The Quill of Gemination is an item used in the Thieves Guild quest "The Pursuit." It belongs to Maven Black-Briar and was lost by Mercer Frey's guard Vald.


The Quill is in Vald's Strongbox, which has a leveled lock and is located in a sunken rowboat slightly north of the halfway point between the large boat at Riften Fishery and the boat docked at Goldenglow Estate.


  • The quill has the ability to replicate any writing that the user is viewing; however, it is completely useless without a specific kind of ink.
  • It is not usable by the Dragonborn.
  • Even if the Dragonborn kills Vald, they can still do this quest.
  • The sunken boat will not appear in the water unless the quest has been started.
  • When returned to Maven, she puns in response, saying she wrote it off years ago.



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  • The Quil of Germination

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    • wrote: If you still haven't done it, use a torch underwater. Nwvermind, that doesn't work, apparently.
    • Its found in a lockbox in a sunken rowing boat outside of the Manor in the earlier Thieves Guild Quest
  • The Quill of Gemination

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    • Xerox magic, the Quill of Gemination can copy any writing its user is look...
    • It's useless without the special ink, which is in Maven's possession, because she was the one that had the quill made for her.