"Madanach's guard. Big, even for an Orc. Heard he ripped a man's arm off and beat him to death with it. He's old-fashioned like that."


Borkul the Beast is an Orsimer guard found in Cidhna Mine. He is a member of the Forsworn, and serves as Madanach's bodyguard. He is also the only Orc member in the Druadach branch of the Forsworn.


The Forsworn ConspiracyEdit

After being framed by the Markarth guards, the Dragonborn ends up in Cidhna Mine, where those who have transgressed against the city serve their time by mining silver. As it was the investigation into Madanach and the Forsworn that landed the Dragonborn in prison, they try to gain an audience with the infamous "King in Rags."

No One Escapes Cidhna MineEdit

To gain passage to Madanach's cell, one must get past Borkul. This can be accomplished by:

  1. Persuading him.
  2. Pickpocketing the key to Madanach's cell from him.
  3. Obtaining a shiv from Grisvar the Unlucky and giving it to Borkul
  4. Giving him a bottle of Skooma.
  5. Challenging Borkul to a brawl, who grants passage once defeated.
  6. Killing Borkul outright (along with all the prisoners who rush to his aid).


  • Borkul wears Iron Gauntlets, the only prisoner to have any sort of armor on.
  • Borkul is the only known non-Breton member of the Forsworn.
  • If the Dragonborn calls their first kill exciting, Borkul praises the Dragonborn, supporting the fact that Borkul is a cold-blooded killer.
  • Even if the Dragonborn truly has not killed a single person prior to No One Escapes Cidna Mine, Borkul will still call them a liar if they say they are not a murderer.
  • If he has not been killed during the escape from the Cidhna Mine and the battle in Markarth, he can be found in Druadach Redoubt with the other Forsworn.
  • Borkul's Forsworn Armor and sword cannot be pickpocketed, even while having the Perfect Touch perk.


This section contains bugs related to Borkul the Beast. 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.
  • If Borkul and all the other inmates are killed, the Dragonborn may not be able to gain access to Madanach, making it impossible to complete the quest.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Borkul the Beast

  • I need help! A certain place isn't showing up!

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    • First off, Borkel isn't a marriage candidate, so that won't be happening. If you haven't discovered...
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    • Totally had a weird thing happen, I decided to get the full pardon from the jarl and kill the forsworn but Borkul wouldnt go down, he did l...
    • Just happened to me at least to the point were he went critical, but would not die as if a follower. He never attacked me while all the ot...