Oblivion:When the Vow Breaks

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Recover the family heirloom for an abandoned wife.
Quest Giver: Maeva the Buxom at Whitmond Farm
Location(s): Whitmond Farm, Fort Strand
Reward: Leveled amount of gold
ID: SQ10

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Speak with Maeva the Buxom about a missing family heirloom.
  2. She will direct you to her husband, Bjalfi the Contemptible, taking refuge in Fort Strand.
  3. Head to Fort Strand, and dispatch all the gang members including Bjalfi.
  4. Return to Maeva with the mace to receive your reward of a leveled amount of gold.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Family Heirloom[edit]

Just north of Anvil is a small farm called Whitmond Farm. Go there and speak with Maeva the Buxom. She will ask you to retrieve a family heirloom, a magical mace named Rockshatter, which her husband, Bjalfi the Contemptible, smuggled out of their house before leaving her. He was last seen heading for the ruins of Fort Strand to join the marauder gang there.

Fort Strand[edit]

As soon as you start the quest, Fort Strand is added to your map. Head to the fort, and inside there are approximately nine gang members, along with Bjalfi himself, taking residence. The toughest fight is against Bjalfi and his two companions. It is possible to take them on one at a time assuming you are careful. If you fail to do so and they rush on you all at once, try to distract some of them by summoning a decoy. One of Bjalfi's bodyguards is a boss-level marauder. At low character levels they are pretty easy to defeat, but as you level up it may prove rather difficult.

Return to Maeva[edit]

After you have killed Bjalfi, take Rockshatter from his corpse and return to Maeva to receive a leveled gold reward (20 gold at level 1 plus an additional 25 gold for each level above that, to a maximum of 745 gold at level 30).


  • If you are sufficiently acrobatic, you can jump across the bridge trap and wood planks (if they've also fallen) in Fort Strand. Get on the edge of the wall and Bjalfi and his two partners will run after you, falling into the pit. If you're not sneaking, they will eventually stop in a spot where you can shoot whatever you want down on them. They'll then run out and back around, within a few seconds falling down again. You can repeat this until you kill all three.
  • Bjalfi can be a good source of leveled heavy armor. He always has the strongest boots, cuirass, and greaves for your level, with a 50% chance of having similarly-leveled gauntlets.
  • Once you've returned Rockshatter to Maeva, the quest will be complete and she will keep the mace. At this point, Rockshatter is no longer a quest item; it becomes just an ordinary enchanted dwarven mace and weighs as such. You can pickpocket her (or even kill her) to take it back, although you have to try this when Maeva is sleeping, eating, or reading as she equips the mace at other times so it is not possible to steal it from her. Stealing from her and/or assaulting and killing her will not net you a bounty, nor will it increase your infamy. Because of this, and the fact that she does not play a part in the game after this quest, Maeva makes a good entry point for the Dark Brotherhood.
  • If you've come across Rockshatter by chance without talking to Maeva, your journal will be updated and the quest will be added to your Active Quests list. Just complete it the same way as if you had spoken to Maeva.
  • Bjalfi frequently drops Rockshatter when you kill him. Once he's dead, pick it up and finish clearing the dungeon before you check his body. You should then find another Rockshatter in his inventory. Leave it there, run to Whitmond Farm and deliver your copy of the mace to Maeva. Afterwards, run back to the fort and loot Bjalfi's corpse. The copy of Rockshatter you had left behind when you were abandoning the fort should still be there. Although you will have had this quest completed by then, the mace will still be treated as a quest item and after grabbing it you won't be able to get rid of it unless you use the game console. See below for more details.
  • Alternately, speak to Maeva while being on horseback and having Rockshatter equipped. A message will appear informing you that the item could not be removed; nevertheless, you will still be able to finish the quest and keep the mace.
  • Under certain circumstances, Bjalfi may respawn. You can then slay him once more to obtain yet another copy of Rockshatter. While this is not a particularly devastating weapon, it's supposed to be a quest item and has zero weight. You can return it again to Maeva to get the reward again.
  • It is possible to return to Bjalfi's body and collect another Rockshatter. Having more than one copy of Rockshatter with you while talking to Maeva will cause her to completely ignore all of them. This will result in the quest being ruined.
    • This bug is fixed by version 1.1.511 of the Official Oblivion Patch.
    • PC To get around this, you can use the following console command: player.removeitem <Form ID> <Amount>. The Form ID depends on the level you had when you found it. Remove all but one of the Rockshatters from your inventory, then give the last one to Maeva. The Form IDs are as follows: 00014EC2 (levels 1-4), 00014EC3 (levels 5-9), 00014EC4 (levels 10-14), 00061421 (levels 15-19), 00014EC5 (levels 20-24), and 00014EC6 (level 25+).

Journal Entries[edit]

When the Vow Breaks (SQ10)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 I've come across an unusual mace named Rockshatter on the body of a Nord. The mace has a worn inscription on the haft reading "To Maeva and Bjalfi in honor of your union." I should hang onto this weapon, as I'm sure Maeva will want to know her late husband's fate.
20 I've been asked by Maeva the Buxom at Whitmond Farm outside Anvil to help her recover a family heirloom her husband stole when he left her. The mace is named Rockshatter. Her husband, Bjalfi the Contemptible, was last seen heading for the ruins of Fort Strand to join the Marauder Gang there.
30 I've found Bjalfi the Contemptible inside Fort Strand, with Rockshatter still in his possession. I should take the weapon back to Maeva and tell her of her late husband's fate.
100 Finishes quest☑ I've returned Rockshatter to Maeva. She was pleased and rewarded me with a small parcel of gold.
200 Finishes quest☑ With Maeva's death, it's impossible to complete this quest.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in random order.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • PC It is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage SQ10 stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages. See SetStage for more information.