"Taron Dreth, the world's foremost expert in Dwemer metallurgy. Not that you would know anything about that."
―Taron Dreth[src]

Taron Dreth is a Dunmer mage, and the alleged author of the book The Aetherium Wars. During the quest "Lost to the Ages," Katria, his former companion, insists that Taron Dreth took credit for her research on the Aetherium Forge in his book.


After completing "Lost to the Ages," Taron Dreth may appear as a random encounter along the roads of Skyrim, along with three mercenaries.

If the Dragonborn has one of the Aetherium items (Aetherial crown, shield, or staff) in their inventory, Taron will ask how this item was obtained. He will attack no matter which option is chosen in the dialogue.

If the Dragonborn has no Aetherium items, Taron does not ask about them. However, if dialogue is engaged with him, he may be asked who he is and told that Katria had mentioned him. He will respond with, "You know too much," and attack the Dragonborn with three mercenaries.

He may also appear with his three mercenaries in the Silver-Blood Inn. The same conversation as above is automatically initiated when the inn is entered. This fight can be quite easy as there are many people who the Dragonborn can befriend inside the inn, including Cosnach.

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This section contains bugs related to Taron Dreth. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
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  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.
  • If the Dragonborn is a very high level in magic, his dialogue can change; he will talk about how dangerous their magic is. At this point he may be stuck following them around without going back to his original dialogue and instead will repeatedly talk about their magic. This means that his mercenaries and him will more than likely fight on the Dragonborn's side during a skirmish.
    • The only way to stop this glitch is to kill him.


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