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The Cursed Tribe is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


"The orcs of Largashbur have been constantly besieged by giants, and are forbidden to leave their stronghold. Atub, the wise woman of the tribe, has asked me to find her a bowl of Troll Fat and a Daedra Heart so that she may contact the Daedric Lord Malacath for guidance."



Gain access to LargashburEdit

Largashbur is an Orcish stronghold found near the Jerall Mountains in the south of The Rift region. As the stronghold is approached, the tribe of orcs will be engaged in battle with a giant. If Ugor, one of the orcs fighting the giant, dies entering the stronghold, starting the quest will be more difficult. If it is not possible to save Ugor, one of the following tactics will allow access to the stronghold:

The stronghold may still be accessed by climbing the mountainside bordering the far left side of the entrance. Upon talking to Atub, the gate will unlock. Steal any of the equipment from Ugor that is laying on the ground, thus causing the accusation of stealing, whereby the Orcs will unlock the door and come out of the stronghold. If a fine is paid at this point, entrance to the stronghold will be gained. The Orcs will unlock the doors and come out to fight any wild animals, such as bears, that attack near the gates. If the quest to find The Forgemaster's Fingers has been completed, the gates are already unlocked.

The Orcs will initially be mistrustful of outsiders. The one exception is Atub, who talks about her tribe falling on hard times. Chief Yamarz, the tribe's chief, has become weak and cursed. The giants have taken advantage of this, assailing the stronghold regularly, as well as overtaking the shrine of the Daedric Prince Malacath. Atub asks for Troll Fat and a Daedra Heart to use as an offering to Malacath, the patron Daedra of the Orsimer, in hopes that he might respond to the wise woman's prayers and guide the tribe in their time of need.

Retrieve the ingredientsEdit

Some troll fat can be stolen from the shed with the Alchemy Lab to the right of Malacath's Shrine. The Dragonborn can also find some troll fat if they own Hjerim, in Windhelm. They can also find some inside a secret room if one opens a wardrobe downstairs. It is possible to find a Daedra heart adjacent to Kodlak Whitemane in Jorrvaskr in Whiterun (he's located downstairs). It may also be possible to find troll fat in the same room as the Daedra heart in Jorrvaskr. Two Daedra hearts can be found in the alchemy room of Nightcaller Temple during the "Waking Nightmare" quest. Troll fat is also found underneath a side table in one of the other rooms. If the College of Winterhold questline has been begun, two Daedra hearts may be obtained from Enthir every 24 hours. Another way of gaining Daedra hearts would be to collect some while fighting in Azura's Star, where Daedric enemies spawn, and their hearts can be collected to contribute to this quest. If the "Pieces of the Past" quest has been completed and Mehrunes' Razor acquired, two leveled Dremora spawn just outside of Mehrunes' Shrine and two more inside the shrine. The Dremora respawn every 10 game days, making it rather helpful for getting Daedra hearts quickly. Arcadia from Arcadia's Cauldron in Whiterun may sell Daedra hearts occasionally.

Note: If the Dragonborn fast travels back to Lagashbur after retrieving the ingredients for Atub, two dragons may spawn.

The RitualEdit


Map showing location of Fallowstone Cave

  • Once Atub has the ingredients, she will insist that the ritual of contacting Malacath must be observed, but care must be taken, as bumping into or hitting the altar may evoke a hostile response and a fine. She will speak to Chief Yamarz, who begrudgingly allows the ritual to occur. Malacath is displeased with Yamarz, who has allowed giants to overrun the Daedric Prince's shrine. The god demands that Yamarz bring him the giant leader's club as an offering; only then will he consider lifting the curse. Yamarz refuses to take responsibility and blames the Dragonborn for bringing this task upon him and insists that he be joined at Fallowstone Cave, which leads to Giant's Grove, the site of Malacath's shrine.

Fallowstone CaveEdit

Chief Yamarz must be protected while traveling through Fallowstone Cave, located northeast of Riften, to the Giant's Grove on the other side. Cave bears and trolls could be encountered in addition to giants. While Yamarz is well-equipped with full Orcish Armor and an Orcish weapon and can handle himself well in battle, he will still find himself outmatched when fighting giants by himself. Yamarz prefers melee attacks, so it may be best to hang back and pelt the gigantic enemies with arrows or magic while being careful not to attack the Orc Chief; it is easy to accidentally hit Yamarz taking on the giants. It is possible to run ahead of Chief Yamarz, clear the cave out before he even gets there, and leave the cave. Then after fast traveling back to Lagashbur, the whole tribe will attack him, killing him, and Malacath's voice will be heard saying that giants killed him. Also, even though Atub was part of the attackers, she will still ask what happened to him.

