For nearly a year and a half Vilkas has been the model of self-control. He does not hunt. He does not feed. He does not dare acknowledge the feral beast that dwells within because he knows that once that beast has been released it cannot be contained.
While tending to business for the Companions in Falkreath, a town embroiled in misery and depression, a young father speaks to him in the Dead Man’s Drink about the beast that murdered his daughter. Vilkas cannot resist the self-righteous urge to stand before this beast and judge him for his lack of self-control.
But Sinding is more than just a man who shares Vilkas’s beastly curse. He is being punished by the Daedric Lord Hircine himself and his crime of thievery has been castigated in ways no man or beast should ever have to suffer. He can no longer control his transformations and now an innocent little girl has fallen to the beast.
When offered the opportunity to clear the slate between Sinding and Hircine, Vilkas accepts the task to return the cursed ring to its owner, believing this rare opportunity to confront Hircine himself could provide the Companions with a solution to their own curse. It will mean giving in to the beast he has denied, an angry, snarling vengeful monster that will not so easily be returned to the prison of his body when all is said and done.