Viola worries excessively about the Butcher and their murders, and is the author of the Beware the Butcher! flyer posted all around the city. In addition to her constant fretting, Viola seems to have an obsession with Captain Lonely-Gale, the retired ship captain living in the city; he can frequently be heard complaining about her bugging him for one reason or another. Viola does bother the Captain quite often, with trivial questions regarding lovers and the recent murders. Elda Early-Dawn and the Captain can be seen conversing in Candlehearth Hall about his various troubles, Viola amongst them:
Lonely-Gale: "The dark elves are uneasy. There's a killer on the streets. And Viola Giordano won't leave me alone."
Elda: "How would you like a drink?"
Lonely-Gale: "Oh, very much so."
Elda: "Coming right up."
Revyn Sadri asks the Dragonborn to return Viola's Gold Ring to her house in Windhelm. Master lockpicking is required. Viola can be pickpocketed for the key. Returning the ring to Viola in person prompts her to warn Jarl of Windhelm about Revyn's theft, stating that she will convince the Jarl to raise his taxes.
Finding several pamphlets scrawled by Viola at the crime scene in Hjerim, the Dragonborn seeks Viola for answers. Having appraised the Strange Amulet with Calixto Corrium and realizing it belongs to Wuunferth the Unliving, she believes he is the killer she has spent years of her life trying to apprehend. She mentions that Wuunferth has a suspicious history with necromancy.
An old Nord proverbEdit
Lonely-Gale: "What did you hear?"
Viola: "It was an old Nord proverb. It said the best way to get over the loss of a lover is to find a new one."
Lonely-Gale: "I didn't lose a lover, Viola; I lost my wife. It's not the same thing."
Viola: "Well, if it works in the one case, why not the other? Don't you want to at least give it a try?"
Lonely-Gale: "No, I really don't. It'll be a while before I'm ready for that. I'll be on my way now.
Lonely-Gale: "And now you've found me. Can I help you?"
Viola: "Have you thought about my invitation?"
Lonely-Gale: "I've thought about it, but I'm not sure it's such a good idea."
Viola: "Oh, I see. Is it still too soon?"
Lonely-Gale: "Yes, I think that must be it. My wife hasn't been gone that long, after all. Ask me again on another day."
Viola: "I'm sorry to be such a bother. We'll talk another time."
Lonely-Gale: "What is it now, Viola?"
Viola: "Did you notice that the snow settles in a different direction near the murder sites?"
Lonely-Gale: "Don't you think all your tramping around there investigating might have something to do with it?"
Viola: "I... well... perhaps. But still, it's curious."
Lonely-Gale: "Viola, Dark Elves sleep, just like the rest of us."
Viola: "You wouldn't think it from the racket that Cornerclub makes."
Lonely-Gale: "I'm sure the guards have the matter well in hand. Now, if you'll excuse me."
- "Be on the lookout. The Butcher could be around any corner!"
- "After what happened to those other women, I'm worried about my own safety."
- "Women murdered time and again, and all the guards care about is the war."
- "Be careful! That murderer could be anywhere, and anyone."
- Captain Lonely-Gale often speaks of his annoyance with Viola when he greets the Dragonborn with, "Did Viola send you to bother me?"
- She will also be mentioned by him when, in response to asking him what there is to do around the city, he says, "...Oh, and that busybody Viola Giordano. She's got her nose in everyone's business, which I guess is one way of being prominent."
This section contains bugs related to Viola Giordano. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- Sometimes, Viola will want to personally investigate Hjerim. If she enters, she may freeze, thus causing problems with the quest.
On rare occasions, she will be found underneath Candlehearth Hall.
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moveto player. Viola will then be teleported to the Dragonborn. To fix this, open the console using the tilde key. Type in the console command
- To fix this, open the console using the tilde key. Type in the console command