Nazir will offer contracts on several people around Skyrim. These are optional and have no effect on the Dark Brotherhood questline, but at one point Astrid asks for the Dragonborn to get one contract with Nazir while she decides whether she will allow them to contact Amaund Motierre. Leveledseptims are rewarded for each kill, except for the final kill on Safia, for which 35% more than the usual is rewarded.
Nazir, Babette, the Dragonborn, and Cicero (if he is spared), are the only members of the Dark Brotherhood to survive the Penitus Oculatus attack on the Sanctuary. After defeating the soldiers, the Dragonborn tells Nazir that the contract is still on and the family lives. Surprised, Nazir says to go on and fulfill the contract while he and Babette move to the Dawnstar Sanctuary with the Night Mother.
After completing the quest "Hail Sithis!," he asks the Dragonborn to make the sanctuary more "livable." The Dragonborn can use the 20,000 given by Amaund Motierre to pay for renovations sold by Delvin Mallory.
"So you're the newest member of our dwindling, dysfunctional little Family. I've heard quite a bit about you."
It's a pleasure to meet you."Save the niceties for now. I have no intention of getting invested in someone who may be dead tomorrow. If you're still breathing in a few weeks, I'm sure we'll be the best of friends."
You will hear even more, I assure you."Ooh, cocky. I give you three days before you screw up and someone runs a knife across your throat. But who knows? I've been proven wrong before."
(Remain silent)"Ahh, going for the mysterious and brooding thing, hmm? That may work for your targets, but you'll find I'm not so easily impressed."
I need training in Light Armor."I'll teach you how to use it effectively, and keep you quick on your feet."
Astrid said you'd have some work for me."Did she, now? Well, as it turns out, there are a few lingering contracts we haven't had the chance to complete just yet. And more, dribbling in from time to time. I'll assign them to you as they become available. To be completed at your leisure."
Sounds simple enough."It is. These aren't particularly glamorous assassinations, I'll be honest. Don't pay much, either. But they'll keep you busy. Just do them as you're able. There's no real time limit - the targets aren't going anywhere. You can turn each one in as it's completed, or wait and turn in the whole group when all the targets have been eliminated. Whichever works for you."
What can you tell me about yourself?"Ah, well, I'm Redguard, as I'm sure you've noticed. Though not like most of my kind you'll find in Skyrim, that's for damned sure. I am a child of Hammerfell, born of the sands of the mighty Alik'r. In that great desert, blood is a shade of crimson I can scarce describe. My past is long and storied, and not altogether proud. But the Dark Brotherhood saved me from myself. And I have never looked back."
"You've got people to kill, my friend. Best get to it."
I'm ready for the first set of contracts."Well then, let's get started. I've got three available right now. Your targets are the beggar Narfi, an ex-miller named Ennodius Papius, and Beitild, a mine boss. When you've completed all those, we'll see if I might have some more."
Tell me about Ennodius."He lives just outside Anga's Mill, in the wood. He was once a miller. Now Papius is just a paranoid recluse who thinks someone is out to get him. And he's right."
Tell me about Narfi."He's a hapless beggar living in some ruins just outside the village of Ivarstead. Easy even for you."
Tell me about Beitild."She seperated from her husband several months ago. Now the two run competing mining operations. Beitild's angry and desperate. A Fighter."
After Beitild is killed:
"I see you're back from Dawnstar. Beitild lies died, I hope?"
Beitild is dead."Of course she is. I hear the mining business is extremely cutthroat. And those hours... they're murder. I could do this all day. Here's your payment."
After Ennodius Papius is killed:
"How went your meeting with Ennodius Papius? Did you prove his paranoia legitimate?"
Ennodius Papius is dead."Good. And I hope you were careful in that lumber mill. Those splinters and rusty nails can be quite nasty. Your payment, for a job well done."
After Narfi is killed:
"So, what of the old beggar, Narfi? Is it done? Has he groveled for his last septim?"
Narfi is dead."Congratulations. You slaughtered an emaciated beggar in cold blood. You are truly an opponent to be feared. Here's your payment."
After completing all three contracts:
Do you have any more contracts?"I'm sorry, I don't. Come see me again later."
"Haven't you talked to Astrid? She's by the pool, greeting the Night Mother and her little jester. She has a contract for you. Come see me afterward."
After speaking to Astrid:
"So many contract, so little time..."
Any advice on my current contract?"The contracts I dole out are fairly simple - go to a location, and kill the target. But this is different. The jobs Astrid give you will be more important, and usually more complex. Just keep your wits about you. And for Sithis' sake, don't get killed."
What are your thoughts on Cicero and the Night Mother?"I don't like mimes, minstrels, thespians, acrobats, jugglers, troubadours or tumblers. Flutists give me a headache. I particularly hate jesters. As a rule, I'm also not crazy about the corpses of old women. For the Night Mother, I'll make an exception. But Astrid is the mistress I serve."
Astrid thinks a Family member may be conspiring with Cicero."Does she? Listen, brother (or "sister")... Astrid is my mistress, and I worship the ground she walks on. But this Cicero business has her a bit... paranoid."
Astrid wanted me to see you about some more work."Well then, your timing couldn't be better. As it turns out, I've got two new contracts. One rather easy assignment. and another that should prove quite a challenge. Your first target is an Orc bard named Lurbuk. The other is a vampire by the name of Hern. Happy hunting."
If approached again:
"Still here? What's the matter, can't handle what I'm throwing your way?"
Tell me about Hern."The contract is for the male, Hern. But you'll probably have to contend with the female, too. So for Sithis' sake, watch yourself."
Tell me about Lurbuk."He is, by all accounts, the worst bard in all of Skyrim. Apparently so many people sought his death, Astrid had to hold a lottery to determine the client."
After killing Hern:
"You're alive. Then I guess you haven't paid a visit to the vampire yet, hmm?"
Hern is dead."No sarcasm this time. You faced a vampire, and lived to tell the tale. Well done. And if you contracted Sanguinare Vampiris, be sure to get that taken care of. Else you'll end up like our own Babette. Unless, of course, that was your goal all along. Here's your payment."
After killing Lurbuk:
"Please tell me you flayed that horrible bard alive and made a drum from his skin..."
Lurbuk is dead."Wonderful. The only good bard is a dead one, as far as I'm concerned. All that singing and... mirth. Your payment, as per the usual."
Are there any contracts available?"There are indeed. Three, to be exact. There's Deekys, a shipwreck scavenger. Ma'randru-jo, a traveling caravaneer. And Anoriath, a hunter."
Tell me about Deekus."He's an Argonian layabout, likes to scavenge shipwrecks. My guess is he'll run if threatened. Or swim, if given the chance."
Tell me about Ma'randru-jo."He's an accomplished wizard. And, locating him may be challenging, as he travels with the caravans."
Tell me about Anoriath."The wood elf may run a stall in the city, but he retreats to the plains outside Whiterun to hunt. Kill him there, and no one will bear witness..."
"Good luck. And try not to get yourself killed."
After killing Anoriath:
"Hmph. No arrows protruding from your skull... Can I assume Anoriath is dead, then?"
Anoriath is dead."Ah, so the hunter came to know the fear of the hunted, hmm? Your payment, my friend. Well done."
After killing Ma'randru-jo:
"You smell like dead cat. Can I assume Ma'randru-jo has been taken care of? (Or if the Dragonborn is a Khajiit: "How went your encounter with Ma'randru-jo? Back in Hammerfell, I always loved watching two cats rip each other to shreds...)"
Ma'randru-jo is dead."Ah! Well done! Well done! Those caravaners can be an elusive bunch. Takes a fair bit of stalking to take one down. But then, that's half the fun, isn't it? Here's your payment. Well earned, indeed."
After killing Deekus:
"No new boots? Does this mean the Argonian is still alive? (Or if the Dragonborn is an Argonian: "Taken care of that layabout Deekus, yet? Or does the idea of killing a fellow Argonian make your scales crawl?)"
Deekus is dead."Personally, I've always found Argonians to be incredibly unpredictable opponents. Especially near water. In any event, nice work. Here's your payment."
