of us when you’re ready. Then we’ll hit each camp in turn."
What should we expect to find at these Gray Host camps? "[?]"

At the Midland Camp:

"Just arrived? Don’t worry. I found something to keep me occupied."

"A bold move, setting up camps in the midst of the western holds. I’ll say this is for the Gray Host, they aren’t afraid to draw attention to themselves. I learned a few things while I was waiting for you to show up."

Tell me what you found out. "It’s just as we thought. The Gray Host is using this camp as a supply depot for their raids across the countryside. I saw stacks of witch pikes, rows of reliquaries, and jars of what I assume is the refined netherroot brew."
Fenn needs the refined netherroot brew for his elixir. "Right. And I heard the camp leader, a nasty creature named Sable-Eye, tell his troops to make sure to use the new supply that just arrived from Blackreach. Let’s go grab a jar or two."
I’m ready.

After searching the first cart:

"Hmm. No jars in the cart. Let’s try another one."

After searching the second cart:

"Not this cart either. I hope we didn’t miss it."

After finding the Refined Netherroot Brew:

"You got a jar of the refined brew? Let’s talk over there."

"Luck was with us. If we had reached this camp even a few moments later, Saber-Eye would have gotten away with the netherroot brew."

This looks like the jar of refined brew we found in Tzinghalis's laboratory. "After all this trouble, Fenn better be able to use it to make his elixir. I'll take the jar of refined brew to Solitude. We'll meet up in Svana's chambers when everyone gets back from their missions. I hope they're all right."
You seem to have grown fond of Fenn and Svana. "Fenn has proven himself, especially what happened in Blackreach. House Ravenwatch...they're unusual, as far as blood suckers go. As for Svana, she's braver than I originally thought. Anyway, meet me in Solitude after you finish up."
What else do I need to do? "[?]"

In the Blue Palace, after High King Svargrim escaped:

"Svargrim's a bastard, but King Jorunn believed he had the best interest of his people at heart. Obviously, something changed. And with Solitude targeted for a massive harrowstorm, things have gotten more complicated."

With Svargrim's help, the Gray Host might already be prepared to summon their harrowstorms. "Not everything is as grim as it appears. We did create an elixir. That's our best chance of protecting the people from the harrowstorms. We just need to ditribute it. In the meantime, take this. It may not seem like much, but you earned it."
Show: Greymoor Rising GM
At Solitude's city gate:

"Jorunn sent me with a warning for Solitude. Now, I'm about to march into the starless depths of Blackreach to try to avert a massacre. How do I keep getting myself into these kinds of situations?"

You don't have to go with us. "I thought you know me better than that. Taking on the impossible challenge, beating the unbeatable foe...this is what I'm good at. So, yes. I do have to do this. And we're going to win. We have to."
What do you think about High King Svargrim? "Svargrim. To cast his lot with the Gray Host, become a vampire. Threaten his own people with a's madness! One thing's for certain. We have to stop him."
How do we stop the harrowstorm? "One step at a time. First we make our way down into Blackreach. There we find the ritual site. It must be right beneath the city. We smash witch pikes and kill as many Gray Host bastards as possible. After that, we pray for Kyne and hope for the best."

At Greymoor Keep:

"That's...ominous. And, unless I miss my guess, it's directly under Solitude."

"That's our target. This ritual site must be somewhere inside that horrid structure. I scouted the area before you arrived. It's full of Gray Host forces. And from what I can tell, Svargrim and Rada al-Saran are both inside."

Then let's go down there and do this. "Not so fast. If we rush down as a group, they'll be on us like a snow bear on a horker. You go ahead. Try to cross the bridge to the main entrance. It's well guarded, but you're more than capable. Or you could try the alternative."
Tell me about this alternative. "There's a sluice gate on the outer courtyard, tucked away against the keep's eastern wall. The few patrols in the area can be avoided if you're stealthy. Opening the gate requires a key, but that should be simple enough to find."
Cross the bridge or sneak in through a sluice gate. Sounds like a clear choice. "You know your strengths and weaknesses better than I do. Play to those. But whichever path you decide, move quickly. We need to find the ritual site and deal with the witch pike before they unleash the harrowstorm on the city."
I'll make my way inside. "Cross the bridge or use the sluice gate to get into the inner courtyard. Then find the keep's side entrance, east of the main stairs. I'll stay with Svana and Fenn. Make sure they don't get themselves killed. We'll meet you inside as soon as we can."
How do I find the ritual site? "That's...a good question. I didn't see anything when I scouted the exterior, so the witch pikes must be somewhere in the keep. I expect once we find Svargrim and Rada al-Saran, we'll also find the ritual site."

At the entrance to Greymoor Keep:

"Nice of you to join us."

Upon entering the Greymoor Keep Centre Tower:

"You and Fenn take these stairs. Svana and I will go this way."

At the Stone Husk Gallery:

"That energy, they're waking up! Get ready to fight!"

"Keep moving! Don't let them surround us!"

"Come one! We're nearly through!"

"A dead end? Damn!"

In Greymoor Keep Upper Levels:

"Damn magic! Give me something to hit!"

