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Sibbi Black-Briar

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For the letter, see Sibbi Black-Briar (Book).
"When speaking of the Black-Briars, only one thought should spring to mind. We are not to be trifled with. Help us, you end up rich. Cross us and you'll end up a memory."
―Sibbi Black-Briar[src]

Sibbi Black-Briar is a Nord residing in the Riften Jail. As the son of Maven Black-Briar, Sibbi was imprisoned in Riften Jail for eight months, accused of murder. A note from his mother to Anuriel, the Jarl's Stewardess, reveals that Maven Black-Briar is grateful for the incarceration. He tasks the Dragonborn with finding his ex-fiance, Svidi.


Promises to KeepEdit

After obtaining the quest from Louis Letrush, go to the Riften Jail and either persuade the jail guard to give access or bribe him with gold. During a conversation with Sibbi, he will say that the horse wasn't actually his, but belongs to his family, and will tell where to retrieve the papers, which are at the Black-Briar Lodge.

The Lover's RequitalEdit

If the Dragonborn speaks to Sibbi about the reason he is in jail, he will ask for help to find the location of the woman who got him incarcerated and this unmarked miscellaneous quest related to Ivarstead will start. When returning to Sibbi he hands over his key to his chest as a reward, Sibbi's Chest Key, which is located in the Black-Briar Meadery. Any content is free to take.


  • "Have you come to gawk at me or is this a social call?"
  • "Ah, finally, someone besides the stupid guards to talk to."
  • "Look; we all have our flaws; mine is women can't get enough of me."
  • "When I find that bitch, I'm gonna wring her little neck."
  • "Well, well, aren't you a sight for sore eyes? I've always got time for lovely ladies."
  • "Well, if it isn't my little problem solver."


  • If the Dragonborn is also jailed for a crime, pickpocketing him is fine with no repercussions. This is useful and it can be repeated to take his belongings, then replacing them, then pickpocketing them again. Doing this is an easy way to raise the Pickpocket skill. However, if the Dragonborn is not jailed at the time themselves, he will become hostile and bounty will be added.
  • If the Dragonborn is female, Sibbi will humorously comment on it.
  • He can be killed after completing the two quests that involve him. A Courier may or may not deliver an inheritance from Sibbi.
  • If one of the Black-Briars is assaulted or killed by the Dragonborn, he may come after them demanding an apology, despite being in jail. If the Dragonborn refuses to apologize, he will become hostile.
  • Although Sibbi is spending eight months in jail, in the game, he will be imprisoned indefinitely.


This section contains bugs related to Sibbi Black-Briar. 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  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  360   PS3   Sibbi is often susceptible to glitching. One of these glitches can be that the player will be unable to speak to him in his cell, even while he is close to the bars. Possible solutions: leave the jail, wait 24 hours, then return. One of two results can take place: (1) The glitch is fixed and things are returned to normal. (2) See next point: The player may still be unable to speak with Sibbi from outside of the cell, but the glitch can be fixed by picking the lock and entering.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sibbi can appear sleeping in the cell to the left of his own. Opening the cell door will allow Sibbi to walk around the jail, with no response from the guards.
  •  360   PS3   You can enter the cell Sibbi is in. To do so, note where the chair is in Sibbi's cell, and go into the cell next door and get on the bed. Find the chair to select it and you will appear in Sibbi's cell sitting in his chair. You can also grab the books from his shelf or the items on his table through the wall to achieve this. Once in his cell you can get coins out of the chest and clothes from his wardrobe. Note: Be sure to make a save beforehand, as once you are in the cell you cannot get out. If Sibbi is still in the cell, attack him and surrender to the guard, who will put you into a different cell which you can exit. Be careful not to kill Sibbi, as doing so will make you unable to surrender to the guards.
  •  360   PS3   You can get into Threki the Innocent's cell in a similar fashion. Go to the room where the 'Prisoner Belongings' chest is and find the "sit" action for the chair between the chest and the barrel (it is in line with the top of the barrel). You will appear in her cell sitting in the chair. To get out, walk to the corner to the left of the door and highlight the bench. Select it and you will appear back outside the cell.
  •  PC   On occasion, if you take Riften for the Empire and use the coc console command to return to Riften immediately after reporting to General Tullius, you will find Maven, Maul and Hemming on their way to take their place in the keep, however, you will also find Sibbi wandering around outside of the keep.
  •  PS3   Sibbi may appear in the cell near from where he is normally, and, when the door is opened, will walk back to his original cell and glitch through the cell door.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Sibbi Black-Briar

  • The Black-Briar Theory

    13 messages
    • Plus, since this is Haelga we're talkin about, in all of Skyrim SHE would be the one who would know how to keep herself... "fresh." Also...
    • wrote: wrote:Maybe somewhat does make sense, but how could Haelga look so young when sibbi has a beard already XDD...
  • Sibbi's Disappearance

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    • After I completed both quests Sibbi was involved in, I was distrubuting The Warmth of Maras out to Riften Citizens, including all of ...
    • Apparently he sometimes sleeps inside his bed (literally), he could be still stuck inside the bed or has clipped into he walls or floor. Someti...

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