Maul is a Nord and an associate of the Thieves Guild living in Riften. He is the righthand man of Maven Black-Briar, the leader of the Black-Briars. He is also the brother of Thieves Guild member Dirge. Once the player first enters Riften, Maul will warn the Dragonborn not to cause trouble. If Maven becomes Jarl of Riften, Maul will become her housecarl.


Maul is a former member of the Thieves Guild, having left the organization after it began to decline. He was offered a job working for Maven Black-Briar, accepted, and never went back.


After speaking with him inside Riften, he will exit the town and can be found loitering around the docks. If one wants to bring an Unusual Gem to him before they have joined the Thieves Guild, he will insist that the Dragonborn join the Guild before he looks at it. At this point, the quest will expand, with an objective to join the Guild.

He can tell you about a boy in Windhelm trying to contact the Dark Brotherhood. This leads to the miscellaneous quest to talk with Aventus Aretino.


Jarl of RiftenEdit

Maul: "Your mother seems to have taken to her seat quite well."
Hemming: "Yes, she's been grooming herself for this for quite a long time."
Maul: "It's surprising the Council is allowing a Nord rule Riften under the Imperial flag. That can't be their first choice."

Hemming: "Let's just say my mother knows which pockets to line and keep it at that."


  • Maul's default Steel Armor is randomized, and will have pauldrons at times and none at others.
  • On occasion, he will help the Dragonborn with guards. This may happen when a murder is being committed and only one guard spots the deed.


This section contains bugs related to Maul. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  • If the Dragonborn has already joined the Thieves Guild before speaking to Maul, he might still assign the quest "Talk to Brynjolf about joining the Thieves Guild," which cannot be completed. The console command for completing this miscellaneous quest is setstage TG00MaulHandler 200.
  • A bug may exist as to his addition to the quest if the Thieves Guild quest line is already finished except for the city influence quests. It may be possible to become the Thieves Guild Master and still have the sub-quest "Become a full member of the Thieves Guild" of "No Stone Unturned" remain unfulfilled. Note: This does not affect the player's ability to complete "No Stone Unturned."
  • The dialogue to have Maul appraise a Stone may not show up, leaving the player having to find a different appraiser.
  • After the dialogue from Maul upon entering Riften for the first time, he might ask the Dragonborn to follow him. However, he only walks to the docks and stops next to some boxes, simply saying to "stay out of trouble" when asked.


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  • Fighting Maul [Level Farm]

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    • I noticed that when I attacked the maul on riften docks, the guards did not get mad and I did not receive a bounty. I farmed him for blocking ...
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    • Also, If you have joined the Sotrmcloaks, or the Imperials and captured Riften for the Legion, the guards there will help you fight Maul. Since...
    • wrote:As Maul is tagged as essential, he cannot be killed. As none of the law-abiding people of Riften care about him, no bou...