"Aren't you familiar with the cherished Black Marsh custom? Consuming various venomous concoctions to bolster our natural immunity? I drank so much my tongue turned green! Ha! The new initiates fall for that every time!"
Green-Venom-Tongue was once an assassin at a Sanctuary in the Blackwood Borderlands in Black Marsh. While out on a contract for several months, the Black Hand ordered the purification of his Sanctuary. As he had been away for so long, he was absolved of suspicion and transferred to the Santuary on the Gold Coast.
"Ah, I heard we had a new initiate on the premises! I was just checking my notes and realized that details concerning you are sorely lacking. We'll need to rectify that before too long."
The Matron suggested I introduce myself."She did? I wonder what she's planning this time? Well, I'm certain everything will become clear eventually. Even you, I suppose."
Why do they call you Green-Venom-Tongue?"Aren't you familiar with the cherished Black Marsh custom? Consuming various venomous concoctions to bolster our natural immunity? I drank so much my tongue turned green! Ha! The new initiates fall for that every time!"
Anyway, it's nice to meet you."And you, as well, Initiate. I look forward to interviewing you at length when you have some time. For my journals, of course. I keep meticulous records. I'll help you, you'll help me ... isn't that what the Bretons call a "win-win"?"
I'd like to know a bit more about you."What more could you possibly need to know? I am a Shadowscale. My life begins and ends with the Dark Brotherhood."
What's a Shadowscale?"I could have sworn I explained this before. Let me check my notes. Hmmm. Well, like other Argonians born under the sign of the Shadow, I was taken upon hatching and trained to be an assassin. That makes me a good killer. A very good killer."
Do you like living here?"What an intriguing inquiry! Attempting to ascertain if I actually like it here or something more subtle? Well, like or dislike is meaningless. I serve the Matron as I served my former Sanctuary. And as I serve Black March when called upon."
Former Sanctuary?"The river carries us where it will, and that's all I prefer to say about that at this time. I was there. Now I am here. As are you, Initiate."
Is there actually something about me in that book?"Perhaps ... depending upon what you mean by "something" and "me." Rest assured, whatever musing and observations I record herein are strictly confidential."
Any advice you want to share with a new recruit?"Now this one I know I've written down! Study the Five Tenets. Learn them, memorize them, live them. There's a copy in the Sanctuary. Someplace. I'd let you look at this one, but I don't let anybody read my journals. That would be ... inadvisable."
I ... see. Anything else?"Such a curious mind! Then listen carefully, Initiate. Contracts must be taken seriously. Always obey the Matron's instructions to the letter. And don't get yourself killed. Though that probably goes without saying."
"I was almost certain that we had concluded our former interaction, but these customs have always confused me. Is there something else expected of us? An ever so brief embrace perhaps? Or the firm clasping of the wrists and hands?" – If spoken to for the second time during the "Welcome Home"