"Please, do not let my appearance...unnerve you. The needs and Tenets of the Dark Brotherhood come before my own needs as a vampire."
―Vicente Valtieri[src]

Vicente Valtieri quote

Vicente Valtieri is a Breton member of the Dark Brotherhood, residing in the Cheydinhal Sanctuary. He became a vampire on an expedition to Morrowind and has been a member of the Dark Brotherhood for over two hundred years.


"I was stricken with vampirism over three hundred years ago, while on an expedition deep into the ashlands of Vvardenfell. For nearly one hundred years I hunted in secret, until the Dark Brotherhood found me."
―Vicente Valtieri[src]

Vicente was on an expedition into the Ashlands of Vvardenfell over three hundred years ago before the player meets him. It was on this trip that he was turned into a vampire. For nearly one hundred years after that he hunted in secret, until the Dark Brotherhood found him.

Once he was accepted into the Dark Brotherhood by the Night Mother, he climbed up the ranks until he reached the rank of Executioner. It is not revealed why he was not promoted further. He continued completing and assigning missions to other family members. In the year 3E 433, Lucien Lachance recruited the Hero of Kvatch, whom Vicente was assigned to as overseer for a time.

Vicente was later killed by the Hero during the Purification of the Cheydinhal Sanctuary in an attempt to remove the unknown traitor.


"Yes it's true, I'm quite the social pariah."
―Vicente Valtieri[src]

Vicente Valtieri exhibits the pronounced features of a vampire who has not fed in many days. He has red eyes, sunken cheeks, pale coloring and visible fangs. He is utterly devoted to the Dark Brotherhood and is polite and quite friendly to its members, even offering to pass on his "dark gift" when he judges someone worthy.



Show: Welcome to the Family
In the Dark Broterhood Sanctuary:

"Warmest greetings to you. I trust you've already spoken with Ocheeva? I am Vicente Valtieri. I provide assignments for all new family members. Please, do not let my appearance... unnerve you. The needs and Tenets of the Dark Brotherhood come before my own needs as a vampire. Now, if you're ready to get to work, I can provide you with your first contract."

Lucien Lachance "When I first joined the family, this Sanctuary was controlled by another Speaker. Lucien took over when she was killed while fulfilling a contract."
Night Mother "The Night Mother speaks to only one member of the Dark Brotherhood --- the Listener of the Black Hand. And when Our Lady speaks, death follows."
Rumors "The Count of Skingrad is not all he seems. Let's just say I'm not the only one who enjoys his evenings..."
Sanctuary "This Sanctuary has been here since before even I joined the Dark Brotherhood, and that was two-hundred years ago."
Sithis "Sithis is the darkness of time immemorial. He is no Daedra, and dwells not in the realm of Oblivion. No, Sithis is something altogether... different."
Vampire "I was stricken with vampirism three-hundred years ago, while on an expedition deep into the Ashlands of Vvardenfell. For nearly a hundred years I hunted in secret, until the Dark Brotherhood found me. Now I have a family that accepts and even values my unique gifts. Perhaps in the future, when I feel you have earned the right, I will offer you a chance to become a hunter of the night."

"Spill some blood for me, dear Brother."

Show: A Watery Grave
In the Dark Broterhood Sanctuary:

"You are like a dark gift from the Night Mother herself. Please, tell me how I can help."

Contract "A contract is a secret pact one enters into with the Dark Brotherhood. They provide us with gold, and we remove someone from existence. A contract is fulfilled by a skilled assassin such as yourself, who keeps the Dark Brotherhood's end of the bargain. So it has always been. While carrying out a contract, you may have the opportunity to earn a bonus if certain parameters are met. Now, let's begin, shall we? I'm not sure how you feel about pirates, but you've got to kill one. A captain, in fact. On his ship. Surrounded by his crew. Interested?"
No, I'm not ready to accept just yet. "Pity. I'm eager to see how you fare on your first assignment. Well, the contract will still be here when you're ready."
Bonus "Some contracts are straightforward. Find the target, eliminate them, then return to the Sanctuary. No time limits or complications. However, many of our clients request that their contracts be carried out in a specific manner. A certain place, a certain method of elimination. We try to honor this requests whenever possible. After all, the Dark Brotherhood's reputation has been built on providing... good service. Any Brother or Sister who can complete a contract while fulfilling a specific request will receive a valuable bonus, oftentimes a powerful magic item."
Contract "Your first contract requires the killing of a pirate captain, on his ship. Are you ready to accept?"
Yes, I'll accept this contract. "Excellent. Here is what you must do. Go to the Waterfront District of the Imperial City. There you will find a ship named the Marie Elena. Board the ship and find its captain, Gaston Tussaud. He'll be in his cabin. Eliminate Tussaud in any manner you see fit. The pirates have been moving a lot of cargo onboard lately. You may be able to smuggle yourself on board in one of the packing crates. Oh, and one more thing. Get into the habit of asking your fellow family members about any current contract. Their insight may prove invaluable."
Contract "As a pirate, Gaston Tussaud has certainly spilled his share of blood. Someone wants revenge, and they've hired us to extract it."

