"I like the loyalty of a dog. Not as fickle as a wolf."


Banning is a Breton breeder outside of Markarth in the Markarth Stables. He is revealed to be a cannibal during the quest "The Taste of Death."


His family has been training war-dogs for many years and he picked up the trade. A dog may be bought from him for 500 GoldIcon.



He asks the Dragonborn to deliver "spiced beef" to Voada in Understone Keep for the dogs.

The Taste of DeathEdit

He is a cannibal, and is present at the feast at Reachcliff Cave during the Daedric quest, The Taste of Death, where he hints he feeds his dogs human flesh. He also mentions that his first taste of human flesh was of his friend when they went hunting together.


This section contains bugs related to Banning. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   If Vigilance is killed, Banning will not offer to sell another dog. Any attempt to resurrect Vigilance with a cheat code will resurrect the dog in the Neutral team and not as a companion. This means that Vigilance will return to Banning's side; however, he still will not offer to sell him back.
  • The option to buy a war dog never appears, even after fulfilling Banning's delivery request. Vigilance is never to be found with him or inside the stable house (which ends up allowing sneaking and theft to be easier).
  •  PS3   Occasionally, Banning will not attack during "The Taste of Death" if the Dragonborn betrays the coven before eating Verulus. This seems to happen if one shoots Eola from the room before the dining hall in Reachcliff Cave, but Banning does not appear back at Markarth Stables, preventing the Dragonborn from buying Vigilance. Using a flee spell, such as Hysteria, to make Banning leave the cave will cause him to appear at Markarth Stables dead.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Banning

  • Is banning trying to eat the dragonborn's children

    2 messages
    • Is banning trying to ''eat'' the dragonborn's children, they often claim that he let them play with his do...
    • That's because Banning is in fact an actual cannibal of Namira's Coven. I actually murdered him and the entire Markarth Cult last ni...
  • i cant buy a dog

    2 messages
    • if i go to banning to buy a dog, it'll say stat i already have an animal. i dont. and, the going home message never appears. and the st...
    • Setting playeranimalcount to 0 should work.