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Dampened Spirits
Honningbrew boilery
Quest Giver Brynjolf
Location Thieves Guild
The Bannered Mare
Honningbrew Meadery
Prerequisite Loud and Clear
Next Quest Scoundrel's Folly
Reward Enchanted leveled Sword, Dagger or Mace
Mallus Maccius becomes available as a Thieves Guild fence
Faction Thieves Guild
Type Thieves Guild, Main quest
Quest ID TG03
Dampened Spirits is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. After completing the quest "Loud and Clear", Brynjolf will say that Maven Black-Briar wishes to speak to the Dragonborn.


  • Speak to Maven Black-Briar
  • Speak to Mallus Maccius
  • Speak to Sabjorn
  • Poison the nest
  • Poison the Honningbrew vat
  • Attend the tasting ceremony
  • Identify Sabjorn's silent partner
  • Return to Maven Black-Briar
  • Return to Brynjolf


The first step in the quest is to speak with Maven Black-Briar. She will be waiting upstairs in The Bee and Barb or in the Black-Briar Meadery in Riften. She asks the Dragonborn to shut down a competitor, newly opened Honningbrew Meadery, and to find out how its owner Sabjorn has managed so quickly to fund its opening.

Next, it is necessary to find and speak with Mallus Maccius. He will be waiting in The Bannered Mare in Whiterun. He tells the Dragonborn to ask Sabjorn for work clearing out pests that Mallus has lured into the meadery. The Dragonborn is to fulfill this job, poisoning the meadery vat in the process.

Sabjorn will give the Dragonborn a key to the meadery's basement with instructions to kill all the pests and to poison their nest. This presents the opportunity to poison the vats as well. Getting to the nest is straightforward, but there are quite a few skeevers and some frostbite spiders along the way. However, the real challenge is dealing with Hamelyn; a mage living next to the nest. He uses a fairly powerful magic attack (which appears to be random, but may vary depending on the Dragonborn's race). If the Dragonborn is a werewolf, transforming may be a good option: growling will cause him to enter a state of 'fear', offering an excellent chance to kill him.

Sneaking past Hamelyn is also a possibility, by shooting an arrow down the tunnel to the left of his alchemy lab. When he moves to investigate, the nest can be poisoned quickly, and then the Dragonborn can retreat and wait for him to return. After that, it is possible to go around him and enter the tunnel.

The area to poison the nest is the pile of hay to the right of the alchemy lab. The area where poison can be used is fairly small.

Going through the tunnel to the Honningbrew Boilery, it is possible to go up the stairs and pour the poison into the vat. The door's key hangs right next to it. Afterwards, Sabjorn needs to be told that the job is done.

Now it is time to attend the tasting ceremony. Commander Caius or Sinmir tastes the mead (depending on the Dragonborn's Civil War allegiance) and is unhappy with it. He puts Mallus in charge and drags Sabjorn off to Dragonsreach Dungeon.

At this point, Mallus will help locate the books that identify Sabjorn's 'silent partner'. Upstairs, a promissory note is in Sabjorn's dresser. Behind the door to the right of the dresser is the Honningbrew Decanter (a larceny target), which can be sold to Delvin Mallory.

Upon returning to Riften, Maven Black-Briar can be given the note. She tells the Dragonborn to take the information to Brynjolf, who acknowledges the findings and sends the Dragonborn to Mercer Frey (who he feels will be able to identify the symbol on the note and shed some light on the Thieves Guild's anonymous adversary). The quest "Scoundrel's Folly" then begins.


Upon returning to Maven Black-Briar, the Dragonborn is given either a leveled enchanted dagger, sword, or Mace and Mallus will become available as a fence.


Dampened Spirits - TG03
IDJournal Entry
10I've been sent to speak to Maven Black-Briar, head of the wealthiest most influential family in Riften. According to Brynjolf, she has a job of utmost importance for me and I need to follow her directions to the letter.
  • Objective: Speak to Maven Black-Briar
20Maven Black-Briar has sent me to Whiterun where I am to meet with someone named Mallus Maccius. Together, our goal is to bring down one of Maven's competitors, Honningbrew Meadery and discover where he obtained the financing to take her on.
  • Objective: Speak to Mallus Maccius
30I've become a key component in a cunning plan to frame Honningbrew Meadery's owner, Sabjorn, and have him imprisoned. The first part of the scheme is to approach Sabjorn under the guise of assistance with a pest problem he's having thanks to Mallus's tinkering.
  • Objective: Speak to Sabjorn
40Sabjorn has provided me with poison I'm to apply to the nests deep within the tunnels under Honningbrew Meadery. As Mallus predicted, I should be able to use the very same poison to taint Sabjorn's mead as well.
  • Objective 45: Poison the Nest
  • Objective 50: Poison the Honningbrew Vat
  • Objective: Return to Sabjorn
  • Objective: Attend the tasting ceremony
80The plan worked perfectly and Whiterun's Captain of the Guard was stricken with illness when he drank the poisoned mead. Sabjorn's been carted off to jail and Honningbrew Meadery is now closed.
  • Objective: Speak to Mallus Maccius
90Now that Mallus's position as the owner of Honningbrew Meadery has been secured, I need to find any information explaining how Sabjorn was able to fund this costly operation.
  • Objective: Identify Sabjorn's silent partner
  • Objective: Return to Maven Black-Briar
  • Objective: Return to Brynjolf
200The information I obtained from Honningbrew Meadery points to the same anonymous buyer of Goldenglow Estate. If successful, this individual would have completely estranged Maven Black-Briar from the Guild and destroyed it economically. It's becoming painfully obvious that it's time to shed some light on our mysterious adversary before they have a chance to strike again.
  • Quest complete


  • When going to Sabjorn's room in his office to collect his notes, under his bed in a bedpan, one will find a bottle of Black-Briar Mead.
  • On Sabjorn's desk, there is a note from Maven Black-Briar regarding his meadery. It can be assumed from the note that Maven has repeatedly tried to buy Honningbrew from Sabjorn without success.
  • If Serana is brought into the Meadery after completing the quest, she will occasionally approach the barrel Caius drank from, pour herself and drink an invisible goblet of mead from it. She may also do so during the quest, stalling the quest indefinitely until the player moves away or tells her to do something.
  • Caius will always appear for the tasting, even if the quest Battle for Whiterun, on the Stormcloak side, is completed, and Sinmir replaces him.
  • Within the brewery and boilery the Dragonborn can steal and take up to 251 bottles of Honningbrew Mead.


This section contains bugs related to Dampened Spirits. 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  , 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.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Dampened Spirits

  • Could Hamelyn really have succeeded?

    341 messages
    • Silver4Raven wrote: Hamelyn could befriend a dragon and have it breed with all of his venomfang/vampire rat-men. Nasty.
    • Mosstone wrote:TheMindOfMadness wrote:Mostly valid, logical arguments.  I'm impressed that people are still putting this topic under debate...
  • Can't start Dampened Spirits

    15 messages
    • Are you on pc?
    • The bugs list i linked in the first reply above suggests saving before going and talking to Brynjolf and theres a console command for the PC...

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