If approached again:

"Let's not waste time on pleasantries. Gaston Tussaud is still alive, and it's your job to remedy that. I suggest you tend to your duties."

Upon completing the contract:

"So, the pirate has been eliminated. Excellent. No one will mourn his passing, and Sithis has been appeased. Please accept this Black Band as your reward. It is a ring whose powers are quite useful to those who value... discretion."

Show: Accidents Happen
In the Dark Broterhood Sanctuary:

"I'm glad you've returned. The contract is waiting, if you're ready."

Contract "We need you to stage an... accident. Kill the target in the manner specified, and you'll receive a considerable bonus. Do you accept this contract?"
No, I can't accept right now. "Well then, I suggest you get your affairs in order and return to me as soon as you're able."
Yes, I accept the contract. "As I expected. Good. The target is a Wood Elf named Baenlin. You will find him at his home in Bruma. Enter secretly and avoid his manservant, Gromm. On the second floor is a secreted door leading to a crawlspace. Inside are the fastenings of a mounted head that hangs over Baenlin's favorite chair. Loosen the fastenings any night between 8:00 pm and 11:00 pm, and the head will surely fall on Baenlin as he relaxes in his chair, as is his custom. If Baenlin is eliminated in any other manner, or if the manservant Gromm is killed, you will forfeit the bonus. Now go, and may Sithis be with you."

If approached again:

"Every moment that Baenlin draws breath is an affront to Sithis and the Night Mother. Fulfill the contract and honor the Brotherhood as you should."

Contract "You are to travel to Bruma, enter the house of the Wood Elf Baenlin, and kill him. It should look like an accident. I'm sure you can handle it."

After killing Baenlin:

"So, the accident has been staged, and Baenlin lies dead. Well done! You have more than earned your reward and bonus. I present to you this dagger. It's an enchanted blade, known as Sufferthorn. Its prick is deadly, I assure you. Yes, you are quite an asset to this Sanctuary. In fact, I believe you are ready for advancement. I hereby appoint you Slayer. Well done! Now go, child of Sithis. Go and rest. You'll need it."

If the bonus was forfeited:

"Baenlin is dead, yes, but you did not fulfill the contract precisely as directed. I will grant your reward of gold, but the bonus is forfeit. Despite this misfortune, you are ready for advancement. I appoint you Slayer for the Dark Brotherhood. Now go, and continue to serve Sithis well."

Show: Scheduled for Execution
In the Dark Broterhood Sanctuary:

"Back for more? It just so happens I have another contract available, one that requires an expert in infiltration."

No, not right now. "Hmm. I thought you'd jump at the opportunity to infiltrate the most heavily fortified prison in all of Cyrodiil. Maybe I overestimated you after all."
Contract "Ever broken out of jail? How do you feel about breaking into one? The Imperial Prison, to be exact. We need a prisoner... silenced. Can you do it?"
Of course. I will gladly accept. "As always, you fail to disappoint me. Your target is a Dark Elf named Valen Dreth. He thinks he's safe in prison. He is tragically mistaken. A prisoner recently escaped from the prison, using a set of secret tunnels connecting to the Imperial City's sewer system. It's a perfect way inside. Just outside of the Imperial Prison is a grating that leads to the sewers. It has recently been tightly locked, but I will provide a key. It should be easy enough to locate Dreth in his small cell. Besides, I think you know the way, hmmm. He he he he he. Valen Dreth has been imprisoned for many years. His tongue is sharp, but his body is limp and frail. He will prove an easy, pleasurable kill. You will receive a bonus if you fulfill the contract without killing any of the prison guards. Now go, and may the Night Mother go with you."

