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Talym Rend served as a master spy for the [[Lore:Third Empire|Third Empire]], and after the death of his partner at the hands of the [[Lore:Worm Cult|Worm Cult]], he jumped at the chance to take revenge.{{ref|name=ITIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Imperial Training|Imperial Training]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} He infiltrated the Cult, but unknown to Talym, they had kidnapped his son, Novos. As part of their initiation, they required him to ritualistically sacrifice Novos to prove his loyalty.{{ref|name=TTIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:The Tragedy|The Tragedy]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} His mission cost his son his life, and he lost a second loved one to the Worm Cult. The event would cause him to quit his job as a spy for the Empire,{{ref|name=TFIOM}} and he returned to [[Lore:Morrowind|Morrowind]] to bury and mourn his son.{{ref|name=TBIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:The Betrayal (Isle of Madness)|The Betrayal]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}}
 
His guilt would prove too much to bear, and to make the pain go away, he tried to bargain with the [[Lore:Daedric Prince|Daedric Prince]] [[Lore:Sheogorath|Sheogorath]]. He traveled from Morrowind to an island in [[Lore:Cyrodiil|Cyrodiil]]'s [[Lore:Niben Bay|Niben Bay]] where he entered the portal to the Shivering Isles.{{ref|name=JULIOMI|group=UOL|[[General:Josh Utter-Leyton Isle of Madness Interview|Josh Utter-Leyton Isle of Madness Interview]]}} Many roadblocks laid ahead on his journey to [[Lore:New Sheoth|New Sheoth]]. In one encounter, his coin purse was stolen by a [[Lore:Bosmer|Bosmer]] by the name of Cyriel.{{ref|name=TFIOM}} He later discovered that the Fringe was designed to prevent the unworthy from getting further into the isles. The Gates of Madness he had to pass to reach his destination was guarded by the [[Lore:Gatekeeper of the Fringe|Gatekeeper]]. Talym used the Gateslayer's Axe, forged and grown from the bones of the previous Gatekeeper in the Garden of Swords, to defeat it.{{ref|name=GOSIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Garden of Swords|Garden of Swords]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}}{{ref|name=GOMIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Gates of Madness|Gates of Madness]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Arriving at New Sheoth, Sheogorath denied an audience with Talym, finding him to be a boring character. Sheogorath's chamberlain [[Lore:Haskill|Haskill]] suggested to Talym to entertain Sheogorath, by doing some deeds within the isles.{{ref|name=NSPIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:New Sheoth Palace|New Sheoth Palace]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} On his way to perform these deeds, Talym encountered the Bosmer purse thief Cyriel once again and freed her from the grasps of a [[Lore:Giant|giant]].{{ref|name=NRTIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:No-Rat Camp|No-Rat Camp]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Talym then ventured to Notehollow, a [[Lore:Grummite|grummite]] cave, and freed the eccentric [[Lore:Orsimer|Orc]] bard Luzrah Gro-Shar. She was trapped in it's spell as the cave was designed by Sheogorath to draw in musical souls like hers.{{ref|name=NHTIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Notehollow|Notehollow]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} His final deed came when when Talym encountered the odd [[Lore:Altmer|Altmer]] mage Rayvat. He asked Talym to beat up a knight by the name of Tavyar that had been following him, but in reality, Tayvar was the same person and he had a split personality. Accounts conflict, but some say that the Altmer became enraged when Talym told him the truth, making Talym have no choice but to put him down.{{ref|name=TOHIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:The Other Half|The Other Half]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}}
 
Arriving at New Sheoth, Sheogorath denied an audience with Talym, finding him to be a boring character. Sheogorath's chamberlain [[Lore:Haskill|Haskill]] suggested to Talym to entertain Sheogorath, by doing some deeds within the isles.{{ref|name=NSPIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:New Sheoth Palace|New Sheoth Palace]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} On his way to perform these deeds, Talym encountered the Bosmer purse thief Cyriel once again and freed her from the grasps of a [[Lore:Giant|giant]].{{ref|name=NRTIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:No-Rat Camp|No-Rat Camp]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Talym then ventured to Notehollow, a [[Lore:Grummite|grummite]] cave, and freed the eccentric [[Lore:Orsimer|Orc]] bard Luzrah Gro-Shar. She was trapped in it's spell as the cave was designed by Sheogorath to draw in musical souls like hers.{{ref|name=NHTIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Notehollow|Notehollow]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} His final deed came when when Talym encountered the odd [[Lore:Altmer|Altmer]] mage Rayvat. He asked Talym to beat up a knight by the name of Tavyar that had been following him, but in reality, Tayvar was the same person and he had a split personality. Accounts conflict, but some say that the Altmer became enraged when Talym told him the truth, making Talym have no choice but to put him down.{{ref|name=TOHIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:The Other Half|The Other Half]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}}
 
