The Silver Hand

In Brief

  1. Talk to Skjor
  2. Meet with Skjor at night
  3. Enter the Underforge
  4. Participate in the blood ritual
  5. Talk to Aela the Huntress
  6. Kill the werewolf hunters


After completing a Radiant Quest, most members will point you towards Skjor for your next assignment; apparently he has something ‘special’ planned for you. Skjor turns out to be less talkative than usual and will request a nightly meeting near the Underforge, a secret crypt underneath the smithy of Eorlund Gray-Mane. At night, Skjor will wait for you near the secret entrance, determined to make you a stronger member of the Companions. He will then open the secret entrance and encourage you to follow.

Since you cannot pick up this quest until you have completed at least one Radiant quest, a bug may occur if the radiant quest system sends you to a location that you have already cleared. This bug makes it impossible to complete the required radiant quest (even if the monsters at the destination have respawned), and thus impossible to continue with the Companions storyline. Greenspring Hollow is such a location; if you already killed the sabrecat that dwells there, you will not be able to complete a Companions radiant quest that sends you there.

Inside the Underforge, you will encounter the Aela the Huntress in her lycanthropic form, standing next to an empty fountain. Skjor will introduce her as your ‘forebear’ and will inform you that this is to be kept secret from Harbinger Kodlak Whitemane and will then ask if you are prepared. When you are ready, Skjor will cut open Aela’s wrist, filling the fountain with blood. Activate the blood and receive theBeast Form power. After this, you will faint right where you stand.

You wake up in the streets of Whiterun, now as a Werewolf, and will experience the general hatred towards your kind. Citizens will flee and guards will attack you, and you have no choice but to avoid them or, alternatively, kill them. Due to your beastly appearance you will not gain a bounty. After a certain amount of time (or if your health runs too low), you will faint once again.

Beware! Some times the guard won’t attack you. In this case some NPC may attack you anyway and it count as an assault against you resulting in guard killing them to protect you.

This time, you wake up in the middle of nowhere, stripped of all your gear, and with a concerned Aela looking over you. She will congratulate you on surviving the initiation and inform you that the Silver Hand, a group of Werewolf hunters, have inhabited Gallows Rock and will not hide the fact that they should be slaughtered right away. She also informs you that Skjor already entered the fort. From this point, Aela will act as your follower so head west towards the fort. A number of Silver Hand members will guard the exterior area, so dispose of them and enter the fort.

The first room is a sealed-off area, so pull the chain next to the severed werewolf head and proceed forward. The fort is buzzing with enemies and werewolves in cages, both living and dead, all seemingly exposed to torture by their captors. Be on the lookout for the One-handed skill book The Importance of Where in the huge southern chamber, the Smithing skill book The Last Scabbard of Akrash near the workbench, as well as several locked and unlocked chests.

When you reach the northwestern chamber, Aela will rightfully warn you about Silver Hand leader Krev the Skinner so be prepared. When the chamber is cleared, a worried Aela will run up onto the podium and discover the dead body of Skjor, obviously killed due to his lycanthropy. Once you speak with her, the quest will end and you will have to find your own way out, through the door to the northeast. Three new Radiant Quests are now available back in Jorrvaskr and you will have to complete two of them (for Aela) before you can access the next major quest, Blood’s Honor.