Any advice on my current contract?"Killing Gaius Maro in a city will be challenging because of all the guards, but fights, even murder, are fairly common. Killing him secretly will certainly make things easier on you, but if there are witnesses, so be it."
Are there any more contracts, Nazir?"Just one right now, actually. I need you to eliminate an old woman named Agnis, a servant in Fort Greymoor."
Tell me about Agnis."She's a maid. Old, and feeble. But with this contract it's much more of a matter "where" than "who." Your political affairs are your own, but any allegiance you may have in the ongoing war could very well affect your access to Fort Greymoor."
After killing Agnis:
"Brother (Or "Sister")."
Agnis is dead."Don't worry, my friend, I'll spare you the facetious quip about killing a defenseless old woman. Infiltrating an occupied fort and making it out in one piece is nothing to joke about. Well done. Your payment for services rendered."
Are there any more contracts available?"Well, yes. Two of them. But you're reaching the end of what I have available. Your targets are a dark elf wizard named Maluril, in the dwarven ruin of Mzinchaleft. And Helvard, the housecarl of Falkreath. Kill these two, and I'll have one last contract to give you. I'm just finalizing somne details now."
Tell me about Helvard."He's the housecarl of Falkreath. You know what that means? He's the bodyguard to the Jarl himself. So be careful."
Tell me about Maluril."He's dangerous. Very dangerous. A rogue Dark Elf mage doing research into Dwarven artifacts should be both respected... and feared. Just not by you."
"You've got people to kill, my friend. Best get to it."
After killing Helvard:
"Back from your little vacation in Falkreath. So, did you enjoy the sights, sample the food... kill the housecarl?"
Helvard is dead."Hmph. Well, that's sure to throw a branch into Falkreath's well-oiled political machine. Here's your payment. Well earned, as always."
After killing Maluril:
"So, you've returned from Mzinchaleft! A Dwarven ruin... what an exotic place for a kill. Assuming Maluril is actually... dead?"
Maluril is dead."I hope the elf didn't give you too much trouble. I once got set on fire by a sorcerer. Nasty business, that. But I digress. Here's your payment."
I'm ready for the last contract."Hmph. Yes, I believe you are. Very well, then. You need to find and kill Safia, the captain of the pirate ship Red Wave. The ship travels the northern coast, and sometimes isn't even in Skyrim at all. So you'll have to be patient. Good luck."
Tell me about Safia."Ah, yes. The pirate captain. A ruthless she-devil, by all accounts. Deadly with a blade. And let's not forget her crew - loyal and bloodthirsty, the lot of them. This is my final contract, and certainly the most challenging. Be careful with this one, my friend."
After killing Safia:
"You haven't faced that pirate captain yet, have you? Safia? I only ask because you're still alive..."
Safia is dead."By Sithis, now I am truly impressed! To kill a pirate captain, on her own ship no less? Simply masterful! You've not only earned your payment, but my respect as well. And believe me, friend - that does not come easily. I'm afraid that concludes our business. You have exhausted all available additional contracts. But I'm sure you've got plenty to keep you busy right about now, hmm?"
Any advice on my current contract?"Hmph. I wouldn't worry too much about this Virane giving you the information you need. Give him a good scare, and he'll squawk like a Hagraven. That said... if your attack on Virane is witnessed, those Markarth guards are going to be none too happy..."
The Emperor... it was all a trap. Someone set us up."Considering most of us are now dead, I assumed as much. And before you ask, no - I don't think it was you. Well, maybe I did, but you saving my sorry hide just now sort of erased any doubts. So thanks."
We need to get out of here!"You've got that right. Only a matter of time before we're roasted alive. Come on!"
If approached again:
"Look for a way out! We are not going to burn to death in our own damned Sanctuary!" "Come on! We've got to find a way out of here!"
At the Night Mother's coffin:
"Damn it, there's got to be a way out of here!"
Upon Nazir opening the coffin:
"Whoa, whoa, whoa. Slow down. It's all right. You've been through a lot. Maybe you should just sit down for a bit..."
I have to speak with Astrid! She's here in the sanctuary, follow me."She's here? By Sithis, I thought we'd lost her. Let's go!"
I'm fine. But the Night Mother has another task for me. Let's go."Oh! Well in that case, lead on. I'm right behind you."
