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Gianna is an Imperial chef in Castle Dour. She revered The Gourmet for his culinary prowess.

InteractionsEdit

Impersonating a starEdit

After killing the Gourmet at the Nightgate Inn, Astrid sends the Dragonborn to impersonate him at Castle Dour, where Emperor Titus Mede II is expected to dine.

Poisoning the stewEdit

Arriving in the kitchens, Gianna asks the Dragonborn to put a Chef's Hat on, if they are not already wearing one, and subsequently glows at his or her "brilliance." She then asks which ingredients should be added to the stew. The specifics of the ingredients do not matter: it is not necessary to add Jarrin Root as the secret ingredient; the Emperor can be killed with magic or weapons.

Killing the emperorEdit

Gianna and the impersonated Gourmet carry the food to the dining hall, where a fake Emperor consumes the poisoned meal. The guards attempt to kill the Dragonborn and Gianna, but the Dragonborn escapes before they can do so, while Gianna was attacked and killed. However, if the meal wasn't poisoned, Gianna survives the ensuing chaos after the Dragonborn kills the fake Emperor. However, there is also a chance both guards will simply attack the Dragonborn and she will run away while having no other NPC attack her. 

DialogueEdit

Show: To Kill an Empire
In Castle Dour, Emperor's Tower:

"Not another delivery. I told you people, our stocks are fine. Now put whatever you have over there, then get out!"

You misunderstand. For I am... the Gourmet! "The... Gourmet? Oh! Finally! When I heard the Gourmet was being brought in to cook for the Emperor, I could hardly believe it. It's just..."
Yes?

As an Altmer:

"You're a High Elf! I... I never would have guessed it. So many of your recipes are clearly aimed at the commonfolk. It just seems..."

As an Argonian:

"You... you're an Argonian! Where did you learn to cook like that? Surely not in Black Marsh. Why even the..."

As a Bosmer:

"I guessed right! I... I always imagined the great Gourmet was a Wood Elf. You see, only someone with a knowledge of woodland herbs could combine..."

As a Breton:

"Well, I just never expected the Gourmet to be a Breton. It almost seems too obvious. Some of the greatest cooks have been Bretons, and..."

As a Dunmer:

"I... Well, I just can't believe the Gourmet is a Dark Elf. How difficult it must have been for you in Morrowind. The food there is..."

As an Imperial:

"Well, I don't mean to seem disappointed, but... I just never figured the Gourmet was an Imperial. I had dreamed of something more exotic, maybe..."

As a Khajiit:

"Oh, well, it's just... I never imagined the Gourmet was a Khajiit. You know, because of all the fur, and the potential for getting hair in the..."

As a Nord:

"You're a Nord! I never would have guessed it! But where in the world did you learn to cook like that? Here in Skyrim? Or maybe somewhere less..."

As an Orc:

"It's just... Well... you're an Orc! Ha ha ha! If the people of the Empire only knew! I mean, now I understand your need for secrecy. Most would..."

As a Redguard:

"Well, I'm just surprised the Gourmet is a Redguard. I had you pegged for a Wood Elf, honestly. You know, because of your use of..."

The rest of the conversation goes as follows:

Silence! I am ready to prepare the grand feast! "Oh. Well, um, actually... you're not. Wearing a chef's hat, I mean. There's one right over there on the shelf. You can't very well cook without it..."
"We'll begin as soon as you're wearing the hat. Check the shelf over there. Wouldn't want the Emperor mistaking you for someone else, now would we."

After obtaining a Chef's Hat:

"Oh, just look at you. Absolutely brilliant. Now... now you're just as I imagined."

If the Dragonborn was already wearing a Chef's Hat, or equiped one later:

Enough! The Gourmet is here to cook, not talk! Let us begin. "Oh! Yes, but of course. Ahem. The Emperor has requested your signature dish - the Potage le Magnifique. I've taken the liberty of getting it started. But the cookbook only says so much, and everyone makes the Potage differently. I would be honored if we could make it... the Gourmet's special way. The base broth is already boiled. We can get started right now. So... which ingredient should I add next?"