Giant's GroveEdit

TESV Shargols Hammer

Shagrol's Warhammer

  • At the Giant's Grove, Yamarz will ask the Dragonborn to retrieve the giant chieftain's hammer for him. He promises gold in return for the Dragonborn's discretion; the tribe never has to know that their chief wasn't the one to return the giant's club, Shagrol's Warhammer (if the Dragonborn refuses, Yamarz will attack the giant himself and die quickly — "This should only take a second," are Yamarz's prophetic last words — and the giant must still be defeated).
  • If the bribe is taken and the giant defeated for Chief Yamarz, he will then attack the Dragonborn to ensure his tribe never learns of his cowardice.

Defeat the giantEdit

  • It is possible to sneak-kill the giant with a high Sneak skill, the Assassin's Blade perk, the Shrouded Gloves, and a decent dagger. Thusly armed, it's possible to climb up the rocks of the shrine and get positioned right behind the giant without it noticing.
  • If the fight is rather challenging, there is a small alcove that can be used for protection on the right of Malacath's shrine; though still fully exposed, the giant can't seem to attack anything in the small alcove. It will be necessary to jump over a small fire and get between the shrine and a rock, but this is the perfect spot for regenerating health. Note, however, the giant will eventually run off after realizing he can't reach his target, so killing him from this position could be quite difficult. 
  • The Dragonborn can, after engaging combat with the giant, run back towards Yamarz and he will slay the giant himself, but he must still be killed afterwards.

Regardless of which option is chosen, the quest log will only show the text for the option to kill the giant instead of letting Yamarz kill it.

  • If the fight against Yamarz is challenging, sometimes the giant may kill Yamarz by launching him into the sky. However, the Dragonborn must then kill the giant.

Malacath's rewardEdit

  • After defeating the giant, take the warhammer from his corpse, and take it to Largashbur, where Atub asks for news of Yamarz.
  • Malacath will speak to the remaining tribesmen, telling them of Yamarz's treachery and weakness.
  • Malacath gives the tribe a chance to prove themselves and appoints Gularzob as the new Chief.
  • The Dragonborn's worthiness is rewarded by the Daedric Prince, and instructions are given to put Shagrol's Hammer on his shrine. The hammer is transformed into Volendrung, the Daedric Prince's legendary warhammer, as the final reward.
  • Ogol, Ugor, and Lob will be available as followers upon completion of this quest, assuming they survived the fight with the giant.
  • It is possible that if the Dragonborn does not remove Volendrung from the shrine, after the quest has been completed, the player will not be able to return to claim it later in the game.


Journal Entry

I've heard rumors there's some kind of problem in the Orc settlement of Largashbur, southwest of Riften.

  • Objective: Find out what's happening in Largashbur

The orcs of Largashbur are besieged by giants, and have been forbidden to leave their stronghold. Atub, the wise woman of the tribe, has asked me to find her Troll Fat and a Daedra Heart so that she may contact Malacath for guidance.

  • Objective: Bring Troll Fat and a Daedra Heart to Atub
  • Objective: Observe Atub's ritual

Malacath has spoken to his followers and expressed disappointment in them. He is angry they allowed his shrine to be desecrated, and has commanded the chieftain of Largashbur, Yamarz, to return to the shrine and reclaim it.

  • Objective: Speak with Yamarz

Despite being specifically instructed by Malacath to see to it himself, Yamarz wants my help in defeating the giants that have overrun Fallowstone Cave and the shrine of Malacath. He's promised to pay me in exchange for making sure he arrives there safely.

  • Objective: Meet Yamarz at Fallowstone Cave
  • Objective: Protect Yamarz

After Malacath ordered him to retake the shrine in Fallowstone Cave, Yamarz insisted that I escort him there to make sure he arrived safely. Now he has offered to pay me even more in exchange for killing the giant myself, to which I have agreed.

  • Objective: Defeat the giant

After escorting Yamarz to Fallowstone Cave and proving myself more worthy, Malacath has commanded me to return to Largashbur and deliver Shagrol's Hammer there.

  • Objective: Take Shagrol's Hammer back to Largashbur
  • Objective: Place Shagrol's Hammer on the shrine in Largashbur

The curse placed on the Orcs of Largashbur is lifted. The tribe's leader, Yamarz, was revealed as a shiftless weakling in Malacath's eyes, and I have redeemed his actions by defeating the giant that had taken over the shrine in Fallowstone Cave. Malacath has named Gularzob as the new chief, and has named me his new Champion.

  • Quest complete



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Daedric Influence (Achievement)
Daedric Influence
Acquire a Daedric Artifact
Points 10 Gamer points
Bronze trophy

Oblivion Walker (Achievement)
Oblivion Walker
Collect 15 Daedric Artifacts
Points 30 Gamer points
Silver trophy

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  • Imperial Courier

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    • lol i had one appear after killing that first dragon in the main questline... he poped up out of the burial mound it seemed
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