Skyrim:Aia Arria

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Aia Arria
(RefID: 000198D0)
Home City Solitude
Location Bards College
Race Imperial Gender Female
Level 6 Class Bard
RefID 000198D0 BaseID 0001325C
Other Information
Health 89 Magicka 72
Stamina 64
Primary Skills Restoration, Speech
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Faction(s) CrimeFactionHaafingar; JobBardFaction; SolitudeBardsCollegeFaction; TownSolitudeFaction
Aia Arria

Aia Arria is an Imperial bard at the Bards College in Solitude. According to her teacher, Pantea Ateia, Aia is the only student at the College with actual talent, a fact that Aia takes great pride in.

Aia Arria wears a set of farm clothes along with a cowl and a pair of boots. She carries her key to the Bards College, a flute, a lute, and a selection of common loot and gold. She also wields an iron dagger and carries a belted tunic.

At 4am, she will wake up and go to a class in the Bards College. She will move to a different class at 8am and again at 2pm. She will go to the market at 6pm; however, she also goes to sleep at 6pm, which is a bug in her schedule.


When approached she can potentially say:

"Lady Ateia says my voice is second only to hers. But she's selling me short."
"Few can resist my charms. Even fewer are worthy of them."
"Oh, if you haven't heard Dean Pantea sing, you should."
"I can't understand why Jorn would want to join the Imperial Legion. Soldiers only appreciate one thing, and it isn't music."

When spoken to directly:

What do you do around here?
"I'm a bard, trained at the Bards College in Solitude. Wanderers like you should think about applying."

She will exit conversation with:

"We should talk again sometime."

Unless you have completed Tending the Flames, in which case she will say:

"Always glad to talk to a bard."


During the lesson time at the Bards College, she may be seen having random conversations with her instructors.

Pantea: "You there. Have you performed your voice exercises today?"
Aia: "Always! Perfection takes dedication, after all!"
Pantea: "Yes, well, see that you keep at it. That is all."

Inge Six-Fingers: "Your solo performance is about a week away. I expect to hear your early rendition tomorrow, understand?"
Aia: "At this point, I hardly see how your advice would improve it. It's flawless."
Inge: "I'll be the judge of that. Now, back to your practice."

She was also supposed to converse with Giraud Gemane, but due to a bug, her line will never be heard.

Giraud Gemane: "Pardon me, but I trust you've been working on your poem, on the classical heroes of Skyrim, yes?"
Aia: "Must it be written? Poetry is so dull when it isn't set to music."
Giraud: "I'm sure it will be fine. Just don't be late."

This is a conversation she may have with Jorn:

Jorn: "What're you going to do after you graduate? I'm thinking of joining the Legion. I hear they're looking for skalds. Just think. Me - a war bard."
Aia: "Lady Ateia has already arranged for me to perform in the court of the Jarl of Falkreath."
Jorn: "You'd better hope the war's over by then. The Stormcloaks would eat you alive!"
Aia: "Hmph. Music tames the most savage beasts. Even Nords."

This is a conversation she may have with Illdi:

Illdi: "Alaf keeps making eyes at me."
Aia: "You should tell him to mind his own business."
Illdi: "Aia. You're so mean. I don't think he means anything by it."
Aia: "Have it your way, then."

This is a conversation she may have with Pantea Ateia:

Pantea: "Your performance has been excellent lately Aia. You still need training but one day you will make an adequate singer."
Aia: "Yes, Dean. Thank you."

This is a conversation she may have with Addvar at the market:

Aia: "Salmon looks good today."
Addvar: "Speaking of sounding good, I've heard a couple of your classmates on the street recently."
Aia: "As long as they're playing instruments they're passable. You don't want to hear them sing."

This is a conversation she may have with Jala at the market:

Aia: "There's nothing quite like a good vegetable."
Jala: "Vegetables are the food of the Divines."
Aia: "I've heard stranger things[sic] are eaten over at the Temple of the Divines."


  • Aia has setup errors for her market visit and sleeping.
    • PC Only This issue has been addressed by version 1.2.5 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch; Aia now visits the market at 4pm instead of 6pm, and sleeps from 7pm to 2am.
  • Considerable dialogue was written for Addvar and his various customers. Unfortunately, they were recorded in Jala's voice. Aia's dialogue is mixed with Jala's other dialogue. See Addvar Bugs for this dialogue.