This article is about the NPC added by Dragonborn. For the NPC in the original game, see Nikulas.
|Home Town||Skaal Village|
|Faction(s)||DLC2PillarBuilderFaction; Actors in this will never fill world interaction aliases; DLC2SkaalDialogueFaction; DLC2SkaalVillageCitizenFaction; DLC2SVEdlasHouseFaction|
Nikulas wishes to leave the village and become an adventurer. However, his mother Edla will ask you to convince him to stay. You can intimidate or persuade him to stay in the village if your Speech skill is high enough. A third option is to "help [him] get started" in which case you pay him money to start his life journey so he will agree to stay in the village for a little while longer. See the quest page for details.
During The Fate of the Skaal, Nikulas will be found helping Storn and Finna maintain the village's magical shield. Upon talking to him, he'll tell you either "Storn will protect us. We will be safe.", "We are only safe so long as we concentrate...", or "Do not break our concentration."
When you ask Storn to give out the secrets of the Skaal to Hermaeus Mora, Storn will end up betrayed and killed. During this, Nikulas may exclaim, "All-Maker, please help him!" As Storn lies dead, Nikulas will continue with either "Poor Storn. I can't believe it." or "Frea... what happened? What was that thing? I thought the village was safe now."
At other times, when you talk to him, Nikulas may greet you with "I've seen outsiders in our village before, but none were like you.", "Perhaps I'll be the first Skaal to slay a dragon. That would be worthy of a tale!", "Fanari says the Nords of Skyrim have many gods, but none are as wise and powerful as the All-Maker.", "Sometimes I wonder if we're the only Skaal. Could there be more villages like ours?", or if you have completed Lost Legacy, "I heard that you and Tharstan explored an ancient crypt. That sounds like an exciting adventure." Should you leave him, he may say either "You need to leave? Alright." or "I'm sure you have more important things to do. Farewell, then."
He can occasionally be seen arguing with his mother:
Edla: "I wonder sometimes if you are truly happy here, Nikulas."
Nikulas: "I know why you're asking, mother. I am happy here, but I want to know more of the world outside our lands."
Edla: "I know that Tharstan has filled your head with stories, but those stories don't tell of the dangers and hardships of the world."
Nikulas: "I don't fear hardship and danger. I am Skaal. The only thing that I fear is not to follow my heart, and to die an old man filled with regret."
Edla: "My heart is still wounded from the loss of your father. I cannot lose my only son so soon after. When time has worn away my grief, then you can go with my blessing."
Nikulas: "Very well, mother. I will stay for now."
Explaining to him that his mother tells you that he wants to leave the village, he'll confirm, "That's right. I want to go out into the world and earn great glory. I want to hunt the deadliest creatures and claim vast riches. I am weary of living in this village. I want to do something with my life other than farm, fish and hunt deer. I know it must be hard for an adventurer such as you to understand this, but we Skaal live very boring lives." You have three options, all of which will attempt to make him stay in the village:
|"I do understand. In fact, I'm willing to help you get started."
||"You are? I admit, I was not expecting to hear that."
||Passed: Return to Edla
|"The world is dangerous, and you're not ready for it." (Intimidate)||Passed: "Well, I know there is some danger, of course, but I didn't think it would be that bad. If the risk is truly so great, I will train with Wulf Wild-Blood and hone my skills. Perhaps in three or four winters, I will truly be ready."
Failed: "There is no fear in my heart. My father's blood flows in my veins, and he was a mighty warrior. I will face any danger."
|Passed: Return to Edla
|"You'd abandon your mother when she needs you most?" (Persuade)||Passed: "There is truth in your words. She has not been herself since my father's death."
Failed: "I know that it would be difficult for her, at least for a time, but I am a man now. I have the right to choose what life I will."
|Passed: Return to Edla
If you have passed the speech check, Nikulas will end with, "I can see that in my eagerness for adventure, I have forgotten my duties as a son and as a Skaal. You have helped me to see wisdom, and I thank you for that, Skaal-friend."
- Convince Nikulas to stay in Skaal Village: Counsel a young Skaal on the dangers of life as an adventurer.
- Nikulas has dialogue recorded for after you have freed him from working at the Wind Stone: "We're the victims of some evil magic, but why?", "I'm on my way to Skaal Village. Perhaps I'll see you there." and "You are a true hero. I thank you, friend." as he returns to the village. However, he won't actually be found at the Stone, as he is in Skaal Village concentrating on the magical shield.