|A Watery Grave|
|Quest Giver||Vicente Valtieri|
|Prerequisite||Welcome to the Family|
|Next Quest||Blood of the Damned|
|Type||Dark Brotherhood quest|
The ship can be found in the Imperial City Waterfront District. There are two ships in the Waterfront, the Marie Elena being the western-most one with pirates patrolling near it, guarding it against any trespassers who dared to stray too close to the captain's quarters.
Head over to the Waterfront District in the Imperial City and locate the Marie Elena. Either walk onto the ship and fight with the pirates onboard or sneak past them until they reach the Captain's cabin or use other methods to get on board.
Alternative methods to enterEdit
One method of entrance is to get on the stone path west of the ship where there are a bunch of crates lined up. The pirates are loading all of these boxes onto the ship. Walk up to the northernmost crate and they will be asked if they want to hide in the crate. Do so and they will be loaded inside the ship.
Second method of entrance to the captain's cabin is to jump from the dock onto the balcony of the ship and pick the lock, which could prove difficult for a low leved lacking in a high security score, as the lock is fixed at the very hard level. If they are able to pick the lock, the best way to fight the captain is to run out the rear door once he begins to fight them and swim to shore. The captain will just pace back and forth on the rear deck and they can shoot arrows with impunity.
A third way of entrance is to hide inside the crate, then go up a level. Wait for the pirates to finish their conversation. When they finish, go quickly back to where one entered the level and go as far back as possible (a detect life spell helps here) and wait for the pirates to pass. Then sneak past them to the hall where they were talking. One should see a small alcove on the left with a ladder. Take this ladder up directly to the captain's cabin. Either wait until around 10pm when the capitan goes to sleep and sneak attack him, he should now be dead or close to dead, or enter and attack him.
When the captain has been eliminated, two pirates will come down to check on the captain. They may either kill the pirates or hide from them until they leave. After they're dead or gone, search the captain's body for the key to his chest. In his chest there are some gems and , don't forget the Nirnroot and the Sweet Rolls.
Exit the Marie Elena and travel back to Vicente Valtieri to report the success and to receive the reward, the Black Band.
I must go to the Waterfront District in the Imperial City and gain access to the pirate ship Marie Elena, so I can kill Captain Gaston Tussaud. I may be able to smuggle myself onboard with the cargo, in one of the packing crates.
Just as expected, the crate I hid in has been transported to the ship's hold. I must now find and kill the Captain, Gaston Tussaud. He's probably in his cabin, at the rear of the ship, on a higher deck.
I have gained access to the Captain's cabin of the ship Marie Elena. I must now kill Gaston Tussaud.
Gaston Tussaud is dead. I must now return to the Sanctuary and speak with Vicente Valtieri to receive my reward.
- An easier and quicker method to complete this quest is by running straight to the captain's cabin and killing the captain. Then run out and let the Imperial City guards take care of the remaining pirates.
- It is easier to just run to the end of the dock(by the crate you get inside) and jump onto the rear of the ship picklock the door and attack the captain from behind and come out the same way.
- Note that once the pirates and Tussaud are all dead, the ship basically becomes a free "house" for the Hero to use if they desire. The Captain's Chest does not respawn (confirmed on XBox360; GotY edition), so if they've kept the key they are able to store their items in there. You can use the bed for resting, and the captain drops some rather fashionable clothes if the Hero wishes to take them.
- It can be two Flawless Pearls, a Flawless Emerald, and 100 in his chest.
- There is a glitch in this quest that can cause you to permanently lose your horse. If you choose to get on board the ship by hiding inside the crate on the dock, and if you are riding a horse when you accept the "hide in crate" option, both you and your horse will be loaded into the ship's cargo hold. This dooms the horse to be trapped within the ship forever. The horse cannot be rescued using fast travel, even after you have left the ship.
- console command
movetoqtwhich moves you and your horse to your current quest target. Make sure beforehand to select a quest with an outdoors target; if the target is indoors then your horse will be stuck there instead. Another way of rescuing your horse is to use the console command
player.coc (insert target code here). Make sure your target code is an outside location, or else you will find you and your horse stuck inside another location. A third method is to open the command console, click the horse, close console, and once outside re-open the console and type
moveto player. The horse should appear at your location. If you are on the PC, you can rescue the horse with the