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Race Imperial
Gender Female
Class Warrior
Faction The Companions
Rank 5-25
Services Follower

Joining the Blades

Essential No
Ref ID 0001A6D8
Base ID 0001A6D7
"The struggle is what reminds us to draw breath."

Ria is an Imperial and the newest member of The Companions. She resides in Whiterun and can be found within or just behind Jorrvaskr.


The Dragonborn typically meets Ria for the first time near Pelagia Farm, where, along with Farkas and Aela the Huntress, she is fighting a giant. If spoken to, she asks the Dragonborn to come to Jorrvaskr and join the Companions.

She is also the newest member of the Companions, until the Dragonborn joins them, and the only Imperial currently in the ranks, unless the Dragonborn is an Imperial as well.


After becoming Harbinger of the Companions by completing the Glory of the Dead quest, Ria becomes a candidate for marriage if the Dragonborn possesses and wears an Amulet of Mara. After her marriage to the Dragonborn, she may leave the house in order to complete jobs and travel with Vilkas, but she return in a day or two if she hasn't been killed in the wilderness.


After completing The Companions' questline, it is possible to recruit Ria as a follower. Ria is not a Skill Trainer like most of the other Companions, so a training exploit is impossible.


With Hearthfire installed, Ria can become a Steward at one of the Dragonborn's manors. She must be close to the house before the speech option will appear. She will stop being a follower (if currently a follower) and, when next seen, no longer equip any upgraded armor the Dragonborn may have given her.


Ria may join Blades if Dragonborn talks to Delphine after Alduin's Wall while having her as follower.

Quotes Edit

  • "I was the newest Companion until you came along. I guess that's okay, just means I can show you the ropes."
  • "Oh, hey there! I killed a bear yesterday, did you kill anything?"
  • "What's on your mind?"


  • She is voiced by Colleen Delany, the same voice actress for Lydia (with whom she shares a good deal of her dialogue), as well as Mephala.


This section contains bugs related to Ria. 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  .
  3. If a fix to the bug is known, please provide it, but avoid use of first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board and not the article.
  • Upon entering Jorrvaskr, the Companions may start to attack Ria. It is not advisable to save her, as the Dragonborn may earn a bounty. Later on, if the Dragonborn is a member of the Companions, a courier will approach with a letter of inheritance from the Jarl of Whiterun, which states that Ria left the Dragonborn money. If the Dragonborn revives Ria with the console command "resurrect," she will become hostile and attack the Dragonborn.
  • Sometimes, upon entering Jorrvaskr, she will suddenly attack the Dragonborn. The other Companions do not become hostile, but instead say, "I'm staying out of this." when approached. If she is attacked and killed, neither the Companions, nor the city guards will become hostile. Soon afterward, a courier will deliver her inheritance, minus the Jarl's tax.
  • A month or so after the above, Ria's body will disappear, and she will suddenly be alive again, though her shield and weapon remain in the spot she was killed.
  • Sometimes after marrying Ria, she will disappear, and can never be found again. This forces a reload of a previous save if one wants to try the marriage again, or any marriage for that matter, because the game still considers the player taken. The best way to avoid this is to talk to her before she leaves the Temple of Mara and ask her to be a follower.
  • Sometimes, she will appear dead at random locations. These locations don't have to be in norma areas; when using one of the glitches, Ria was discovered dead on the floor.
  •  360   After Ria dies and her body has been looted, she will reappear later on at Jorrvaskr.
  • If one kills Ria prior to becoming Harbinger, she may reappear at Jorrvaskr alive following the completion of the Companions questline. She will be ready to serve as a follower.
  • The reason that she respawns is that she regularly goes out hunting with Vilkas, respawning every time.
  • Ria might attack the player if there's a small bounty in Whiterun. If this happens, staying passive will make the guards kill her.
  •  PS3  If Ria is decapitated when killed, she will respawn without a head. Also if she is currently following the Dragonborn and they fast travel, upon arrival her head will fall off and her body continues to follow them.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Ria

  • of Ria... and Ria.

    19 messages
    • You can't say that they wouldnt make tributes to other games or movies, "Why did you join the Companions?" "Fortune and glory. Fortune. and. Glory."
    • wrote:You can't say that they wouldnt make tributes to other games or movies, "Why did you join the Companions?" "Fortune and glo...
  • Will Ria still count as married if she is dead?

    3 messages
    • I think so but if your on PS3 or 360 you can't re-marry anyway if your on PC you need a mod to do it properly which should have divorce added too.
    • Thanks AzuraKnight that would be good to try so if your wife dies, and it's her, then she'll respawn, but maybe you have to relocate her to y...

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