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Ensuring Security

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Prerequisite
Optional

To Auridon

Faction
Aldmeri Dominion
Quest giver
Watch Captain Astanya
Optional:
Watchwoman Mandelime
Journal region
Auridon
Location
Vulkhel Guard
Reward(s)
91 Gold.png
Required level
3
Followed by
A Hostile Situation
Quest objectives


Objectives

Dialogue with Watchwoman Mandelime

Welcome to Vulkhel Guard. All newcomers must check in with Watch Captain Astanya. You'll find her at the docks on the southeast end of the city.

What's going on?
The Queen's here in town. Her royal duard, the first Auridon marines, require everyone check in for security purposes.
As you say, then.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


I've arrived in the city of Vulkhel Guard, gateway to Auridon. Security is tight as Queen Ayrenn, the new leader of the Aldmeri Dominion, prepares for a public appearance.

I should speak to Watch Captain Astanya at the docks.

  • Talk to Watch Captain Astanya

— game journal


Dialogue with Watch Captain Astanya

—— (if completed To Auridon)
I'll make sure news of the Maormer is passed on to the appropriate parties. Don't worry about that. Now, what's your name? I'll need it for the official register.
—— (if NOT completed To Auridon)
Fair day, visitor. I'm Astanya, watch captain. I'll need you to state your name for the record.
Extra precautions with Queen Ayrenn in town. You understand.
—— (common)

<Character name>
I'll just write that down. By order of the First Auridon Marines, your presence in Vulkhel Guard has been registered.
Do your best to stay out of trouble and out of the way. Fare you well.
You seem very busy. Is there anything I can do to help?
Help? No. I don't think so.
Actually.[sic] My guardsmen are all tied up right now. If you're up to it, perhaps you could look into some things for me?
I'm at your service.
Good. I want you to speak with two members of the Queen's Court, Advisor Norion and Steward Eminwe. They await assistance from the guard, hands I can't spare just now.
Who do you want to speak to first?
I'll speak with the Advisor first.
I see you prioritize well. You'll find him at a warehouse west of here. Be sure to tell her that I sent you.
Once you've finished with both of them, report back to me on the town's upper level.
I will.
—— can continue with the conversation below or come back to it.
I'll speak with the Steward first.
You'll find the Steward at a warehouse east of here. Be sure to tell her that I sent you.
Once you've finished with both of them, report back to me on the town's upper level.
I will.
—— can continue with the conversation below or come back to it.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


Follow-on dialogue with Watch Captain Astanya

Well, what are you waiting for?

Can you tell me more about Queen Ayrenn?
(A} You hit your head recently? The Queen leads the Aldmeri Dominion.
She had some kind of wild time away from court a few years ago. But now she's returned to reclaim her birthright. Lead the alliance.
Where was she?
Off gallavanting[sic] across Tamriel? Who knows? Who cares?
I wish I could just quit my job, then come back to it when I get bored. Pah.
What's the Queen's speech about?
Probably talking up the "unity of the Dominion." Not all Altmer are fans of the Alliance yet?
No offense.
Who are the First Auridon Marines? Go to (B}
Razum-dar said you two were old friends? Go to (C}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Who are the First Auridon Marines?
(B} Queen Ayrenn's personal guard. They're led by Battlereeve Urcelmo, one of the most decorated warriors in the Dominion.
You're not a marine?
No. I'm captain of the city guards here. The marines are the right arm of the Queen. My duty is to the city.
Can you tell me more about Queen Ayrenn? Go to (A}
Razum-dar said you two were old friends? Go to (C}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Razum-dar said you two were old friends?
(C} Hah! He's got an active imagination, that one. We know each other, sure. Drew blades together a few times. But I'm not sure I'd call him a friend. Not since he signed up with the Queen.
Signed up with the Queen?
He didn't tell you? Of course he didn't; he's the biggest liar I know. Razum-dar works directly for the Queen herself. Some kind of hush-hush cloak-and-dagger outfit. Thieves and liars, the lot of them.
Can you tell me more about Queen Ayrenn? Go to (A}
Who are the First Auridon Marines? Go to (B}
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


If chosen to speak with Advisor Norion first

...

I should speak to Advisor Norion in the west warehouse.

  • Talk to Advisor Norion

— game journal


Dialogue with Advisor Norion

I'm busy here. Away with you.

I'm supposed to tell you Watch Captain Astanya sent me.
Ah. Ahh. In that case, you'll do nicely.
My servant followed a burglar to this warehouse. The ignorant knave stole a set of marine deployment plans for the Queen's upcoming speech.
Why would a burglar steal those?
Well, I'm sure I wouldn't know. I'm no burglar. In any case, we can't let those plans escape.
They could be used to bypass the Queen's security. And we wouldn't want that.
I'll check it out.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

I should look for the plans inside the warehouse.

  • Find the Deployment Plans

— game journal


Dialogue as enters warehouse

Bandit: Please, I did just as you asked!
Assassin: Yes. Yes you did.


...

