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Of Secret and Shadow is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. On return from completing the contract Permanent Retirement, the Hero is informed that Lucien Lachance has summoned them for a special task.


Ocheeva hands the Hero sealed orders from Lucien. Reading them reveals that Lucien has a special contract that must not be discussed with the others. He instructs the Hero to meet him at his abode in Fort Farragut to receive the contract. Head over to the fort as soon as the note has been read.

It's possible to enter the fort through the front door, but Lucien's Dark Guardians patrol the fort, and will attempt to kill the Hero. Though this path will yield more loot, it is also more perilous.

A quicker route exists, however: northwest of the fort's main entrance, look for a hollowed out tree. Inside is a secret door that leads directly into Lucien's quarters.

Upon speaking to Lucien, the quest will be competed, and "The Purification" will start.


Journal Entry
  • Update: Upon receiving the quest:

I must accept a contract from Ocheeva.

  • Update: After receiving the sealed envelope:

I have spoken with Ocheeva, and she has given me sealed orders from Lucien Lachance himself. Apparently it is an urgent matter, and I must read the orders as soon as possible.

  • Update: After reading the letter:

I have read the sealed orders from Lucien Lachance. I am to meet him at Fort Farragut, which is in the wilderness northeast of the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary. Apparently, he has a special assignment for me. Fort Farragut is located a very short walk due north of Cheydinhal's East Gate. Just as Lachance warned, his stronghold is guarded by 6 Dark Guardians, as well as several other traps.

  • Update: After receiving assignment from Lucien:

I have reported to Lucien Lachance at Fort Farragut, and received my special assignment.

  • Quest complete

Dark Brotherhood
Dark Brotherhood Quests A Knife in the DarkThe Renegade Shadowscale (optional)Darkness Eternal (optional)
Vicente Valtieri Quests A Watery GraveAccidents HappenScheduled for ExecutionThe Assassinated Man
Ocheeva Quests The Lonely WandererBad MedicineWhodunit?Permanent Retirement
Lucien Lachance Quest The Purification
Dead Drop Orders Quests Affairs of a WizardNext of KinBroken VowsFinal JusticeA Matter of HonorThe Coldest SleepA Kiss Before DyingFollowing a LeadHonor Thy Mother
Epilogue Quest Whispers of Death

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