Follow Vilkas as he leads you out to the training yard. Once out at the training yard, Vilkas will tell you to come at him, so do as he says! DON’T use magic here, he’ll just make you attack again if you do. Also, enchanted weapons are a no-go as well. Just hit him several times (all he does is block) and you’ll pass the training.

Eorlund Grey-Mane tends the Skyforge and gives you the menial task of taking a shield back to its rightful owner.

Next Vilkas will give you his sword and tell you to take it to Eorlund to get it sharpened. Eorlund is nearby, up the steps by the Skyforge, the special forge for crafting the Companions weapons and armor. There’s also a Smithing Skillbook here named “The Armorers’ Challenge” , so be sure to read it.

Tell Eorlund you are here with Vilkas’s sword. He will take it and teach you a bit about the Companions: apparently they have no leader. Interesting. He will then ask you to take Aela her shield back, so be a nice guy and do it.

Once you give Aela her shield, she will recognize you. She will call in Farkas and tell him to show you your room. Well, I guess we’re officially part of the group now. On the way back to your room the current quest will deem itself over, and Farkas will eventually ask for your help right here in Whiterun. Say you can handle it to start the quest “ Hired Muscle “.

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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
    24 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.

Version 1.2

  • Introduction to the Races.
  • How to complete every storyline quest.
  • Where to find and conquer every side-mission.
  • Location of every powerful Dragonwall.
  • Search out and defeat every Dragon.
  • How to find hidden, powerful weapons.
  • Over 200 captioned screenshots provide even more help.
  • Dragonborn DLC covered in full.
  • Dawnguard DLC covered in full.
  • Screenshots for the major side-missions.
  • Achievements/Trophy descriptions (includes all 3 DLC packs).
  • Character Creation guide.

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