Elder Scrolls

Kidnapped For Ransom

45,226pages on
this wiki
Kidnapped For Ransom
Have an image that helps illustrate this quest?
Then please upload it!
For more information please consult our image policies
Quest Giver Rochelle the Red or a Random Bandit
Location Player Homestead
Radiant Location
Prerequisite Marriage
Reward Spouse returned safely
Type Miscellaneous Quest
Quest ID BYOHHouseBanditAttack2
Kidnapped For Ransom is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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


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

Quick WalkthroughEdit

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


When the Dragonborn returns home, one day they might be met by a group of bandits. The Dragonborn will be given a note detailing the kidnapping of their spouse. The leader of this group, Rochelle the Red, demands a ransom of 5000 GoldIcon for the Dragonborn's spouse.

Once reading the note, the Dragonborn may choose to pay the ransom or return their spouse safely by other means. Once reaching Rochelle's hideout, they will need to either pay the ransom or attack the bandit group. If payed, the spouse will be returned to the Dragonborn. If attacked and provoked, every bandit within the hideout will need to be killed to rescue the Dragonborn's spouse.

Journal entriesEdit

Journal Entry
  • Objective: Read the bandit's ransom note for <Player Spouse>
  • Objective: Rescue <Player Spouse> from <Radiant Dungeon>

*Note: There is no "Quest complete" stage in the journal for this quest.


  • This quest will only start if the Dragonborn's spouse is occupying one of the homesteads able to be built with the Hearthfire expansion.


This section contains bugs related to Kidnapped For Ransom. 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  , 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.
  • 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.
    • Yet another cure for the backwards-walking glitch is to keep playing Dawnguard side-quests until your spouse is kidnapped by vampires for the Rescue quest. Once rescued, they should be walking normally from then on.
    • Another found "cure" for this is to reload a previous save and instead of traveling to the homestead, travel to the place in which the spouse is captured. Don't attack any bandits until reaching the Bandit Chief. The spouse can be freed and she will follow the player until returning to the homestead, walking normally in the house.
  • Following the quest certain speech options such as the option to ask your spouse for your share of profits or to move house may become inaccessible.
  •  PC   If Barbas from A Daedra's Best Friend is with the Dragonborn, he will attack the Bandit who appears to give you the quest (and the ransom note).

Start a Discussion Discussions about Kidnapped For Ransom

  • Wife gone during kidnapping

    12 messages
    • At the very beginning of the Skyrim Elder Scroll game, you  are meant to see a woman named Camilla (If you are a male) in (i think its) Riverw...
    • When you become a vampire lord, dont turn infront of family members because they turn against you until you turn back into your human fo...
  • At what point are you supposed to be able to pay?

    8 messages
    • They were hostile at my house, but like I said, I may be remembering wrong. Maybe I attacked them first. I'll test it again if I can.
    • Hmm, definitely not what supposed to happen. There are a few bandits who appear beforehand, sorta to survey the place, but then another shows...

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki