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The Taste of Death
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Quest Giver Eola
Location Hall of the Dead
Markarth
Reachcliff Cave
Reward Amulet of Arkay
Ring of Namira
Type Daedric Quests
Quest ID DA11Intro
DA11
The Taste of Death is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Background

Rumors in Markarth say that the Hall of the Dead has been closed, preventing the people from visiting their dead. Brother Verulus, a Priest of Arkay, closed the hall because some of the bodies were defiled.

Walkthrough

Hearing rumors

Rumors about the hall closing can be heard from Kleppr at the Silver-Blood Inn. He will say that after closing the hall, Verulus has become rather unpopular around town, mostly with the Nord citizens who fear they are being purposely kept from their honored dead.

Hall of the Dead

On the way to the hall, an argument between Thongvor Silver-Blood and Brother Verulus can be heard about the hall being closed. After the argument, both men will return to their normal routines and Verulus can be confronted. Verulus will deny entrance to the Hall of the Dead but can be bribed, persuaded or intimidated to explain the situation. He will explain that dead bodies in the Hall have been found partially eaten, and will permit the Dragonborn to enter and investigate.

Inside, an unknown woman's voice will be heard talking to the Dragonborn, believing they have eaten flesh. Soon after, Eola will reveal herself. She reveals that she worships Namira, Lady of Decay, and is the one who has been eating the dead.

The Dragonborn can listen to what she has to say or confront and kill her. Listening to her and allowing her to leave will start the quest. Eola will become invisible, leave the Hall of the Dead and go to Reachcliff Cave, where she will wait for the Dragonborn. Alternatively, killing her will fail the quest immediately.

Either way, the Dragonborn can report back to Brother Verulus and tell him that the Hall of the Dead is safe; Verulus will give the Dragonborn an Amulet of Arkay as a reward.

Reachcliff Cave

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Eola in Reachcliff Cave

If allowed to live, Eola will be waiting for the Dragonborn outside Reachcliff Cave, where she asks the Dragonborn to defeat the Draugr inside. She will follow the Dragonborn in combat if asked.

After the cave is cleared, Eola will thank the Dragonborn and propose a feast to celebrate the victory. She will ask the Dragonborn to lure Verulus into Reachcliff Cave to be eaten, as part of an initiation ritual. She will give 100 GoldIcon to cover expenses.

Once back in the Hall of the Dead, Verulus must be convinced to follow the Dragonborn to the cave through dialogue. Note that he cannot be asked to follow the Dragonborn if they already have a follower.

The Feast

When the Dragonborn returns with Verulus, there will be a feast laid out in the final chamber, with other cannibals - Sanyon, Lisbet, Banning and Hogni Red-Arm - seated around the large table. Eola talks to Verulus and convinces him to lay on the altar "to rest" before dinner starts.

Eola asks the Dragonborn to kill Verulus and feast on his flesh. After killing him and eating, the voice of Namira will sound, telling the Dragonborn she's pleased with them. She will grant them the Ring of Namira, which allows them to feed on dead human bodies, conferring +50 stamina and +50 health, and health regeneration that lasts for 5 minutes.

At any time before eating Verulus, it's possible to betray the members of The Coven of Namira during the feast. This will cause the quest to fail; however, if Verulus survives, he will give the Dragonborn a leveled amount of gold and head back to Markarth. The dead coven members can also be looted for gold, keys, and other items.