(Remain Silent)"I don't know, Babette. Looks like he (Or "she") may have suffered a head wound. Best not let him/her out of our sight..."
If approached again:
"I'm with you, Listener."
After talking to Astrid:
"Astrid did the right thing, and now it's your turn. End her suffering."
After killing Astrid:
"Astrid... By the sands, I still can't wrap my head around it..."
"By Sithis, what a mess. I guess this is the end."
Not exactly. The Night Mother has spoken to me again."What? Well - what did she say?"
I must speak with Amaund Motierre once more."Amaund Motierre? But that would mean..."
The contract is still on. The true Emperor must be assassinated."You mean... there's still a chance? But how? Our plan has gone to ruin, everyone is dead, the Family..."
Our Family lives on, Nazir. You have to trust me."Hmph. All right, then. Go. Go, my Listener. Find out what that slimy bastard Motierre has to say, then send the Emperor to Sithis. Ah, but when you're done, there's no use returning here, is there? I was thinking... the Dawnstar Sanctuary. We could make a proper home there. Listen, when you're finished with this Emperor business, meet Babette and me there. I'll find some way to move the Night Mother. Don't worry. Now go! And come back with a barrel full of gold, hmm?"
If approached again:
"You just worry about fulfilling the contract. I'll take care of things on this end."
After murdering the Emperor:
"Well? What word of the Emperor?"
Titus Mede II is dead... by my hand."Truly? Could you have brought us more wondrous news? Recent events notwithstanding, this is a happy day for us, my friend. Despite your misfortunes, you stayed true to the Dark Brotherhood. You've saved us all, and for this you have my eternal thanks. Now, of course I must ask... Killing the Emperor... How much did Motierre pay for such a thing?"
20,000 gold."Ha! Remarkable! Well, the old bastard certainly made it worth your while, didn't he? Now, might I offer some advice? You should go to Riften and find Delvin Mallory. I believe Astrid had you visit him once before? Mallory is an expert 'obtainer of goods.' We can use the money to repair and refit this Sanctuary. Make a true home for us, hmm? You do that, and I'll see what I can do about recruiting some new additions to our Family..."
10,000 gold. (Lie)"Ha! Clearly, we should have killed that old bastard years ago! Now, might I offer some advice? You should go to Riften and find Delvin Mallory. I believe Astrid had you visit him once before? Mallory is an expert 'obtainer of goods.' We can use the money to repair and refit this Sanctuary. Make a true home for us, hmm? You do that, and I'll see what I can do about recruiting some new additions to our Family..."
5,000 gold. (Lie)Oh. Is that all? Really? Come now! You're joking with old Nazir! Surely the Emperor's life was worth more than that."
Gotcha! It was 20,000 gold."Ha! I knew it, you rascal! By Sithis, the old man was worth the trouble. Now, might I offer some advice? You should go to Riften and find Delvin Mallory. I believe Astrid had you visit him once before? Mallory is an expert 'obtainer of goods.' We can use the money to repair and refit this Sanctuary. Make a true home for us, hmm? You do that, and I'll see what I can do about recruiting some new additions to our Family..."
Sorry, no joke. 5,000 gold. (Lie)"Pfft. You'd think an emperor would fetch at least twice that. Damn that motherless cheapskate, Motierre. In any event, here's my advice. Go to Riften's Ratway, find Delvin Mallory. I believe Astrid had you visit him once before, no? Mallory is an expert "obtainer of goods." We can use the money to repair and refit this Sanctuary. Make a true home for us, eh?"
If Cicero is still alive:
"Why am I not surprised to learn Cicero is alive? I still can't stomach the little clown, but if you've welcomed him here, I won't question it."
