|Primary Skills||Heavy Armor, One-handed, Archery, Block, Two-handed|
|Faction(s)||Black Briar Meadery Faction; CrimeFactionRift; Imperial Government; Riften Black Briar House Faction; Thieves Guild No Pickpocketing Faction; TownRiftenFaction|
Hemming Black-Briar, a Nord warrior, is the son of Maven Black-Briar and father to Ingun and Sibbi. Mjoll the Lioness, Riften's self-appointed protector, describes Hemming as a "spoiled brat" who follows his mother's word "like a loyal dog follows its master". Maul, Maven's bodyguard, also describes Hemming as stubborn, "like his mother; he sees what he wants and he won't quit until he has it." Should Maven become Jarl after the Imperials claim the Rift, Hemming will be appointed as her steward, and relocate to Mistveil Keep.
Hemming wears a set of fine clothes with a matching hat and pair of boots. In combat, he relies on a leveled sword that can be up to elven in quality. He carries his key to Black-Briar Manor along with a belted tunic and a selection of upper-class loot and gold.
Hemming spends the majority of his time inside Black-Briar Manor, and only ventures outside to meet his mother for drinks at the Bee and Barb in the evenings, between 8pm and his bedtime at midnight. After waking up at 8am he enjoys a two-hour breakfast then wanders around the house until 6pm when he sits down for a two-hour dinner. If Maven is appointed Jarl, Hemming will move into Mistveil Keep as her personal steward. He will move into his predecessor’s old quarters and sleep there every night between midnight and 8am. He then spends the entire day at Maven’s side, pausing only to sit down for meals at 8am, 1pm, and 7pm.
If Riften is controlled by the Stormcloaks, upon first meeting him, he will comment, "Fancy yourself the adventuring type, eh? It's just as well, I doubt your combat prowess would prove valuable in a real battle anyway." He will then explain himself, "I was trained by some of the finest warriors in all Skyrim to wield a blade as if it was an extension of my own arm. My mother spares no expense where I'm concerned. I'm heir to the family fortune after all." He will reveal his ambitions for his family's meadery, "Once I'm in charge I have bigger aspirations than just Skyrim. I plan to bring Black-Briar Mead to all of Tamriel." and talk about his children, "My children, Sibbi and Ingun, are being groomed to run the family business one day as well. Sibbi will prove to be a fine leader one day, but Ingun... that girl has her mind somewhere other than business. Maven's disappointed that Ingun's heart isn't in the family business, but she says 'Ingun still has her uses.' Not sure what that means."
As steward, he will instead have new greetings: "I'm Riften's appointed Steward. How can I help you?" or "Steward Hemming Black-Briar at your service." You can further inquire about what he does around the Keep and he will reply with, "I'm not certain what business it is of yours, but I'm moth... I mean Jarl Maven's steward." and elaborate on his job, "I run the prisons in Riften, keep the riff-raff from robbing the good folk of this city and have drunks tossed into the lake." You can ask if he handles the defense of Riften, to which he will answer, "Defense? No one would dare attack Riften. I'm not sure you realize just how well connected Jarl Maven is with the Empire. With a single snap of her fingers, we could have a legion here in a fortnight." Expressing that you think he is exaggerating will yield "I don't care what you think. The Empire put Maven on the throne for a reason. That's all you need to know." from him. If you instead comment that it's impressive, his response will be: "Indeed. You don't get to the position my mother's achieved by blind luck... her business sense and diplomatic skills are legendary." or "If you say so." if you say it's interesting. If asked, he will explain the importance of his family: "The Black-Briars have been instrumental in keeping Riften on the map. Before the meadery was opened almost fifty years ago, this town was nothing... a simple waypoint for those journeying on to Morrowind. Now, thanks to my mother's generosity, this city is making its mark."
|His personality becomes quite clear as Madesi, a jeweler in Riften's grand plaza, explains an incident with Hemming:
Madesi: "Lady Maven, how may I help you?"
|Hemming's mother can be seen discussing with Haelga about her "arts":
Maven: "Haelga, I like you, so I'm only going to say this one time. If you ever try and 'practice the Dibellan arts' with Hemming again, I'll make sure that pretty little face loses its beauty."
- Note: This location is one of many potential targets for one or more of the radiant quests found on this page.
At the Bee and Barb inn, Hemming can be seen talking with Talen-Jei about his "offer":
Hemming: "So, Talen. Have you reconsidered my offer?"
Talen-Jei: "Sorry Hemming, I've no interest in becoming your valet."
Hemming: "What's the matter, I thought you people were used to indentured servitude."
Talen-Jei: "Xhuth! Black-Briar or not, say that again and so help me you're going to need more than your mother to protect you from me."
He and Maven may also discuss business matters in the inn:
|Maven: "Hemming, I want you to personally supervise the next shipment."
Hemming: "We already have people that do that and they make quite a bit of coin for it."
|Hemming: "Bersi still refuses to cooperate. What did you want to do?"
Maven: "I've known Bersi a long time. Even before he opened that rubbish heap he calls a shop."
In the Black-Briar Manor, Maven may order him to deliver a note to Sibbi, whom Hemming does not think of highly:
Maven: "Hemming, I need you to bring a note to Sibbi. I need him to do something for me."
Hemming: "Sibbi? He's in prison... you put him there."
Maven: "I know that!" OR "I can promise you when he's ready, he'll find the cell door unlocked."
Hemming: "Why do you tolerate him, mother? All he contributes to this family is embarrassment and disgrace."
Maven: "I tolerate your son because he'll do anything I ask, without question. I'd expect the same from my own son."
Hemming: "I understand, mother. Forgive me."
Should Hemming become steward, however, he and Maven will never leave Mistveil Keep, rendering the conversations above impossible. He will instead engage in new dialogue with other court members:
|Hemming: "There's still the matter of the prisoner to discuss. Now, his family is willing to contribute handsomely if we release him."
Maven: "The execution will proceed as planned."
|Maven: "Hemming, have you dispatched that letter I gave you yesterday?"
Hemming: "Yes, and I sent it with our fastest courier and under the cover of night, exactly as you specified."
Now Maven's housecarl, Maul, may comment on Maven's new power:
Maul: "Your mother seems to have taken to her seat quite well."
Hemming: "Yes, she's been grooming herself for this for quite a long time."
Maul: "It's surprising the Council is allowing a Nord rule Riften under the Imperial flag. That can't be their first choice."
Hemming: "Let's just say my mother knows which pockets to line and keep it at that."
Even as steward, Hemming's old habits die hard, as seen with his threats to the court mage, Wylandriah, for refusing his advances:
Hemming: "So, have you thought about what I said?"
Wylandriah: "I find the concept of sleeping with you not only repulsive, but morally unsettling. Does that answer your question?"
Hemming: "You listen to me. I'd be careful wagging that pretty little tongue at me like that otherwise I may just have it cut off."
Wylandriah: "Just stay away from me and maybe I won't weave a spell to shrink something that matters to you."
Wylandriah will even enlist Maul to help her with Hemming:
Wylandriah: "Maul, can I ask a personal favor of you?"
Maul: "Well that depends on what the favor is, now doesn't it."
Wylandriah: "It's Hemming. He's making advances and I can't bear the man's presence. Is there anything you can do?"
Maul: "I'll talk to him, but he's stubborn. He's like his mother; he sees what he wants and he won't quit until he has it."
Wylandriah: "Anything you can do to keep his filthy hands off of me would be a welcome change."
- Some dialogue incorrectly identifies Maven as the mother of Ingun and Sibbi instead of their grandmother.
- This bug is fixed by version 1.3.3 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.