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"It's one thing to say you've got the skills to be a thief. It's another to actually use them."
―Vekel the Man[src]

Vekel the Man is a Nord bartender and an associate of the Thieves Guild who operates the Ragged Flagon in the Ratway of Riften.


Vekel owns and operates the Ragged Flagon, the tavern within the Ratway, the sewer that the Guild uses as a base of operations. In the Official Game Guide, it states that Vekel was once a resident of Honorhall Orphanage, and "continually got into trouble for concocting strange and powerful alcoholic drinks that kept his fellow orphans in a near continual stupor." He eventually ran away and saved enough from his burgeoning pickpocket career to afford the tavern.


Toying With The DeadEdit

He asks the Dragonborn to acquire four rare books from Yngvild Barrow -- the journals of the necromancer, Arondil. This is part of the quest Toying With The Dead.

A Cornered RatEdit

Vekel can be asked where Esbern is located, either with a persuasion, intimidation, or gold check. After doing so, he will reveal where "the old man" is.


Wrong questionsEdit

Thalmor Justiciar "Where is he/she? The one who was asking about the fugitive in the Ratway?"
Vekel "You're in the wrong place to be asking those kinds of questions, pal. You'd better clear out before someone gets hurt."
Thalmor Justiciar "No. Not yet. Your lack of cooperation has been noted. We'll be back if we require further information. You won't get a second chance."
Vekel "The answer ain't gonna be any different the next time. Arrogant elven bastard."


  • Several conversations that take place in The Ragged Flagon state that he is in a relationship with the Redguard fence, Tonilia, although both seem to have different views as to where they want the relationship to go. In a conversation between the two, Vekel states that he wishes she would slow down and live with him. Tonilia's answer is that she is just fine with the way things are. In another conversation between Tonilia and Dirge, it is stated that he believes Tonilia is cheating on Vekel with Brynjolf, though she quickly denies this, telling Dirge to mind his own business.
  • During A Cornered Rat, after asking Vekel where Esbern is, Gissur, if spared during Diplomatic Immunity, will get up from a table and find his "contact," a Thalmor agent. The Thalmor will then come into the Flaggon and ask Vekel where the player is. It is possible to overhear this conversation if sneaking and undetected.
  • Vekel states that he's heard that Esbern is "crazy" and "for that to stand out down here, he must really be off his nut."


This section contains bugs related to Vekel the Man. 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.
  •  360  Even if the Dragonborn gains the rank of Guildmaster, Vekel will still refer to the Dragonborn as Brynjolf's new protege. After attaining the rank of Guildmaster and asking him what the word is around the Guild, he will say that they have a new Guildmaster, but doesn't acknowledge that it is the Dragonborn. The same also goes for others in the Ragged Flagon, except for Delvin Mallory.
  •  PC   360   PS3   After collecting the four journals for Vekel's quest, they will stay in the Dragonborn's inventory and 4 units of weight will be added, but no reward or other items are obtained. The weight is a result of the journals no longer being quest items and thus contributing to the total weight now that they are sellable/disposable.
  • It is possible to start the quest without being a member of the Thieves Guild. By entering Yngvild and acquiring all four books, the Dragonborn will be given the miscellaneous objective "Return to Vekel". When the Dragonborn talks to him after returning, he will have all the same dialogue options as if he originally asked for the books to be retrieved.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Vekel the Man

  • Sad

    15 messages
    • Definitely either Brynjolf, Vekel, or Ralof.  BTW I wish there was a quest to catch Tonilia cheating, and then have the option to marry Vekel....
    • I still think I'd stay single in Skyrim as the men are not that attractive. Actually, I'm choosing my real life boyfriend XD.

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