If approached again:

"Why does Valen Dreth still live? Breaking into the Imperial Prison is difficult, I know, but the contract must be fulfilled."

Contract "You must infiltrate the Imperial Prison and kill Valen Dreth, a Dark Elf. He should be easy enough to eliminate, once you actually get inside."

After killing Valen Dreth:

"So, you infiltrated the Imperial Prison, eliminated Valen Dreth, and killed not one guard. Most excellent! In addition to your standard reward, I present to you this bonus. Behold, the Scales of Pitiless Justice! While carried, the scales will magically enhance your Strength, Intelligence and Agility... but diminish your Personality. A powerful tool indeed."

If the bonus was forfeited:

"Valen Dreth lies dead, but why the unsanctioned bloodshed? You seem to lack... discipline. Here is your reward, but I'm afraid the bonus is forfeit."

Show: The Assassinated Man
In the Dark Broterhood Sanctuary:

"I have a special contract that needs fulfillment. In truth. I don't wish to offer it to any other family member. I've come to rely on your abilities."

Contract "We're usually called upon to take a life, but not this time. This contract requires us to stage the assassination of a marked man. Are you ready?"
No, I'm not ready right now. "As you wish. Just remember, had I issued a direct order, you would not have been able to refuse. So say the Tenets. Consider what I have said."
Yes, I'm ready. I accept. "You must go to the city of Chorrol and break into the house of Francois Motierre. Inside you will find Motierre waiting for you. Do not kill him! You see, Francois Motierre is a marked man. He owes a considerable sum to the wrong kind of people. So, they have sent an enforcer to kill him. Here. You will use this specially poisoned knife to stage Motierre's death, in the enforcer's presence. Motierre himself will provide more details. This is an unusual contract, Motierre had to make a special arrangement with us before it was approved. I trust in your professionalism."
Contract "The knife I gave you has been coated with a rare poison called Languorwine. You need only cut Motierre once, and he will appear to die."
Poisoned knife "The blade has been coated with a rare poison called Languorwine. One drop in a normal human bloodstream will mimic the effects of death immediately. I have provided you with a vial of antidote, which will be used to revive Francois Motierre after you successfully stage his death. You should also know that there's only enough Languorwine on the blade for this one contract. After Motierre is sliced, the knife will be useless."
Special arrangement "The Dark Brotherhood is not in the business of staging deaths, no matter how much gold is offered. Sithis demands blood, and blood must be paid. In order to accept the contract, we demanded a life. Motierre offered his mother, and we accepted. Lucien has already taken care of that... detail."

"Spill some blood for me, dear Brother."

Upon completion of the contract:

"Ah, so Motierre has escaped? Well done! As payment, I am pleased to award you this amulet, Cruelty's Heart, as well as another advancement in rank. I hereby bestow upon you the title of Eliminator. Your blood is cold, your heart hard. You exemplify everything the Dark Brotherhood stands for. I present to you now this key. It unlocks the well behind the Abandoned House above. Use it to gain hidden, quick access to this Sanctuary."

If Hides-His-Heart died:

"So, the enforcer Hides-His-Heart has been killed. He was to bear witness of Motierre's death, and report back to his superiors. By failing to fulfill this contract, you have brought shame upon us all. Leave me now, and contemplate your uselessness as a member of this family."

If Motierre died:

"So, Francois Motierre has been killed. He hired us, sacrificed his own mother's blood, and we could not even fulfill our end of the bargain. By failing to fulfill this contract, you have brought shame upon us all. Leave me now, and contemplate your uselessness as a member of this family."

Show: Darkness Eternal
In the Dark Broterhood Sanctuary:

"Well now, you are an ambitious one, aren't you? I'm afraid I have no more contracts for you. Our time working together has come to an end. Instead, you must report to Ocheeva, here in the Sanctuary. She will be providing all your contracts. Before you go, however, I intend to make good on an offer I made some time ago. As a vampire, I may pass my gift on to others as I see fit. You have served me well, and I choose now to extend that gift to you. Shall I use my dark powers and turn you into a vampire?"

