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"I'm sure you've made note of who's been the most helpful during your time here, Arch-Mage."
―Nirya, once the Dragonborn is Arch-Mage.[src]

Nirya is an Altmer sorceress found in the College of Winterhold. As a student, she has a grudge against Faralda, but claims it is the other way around.


In general, she seems to be ambitious and overly confident in her own leadership abilities, often and openly criticizing Savos Aren as Arch-Mage. Her tone changes to be flattering and self-promoting when the Dragonborn becomes Arch-Mage, saying "I'm sure you've made note of who's been the most helpful during your time here, arch-mage." despite doing nothing to assist the Dragonborn throughout the College's questline.

She is also shown to be paranoid towards Faralda, accusing her of jealousy and spreading rumors about her. Faralda herself shows no sign of animosity towards her or even acknowledges Nirya's aggressiveness. However, if Nirya is killed, a letter from Faralda is received, saying that she knows the Dragonborn killed her, but that she won't tell anyone.

Skill levelEdit

Nirya wears expert robes, although her only skill to exceed level 25 is Alteration, which is level 31.


  • Her name is very similar to Narya, one of the elven rings from The Lord of the Rings series, and to Palonirya, an Altmer clothing store owner from Oblivion.
  • When asked about Ancano, Nirya says, "Although I do not trust him, he is handsome."


This section contains bugs related to Nirya. 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3  Being prompted to join the College even after achieving the rank of Arch-Mage. Activating the quest-follower targets Nirya as Quest-goal with no way to end this miscellaneous quest; the conversational options stay the same.
    •  PC(Fix)  : use console command and type: setstage MG01Pointer 200
  •  PC   360   PS3  At times, she will completely ignore her schedule and instead follow the player whenever they are in a close range to her, but not at a distance. When the player is further away, she will remain in the area she stopped at indefinitely.


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