Return to the Ragged Flagon (not the Guild/Cistern) and speak to Karliah. Agree with backing her up and follow her into the Cistern. After the talk between Karliah, Vex, Delvin, and Brynjolf, follow them to the vault and then speak to Brunjolf after everyone’s discovered what’s going on.

Tell him everything you know about the situation. Now it’s time to break into Mercer’s house. Question him on everything you can two get two optional objectives: He tells you to go talk to Vex about Vald and he tells you to shoot the mechanism to lower a ramp in Mercer’s backyard.

Go talk to Vex and she tells you that you can pay off his debt in order for him not to attack you. Pffft, you can do this if you want to, but it’s really not worth it (see the note below if you want to NOT kill Vald). Go to Mercer’s house backyard and you’ll find Vald out here. Save and pick the lock. Once inside, kill Vald ASAP (really easy) and locate the platform that’s raised. There’s a little cog next to it. Shoot it with an arrow to lower it.

Note: If you want to erase Vald’s debt, follow the guide inside the following box.

If you opted for the infinitely easier and quicker option; use the key looted from Vald’s corpse and inside kill the three thieves that are guarding the place. Now go to the basement through the northwest corner of the house. There are traps in the sewers, so be careful. At the end, check the table where the marker is. Also be sure to grab the Bust of Gray Fox and the enchanted sword out of the display case…

Read the SNEAK SKILLBOOK here as well (called “The Red Kitchen Reader”) to raise your Sneak level by 1. Also, the bowl here is FULL of jewels. You can continue onwards to go through a short section of the ratway and make your way to the Ragged Flagon. Now return to Brynjolf and the quest ends.


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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
    17 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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