After completing the deeds, Haskill contacted Talym, informing him that the Mad God had been entertained and wished to see him. He journeyed back to New Sheoth where he would strike a deal with Sheogorath. Talym wanted him to remove his memories of his involvement in the death of his son, but the price Talym had to pay was for him to drive three souls into madness.{{ref|name=TBSIIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:The Bargain|The Bargain]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Unbeknownst to Talym, Sheogorath tampered with his memory, manipulating him into thinking his son was alive, and that he was fighting to cure his son of madness instead.{{ref|name=TFBIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:The Final Battle|The Final Battle]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}}
===Second Victim===
[[File:LG-quest-The Baron.jpg|thumb|left|Talym's second victim, Baron Navir]]
For his second victim, Talym traveled to another part of Morrowind. His target was the Dunmeri Baron Navir, who Sheogorath thought had everything handed to him.{{ref|name=ETIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Episode 3 Intro (Isle of Madness)|Episode 3 Intro]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Talym played on his ego, trying to convince the Baron that he was the "Prince of Prophecy" that is capable of performing miracles. The Baron thought Talym was beneath him, and insulted him, calling him a peasant. He took Talym's claim as a joke, and would play along and decreed that his Kwama would lay golden eggs, that the lands of his rival Meliel would be ravaged by his own peaceful netches, and that a terrible blizzard would occur in the summer heat.{{ref|name=BPIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Baron's Palace|Baron's Palace]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Talym fulfilled the first task by painting Navir's Kwama eggs gold.{{ref|name=KMIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Kwama Mine|Kwama Mine]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} The second task he accomplished by scaring Meliel's betty netches, causing them to secrete pheromone oils that turned his bull netches aggressive.{{ref|name=MFIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Meliel's Farm|Meliel's Farm]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} The third task was accomplished by breaking into a Telvanni tower and stealing the tower owner's magical amplifier, causing it to snow during the summer.{{ref|name=TTBIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Mushroom Tower (quest)|Mushroom Tower]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} The completed tasks convinced Baron Navir that he was in fact the Prince of Prophecy,{{ref|name=RTBNIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Return to Baron Navir|Return to Baron Navir]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}}, and to attack his rival to demonstrate his powers. Talym aided him in the attack on Meliel's garrison,{{ref|name=MGIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Meliel's Garrison|Meliel's Garrison]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} and after it was successful, Baron Navir's ego had inflated massively. He was convinced he could fly, leading him to jump off a cliff in a demonstration, leading to his death. Luzrah was horrified by the act and would no longer follow Sheogorath's bidding, and parted ways with Talym.{{ref|name=TBQIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:The Baron (quest)|The Baron]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}}
 
Talym fulfilled the first task by painting Navir's Kwama eggs gold.{{ref|name=KMIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Kwama Mine|Kwama Mine]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} The second task he accomplished by scaring Meliel's betty netches, causing them to secrete pheromone oils that turned his bull netches aggressive.{{ref|name=MFIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Meliel's Farm|Meliel's Farm]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} The third task was accomplished by breaking into a Telvanni tower and stealing the tower owner's magical amplifier, causing it to snow during the summer.{{ref|name=TTBIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Mushroom Tower (quest)|Mushroom Tower]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} The completed tasks convinced Baron Navir that he was in fact the Prince of Prophecy,{{ref|name=RTBNIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Return to Baron Navir|Return to Baron Navir]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}}, and to attack his rival to demonstrate his powers. Talym aided him in the attack on Meliel's garrison,{{ref|name=MGIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Meliel's Garrison|Meliel's Garrison]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} and after it was successful, Baron Navir's ego had inflated massively. He was convinced he could fly, leading him to jump off a cliff in a demonstration, leading to his death. Luzrah was horrified by the act and would no longer follow Sheogorath's bidding, and parted ways with Talym.{{ref|name=TBQIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:The Baron (quest)|The Baron]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}}
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===Third Victim===
Talym traveled to [[Lore:Skyrim|Skyrim]] for his last victim. The target was his friend and former employer Porcia Loran, and Sheogorath intentionally had left her for last. Talym begged Sheogorath to keep her out of this ordeal, but he would not budge. Talym had already come this far and would ultimately give into the Prince's demands. To make matters worse, Sheogorath altered the deal and would give Talym only three days to do the job.{{ref|name=EFIIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Episode 4 Intro (Isle of Madness)|Episode 4 Intro]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}}
 
