Personality and relationshipsEdit
Nirya accuses Faralda of being jealous and antagonistic towards her, although Faralda shows no personal animosity in return, and in fact doesn't even mention her in conversation. However, If the Dragonborn kills Nirya, Faralda will contact the Dragonborn in a letter, telling them Nirya will not be missed and that she will not tell anyone who killed her. However, witnessing the murder of any other member of the College leads to suspension and earns a 1,000 bounty.
Faralda will greet the Dragonborn when they first approach the college, explaining that outsiders may not enter without permission. To become a member, the Dragonborn must demonstrate magical aptitude by performing a spell of Faralda's choosing (if the Dragonborn does not know the appropriate spell, she will sell the tome for it for 30 ).
Alternatively, if the Dragonborn is far enough along in the main quest, they can gain entry by displaying mastery of the Voice.
Following Tolfdir's advice to defend Winterhold against the magic anomalies released by Ancano, Faralda and Arniel Gane assist the Dragonborn in battle. Faralda dual-wields Thunderbolt spells and casts Ebonyflesh to repel melee attacks.
The Dragonborn must speak with Faralda to begin the Destruction Ritual Spell quest, the reward for which is the ability to acquire and use master-level Destruction spells.
Faralda delivers a lecture on The Synod and the College of Whispers and the College of Winterhold's relationship with them, held in the Hall of the Elements. Most of the members of the College gather around her in the Hall to listen to her lecture. After she finishes, everyone goes back to their usual schedule.
- She is only available as a spell vendor after completing "First Lessons."
- Although Faralda is a master-level Destruction trainer, her Destruction skill is only level 83.
- Faralda's 'crime' tolerance is set to high; she attacks criminals who have bounties in Winterhold or Windhelm.
- If someone steals from her, she will retaliate by sending hired thugs.
- She will not offer training while the "Containment" quest is active. Instead, she just says, "We must find a way to put a stop to this."
- During "Containment," Faralda will pronounce Arniel Gane's name differently twice: first, when told about the magic anomalies, she will pronounce his name as "Are-knee-el" and after the anomalies are dispelled, she pronounces it "Are-kneel."
- Faralda will never leave her personal chambers once the College of Winterhold questline has been completed, she will only be seen sleeping or sitting in one of the two chairs in her room. This can be used to the advantage of the player, as they will no longer have to scour the entire college in order to purchase from her, receive Destruction training, or even to feed from her if the player is a vampire.
- According to Faralda, Mirabelle Ervine was skeptical of her admitting the Dragonborn into the college.
- She, along with most other members of the College, are suspicious of Ancano and his true motives for serving as an advisor to the Arch-Mage.
- Despite brief animosity against the Dragonborn during their first meeting, Faralda seems to come to genuinely care about them during the questline, as she will voice her suspicions of Ancano only to them and warn them to be wary whilst speaking to him.
This section contains bugs related to Faralda. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- The pillars on the bridge of the College may not light unless she is followed to each one.
- Having a bounty in Winterhold Hold may cause Faralda to not start dialogue and, thus, allow initial entrance into the college.
- Upon reaching level 90 in destruction and completing the "Destruction Ritual Spell" quest, she may not relinquish The Power of the Elements tome needed to unlock the master-level Destruction spells.
- Faralda can become hostile and attack for no apparent reason. Since she is marked essential, this can be very problematic.
- To fix this on PC, enter the console, target Faralda, and enter "setav aggression 0". For PS3 it seems the only way to cure this problem is reloading earlier saves.