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Settlementicon Japhet's Folly
Japhets map
Hold Winterhold Hold
Location Far north-east of Skyrim
Type Island Settlement
Sublocations Japhet's Folly Tower, Sea Cave
Quests Rise in the East
Enemies Haldyn
Blood Horkers
Location ID JaphetsFollyOrigin

Japhet's Folly is an island settlement on a small island located in the far north-east of Skyrim. It is home to the Blood Horkers, a band of pirates led by Haldyn. This is the objective of the quest Rise in the East, given by Orthus Endario, from the East Empire Company office in Windhelm.


The island lies far northeast of Winterhold, making it one of the most secluded locations in all of Skyrim. The Dragonborn cannot return to the island after Rise in the East is completed.

Sea CaveEdit

The Dragonborn can covertly enter the fort on the island, Japhet's Folley Towers, through the cave under the nearest tower to the East Empire Company's ship. One Blood Horker and two mudcrabs are encountered upon entering the cave. A chest filled with random loot can be found near the entrance to Japhet's Folley Towers.

Japhet's Folley TowersEdit

It is accessible via a frontal assault and lockpicking a master-level door. If one follows the perimeter from the main gate to the left, round both of the towers, there is a section of the wall with logs slanted in on an angle where it is possible to jump over the wall. However, the door to the fort requires a key, so the Dragonborn must take the more roundabout route through the Sea Cave to get inside.

Upon entering Japhet's Folley Towers throught the Sea Cave, the Dragonorn encounters a tower staircase to the left and a dead end to the right. A Woodcutter's Axe lies on top of several crates at the dead end. When using the staircases ahead, several Blood Horkers attack the Dragonborn. When the top of the tower is reached, a passageway with a door can be seen. If the hallway is followed, the Dragonborn reaches a locked exit to Skyrim, and another tower.

Haldyn is at the top of this tower.

From here, the Dragonborn can choose to go up the staircase on the left and kill Haldyn, thus making it impossible to loot the rest of the fort, or go down the staircase to the right to continue exploring the area. Note that the fort can still be looted before the Dragonborn exits the tower.

If the lower staircase is chosen, the Dragonborn is met with numerous Blood Horkers who will attack on sight. At the bottom of the tower there is an apprentice-level locked chest filled with random loot and an expert-level wooden door. Behind the door lies a master-level chest and the body of Japhet, along with Japhet's Journal.

After walking up every staircase in the tower, the Dragonborn reaches Haldyn. The top room has an unlocked chest, an Arcane Enchanter, and four books, along with various other items.

After the Dragonborn kills Haldyn and exits the tower in which he resides, the island will be assaulted with explosive arrows by the East Empire Company mercenaries, thus destroying the settlement and killing all the pirates, making the island completely uninhabitable from there on out.

Notable itemsEdit


  • This location is only meant to be visited during the quest Rise in the East by speaking to Adelaisa Vendicci.
  • It is advised that the Dragonborn loots everything before killing Haldyn, as his death causes irreversible changes in the tower complex and surrounding land which will render parts of the tower complex inaccessible. If the loot that exceeds one's carrying limit, it is recommended not to stash it on the surface of the island, as the artillery barrage will destroy any containers and their contents. Instead, it is suggested that the Dragonborn place them in the chest nearest the entrance/exit of the sea cave near the bottom of the island, and retrieve the contents prior to returning to the East Empire Company ship.
  • In Japhet's Journal, Japhet refers to the fort as "Japhet's Fortress".


This section contains bugs related to Japhet's Folly. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  •  PC   If one goes back up into the tower from the sea cave after the artillery barrage begins, the wrecked tower chamber will not have the door that would normally allow a return to the sea cave from the wrecked tower. It will take reloading a prior save game file or using console commands to return to the rest of Skyrim.
  • It is possible to return to the island by fast traveling, but it is impossible to leave again. A previous save file must be reloaded or PC users can use the console command coc riverwood, taking the Dragonborn outside Riverwood.
    • This issue has been fixed by the official patch 1.9 by removing Japhet's Folly as a fast travel location.
  • Sometimes, after fast traveling back to the island, the artillery barrage hits several points consistently, at a rate much higher than that of the input from the boat.
  • To the south of the island there is a small boat. If you swim to it, it will look like the artillery barrage begins, no damage is caused by the explosions to either the Dragonborn or the pirates and the appearance of the island does not change. The artillery barrage will end soon after the Dragonborn swims to the island again. 


Start a Discussion Discussions about Japhet's Folly

  • Fast Traveling To Japhet's Folly

    12 messages
    • Ventas wrote:If you got the 1.9 Patch, that location is removed all together. But before hand, a lot of people were complaining that whenever t...
    • Yeah I agree with Legate Alexandros there. and why can't in another patch the fix Helgen into a place like whiterun? just my thoughts.
  • endless artillery strikes

    3 messages
    • this happenned to me on pc as well
    • I had it happen to me on Xbox when I first exited Japhet's folly after completing the mission.  I was also then stuck on the island.  The ...

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