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Retaking Thirsk is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn. It is one of two opposing side quests that involves the Thirsk Mead Hall, with the other being "The Chief of Thirsk Hall". As both cannot be completed at the same time, this quest will be marked as failed if "The Chief of Thirsk Hall"'s last mission is accepted, and "The Chief of Thirsk Hall" will be failed if "Retaking Thirsk" is accepted.
- Kill the Rieklings
- Speak to Bujold
- Meet Bujold at Hrothmund's Barrow
- Commune with Hrothmund's Spirit
Retake Thirsk Mead HallEdit
|Bujold:||"It won't be that easy to get rid of the Rieklings, Kuvar."|
|Kuvar:||"I never said it would be. But either way, we have to try. Whether we succeed or not, it'll stir up some of the old blood in this crowd."|
|Bujold:||"I'm not going to lead them to their deaths if they aren't ready."|
|Kuvar:||"Then train them. What are we doing here? We should either get used to staying here, or be preparing to retake the hall. You're having us do neither, and I can't stomach it."|
|Bujold:||"Your stomach isn't my problem. We'll act when I say we do and not before."|
|Kuvar:||"Well, you'd better say something. And soon."|
Speaking to Bujold:
|What's going on here?: "What's going on here is that we've been kicked out of our home.The mead hall, up there on the hill. We were... some Rieklings have taken it over."|
|How were Rieklings able to overpower you?:"With tenacity and numbers. Didn't help that we'd grown a little too comfortable up there. Too much mead. Too many stories. Too few battles."|
What if you had one extra warrior?: "Are you... offering to help? Some new blood should be enough to rouse these layabouts to actually fight again."
After the suggestion of helping retake Thrisk, talking to Bujold again will prompt her to say "Well, look who's back. You ready to finally help us take out those rieklings?"
|I don't think I can help you right now: "You either need to help us or stop coming around here."|
Continuing conversation with Bujold:
|How long have you been down here? "Longer than I would have liked."|
|Have you been exiled?: "I wouldn't call it that. We've just got a bit of an infestation, is all. Down here to catch our breath, and then we'll be back in the hall once I get the rest of these up to move."|
|An infestation of what?: "Rieklings. you must have passed by the hall down here? Well it's been overrun. we're just out here temporarily, to regroup."|
After volunteering, Bujold will then begin a speech to the rest of the camp:
The mission will begin and the objective is to kill a group (random number) of Rieklings, this includes the Riekling Chief.
After the Dragonborn has killed the Rieklings. Speak to Bujold, for another part of the quest to begin.
|Bujold: "Ah! That was almost... exhilarating. How are you feeling?"|
|Your what? "My second! If we're going to take up residence here again, I need to get the blessing of Hrothmund again."|
|Where are you going? "To Hrothmund's Barrow I need to get his blessing again before we take up residence here."|
Next she follows with:
|"I'll need a witness and, well you see the kind of horker-brains I deal with around here. what do you say?"|
Once near the barrow, she will ask the Dragonborn if they are ready to go inside. Once inside she can be questioned about the barrow:
|What is this place?: "The burial place of Hrothmund, who founded Thirsk. He brought a group of true warriors away from the salt life of the Skaal, to know the wilderness, to feel the sting of cold and steel. I know that... sounds a little silly, it's just the way it was written in the books, and that phrase has always stuck with me."|
|What's going to happen in there?: "It's pretty simple, Hrothmund's axe is in there with him. Anyone who attempts to take hold of it has the spirit judged by Hrothmund himself."|
|We're going to fight his ghost?: "No, no, nothing like that. He doesn't need to battle us to know us. He's always watched over Thirsk, and sees us from beyond. And in my case, since he's already deemed me worthy, It will just be a matter of him remembering why he blessed me before. Really, all you need to do is watch."|
|I'm ready: "Let's not waste any time, then."|
A little way down after entering, the Dragonborn comes across a room mostly submerged in water. The small room before this submerged room has a secret door; the handle is in a crack to the left of the hidden door. This leads to a chest, and with leveled loot and gems around. Walking towards the water will cause it to descend showing a walkway.
