Locate the Assassin of Old is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


This quest is given as a bonus for killing Gaius Maro in a hold capital, during the quest, "Breaching Security."



After completing "Breaching Security," Gabriella will give the Dragonborn Olava's Token if they kill Gaius Maro. She will then suggest they travel to Whiterun, and speak to Olava the Feeble.

Olava the Feeble is usually seen outside her house sitting on the bench during the day. When approached and told that the Dragonborn has a token for her, she proceeds to tell them their fortune.

She tells of a cave that is home for the Dragonborn ("a sanctuary"), with family, but that there will be "so much blood." Then she mentions Deepwood Redoubt, which is "ripe for the plunder." Through there is Hag's End, a place where a Dark Brotherhood member can be found.

On the way through Deepwood Redoubt, several Forsworn are encountered. Beyond, in Deepwood Vale, there are more Forsworn in a camp. Finally, up multiple sets of stairs leading east, there is Hag's End, where Witches and a Hagraven are fought. Three more witches are encountered in the throne room of Hag's End. The door behind the throne can be opened by activating the handle.

Inside the secret room the dead Dark Brotherhood Assassin, named the Assassin of Old, can be found. By looting his corpse the Ancient Shrouded Armor is gained. Additionally, there is a chest behind him containing more treasure. Further through the gates is a Word Wall with the Slow Time shout.


Locate the Assassin of Old – DBOlavaReadingTreasureObjective
IDJournal Entry
  • Objective 10: Locate the assassin of old
  • Quest complete


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  •  360   Hag's End may need to be cleared multiple times before the Assassin's corpse appears. The corpse may never appear, which makes it impossible to complete the quest.
  •  360   PS3   There is a hagraven inside who, if hit with a hard enough destruction spell, will glitch through the wall visible with the Aura Whisper shout. If this happens it is waiting outside in Deep Vale.
  • There is a chance that when the door out of Deepwood Redoubt is left, the Dragonborn may drop down into a crevice where it is only possible to exit with fast travel.
  • It is possible to get the Ancient Shrouded Armor set by taking a Platter (works best) and glitching through the wall. A second one is needed to glitch back out.
  • It is possible to obtain infinite amounts of the armor. If Dead Thrall is used on the corpse after taking the armor, then exiting and reentering (through a loading screen) will cause him to have another set. This can be repeated forever.
  • It is also possible that the corpse will not appear at all. The quest will be completed, but the set of Ancient Shrouded Armor cannot be acquired.