The Cursed Tribe

skyrim largashburIn Brief

  1. (Optional) Hear rumors that something is happening in Largashbur
  2. Help the Orcs of Largashbur repel a Giant attack.
  3. Speak to Atub.
  4. Bring a Troll Fat and a Daedra Heart to Atub.
  5. Observe Atub’s ritual.
  6. Speak with Chief Yamarz.
  7. Meet Yamaraz at Fallowstone Cave.
  8. Protect Yamarz as he journeys to the Giant’s Grove.
  9. Defeat the Giant.
  10. Take Shagrol’s Hammer back to Largashbur.
  11. Place Shagrol’s Hammer on the shrine in Largashbur.
  12. Collect your reward.


While visiting Riften, you may hear rumors from guards that something odd is going on at the Orc Stronghold of Largashbur. The Orc camp is located in The Rift southwest of Riften. As you approach the town for the first time, a Giant will be actively attacking the Orcs at the gate. Its advisable to hurry in and help distract the giant as it will kill unnamed Orcs left and right and may kill potential followers such as Ugor. After defeating the Giant, Ugor and a caster named Atub will begin bickering. Atub will apologize to you and explain that their tribe and leader have been cursed. She has a ritual that may be able to remove it, but needs a Troll Fat and a Daedra Heart to perform it. She’ll ask you to retrieve them.

After you bring the ingredients to Atub, she will enter Largashbur Longhouse and speak with Chief Yamarz about performing the ritual. The Chief isn’t thrilled about the ritual, but ultimately agrees to follow her out to the altar. Atub successfully reaches Malacath, whose disembodied voice berates Yamarz for his weakness. Abhorring Yamarz for being so weak that even Giants openly attack his stronghold. Malacath demands him to kill the giant’s leader and return with his club as an offering. Yamarz is irked and demands your assistance in his task, promising lots of gold for helping him.

Yamarz will run off towards Fallowstone Cave. If you fast travel there you’ll meet him at the entrance and avoid the long trek. He’ll tell you to the lead way for him through the cave so that he’s not too tired to fight the Giants’ leader. The cave is remarkably spacious, but very straight forward. Bears and Trolls may be in the cave and pose some threat, but the Giants should be far enough away to be avoided entirely. Yamarz will charge down several ledges following the flow of a stream to a pool on the lowest level. He will continue to follow the stream deeper into the cave out of the spacious area. A dark path on the right leads up to an area fraught with bones and the exit to the Giant’s Grove.

Once in the grove, Yamarz will offer to pay you even more gold if you kill the Giant yourself and let him take credit. If you agree, he will ultimately betray you afterwards saying that no one can ever know the truth of what happened here. He is extremely well-armored and has tremendous blocking ability, but doesn’t hit hard. After killing him, Malacath will praise you for removing both the Giant and the conniving, weakling chief. He asks you to take Shagrol’s Hammer back to Largashbur and whip the other Orcs back to shape. If you persuade Yamarz to perform his duty, he’ll be killed almost immediately by the Giant and you’ll be left to kill the Giant anyway. Malacath will again deride the fallen weakling Chief and send you back to Largashbur. In either situation, you’re left in a very small area fighting a Giant mano-a-mano.

Once back, speak with Atub and tell Yamarz’s fate. Malacath will speak once more, naming Gularzob the new chief. He will ask that you place Shagrol’s Hammer on the shrine, which transforms it into the fearsome Volendrung, the Hammer of Might. Make sure you pick it up from the shrine where it will be floating above the skull between the antlers.