||Countess Arriana Valga in the Chorrol Castle
||If the culprit is turned in—gems and a level-dependent amount of gold. If you lie—level-dependent amount of gold (smaller amount than other way) and a painting worth 500 gold.
||Fame +1 if you turn the culprit in; otherwise none
An interesting painting...
 Quick Walkthrough
- Speak with the countess to learn of the investigation.
- Speak to the witnesses and suspects to collect information.
- After all five are interviewed, collect the physical evidence.
- Confront the culprit, and extract a confession.
- Depending on the method you chose, confront the countess and collect your reward.
 Detailed Walkthrough
 Canvas The Castle
To begin the quest, speak with Countess Arriana Valga, and she'll mention being in the middle of an investigation. You have to raise her disposition to 50 or better in order for her to speak to you about it.
After she gives you the details, speak to the witnesses and suspects who can all be found in the Great Hall or the Private Living Quarters. You may have to raise several dispositions to get information from all of them.
If you listen to everyone's story carefully you should have enough information to decide who's guilty, but you still have to prove it. All five suspects must be interviewed before the physical evidence can be gathered. This is the final evidence you need to incriminate the culprit:
- An unusual painting - at the bottom of the West Tower (through the Private Quarters doors or directly through the Arch Tower), look for a trapdoor behind the crates to the left
- Suspicious paint footprints - on a rug in the dining area
- Concealed painting tools - in the lectern in Chanel's room.
The quest is glitched if you pick up the painting tools before finding the concealed painting in the west tower. You can fix this by talking to Chanel once you have all of the evidence.
 Find the Culprit
When you have enough proof, confront and accuse Chanel to extract a confession. If she is accused before the third clue is found, she will not confess and her disposition will be reduced by 20 points. She will not confess unless her disposition is at least 70. Report to the Countess to complete the quest. At this point, she asks you who is responsible and you are given three choices; your reward (see chart below) differs depending upon your choice:
- Turn in the correct culprit (Chanel). You'll receive a reward of eight gems and a level-dependent amount of gold. You will also receive one fame point and Chanel will disappear from the game.
- Accuse Orgnolf. You will receive a smaller amount of level-dependent gold, and no fame points.
- Claim that neither was responsible. The countess will give you an even smaller amount of level-dependent gold. In addition, Chanel will give you a special painting (base value 500 gold) after three weeks (note that this reward painting is a new picture, not the portrait that was originally stolen). You do not receive any fame points.
The missing portrait of Charus Valga, back in its rightful place. See the bugs section
 Gold Reward
||200 Gold + 8 Gems
||25 Gold + Painting (Worth 500 Gold)
||300 Gold + 8 Gems
||50 Gold + Painting (Worth 500 Gold)
||400 Gold + 8 Gems
||75 Gold + Painting (Worth 500 Gold)
||500 Gold + 8 Gems
||100 Gold + Painting (Worth 500 Gold)
||600 Gold + 8 Gems
||125 Gold + Painting (Worth 500 Gold)
||700 Gold + 8 Gems
||150 Gold + Painting (Worth 500 Gold)
- The reward painting doesn't do anything, but it will make a fine decoration for one of your houses. Once dropped, the painting appears as a large picture sitting on an easel on the floor.
- If you decide to lie to the Countess, the notification three weeks later will complete the quest. The quest will appear completed even if you haven't picked up your reward yet.
- After returning the painting to the Countess, she is supposed to hang it on the wall above the desk in her bedroom but the necessary scripting is terminated before it has a chance to run as the quest ends there, so the painting never appears. On the PC you can use the Console commands
prid 115fed and then
enable to see it.