Carrots. "Carrots? Really? Okay... What next?"
A sweetroll. "Ooohh.... how decadent. I never would have guessed it. What next?"
(Remain silent) "Oh, I get it. This is a test, right? You want to see how well I know the Potage le Magnifique. Well then, I think a pinch of frost salts should do the trick, right? Now what?"
The next ingredient is... vampire dust. "Vampire dust? Seriously? Hmm... yes. I guess I can see how that would add a more... earthy texture. And, oddly enough, we do have some on hand... All right. What next, then?"
You must now add a splash of mead. "Ah, of course. I suspected as much."
(Remain silent) "My choice, then? Very well. I think we should add some Chaurus eggs. For additional flavor."
We shall now add... a giant's toe! "A... giant's toe? You're... sure about that?"
I said a giant's toe! Do not question the Gourmet! "Of course! I.... I'm sorry. One giant's toe. There. What, um... What next?"
One nirnroot. "Really? Oh, I use Nirnroot as a special seasoning all the time as well. What a wonderful idea. Okay. Now what?"
(Remain silent) "Ooookay.... Um.... Let me see. Thistle? Yes, let's try that. Just a sprig or two..."
You must add... a septim. "A Septim? As in... a gold coin? Really? Ah, I see now. That would give the Potage le Magnifique a slightly metallic - but delicious - aftertaste. Simply brilliant. I have to say, the stew seems done. Add anything else, and we may dilute the distinct flavors. So... is that it?"
Diced horker meat. "Hmmm... horker. So delicious. I swear, is there a soul alive who doesn't enjoy the taste of... Sorry, I didn't mean to get carried away. There we go, one cup of diced horker meat. I have to say, the stew seems done. Add anything else, and we may dilute the distinct flavors. So... is that it?"
(Remain silent) "My choice, hmm? All right, then - tomatoes. Simple, yet infinitely flavorful. Don't you agree? Well, I have to say, the stew seems done. Add anything else, and we may dilute the distinct flavors. So... is that it?"
We're done. Let us serve... the Potage Le Magnifique! "Excellent. They should be ready for us now. And if I may say so... it has been an honor, getting a chance to prepare a meal with, well... the best chef in the entire Empire. I'll carry the stew pot, and lead the way up to the dining room. I'm sure the Emperor and his guests are dying to meet you."
There is one final ingredient. Here, add this. (Give jarrin root) "Oh? What is this, some kind of herb? Are you sure? The Potage tastes perfect as it is. Any other ingredient might..."
Now, now, Gianna. Who's the Gourmet here? "Heh, I'm sorry. Of course. It's your most famous recipe, after all. All right then, your secret ingredient's been added. And if I may say so... it has been an honor, getting a chance to prepare a meal with, well... the best chef in the entire Empire. I'll carry the stew pot, and lead the way up to the dining room. I'm sure the Emperor and his guests are dying to meet you."

At the dining room:

"Here we are. Gods, I'm nervous. We'll go in in just a moment. Please, I'll serve. You just stand there and... be amazing."

ConversationsEdit

Notice: These conversations are held by Titus Mede's decoy.

The Potage le MagnifiqueEdit

Noblewoman: "But aren't you the least bit nervous? After everything that's happened?"
Emperor Titus Mede II: "You mean the wedding? My cousin's apparent murder? An unfortunate misunderstanding, no more. Cold mead, hot tempers... these things happen."
Nobleman: "Quite. Yet that recent business with the young officer. Maro, was it? How dreadful. The son of your commander, plotting your assassination."
Emperor Titus Mede II: "Yes, an unfortunate turn of events, that. But an isolated incident. And I have been assured the faults was with the man's son alone. Truth is, we are in no danger whatsoever. Killing an Emperor can be useful, but befriending one? Now that's beneficial - as I'm sure you'd all agree."
[Upon entering the dining room]
Emperor Titus Mede II: "Aha! Here we are. Honored guests, I present to you - the Gourmet! Ah, the Potage le Magnifique. So delicious. My friends, as emperor, I of course reserve the right of first taste."
Noblemen: "(Laughing.)"
Noblewoman: "(Laughing.)"
Emperor Titus Mede II: "Oh... Oh how marvelous. Just delicious. It is everything I had hoped it would be. Please, everyone. Enjoy."

AssassinationEdit

Noblewoman: "But aren't you the least bit nervous? After everything that's happened?"
Emperor Titus Mede II: "You mean the wedding? My cousin's apparent murder? An unfortunate misunderstanding, no more. Cold mead, hot tempers... these things happen."
Nobleman: "Quite. Yet that recent business with the young officer. Maro, was it? How dreadful. The son of your commander, plotting your assassination."
Emperor Titus Mede II: "Yes, an unfortunate turn of events, that. But an isolated incident. And I have been assured the faults was with the man's son alone. Truth is, we are in no danger whatsoever. Killing an Emperor can be useful, but befriending one? Now that's beneficial - as I'm sure you'd all agree."
[Upon entering the dining room]
Emperor Titus Mede II: "Aha! Here we are. Honored guests, I present to you - the Gourmet! Ah, the Potage le Magnifique. So delicious. My friends, as emperor, I of course reserve the right of first taste."
Noblemen: "(Laughing.)"
Noblewoman: "(Laughing.)"
Emperor Titus Mede II: "Oh... Oh how marvelous. Just delicious. It is everything I had hoped it would be. It.... I.... I think something's... wrong... I... Hunh..."
Penitus Oculatus Agent: "By the gods! The Gourmet and the chef have poisoned the Emperor! Get them!"
Gianna: "What? No! No, you don't understand! There's been some kind of mistake! I... Aggghhh!"

QuotesEdit

  • "Maybe we should start over, hmm? We want the Gourmet's famous Potage Le Magnifique to be perfect after all. So, what is the first special ingredient?" - If left in dialogue
  • "The Emperor is going to love it. How can he not?"
  • "Keep it together, Gianna. Keep it together..."
  • "Maybe when this is all over, you could sign one of your cookbooks for me?"
  • "I'm so nervous."

BugsEdit

This section contains bugs related to Gianna. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Gianna may not progress the quest. This problem occurs when the Dragonborn is diseased. Multiple diseases cause this problem. This problem was fixed in one of the patches.
  • After the Emperor is killed, Gianna will walk out of the room still holding the pan, and head to the kitchen, walking. Speaking to her will result in her saying nothing but, "I'm so nervous."
  • If the detect life or the shout Aura Whisper is used Gianna will not be displayed.
  • If use the Jarrin Root is added to the Potage le Magnifique, the guards may attack just Gianna, ignoring the Dragonborn.
  • When approaching Gianna and talking to her, she may stop the conversation at "It's just..." This may be caused by the Dragonborn being a vampire (in which case it can be fixed by curing the disease), or using custom races added by mods on the PC. This is because Gianna makes a specific comment at this point about the Dragonborn's race, and these races have no dialog, preventing the conversation from continuing. The command "SetStage DB09 30" will skip this conversation on the PC.

AppearancesEdit

Start a Discussion Discussions about Gianna

  • Gianna glich

    21 messages
    • 75.111.71.181 wrote:Assuming you are on a PC, and you reach the point where you, playing your custom race, have completed all other requiremen...
    • i find it to be wether your a vampire or you are using a mod that has custom races
  • Does anyone feel bad for her?

    11 messages
    • I always thought they would spare her if I put the root in so I did. I was the main chef so it felt like she would get to go free. I was shoc...
    • If you feel bad for her, why did you even start the DB questline? You kill dozens of innocent people. What makes Gianna so special? Personall...