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Rannveig's Fast

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Tomb Rannveig's Fast
TESV Rannveigs Fast
Skyrim map Rannveig's Fast
Hold Hjaalmarch
Location South of Morthal
Type Tomb
Characters Sild the Warlock
Enemies Ghosts
Rannveig's Fast is an ancient Nordic tomb located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is located in the southern mountains of Hjaalmarch and can be reached by approaching the southern-face of the mountains north-east of Rorikstead (directly south of Morthal on the map).

Upon approach, the Dragonborn will notice crumbling stone ruins and stone steps leading up the mountain to the entrance and more, further upwards towards Cold Rock Pass.


There are three subjugated ghosts outside the ruin. These ghosts will apologize for attacking, saying it isn't what they want to do. 

Inside the ruin, the Dragonborn will find themselves in a large room, with plants covering the ground including two mountain flowers. The next room has a subjugated ghost in front of a table with potions. The third room opens up onto an overlook with a subjugated ghost seen patrolling below near some thistle.

To the right is an apprentice locked door with a chest behind it. At the back of this room is a word wall and an empty chest. Just in front of the chest there is a large trap door in the floor. This trap be can avoided by jumping onto the horseshoe-shaped ledge that runs along the base of the word wall, allowing one of the words of power for the shout Kyne's Peace to be learned. The ruin can be left by back tracking or by dropping through the trap door to meet Sild the Warlock, and clear the rest of the ruin. If a follower is present, to avoid having to do the entire ruin it's best to make them wait away from the wall and trap door before going to obtain the word of power, as the follower may fall through it.

Falling through the trap door results in being trapped a locked cage. There are several methods to escaping Sild's Cage, which has an expert lock. There is a key in Sild's assistant's satchel on the floor right next to the cage. Sild will begin a monologue and begin to search for the proper poison to perform experiments on his new subject. During this time lock can be picked, there are several lockpicks on the bodies in the water. Alternatively, sneak and pickpocket the key off of Sild if he's gets close enough. A follower may also be commanded to open the cage door, or Sild's own, dead companion can be resurrected, who will open the door.

Killing Sild will get his key, black mage robes, and a leveled dagger. Also at higher levels he will have a staff of fireballs. The key unlocks the expert chest which contains leveled loot. Sild's Journal describes his trap and his desire to experiment on his prisoners. Dead bodies can be found locked in cages with the key, confirming that these are the bodies of the summoned ghosts roaming the area. The room has many potions and poisons, as well as an alchemy lab. After waiting around for a few minutes, another bandit will drop down the trap door and die instantly.

Leaving Sild's dungeon down the hall to the left will have the Dragonborn encounter a subjugated ghost with a passageway on the left leading to a door that must be raised by the nearby lever. One path leads to the original room with the trapdoor, the other leads upstairs where another lever may be found.

Taking the upper path first will allow circumventing Sild's trap by opening the gate to the lower levels, allowing them to sneak up on him. The path leads across a bridge over the trapdoor room with a subjugated ghost in the next room along with an apprentice locked chest containing gold and a dead-end.

Leaving Sild's dungeon down the hall to the right will lead to a subjugated ghost with a dead-end wooden door on the right and an expert locked iron door on the left (can be unlocked with Sild's key). Behind the iron door leads to the way out of the dungeon as well as a chest.


  • Five subjugated ghosts (three more outside)
  • Sild the Warlock

Notable itemsEdit



  • The ghosts can not be released from Sild's spell even after he is killed, and will remain hostile.


This section contains bugs related to Rannveig's Fast. 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  ,  PS3  ,  PC  , 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.
Click to see the list of bugs encountered
  •  PC   360   PS3  The gate to the trap may be unlocked.
  •  PC   Sometimes, after finishing his dialogue, Sild will not turn hostile.
  •  360   Installing Dawnguard may cause issues with the quest Preemptive Strike from Gunmar, especially if the location is Rannveig's Fast. The Nightmaster Vampire will be in the room with Sild, and will turn hostile upon seeing the Dragonborn. This seems to turn Sild hostile as well, preventing hearing his monologue.
  • Sild's assistant, a female Dunmer, is lying dead on the floor nearby. Sild refers to his assistant as a "he" in the monologue.
  •  PC   If the Dragonborn falls in the trap and acquires the key of Rannveig's Fast either from the bag near Silds apprentice or by pickpocketing Sild, a follower may open the cage and allow the Dragonborn to leave it with Sild remaining passive.
  • At the word wall, the word sounds play but there is no visible word and no way to learn that word, making it impossible to get the "Thu'um Master" achievement.
  • If a follower falls through the trap at the word wall, they may reappear after a moment, apparently bouncing up out of the hole.
  • Sometimes the Stone of Barenziah will not be in the spot it should be in.
  • It is possible to enter Rannveig's Fast through the back entrance by climbing up a nearby stone and using the Whirlwind Sprint Shout. This can lead to a number of the bugs above.
  • After joining The Companions and getting the quest Trouble in Skyrim where the Dragonborn has to clear out Rannveig's Fast it can be impossible to complete if it has already been cleared out before hand, this may be due to having Dawnguard installed, and having being sent to kill the vampire inside and killing Sild.


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