As well as being Igmund's steward, he is also his uncle and helps with the administration of Markarth. He manages the household, serves as the treasurer and commands the palace guards. Raerek also advises Jarl Igmund; he advised Igmund's father as well.
Raerek is very cautious when it comes to advising the Jarl, though Igmund and Faleen think Raerek is too cautious. Raerek warns the Jarl, however, that the Forsworn live not only in the hills, but also in the city. Igmund thinks that the Legion should be gathered and drive the Forsworn out of the Reach, though Raerek disagrees, as he says the Legion doesn't know about the hills of the Reach and the caves that make up those hills. He then says that the Forsworn will hide and ambush every assault. Raerek believes the best way to defeat the Forsworn is to wait them out.
He will offer the Dragonborn the option to buy Vlindrel Hall for 8000 gold and optional decorations for 4200 gold (4900 if the alchemy lab is replaced by the children's bedroom with The Elder Scrolls V: Hearthfire installed) once the Jarl approves.
If given the Stallion's Potion, he will be thankful for the discretion, hinting that he has some form of erectile dysfunction.
Raerek is to be blackmailed by the Dragonborn's knowledge of his secret Talos worship into releasing important information and assets.
If the Dragonborn sides with the Stormcloaks during the Civil War questline or surrenders Markarth to them during "Season Unending," Raerek, as well as Igmund and Faleen, will move to the Blue Palace.
When confronted with proof of his belief in Talos, something he has been hiding, the following conversation will take place between Raerek and the Dragonborn:
Recognize this? "I suppose you're here to extort something from me? Is that it? Well, what is it you want?"
- If you believe in Talos, why don't you join our cause? "So. You're one of Ulfric's spies. I can't deny the man is right about a few things... But I've seen first hand what Ulfric is capable of, given the chance. Suffice it say, he is no friend to Markarth, and no friend of mine. My first and only loyalties are to my nephew, and to this city."
- What if this were made public? "The Thalmor would need to make an example of me... I'd be thrown into prison, but our family's honor would be stained for generations. I'm the Jarl's uncle. He, his father, and I, swore oaths to the Empire to abandon Talos, as conditions of our return to the city."
- Perhaps we could come to some kind of agreement? "What if I told you about a large shipment of silver and weapons?"
- Go on. I'm listening. "Oh, no. I won't tell you anything more until we have an agreement."
- How much are we talking about? "Enough to make a significant difference in the war."
- And what about something for me, right now? "Well I... I suppose I'm not left much choice in the matter, am I? Very well. I trust a hefty purse of septims will suffice?"
- All right, it's a deal. Where can I find this shipment? "They're taking it by wagon to Solitude. If you hurry, you'll catch them before they get far. It'll be a fairly slow moving caravan. The shipment is quite heavy, and guarded by many men. Now, let's pretend we never had this discussion."
Raerek "Igmund, we need to talk about the Silver-Blood family."
Igmund "What about them? They seem loyal enough."
Raerek "Loyal? Thongvor supports Ulfric and his Stormcloaks! We should imprison the entire family as a precaution."
Faleen "I second that, Igmund. Who knows what that family will do for power? They could be working with the Forsworn for all we know."
Igmund "Enough! We can't imprison the very people who own the jail we would be throwing them into. The Silver-Bloods are to be left alone, am I clear?"
Raerek "Yes, my Jarl."
Faleen ""Yes, my Jarl."
Raerek "My Jarl, we need to discuss Markarth's collapsing trade with the other Holds."
Igmund "Of course there's a collapse in trade. The Stormcloaks stalk every road and the Forsworn attack every caravan."
Faleen "Not to mention the rebels completely control Windhelm and all of Eastmarch hold."
Igmund "Why do you pester me with battles we can't win? I need my steward to plan for victory, not nag me with every ill account."
Raerek "Forgive me for worrying about the future of Markarth. The lifeblood of the city is gold, Igmund, and it doesn't stop beating because there's a war on."
Igmund "Very well. I'll send the request for additional Legionaries to protect trade to the other Imperial holds. Hopefully, Solitude can spare more men."
- "I'm Igmund's uncle as well as his steward."
- "The Forsworn know every stone in the Reach. We have to wait them out."
- "Just looking at you makes me upset." —When exiled
- "I can't believe we lost Markarth. Igmund's family has ruled there for generations." —When exiled
- "I don't think we have anything to discuss, Stormcloak." —When exiled
- Raerek was voiced by George Coe.
This section contains bugs related to Raerek. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- After initially inquiring about the house for sale, if the Dragonborn does not have enough gold, the option is then erased. This can be fixed on the PC using the console command
setstage favor250 20, then talking to the Jarl. He will make the Dragonborn a Thane, and Raerek will then allow purchase of the house.
- After completing the mission given by the Jarl and asking him if there is anything else, he will give another quest. If the reward for that second quest is turned in before speaking to Raerak, the option to purchase a house will disappear.
- This can be avoided by talking to Raerek and purchasing the house before turning the second quest in to to the Jarl.
- It is possible to purchase Vlindrel Hall from him for free. To do this, purchase the house, then when Raerek mentions the key to the house, exit dialogue and quickly run over the chest across from him and place all your gold in it.
- When decorating Vlindrel Hall, buying something does not take the player back to Raerek's decorating dialogue menu as it does with other stewards; it goes back instead to his main dialogue menu, where the option "I would like to purchase decorations for my home" needs to be selected again to continue buying house upgrades.