Taron Dreth is a Dunmer mage, and the alleged author of the book The Aetherium Wars. During the quest "Lost to the Ages," Katria, his former companion, insists that Taron Dreth took credit for her research on the Aetherium Forge in his book.
If the Dragonborn has one of the Aetherium items (Aetherial crown, shield, or staff) in their inventory, Taron will ask how this item was obtained. He will attack no matter which option is chosen in the dialogue.
If the Dragonborn has no Aetherium items, Taron does not ask about them. However, if dialogue is engaged with him, he may be asked who he is and told that Katria had mentioned him. He will respond with, "You know too much," fearing that the Dragonborn could reveal the truth and ruin him because of the Dragonborn's interaction with Katria, and attack the Dragonborn with three mercenaries he hired as his bodyguards.
He may also appear with his three mercenaries in the Silver-Blood Inn. The same conversation as above is automatically initiated when the inn is entered. This fight can be quite easy as there are many people who the Dragonborn can befriend inside the inn, including Cosnach, who will help the Dragonborn against Taron and his three mercenaries.
When Taron attacks, he prefers using Fireball spells, and can reanimate his mercenaries as zombies with Raise Zombie or Reanimate Corpse. Due to using Fireball, if engaged in the Silver-Blood Inn, the splash damage from the spell can kill the Markarth NPCs in the crossfire.
This section contains bugs related to Taron Dreth. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- If the Dragonborn is a very high level in magic, his dialogue can change; he will talk about how dangerous their magic is. At this point he may be stuck following them around without going back to his original dialogue and instead will repeatedly talk about their magic. This means that his mercenaries and him will more than likely fight on the Dragonborn's side during a skirmish.
- The only way to stop this glitch is to kill him.