Outside the Temple of the Divines, after Svana and Fennorian's conversation:

"You and I will keep that from happening. Take the Princess and deal with Svargrim, partner."

Upon exiting the temple courtyard:

"Get to the tower and stop Svargrim. We'll hold the gate."

Show: Daughter of the Wolf GM
At the Temple of the Divines courtyard:

"So, is it over? What happened to Svargrim? And where's Svana?"

Svargrim's dead and Svana's fine, but she needed a moment. She asked me to check on you. "A parent's betrayal cuts deeper than a sword. But Svana's strong. Stronger than she's been given credit for. And Solitude's going to need that stength in the coming days."
Do you think she can handle it? "If you told me the tavern rat we met at the Lonely Troll would become my choice to lead this land, I'd have called you mad. Then again, my king's a skald, so what do I know? Come on. There's probably something productive we should be doing."
What do you have in mind? "Find out if everyone in the Hall of the Dead is all right. I'll make sure Castle Dour is secured."
What happened with the horde of harrowfiends? "We did our best to hold the harrowfiends inside Castle Dour, but nothing short of stone walls were going to keep those monsters from pushing through. Seemed like everyone I killed was replaced by two more."
How'd you stop them? "Almost didn't. We were nearly overrun before Fenn went wild. I've never seen him like that! Snarling and showing what a true vampire can do. Took the harrowfiends by surprise and we routed them. I did have to thwack him to clear his head, though."

At Solitude's city gate:

"Partner! Could really use your knack for diplomacy right now. Speak to the Skald-King before we start a war."

After speaking to Svana:

"I'm glad to be done with this. Diplomacy and investigation aren't my favorite pass-times. They seem to suit you, though. You stepped up to the task better than I could have hoped."

Will you be leaving Western Skyrim now? "I'll be staying so long as Jorunn's here or until I can persuade him to send me after Rada al-Saran. That leech owes a lot of blood to us and I intend to squeeze it out of him. We have to find him first."
Do you have any leads? "Whatever his plans were after sacking Solitude, we haven't uncovered them. With any luck the Skald-King will send me on a raid of the Gray Host and I can beat some answers out of a few of them."
Let me know if you do. "Count on it."

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Daughter of Giants

After defeating Ragjar and talking to Gjalder:

Gjalder: "Lyris? Is this true, child?"
Lyris: "You were always so cold. So distant. My mother died giving my life. It was my fault! I should never have been born!"
Gjalder: "Lyris, look at me. The blood of giants flows through my veins. Your mother was a Nord. I gave her my seed without thought for her safety. That's why she died. Not because of you, child. Because of me!"
Lyris: "I thought you blame me. You ... you couldn't even look at me, Papa!"
Gjalder: "Do you not see? When I looked at you, I saw her face. I loved her, child. Just as I love you―more than life itself. We cannot change the past, nor should we cling to it. You must not let these feelings haunt you. Let them go. Let me go."
Lyris: "I love you too, Papa. Rest now. Be at peace."

After entering Clannfear Roost:

Lyris: "Abnur Tharn, you traitorous bastard! I should have expected to find you here!"
Abnur: "Don't be a fool, Titanborn. I'm trying to help you. Your hatred poisons you. Warriors are like steel. When you lose temper, you lose your worth."
Lyris: "Help me? You betrayed us all, then went back to licking Mannimarco's boot before the smoke cleared!"
Abnur: "I did what I had to do. And, as a show of my good intentions, I have a gift for you. But, be warned. Coldharbour will not give it up, easily."
Lyris: "Is that ... ? Shor's bones, it is! Vestige, that's my battle axe!"

In the Prison of Echoes, after approaching Sai Sahan:

Lyris: "Sai! What's happened to you? What have they done?"
Sai: "Lyris! Lyris, I can see you! Are you really there?"
Lyris: "Sai, it's me! We're seeing some kind of vision of you. Do you know where you are?"
Sai: "I ... I don't know. They're torturing me. They ... want the Amulet of Kings. Want me to tell them where it's hidden. But I haven't broken. Not yet."
Lyris: "Sai, you need to hold on. We're going to find you. I'll make sure of it. We'll find you! Somehow, we'll get you out of here! Sai? Sai! No! Bring him back, you bastards!"

After escaping to the Harborage:

The Prophet: "Lyris, child. Are you all right?"
Lyris: "Yes, Prophet. I'm fine. The Vestige freed my mind from the Daedra's control."
The Prophet: "Thank the Divines. Your loss would have thrown all into chaos."
Lyris: "They won't take me again. Not alive, at least. Prophet, Mannimarco captured Sai Sahan! He's torturing him to find out where the Amulet of Kings is hidden. We have to rescue him!"

Castle of the Worm

The Prophet: "Tharn is quite correct. We have little choice in the matter."
Lyris Titanborn: "You can't be serious! How can we possibly trust him?"
The Prophet: "As our visitor so eloquently pointed out, we cannot. But if we are to locate Sai Sahan, we must do this. Go with the Vestige, Lyris. Rescue Tharn. Give him a chance to redeem himself. He may surprise you."

Escaping the Summit

Lyris Titanborn: "You must be the ugliest princess ever rescued from a tower, Tharn."
Abnur Tharn: "I'm shocked your lack of education and repeated blows to the head haven't dulled your wit, Titanborn."

Sai Sahan's Location

Lyris Titanborn: "What? You son of a bitch!"
Abnur Tharn: "Gah! Are you insane? Get away from me, you brutish she-troll!"
The Prophet: "Lyris! Stand down!"
Lyris Titanborn: "He's done nothing but lie to us from the beginning! I don't care what he says, he'll always be Mannimarco's toady!"
Abnur Tharn: "Please. Mannimarco wants me dead! Did I pretend to capitulate to him? Yes, I did. Do you have any idea how many lives I saved by doing so?"
Lyris Titanborn: "The only thing you saved was your holdings and your own hide, you pompous ass!"
The Prophet: "Enough! Abnur had no choice, Lyris. And we are guilty of our own deceit, are we not? The time has come for the Vestige to know the truth!"
Abnur Tharn: "What's this? The Vestige doesn't know? Oh, this is rich!"
Lyris Titanborn: "Sire, don't ...!"
The Prophet: "Vestige. Until now, you have only known me as the Prophet. But that is not my true name. I ... am Varen Aquilarios!"
Abnur Tharn: "Our fallen Emperor, in the tattered robes of a Moth Priest, blind as a newborn kitten!"
Varen Aquilarios: "I am sorry I deceived you, Vestige."

Journey to Sai Sahan

Lyris Titanborn: "Put a corck in it, Tharn! Sai's my friend. Probably the best friend I have. If the Vestige is going, I'm going too!"
Abnur Tharn: "Yes, I see. And you are the most qualified, why? Is it your superior knowledge of Coldharbour? Your expertise in dealing with Daedric entities? Or is it simply the unrequited puppy love you feel for that shirtless mammoth?"

Valley of Blades

Sai Sahan: "It is strange to return to these mountains. Memories of youth flood my mind, each one bringing its own sorrow, or its own smile."
Abnur Tharn: "Oh, joy. We've been here less than five minutes and Sahan is already getting maudlin and weepy."
Lyris Titanborn: "Shut up, Tharn! Don't let him get to you, Sai. Let him roll his eyes. Maybe he'll find a brain back there."
Sai Sahan: "What is this? The abbey burns! Quickly! We must find Kasura!"
Lyris Titanborn: "So much destruction! What could have done this?"
Abnur Tharn: "I'm afraid I've seen this before. Keep an eye skyward, Titanborn!"
Sai Sahan: "Kasura! There!"
Kasura: "Sai Sahan! Intruders ... cultists .... they attacked the abbey. So many of my students have fallen ...."
Sai Sahan: "Kasura! Are you injured? What happened? The abbey is in ruins, Kasura! How could they ...?"
Kasura: "A gigantic beast ... like nothing I've ever seen! The cultists ... they're opening rifts to Oblivion!"
Sai Sahan: "Save your strength, Kasura. We will make them pay, I promise you!"
Lyris Titanborn: "What do you think? Trap?"
Abnur Tharn: "It's only a trap if you don't know about it. I assume everything is a trap. Therefore, it's a challenge."
Mannimarco: "In the name of Molag Bal, come forth and destroy his enemies!"
Mannimarco: "Heed me, Daedric minions, and obey!"
Mannimarco: "Hosts of Oblivion, come forth and feast!"
Kasura: "Sai, the Titan returns!"
Mannimarco: "Ah, Sai Sahan and company, at last! My pet has been waiting for you."
Lyris Titanborn: "Eyes skyward! Here it comes!"
Mannimarco: "How many more of your friends must die, Sai Sahan? Where is the Amulet of Kings?"

Ancestral Crypt

Kasura: "Follow me. The hidden entrance will not be obvious."
Lyris Titanborn: "Why would a crypt need a secret entrance?"
Abnur Tharn: "It's a wonder there's an unplundered crypt in all of Skyrim! You Nords could learn a thing or two from the builders of Hammerfell."
Sai Sahan: "Perhaps Hammerfell could also teach Nibenay the virtue of good manners."
Kasura: "Here we are. Watch your step as you descend."

