You ask how I “failed” in my mission? It was one bloody foul-up after another. Not even the fabled Andraste herself could have succeeded in this endeavor.

When I agreed to this assignment, it was with the understanding that it would be my mission and mine alone. No one mentioned Antivan Crow involvement. Yes, yes, the Crows are an assassin guild, known for never failing their mission, but this particular Crow was... different.

He was an elf, I can tell you that. And he wasn’t alone. There was another elf with him. I couldn’t tell you who exactly she was, but she bears a resemblance to the Hero of Fereldan, which is, of course ridiculous, but there you have it.

Know this, the Coterie is not the only organization after the noble. Other Crows were bent on ushering the noble on to the Maker, but the elf and his companion were three steps ahead of all those who tried to kill the noble. The elf had a plan, and then two others to back it up.

You know how I work. I observe, I calculate, I plan. I will tell you what I observed: that no matter how I calculated, how much I planned, there would be no beating the elf and his companion. They worked as a perfect unit. When one shadowed the noble, the other took out the competition.

I can’t tell you with one hundred percent certainty, but it appeared to me that they were protecting the noble. The elf, he seemed to take particular pleasure in eliminating his fellow Crows. But here’s the thing, the other Crows almost seemed nervous at the mention of his name. My sources tell me that scores of Crow assassins have turned up dead or missing in the last half-year. They also tell me that this elf is the one responsible.

They tell me this elf is called Zevran Arainai. And if this is true, then perhaps his companions truly is the Hero of Fereldan. If that is the case, you can keep your money. I’ll return the retainer you gave me, for only a fool would go up against the person who defeated the archdemon and stopped the Blight. And my mother did not raise a fool. Kill me if you must, but this is one assignment that is not worth any amount of coin.