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The Renegade Shadowscale is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Teinaava in the Cheydinhal Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary gives the Hero this quest. He wants them to kill a renegade Argonian, residing in at Bogwater camp in extreme southern Blackwood. This is truly a side quest, but it is only available for Dark Brotherhood members who have killed Valen Dreth.


Teinaava will point out Bogwater on their map, where the Argonian, named Scar-Tail, is hiding. When finding the camp, the player can choose to kill Scar-Tail immediately, or talk to him. He will offer the Hero a sum of money (equivalent to the sum Teinaava will reward them).

If the player chooses to leave him alone and bring the heart of another Argonian, which they can take from the body of a killed Argonian nearby, he will tell the Hero about his hidden money.

It is also possible to kill Scar-Tail, take his heart and his money (it is hidden in a hollowed-out rock nearby), and then return to Teinaava. He will reward the Hero with the Boots of Bloody Bounding.


Journal Entry
  • Update: Upon receiving the quest:

I must journey to the southeastern tip of Cyrodiil, to a swamp known as Bogwater. There I will find a renegade Shadowscale known as Scar-Tail. I must kill Scar-Tail, and return his heart to Teinaava.

  • Update: If the Hero agrees to help Scar-Tail:

I have agreed to spare Scar-Tail's life. I must take the heart of the dead Argonian assassin, and present that to Teinaava instead. To thank me, Scar-Tail has shared the secret hiding place of his treasure -- in the hollowed-out rock near Bogwater campfire.

  • Update: Upon obtaining an Argonian heart:

I have obtained the Argonian's heart. I must now return to the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary in Cheydinhal and present it to Teinaava.

  • Update: If Scar-Tail is killed:

Scar-Tail has been killed. I must now return to the Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary in Cheydinhal and present his heart to Teinaava.

  • Update: After returning to Teinaava with an Argonian heart:

I have presented Teinaava with the Argonian's heart.

  • Quest complete


  • To get hold of two Argonian Hearts, take Scar-Tail's Treasure after he is killed, and then take the Argonian Agent's Heart. If one complete this quest one will be able to loot it from Teinaava during "The Purification."
  • If "The Purification" is completed before completing this quest the reward cannot be received and the quest cannot be completed.

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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