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Missing in Action
Missing in action
Quest Giver Fralia Gray-Mane
Avulstein Gray-Mane
Location Whiterun

Northwatch Keep

Prerequisite None
Next Quest None
Reward Random enchanted weapon
Type Miscellaneous
Quest ID MS09
Missing in Action is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


"Fralia Gray-Mane in Whiterun is convinced that her missing son, Thorald Gray-Mane, is still alive and being held captive. She asked me to visit her home to speak privately about the matter."


  1. Meet Fralia in her home
  2. Find evidence of Thorald's fate
  3. Deliver proof to Avulstein
  4. One of two options:
  5. Rescue Thorald from Northwatch Keep
  6. Lead Thorald to safety
  7. Speak to Thorald
  8. Return to Fralia Gray-Mane


The quest can be started in two ways. The first is by speaking to Fralia Gray-Mane in Whiterun. She will tell the Dragonborn that her son is missing, but alive, regardless of what anybody says, and that she would like to discuss it in private at her home. Once there, Thorald's brother Avulstein will explain the situation further. Alternately, the quest can be started by talking to Avulstein directly. Either way, Avulstein explains that they would like any proof that Thorald is indeed alive, and they want him found.

Find the evidenceEdit

There are a few ways to go about getting proof from the Battle-Borns. The most direct is to sneak into their house (the back door is unlocked for this purpose) and find the book Imperial Missive on the desk. The book is located behind a locked door. It will state that Thorald has been taken prisoner by the Thalmor, and relocated to Northwatch Keep.

Instead of stealing the evidence from the Battle-Born house, the Dragonborn can try confronting Jon Battle-Born with knowledge of his tryst with Olfina. To do so, first pickpocket him for a letter from Olfina. After bringing it up with him, Jon will agree to bring the Imperial missive to the Dragonborn at the Statue of Talos.

It is also possible to persuade Idolaf Battle-Born into giving the information, but it requires a relatively high Speech level (confirmed level 90 without perks or fortifying equipment on PS3 31/10/2012; confirmed 75 or above on PC 23/12/2012).

Rescue ThoraldEdit

With the knowledge of Thorald's location, the Dragonborn can choose to relay it to Avulstein and join his group in attacking the fort, or simply go alone. Head to Northwatch Keep.

Note that there is an unmarked quest objective, Find a Way to Release Thorald From Custody, but the option to do so is not available. If the Dragonborn speaks to the front guard of Northwatch Keep and tells him that they've come for Thorald, the guard will refuse to confirm whether they hold a prisoner by that name, and say that a prisoner can only be freed by order of the Imperial Legion. General Tullius in Solitude can be asked to release Thorald, but he will only say this would cause too many problems (This option is glitched and there is currently no way to use it on PS3 or Xbox, and needs mods on PC.). He will only allow Thorald to be pardoned after finishing the Imperial Legion questline.

Once at Northwatch Keep, the Dragonborn can fight through waves of Thalmor guards throughout the fort to find Thorald. The guards use shock spells, and leveled weapons and armor. Alternately, there is a side entrance protected by a single guard and a Master-level lock that can be picked. This will make the trek through the Keep much easier, requiring only a fight through a single room with a few enemies.

Proceed through the Keep to the prison area. Thorald Gray-Mane is chained to the wall in the back of the room. Kill the Northwatch Interrogator to free him. He will grab a nearby weapon to help protect himself before following the Dragonborn.

After exiting, Thorald will thank the Dragonborn for saving him. He will then explain that it is not safe for him to return to Whiterun, as the Thalmor will be after him now. He states that he will join the ranks of the Stormcloaks to blend in, and gives the Dragonborn a message to pass on to Thorald's mother: "Suffer the winter's cold wind, for it bears aloft next summer's seed." He then parts ways.

Return to FraliaEdit

Once the Dragonborn approaches Fralia with the news of her son's survival, she will ask for proof. Give her Thorald's message. She will give thanks for bringing her the peace of knowing that her son is alive and safe, and not locked up in a prison cell. She then rewards the Dragonborn with a random Skyforged weapon or an enchanted Steel Weapon, originally intended for Thorald, and the quest is complete.

If Eorlund, Fralia's husband, has died anytime before the conclusion of this quest, Fralia will say that she doesn't have much to offer due to the passing of Eorlund and will be able to give 200 GoldIcon instead of the weapon.


  • After completion of this quest, guards will comment "I heard you're the one who gave the Thalmor a black eye. You know how to pick your enemies."
  • Guards will also comment, "I wonder what it's like for those Thalmor, now that they've been taken down a notch..."
  • Vidrald and Geirlund may be found in the courtyard of Northwatch Keep after the quest is completed.
  • Stealing the evidence may cause Bergritte Battle-Born to send hired thugs after the Dragonborn, even if he or she were not caught in the act.
  •  PC  Joining Thalmor with Console Command by typing player.addfac 39F27 4 does not make the guard friendly to you.
    • Although you can make them friendly by killing them, tweak their factions to player ally, remove Thalmor faction, set relationship rank 4, and resurrect them afterward.


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Start a Discussion Discussions about Missing in Action

  • Unable to steal book?

    2 messages
    • In the "Missing In Action" quest, I've found the book that has the information I need, but I can't steal or pick up the book, and simply read...
    • what system are you using?
  • missing in action without blooadshed

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    • Tried the console command for joining the Thalmor, nope, it won't work, Northwatch faction is seperated from the main quest Thalmor faction.
    • Strange, I thought I saw it here. Concsole command to add player to local faction, allows to enter the Keep without any problems, release Thor...

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