Ring of Stendarr's Mercy

Sai Sahan: "Tread lightly. Few living have been permitted to walk among these honored dead."
Sai Sahan: "Divad Hunding, son of Frandar do Hunding Hel Ansei No Shira, the greatest of the Sword Saints. The hearth of every household in Hammerfell has small alcove containing a copy of his father's greatest work, The Book of Circles."
Sai Sahan: "Ra Abah was a warrior of great renown. He fought alongside Frandar Hunding in the seven great battles against the Armies of Hira, and survived. At the final battle at Hattu Mountain, more than three hundred thousand gave their lives."
[After finding the Ring]
Sai Sahan: "It seems fitting that the Ring of Stendarr's Mercy lies with my father's greatsword. We will need both for the battles that lay before us."
Sai Sahan: "By the sword of my father, Nazir Itaf Sahan, I pledge myself to the destruction of Mannimarco and the liberation of Tamriel from the tyranny of the God of Schemes, Molag Bal!"
[After talking to Kasura]
Mannimarco: "I knew you would lead me to the ring, eventually. Give it to me!"
Sai Sahan: "Your presence defiles this place, Mannimarco!"
Mannimarco: "Give me the ring and I might spare your pathetic lives!"
Lyris Titanborn: "We struck down your Titan and we'll strike you down soon enough!"
Mannimarco: "The Titan was a prelude of what's to come if you continue to defy me!"
Abnur Tharn: "Defy you? Your delusions of godhood are laughable, your ignominious corpse-herder!"
Mannimarco: "Very well, then. I'll simply take the ring from your corpses."
Sai Sahan: "Blasphemy! How dare you raise the honored dead to fight your battle!"
[After defeating Divad Hunding]
Kasura: "Sai, look out! He's raising Ra Abah!"
[After defeating Ra Abah]
Abnur Tharn: "The next time you hide something from the most powerful necromancer in all of Tamriel, you might reconsider hiding it in a bloody tomb!"
[After defeating Ansei Kalam and Ra Adia]
Sai Sahan: "Hold the line! They must not get the ring!"
[After defeating Ra Hasa, Ra Huzar, and Ansei Satameh]
Sai Sahan: "Rest in peace, honored dead."
Kasura: "I swear on the souls of my ancestors, I will avenge Mannimarco's blasphemy!"
[After talking to Sai Sahan]
Kasura: "The damage is great, but if you had not arrived when you did, there would be nothing left to rebuild. Be safe in the coming days, my friends. I look forward to your return."
Sai Sahan: "The Abbey of Blades will rise from these ashes. If I survive the dark path we must walk, I will return to help Kasura shape a new generation of blademasters."

Sancre Tor

Lyris Titanborn: "You could have hidden that amulet anywhere in Tamriel, and this was your first choice?"
Sai Sahan: "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
Abnur Tharn: "Brilliant. Why is it that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the ones who are most certain of them?"
Lyris Titanborn: "Shut up, Tharn."
Sai Sahan: "Shut up, Tharn."

Confronting Mannimarco

Mannimarco: "What brings you to Sancre Tor, old friends? Looking for an amulet, perhaps?"
Sai Sahan: "Mannimarco? How did you find this place?"
Mannimarco: "Do you really think I'd allow you to escape the Halls of Torment if I couldn't track your every movement?"
Lyris Titanborn: "Sai, no! Mannimarco, stop! You're killing him!"
Mannimarco: "Where is the Amulet of Kings? My master, Molag Bal, demands it!"
Abnur Tharn: "Your master. Please! You would use the amulet to betray Molag Bal!"
Mannimarco: "Fool! When I ascended, you could have been at my right hand, Tharn. Instead you chose to allign yourself with mongrels and imbeciles. Now you'll die with them!"
Abnur Tharn: "You won't get away with this. Do you really think you can betray a Daedric Prince?"
Mannimarco: "With the Amulet of Kings, all things are possible! Nations will tremble and bow before me! I will be a god!"
Sai Sahan: "The Amulet of Kings will never be yours! It is protected by a ward of the Divines!"
Mannimarco: "You mean your ward of Stendarr, God of Merciful Forbearance, patron of gutless, law-abiding dimwits? It won't even slow me down!"

Sancre Tor's courtyard

Lyris Titanborn: "Sai, are you well enough to continue?"
Sai Sahan: "Have no fear, Snow Lily. I am Redguard. We are like mountain bamboo: far stronger and more flexible than we might appear."
Abnur Tharn: "I find it hilarious that Mannimarco chose such a massive projected appearance. He's obviously overcompensating for something."

Sancre Tor Inner Chamber

Mannimarco: "Persistent, aren't you? Do you really think you can keep me from acquiring the amulet?"
Sai Sahan: "The Amulet of Kings is under the protection of Stendarr's ward! It will never be yours!"
Mannimarco: "Ah, Sai. You still don't understand, do you? My plan will succeed because of your ward of Stendarr! It will prevent Molag Bal from observing or interfering. By the time the ward is down and the amulet is mine, it will already be too late!"
Lyris Titanborn: "You're insane if you think you can betray the God of Schemes!"
Mannimarco: "Naive child! You know nothing! Chim-el Adabal, the red diamond at the center of the Amulet of Kings, is the most powerful Soul Gem ever created! With the amulet in my possession, I will absorb Molag Bal's power, reducing him to an empty husk of ethereal flesh. Then I will trap his essence within the gem! In time, the name Molag Bal will be forgotten! In time, all of Tamriel will bow down before me! Soon, the God of Schemes will have a new name: Mannimarco!"
Sai Sahan: "I do not like Mannimarco as a mortal. I think I will like him even less as a god."

Sancre Tor Inner Courtyard

Sai Sahan: "Please. A moment, my friends. I ... I must rest before we continue."
Lyris Titanborn: "Sai? Are you all right? That bastard really hurt you, didn't he? I swear to the gods I'll take his head off!"
Sai Sahan: "I'll be fine, Snow Lily. I just need a moment to catch my breath."
Lyris Titanborn: "Take all the time you need. I'll keep watch. If there's anything I can do, just name it."
Abnur Tharn: "An enchanting moment. I'll be over here, bringing up my lunch."

