A Skyrim player reveals how, bizarrely, completing a morally questionable quest in Windhelm counts toward helping the people of Eastmarch.
Skyrim offers a unique and expansive world to traverse and explore, giving players a wide range of options when it comes to completing quests and finding adventure. One of the missions that the Dragonborn can undertake in Skyrim is to assist the humans of various holds to achieve the title Thane. This title gives players partial diplomatic immunity within that region, as well as access to a new weapon and the ability to purchase land. The usefulness of such a title is understated, but nevertheless useful for players looking for a place to settle down.
One grab that players can reach the thaneship over is Eastmarch, the snowy and volcanic planes dominated by the former capital of Windhelm. Here, players can purchase Hjerim’s haunted house, provided they help five people in Eastmarch, solve a murder mystery, or end the Civil War. While it may sound like the simplest task of the three, helping the people of Eastmarch can lead to some unexpected paths to completion.
In an image uploaded to the r/skyrim subreddit, user Greg_the_Bassist shows that helping Aventus Aretino in the “Innocence Lost” quest helps help the people of Eastmarch. During this quest, the Dragonborn assume the title of a Dark Brotherhood assassin who travels to Riften to kill the matron of Honorhall Orphanage as compensation for her brutal treatment of the children there, of which Aventus is one. This quest begins an hour-long storyline in which the Dragonborn becomes the leader of the Assassins Guild and kills countless people across the province, culminating in the assassination of Emperor Titus Mede II. It is therefore particularly interesting that helping Aventus kill an old woman is considered “helping”.
Windhelm is held at the start of the game by the Stormcloak rebels who seek independence from the religious oppression of the Empire and the Thalmor. User Gabricuss jokes that this might be exactly why helping Aventus counts toward the thaneship. After all, assassinating the Imperial Emperor would do wonders for Stormcloaks’ morale. In addition, as user Carpeutah rightly points out, the search is “Just say help. Never said HOW.”
This quirk of completing a quest shows how utterly bizarre Skyrim can be at times, allowing the player to kill quite innocent people and receive a plethora of rewards, including, as user niceshotpilot points out, “a cool board”. It also shows how Skyrim can still provide humor even 10 years after its initial release.
Skyrim is available for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.