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Nightingale Hall by Isriana Nightingale Hall by Isriana
:onfire: Note: Thieves Guild questline spoilers ahead. If you have just started with the guild I suggest you skip this description. Also, if walls of text are not your thing I won't hold it against you.

Bron: I still don't like this.
Karliah: We've been over this already. This contract is strictly business.
Bron: Oh, yeah? Stealing a fancy vase and fencing it is business. Selling one's soul to a Daedric Prince in exchange for a sharp-looking getup and some vaguely defined ”powers” is something entirely different.
Karliah: I assure you, the edge we gain is worth the price.
Bron: Easy for you to say. You Dunmer are practically the children of Azura anyway. I, for one, was taught that clever Imperial boys and girls don't run with sharp objects, take sweetrolls from strangers, and that they especially do not meddle with Daedra.
Karliah: No offense, Bron, but you don't exactly strike me as a poster boy for the Imperial Cult.
Bron: Very observant of you. However, if I must deal with deities I do prefer the ones who don't hunt me down and feed on my face when I manage to upset them. No such luck with Daedra Lords.
Karliah: Nocturnal is not Molag Bal, you know. She doesn't harvest and enslave souls for the thrill of it.
Bron: Oh no, she just wants to bind our spirits to guard some hidden temple for all eternity. That's totally different.
Karliah: No need to get so prickly; I know what is at stake here. Still, there are worse fates.
Bron: Maybe I should try and take my chances with those...
Karliah: Really, Bron, what is your issue here?
Bron: I have two words for you: binding contract. In business you always leave a loophole in case something goes awry and you need to back down. I don't see one here. That is my issue.
Bron: Besides, I kind of like my soul. I've had it as long as I can remember. Sure, it's a bit shabby and frayed around the edges, but at least it's still mine.

Nevermind Bron - he just gets cranky when he's forced to use his soul as a currency... ;)
I really wish I would have been able to have a discussion like this in the game, though. Personally, the whole Nightingale thing made me all thrilled and amped up, but in roleplaying sense Bron would be far less inspired by the idea of striking the arrangement with Nocturnal. Not that he feels any special devotion towards the Nine (or the Eight, he really doesn't care) – it's more about the fact that while not necessarily malicious, even at best, Daedra tend to be unpredictable extremists. Ergo, they are not the best people to deal with if you have the tendency to shrink from your contracts every now and then.
Even more importantly, Bron isn't quite the type to tie himself down to, well, anything. Until that moment in Nightingale Hall he had at least a theoretical possibility to shake the dust of Riften off his feet whenever he would feel like it. Being the type of person to avoid all kinds of responsibilities in general, I can well picture my thief feeling more than just a bit cornered when Karliah starts to throw around words like ”oath”, ”binding terms” and ”guardian in life and death”. :XD:
In the light of all this, imagine Bron's face when it's Brynjolf's turn to offer him the position as a Guild Master... I mean come on, guys, poor dude just wanted to steal stuff.

I actually pondered for a while whether I should just walk away from the Trinity Restored quest for roleplaying reasons. In the end I decided that it was time for Bron to man up a little and take one for the team. After years of working solo and never staying in one place for long, he has actually grown to like the little guild in Riften. Plus he has a score to settle with Mercer – and I really wanted to get the Nightingale Armor. It's all badass and batman-ish. :ninja:

Take a look at some details and painting process below:

Bron Martes © me
Karliah and Brynjolf © Bethesda
from the game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

For more fan art inspired by The Elder Scrolls take a look at here!


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NeonSkater420 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Karliah: In order for this to work, Nocturnal must bind your soul so that it may protect the twilight sepulcher even in death.
Me: Pfft Big deal, I'm already a werewolf, Hercine took my soul long before I joined the guild.
Karliah: ...Didn't see that one coming.
JenniferO77 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Myrethy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, wow... Bron's last line in the dialogue... I didn't expect this to pull at my heartstrings so much!! It's signature worthy :heart:
DoomBringerr666 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
i wish you could trade someone else's soul (mercer's/Brinyolf's) to keep yours. I would use naziem/hiemskr in half a heartbeat
warlord-titan Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013
I'm starting to think someone should write a book about your characters. I mean seriously they are brilliant
nirzor12 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
Wonderful piece of art..& really enjoyed that little conversation of your character :D
For the record, he should NEVER become guild master :P
But you did remind me of something. Although the Thieves guild arc is my favorite, I REALLY WANTED options other than selling my soul to Nocturnal. I would've probably helped out Karliah, then pulled off a Mercer and kept the Skeleton key to myself if I had the option.
Theplayer2 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
Actually, at the end of the Main Quest, Tsun says more or less that Sovngarde would be the Dragonborn's assured afterlife.

And he'll say this even AFTER you tell him you're a Nightingale.

So even if Bron make this contract to Nocturnal, his soul won't be bound to Noturnal even if he wanted it to be.

Though it also means Bron's soul would technically bound for the Nord Warrior heaven.

Yeah, putting an Imperial thief in an afterlife full of Nord heroes, how you think he'd react to that?
RacoonDog90 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Technically, one's soul is not eternal bound to Nocturnal. Karliah even says so. The Dragonborn will serve her as a guardian when the need arises, even in death (So I would assume you are called from... wherever the heck the Dragonborn ends up after death) and defend the Ebonmere. Eventually you'll fulfill the contract and... personally, I don't want the 'highest honor' Gallus received to my Dragonborn. Just let her be on her way. That would suffice.

But for Vampire Dragonborns... D: Oh my God it's a damn conundrum!
nirzor12 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
yeah..they're screwed :P
umirua Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have some sort of a tutorial on youtube!?!?!!
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