Sancre Tor Vault

Abnur Tharn: "Dank corridors, crumbling walls, nauseating smells. This place has all the charm of a Riften brothel. It must feel very much like home to you, Titanborn."
Lyris Titanborn: "You mean a crypt filled with the rotting corpses of inbred kings and failed statesmen. Must be what it's like at a Tharn family reunion."
Sai Sahan: "It is more pleasant in the summer months."

Vault Antechamber

Mannimarco: "Your pathetic efforts will not succeed! The Amulet of Kings will be mine!"
Sai Sahan: "I swear by Stendarr's grace and the sword of my father, you will not win, Mannimarco!"
Mannimarco: "Soon, you will know the extent of my power and bow before me! Through the Amulet of Kings, I will be transformed! All the nations of Tamriel will bow before me! They will worship me and beg for my mercy! All will know the name of Mannimarco as their one, true god!"
Lyris Titanborn: "You'll never get away with it, Mannimarco! We'll fight you to our last breath!"
Mannimarco: "By all means, my old friends. Try and stop me!"

Retrieving the Amulet of Kings

Mannimarco: "Miserable fools! You are nothing! I am Mannimarco!"
Abnur Tharn: "Keep Mannimarco occupied! I'll close the portal!"
Mannimarco: "Minions, arise! Obey me!"
Sai Sahan: "I will hold them at the portal! Focus on Mannimarco!"
Mannimarco: "I grow tired of these games!"
Lyris Titanborn: "He's weakening! Don't stop now!"
Mannimarco: "Do you really think that death can stop the most powerful necromancer Tamriel has ever known? This is merely a transition! My first step towards true immortality! Now witness my true power! Watch as I rise up from the grave and ascend to godhood!"
Molag Bal: "Worm! You think you can betray the Lord of Brutality and Domination without consequence? You will pay for your arrogance! You will writhe in agony for the rest of eternity! Your tortured screams will echo throughout Oblivion to serve as a warning to others!"
[After retrieving the Amulet]
Lyris Titanborn: "Everything Mannimarco did was designed to pit us against each other. We can't let that happen. Look what we can accomplish when we work together."
Abnur Tharn: "How uncharacteristically optimistic of you, Titanborn. I may have that embroidered on a pillow."
Lyris Titanborn: "The Divines gave you a nose for a reason, Tharn. So you can keep your mouth shut and still keep breathing."
Abnur Tharn: "Well played, Titanborn. Well played."

The Five Companions

Sai Sahan: "My lord, with your permission."
Varen Aquilarios: "You needn't call me that anymore, Sai Sahan. We are equals now."
Sai Sahan: "All those years ago, when we fought beneath our lord's banner to free the Empire from the Longhouse Emperors, we did so with a dream of freedom and peace in mind―not just for the Empire, but for all of Tamriel. Together we forged a fellowship stronger than any blade, only to see it shattered upon the rocks of deceit by one of our own. That fellowship is no more, yet we four have assembled here, united by a single purpose. It is not vengeance that drives us, but truth and loyalty and justice. I, Sai Sahan, steward of the Abbey of Blades, call for the Five Companions to be reforged this day. By the light of Stendarr, and the heart of Lorkhan, may our blade fellowship be forged anew. And may the Vestige, our mutual friend and ally, become its tip, that we may thrust it straigt into the heart of a Daedric Prince."
Lyris Titanborn: "Sai Sahan is right. You are the member that we should have had all those years ago."
Varen Aquilarios: "It is as the Scrolls foretold. The soulless one will become the brightest of five stars, and they shall guide us to the coming dawn."
Abnur Tharn: "Oh, please. You melodramatic sots! Fine, fine. If seeing one of your foolish prophecies come true will help to ensure the safety of the Empire, I'll play along."
Sai Sahan: "We stand united once more―the Five Companions are reforged, and together we will strike down the God of Schemes!"
Lyris Titanborn: "Come here, my friend. I've got a few things I want to say before you go."


Lyris Titanborn: "Let's not forget the struggles that got us to this point. We're almost home. We just have a bit further to fight."
Abnur Tharn: "Are you all insane? You do realize what we need to do, right? We have to fight a Daedric Prince. Amulet or no, this is going to mean more death. Vestige! Come here. I'll tell you what they're afraid to mention."

The Price of Divine Power

Abnur Tharn: "Of course it is. The fact of the matter stands, however. One of the Five will need to give their life to fuel this attack, when the time comes."
Lyris Titanborn: "So you said before the Vestige arrived. And I've already thought over it. I'll do it."
Sai Sahan: "Snow Lily, no! You should not need to give your life this way. This is my duty―penance for my numerous failures. This is my chance to make things right."
Varen Aquilarios: "The Scrolls said nothing of this moment, and so I am not bound to their dictates. Vestige, I ask that you let me do this one thing. All that has happened was because of my hubris. I shall be the one."
Lyris Titanborn: "Sire, you've done enough. This was Mannimarco's doing, not yours."
Abnur Tharn: "As the one who will fight the Daedric Prince, the Vestige should decide."
Lyris Titanborn: "I don't see you leaping to volunteer, Tharn. Saving your own backside again?"
Abnur Tharn: "Hard as it may be, Lyris, don't be an idiot. I am the only one who knows the ritual and we don't have time to teach anyone else."
Varen Aquilarios: "That's enough. It won't be decided here and now. Vestige, come here. I have some final words for you."

