A Matter of Honor
We’ve got another target, although this one is a wandering merchant. Alval Uvani travels across most of the game world throughout the week. He’ll visit Bravil, Skingrad, Bruma and finally his home in Leyawiin.
He is supposedly a master at Destruction magic, but he never seems to really use it in battle. In general, he just tries to attack you with a knife and is quite easy to kill.
For starters, if you immediately get a message that he’s dead and the mission is completed, then you got lucky. Alval Uvani legitimately travels the world from the start of the game. If you’ve triggered the spawning of Oblivion gates and also waited a bit for this quest, then some creature in the wild or a Daedra probably killed him on the road. Nothing that you can do about it and there’s no punishment. Just accept the free money and move on to the next kill.
Alval Uvani’s unique weakness is an allergy to honey, although I found that pretty pointless. It allows you to potentially paralyze him by removing all of the alcohol from a bar or his home and then replacing it with mead. Since it only paralyzes him, I don’t feel that it’s worth the effort.
You should be able to put a poison apple on him and clear out the food from his home and the inns in Bravil, Skingrad and Bruma.
It is possible to just ambush him in his house, but there’s a problem. You might not get a bounty, or you might just get an assault bounty, but he actually doesn’t always stay in his house. Alval gets held up on the road sometimes while traveling. If he falls behind in his schedule, then he usually just walks up to his door and immediately turns around to go to his next stop.
You can probably just ambush him on the road while he’s walking between towns. You’ll need to wait for him to leave physically follow him out of town and down the road for that to work well though.
I had great luck with hitting him with a frenzy spell. I just used my “Touch of Rage" spell I picked up from M’raaj-Dar. Olav, Ongar and Gromm killed him in a side room of the Bruma bar.
So, you see that you have a lot of options. It basically just boils down to what you want to do. As I said, it seems like he doesn’t actually use his magic too often, so he’s not a tough target.
The next dead drop is in a hollowed-out stump in a garden in the Imperial City Market District. Pick up your reward and your next target.