|Location||Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary|
|Level||PC×1 (range=5-50)||Class||Destruction Mage|
|Primary Skills||Destruction, Restoration, Alteration, Sneak|
Festus Krex is an elderly mage found in the Dark Brotherhood sanctuary west of Falkreath. He is not particularly fond of Astrid's leadership and he believes that the Dark Brotherhood should go back to the old ways. He is killed by Penitus Oculatus agents outside the Falkreath Sanctuary when it is attacked and his body may be found pinned to a tree by numerous arrows.
When meeting the player for the first time in the Sanctuary, he is boastful of his magic skills, saying he was a prodigy. He claims that he was casting simple spells at a year old, doing complex incantations by three, and resurrecting corpses at seven. At the age of thirteen, he burned down his family home by accident with a badly aimed lightning spell, but says that he completely mastered his skills after this event. Before joining the Dark Brotherhood, he taught at the College of Winterhold, but left after two years, saying it was "too simple. Too safe." and that the mages there did not truly understand the "glory" of the Destruction school of magic.
He is not particulary fond of the player (or anyone else in the Sanctuary, for that matter), saying he's not interested in getting to know them, and calling himself "the cranky old uncle no-one talks to." However his disposition improves if the player completes all objectives of Recipe For Disaster and he rewards the player with the Nightweaver's Band.
Festus wears Shrouded Robes, Shrouded Hand Wraps, and Shrouded Shoes. Festus knows a variety of spells, as befitting a mage of his stature. From the Alteration school he knows Stoneflesh; from the Destruction school he knows Fireball, Firebolt, and Incinerate; from the Restoration school he knows Fast Healing and Lesser Ward.
During the quest The Cure for Madness, when asked his thoughts about the current situation, he sighs and says "Alright, so maybe I was wrong. Maybe Cicero coming here wasn't the best thing that could have happened. But even I didn't anticipate this. Well, you know the old saying. When life gives you lemons, go murder a clown."
 Related Quests
- Recipe for Disaster: Assume the identity of the famous Gourmet in an effort to assassinate the Emperor.
- Festus is an essential NPC until he suffers a scripted death. His corpse is actually considered a container in game data (Form ID:
00075CE6). There is also game data for another dead version of Festus Krex (Base ID:
000E0D6F), though this version is not used at all in the game.
- Festus's arrow riddled corpse will remain pinned to a tree just outside the door of the sanctuary for the remainder of the game after Death Incarnate.
- Festus claims to have killed his wife over the temperature of his bathwater, "Lukewarm is not tepid!".
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