I need help understanding this quest issue and overcoming my moral confusion.
In the quest "The Taste of Death" you originally are asked to help priest Verulus learn about the cannibalism going on in a hideout, and when you go to the hideout your quest is suddenly turned (no other option) into luring the priest to the hideout to kill and eat him and join the cannibals. First of all, why, Bethesda, why? Please give me an option to tell Verulus about what is going on and allow me to the continue the quest as an enemy of the cannibals.
But no, of course I am forced to continue the quest as a cannibal or fail the quest and kill all of the cannibal followers, saving the priest.
Now, I have a saved game that puts me in the position to make the choice to either kill Verulus or the cannibals in the hideout, and another saved file where I already have killed everyone except Verulus. After researching, some people say that it makes moral sense to save Verulus, but others say that I already have done many horrible things in Skyrim that this action of becoming a cannibal and killing an innocent man should be OK.
I have a problem believing/understanding those that argument. Yes, I will kill people/animals that attack me or have the potential to threaten other good people. I am being asked to feed on an innocent priest. Two problems with that: first, the priest is not a threat to me or others, and second, cannibalism is fucked up in my book. Other than that, my character has never stolen, and has never gone to jail or had a bounty besides the one for the Cidnha mine quest. I feel like the majority of my actions in Skyrim are justified despite some times being brutal or "sneaky" (such as persuading). And then there is the argument that you get a special ring if you kill Verulus, but I looked it up and all it does is give me plus 50 stamina and the ability to feast on humans. Great!
So, I am leaning towards living with the failed quest, saving Verulus, but I am for one confused about why others still go along with it, and angry at Bethesda for not including an option to tell Verulus about the cannibals before going back to the hideout. It is as if Bethesda WANTS the player to be evil. We should be able to finish questions making our own decisions, and the minimum should be two options.