"See, that kind of attitude comes from someone who wants to get rich and stay alive long enough to enjoy it. We're goin' to get along nicely."
―Delvin Mallory[src]


Delvin Mallory is a Breton thief, and a member of the Thieves Guild in Riften. He wrote the book Shadowmarks, which helps members of the guild recognize both valuable targets and places that should be avoided.


Reviving the GuildEdit

Delvin will ask the Dragonborn to help him return the Guild to its former glory, and will give multiple jobs. The larceny targets below can be sold to him for 50–800 GoldIcon, and are in chronological order:

These rare treasures are placed on or near the desk next to the Guild treasury in The Ragged Flagon - Cistern, by the Crown of Barenziah.

Connections to the Dark BrotherhoodEdit

As a friend of Astrid (he makes friendly comments on Astrid after she directs the Dragonborn to meet Delvin as part of "The Silence Has Been Broken"), and the Dark Brotherhood, he often takes fine jewelry and items on credit, when contracts pay the Brotherhood with them instead of gold. When Amaund Motierre employs the Dark Brotherhood to assassinate Emperor Titus Mede II, he pays with an amulet of the Elder Council. Astrid sends the Listener to speak with Delvin at The Ragged Flagon to receive credit for the amulet. Although suspicious of how the Brotherhood came to acquire the amulet, he willingly accepts it.

When Delvin was a new member of the Thieves Guild, he attempted a robbery in an unspecified tavern that resulted in him accidentally committing murder. Gallus, caring for Delvin, sent him to live with the Dark Brotherhood for several years until the heat caused from the murder died down. It was here he developed a relationship with Astrid, which ended when he left the sanctuary.

After the scene involving Mercer angering the Guild, Delvin will have a line of dialogue about betrayal, and that it's "like the Dark Brotherhood all over again." This could indicate he was in the Brotherhood and betrayed by them, or even by Astrid herself, though it leaves much to speculation because there will be no other discussion on the matter. Astrid will only smugly reveal that they have a "history." It could even indicate that he, like Astrid herself, felt betrayed when the Night Mother did not choose a new Listener and let the Brotherhood decline.

If the Dark Brotherhood questline has progressed to the point that the Brotherhood is now located in the Dawnstar Sanctuary, he will sell a few things to improve the sanctuary. One can choose the following options:

  • New banners – 1,000 GoldIcon
  • Poisoner's nook – 5,000 GoldIcon
  • Torture chamber – 5,000 GoldIcon
  • Secret entrance – 5,000 GoldIcon
  • Master bedroom – 3,000 GoldIcon


Special JobsEdit


The Silence Has Been BrokenEdit

"Ah, now you must be lost. Best ya scurry off while you're able. The Ratway, well, it has a habit of swallowin' up the uninvited."

The Dark Brotherhood requires your services. "Oh. Oh I see. Well now, how is Astrid doin' these days? Tell her to stop by some time. We can have a drink. Catch up. Ah, but we can discuss that later, yeah? What does the Brotherhood need?"
What can you tell me about this? (Give Delvin the amulet) "Let's see... where oh where did you get this? Don't answer - I don't want to know. This is an amulet of the Emperor's Elder Council. Specially crafted for each member. Worth a small fortune. Ain't somethin' you'd give up lightly. Look, it ain't my business ta tell the Dark Brotherhood its business, but if you killed a member of the Elder Council, you'd better belie-"
Will you buy it? "Buy it? This? An Elder Council amulet? Oh yes. Oh yes, indeed. Wait just one moment... here. It's a letter of credit. Usable, by Astrid only, for any service or item I can provide. As per our standard arrangement. You bring that back to your lovely mistress. With my regards."

Where You Hang Your Enemy's HeadEdit

Can you repair and refit the Dawnstar Sanctuary? "The Dawnstar Sanctuary? That where you lot are holing up in now? Hmm... Tell you what. It'll cost you - a lot - but I can help you out. What exactly are we talking about here?"

