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Wuunferth the Unliving

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Wuunferth the Unliving
Wuunferth the Unliving
Race Elder
Gender Male
Class Sorcerer
Faction Windhelm
Rank Court Wizard
Services Spell Merchant
Destruction training
Ref ID 0001B132
Base ID 00014146
"Strength and steel are well and good, but magic is the true power in this world."
―Wuunferth the Unliving[src]

Wuunferth the Unliving is an elderly mage serving as the court-wizard for Jarl Ulfric Stormcloak. He also teaches Adept-level Destruction magic.


Wuunferth resides in the Palace of the Kings in Windhelm. He has a room at the end of the hall on the second floor (first door on the left when entering the Palace of the Kings), which has an Arcane Enchanter and Alchemy Lab. Wuunferth may attend the wedding of a person who invests in him.


Hired MuscleEdit

It is possible that Wuunferth is the target of a radiant quest for the Companions. Farkas asks the Dragonborn to intimidate a random NPC in Skyrim. It is the Dragonborn's duty to track down the person of interest and "rough them up" by initiating a bare-knuckle fight with them until they yield. Returning to Farkas completes the quest. Killing the target while on the job will result in failure of the quest.

Blood on the IceEdit

He is framed by Calixto as the "Butcher" of Windhelm during the Dragonborn's investigation into a series of murders most foul, and depending on the Dragonborn's decisions, he may be wrongly imprisoned and if so, will mock his accuser's "detective" skills. Even if his jail cell is unlocked, he remains in the cell and appears oblivious to the fact.

He may also send hired thugs after the culprit if something is stolen from him.


  • "Yes, I'm a powerful wizard; no, I won't put on a magic show for you."
  • "Whatever you're heard I can do is probably true."
  • "If Ulfric needs a favor, he has it. Anyone else better pay well for the service."
  • "A strong sword arm wins battles, but a keen mind wins wars."


  • During the quest Blood on the Ice, Wuunferth may be confronted with the possibility of being the Butcher. He denies the allegations by mentioning that, as a Mage of the College of Winterhold, Necromancy is not allowed. However, when asked, Phinis Gestor, will specifically mention that Necromancy was in fact never disallowed at the College. He considers the Mages Guild's ban on Necromancy to have been an "archaic policy."
  • Wuunferth seems to be unhappy if the Dragonborn sides with Imperial Legion and finishes the quest line. He will have dialogue such as "Leave me alone! Can't an old man have some peace!".
  • If an atronach is summoned in his presence he may shout "You're going to get us all killed, you damn fool!".


  •  PC   360   PS3  The game may fail to load Wuunferth, and any quests that involve him will be unable to be completed.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Wuunferth the Unliving

  • Nothings happening

    2 messages
    • I've finished the first part of the quest and have accused the mage guy. I waited outside windhelm for 3 days and nothings happened. No cor...
    • I'm pretty sure that is the most bugged quest in the game, I've done several playthroughs where I can't even get the quest.  I think i...
  • Dead Viola

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    • Reload, if you're not on PC. Otherwise, there's no solution.
    • If you are on PC open console  and mark dead body and then type ressurect.

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