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The Skaal Test of Wisdom is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon.


After restoring the sacred standing stones of water, earth, beasts, trees, sun and winds, the Nerevarine must return to Tharsten Heart-Fang, who is in the Skaal village's greathall.


  • Speak to Tharsten Heart-Fang in the Greathall
  • Speak to Rigmor Halfhand outside
  • Speak to Engar Ice-Mane
  • Speak with Risi Ice-Mane inside her hut
  • Find a letter under a pillow in the Ice-Mane House
  • Confront Risi and then Rigmor about the note
  • Report the affair to Tharsten


Tharsten Heart-Fang tells the Nerevarine that they have passed the test of loyalty, although now, the Hero must pass the test of wisdom. Tharsten explains that a problem has arose in the village, and Engar Ice-Mane has been accused, by Rigmor Halfhand, of stealing his pelts. Tharsten asks the Nerevarine to investigate the matter.

The villager's opinionsEdit

The Nerevarine may question people about Engar Ice-Mane, they will all mention what an honorable warrior he is. Speaking to Rigmor, who is in the center of the village, with other Skaal Honor Guards, will only confirm what Tharsten already knows. Engar Ice-Mane, himself, denies all acusations.

Risi Ice-ManeEdit

Engar's wife, Risi, can be found in their hut, she also denies the accusations, and adds that Rigmor is probably jealous and is trying to disgrace her husband. After inspecting their hut, the Hero finds a letter on the bed. The letter reveals that Rigmor is enamored with Risi, and is warning her, asking her to leave Engar. The Nerevarine may confront her, and she will admit that she had an affair with Rigmor, a while ago, but she ended the relationship. She suggest speaking with Rigmor.

Rigmor's fateEdit

Once Rigmor is confronted he admits fabricating the whole story, and will follow the Hero as they return to report the affair to Tharsten. Tharsten will put the fate of Rigmor in the Nerevarine's hands. They must choose, as according to the Skaal traditions, whether Rigmor is bannished from the Skaal or should he be fed to the Skaal's ceremonial wolves. According to the Skaal code of honor, Tharsten explains that, if the ceremonial wolves are chosen, this would cleanse Rigmor's honor. Once a choice is made, the quest is completed.

If the wolves are chosen, Rigmor will run into the pen, by the center of the village, where three wolves have been conjured, Rigmor will perish very fast, and the wolves disappear.


The Skaal Test of Wisdom
Tharsten Heart-Fang was pleased with the reactivation of standing stones, and tells me that I have passed the Test of Loyalty among the Skaal. Now I must pass the Test of Wisdom.
  • Quest accepted
Engar Ice-Mane has been accused of theft by Rigmor Halfhand. Apparently, theft is a grievous offense among the Skaal, as each is given according to his need. It is an offense punishable by death, or worse, exile from Skaal lands. Engar Ice-Mane has chosen death over exile. Heart-Fang would like me to investigate the accusation of theft, bring him proof of the crime, and make a decision based on my findings. I should speak with the people of the Skaal Village and find out what I can about the crime.
I have been told that many people doubt that Engar would resort to any sort of thievery. He was a respected warrior, and was known to be an honorable man.
Korst Wind-Eye believes that Engar Ice-Mane could not possibly be a thief. He says that the warrior is a much-honored and respected member of the tribe, and that it seems unbelievable that he would steal from another. He suggests I speak with Ice-Mane's wife, Risi.
Risi has told me that she does not believe that her husband could possibly have done what he is accused of. She claims that Halfhand is merely jealous of her husband, and has trumped up these charges to disgrace him.
I have found a note that suggests that Rigmor Halfhand and Risi Ice-Mane had recently had an affair. I should show this note to Risi Ice-Mane, and speak with her about this issue.
Risi tells me it is true that she and Halfhand did have a brief affair. Although Risi ended their relationship, Halfhand has continued to pursue her affections. I should speak with Rigmor Halfhand about this situation.
Confronted with the evidence I have gathered, Halfhand admitted to his prior relationship with Risi Ice-Mane, and also admitted that he accused Engar with the crime to force him out of the Skaal camp.
I have reported my findings to Tharsten Heart-Fang. He was convinced by my evidence, and has declared that all charges against Ice-Mane are to be dropped. Additionally, he has told me that presenting a false accusation of a serious crime is in itself as serious a crime, and Halfhand must now be sentenced.
Because Heart-Fang now trusts my judgment, I must decide what the punishment for Halfhand will be. I must choose between Halfhand being exiled from the Skaal community or being fed to the Skaal's ceremonial wolves. Apparently, being fed to the wolves is considered a more honorable way to die.
I have chosen exile as Halfhand's punishment. Heart-Fang was satisfied with my decision, and has rewarded me with the Helm of the Wolf's Heart.
  • Quest complete
I have chosen being fed to the ceremonial wolves as Halfhand's punishment. Heart-Fang was satisfied with my decision, and has rewarded me with the Helm of the Wolf's Heart. I am to lead Halfhand outside so he may accept his sentence.
  • Quest complete
Heart-Fang was not happy that Rigmor was dead before Skaal justice could be enforced.
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to The Skaal Test of Wisdom. 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.
  • If the Nerevarine chooses exile for Rigmor, the latter may never leave the Greathall.

Bloodmoon Main Quest
Main Quest An Island to the NorthRebellion at FrostmothFrostmoth SmugglersThe Disappearance of Captain CariusThe Skaal Test of LoyaltyThe Skaal Test of WisdomThe Skaal Test of StrengthSiege of the Skaal Village
Ritual Quests The Ritual of WaterThe Ritual of EarthThe Ritual of BeastsThe Ritual of TreesThe Ritual of the SunThe Ritual of the Winds
Skaal Quests The Totem of Claw and FangThe RistaagThe Castle Karstaag
Warewolf Quests Dream of HircineDisrupt the Skaal HuntSiege of Castle Karstaag
Final Quest Hircine's Hunt

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