He serves as the Master of Ceremonies for the Burning of King Olaf Festival held every year. He spends his mornings at The Winking Skeever with his fellow instructors and the rest of the day tending to the college. As a neutral observer, he tries not to concern himself with Skyrim's politics, yet recognizes the significance of the Dragon Crisis and the impact it will have on history.
Viarmo will offer some words of advice pertaining to being a good bard. Ironically, he stresses that bards record history - they do not make it; despite the adventures of the Dragonborn. He will also have various conversations with the other instructors, typically regarding the students.
Due to the death of High King Torygg, his widow, Elisif the Fair, bans the Burning of King Olaf festival in Solitude. Viarmo employs the Dragonborn with recovering King Olaf's Verse, a poetic tome that serves as proof to the legitimacy of the festival.
This section contains bugs related to Viarmo. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- After completing Tending the Flames, Viarmo will still be seen holding the torch he used to burn Olaf's effigy for the remainder of the player's playthrough. Reverse pickpocketing a torch into his inventory while he is asleep in the Bard's College fixes this issue.
- After a while the torch may be replaced by a woodcutter's axe for some reason. It can be pickpocketed away with the appropriate perk.
- He may remain seated in the palace foyer, waiting for the performance for proceed. Selecting the ready option may complete the quest objective and initiate the next step in speaking to Jorn, bypassing the performance entirely.
- He may hold a torch in his left hand and can even carry a two-handed weapon in his right, as if it was a one handed weapon
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (First appearance)