I found the plans Advisor Norion spoke of. I should report back to him outside of the warehouse.

  • Talk to Advisor Norion

— game journal


Dialogue with Advisor Norion

Well? Did you find the plans?

I found them, but the burglar was already dead.
Oh? A pity.
Keeps the plans. You can give them to the Captain next time you see her. In the meantime I must attend to the queen.
You're not concerned about the dead burglar?
Feh. Some kind of criminal feud, I'm sure.
Now then. If you have some other task, you should be about it.
I'm to help Steward Eminwe. Do you know where she is?
Do I look like a steward's assistant? Do you take me for a commoner? No. But, yes, I happen to know where she is.
East warehouse, just north of the docks. You can go now.
Thanks, I guess.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

I need to seek out Steward Eminwe at a warehouse on the north end of the docks.

  • Talk to Steward Eminwe

— game journal


Dialogue with Steward Eminwe

I'm sorry, I can't help you right now. I'm very busy and there's a lot to do.

I'm supposed to tell you Watch Captain Astanya sent me.::Ah. Ahh. In that case, you'll do nicely.
Oh! All right, then. What was it? Right, the supplies.
Two of my cooks took deathly ill, right in the middle of preparing the Queen's feast! I suspect sabotage. I want to be sure all of our food supplies are safe.
You seem a bit upset. What do you want me to do?
I'm not upset. Not at all!
I'll examine the supplies in here. You, go to the warehouse next door. Make sure everything is fresh, and there's nothing out of place.
I'll take a look for you.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

I should examine the nearby storage sheds for evidence of sabotage.

  • Search for Evidence of Poison

— game journal


Cargo Bale

<This cargo bale contains high-quality Cloudrest linens.

Goodbye.


Crate

<This crate contains spices from Elsweyr. Other than the strong smells, nothing seems amiss.

Goodbye.


Barrel

<This barrel is filled with a light summer wine. It smells delicious.

Goodbye.


Cargo Bale

<This cargo bale holds silks and other rightly embroidered fabrics from Sunhold.

Goodbye.


Barrel

<This barrel holds nothing but apples. They look, and smell, fresh.

Goodbye.


Barrels

<These barrels are filled with deep red wine from Alinor.

Goodbye.


Crate

<This crate is filled with various cheeses from deep in Grahtwood. It's hard to tell with Bosmer cheese, but you don't think anything here has been tainted.

Goodbye.


Crate


...

I've discovered some suspicious salted meats, possibly poisoned. I should return to Steward Eminwe back at the warehouse.

  • Talk to Steward Eminwe

— game journal


Dialogue with Steward Eminwe

Did you find anything?

I found some salted meat. I think it's been poisoned.
Thank the Stars! You found the problem.
Hold onto that. The captain will want to see it.
Why would someone poison a cook?
I'm sure it was some kind of test, to see if they could sneak something deadly past our security. Lucky we had you on the job!
I'll give the evidence to the Captain when I see her.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


If chosen to speak with Steward Eminwe first

...

I should speak to Steward Eminwe in one of the warehouses to the east.

  • Talk to Steward Eminwe

— game journal


Dialogue with Steward Eminwe

I'm sorry, I can't help you right now. I'm very busy and there's a lot to do.

I'm supposed to tell you Watch Captain Astanya sent me.::Ah. Ahh. In that case, you'll do nicely.
Oh! All right, then. What was it? Right, the supplies.
Two of my cooks took deathly ill, right in the middle of preparing the Queen's feast! I suspect sabotage. I want to be sure all of our food supplies are safe.
You seem a bit upset. What do you want me to do?
I'm not upset. Not at all!
I'll examine the supplies in here. You, go to the warehouse next door. Make sure everything is fresh, and there's nothing out of place.
I'll take a look for you.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

I should search for evidence of sabotage in the nearby storage sheds.

  • Examine the Supplies For Tampering

— game journal


Cargo Bale

<This cargo bale contains high-quality Cloudrest linens.

Goodbye.


Crate

<This crate contains spices from Elsweyr. Other than the strong smells, nothing seems amiss.

Goodbye.


Barrel

<This barrel is filled with a light summer wine. It smells delicious.

Goodbye.


Cargo Bale

<This cargo bale holds silks and other rightly embroidered fabrics from Sunhold.

Goodbye.


Barrel

<This barrel holds nothing but apples. They look, and smell, fresh.

Goodbye.


Barrels

<These barrels are filled with deep red wine from Alinor.

Goodbye.


Crate

<This crate is filled with various cheeses from deep in Grahtwood. It's hard to tell with Bosmer cheese, but you don't think anything here has been tainted.

Goodbye.


Crate


...

I've discovered some suspicious salted meats, possibly poisoned. I should return to Steward Eminwe back at the warehouse.

  • Talk to Steward Eminwe

— game journal


Bug Bug:
My character was tagged by an invisible Heritage Soldier who called out "Hold it right there!"

Dialogue with Steward Eminwe

Did you find anything?

