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(RefID: 00019931)
Home Town Karthwasten
House Karthwasten Hall
Race Breton Gender Male
Level 6 Class Miner
RefID 00019931 BaseID 00013B69
Other Information
Health 91 Magicka 67
Stamina 67
Primary Skills Alchemy, Conjuration
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Marry Yes
Faction(s) CrimeFactionReach; JobMinerFaction; KarthwastenAinethachHouse; PotentialMarriageFaction; TownKarthwastenFaction

Ainethach is a Breton miner and the owner of Karthwasten and its two mines, Sanuarach Mine and Fenn's Gulch Mine. He has two adult children named Rondach and Voada who work in Understone Keep as the chef's assistants.

As one of the few native Reachmen to own land in the Reach, Ainethach is frequently hassled by both the Forsworn and Nords of Markarth, who both accuse him of having a secret agenda against their respective groups. His mine also makes him a target for the machinations of Thonar Silver-Blood, the leader of the Reach's wealthiest and most influential family. You will encounter him during one such time, as mercenaries hired by the Silver-Bloods, led by Atar, are trying to force him to sell the mine by shutting it down under the pretext of Forsworn activity nearby. You can either aid Ainethach by getting rid of the mercenaries or convince Ainethach to sell his mine to the Silver-Bloods.

Upon raising his disposition, he will become a potential candidate for marriage.

When you first enter Karthwasten, you will find Ainethach along with two of his miners, Ragnar and Lash gra-Dushnikh, having an argument with Atar and his fellow sellswords. After this event is over, he will resume his normal routine. Ainethach begins his day by waking up at 7am and leaving Karthwasten Hall to head outside. He will then spend the next 12 hours working on the exterior of his home, either using a hammer to repair the house or sweeping his balcony. He may also be found taking a break at the table or seated on one of the benches found outside his house. After spending all morning and afternoon outside, Ainethach will head inside his house at 7pm. He will spend the next 5 hours relaxing inside his home, until he goes to sleep at midnight.

Ainethach wears a set of fine clothes and matching boots. He is equipped with a steel dagger and carries a key to Karthwasten Hall and a selection of upper-class items and gold.

Related Quests[edit]


His potential greetings are:

"I'm one of the few native sons of the Reach that owns land. It doesn't make me very popular."
"If the Forsworn aren't attacking my town, the Nords are trying to force me off it."
"Finally, both of my mines are open again. Time for everyone to get back to work."

If spoken to directly:

Are you in charge here?
"My family has owned Karthwasten for generations. Rare for anyone in the Reach that isn't a Nord. Not that it does me any good. Nords think I'm working for the Forsworn. Forsworn think I'm working for the Nords."

Quest-Related Events[edit]

Sanuarach Mine[edit]

"I want you sellswords out of my mine."

As soon as you enter Karthwasten for the first time, you will find Ainethach arguing with Atar about the occupation of his sellswords inside Sanuarach Mine:

Ainethach: "I want you sellswords out of my mine."
Atar: "Watch your tongue, native. We'll leave when we're sure there's no Forsworn here."
Ainethach: "Oh, and when would that be, I wonder? When I sell my land to the Silver-Bloods?"
Atar: "The Silver-Bloods have made you a very generous offer for this pile of dirt. I suggest you take it."

If you talk to the miners that are currently out of work, they will express their frustration and desire for Ainethach to deal with the situation. You can ask Ainethach if he is having trouble with the mine:

Trouble with the mine?
"Robbery is what it is. The Silver-Bloods are trying to muscle in on my land. Forsworn attack the mines, and suddenly all these sellswords show up to 'help.' They won't let anyone work until I sell it off."

You will then have two responses to choose from:

What if I convince them to leave?
"You can try, but I'd keep your sword-arm ready if things get ugly."
That's too bad.
"You're telling me."
Who are the Silver-Bloods?
"A family of thieves. Running their corrupt empire from Markarth. The Silver-Blood family own half the Reach, and they won't stop until they own all of it."

If you told Ainethach that you will help convince the sellswords to leave, you must now head inside Sanuarach Mine and persuade Atar and his men to leave. Once you have used persuasion or force to clear the mine of the sellswords, you can return to Ainethach and tell him that the sellswords won't be a problem now:

Those sellswords won't be a problem now.
"That won't be the last we hear from the Silver-Bloods, but at least we can get back to work. Thank you. You've done a good thing for me and my workers. Here. This is for you."

He will then give you your reward, a leveled amount of gold.

Rather than helping Ainethach, you can aid Atar in persuading Ainethach to sell the mine instead. If you confront Ainethach and tell him that you think he should sell the mine:

I think you should sell the mine.
"No. This is my land. You expect me to just hand it over to those Silver-Blood thugs?"

You must then choose one of the following options to persuade him to sell his land:

Option Response
They won't stop until you do. (Persuade) Passed: "You're right. They always get what they want, somehow. Fine. Tell Atar I'll sell."
Failed: "Someone has to stand up to them. I won't sell."
Look. I'll give you a fair price. (Bribe) Passed: "That's more gold than they're offering. Fine. I'll sell."
Failed: "This isn't about the money."
You do or you get hurt. (Intimidate) Passed: "Easy. I'll sell. Just don't hurt anyone."
Forget it, then. "Let's do that." (no action is taken)

Once you have persuaded him to sell the mine, you can return to Atar to tell him about your success. Atar will then proceed to give you your share of the cut, which is the same amount of leveled gold you receive if you help Ainethach.

The Heart of Dibella[edit]

During The Heart of Dibella, if you tell him that you are looking for a young girl that lives around here, he will reply by directing you to Enmon:

I'm looking for a young girl who lives around here.
"Oh, my. You'll want to talk to Enmon about that."


The citizens of Karthwasten will often mention Ainethach in conversation. Mena may direct you to Ainethach if you try to talk to her: "Ainethach's in charge of Karthwasten. You should bother him." Her husband Enmon will sometimes brush you off with a similar statement: "You should talk to Ainethach. He's in charge." Ragnar will often talk about his boss, saying: "I'm Ainethach's right-hand man. I help supervise the mines." and "Not many Nords would work for a Reachman, but Ainethach is a good man." If Ainethach dies, Ragnar will question the future of Karthwasten: "Ainethach is dead. What will happen to Karthwasten now?" Lash will also comment on his death: "Ainethach's dead, but that doesn't mean we can stop working."