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|Loc=[[Dragonborn:The_Retching_Netch|The Retching Netch]], [[Dragonborn:Ulen Ancestral Tomb|Ulen Ancestral Tomb]], [[Dragonborn:Severin_Manor|Severin Manor]], [[Dragonborn:Ashfallow_Citadel|Ashfallow Citadel]]
|ImgDesc=Who wants to kill [[Dragonborn:Lleril_Morvayn|Councilor Morvayn]]?
|description=Save [[Dragonborn:Lleril_Morvayn|Councilor Morvayn]] from an assassination plot.
Once you have completed [[Dragonborn:March of the Dead|March of the Dead]] and [[Dragonborn:The Final Descent|The Final Descent]], getting near [[Dragonborn:Captain Veleth|Captain Veleth]] will make him apologize for bothering you once again and tell you that the Second Councilor of [[Dragonborn:Raven Rock|Raven Rock]], [[Dragonborn:Adril Arano|Adril Arano]], wants to speak with you as soon as possible. He then makes it quite clear how important this task is, and when you locate Arano he will wait for you at a secure location, specifically on the road leading to the [[Dragonborn:Earth Stone|Earth Stone]].
DB-quest-Served Cold_02.jpg|thumb|right|An undercover meeting]]
When you talk to him he will get right to the point: ''"After everything you've already done for Raven Rock, I hate to ask for more but I can't risk [[Dragonborn:Lleril_Morvayn|Councilor Morvayn]] being killed."'' He will then elaborate: ''"The Ulen Family of [[Lore:House_Hlaalu|House Hlaalu]], a rival Great House, has placed a deathmark on the councilor's head."'' He then explains that Councilor Morvayn once ordered a member of House Hlaalu executed and that he suspects that there are hostile members of House Hlaalu living undercover in Raven Rock, but only that he has his suspicions and nothing else to go on. He then asks you to be his eyes and ears in Raven Rock and see what you can discover. He suggests you talk to local innkeeper of the [[Dragonborn:The Retching Netch|Retching Netch]], a Dunmer by the name of [[Dragonborn:Geldis_Sadri|Geldis Sadri]] who has quite the reputation as a gossip. When you bid Arano farewell, he will mention that Geldis has been with 'us' for a long time, so you can trust him—despite his reputation.
===An Unexpected Visitor===
The [[Dragonborn:Ulen Ancestral Tomb|Ulen Ancestral Tomb]] will be empty when you enter. Wait around for a bit and a visitor will show up and silently pay her respects near the central grave. If you sneak up close enough to the visitor, the quest log will update and tell you to report back to Arano. When you approach her openly, she will turn around and reveal herself to be [[Dragonborn:Tilisu_Severin|Tilisu Severin]], saying: ''"Oh, excuse me! I didn't realize there was anyone else here."'' Ask her what she is doing there and she will answer: ''"I presume the same thing you're doing... leaving an offering for the departed."'' When you confront her with the fact that she is not a member of the Ulen family, she will brush you off with: ''"Since there aren't any Ulens left on this island, I've taken it upon myself to leave the traditional offering in their stead."'' You can choose between three options as part of your investigation:
DB-quest-Served Cold_03.jpg|thumb|right|Who puts [[Dragonborn:Ash Yam|ash yam]] in the tomb?]]
'''You're lying. You're from House Hlaalu!'''<br>
''"What kind of nonsense is that!? I'm simply honoring a fellow departed Dunmer, and you hurl baseless accusations at me?"''
===The Ulen Matter===
DB-quest-Served Cold_04.jpg|thumb|right|The wealthiest family in [[Dragonborn:Raven Rock|Raven Rock]]]]
Severin Manor is located in the western part of town, on the way to the [[Dragonborn:Earth_Stone|Earth Stone]]. There are two ways of dealing with the next task; either go into [[Skyrim:Sneak|sneak mode]] just prior to entering, or kick the door open. Regardless of the hour, Tilisu and Mirri Severin will be waiting inside with weapons drawn. Your target is the expert-locked safe downstairs, so either fight and kill them both to claim the key to the safe, or attempt to sneak down the stairs straight in front of you upon entering, without being detected. A potion which fortifies Sneak may help here before heading down, and there's one down the stairs to the right of the alchemy table on the shelf for the return trip. Head to the western bedroom and look for the Severin Family Safe that sits near a set of shelves to the left of the bed and either pick or unlock it. Inside is the revealing evidence, specifically ''[[Dragonborn:The Ulen Matter|The Ulen Matter]]'', a letter written by family patriarch Vendil Severin, but signed by 'Vendil Ulen'. The letter clearly confirms Arano's suspicions, as it describes the plan to assassinate [[Dragonborn:Lleril Morvayn|Councilor Lleril Morvayn]] as an act of revenge for the execution he ordered on a member of the Ulen family years back.
DB-quest-Served Cold_05.jpg|thumb|right|The family [[Dragonborn:Vendil Severin|patriarch]]]]
According to Arano, Ashfallow Citadel has been abandoned for a long time, but when you arrive at the scene you will find the two Redoran Guards dead and be attacked by two [[Dragonborn:Morag_Tong_Assassin|Morag Tong assassins]] immediately. Dispose of them and enter the half-buried ruin. The interior is almost entirely covered in ash and the very first chamber hides an [[Dragonborn:East Empire Company Strongbox|East Empire Company strongbox]] on some shelves. Kill the patrolling assassin and proceed down the spiral staircase. Loot the chest here, and find the narrow tunnel leading south. Before long, you will land in the private quarters, patrolled by two assassins. The path ahead is blocked by a set of metal bars. A bookshelf in the western room contains a safe with especially valuable loot. The eastern room contains an [[Skyrim:Arcane Enchanter|arcane enchanter]] and an [[Skyrim:Alchemy Lab|alchemy lab]], as well as a chain you need to pull to proceed.
===The Good News===
DB-quest-Served Cold_06.jpg|thumb|right|''"Adril... I haven't seen a smile on your face like that in a long time."'']]
Back in Raven Rock, an excited Adril Arano will ask you if you tracked down Vendil. When you assure him that Vendil is no longer a threat, he will be relieved despite the two deceased guards who were slain by the Morag Tong: ''"Damn it. I was hoping to protect our people by sending them, not end up with casualties. To think that Vendil would stoop so low as to hire those fetchers... I'm glad you killed him."'' He will then ask you to follow him and rush back to [[Dragonborn:Morvayn Manor|Morvayn Manor]] to deliver the good news himself. Follow him inside and witness a brief conversation between the two councilors:
DB-place- Severin_Manor.jpg|thumb|right|Your [[Dragonborn:Severin Manor|reward]]]]
'''Adril''': ''"Excuse me, Councilor Morvayn? I have some wonderful news."''<br>
'''Lleril''': ''"Adril... I haven't seen a smile on your face like that in a long time."''<br>