Stealing Plans is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


This is one of the Silver Hand Campaign quests given by Aela the Huntress. She says that a Silver Hand lieutenant who has been snooping around Whiterun is camped at one of a number of locations (see below). She tasks the Dragonborn to steal their plans so that the location of their chief hideout can be discovered.


  • Go to the appointed location
  • Kill the Silver Hand lieutenant
  • Retrieve the Silver Hand Stratagem
  • Return to Aela for a sum of 100–300 GoldIcon



Stealing Plans – CR10
IDJournal Entry
10 We've heard rumors of a Silver Hand lieutenant camped at <Alias=Camp>. If I can steal their plans, we could track down their chief hideout.
  • Objective 10: Steal the plans from <Alias=Camp>
20 I stole Silver Hand documents from <Alias=Camp>.
  • Objective 20: Return to Aela
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to Stealing Plans. 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  ,  NX  , 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.
  •  PC   360   PS3   If the quest points the Dragonborn to any of the following places which are already cleared, the game will crash:
    • Broken Helm Hollow
    • Orotheim
    • Redoran's Retreat
    • Swindler's Den
      • Patch 1.4 has fixed the issue with Swindler's Den crashing in this quest.
    • Treva's Watch
  •  360   If the chosen location is Broken Helm Hollow and the first two Silver-Hand enemies inside are waking from their bed rolls are shot, they sink through the floor. It is recommended that the Dragonborn waits until the interned target has risen completely before shooting.
  •  PC   The console command to skip this part of the quest is setstage cr10 20.
  •  PC   360   PS4   In some instances this quest is given again by Aela after already completing it once, rendering it uncompletable since she already has the plans. When asking for work, other Companions may or may not inform the player they are doing something for Aela, or sometimes they may actually give an additional quest. On PC the setstage console command does not work to fix this problem.
  •  PC   360   If quest is at Faldar's Tooth, Gallows Rock, Broken Helm Hollow, or Fort Fellhammer, the quest marker will not show up and the Silver Hand Stratagem will not be there.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Stealing Plans

  • Faldar's Tooth Steal Plans No key to tower

    4 messages
    • Thank you Thank you Thank you a million times!! This works as long as you make sure that the top rim of the bowl is touching the door or wall ...
    • Careful though don't use it to get into places your not meant to be yet as it can cause problems.
  • Finished Stealing Plans but Blood's Honor won't start

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    • Before saying, I have fiddled around with the console commands and the setstage thing for like 15 whole minutes, no matter what I tried Aela w...
    • I guess, if console commands won't work, then use a much older save. It is the only option. You'll have to go before Lost Knife Hideo...