"So you are looking for the Thieves Guild as well. Armand Christophe will decide who is worthy and who is not. I've been preparing to join the guild for years. If you're nice to me, maybe I'll show you a few tricks."
"Thank goodness I found you. I assume you know that Hieronymus Lex has issued an arrest warrant for Armand Christophe."
Where is Armand Christophe?"He is in hiding. Armand is accused of stealing the bust of Llathasa Indarys from Cheydinhal. They say Count Indarys himself filed the charges."
What do I do with the bust?"There never was a client that commissioned the guild to steal Llathasa's bust. Armand used you to flush out an informant that infiltrated the guild."
So who is the informant?"Myvryna Arano. Now Armand needs your help to neutralize her. You are going to pin the theft of the bust on Myvryna. She lives in the Waterfront."
How?"Plant the bust in her cupboard. Make sure she doesn't see you. Then go tell Hieronymus Lex that she is the thief. He probably won't believe you, so you may have to persuade him. Hopefully he will at least go and check it out."
Gray Fox"Nobody really knows who he is. He's always hiding under that weird cowl. Kinda spooky if you ask me."
Hieronymus Lex"He is captain of the Imperial Watch. He is pursuing a personal vendetta against the Thieves Guild and the Gray Fox. I heard the Gray Fox personally humiliated Lex years ago when he tried to arrest Armand Christophe for theft. Lex has never forgotten it."
"Shadow hide you."
If approached again:
"I'm rather busy on a... I'm busy. What do you need?"
Gray Fox"I didn't think much about him when I first joined the Thieves Guild. Lately I've been hearing odd things though. That Gray Cowl he wears was stolen from Nocturnal herself. Can you imagine having the nerve to steal from a Daedric Lord?"
Waterfront invasion"These are foul times for us. Armand is under house arrest, again. Our business in the Waterfront is totally shut down. We need to get Hieronymus Lex to lift his siege. I have put together a plan."
What is your plan?"You and four other operatives will stage high profile thefts, all at the same time. Hopefully that will force Lex to reassign the Watchmen. Your target is the Arcane University. We've had our eye on Hrormir's Staff for some time, but have been waiting for the wizards to be distracted. This is the perfect time. Will you help us?"
I will help."I knew the Gray Fox could count on you. The staff is in the Archmage's room. He sleeps between one and seven in the morning. Take this note. Leave it in his nightstand. Bring me the staff when you get it."
I can't right now. Maybe later."Don't wait too long. We really need the help."
"Shadow hide you."
After stealing the staff:
"A string of thefts should do the trick." "I'm glad you're here. We have work to do."
Hrormir's Icestaff"You have the Icestaff?"
Yes. Here it is."Excellent. Yours is the last item on the list. Now we just wait for the powers that be to pull the plug on Hieronymus Lex's siege."
What do we do while we wait?"Good question. I want you to spy on Hieronymus Lex. Make sure you stay close enough to overhear any conversations. Sooner or later they will order him to return the guards to their original posts. When that happens, come and tell me."
Well...not exactly."Don't play games with me. This isn't the time for it."
"Shadow hide you."
After Lex has ordered his troops away:
"I'm glad you're here. We have work to do."
Hieronymus Lex"He's been ordered to evacuate the Waterfront? Excellent. I have one last task for you. As a sign of good faith, the Thieves Guild needs to return Hrormir's Icestaff to the Arcane University. However, the wizards are not to be trusted. I'm sure they are watching for us to put it back where you got it. They would have no qualms about killing you once they had the Icestaff back. Instead, I want you to put Hrormir's Icestaff into Ontus Vanin's safe chest. He keeps one in his home. Ontus is a former University researcher."
Then you pay me?"Greedy bastard, aren't you. I like that in a thief. You'll have to see S'krivva about that. I'm just running the scam."
Armand Christophe: "The Thieves Guild is not a myth. We are followers of the Gray Fox, and I am his Doyen. Merely by finding me, you have passed the first test. It's unusual for us to have three potential recruits at the same time. Rather than the normal test of skill, I'm going to make this a contest." Amusei: "That's not fair!" Armand Christophe: "Methredhel, you know the rules. However, for Amusei and the newcomer, let me state them clearly. Whoever brings me the diary of Amantius Allectus, without killing him, will be invited into the guild." Methredhel: "Hah! I'll have it before sunrise!" Armand Christophe: "It's somewhere in the Imperial City. The beggars will help you locate it, for a price. I can sell you lockpicks if you need them. One more thing. You cannot kill each other during this trial. We may be thieves, but we're not murderers."