Trivia

  • Betraying the Cannibals will cause several important characters, including shopkeepers, to turn hostile. The reward given may not be worth the lost ring and merchants.
  • An alternative is to wipe out the coven after gaining the ring, allowing the player to keep it.
    • Killing Eola upon entering the cave the first time (to clear it) will not turn the shopkeepers hostile.
    • Killing Lisbet will result in Imedhnain taking over her shop, however Banning and Hogni will not have replacements. As Hogni is only a butcher, it's not a big loss, but Banning sells the war dog Vigilance. It's recommended to buy Vigilance before killing Banning.
  • After completing this quest by feeding on Verulus, Sigar may be encountered in the wilderness. He will greet the Dragonborn and ask them to feed on the corpse of an Altmer lying next to him.
    • This may also happen if Eola is killed instead of Verulus.
  • Feasting on Verulus in werewolf form will not update the quest.
  • Brother Verulus is a useful second follower, as he is a competent mage. Therefore, it may be beneficial to delay completing the quest.
  • Killing Verulus will count as a charge towards the Ebony Blade, as he is considered a follower.
  • Killing Brother Verulus whilst he rests for the feast is not counted as a murder.
  • The placeholder for Namira's voice is a Bosmer female called Voice of Namira, placed behind the wall. She can be found with Detect Life or Console Commands.
  • Voice of Namira character model is also identical to the Dealer of Redwater Den, the later reused this exact character model.
  • Even if the player character is a beastfolk or mer, Eola will state that they're a cannibal for eating human flesh.

Bugs

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  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
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*Sometimes when Eola approaches the Dragonborn in the Hall of the Dead and starts talking, the disembodied voice will keep on talking over her, making it difficult to understand what she is saying.
  •  360   Eola won't always reveal herself once the dialogue is finished. To fix this, leave out of the back door (next to the Markarth Ruins door) and enter again. She should appear just inside the doorway, but the previous dialogue will repeat itself, so it might be difficult to hear Eola.
  •  PC   360   PS3  If the Dragonborn kills Eola the first time she is encountered in the Hall of the Dead, Brother Verulus may glitch, never leave Understone Keep, and constantly stop the player for conversation while he is in the Keep.
  • Entering the cave will sometimes cause the game to freeze.
  • If Eola is killed upon entering the cave, the quest will fail, the feast will never occur, and the shopkeepers will not be hostile, yet the dialogue option "You were at Namira's feast, weren't you?" will still appear.
  • When finished clearing the cave of draugr, Eola may not engage in conversation, rendering the quest incompletable. Leaving the cave and coming back in fixes this.
  • If Eola is killed within Reachcliff Cave after accepting "Convince Verulus to follow you," some citizens of Markarth will speak to the Dragonborn as if they are a member of the cannibal cult.
  • After bribing Brother Verulus to follow, he may not, and the quest will be impossible to complete. He will also become essential, so killing him is not an option.
  •  PS3   Brother Verulus may not follow if asked before telling him that the Hall of the Dead has been cleared.
  • If Lisbet is killed before returning her Dibella Statue, the quest can never be completed and the statue cannot be dropped. If she is killed after returning the statue and it is looted from her corpse, it will be impossible to drop as well.
  •  PC   360   After acquiring the miscellaneous mission "Speak to Verulus about the Hall of the Dead" or "Tell Verulus the Hall of the Dead is safe," if the Dragonborn does not report the information to him before sacrificing him on Namira's altar, the mission will remain incomplete and will not be removed from the quest log.
  • If Verulus is killed with a specific Daedra bow acquired from a merchant in Thieves Guild, when he's laying on the altar, he will fall through the altar. He can still be searched and eaten from the right side of the altar.
  •  PC   Verulus will sometimes stand still and not move when told to lay down by Eola. Only known fix for this is to leave the dungeon and then re-enter (confirmed on PC).
  • If the Dragonborn brings Verulus back with them and then goes to kill the group of cultists, Hogni cannot be struck, but he can strike the Dragonborn.
  • Sometimes if Eola is killed before reaching the shrine, Brother Verulus will go and lie on the shrine but will not be able to be killed, preventing quest completion.
  •  PS3   PC   If Eola is killed after successfully completing this quest and receiving the ring, the quest will update as being failed. The journal states: "I killed Eola. Whatever she could have offered me was lost when she died," even though the artifact is already in the Dragonborn's possession.


Start a Discussion Discussions about The Taste of Death

  • Possible glitch by-pass?

    3 messages
    • Try Unrelenting Force on him? that and punching npc's can sometime get them to move if their stuck. There is a major bug with Oblivion Walker...
    • Try to look in the bugs section on this page.
  • Recruiting Veralus with a companion

    7 messages
    • had mjoll as a folower, veralus followed with no objection. no mods or anything. 
    • It's mentioned on the Verulus page (now anyway) he is one of the quest npc's you can use along with a normal follower.

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