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This quest is obtained in Cyseal when you speak to Esmeralda about the murder on her husband.


  1. Visit Esmeralda's shop and speak to her. She will proclaim her innocence.
  2. Steal Esmeralda's house key from upstairs. Sneak into her study by either using the sneak ability or the back entrance to the house. (90xp)
  3. Pick up the book, The Perfect MurderDOS Items Quest The Perfect Murder.jpg, from the desk. (260xp)
  4. Proceed into the next room and steal the Inn Chest Key and go down to the basement.
    • (Optional) There's an additional key hidden underneath the barrels that opens the chest in this room.
  5. Pick up the Ham from the wall to reveal a switch. Press the switch.
    • (Optional) There's an additional key at the far end of this room that opens the chest behind the iron bars.
  6. Enter the Secret Chamber. (200xp)
  7. Pick up the Bloody DaggerDOS Items Unique Bloody Dagger.jpg from the table (260xp).
  8. Go to the King Crab Tavern and visit the scene of the murder. Open the chest to pick up the Poem (260 XP).
  9. Confront Esmeralda with the evidence. (200xp)
    • She will claim to be innocent but reveal that Jake has been in close company with Evelyn for the past few months.
  10. Return to Aureus and discuss Jake's murder and Esmeralda to obtain a dialogue option to arrest her.
    • Choose to arrest her based on the flimsy evidence for +1 Renegade (1800 XP).
    • Choose not to arrest her for +1 Righteous (1800 XP)
  11. If you arrested Esmeralda, then after completing A Mysterious Murder you can go to Aureus to have her released from prison for +1 Reputation (900 XP).


  • 260 XP for each incriminating item found
  • 1800 XP for considering having her arrested
  • 900 XP for releasing her from prison
  • +1 Righteous or +1 Renegade and +1 Reputation