Heart's Grief

The Prophet: "This place is alive with pain and suffering. This must be where Molag Bal torments those who displease him."
Lyris Titanborn: "Look there! Is that Mannimarco?"
Abnur Tharn: "Mannimarco! He was a back-stabbing hypocrite with delusions of godhood. The fool got precisely what he deserved!"
(If Mannimarco is released)
Mannimarco: "You actually released me? Naive fool! Future generations will pay for your weakness!"
Abnur Tharn: "Are you insane? That worm didn't deserve your mercy!"
Lyris Titanborn: "Why do I get the feeling we're going to regret this?"

Seat of Tyranny

The Prophet: "There. That place should serve us well. Let us assemble and prepare the ritual."
Lyris Titanborn: "What do you suppose this place was?"
Sai Sahan: "A temple of some kind. The Dark Anchors may have pulled it into Coldharbour. Or, perhaps it was created by the Daedra to mock the Divines."
Abnur Tharn: "What does it matter? We can't wait any longer. We must perform the ritual. Vestige, it is time for you to make your decision."

The ritual

Abnur Tharn: "Position yourself over there, Vestige. And brace yourself."
(If Lyris Titanborn is the sacrifice)
Sai Sahan: "Snow Lily, no... don't do this. Please."
Lyris Titanborn: "Death is simply life's next great adventure, and I am prepared to make the journey. I hope to see you all again one day, in Sovngarde. Until then, it has been my greatest honor."
(If Sai Sahan is the sacrifice)
Lyris Titanborn: "Sai, I... I'll never forget you. And we'll finish this, I swear it."
Sai Sahan: "I am honored to make this sacrifice. When you think of me, I hope you remember me fondly, and sing songs of this day while you toast to my memory."
(If Varen Aquilarios is the sacrifice)
Lyris Titanborn: "We'll never forget you Sire, or your sacrifice."
Varen Aquilarios: "Great Akatosh, Dragon God of Time, forgive me for my hubris. Grant your divine power to the Vestige and restore your protection to Tamriel, that my sacrifice might not be in vain."

The aftermath

If Sai Sahan was sacrificed:

Varen Aquilarios: "The scents of the Harborage fill the air. But what happened? How did we return? Lyris? Lyris, are you there?"
Cadwell: "Not to worry, not to worry! Lyris is fit as a fiddle, and you all seem quite intact, as well."
Lyris Titanborn: "I'm here, sire. But where's Tharn?"
Cadwell: "He vanished. Ran off, I think. And he took the amulet you chaps found, with him."
Lyris Titanborn: "That bastard! Sai died for that Amulet!"
Cadwell: "The Amulet's power is expended for generations to come. It will be of no use to him, now."
Varen Aquilarios: "Things feel different. Molag Bal's hold on my mind has been lifted. I am finally free of him!"

If Varen was sacrificed:

Lyris Titanborn: "What... what happened? How did we get here? I remember being overwhelmed, but then..."
Cadwell: "Right. Sorry about that. I called in a bit of help to pull you out of there. I do hope I didn't overstep my bounds."
Sai Sahan: "Snow Lily, I..."
Lyris Titanborn: "I know, Sai. It's over. It's all over."
Cadwell: "Well then! Happy endings all around! Smashing! Who's got the brandy?"
Sai Sahan: "Wait, where is Tharn? Did he survive?"
Cadwell: "He vanished. Ran off, I think. And he took the amulet you chaps found, with him."

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Show: The Gathering Storm GM
At the Blue Palace, when Queen Gerhyld approaches:

Queen Gerhyld: "Lyris Titanborn. Your reputation is known even here in the west. Is this one of your famed Companions?"
Lyris Titanborn: "No, but I assure you my partner is one of the Skald-King's best. Go introduce yourself, partner."

After speaking to Greyga:

Lyris Titanborn: "My friend asked nicely. Talk, or the next thing to roll would be your heads."
Greyga: "Kasalla! Kasalla! She handles all the smuggling in Solitude! Her warehouse is on the docks!"
Lyris Titanborn: "That wasn't so hard. Come on, partner. We're done here."

Upon entering The Lonely Troll:

Lyris Titanborn: "You must be Maugh. I have questions."
Maugh: "Questions? Happy to oblige. Buy a few rounds and let's chat!"
Lyris Titanborn: "You're going to answer me, Orc, or…."
Svana: "Hey! Nobody intemidates my friends!"
Lyris Titanborn: "Princess Svana?"

After speaking to Huzodir at the warehouse:

Huzodir: "Oh, thank you. Thank you! You don't know how much this means to me."
Lyris Titanborn: "I don’t know what you said to him, but this is our chance. Try the lock."

After searching the marked crates:

Kasalla: "I knew whoever was poking through our shipments would return. Brought muscle this time, I see."
Lyris Titanborn: "More than you. Care to try me?"
Kasalla: "I'll pass. I just want to know who's been medding in my business."