No, not right now, thank you. "Yes, I can understand your trepidation. For it is not every day one is invited to join the ranks of the undead, eh? If you ever change your mind, fear not. My offer will always remain open. Simply return and speak to me about the Dark Gift, and we can proceed."
Yes, turn me into a vampire. "Most excellent! Here is what you must do. Simply go to sleep here in the sanctuary, at any time, and I will visit you as you slumber. I will wrap you in vampirism's dark embrace. You'll never even know I was there. But when you awaken, we will be of the same blood. Once infected with vampirism, you must wait three days and then sleep once more. Then the Dark Gift will truly take hold. Sleep now, and awake anew!"
Dark Gift "Sleep, dear friend. Sleep. And awake anew."

If approached again:

"As I mentioned, I have no more contracts available. You'll need to speek with Ocheeva. Unless... you would like to discuss another matter?"

Dark Gift "Ah, you are interested, then? Shall I pass along the terrible power of my Dark Gift? Do you wish to become a vampire?"

After becoming infected:

"Greetings... greetings fellow stalker of the damned! Enjoy your new gift. And don't forget to speak with Ocheeva! She has a contract waiting for you."

Dark Gift "The blessed curse of vampirism now flows through your veins. Be patient. Wait the entire three days, then sleep. Your dreams will guide the way."

After becoming a vampire:

"Greetings... greetings fellow stalker of the damned! Enjoy your new gift. And don't forget to speak with Ocheeva! She has a contract waiting for you."

Cure for Vampirism "A cure? Yes... Yes, I believe it's possible. A mage named Raminus Polus has done some research. He's in the Imperial City, at the Arcane University."
Dark Gift "My dear friend, the Dark Gift is yours! You are now a vampire! A creature of the night! We are now kin! As a vampire you must feed regularly. The longer you go without blood, the stronger you will become, but there are dramatic adverse effects as well. Forgo your feeding, and you will no longer be able to blend into "normal" society. You will be shunned as a monster. And let's not forget sunlight... In short, you will become like me. Heh, yes, it's true. I'm quite the social pariah. After a few hundred years the change happened on its own. But you need not worry about that now. Maybe in a few centuries, hmm? Just remember, blood is your salvation!"
Show: Contract advice
In the Dark Broterhood Sanctuary:

The Lonely Wanderer

"You are like a dark gift from the Night Mother herself. Please, tell me how I can help."

Contract "The Elves of the Imperial City are a fairly close-knit community. One of them will have at least heard of Faelian. You should ask around."

"Spill some blood for me, dear Brother."

Bad Medicine

"You are like a dark gift from the Night Mother herself. Please, tell me how I can help."

Contract "These mercenary groups tend to be fanatically loyal to whomever leader they follow. Roderick's people will likely fight to the death. Be cautious."

"Spill some blood for me, dear Brother."


"You are like a dark gift from the Night Mother herself. Please, tell me how I can help."

Contract "The key to successfully completing this contract is effectively blending in with the other guests. So for Sithis' sake, do not wear your hood..."

"Spill some blood for me, dear Brother."

Permanent Retirement

"You are like a dark gift from the Night Mother herself. Please, tell me how I can help."

Contract "Phillida may be retired, but he'll likely have a bodyguard, probably a member of the Leyawiin City Watch. You may have to dispose of him as well."

"Spill some blood for me, dear Brother."

The Purification

"You are like a dark gift from the Night Mother herself. Please, tell me how I can help."

Contract "Lachance would not have selected you for a contract unless he had the utmost confidence in your abilities. Best not let him down."

"Spill some blood for me, dear Brother."


  • A note in Valtieri's room reveals that he has a strange weakness to garlic, unlike any other vampire in Cyrodiil.
    • He seems to dislike Antoinetta Marie, as he insults her intelligence in the same note.
  • It should be noted that Vicente's name is unique for his race because it is of Latin origin, the French version being Vincent Valtière.
    • While most Bretons have French-sounding names and Imperials Latin-sounding names, Vicente is the opposite.
  • Even though he looks as if he has not fed for a long time, he has bottles of human blood in the Chest in his room, and he will even give the Hero the key if he is spoken to correctly.
  • When asked for rumors, he may discuss the Count of Skingrad and provides a hint to his true nature.


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