Skyrim:A Lovely Letter

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Walkthrough: written by Beezer1029, not checked
Reward: written by Chezburgar, checked by Beezer1029
Use a forged letter to resolve a love triangle.
Quest Giver: Sven or Faendal
Location(s): Riverwood
Reward: 25 Gold,
Faendal or Sven as a follower
Disposition: =-1 (Faendal), =2 (Sven)
=-1 (Sven), =2 (Faendal)
ID: FreeformRiverwood01
Camilla Valerius is at the center of a love triangle.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. (Optional) Learn about the love triangle from town people.
  2. Talk to Sven or Faendal about the love triangle.
    • (Optional) Talk to the other man involved in the love triangle (Sven if you talked to Faendal first and vice versa).
  3. Give the letter to Camilla Valerius.
  4. Return to the man you decided to help to finish the quest.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

The Triangle[edit]

When you visit the small town of Riverwood, the local beauty, Camilla Valerius, has sparked the interest of two bachelors in town. The local bard, Sven, and the wood elf hunter Faendal, are both vying for Camilla's favor; and will resort to slander and libel to win it.

What a Tangled Web We Weave[edit]

If you approach Sven first, at the Sleeping Giant Inn, you find out about his love for Camilla, and about his suspicions about Faendal's involvement in her life. Sven will then ask you for a favor: deliver a fake letter supposedly written by Faendal to Camilla, seemingly breaking things off with her due to her being an Imperial, and he a true-born elf. Or you may speak to Faendal first. He can be found near the lumber mill chopping wood or wandering the village. Faendal also has feelings for Camilla and a desire to see Sven out of the picture. He asks you to deliver his own fake letter designed to disrupt Sven's wooing by outlining out the household chores he has planned for Camilla. With either letter, you can go straight to Camilla, or show the supposed letter to the other man prompting them to hand over their own forged letter for you to deliver.

When We Practice to Deceive[edit]

When you decide who you want to help, either Sven or Faendal, deliver the letter to Camilla. Camilla is usually at the Riverwood Trader, but at night she can sometimes be found at the Sleeping Giant Inn. When you talk to Camilla, you have two ways of proceeding. You can lie to her and give her the forged letter as is, or tell her the truth about the ruse. In either case, she will effectively break off her interactions with the loser. Speak with the winner to collect your reward.


  • Faendal makes a good follower because he is an Archery trainer. You can train the skill and later retrieve all the money you spent on the training from his inventory.
  • It is not possible to complete this quest in a manner that has both Sven and Faendal as followers and to have their dispositions friendly towards you.
  • In a particularly sneaky move, you can marry Camilla yourself after completing The Golden Claw quest. Strangely enough, marrying her does not solve this quest. Solving this quest after marrying Camilla will cause the 'winner' to appear at your house, should Camilla have moved in.
  • It is possible to turn in both fake letters to Camilla and tell her that both Sven and Faendal tried to manipulate her. Go to either Sven or Faendal, then take their fake letter to the other NPC, and when he gives you their own fake letter, pickpocket the second fake letter from them. You can then go to Camilla and give her both of the letters. Whenever you decide to tell her the truth or not, both Sven and Faendal will act more hostile to you, greeting you with a phrase such as "You're nothing but trouble." However, talking to either one of them to conclude the quest will change their dispositions as normal, respectively.
  • If you turn in both letters to Camilla, the first of her suitors that you talk to will pay you and be available as a follower. The second you talk to will not follow you afterward. They both may say positive things. Sometimes one says negative things.

Quest Stages[edit]

A Lovely Letter (FreeformRiverwood01)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Deliver Faendal's letter to Camilla
Objective 20: (Optional) Tell Sven about Faendal's letter
Objective 110: Deliver Sven's letter to Camilla
Objective 110: Deliver Sven's letter to Camilla
Objective 120: (Optional) Tell Faendal about Sven's letter
Objective 10: Deliver Faendal's letter to Camilla
Objective 210: Talk to Faendal
Objective 220: Talk to Sven
Objective 220: Talk to Sven
Objective 210: Talk to Faendal
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 5, 7, 105, 107, 200, 310, 320.
* Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the Radiant Quest system, and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • 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 any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.
  • 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.
  • On the PC, it is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage FreeformRiverwood01 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, but it is possible to clear all stages of the quest using resetquest FreeformRiverwood01.
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