- Talk to Festus Krex.
- Find Anton Virane and make him talk.
- Kill Anton.
- Find Balagog gro-Nolob and kill him.
- Take the invitation off of Balagog’s corpse.
- (Optional) Hide Balagog’s corpse.
- Return to Festus.
Astrid will begin this quest by directing you to speak with Festus Krex. Festus is in charge of this phase of the Emperor’s assassination. Festus explains that your new objective is to kill The Gourmet and to use his identity to poison the food at a meal being prepared for the Emperor. What complicates this matter is that the Gourmet’s identity is known by only a select few. Luckily, Festus has obtained an autographed copy of the Gourmet’s cookbook owned by Anton Virane. This suggests that Virane may know the true identity of the Gourmet.
As such, your first objective is to track down Anton Virane, obtain the Gourmet’s name and kill him to prevent his further interference in the operation. He works at Markarth in the Understone Keepkitchen. He is at first not willing to give you any information, but after passing an intimidation speech check he will quickly reveal a name: an Orc named Balagog gro-Nolob. It is advisable to tell Virane at this point that he will not be harmed, as he will believe you. This makes him much easier to deal with. Wait for an opportunity to present itself, and kill him.
Balagog gro-Nolob is located at the Nightgate Inn. His location in or around the inn depends on the time of day. During the day, Balagog gro-Nolob stands at the dock right outside the inn and gazes out into the pond, making it very easy to sneak attack him for an easy kill. After he is dead, simply drag his body into the pond (see notes below) to fulfill the bonus objective of hiding the body. Another way to dispose of the body is to use the Unrelenting Force Shout to send his body into the water.
Balagog gro-Nolob passes his nights in the cellar of the inn. Balagog will be asleep much of the time, but as there are no witnesses the kill will be easy whether he is awake or not. When presented with an opportunity, kill him and take the Writ from his corpse. Make sure not to kill him in the chair that he sits in because he may get stuck in the chair rendering him unable to be dragged. This will make it impossible to get the bonus. In order to successfully hide the body in this location, drag him behind the haystack.