Sapphire is a Nord member of the Thieves Guild residing in the city of Riften. She is originally located in The Bee and Barb there, but if the Guild is joined, she will relocate to the cistern of The Ragged Flagon.
Sapphire was conceived about a year into Glover Mallory and her mother's relationship. When Glover realized his interest was pregnant, he decided to leave as he was a thief by heart and didn't want to end up a farmer.
As a young child, Sapphire lived on a poverty-stricken pig farm with her mother and a man she believed to be her father. One day, bandits attacked the farm, killed her unarmed parents, and abducted her, repeatedly beating and violating her. One night, after gaining the bandits' trust, she took a dagger and slit each of their throats as they slept. The village remained in ruin for years afterwards.
Sapphire later joined the Dark Brotherhood, but left after being recruited to the Thieves Guild by Brynjolf. Glover, after recognizing his daughter in Riften, couldn't bear to confront her and fled to Solstheim.
Upon entering Riften, Sapphire can be overheard arguing with Shadr, the stablemaster's hand, over paying his debt. After the conversation has finished and she has walked away, Shadr will ask the Dragonborn for help regarding Sapphire.
In The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn, it is revealed that, despite her story, her father is actually Glover Mallory and that Delvin Mallory is her uncle. This is revealed after completing Glover's quest on Solstheim by retrieving the improved Bonemold Formula for him. He will give the Dragonborn the key to his basement, which contains leveled loot, the unique Blackguard's Armor, and a letter addressed to Sapphire.
The letter details how Glover and Sapphire's mother met and fell in love, and how Glover believes he failed her for not being there to protect them when the bandits destroyed her village. If it is delivered to Sapphire, she will give you an Exquisite Sapphire, which has a base worth of 5000 septims. Although she is grateful to the Dragonborn for helping her finding the identity of her father, she still refuses to disclose her real name.
Initially, Sapphire is rarely seen in the Guild's hideout in the Ratways and is most often found above-ground, especially in the Bee and Barb. After completing her miscellaneous quest involving Shadr, she often makes her way down to The Ragged Flagon - Cistern.
- "Well, hey there. What can Sapphire do for you?"
- "Want to talk? Go ahead."
- "Back from a job, huh? Hope it went well."
- "I don't have any business with you, so get out of my face."
- "What do you need, handsome?" ―After paying Shadr's debt, and a male character
Sapphire "I'm really getting tired of your excuses. When you borrowed the money, you said you'd pay it back on time for double the usual fee."
Shadr "I know I did. But how was I supposed to know the shipment would get robbed?"
Sapphire "Next time, keep your plans quieter and nothing would have happened to it."
Shadr "What? Are you saying you robbed it? Why? Why are you doing this to me?"
Sapphire "Look, Shadr. Last warning. Pay up or else. All I care about is the gold. Everything else is your problem."
- Sapphire is one of the Thieves Guild members that can be killed, since she is not bound with any quest.
- If her inventory is searched via pickpocketing, she carries around two sapphires. This is possibly a reference to her alias.
- Sapphire is the only Thieves Guild member who seems to do jobs outside the Guild's radar. Though Delvin has private jobs, they are no secret, and Sapphire seems to be keeping cuts for herself.
- If the Dragonborn is Guildmaster when talking with Sapphire about Shadr's debt, she apologizes for not giving the Guild its cut, calling the Dragonborn "boss." The player has two speech options, ask for a cut or demand the debt be forgotten, or Sapphire is out of the Guild. She will accept either.
- She says "I hope we bump into each other again," when the player walks away if they had listened to her story at any point previously, or paid Shadr's debt. This may be interpreted as being meant flirtatiously. On certain occasions Vipir the Fleet will make advances towards Sapphire, which she declines rather vehemently.
- A note mentioning Sapphire can be found in the Ragged Flagon - Cistern. It tells the reader to "keep their eye on Sapphire," but there is no mention or later reference to what the note means, specifically.
- It's possible that it refers to her jobs outside the Guild's radar, as stated above.
- Despite being unavailable for marriage, if the following console commands are used on her, she has dialogue concerning marriage:
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- Her father Glover Mallory is a Breton, and she is a Nord, which implies her mother was a Nord.
- Despite sounding like an assumed name, according to Glover Mallory's letter, 'Sapphire' may be her actual name.
- Despite the fact that Glover Mallory was not living with Sapphire at the time the bandits attacked, Sapphire claims that her parents died, parents being plural. This suggests that she could have been raised to believe someone else was her father.
- It is stated in the Official Game Guide that she was a member of the Dark Brotherhood, but left to join the Thieves Guild for more money.
- If Sapphire is attacked and killed while she is talking to Shadr, even while sneaking and undetected, no one will care except for Maul and Brynjolf, who will find and attack the player character, even though they are hidden. Since Maul is essential (but can still be downed) and Brynjolf is invulnerable to all attacks, this will result in an endless fight. If one desires to kill Sapphire, it is best to wait until she enters the Bee and Barb, where she can be killed with a sneak-attack.
This section contains bugs related to Sapphire (Character). Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
Sometimes the Dragonborn can't talk to Sapphire after accepting the quest from Shadr. She will just continue to say "I have no business with you." Completing the Thieves Guild questline should fix this. However, this may be caused by originally not offering to help Shadr, then accepting the quest the second time. In one case, reloading a game saved prior to speaking with Shadr and offering to help may avoid the issue. The problem can also be fixed by using the following command on Sapphire then wearing the Amulet of Mara, which will force a dialog with her:
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- The bug can also be fixed by speaking to Shadr and accepting his quest after joining the guild. When next speaking with Sapphire, there will be two dialogue options: one to talk about Shadr's debt and one to get her to tell her story.
- If the Dragonborn does not partake in dialogue with Shadr the first time they meet him when he is arguing with Sapphire on the bridge in Riften, then it can be difficult to find him afterwards. This obviously means that Sapphire will remain in the Bee and the Barb rather than the Ragged Flagon - Cistern. If this is the case then Shadr might be around the lower walkways of Riften (the same level as Elgrim's Elixirs, etc.), around 3am-5am, or inside the Riften Stables after 6am where he may be sleeping.
- Sapphire can be killed in public, and the Dragonborn will not gain a bounty for it. However, the Thieves Guild will abandon the Dragonborn unless the necessary reparations are made: Speak to Vex and bring her 1000 gold to reenter the Thieves Guild.