Festus Krex: Now, you'd better get a move on and see Astrid. It's time, time for the final stage of this grand and glorious operation.
Astrid: It's done. You've killed the Gourmet. And now Titus Mede II is as good as dead. Yes, and I've decided you will have the honor.
Yes, for Sithis and the Night Mother. You are the Listener after all. Let's not waste any more time. Go now to castle Dour in Solitude. Presnt the Gourmet's Writ of Passage to the officer in charge, Commander Maro. I'm sure you remember him. You'll gain unrestricted access to the kitchens and then the Emperor. You're posing as a chef, so you'll be able to poison his meal rather easily.
Here, take this. It's called Jarrin Root. All it takes is one taste and the effects are quite immediate. The Emperor will be serving Sithis before he even knows he's dead. Once Mede has been killed, escape through the upper door and access the bridge. I've arranged for it to be unguarded once the alarm is sounded. Now go, my friend. Go and fulfill your destiny as a Listener. Kill well and often.
Penitus Oculatus Agent 1: This city is crawling with Imperial Legion, and you know what? I'm still nervous.
Commander Maro: Stop right there. The tower is off limits until further notice. What's this now? Order of his eminence, possessor of these papers, the Gourmet by Azura, the Gourmet. I'm sorry. Your clothes, of course, I should have realized. Please, excuse my ignorance. Gianna, the castle chef, has been eagerly awaiting your arrival. You should proceed to the kitchens straight away.
Gianna: Not another delivery. I told you people, our stocks are fine. Now put whatever you have over there, then get out.
The Gourmet? Finally, when I heard the Gourmet was being brought in to cook for the Emperor, I could hardly believe it. It's just.
You're a Nord. I never would have guessed it. But where in the world did you learn to cook like that? Here in Skyrim? Or maybe somewhere less . . .
Yes, but of course. The Emperor has requested your signature dish, the Potage le Magnifique. I've taken the liberty of getting it started. But the cook book only says so much, and everyone makes the Potage differently. I would be honored if we could make it, the Gourmet's special way. The base broth is already boiled. We can get started right now. Which ingredient should I add next?
I get it. This is a test, right? You want to see how well I know the Potage le Magnifique. Well then, I think a pinch of frost salts should do the trick, right? Now what?
Of course, I suspected as much.
Okay. Let me see. Thistle? Yes, let's try that. Just a sprig or two.
A Septim? As in, a gold coin? Really? I see now. That would give the Potage le Magnifique a slightly metallic, but delicious aftertaste. Simply brilliant. I have to say, the stew seems done. Add anything else and we may dilute the distinct flavors. Is that it?
What is this, some kind of herd? Are you sure? The Potage tastes perfect as it is. Any other ingredient might . . .
I'm sorry. Of course, it's your most famous recipe after all. All right then, your secret ingredient's been added. And if I may so, it has been an honor getting a chance to prepare a meal with, well the best chef in the entire Empire. I'll carry the stew pot and lead the way up to the dining room. I'm sure the Emperor and his guests are dying to meet you.
Here we are. God's, I'm nervous. We'll go in in just a moment. Please, I'll serve. You just stand there and be amazing.
Emperor Titus Mede II: Yes, an unfortunate turn of events, that, but an isolated incident. And I have been assured that the fault was with the man's son alone. Truth is, we are in no danger whatsoever. Killing an Emperor can be useful, but befriending one? Now that's beneficial as I'm sure you'd all agree.
Here we are, honored guests, I present to you the Gourmet. The Potage le Magnifique, so delicious. My friends, as Emperor, I of course reserve the right of first taste.
How marvelous. Just delicious. It is everything I had hoped it would be. I think something's wrong.
Maro: That man was, by far, the most insufferable decoy the Emperor has ever employed. I'm glad he's dead. But I'm even happier that you killed him. You, an assassin for the Dark Brotherhood, have just made an attempt on the Emperor's life. Would have succeeded, had it been the real man.
Surprised? So was I, when a member of your Family came to me with the plan. We worked out a deal, you see, an exchange. I get you, and the Dark Brotherhood gets to continue its existence. But you know what? I've changed my mind. How about this? I kill you, and butcher each and every one of your miserable little friends?
Your Sanctuary's being put to the sword right now. That's what I think of this deal. You killed my son. All of you. And now you'll pay the price. Kill him and make sure there's nothing left to bury.