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The katariah
The katariah map
Hold Haafingar
Type Ship
Quests Hail Sithis!
Characters Titus Mede II
Lieutenant Salvarus
Captain Avidius
Enemies Sailors
Penitus Oculatus soldiers
Location ID Katariah01

The Katariah is a ship in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Docked in the Haafingar Hold, it's likely named after Katariah I, the former Dunmer Empress during the Third Era. The Katariah appears during Hail Sithis! quest and is docked for rest of the game. To enter The Katariah, the Dragonborn must climb the anchor chain at the ship's stern.


On the bow of ship sits the carved effigy of an Elven woman, while a statue on the stern displays a winged dragon figure. The woman on the bow is presumed to be Katariah.


If the Dragonborn has been appointed Listener of the Dark Brotherhood during the Fourth Era, there is a quest to infiltrate The Katariah to assassinate Emperor Titus Mede II on a contract set up by Amaund Motierre from the Elder Council.

The Emperor sails on The Katariah to visit Castle Dour in Solitude. He comes to Skyrim after his cousin, Vittoria Vici, is assassinated at her own wedding by the Dragonborn.

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  • There is a sailor on-board slitting the throats of other sailors and guards in their sleep. The murderer, however, does not move around the ship.
  • On the deck, if a Dragon attacks, it is possible for it to land underneath the water. This, however, does not harm the dragon, and it eventually resurfaces.
  • If the Dragonborn knows the Bend Will shout and rides a dragon, it is possible to make the dragon land on the ship.
  • The Katariah appears to be the only accessible ship in Skyrim that is not in the style of a Nordic longboat.


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