When Riften is entered for the first time, he can be heard having a conversation with Sapphire, another local of Riften, on one of the bridges.
The Dragonborn may ask Sapphire about it and she confesses to robbing him. If a member of the Thieves Guild, the Dragonborn can go along with her and get a leveled amount of gold. Alternatively, they can intimidate or persuade Sapphire into cancelling the debt.
Should the Dragonborn help Shadr, he is grateful and gives them an item he was going to use to hide from Sapphire. In addition, the Riften stable horses can now be ridden without committing horse theft. However, after dismounting they will return home like stolen horses.
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- "Horses are all I know. I've been riding since I could walk."
- "If the forest wasn't so dangerous, I'd spend every spare moment riding."
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."
Shadr "Here's another septim, Madesi. How much more do I need?""
Madesi "Only thirty more and it'll be all yours. If I might ask, who is the lucky woman?"
Shadr "It's for Marise, but don't say a word to her!"
Madesi "Don't worry, Shadr, your secret is safe with me."
Shadr "Hi, Marise. How are you today?"
Marise "I'm well. How are things over at the stables? Old Hofgrir giving you a hard time?"
Shadr "Naw... he's fine. Look, I wanted to ask if you'll... um, if you'd like to... well, like to have a drink with me at the Bee and Barb sometime?"
Marise "Shadr, that's so sweet... I'd love to."
- When in the marketplace, Shadr will make romantic advances towards Marise Aravel.
- After freeing Shadr from his debt, if he dies later, his death will result in a courier bringing the Dragonborn a message from the Jarl of Riften stating that they are entitled to his inheritance and her condolences for the loss.