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Festus Krex
(RefID: 0001D4BB)
Location Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
Race Elder Gender Male
Level PC×1 (range=5-50) Class Destruction Mage
RefID 0001D4BB BaseID 0001BDB2
Other Information
Health 100+(PC-1)×8.3
Magicka 250+(PC-1)×6.7
Stamina 50
Primary Skills Destruction, Restoration, Alteration, Sneak
Class Details CombatMageDestruction
Morality No Crime Aggression Aggressive
Essential Yes
Voice Type MaleOldGrumpy
Faction(s) The Dark Brotherhood; FavorExcludedFaction
Festus Krex

Festus Krex is an elderly mage found in the Dark Brotherhood sanctuary west of Falkreath.

Festus wears shrouded robes, shrouded hand wraps, and shrouded shoes, and he carries an iron dagger. He knows a variety of spells, as befitting a mage of his stature. From the Alteration school he knows Stoneflesh; from the Destruction school he knows Fireball, Firebolt, and Incinerate; from the Restoration school he knows Fast Healing and Lesser Ward.

He lives a quiet existence in the Sanctuary, getting up at 8am. He'll then spend the rest of the day either sitting around, using the alchemy table or arcane enchanter, or conversing with his fellow assassins. Then, at midnight, he'll head to bed for some sleep.

Related QuestsEdit


His greetings:

"There's too much of an obsession these days with knives and arrows. You can kill someone just as easily with a well-placed spell."
"You like creepin' around in the shadows? Magic'll work just as good there as anywhere else."
"Nobody ever expects a fireball from the darkened corner."
"Talk to Babette about potions. She's the creepy little girl - can't miss her."
"Yes, yes. I'm your brother and I'm supposed to greet you respectfully. So "hello." There, satisfied?"

If he notices you sneaking near him, he'll say:

"This how you get your thrills? Feeling up an old man?"


What can you tell me about yourself?
"Hmph. I like to say I was born with a wand in my hand. Well, not literally - you can see how painful that would have been for mother. But I was a prodigy! Casting simple spells by one, completing complex incantations by three. Resurrecting corpses by seven! Ha! When I was thirteen I accidentally burned down the family home. A bit of lightning gone awry. Ah, but soon after I mastered my gifts. Completely. I went on to teach at the College - left after two years. Too simple. Too safe. None of them truly understood the glory of the Destruction school..."

When exiting conversation:

"Remember, fireballs. You can never go wrong."
"Go, incinerate some poor bastard for me."
"Yeah, yeah. Goodbye, kill lots of people, Hail Sithis, and all that."

Quest-Related EventsEdit


When you first enter the Sanctuary, Gabriella will be taking part in the following conversation:

Quality "family" time

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."
Arnbjorn: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Babette: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Festus: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"
Nazir: "Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!"

When you first talk to him, he'll appear very uninterested, "Yes, yes, you're the new Family member. Let's make this easy - consider me the cranky old uncle nobody talks to. You go your way, I'll go mine." From there on you'll get three responses, regardless of which you pick, Festus will shrug you off with a blunt "Hmph."

Mourning Never ComesEdit

What are your thoughts on Cicero and the Night Mother?
"Their arrival is the best thing that's happened to this Sanctuary in years. Astrid is an effective leader, but we've been rudderless for too long. Scrounging for contracts, abandoning the Tenets. The Dark Brotherhood has been reduced to a group of common cutthroats. Frankly, it's embarrassing."

The Cure for MadnessEdit

Once you return to the sanctuary, you'll find Veezara injured on the ground. Babette will be tending to him:

"Boy, did you miss all the excitement."

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..."

Speaking to Festus after this scene will have him say "Boy, did you miss all the excitement." Once you find evidence to go and hunt Cicero down, Festus will encourage you by saying "Burn that little jester alive."

Recipe For DisasterEdit

At the end of The Cure for Madness Astrid will refer you to Festus by saying: "There's just one more target before we strike out at the Emperor. Have you by chance heard of the "Gourmet"? Read his cookbook? It's become quite a phenomenon. The Gourmet is scheduled to cook for the Emperor at a special dinner. You'll kill him, steal his Writ of Passage, and assume the roll [sic] of master chef. Festus has been spearheading this part of the assassination plan. He's close to uncovering the identity of the Gourmet. You should report to him."

