|Arvel the Swift|
- " Help me down, and I'll show you. You won't believe the power the Nords have hidden there."
- "Now cut me down!!"
- "You fool, why should I share the treasure with anyone?"
The Dragonborn finds Arvel trapped in a spider's web, and he asks to be freed. After killing the spider, the Dragonborn hacks away at the web constraining Arvel. A Flames spell can also be used to burn the webs and it will not harm Arvel. As soon as he is freed, he attempts to escape through the dungeon. The Dragonborn must then chase after Arvel, kill him, and retrieve the Golden Claw. If the Dragonborn chooses not to kill him, however, he is killed by the Draugr, becomes hostile or triggers a trap in the adjoining room.
Upon searching Arvel's corpse, Arvel's Journal can be found. This journal is useful in the quest The Golden Claw. The claw is required to progress further into the barrow.
Sometimes after killing the first few Draugr in the room with the spike wall trap, he may become hostile for no reason.
- When the Dragonborn approaches, Arvel mistakes him for a member of his gang. He calls out to Harknir, Bjorn, and Soling, the three bandits the Dragonborn killed in order to reach Arvel. He will betray you if you free him.
- You can get the Golden Claw without killing him by pickpocketing him after you get him down from the web.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First appearance)