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Kidnapped For Ransom
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Quest Giver Rochelle the Red or a Random Bandit
Location Player Homestead

Radiant Location

Type Miscellaneous Quest
Kidnapped For Ransom is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


The Dragonborn's spouse is kidnapped and held for ransom by Rochelle the Red and her bandits.


  • Read Note.
  • Travel to <Radiant Location>.
  • Pay ransom or kill the bandits.
  • Free spouse.


This section contains bugs related to Kidnapped For Ransom. 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  , and  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  • Rochelle the Red may actually never be seen as she may not deliver the note to the Dragonborn and/or not be found at the location that her bandits are at.
  • The quest may end suddenly if the Dragonborn enters their house before going to the rescue. To avoid this, upon receiving the quest go directly to the site where their spouse is held without entering their house.
  • Whatever the way the player ends the quest, their spouse may become bugged, with an almost constant, strange backwards-walking animation. They may also get stuck along the way from the bandit lair back to their home. This can be fixed for players on PC by clicking on their spouse in the console and using the "Resurrect" command. Another way to fix this bug is to recruit the spouse as a follower, then beat them up until they leave the player's service, but not enough to turn them hostile. They should then be able to walk freely.
  • Another "cure" for the backwards-walking is to have the spouse follow and then travel to a known dragon lair.  Hopefully, the dragon will do enough damage (the spouse drops to one knee) without actually killing them. This seems to "knock" the bug out of them as well.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Kidnapped For Ransom

  • Wife gone

    7 messages
    • If you are playing on the pc, you could always use console commands to move her to you.  There is a very good page in this wiki about ...
    • Yes, I've married Yosolda and Rochelle the Red and her bandits took her. I got her back but now she walks strangely. I don't even want to th...
  • Can kids be kidnapped?

    3 messages
    • It is possible for children to be kidnapped. In one of my playthroughs, Lucia was kidnapped by vampires. But, she wasn't adpoted at the time so...
    • DragonGirl2571 wrote:It is possible for children to be kidnapped. In one of my playthroughs, Lucia was kidnapped by vampires. But, she was...

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