I found some salted meat. I think it's been poisoned.
Thank the Stars! You found the problem.
Hold onto that. The captain will want to see it.
Why would someone poison a cook?
I'm sure it was some kind of test, to see if they could sneak something deadly past our security. Lucky we had you on the job!
I'm here to help an Advisor Norion. Do you know where he is?.
The Advisor? Yes, yes. Far end of the docks, to the west. Can't miss him.
Fair day!
Thank you.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

I should speak to Advisor Norion by the south end of the docks.

  • Talk to Advisor Norion

— game journal


Dialogue with Advisor Norion

I'm busy here. Away with you.

I'm supposed to tell you Watch Captain Astanya sent me.
Ah. Ahh. In that case, you'll do nicely.
My servant followed a burglar to this warehouse. The ignorant knave stole a set of marine deployment plans for the Queen's upcoming speech.
Why would a burglar steal those?
Well, I'm sure I wouldn't know. I'm no burglar. In any case, we can't let those plans escape.
They could be used to bypass the Queen's security. And we wouldn't want that.
I'll check it out.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

I should enter the warehouse and search for the plans.

  • Find the Deployment Plans

— game journal


Dialogue as enters warehouse

Bandit: Please, I did just as you asked!
Assassin: Yes. Yes you did.


...

I found the plans Advisor Norion spoke of. I should report back to him outside of the warehouse.

  • Talk to Advisor Norion

— game journal


Dialogue with Advisor Norion

Well? Did you find the plans?

I found them, but the burglar was already dead.
Oh? A pity.
Keeps the plans. You can give them to the Captain next time you see her. In the meantime I must attend to the queen.
You're not concerned about the dead burglar?
Feh. Some kind of criminal feud, I'm sure.
Now then. If you have some other task, you should be about it.
Thanks, I guess.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


Common

...

I should now report back to Watch Captain Astanya. She asked me to report back to her at the town's upper level.

  • Talk to Watch Captain Astanya

— game journal


Dialogue with Watch Captain Astanya

Tell me what you found.

Yes, I found this set of -
Good, good. I hate to rush you, but I have another task for you.
One of my men, Heldil, has cornered a thug nearby. We need to talk to this lowborn scum.
What's he done?
We've no time for this. He's involved in a plot against the Queen, that's all I can say.
We need someone like you to get to him. He refuses to speak with a member of the guard.
Do you want this evidence I found?
Just hold it for the moment. Heldil is just up the stairs here, house on the right.
Get going. Remember: the Queen's service.
For the Queen.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

The Captain has – somewhat rudely – directed me to speak with Watchman Heldil.

  • Talk to Watchman Heldil

— game journal


Dialogue with Watchman Heldil

Kindly step back. We have a situation here.

Your Captain sent me. Said you needed some help?
Ah, help from the Captain. Excellent. Inside, we've cornered a dangerous mer.
He's wanted by the crown, has valuable information, and threatens to kill himself every time we approach the door.
What do you want me to do?
I need him alive. Just get in there, and get him talking. Don't listen to what he says, he's half crazed.
You get him talking, we move in behind you. Got it?
Got it.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

The guardsman wants me to speak with his cornered criminal.

  • Talk to the Suspect at the Door

— game journal


Dialogue outside Celus Arandos' House

Get back! One step closer, and I'll cut my throat.

I'm not with the guards. I just want to talk.
Why should I trust you?
Do you really want to die? I'm your only choice here.
Fine. Fine. Just don't try anything. Get in here.
I'm coming in.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

I should head inside an speak to this criminal.

  • Talk to the Suspect

— game journal


Dialogue with Fasion

You're no guard. Thank the Stars. Quickly, we don't have much time.

Time? What are you talking about?
They're coming. I know you're just a distraction. Listen closely.
Captain Astanya is corrupt. She's a member of a group called the Veiled Inheritance
The what?
Veiled Inheritance. They're planning an assassination attempt on the Queen, at the temple.
They bribed members of her staff to get the speech moved here, where they can have the Captain in their pocket.
Do you have any evidence.
No, only what I've seen and heard. Please, you must warn the Queen. She's in grave danger, and the guards here – oh no.
What?
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


...

Heldil has moved in behind me to arrest Fasion.

  • Witness Confrontation

— game journal


Watchman Heldil: Good work, citizen.
Fasion: Traitors. Scum!
Watchman Heldil: Shut your mouth. You're under arrest.
Fasion: I live only to serve the Queen!
Watchman Heldil: Sure you do. Faritaale?
Watchwoman Faritaale: With pleasure.

...

Looks like my work is done here. I should speak to the guardsman one more time.

  • Talk to Watchman Heldil

— game journal


Dialogue with Watchman Heldil

Good work.

What are you going to do with him?
Don't worry. He'll receive a fair trial. The Captain is always very evenhanded in her pronouncements.
I suppose I should report to her now.
Good call. We'll see that this man [sic] is taken to a cell. With respect, of course.
Complete Quest.
—~—Starts A Hostile Situation dialogue here.
Never mind.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.