Trius is waiting for his companion Shelly to arrive by ship, but neither she nor her ship ever made it to Skyrim. There's a note, For Shelly, left in case he was away when she arrived. It is assumed that he died waiting for her.
Besides the note, there are a few pots and pans, a large sack, and a usable bedroll occupied by a skeleton (presumably Trius).
- Originally, Bethesda intended Trius to be a NPC with a quest for the Dragonborn, but (much like Shelly) he and the quest never made it to Skyrim's release.
- Snowy Sabre Cats often spawn nearby.