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Shor's Watchtower

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Watchtowericon  Shor's Watchtower
TESV Shors Watchtower
Hold The Rift
Location North of Riften
Type Watchtower
Location ID ShorsWatchtowerExterior01

Shor's Watchtower is a fortification in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is located in the Rift.


Shor's Watchtower is to the north-east along the path of Shor's Stone. The four Guards posted here have all been killed. If the Dragonborn has sided with the Stormcloaks, or has not chosen any side, in the Civil War, the dead guards will be Riften Guards. If the Imperials have been sided with, it will be Imperial soldiers. The cause of their deaths is assumed to be a band of Imperial Legion soldiers or Stormcloak Soldiers (depending on the side the dragonborn has chosen), as stated in the letter on the ground level of the watchtower. The following letter is in the scenario where the Dragonborn has sided with the stormcloaks:

We've word of a band of Legion soldiers advancing on your position. Reinforcements are on the way. Talos guard you.

There is also an Imperial camp to the north of the tower, the Eastmarch Imperial Camp. Trolls randomly roam around the area of the watchtower.

If the Imperial Legion takes control of the Rift as part of the Civil War or the Season Unending quest, dead Imperial soldiers will appear instead of Riften guards. The letter will also have different, but similar contents:

Lieutenant Armiger,
Our scouts report a band of rebels advancing on your position. Be on guard. Reinforcements are on the way.

Although the letters are addressed to a named character, none of the bodies originally found at the scene will have individual names and will all have the generic title of "Imperial Soldier"/ "Rift Guard."

If the slain guards shown are Imperials, then one of the dead soldiers will be female- one of the only female Imperial soldiers in the game with no distinct name.


  • The dead guards and other items may respawn about every week.
  • If the Rift has been taken, or given, to the Imperials, a female legionnaire may be found among the dead. This is rare as almost no female foot soldiers are seen in the Imperial Legion.


This section contains bugs related to Shor's Watchtower. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , or  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  • Sometimes the letter on the first floor of the tower is unreadable. Saving, then loading, should fix this. It may also be on the table, but if the Dragonborn looks at the floor, they may be able to read it.
  • Sometimes, all four soldiers will be standing and swaying as if they're still alive. But their "corpses" can still be looted just like normal.


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