Animal Extermination

Important! This quest is not mandatory, but completing it can bring you closer to unlocking the next major Companions quest.

Aela is the only NPC who gives out this quest. Once you accept the task, she may ask you to do one of two things. The first option is to eliminate a random monster or beast that is either residing in its lair or in a house somewhere in Skyrim (random). Leave Whiterun and head to the location marked on your map. Once you arrive, take care of the beast or monster (as shown in the screenshot above).

The second option is to clear out an entire lair of beasts or monsters. Again, you must leave Whiterun and head to the location marked on your map. The main difference this time is that you must enter the lair and kill all the beasts or monsters present there (as shown in the screenshot above). Regardless of which option you choose, return to Aela after the fight and collect your reward in gold.


What is animal extermination?

Animal extermination is the process of intentionally killing animals, usually for the purpose of controlling or eliminating a population deemed to be a nuisance or a threat to human health or safety. This can be done by various methods, such as shooting, trapping, poisoning, or gassing. Animal extermination is often used in urban areas to control pests like rats, mice, and cockroaches, as well as larger animals like deer, coyotes, and wild boars. It is also commonly used by farmers to protect their crops from animals like rabbits, squirrels, and birds. However, animal extermination can be controversial, as it often involves killing animals that are considered to be innocent and have a right to live. Some people argue that non-lethal methods, such as relocation or sterilization, should be used instead of extermination.

What are the ethical concerns surrounding animal extermination?

The ethical concerns surrounding animal extermination are complex and often debated. Some people argue that it is necessary for human safety and well-being, as well as for the protection of crops and livestock. Others believe that it is unjustified and cruel to kill animals for any reason, and that non-lethal methods should always be used instead. Additionally, there are concerns about the impact of animal extermination on ecosystems and biodiversity. Removing a species from an ecosystem can have unforeseen consequences, and can destabilize the balance of nature. There are also concerns about the potential for animal extermination to be used as a tool of oppression or discrimination, particularly against certain groups of animals or people who are seen as lesser or inferior. Ultimately, the ethical concerns surrounding animal extermination depend on a variety of factors, including the specific context, the methods used, and the values and beliefs of the individuals involved.

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