After speaking to Lyris:

Lyris Titanborn: "Give your sentry my best and tell him I owe him an autograph."
Kasalla: "Oh, he's going to get more than an autograph if I see him again."

At Kilkreath Temple, after retrieving Fennorian’s equipment:

Lyris Titanborn: "That's close enough, leech."
Fennorian: "Wait! Wait! I'm not part of the coven!"

Approaching Sister Ambritt:

Sister Ambritt: "Not even harrowed? It seems the ritual needs refinement."
Lyris Titanborn: "Kill her before she can summon another storm!"
Sister Ambritt: "Willing sacrifices? How nice!"
Lyris Titanborn: "Sacrifice? I'd rather give you my axe, witch!"

Upon defeating Sister Ambritt:

Fennorian: "I hoped you could take her prisoner. No matter, I found something. This way!"
Lyris Titanborn: "Go with your vampire friend. I'm going to look around here."

Show: Dark Clouds Over Solitude GM
Outside Silversnow Mine:

Lyris Titanborn: "As evil lairs go, I'm not impressed."
Fennorian: "I'll take that as a good sign."

In Silversnow Mine:

Lyris Titanborn: "Scaffolding. Let's follow it down."
Fennorian: "Careful, the structure doesn't appear to be completely stable."
Lyris Titanborn: "Relax, it will take more than a rickety structure to take down Lyris Titanborn."
Fennorian: "Actually, I was more concerned for my own well being, but if you insist…"

Approaching Blackreach:

Lyris Titanborn: "I think there's a cavern up ahead. It's just like the old legends…Blackreach!
Fennorian: "Blackreach? So the legends are true? But why is there a town down there?"

After killing Exarch Tzinghalis:

Fennorian: "It's too late…for me…."
Lyris Titanborn: "Fenn's delirious. See if you (The Vestige) can free him!"
Fennorian: "Go…warn Solitude…."

Upon entering Tzinghalis's Sanctum:

Lyris Titanborn: "Take your time. You've been through a lot."
Fennorian: "They did whatever they wanted. I couldn't stop them. Exarch Tzinghalis was insane, but he was also a genius. If he kept records, they'll be here."
Lyris Titanborn: "I see a map and some papers. Hey, partner (The Vestige), take a look."

After speaking to Lyris:

Lyris Titanborn: "Come on, Fenn. Princess Svana herself requested your presence at the Blue Palace."
Fennorian: "I don't believe I'm very good company right now."
Lyris Titanborn: "Come on, Fenn. We'll help you through this."

At the Blue Palace:

Lyris Titanborn: "So, do we have a way to defend against the harrowstorms or what?"
Old Mjolen: "The elixir should do what we need…provided neither Fenn nor I made any miscalculations."
Fennorian: "Mjolen, don't be so negative! The elixir will work. You'll see."

After retrieving Arkay's Sacred Oil:

Lyris Titanborn: "Once it's ready, I'll test the elixir."
Fennorian: "As you say, Lyris. Ah, here they come now. You (The Vestige) have the sacred oil? Add it to the cauldron."

At the entrance to the Undergrove:

Lyris Titanborn: "This must be the place. I'll go back and get—"
Svana: "No need, we're here."
Fennorian: "The princess insisted…."
Svana: "We followed at a safe distance and only advanced after you cleared the way. From this point on, we stay together. And that's an order."
Fennorian: "Um, yes. What she said. Now let's enter the Undergrove."

Upon entering The Undergrove:

Fennorian: "We need to find where they're experimenting with the harrowstorms."
Exarch Ulfra: "You honor me with your presence, my king."
Lyris Titanborn: "Gray Host! Stay quiet and listen!"
Rada al-Saran "This harrowstorm must be the biggest we have ever wrought, my sister-in-arms."
Svana: "That's the leader of the Gray Host!"
Exarch Ulfra: "Have we heard from Solitude? Is everything in place?"
Rada al-Saran: "I have been assured the city is ripe for harvest."
Fennorian: "Rada al-Saran and Exarch Ulfra? Should we postpone the test?"
Svana: "Certainly not! The holds are counting on us! Besides, we might be able to end this threat right here and now."

Upon entering The Undergrove Nursery:

Rada al-Saran: "Who dares intrude—you! The murderers who killed our beloved Tzinghalis!"
Lyris Titanborn: "And you're about to join him."
Rada al-Saran: "Impudent mortal! You will pay for your crime!"
Lyris Titanborn: "Argh!"
Rada al-Saran: "Now for the rest of these curs!"
Exarch Ulfra: "My king, allow me the honor of spilling their blood!"
Rada al-Saran: "Very well, sweet sister. Join me in Greymoor Keep when the task is done."
Exarch Ulfra: "Let this harrowstorm flay the flesh from your bones!"
Fennorian: "We need to leave—Svana, no!"
Svana: "See to Lyris, Fenn. And pray your elixir works!"
Fennorian: "Protect Svana! (To the Vestige) She needs time for the elixir to do its job!"