 Journal Entries
|Canvas the Castle (MS51)
||Countess Valga of Castle Chorrol has tasked me with the recovery of a portrait that was stolen from her throne room. It's very dear to her as it reminds her of her husband who was lost years ago. She mentioned clues, perhaps I should find out more.
||To recover the stolen painting, I should begin by questioning the castle residents, and then search the Castle for physical clues that could help solve the mystery. My best bet would be to start with the Countess herself.
||Countess Valga has told me that the only people who were unaccounted for and had access to her bedchamber were the resident mage, Chanel, and the castle porter, Orgnolf. She suggested I question them and some of the other castle residents: the Captain of the Guard, Bittneld, her herald, Laythe Wavrick, and her Steward, Orok gro-Ghoth.
|20, 22, 30, 32, 35
||(The following five journal entries will appear in the order that the player asks questions)
When I asked about the night in question, Orgnolf told me that he spent a bit of time arguing with a delivery boy in the Great Hall who had a bit of an accident with a wine shipment in the rain, then spent the rest of the night in his room. I should continue questioning the suspects the Countess recommended. or
Orok gro-Ghoth mentioned he was in the castle that entire night because it had been raining, but didn't see Orgnolf or Chanel. Also, he mentioned he had caught Orgnolf drinking in the West Tower once. When he had threatened to tell the Countess about it, Orgnolf apparently stopped. I should continue questioning the suspects the Countess recommended. or
When I asked about the night in question, Chanel told me that she spent some time in the courtyard of the castle taking star readings. Then she made her way to the dining area off of the Great Hall. Finally, she went to her quarters to sleep. I should continue questioning the suspects the Countess recommended. or
Bittneld, the Captain of the Guard, said he had been out on patrol in the streets of Chorrol that night. In addition, he mentioned seeing Chanel spend a good deal of time in the castle's West Tower. But when he had confronted her about it, she said that was where she had been performing some of her magic research. I should continue questioning the suspects the Countess recommended. or
Laythe Wavrick, the castle herald, told me that he's observed Orgnolf having a drinking problem and often asking for money to fund his new habit. I should continue questioning the suspects the Countess recommended.
(After the fifth statement, the following line will be added to the journal entry)
Now, I should concentrate on gathering the clues if I'm to solve the crime.
||(Two of the following three journal entries will appear in the order that the player finds clues)
I've found an interesting painting in a concealed area of the West Tower. It seems someone in the castle is a painter. I think I should continue looking for more clues. or
I've found paint stains and a paint footprint on the carpet in the dining area off the Great Hall. I think I should continue looking for more clues. or
Chanel seems to have painting supplies concealed in a lectern in her room. The fact they're concealed seems suspicious. I think I should continue searching for more clues.
||(The following entry will appear after finding the third clue)
I've found an interesting painting in a concealed area of the West Tower. It seems someone in the castle is a painter. I now have enough clues to make an accusation. or
I've found paint stains and a paint footprint on the carpet in the dining area off the Great Hall. I now have enough clues to make an accusation. or
Chanel seems to have painting supplies concealed in a lectern in her room. The fact they're concealed seems suspicious. I now have enough clues to make an accusation.
||I've confronted Orgnolf with the clues, but all he did was become irate and threatened to tell the Countess of my false accusations. I think I made the wrong choice. I should go speak to Chanel.
||I am certain that Chanel is the culprit. After all, the evidence clearly points to her. But without a full confession, Countess Valga won't be satisfied. I need to convince Chanel to trust me enough to tell me why she did the crime.
||I've confronted Chanel with the clues, and she admitted taking the painting. She pointed out where it was hidden, and now I must decide whether or not to tell the Countess about her crime.
||I've spoken to the Countess about Chanel's crime. She's been banished from the Castle, and as a reward, a sizable bounty of gold and gems has been given to me.
||I've spoken to the Countess about Chanel's crime, and she's been banished from the Castle. However, since the investigation didn't go smoothly, the Countess wasn't pleased and only rewarded me with some gold.
||I've told the Countess that neither suspect is the criminal, and that the painting must be in the possession of someone outside the Castle walls. She seemed disappointed, but I've kept Chanel's honor intact.
||Chanel was pleased that I didn't turn her in to the Countess. She told me that as a reward, she'd paint a portrait for me, but it'll take three weeks. I should return to Castle Chorrol at that time.
||It's been three weeks. I should return to Castle Chorrol and pick up my painting from Chanel.
- Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
- Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in random order.
- If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
- On the PC, it is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering
setstage MS51 stage, where
stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages. See SetStage for more information.