When you are ready, speak to Festus, who will inform you abou the next contract "There you are. Took your sweet time dealing with Cicero, hmph? Now let's get down to business. Astrid told you about the Gourmet, I hope?" Once you confirm this, he'll explain further "Quite so. But first you'll need to learn who he is. Assuming, of course, that the Gourmet actually is a "he." Could be a woman for all we know." If you react annoyed about the lack of information on the target, Festus will say "Don't be so petulant! In my, um, investigations, I came upon this. It's a copy of the Gourmet's cookbook. Ah, but not just any copy. It's signed you see! Seems to be a message from the Gourmet to one Anton Virane. I've tracked Virane to the keep in Markarth. It would seem he's the cook." If you instead ask him if he has any idea to find out the Gourmet's identity, he'll say "Ah, indeed I do! Indeed I do! In my, um, investigations, I came upon this. It's a copy of the Gourmet's cookbook. Ah, but not just any copy. It's signed you see! Seems to be a message from the Gourmet to one Anton Virane. I've tracked Virane to the keep in Markarth. It would seem he's the cook." If you didn't react to Festus, and instead stayed quiet, he'll react pleased "You know, maybe I was wrong about you after all. Anyone who's smart enough to shut up and listen can't be all bad. In my, um, investigations, I came upon this. It's a copy of the Gourmet's cookbook. Ah, but not just any copy. It's signed you see! Seems to be a message from the Gourmet to one Anton Virane. I've tracked Virane to the keep in Markarth. It would seem he's the cook." From there on you can ask if he's sure Anton Virane knows the Gourmet's identity, to which he'll confirm, saying "I believe so. Therefore, you are to obtain that information from Virane - who the Gourmet really is, and where he can be found. Oh, and when you're done with Virane, kill him. Loose ends and all that. Next, you'll have to... Are you still paying attention?" Again you are presented with options, each option results in him continuing "Hmph. As I was saying... You'll need to kill the Gourmet, of course. But what's more, you'll need to get his Writ of Passage, so you can take his place. Oh, and if you can, hide his body. The longer it takes for anyone else to determine his real identity, the better. Now off with you!" While you leave, he'll remind you once of your target "Remember, the Markarth Keep. That's where you'll find Anton Virane. Probably cooking up all of the Gourmet's recipes, passing them off as his own."

You can also ask for some for info on his book ""Uncommon Taste." It was published a few years ago, and became a sensation throughout the Empire almost overnight. The recipes were hailed as both practical and decadent. I've made a few of the Gourmet's dishes myself, actually. His roast mutton with Redguard berry sauce is to die for. But his chocolate pate gives me the runs." Asking him if the Gourmet is in Skyrim will have him say "Yes. Gaius Maro, on orders from his father, arranged for the Gourmet to come to Skyrim months ago. To serve as the Emperor's personal chef. But the Emperor canceled his journey at the last minute. Maro was smart, kept the Gourmet around, in case things changed. And so, the Gourmet has remained in seclusion, somewhere in Skyrim... on indefinite hold. Probably feels like a prisoner. But you'll fix that."

If you speak to him after this, he'll just remind you of your orders: "Come now, you've got your orders. What else could you possibly need?", and "All you've got to do is find and kill one lousy chef. The clock is ticking..."

After you've finished off the Gourmet and returned to Festus, he will say "So, the prodigal murderer returns. And the Gourmet?" You will then inform him that the Gourmet is dead, but his response will differ based on the optional task you chose to complete or didn't complete. If you did everything perfect, his response will be "So I gathered. It seems a certain Orc has disappeared. Which means you not only killed the Gourmet, but disposed of the body as well. You've got the Writ of Passage too, I see. Splendid, splendid... Ah, and word has come in from Markarth that the keep's cook has met an untimely demise. You performed your duties to the letter." You will gain three responses once more, all of them leading to Festus giving you your bonus and same rarely-seen respect "Hmph. I was wrong about you. I see that now. Maybe we all were. Here's your payment. And... a little something else, as well. From me. Consider it my way of apologizing. For being so damned curmudgeonly! It's called the Nightweaver's Band. I wore this for years. I want you to have it now. It'll give your magic and sneakiness some much needed "oomph." Now, you'd better get a move on and see Astrid. It's time! Time for the final stage of this grand and glorious operation."

If you didn't hide the body, Festus will be angry with you, saying "Good, good. And you've got the Writ of Passage, too, I see. So there's that. I've also received word from Markarth. It would seem Anton Virane has suffered an untimely fate, as well. Good. But unfortunately, that inn is abuzz with the news of somebody killing one of their guests! What, hiding the body was too much for you to handle? Bah! Useless. Here's your gold. Now go see Astrid. The time to move against the Emperor has finally come. Sithis help us all."

