Crimes of the Past [Quest]

Faction: Daggerfall Covenant
Province: High Rock
Location: Rivenspire
Required Level: 26
Reward:

Text of the Quest:

Crimes of the Past The Ring of Daggers has tracked down a war criminal named Gerard Althen, who once served as King Ransers spymaster. Hes hiding somewhere in Sanguine Barrows and I've agreed to find him and bring him out. Marisette told me that one of Althens friends came here to help him but was killed by a troll. She suggested I check to see if he was carrying a clue to Althens hiding place.

Tasks

Find a Clue to the Hiding Place

Dialogues

Marisette: I know you. Daggerfall. That mad plan to take on Molag Bal. Crazy. Let me ask you, though. If someone committed a heinous crime—slaughtering innocent people and such—could they ever be forgiven, or should they suffer for the rest of their lives?
Hero: Why are you asking me this?
Marisette: Because that's the scenario here. I've tracked down a man named Gerard Althen. Althen ordered the massacre of hundreds of innocent people during Ranser's War and then vanished. After ten years, I finally found him. I just need help bringing him in.
Hero: What kind of help do you need?
Marisette: I need someone to fight their way into the barrows and find his hiding place. It shouldn't be too hard. One of Althen's old cronies came to help him escape. Trolls got to him, but he must've been carrying a clue to Althen's hiding place.
Hero: All right. I'll go see what I can find.


Sanguine Barrows Crypt: Who's out there? Turenn? Tell me that's you.
Hero: Open the door, Althen.
Sanguine Barrows Crypt: For you? I don't think so. Who do you work for? The Ring of Daggers? If so, you're wasting your time. You can't get in, and I have enough supplies to survive in here for quite sometime ... however long it takes until my friends come forme.
Hero: Your friend Turenn was killed by the trolls.
Sanguine Barrows Crypt: Turenn is dead? You saw him? Oh gods! I—I needed him to get me out! The door can only be opened from the outside. I don't have enough supplies to last forever! I'll die in here!
Hero: I can open the door if you'll tell me how.
Sanguine Barrows Crypt: Of course you will. And then you'll hand me over to the Ring of Daggers! I'm no fool. I am in a bind here, though. Perhaps I can persuade you to have mercy. You should know that despite my past, I'm actually a very good person now.
Hero: You expect me to take your word for that?
Sanguine Barrows Crypt: Well ... no. There's a letter in my pack, though! It would give me some credibility. I dropped my pack out in the barrows, but if you'll find and read that letter, I'll tell you how to open the door. And if you still want to turn me in, so be it.
Hero: That sounds reasonable.
Sanguine Barrows Crypt: All right. I believe I dropped my pack by an altar just north of the crypt. You'll find the letter in there. If you read it, you'll see! I'm a changed man. I've done everything I can to make amends. Please, just read it and come back.


Sanguine Barrows Crypt: You're back? Thank the gods! The walls of this crypt are closing in on me now. Ever since I realized I might die in here. Funny how the mind does that. Did you find my pack though? Did you find the letter?
Hero: Yes. I read the letter.
Sanguine Barrows Crypt: Very well. I hope it's given you something to think about before you decide my fate. Regardless, I suppose it's my turn to hold up my end of the bargain. Unfortunately, this door was designed to be absolutely secure against intruders.
Hero: What do I have to do to get it open?
Sanguine Barrows Crypt: The door is controlled by two levers on either side of the barrow above. As if that weren't enough, you'll need keys to activate the levers. The keys are buried inside the Dorell and Tamrith family crypts. I am sorry this is so much trouble.
Hero: Don't worry. I'll get the keys, activate the levers, and open the door.
Sanguine Barrows Crypt: Yes. And then I get to find out what my fate is to be. I hope you're really thinking about this.


Gerard Althen: So here we are. The moment of truth. I can now look upon the face of the one who will be my judge. I hope you understand that I am in no way trying to deny my past wrongdoings, nor would I argue that those acts should be forgiven.
Hero: I understand.
Gerard Althen: If you read the letter in my pack, then you at least know that I've done what I can in the years since the war to make amends for the things I did. Even if you decide to hand me over to the Ring of Daggers, I will at least die knowing I tried.
Hero: Do you want to know my decison now?
Gerard Althen: No. I prefer you take your time making this choice. I need to get out of these barrows either way, so you can take me to the Ring of Daggers or you can take me to the other side of the barrows and set me free. It's up to you.
Hero: All right. Let's get moving.
Gerard Althen: I'm yours to do with as you will. Whatever you decide, I will go along. My fate is in your hands.


Marisette: You followed through? Excellent. I worried he'd convince you to set him free, then we'd have had to track down both of you. That would have been unpleasant. Forget that, though. Can't tell you how glad I am to finally have this bastard in custody.
Hero: He's all yours.
Marisette: You've earned my esteem, my friend, and that's no small thing. You're a friend to the Ring of Daggers now. I have a feeling we'll cross paths again someday. May the gods watch over you until then.
Hero: Complete Quest.

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