- Meet Sam Guevenne and accept the drinking contest at any tavern in Skyrim Hold Capital cities
- Help clean up the Temple of Dibella or pay the fines
- Ask about Sam and the Staff in Rorikstead
- Talk to Ysolda in Whiterun about the staff
- Head to Morvunskar
- Search Morvunskar for Sam and the Staff
In any Tavern
Upon reaching level 14, it is possible to encounter a man named Sam Guevenne in any random tavern in Skyrim. The first entered upon reaching that level will be where he spawns. He offers the Dragonborn a chance to join a drinking contest and win a staff. After three drinks the screen will black out and the Dragonborn will awaken in the Temple of Dibella in Markarth, which is now trashed.
Temple of Dibella
The priestess Senna tasks the Dragonborn with picking up several seemingly meaningless items, including a giant's toe, two bottles of wine, a Hagraven feather, and a confusing note from Sam. These items and any already in the inventory or that are picked up before the end of the quest will be marked as quest items.
The clean up duties may be skipped with a high enough Speech rating, meaning the items will not be marked as quest items. This will be the case at each step of the quest, allowing you to skip any errands in order to win people's favor. After the temple is clean and the Dragonborn apologizes to her, the priestess will mention Rorikstead.
Upon arrival, an angry Redguard named Ennis will greet the Dragonborn, saying that the night before, the Dragonborn had stolen his goat Gleda and sold it to a giant named Grok. Retrieving the goat can be skipped if a persuasion, intimidate or bribe challenge is passed. It is also possible to retrieve the goat simply by approaching it and leading it back to the hamlet. If there is a follower present, they will attack the offended giant and the giant might have to be killed to save the follower. Once one of these requirements is met, Ennis will point the Dragonborn to Whiterun and Ysolda.
Upon finding Ysolda in Whiterun (or in the Dragonborn's house, if they are married to her), she will mention the price owed her for a purchase of a wedding ring. She also mentions that the Dragonborn's spouse-to-be was met in Witchmist Grove, and the wedding was called off. Finding the ring can be skipped if the Dragonborn passes a persuasion, intimidate, or bribe challenge. Otherwise, in Witchmist Grove the Dragonborn finds a Hagraven named Moira. She will become jealous of an Esmerelda that has "dark feathers" and attack. Either way, when talking to Ysolda again, she mentions the Dragonborn getting married to someone in Morvunskar.
Morvunskar is a ruined fort, now inhabited by hostile mages. Within the ruin is the entrance to Misty Grove, occupied by Sam and several dinner guests, just labeled "Commoners." Sam Guevenne reveals that he is actually the Daedric prince Sanguine, whose sphere is debauchery and drunken revelry. He presents the Dragnborn with a Daedric Artifact, the Sanguine Rose. The Dragonborn is then teleported back to the tavern where Sam was first encountered. Any items collected in the temple will no longer be marked as quest items.
I have awoken in the Temple Of Dibella in Markarth. Sam and the staff he promised me have disappeared. I have no idea how I got here but a priestess has told me I trashed the Temple. The priestess might tell me what happened to Sam and the staff if I pick up the place.
I have awoken from a night debauchery with no idea what happened. Sam and the staff he promised me have disappeared. The priestess of Dibella have told me to ask about Sam in Rorikstead.
I have awoken from a night debauchery with no idea what happened. Sam and the staff he promised me have disappeared. Ennis in Rorikstead will tell me more about what happened once I return goat I stole from him.
I have awoken from a night debauchery with no idea what happened. Sam and the staff he promised me have disappeared. A note of debt I gave Ennis in Rorikstead has directed me to Ysolda in Whiterun. She might be able to direct me to Sam.
I have awoken from a night debauchery with no idea what happened. Sam and the staff he promised me have disappeared. Ysolda in Whiterun will give me more information aboutonce I return the ring I borrowed from her to give to someone in Witchmist Grove.
I have awoken from a night debauchery with no idea what happened. Sam and the staff he promised me have disappeared. Ysolda in Whiterun will give me more information aboutonce I return the ring I borrowed from her to give to a hagraven in Witchmist Grove.
I have awoken from a night debauchery with no idea what happened. Sam and the staff he promised me have disappeared. Ysolda in Whiterun has told me to look for Sam in Morvunskar.
"Sam" turned out to be the daedric prince of debauchery, Sanguine. He spurred me on during a drunken night of revelry that crossed all of Skyrim. I've acquired the Sanguine Rose for my troubles.
- The Rorikstead stage can be skipped, moving straight on to the Ysolda stage immediately after the temple.
- It is possible to travel to Morvunskar directly after leaving the temple and obtain the reward from Sam, skipping all other steps. As it turns out Sam only wants the Dragonborn to "Explore the world and spread merriment."
- If this is done, then Moira is killed later, her corpse has the wedding ring but it has no value.
- If the Dragonborn is married to Ysolda, the location marker for her will be at her marital home, but the legend will state that she is in Whiterun. She will actually be in her marital home.
- Also, if the Dragonborn is married to Ysolda, she will talk about how a wedding ring was bought from her to marry some other girl, mentioning how they met in Witchmist Grove and so on. She will have her normal spouse dialogs available during conversation, and not be at all bothered about the attempted marriage to another, ending the conversation with "Goodbye, my love!" Being married to Ysolda does not appear to glitch the quest.
- If the final location of the quest (Morvunskar) has previously been cleared before the quest begins, the castle will be repopulated during the quest.
- If Ysolda is given gold to pay for the ring, it does not show up in her merchant gold.
- Random world encounters can occur after the quest is completed with NPCs asking payment for bets/pranks made during that night. An Argonian named Deep-In-His-Cups will come and talk to the Dragonborn and say he walked into that bandit camp. If he is not paid any money, he will attack.
- Sam's true identity is foreshadowed throughout the quest.
- The name Sam Guevenne sounds very similar to Sanguine, with two added vowel sounds.
- The Dragonborn's night involves various pranks, a favorite pastime for the Daedric Lord.
- Sam invites the Dragonborn to a drinking contest, fitting for a god of drunkenness and debauchery.
- There is a long dinner table with several seated guests near Sanguine in the grove. This, and his mention of a prank over 100 years ago could be a possible reference to the Sanguine quest in Oblivion, in which the Hero is tasked with ruining a dinner party in Leyawiin Castle.
- In the journal before accepting the contest, such as by walking past Sam Guevenne and having him talk to you without actually starting conversation, the Miscellaneous tab calls him "Sam Guenvere".
This section contains bugs related to A Night to Remember. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
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If you speak to Moira about the ring before speaking to the NPC at Rorikstead then his dialog will be stunted and it will not be able to be continued.
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Acquire a Daedric Artifact