Porcia was working on a mission to intercept Reachman intelligence. Talym would play on Porcia's weakness, her job being her life's work. He intercepted a [[Lore:Reachman|Reachman]] courier in nearby Druadach Pass, and learned that they had a toxin they planned to transport using [[Lore:Dwemer Animunculi|Dwemer Animunculi]]. Cyriel would depart ways with Talym, after getting in an argument with him. She would not be part of the coming slaughter.{{ref|name=DPIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Druadach Pass|Druadach Pass]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Talym then infiltrated the nearby [[Lore:Dwemer|Dwemer]] ruins of Bthardamz, where the Reachmen were stationed, and planted false intelligence about an antidote to their toxins.{{ref|name=BIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Bthardamz|Bthardamz]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Porcia had arrived in the scene and was captured by the Reachmen, who had been alerted to Talym's presence. Talym would fight through the Reachmen, releasing her, and would convince Porcia that he had come to her aid.{{ref|name=BDIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Bthardamz Dungeon|Bthardamz Dungeon]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Porcia had read the false intel, and they journeyed to a Grove of [[Lore:Mara|Mara]] where she hoped to obtain the ingredients for the toxin's antidote. The priestesses of Mara refused to turn over the flowers needed for the antidote, leading Porcia and Talym to ponder the circumstances. Porcia came to the conclusion that the lives of her men were valuable, and the Priestesses were going to be killed by the Reachmen anyway, so decided to slaughter them all and retrieve the flowers.{{ref|name=GMIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Grove of Mara|Grove of Mara]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Porcia's alchemists mixed the flowers into the antidote, anticipating that the Reachmen would release their toxins, and when Porcia's phalanx attacked Bthardamz, the toxins were released. Talym knew that the antidote wouldn't work, but didn't anticipate that it would react violently to the toxins. The false intel cost Porcia's men their lives, and the needless slaughter of priestesses. The event drove her to silence in fear of making similar mistakes, causing her descent into insanity.{{ref|name=TBIOM}} When he had done as directed, Talym returned home hoping that Sheogorath fulfilled his end of the bargain, only to realize that Novos had been dead the entire time.{{ref|name=TBIOM}}
 
Porcia had read the false intel, and they journeyed to a Grove of [[Lore:Mara|Mara]] where she hoped to obtain the ingredients for the toxin's antidote. The priestesses of Mara refused to turn over the flowers needed for the antidote, leading Porcia and Talym to ponder the circumstances. Porcia came to the conclusion that the lives of her men were valuable, and the Priestesses were going to be killed by the Reachmen anyway, so decided to slaughter them all and retrieve the flowers.{{ref|name=GMIOM|Dialogue in the mission [[Legends:Grove of Mara|Grove of Mara]] in [[Legends:Isle of Madness (story)|Isle of Madness]]}} Porcia's alchemists mixed the flowers into the antidote, anticipating that the Reachmen would release their toxins, and when Porcia's phalanx attacked Bthardamz, the toxins were released. Talym knew that the antidote wouldn't work, but didn't anticipate that it would react violently to the toxins. The false intel cost Porcia's men their lives, and the needless slaughter of priestesses. The event drove her to silence in fear of making similar mistakes, causing her descent into insanity.{{ref|name=TBIOM}} When he had done as directed, Talym returned home hoping that Sheogorath fulfilled his end of the bargain, only to realize that Novos had been dead the entire time.{{ref|name=TBIOM}}
 
===Descent into Madness===
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