New banners. (1,000 gold) "Banners, huh? Trying to pretty up the place? All right, you got it."
Poisoner's nook. (5,000 gold) "That'll come in handy, yeah? An alchemy station, maybe a little garden with some choice plants. All right, consider it done."
Torture chamber. (5,000 gold) "Oh ho. Now that's the Dark Brotherhood I know and love. This for business or pleasure? Ah, what's it matter, right? I'll see that it gets done."
Secret entrance. (5,000 gold) "Yeah, we can do that. I'm thinking a sewer grate on the outskirts of Dawnstar. Leads to a tunnel, then inside. You'll be in or out, quick as a coney."
Master bedroom. (3,000 gold) "Heh. Chamber fit for a king and all that, right? No problem. Give ya a big bed, decorate the room real nice, maybe even throw in a few extra baubles."
Nothing. Never mind. "Suit yourself."

(If attempted to make a purchase with insufficient funds)
"You're a little light on coin there, my friend. No gold, no refit."
(If approached again)
I need some things for the Sanctuary. "Of course you do. (Or. "Tell me what you need, and I'll get my people on it.", or, "All right. What's your fancy?")"
(After buying everything)
I need some things for the Sanctuary. "I'm afraid that's it, my friend. I've done all I can. I hope the place is at least livable now. Good luck with, your, um... murders."


  • The note Give Me A Chance implies that Delvin has feelings for Vex. Likewise, Delvin is warned by Vex in a note on the table in the Ragged Flagon for trying to "sneak a peek" at her bathing naked in the lake and threatens that she will cut off his "most valuable asset" if she catches him again.
  • If the Dragonborn is a member of both the Thieves Guild and the Dark Brotherhood, Delvin will say "You're making friends all over, ain't ya?" As such, he is one of the few characters in Skyrim who recognizes that the Dragonborn joins more than one faction and does other things in the game, along with the Thieves Guild.
  • Although Astrid says that he is a fence, he won't buy stolen goods from the Dragonborn (except for the Larceny Targets).
  • Dirge incorrectly calls Delvin as Vekel when he ask about the Dwarven Warhammer that he was supposed to retrieve.
  • Apart from Vex, Delvin is seemingly the only person in the Guild who recognizes the Dragonborn as the Guildmaster after they have reached the rank, as he will frequently call them "boss."
  • It is revealed in Dragonborn that Delvin is Sapphire's uncle, though he doesn't seem aware of this fact.
  • Delvin Mallory could be a pun on "delve in mallory," the name "Mallory" meaning bad luck and the Thieves Guild's condition is repeatedly blamed upon bad luck.
  • Delvin is old English, meaning good friend.
  • If Dragonborn is installed, Delvin's brother Glover Mallory will be on the island of Solstheim working as a blacksmith in the town of Raven Rock. His house also has a shadowmark to the left of the door.
  • Delvin may assign his brother Glover as the target of a fishing job.
  • A Warning and a Timely Offer are both addressed to Delvin.
  • Delvin will always be found in the Ragged Flagon, except during the quest "The Pursuit." This is also true for Vex.
  • Strangely, even if the Dragonborn destroyed the Dark Brotherhood and is also a member/the Guildmaster of the Thieves Guild, Delvin will never comment about them slaying Astrid or the other Dark Brotherhood assassins.
  • Delvin was voiced by Enn Reitel. He speaks with a pronounced British accent, making him one of 4 Guild members with unique voices. The others are Vex, Brynjolf and Karliah.


This section contains bugs related to Delvin Mallory. 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.
  •  360   When one of the "Radiant Quests" has been finished, Delvin may not respond to its completion. No new quests can be initiated either, which may be due to a special mission he has given the Dragonborn. Once the special mission is complete he will go back to normal.
  •  PC   360   PS3   In the quest with Torsten Cruel-Sea, all quest items must be acquired before Delvin takes any of them.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes Delvin will not buy a larceny target such as the Left Eye of the Falmer.
  •  360   PS3   Collecting all the larceny targets and not returning them to Delvin will result in the miscellaneous quests completion. However, they will not be able to be given to Delvin for the rewards and the prizes will not appear in the guild's display area unless the Dragonborn places them there.
  •  PC   360   There is a rare chance that, after you've finished all the City Influence quests, became the leader of the guild and did the job for the Khajiit caravan, all dialogue of finishing the city influence quests will reset, meaning you can speak to Delvin again and all options 'I have completed the ... job' are available again, meaning you can also get the rewards again.

See alsoEdit


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