Approaching Hrothmund's axe's altar. Bujold will run towards the altar, indicating that she has found the axe, "There it is!" There are two chests near the altar that can be looted. Hrothmund's voice will be heard asking if she seeks his blessing. She then claims that she does seek his blessing like before, and that the village has been taken back. He is aware and show disappointment in her and her people saying that they grew soft, that it should not have happened. Hrothmund denies her and her village of his blessing for leadership, claiming that in the wilderness it's better to have no leader than a poor leader. When asked about this, she replies: "That was a little embarrassing." then follows with:
|How are you feeling about that?: "Ashamed. But I guess that was the point."|
|What are you going to do now?: "The only thing I can do. I need to return to Thirsk. No matter what Hrothmund says we need a leader. And I'm still the best person for that."|
|You'll go against Hrothmund's wishes?: "Look what's happened so far under his watchful eye. He gave his blessing to all the leaders who brought us to this point. Anyway, he's dead and we're alive. It's time to begin a new tradition for Thirsk. And I'm going to do that. All I need is for you to back me up, you don't even need to lie... just don't tell anyone else what you heard here."|
Ignoring either options will default to the result of the first option. Upon return to the hall, Thirsk Mead Hall will be restored to its original stature; opening up the smithing area and new beds at the end of the hallway.
Return to ThirskEdit
When returning to Thirsk Mead Hall, Kuvar will approach, asking about the events at the Barrow.
|Kuvar dialogue option||If the Dragonborn killed Bujold||If the peaceful solution was chosen|
|Truth||The Dragonborn is exiled.||Bujold is exiled.|
|Lie||Bujold remains the leader of Thirsk.||Bujold remains the leader of Thirsk.|
Telling the truth to Kuvar will cause him to become upset. Regardless of whether Kuvar is angry and ashamed about his wife being exiled or angry at the Dragonborn for killing her, he will be unwilling to have a conversation. If the Dragonborn tells the truth about killing Bujold, the other occupants of Thirsk will greet the Dragonborn tersely, but unlike Kuvar, all their dialogue options will still be available.
Completing this quest by choosing any of the four options with Bujold and Kuvar will open up new dialogue with the occupants of Thirsk, excepting Kuvar if he is told the truth. This includes opportunities for miscellaneous quests, which will all be available regardless of how the Dragonborn completed this quest.
If Bujold is exiled, Hilund indicates that she will go into the wild searching for Bujold and helping her survive, hoping that Bujold can one day return to Thirsk.
I met a group of Nords from Thirsk Mead Hall, which has recently been overrun by Rieklings. They're camped on the eastern shore of the island, waiting for an opportunity to attack and take back their home.
I've agreed to help the Nords from Thirsk Mead Hall take their home back from the Rieklings who have infested it.
I helped the warriors of Thirsk Mead Hall retake their home from the infestation of Rieklings.
I helped the warriors of Thirsk Mead Hall retake their home from the infestation of Rieklings. Their leader, Bujold, has asked me to accompany her to Hrothmund's Barrow, where she hopes to receive the blessing of Thirsk's founder to continue her leadership.
I helped the warriors of Thirsk Mead Hall retake their home from the infestation of Rieklings. Their leader, Bujold, asked me to accompany her to Hrothmund's Barrow, where she was denied the blessings of Thirsk's founder. She expressed a desire to lead the hall anyway, and when I opposed her fraud, she attacked me.
I helped the warriors of Thirsk Mead Hall retake their home from the infestation of Rieklings. Their leader, Bujold, asked me to accompany her to Hrothmund's Barrow, where she was denied the blessings of Thirsk's founder. She expressed a desire to lead the hall anyway, and plans to begin a new tradition at Thirsk, focused on the present instead of the past.
I helped the warriors of Thirsk Mead Hall retake their home from the infestation of Rieklings. Their leader, Bujold, asked me to accompany her to Hrothmund's Barrow, where she was denied the blessings of Thirsk's founder. She expressed a desire to lead the hall anyway, and when I opposed her fraud, she became enraged. I was forced to kill her to defend myself.
I met a group of Nords who had been exiled from their former home in Thirsk Mead Hall, but chose to help the Rieklings keep them permanently evicted.
Note: The journal for this quest features three different stages all with "Quest complete" tags.
- In conclusion of this quest, Bujold the Unworthy's name is changed to "Bujold the Intrepid".
- After the quest, Rieklings may attack Thirsk Mead Hall upon re-visiting. Halbarn will help the Dragonborn fight them off.
- If Bujold is exiled, she is simply disabled in console rather than actually sent wandering the island. She can be re-enabled with the console command
This section contains bugs related to Retaking Thirsk. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
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