|Faction||Thieves Guild |
He was captured and interrogated due to a possible affiliation with the wanted Blades loremaster Esbern, who was being protected by the Thieves Guild in The Ratway Warrens below Riften. If the Dragonborn is a member of the Thieves Guild, Etienne remembers them from The Ragged Flagon.
Should the Dragonborn choose to free Etienne from his cell at the Thalmor Embassy, he flees to a trapdoor leading to Reeking Cave, commenting "You didn't have to help me, so.... thanks." In the cave, he may assist in a battle against a Frost Troll, although unarmed. Reverse pickpocket to give him a weapon to aid his fighting ability.
If he survives, he will initially run past Solitude and be found on the coastline immediately south of the Dainty Sload. Later on, he can be found in the Ragged Flagon Cistern, and gladly sees that the Dragonborn has survived, also promising that he'll never forget who saved him from his Thalmor captors. After his release he might also be found at the bridge near Windhelm Stables wearing a Thieves Guild Armor.
- If the Dragonborn was already a member of the Thieves Guild, Etienne will recognize them, even though he isn't found in the cistern, until after the quest, and if he survives.
- A certain bug could happen when you strike him dead with a weapon while he is chained to the wall . His body rag dolls around inside the cell only to stop after a certain time.
- A problem may arise if he is killed by the guards before spoken to. This would result in loss of character as you are unable to finish the quest, or leave the area.
- He also has a tendency upon being freed to slide back into the wall, unable to be interacted with.
- If you are a member of the Thieves Guild prior to starting the quest and pretend to be the interrogator during Diplomatic Immunity, upon talking to him in the Ragged Flagon, he may tell you that 'You've caused enough trouble already!" instead of being thankful.
- He may be the subject of a Companions rescue mission. If you have not rescued him when you have the ceremony to become the guildmaster of the Thieves Guild, he will still attend the ceremony. You will be notified the rescue objective is complete and you should escort him back to Riften.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First appearance)