Dark Brotherhood Quests
A Knife in the Dark
The Renegade Shadowscale
Darkness Eternal
Vicente Valtieri Quests
A Watery Grave
Accidents Happen
Scheduled for Execution
The Assassinated Man
Ocheeva Quests
The Lonely Wanderer
Bad Medicine
Permanent Retirement
Lucien Lachance Quest
The Purification
Dead Drop Orders Quests
Affairs of a Wizard
Next of Kin
Broken Vows
Final Justice
A Matter of Honor
The Coldest Sleep
A Kiss Before Dying
Following a Lead
Honor Thy Mother
Epilogue Quest
Whispers of Death


Faction: Dark Brotherhood
Quest giver: Dead Drop Orders #1
Reward: 500 GoldIcon

Background Edit

You are to kill a powerful necromancer named Celedaen attempting to transform himself into a lich. The orders recommend that you attempt to discover a weakness before taking him on.


The necromancer resides in Leafrot Cave. There are two ways you can kill him:

  1. You can find his journal ahead of time which will tell you that Celedaen's weakness is a magical hourglass. When you find him, simply sneak up and pickpocket the hourglass. He will die instantly.
  2. You can also fight him the normal way. However if you choose to attack him this way he can summon ghosts and turn almost completely invisible.

Either way, head to Chorrol once you've killed him. Beneath the Great Oak tree is a sack that contains your reward and your next set of orders.

Journal Entries Edit

Upon receiving the quest:

I have received my new orders from Lucien Lachance. I must go to Leafrot Cave and kill a Necromancer who has begun the process of transforming himself into a lich. This Necromancer, Celedaen, has not yet completed his metamorphosis but is still incredibly powerful -- possibly too powerful to kill if faced directly. I should search the cave for Celedaen's writings, and try to discover his weakness.

After discovering the necromancer's journal:

I have discovered the journal of the Necromancer Celedaen. It appears he has used a magic hourglass called the Sands of Resolve to turn himself into a lich and extend his life indefinitely. The process is not yet complete, however, and the hourglass must remain on Celedaen's person for some time, as it contains his life force. If I could remove the Sands of Resolve from Celedaen's possession, perhaps through pickpocketing, he would surely die.

After killing the necromancer:

Celedaen is dead. I must pick up my reward and next contract at the dead drop located in an old sack hidden in the bushes beneath the Great Oak, in the city of Chorrol.

Previous Quest: The Dead Drop Next Quest: Next of Kin

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