If you tell Festus that the Gourmet is dead but you don't have his papers with you, Festus will be upset "Good. And his Writ of Passage? Oh wait, let me guess - you don't have them. Fool! Amateur! Without those papers you'll never be able to present yourself as the Gourmet! Off with you! Back to the body to retrieve them!"

If the Gourmet is dead, you have the papers, but you didn't kill Anton Virane, he'll go on a similar rant "Good, good. And you've got the Writ of Passage too, I see, so that's done. But why? Why, pray tell, have I received word that Anton Virane is still walking around Markarth, hale and healthy as the day he was born? Back to Markarth with you! Virane must be silenced! He's a potential witness, you witless dagger jabber!"

If Festus sent you back for some reason, speaking to him once you return will have him say "Ah, you're back. Ready to try again, are we? Let's start from the top. You were sent to kill the Gourmet. And he is..." Telling he's dead will have Festus relieved, but he'll also feel haste to send you to Astrid "Right, which we had already established. And you managed to hide the body as well? Good. You've got the Writ of Passage too, I see. So there's that. And Anton Virane has suffered an untimely fate, as well. Good. Well, looks like you completed the contract as directed. Finally. A little sloppy, but, well... done is done. Here's your gold, with a little extra for hiding the body. Now go see Astrid. The final stage of the contract has come. The Emperor must fall."

If you completed the quest perfectly, Festus will greet you happily afterwards. "Ah, good to see you, brother/sister. Gearing up to kill the Emperor? Exciting times. Exciting times, indeed." Otherwise, he'll say "Look. I gave you a contract, and you completed it. Barely. Now let's go back to you being insufferable, and me being... me."

Death IncarnateEdit

When you finish To Kill an Empire, and return to Sanctuary, you will find Festus' body pinned to a tree by numerous arrows, just outside of the entrance.

A very bad sign

Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!Edit

During Destroy the Dark Brotherhood!, you will be sent to kill every Dark Brotherhood member in the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary, Festus will be one of the required people to kill. During this quest, his normal spells get replaced in favor of Fireball, Flame Cloak, Close Wounds, Ironflesh, Greater Ward, Grand Healing, Lesser Ward and Flames. His iron dagger will get replaced by a steel one and he will also carry leveled gold as well as one leveled restore magicka potion.

Quest-Related AdviceEdit

Contract Advice
Mourning Never Comes "Yes. Just because you're now a professional assassin, don't think you have to skulk around in the dark like a skeever and stab people. Do what I do. Walk up to your target, introduce yourself, melt their skin off, and then run like the wind. Works every time."
Whispers in the Dark "Ha! And would that surprise anyone? This Sanctuary's a mess. Wouldn't surprise me if somebody's talking to the fool on the sly. Making deals. And no, before you ask, it's not me. I know which side my bread is buttered on."
The Silence Has Been Broken "So you're the Listener, hmm? Well that hardly seems fair. You just got here. The Night Mother should have spoken to me. Any idiot could see that. But, I will serve gladly, as that's my lot in life. Now let's see. Ah yes, Volunruud. It's an old crypt, infested with Draugr. So plan accordingly. "
Bound Until Death "Ah, killing her will be easy. She'll be so happy, she'll never see it coming. I should know, I killed a bride once. It was our honeymoon. Tepid, I said! The bathwater should be tepid! Lukewarm is not tepid! Close, maybe, but there's is a difference! Stupid cow."
Breaching Security "Remember, your target is Gaius Maro, the son. Not Commander Maro, the father! We need him alive. But the son... Ha! Scorch his face off!"
The Cure for Madness "All right, so maybe I was wrong. Maybe Cicero coming here wasn't the best thing that could have happened. But even I didn't anticipate this. Well, you know the old saying. When life gives you lemons... ...go murder a clown."
To Kill an Empire "Well... While it's true I prefer sorcery's more destructive nuances, we mustn't forget the many spells with simpler, more practical applications. Sure, you poison the Emperor, but what then? Why not summon an Atronach to cause some chaos? Or turn invisible and slip away. Use your imagination!"
Honor Thy Family "Bah. If it were up to me, we'd cut off your hands and never let you back in this Sanctuary. But no. All you have to do is pay Nazir a fine. Pathetic."


  • Festus is an essential NPC until he suffers a scripted death. His corpse is actually considered a container in game data (Form ID: 00075CE6). There is also game data for another dead version of Festus Krex (Base ID: 000E0D6F), though this version is not used at all in the game.
  • Festus' corpse will remain pinned to a tree just outside the door of the sanctuary for the remainder of the game after Death Incarnate.