Tova Shatter-Shield is a Nord and the matron to Clan Shatter-Shield in Windhelm. Her husband is Torbjorn Shatter-Shield. Tova had two twin daughters, Nilsine Shatter-Shield and the deceased Friga Shatter-Shield.
She can usually be found at the market in the southwest Stone Quarter, Candlehearth Hall, or walking nearby. At night, she heads to the House of Clan Shatter-Shield, where she can also be found during the day.
Muiri, an early contract-holder in the Dark Brotherhood questline, knew Tova and the other members of clan Shatter-Shields well. After Friga's death, Muiri visited the family to share in their grieving. During the visit, Muiri met Alain Dufont, a bandit, who exploited Muiri's affections to get closer to the Shatter-Shields and their wealth. Succeeding in robbing them, Alain fled, pushing the blame on Muiri and destroying her relationship with the Shatter-Shields.
If the Dragonborn assassinates Nilsine for Muiri, in "Mourning Never Comes," Tova commits suicide. She and her suicide note can be found on the floor upstairs in the House of Clan Shatter-Shield. Her body can be looted for the key to Hjerim.
Aval: "Yes, that's right. Whether or not I'm interested depends on what you've got, of course."
Tova: "I have some things that belonged to my daughter, Friga. She... she won't be needing them any more."
Aval: "Oh, I see. Yes, yes of course I'll take a look. Just bring them by whenever it's convenient for you."
- "I've been a bit out of sorts since... since our daughter was taken from us."
- "No mother should have to bury her daughter."
- "Not really sure what to do with myself anymore. I just miss her so much."
- "I try not to think of her, but sometimes the simplest thing will remind me."
- If Nilsine is killed outside of the Dark Brotherhood quest, Tova doesn't commit suicide, neither does she offer any special dialog. Even if the quest is completed later, she remains alive.
This section contains bugs related to Tova Shatter-Shield. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- If Tova committed suicide, looting the key to Hjerim from her body may not activate the quest chain Blood on the Ice.
- Tova's body (after suicide) may disappear.