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Summerset Shadows is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Delvin Mallory tells the Dragonborn of a rival thieves group, the Summerset Shadows. This rival guild needs it to be looked into. In order to obtain this quest, 5 small jobs must be completed in Windhelm for the Thieves Guild.


Travel to Windhelm and upon arriving, there will be information that there was a brutal murder in Windhelm not long ago. Speak to Torsten Cruel-Sea, who will request the return of the Silver Locket that was taken from his daughter Fjotli's corpse.

Talk to Niranye for more information. With a high enough Speech skill, she can be Persuaded to cooperate, but if this fails, she must be fought. Intimidating her is a more reliable option. Otherwise, the Dragonborn will need "leverage" to get her to talk, which can be found in the form of a note in her house from Linwe. To find the note, enter Niranye's House. The south wall of the dining area is a false panel. Open it, descend the stairs, pick an expert lock to enter her basement. One in the basement, find Niranye's safe, pick another expert lock, and retrieve Linwe's notes.

After getting the location, go to the guild's headquarters in Uttering Hills Cave. The goal is to kill the group's leader Linwe and retrieve Fjotli's Silver Locket. Upon entering the cave tunnels, there will be a fork with left and right paths. Taking the right path will avoid two Summerset Shadows at the end of the tunnel. High-Sneak characters can also sneak past the thieves if taking the left path.

The Locket is found on Linwe's corpse, along with Linwe's Armor, which is a unique set of armor similar in appearance to what some Thieves Guild members wear.

Optional objectiveEdit

In order to accomplish the extra objective, the Summerset Shadows' banner must be burned. To complete this, simply use a flame spell on the banner (e.g. Flames), the Fire Breath shout or a Torch.

Return to Torsten to finish the quest.


  • Enchanted Ring, Circlet or Necklace
  • Niranye as a fence (if she didn't fight and wasn't killed when talked to)
  • A new merchant just outside of the Ragged Flagon


Journal Entry

Torsten Cruel-Sea, a wealthy merchant residing in Windhelm, has requested assistance from the Thieves Guild.

  • Objective: Speak to Torsten Cruel-Sea

Torsten Cruel-Sea's daughter Fjotli was slain and robbed of a silver locket by a Thieves Guild hailing from Summerset Isle. Calling themselves "The Summerset Shadows," they are looking into expanding their influence in Skyrim.

  • Objective: Speak to Niranye
  • Objective: (Optional) Discover leverage to sway Niranye

Torsten's daughter wasn't slain by the Summerset Shadows, but their leader, Linwe, has them robbing the dead of their valuables. Linwe and the rest of his guild have established a hideout in Uttering Hills Cave.

  • Objective: Travel to Uttering Hills Cave
  • Objective: Recover Fjolti's [sic] [Do not change this to Fjotli. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] Silver Locket
  • Objective: Listen to Nocturnal
  • Objective: (Optional) Destroy the Summerset Shadow's Banner

I've slain Linwe and obtained Fjotli's Silver Locket. This ends the presence of the Summerset Shadows in Skyrim.

  • Objective: Return to Torsten Cruel-Sea

The locket has been returned to Torsten Cruel-Sea, and the Thieves Guild can now count on him as an influential ally in Windhelm.

  • Quest complete


  • The group's name refers to the Summerset Isles, the homeland of the Altmer.
  • After completing the quest, Summerset Shadows will continue to spawn outside the cave system, though the interior remains cleared out.


This section contains bugs related to Summerset Shadows (Quest). 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.
  • After accepting the quest, it may not start and won't be present in the quest journal, making the Thieves Guild questline impossible to complete.
  • Normally, Uttering Hills Cave is populated by generic bandits. Once this quest starts, the Summerset Shadows replace these bandits. If the Dragonborn happens to have an outstanding quest to kill the bandits there (a bounty quest from the Jarl, or side quests given by Brunwulf Free-Winter, Annekke Crag-Jumper, and Kjar), it will become impossible to complete once this quest begins, since Linwe will replace the default bandit leader but will not respawn.
    •  PC(Fix)   If this happens, using the console command resurrect on Linwe and then killing him will complete the objective.
    •  PC(Fix)   Using the console command: "c5688.kill" completes the objective.
  • Torsten Cruel-Sea's map marker can sometimes point somewhere other than where he actually is located.
    • One such location is just to the west of Windhelm, around the base of the mountain, but still "inside" the Windhelm city map cell. If this is the case, enter Windhelm, then use the console command tcl to float outside of Windhelm's walls and toward the quest marker. Occasionally Torsten will be there inside the mountain right at the marker.
    • Torsten moves around Skyrim at times, and may change locations while the Dragonborn is fast traveling, leading to what appears to be this bug.
  • Sometimes the banner that must be burned will be invisible, but still burnable.
  • Sometimes the optional objective to burn the banner never appears in the journal. If it is burned anyway, Delvin will still mention it.
  •  PC   Burning the banner can freeze the game. It will burn normally, but the game freezes when the objective should update. The bug seems consistent for those who encounter it and there are no know solution at this time, save leaving the banner alone. Sometimes, burning the banner and running out of the area immediately, without looking back at it, can avoid this bug.
  •  PS3   Sometimes Torsten Cruel-Sea will not provide the reward after Fjotli's locket is returned.
  •  PS3   Sometimes after completing this quest, Niranye never becomes a fence. If the dialog option "How's Business?" is available, select it to make her open her services.
  • If Niranye is dead before the quest is unlocked, the quest becomes unable to complete without her.
  •  PC   Fjotli's Silver Locket might not always spawn.
  •  360   Speaking to Delvin after completing the quest will cause him to award 500 GoldIcon, even though this does not happen with the other city jobs. He will give 500 GoldIcon every time you leave the Flagon, then return and say you've finished the special Windhelm job.

Start a Discussion Discussions about Summerset Shadows (Quest)

  • Delvin's dialogue changes but then it doesn't appear again...

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    • I happened to finish the quest about the Summerset Shadows, and at one point I forgot all about it and finished a numbers job for Delvin. Whe...
    • If you look at the quests bugs list it says you can sometimes turn in the quest repeatedly, maybe thats what happened but reloading fixed the bug.
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    • Anyone know how to start the quest? Delvin says his dialogue, but the quest never starts and it's not on my log. Cave hasn't been cleared o...
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