He may seem like a normal bystander at first, but after Weylin attacks Margret in the market he approaches the Dragonborn and claims he or she has dropped a note. He hands the note to the Dragonborn, who obviously does not own it. It is named Eltrys' Note. The note directs the Dragonborn to the Shrine of Talos. There, he asks them to gather information on Weylin and Margret, promising to pay handsomely for what is uncovered.
Eltrys seems to have a relationship with Rhiada. This is indicated by both dialogue with Thonar Silver-Blood and the presence of the key to Eltrys' room in Rhiada's inventory.
Once the Dragonborn meets him near the Shrine of Talos, Eltrys instructs him or her to find evidence about the Forsworn, leading him or her to The Warrens, the Silver-Blood Inn, and to Nepos the Nose. After gathering enough evidence about the conspiracy in Markarth, he will be found dead, along with the three guards who murdered him. They are working for the Silver-Blood Family, and try to frame the Dragonborn for all the murders during the quest. These events begin the quest "No One Escapes Cidhna Mine."
"Gods. A woman attacked right on the streets. Are you all right? Did you see what happened?"
I was right there. He almost killed me."I'm so sorry. I hope the Eight give you more peace in the future."
I heard some shouting about the Forsworn. That was it."The Forsworn? Strange. Well, I hope the Eight give you more peace in the future, for what it's worth."
I must have missed it. Sorry."You don't have to say sorry to me. I just hope the Eight bring us more peace in the future."
"Oh, I think you dropped this. Some kind of note. Looks important."
Is this your note?"My note? No, that's yours. Must have fallen out of your pocket."
Do you know anything about the attack?"No. I was just getting some fresh air. Had one too many pints of mead at the Silver-Blood Inn."
(If Eltrys' Note is read the following option becomes available.)
Where's the Shrine of Talos?"Huh. Not sure. I don't worship Talos, myself. I think I heard someone mention it was underneath the Temple of Dibella, in the big crag in the center of the city."
In the Shrine of Talos:
"I'm sorry to drag you into Markarth's problems, but after that attack in the market, I'm running out of time." or "You're an outsider. You're dangerous-looking. You'll do."
"I'll do"? What are you talking about?
I'm not doing anything yet.
"You want answers? Well so do I. So does everyone in this city. A man goes crazy in the market. Everyone knows he's a Forsworn agent. Guards do nothing. Nothing but clean up the mess."
You want me to find out why."This has been going on for years. And all I've been able to find is murder and blood. I need help. Please. You find out why that woman was attacked, who's behind Weylin and the Forsworn, and I'll pay you for any information you bring me."
What do you know about Margret?"She's not from Markarth. The air about her screamed "outsider." Visitors to the city usually stay at the Silver-Blood Inn."
Who was Weylin? Where did he live?"He was one of the smelter workers. I used to have a job down there myself, casting silver ingots. I never knew much about Weylin, except he lives in the Warrens, like all the other workers."
Who are the Forsworn?"They're remnants of the old rulers of Markarth. Natives of the Reach. Followers of the old ways. The Nords drove them out of the city. Ulfric Stormcloak and his men. That was about 20 years ago. But somehow they're still here, and they're killing people."
You've looked into these murders?"Yes. It all started when I was a boy. My father owned one of the mines. Rare for anyone who isn't a Nord. He was killed. Guards said it was just a madman, but everyone knew the murderer was a member of the Forsworn. I've been trying to find out why ever since. Gotten nowhere so far, and then I got married. Have a child of my own on the way. I swore I was going to just give up, for my child's sake, but it's like my father's ghost is haunting me. Asking me "Why?""
The dead version of Eltrys is technically a different character called "EltrysDead" (Form ID 00101000, Ref ID 00101001). It has the same inventory and belongs to the same factions, but carries two leveled quest rewards in gold.
If the player leaves the market before speaking with Eltrys, he will follow a simple daily routine. From 7am to 7pm, he will work at the smelter. The rest of the time, he stays in The Warrens. When he sees the Dragonborn, he will talk about the attack and ask if they saw what happened, but the player will have to actively speak to him to respond to what he says—the dialogue will not happen automatically.
Eltrys' war paint is unavailable for the player. He shares the war paint with Bothela.
This section contains bugs related to Eltrys. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
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During a Companions quest, the Dragonborn might be asked to rescue Eltrys from a random location. If "The Forsworn Conspiracy" has already been completed, this quest is broken, as Eltrys lies dead in his cell and there is no way to talk to him.
It is possible to find Eltrys dead for no apparent reason, rendering his quest impossible to complete. This also prevents the Dragonborn from earning the potential rewards from the following quest "No One Escapes Cidhna Mine."