Malachius (badass-baller-warrior) walks into a city of stone called Markarth. He sees a man in ragged clothes draw a dagger and move aggressively towards an unsuspecting woman who is buying jewelry for her sister. Malachius draws his greatsword and runs the man through before he has a chance to hurt the woman. The citizens in the market are startled and a woman cries out that the forsworn are in the city. A guard appears on the scene and denies the presence of forsworn within the city. A young man approaches Malachius and hands him a note while putting on all airs of subtlety and inconspicuousness. The note simply says to meet Eltrys at the shrine of Talos. Malachius goes to the shrine and talks to Eltrys to find out that he is investigating the connection between the forsworn and a string of recent murders. Eltrys beseeches Malachius to aid in the investigation. Malachius begins his investigation by questioning the would-be victim of the forsworn attack, Margaret. He soon discovers that she is a spy of general Tullius attempting to acquire the deed to Cidhna Mine. On his way to question the owner of Cidhna mine, Thongvar silver-blood, Malachius is stopped by a guard who warns him to mind his own business and "keep his nose clean". Angered by the attempt to bully him off the case, Malachius pursues Thongvar for some much desired answers. After picking his way into Thongvar's room and demanding why a guard was sent after him, Malachius learns that Thongvar has the city gaurd in his pocket and he's very uncooperative with the investigation. Suddenly, a fight starts in the lobby of Thongvar's treasury house during which his wife and two forsworn are killed, the former death Malachius only wishes he was responsible for, as the broad was quite the ♥♥♥♥♥. Thongvar approaches Malachius cursing Madanach the king of the forsworn. It seems Thongvar spared Madanach's life to gain control of the forsworn. But the king-in-rags has his own plans it seems. Thongvar blames Malachius for what has happened and swears to have him put away for the rest of his life. Malachius makes his way back to Eltrys to report what he's discovered. Inside the shrine, he finds three Markarth gaurds standing in front of a recently deceased Eltrys. The three stooges are in it for the money, not at all concerned about the people of Markarth; they complain about the trouble Malachius has stirred up. He finds them so disgusting that once given the option to lay down his sword and rot in prison or kill them, it's hardly a choice at all. Three corpses fall to the ground, three corpses grasp the coins that bought the deaths of innocents. Malachius leaves the shrine and is hunted by every gaurd in Markarth. They all fall upon their greed. And thus our hero discoveres the first thing in Markarth that can only be described as ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t.