At the Blue Palace, after speaking to Svargrim:

Svargrim: "Help? I need no help from the likes of you."
Svana: "Don't be a fool, father! This elixir will save our people!"
Svargrim: "I didn't think you had it in you, daughter. You have actually surpassed my expectations. More's the pity. And I'll hear no more of talk of this miracle elixir."
Svana: "Father, no!"
Svargrim: "The Gray Host is my true ally! Once the harrowstorm engulfs Solitude, my kingdom will endure for all eternity!"
Fennorian: "I should have sensed it…Svargrim's a vampire!"
Lyris Titanborn: "Svana…."
Svana: "Not now, Lyris. I…I need to think about this."

At the Temple of the Divines:

Svana: "That's unacceptable, swordthane. If we can't get the sacred oil to make more elixir, then we have to stop the harrowstorm."
Swordthane Uthlet: "Princess, we've kept watch. There aren't any witch pikes around the city."
Svana: "Then you missed something. They needed the witch pikes for every other harrowstorm they summoned."
Fennorian: "Of course! Blackreach! The Gray Host must have gained access to the temple from beneath the city!"
Lyris Titanborn: "They could easily hide the witch pikes underneath our feet."
Fennorian: "We know the Gray Host has been using Blackreach to clandestinely move around Western Skyrim. Why not launch their attacks from there?"
Svana: "Then we're going to Blackreach. If the witch pikes are there, we'll destroy them."

Upon entering Greymoor Keep:

Lyris Titanborn: "Split up and find the ritual site. We need to disrupt it."
Fennorian: "Split up? I suppose that makes sense. I'll go with our friend here."

Upon entering the Greymoor Keep Rotunda:

Svana: "There they are!"
Fennorian: "Lyris, Svana! I think this entire tower functions as a witch pike!"
Lyris Titanborn: "What? Fenn, how is that possible?"
Svargrim: "Argh! The energy…it burns!"
Svana: "That's my father. This way!"
Rada al-Saran: "Pain is part of the process, Svargrim."
Svargrim: "It's…exquisite…my master!
Rada al-Saran: "Once you are attuned to Greymoor, the storm will be yours to command. Rise, Svargrim, and unleash my storm upon Solitude! Then the last of the Gray Host shall be reborn!"
Fennorian: "The Ashen Lord, he turned Svargrim into the heart of the heart of his harrowstorm!"
Svana: "They're moving higher up the tower! We need to follow them!"

After speaking to Rada al-Saran:

Rada al-Saran: "Bold words, but futile. Svargrim rises, and the harrowstorm with him. Once the attunement is finished, they will be unstoppable!
Lyris Titanborn: "What happened? What did that damned vampire do?"
Fennorian: "He's merging the power flowing through the keep with Svargrim, giving him control of the harrowstorm."
Svana: "Then we must undo it. I'll stay and help. Lyris, you and our friend keep going up and find my father."

Upon entering the Greymoor Keep Upper Levels:

Fennorian: "Now we just—The whole keep…the shaking is getting worse!"
Lyris Titanborn: "Damn magic! Give me something to hit!"
Fennorian: "The magic, it's al-Saran! The attunement is almost complete!"
[?] Svana: "We need to find my father. Lyris, take Fenn that way. We'll go the other."

At the entrance to Greymoor Keep Bridge Passage:

Lyris Titanborn: "Hold, friends!"

Upon entering Greymoor Keep Bridge Passage:

Fennorian: "Oh, my!"
Lyris Titanborn: "What is it now, Fenn?"
Fennorian: "Oh, nothing. Just don't look down."

Upon entering Gray Host Tunnels:

Fennorian: "These tunnels look freshly dug. The Gray Host has certainly been busy. Harrowfiends! Is that what became of the harrowed Svargrim brought to Castle Dour?"
Lyris Titanborn: "Harrowfiends. Corralled like war hounds about to be set loose."

Upon exiting the Temple of the Divines:

Solitude Soldier: "Is that—? Princess Svana!"
Lyris Titanborn: "The harrowstorm, it's begun!"
Fennorian: "Look, above the Tower of the Wolf. The storm's only partially formed."
Svana: "My father's up there. Open the gates and let's go."
Fennorian: "But the harrowsfiends below the temple! If they escape into the streets—"
Lyris Titanborn: "You (Fennorian) and I will keep that from happening. Take the Princess and deal with Svargrim, partner (The Vestige)."
Svana: "I—yes…it's the only option. Let's go."

Upon entering the Outer Courtyard:

Fennorian: "The harrowfiends, they've broken loose!"
Lyris Titanborn: "Get to the tower and stop Svargrim. We'll hold the gate."
Svana: "I'm with you, my friend. Up the stairs!"

Upon entering the the Temple Courtyard:

Fennorian: "Tell me truthfully, Lyris…how much of this blood is mine?"
Lyris Titanborn: "Not enough to be worried about."


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  • "I don't like this. But if it's the only way to find Sai Sahan, I'm with you." — Before entering Coldharbour during "Castle of the Worm"
  • "You certainly did a thorough job hiding the amulet, Sai. Couldn't you have just stuffed it in a mattress or something?" — While on the way to the Reman Tomb during "Shadow of Sancre Tor"
  • Shut up, Tharn! Don't let him get to you, Sai. Let him roll his eyes. Maybe he'll find a brain back there. — In The Elder Scrolls Online: Harrowstorm

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