This quest can be started by approaching the entrance to Thirsk Mead Hall . A Riekling will initiate dialogue and ask the Dragonborn to follow him inside. Once inside speak to the Riekling Chief . Incredibly, he has learnt how to speak and explains that he has a few tasks that he needs help with.

Fetch Bilgemuck

The first task the chief asks is to find Bilgemuck , a unique Bristleback , and bring him back to Thirsk. Approach the beast and offer it some meat for bait, such as Horker Meat , and it will begin to follow. Lead it to a small pen by the side of the mead hall to complete this errand.

Collect 10 Scathecraw

Next he requires ten samples of Scathecraw , which he calls “redgrass”. Scathecraw can be found all over the island or sold by alchemists. Raven Rock also has a great abundance of them.

Kill the Nords

For the final task he will ask the Dragonborn to help him kill some nearby Nords that have been troubling them. If Bujold’s Retreat has been visited before, it is revealed that these Nords are actually the previous inhabitants of Thirsk Mead Hall that were driven off by the chief and his soldiers.

Accepting to help the chief will cause him to jump out his throne and run outside, ready to fight. Alternately, the Dragonborn can also voice their reluctance, resulting in the chief waiting inside the hall for the Dragonborn to return later. This gives the Dragonborn the opportunity to talk to Bujold and help her instead.

When the Dragonborn agrees to help Bujold, The Chief of Thirsk Hall quest will fail and the Dragonborn can participate in retaking Thirsk Hall instead.

Usurp the Throne

Once all the Nords have been killed, the chief will mention that the Dragonborn is too strong and perhaps wishes to usurp him, much like he did with the previous chief of the tribe. Next he will attack. Once he is dead the Rieklings of Thirsk will recognize the Dragonborn as the new chief and the quest is completed.


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Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    19 October 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

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