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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
Quest ID BYOHHouseBanditAttack2
Kidnapped For Ransom is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

This quest is within the Skyrim add-on, Hearthfire.


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  , or  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. (Not all spouses are capable of becoming followers, so this would only work for those who can.)
  • 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

  • How does on get the Kidnapped for Ransom quest???

    9 messages
    • Trust me, it sounds fun but it's not worth it. That quest is buggy as hell and more often than not you'll get some weird ass bug after complet...
    • Glad I went straight away, then! I didn't realise this quest was buggy, but I'd married Ghorbash and set off straight away to demand how a for...
  • Bug with rescuing spouse

    4 messages
    • Well I ran into another issue...went back to that save, completed the final quest. Went home, got ransom note. I got to the bandits' lair t...
    • Well, after a lot of poking and proding, I fixed it. Thanks for your help!

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