Arnbjorn: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!" Veezara: "Ha ha ha ha! Again! Again! Do the part where he tries to buy you some candy." Babette: "Okay, okay. Wait. Here we go. "Ooh, you are such a pretty little girl. Would the sweetie like a sweetie? Oh yes, how about some chocolate?" Oh yes, please, kind sir. My mama and papa left me all alone, and I'm so very hungry. I know a shortcut to the candy shop. Through this alley. Oh ya, very good. Very good. My it is dark down here. Oh, but you are so beautiful. Such a lovely smile. Your teeth... your teeth! No! Aggghh!!" Gabriella: "Oh Babette, but you are so wicked." Nazir: "What about you, Festus? How did that last contract turn out?" Arnbjorn: "Oh, yes, please, old man. Regale us with your tales of wizardry..." Festus Krex: "Ah, the young and stupid. Always mocking the experienced and brilliant. My contract went very well, I'll have you know. Tried a new spell. Little something I've been working on in my spare time. Came "this" close to turning that priest inside out. Damned messy." Gabriella: "And what of your latest, Arnbjorn. Something about a Khajiit? Merchant was it?" Babette: "Oh, a big doggy chasing a little kitty! How adorable!" Nazir: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!" Festus: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!" Veezara: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!" Arnbjorn: "I am not adorable, it was not funny, and he wasn't a merchant. He was a Khajiit monk, a master of the Whispering Fang style. But now he's dead... and I have a new loincloth." Nazir: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!" Festus: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!" Veezara: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!" Babette: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Babette: "Just try to relax, Veezara. Let the elixir do its work. You'll feel better, shortly." Veezara: "Achh... Thank you, dear. You are most kind. The jester's cut feels as bad as it looks, I'm afraid." Astrid: "Damn it, this never should have happened! We knew better. We knew better, and still we let our guards down. Agh!" Festus Krex: "I'll admit, even I'm having a hard time disagreeing with you..."
[After the Dragonborn speaks to Astrid] Festus Krex: "It's true, I'm afraid, Cicero was a little whirlwind, slashing this way and all that. It would have been funny, if he weren't trying to murder us all." Nazir: "Don't forget the ranting and raving. About the Night Mother, how she was the true leader of the Dark Brotherhood, and Astrid was just a "pretender.""
[After the Dragonborn speaks to Astrid again] Veezara: "Bested by a fool. Who's the fool now, hmm?" Babette: "Hush, Veezara. You were very brave. Astrid may well be dead if not for you." Astrid: "She's right. I'll be forever in your debt, dearest brother. Now be quiet. Just... just rest."
Babette: "Hurry, Nazir! I'm telling you, he's (or "she's") in there!" Nazir: "I'm going... as fast... as I can, you stupid she-devil. I don't see you... helping..." Babette: "I'm not exactly built for manual labor. Now come on, you've almost got it." Nazir: "One more... pull... Yeeaahh! There." Babette: "Can you get it open?" Nazir: "I think so. Just hold on a moment."
If the Dragonborn is a Redguard, when first speaking to Nazir he will insult them, saying, "I am Redguard if you hadn't noticed, but not like you, no, not like you."
On the completion of his contracts he usually has a joke, pun, or sarcastic remark about the job, except for when assassinating the vampireHern, which to him is no laughing matter.
Standing next to Nazir while he is cooking will make him say that he learned how to cook from his father, who he killed afterwards.
After completing the quest "Hail Sithis!" and standing near Nazir while he is busy cooking, he might joke about making the Potage Le Magnifique used to kill the fake emperor, although not the same way the Dragonborn did it.
Upon returning to the Dawnstar Sanctuary after sparing Cicero, Nazir will say, "Why am I not surprised to learn Cicero is alive? I still can't stomach the little clown, but if you've welcomed him here, I won't question it."
Nazir may comment on Cicero, asking the Dragonborn, "Can't you stop the...dancing?" even if Cicero is an active follower, and thus is not at the Sanctuary.
Nazir does not ask for the passphrase needed to enter the Dawnstar Sanctuary during the beginning of "Hail Sithis!" However, he and Babette appear within the Sanctuary regardless.
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PC PS3 Nazir may not have the appropriate dialogue options in order to trigger the second set of side contracts.
After completion of the Dark Brotherhood questline, when talked to, Nazir may only say, "Haven't you talked to Astrid? She's by the pool, greeting the Night Mother and her little jester. She has a contract for you. Come see me afterward."
Even after the Penitus Oculatus burn down the Falkreath Sanctuary, Nazir may still warm his hands over what used to be a firepit, even though there is no flame.
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