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S'krivva wants you to find out what happened to a missing thief by the name of Theranis. He was sent to Skingrad to purloin a rare book, Lost Histories of Tamriel, from the wizard in the castle there. She wants you to bring the book back; apparently the Gray Fox is very interested in it.
Enter the jailEdit
Head for Skingrad and track down one of the local beggars to find out what's been happening. With the usual application of coinage, the player learns that Theranis was last seen being dragged off to the castle dungeons, the result of bragging about stealing something from the castle; foolish enough, but he did this in the Two Sisters Lodge, where the Captain of the Skingrad Guard was drinking at the time. To talk to Theranis, the player is going to have to get into the dungeons somehow. There are several ways to enter the prison dungeon.
Follow the marker to the town gate, leave, and climb the hill up to the castle. Make your way down to the dungeons and talk to the jailer. Bribery doesn't work on him, unfortunately, but he does mention that Shum gro-Yarug, the Count's butler, is looking to hire people to work at the castle. Follow the marker to track him down.
Handily, Shum gro-Yarug is looking for somebody to deal with the prisoners. The pay's lousy and he failed to find anyone for the job, so he requires absolutely no persuasion to let the Hero of Kvatch do it. He tells you to feed the prisoners once a day (he doesn't care when) and that the guards will open the door when asked.
Head back down to the dungeon, where the guard will open the door.
Simply sneak into the prison dungeon with a ranged Open Hard Lock spell, or pickpocket the jailor for the key.
Bypass the prison completely: Sneak through Castle Skingrad's rooms and into the Castle Skingrad Wine Cellar, then follow the blood stains on the ground.
One may speak to Larthjar the Laggard in a double cell of the castle prison. Gaining entrance is as simple as committing a minor but jailable offense. Moreover, while serving the sentence, the player can gain knowledge of the work that Shum gro-Yarug is offering from one of the passing guards.
Tell the guard you wish to see the prisoners, and he will follow you in. Once inside tell him you want to see the prisoners again, and he will retreat back to his post by the door.
Larthjar the LaggardEdit
Once inside the cell area, the player's marker will point to a prisoner by the name of Larthjar the Laggard. Talking to him reveals that Theranis was held in one of the other cells with an Argonian prisoner, but that an individual called the Pale Lady took him some time ago. She takes people on a regular basis, it seems, and nobody ever returns after their third time. This was the third time she'd taken Theranis. Larthjar also notes that the Argonian was taken only an hour ago, struggling and bleeding quite badly.
At the far end of the cell block, there is a decidedly door-shaped mark on the end wall. On the wall to the right, there's a candle holder. Use it, and the secret door will swing open, revealing a passageway carved into the rocks, with what suspiciously looks like fresh bloodstains on the floor. Follow the passageway, through a door into an area near the Castle Skingrad Wine Cellar, until the end of the passageway and another secret door. Turn the handle on the wall to open it.
Continue to follow the bloodstains on the floor down into the wine cellar, where the stains seem to end in front of a large wine barrel. Another secret door is behind the center barrel. To open it, activate the unlit candle holder that's on the back side of the right pole.
Follow the passageway to find the Pale Lady waiting. She is a vampire and clearly lacking any social politeness, and she attacks on sight. She uses an invisibility spell to give the player a few problems.
Once she is dealt with there's time to notice Theranis' body lying on the ground. The Argonian prisoner is still alive in a nearby cell. Talk to him and it turns out to be Amusei again, back in captivity. Unsurprisingly, he's rather grateful to the player and relates that Theranis gave him a message about a treasure to be taken back to the Thieves' Guild. Get him out of the castle and Amusei will reveal this message. The key to the cell, along with a general castle key, can be found on the Pale Lady's body.
Xbox 360 and PS3Edit
Larthjar the Laggard plays a somewhat important part in the escape. When you inquire of him about the Argonian and Pale Lady, he will offer the option of letting him escape his cell. If the invitation is disregarded, when the player enters the wine cellar a guard and Shum gro-Yarug will be waiting. Therefore, unless the plan is to killing a guard and knock Gro-Yarug unconscious, it would probably be wise to allow him his freedom.
Escaping the castleEdit
Escaping the castle is a bit tough because once you and Amusei are discovered, they will know you are escaping prisoners and the castle guards will act accordingly. It's best just to run through the castle or to just sneak through. If lucky, you'll pass by a person with his back turned. Cross the bridge until you get a journal update that you and Amusei have escaped.
Let Amusei out and head back out through the wine cellar. Turn right and go through into the dining area. Go through the dining area itself and take the door through into the County Hall. You end up in a passage off to one side of the hall rather than the hall itself. Opposite you is a door out into the courtyard. Head out through the gate and off along the causeway leading to the castle. Follow the marker until you get the message that you've successfully escaped. Amusei will then pass on Theranis' message.
Retrieving and returning the bookEdit
Get yourself back to Bravil and give the book to S'krivva. She'll be sad about Theranis' death, but will be pleased about the book, telling you that the Gray Fox has been looking for it for many years. She'll give you your reward of 400 .
S'krivva of the Thieves Guild has asked me to find out what happened to the thief named Theranis. He was sent to steal a book entitled Lost Histories of Tamriel from the wizard in Castle Skingrad. My job is to recover the book. S'krivva doesn't care if Theranis delivers it to her or I do. I'm getting 400 gold coins either way.
I discovered that Theranis was arrested. It seems he was found in a tavern, drunk and bragging about stealing something from Castle Skingrad. The Captain of the Skingrad Guard overheard him and arrested him. I'm going to have to break into the dungeon if I want to speak to Theranis.
It seems that the butler, Shum gro-Yarug, is hiring up at Castle Skingrad. Penetrating the castle would be much easier if I had that job.
I got myself hired as a servant in Castle Skingrad. I only have access to the Great Keep, but that should help. Shum gro-Yarug says that the jailors will open the prison door for me. Now I just have to find Theranis.'
The only prisoner in Castle Skingrad's jail is Larthjar. He told me that the Pale Lady, whoever she is, took Theranis days ago. I don't like the sound of that. There was an Argonian prisoner in the same cell as Theranis. Apparently he was also takes by the Pale Lady just a couple of hours ago. The Argonian put up quite a struggle and was bleeding. It's the only clue I've got right now. I'd better follow it.
Theranis is dead. I found his body in the secret chamber with Amusei and the Pale Lady.
The Argonian in the cell with Theranis turned out to be Amusei! Before he died, Theranis told Amusei where he hid a special treasure, which I assume is the book. If I can get him out of there, Amusei will tell me where the book is hidden. Of course being seen helping a known prisoner to escape is a crime. I'll have to avoid the guards in the castle.
Amusei and I escaped from Castle Skingrad. Let's see if he will keep his word and tell me about the book.
Amusei was grateful for being saved from the Pale Lady and told me where to find the book. It's under a bush, behind Nerastarel's house, near a well.
I have the Lost Histories of Tamriel. Now all I have to do is return it to S'krivva in Bravil.
S'krivva has rewarded me for recovering Lost Histories of Tamriel.
- After you pick up the book and try to fast travel or wait, it will say the guards are pursuing you. However, your Bounty will be zero. If you talk to the Guards, nothing will happen. This will stop after a while.