Diplomatic Immunity (quest)

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Diplomatic Immunity
Prerequisite A Blade in the Dark
Required Items {{{req_items}}}

Quest Giver Delphine
Alt Rewards
Required Level
Followed by
Quest Objectives

It seems that things are worse than even Delphine thought. Dragons aren't just coming back to life, they're being resurrected by other dragons. Delphine suspects that the Thalmor might be bringing dragons back for some sinister purpose. She's going to talk to her contacts about how we can infiltrate the Thalmor Embassy.

— Player


[edit] Walkthrough

[edit] Meet Delphine in Riverwood

I've figured out how we're going to get you into the Thalmor Embassy.
You're not coming?
That would be a bad idea. I'd be too likely to attract the wrong kind of attention. But they don't know you at all, yet.
So what's your plan? How do I infiltrate the Thalmor Embassy?
The Thalmor ambassador, Elenwen, regularly throws parties where the rich and connected cozy up to the Thalmor.
I can get you into one of those parties. Once you're inside the Embassy, you get away and find Elenwen's secret files.
I have a contact inside the Embassy. He's not up for this kind of high-risk mission, but he can help you.
His name's Malborn. Wood elf, plenty of reason to hate the Thalmor. You can trust him.
I'll get word for him to meet you in Solitude, at the Winking Skeever -- you know it?
While you're doing that, I'll work on getting you an invitation to Elenwen's little party.
Meet me at the Solitude stables after you've arranged things with Malborn. Any questions?
Who's this contact of yours? You're sure I can trust him?
Don't worry about Malborn. He's not a dangerous character like you, but he hates the Thalmor at least as much as I do.
He's a wood elf - the Thalmor wiped out his family back in Valenwood during one of their purges that we never hear about.
Luckily they don't know who he really is, or he wouldn't be serving drinks at the Ambassador's parties.
How am I going to get into this party?
Let me handle that. You'll have a real invitation, don't worry. As long as you can act the part of a Thalmor toady, you'll get past the guards.
Once I'm inside the Embassy, then what?
That's when the fun starts. You'll have to slip away from the party without raising the alarm.
Then you'll need to find Elenwen's office and search her files. Malborn should be able to point you in the right direction.
I'll see you in Solitude after I meed Malborn.
Sounds good. Be careful.

She's going to help me infiltrate the Thalmor ambassador's manor and find out what they know about the dragons. I should meet with her contact, Malborn, in the Winking Skeever Inn in Solitude.

— Player

[edit] Meet Malborn in Solitude

Our mutual friend sent me.
Really? You're who she picked? I hope she knows what she's doing.
Here's the deal. I can smuggle some equipment into the Embassy for you.
Don't plan on bringing anything else in with you. The Thalmor take security very seriously.
Give me what you can't live without, and I'll make sure to get it into the Embassy. The rest is up to you.

[edit] Give Malborn the equipment

I'm ready, here's what I'll need.
You ready yet? I need to get back before I'm missed. Remember, you won't have anything except what I smuggle in for you.

At this point players should give Malborn the weapons/items they will need to be successful.

[edit] Meet Delphine at the stables

Have you given Malborn everything you will need inside the embassy?
Yes, Malborn's all set.
Good. I have your invitation to the party.
But the only way you're going to get past the guards is if they really believe you're an invited guest.
Which means you need to look the part, and not be armed to the teeth.l Here, put his on.
When you're ready, I'll keep the rest of your gear safe until you get back.
You'll only have what Malborn smuggled in for you, plus whatever you can pick up inside.
I'm ready. Keep the rest of my things safe for me.
Don't worry, it will all be waiting for you when you get back.
Just make sure you get back out of there alive with the information we need.

Players will now board the waiting carriage and be taken to the Thalmor Embassy.

[edit] Talk to Malborn

Once inside the Embassy, locate Malborn who is serving drinks for the reception. He'll suggest that you find some way to create a disturbance so the both of you can slip through the back door and into the embassy.

[edit] Create a distraction and get away from the party

There are several options for creating a distrubance. Choose one the attendees, Razelan is a good choice, and convince them to create a disturbance. Other choices include Erikur, Idgrod Ravencrone, Maven Black-Briar, Ondolemar, or Orthus Endario depending on your previous interactions with them. Then meet Malborn by the door.

[edit] Retrieve your gear

Once through to the kitchen, you can retrieve any equipment you gave to Malborn in Solitude from a chest. From there you can enter the inner chambers of the embassy, but once through the door, there is no going back. The only way out is forward.

[edit] Search for information about the dragons returning

Search the embassy for any evidence that the Thalmor know what is going on with the dragons. There isn't any in fact, but there are some interesting dossiers to be found.

Continue outside, then through Elenwen's Solar and finally on to the Dungeon.

[edit] Search the torture chamber

Inside the dungeon is a prisoner, Etienne Rarnis, who can be of some assistance.

[edit] Escape the Thalmor Embassy

Leave the embassy via the trap door.

[edit] Talk to Delphine

Return to Riverwood and speak with Delphine.