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(RefID: 0001F14D)
Home City Solitude
Location Bards College
Race Redguard Gender Male
Level 6 Class Bard
RefID 0001F14D BaseID 00013295
Other Information
Health 89 Magicka 72
Stamina 64
Primary Skills Alteration, One-handed, Speech
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Faction(s) BardSingerFaction; CrimeFactionHaafingar; JobBardFaction; SolitudeBardsCollegeFaction; TownSolitudeFaction

Ataf, a Redguard bard, is a student at the Bards College in Solitude. Being the youngest member of the college, he spends his days in classes to improve his talents at his chosen profession. He is eager to please both his teachers and peers, and will greet new acquaintances rather nicely.

Ataf wears a set of clothes and a pair of boots. He also keeps a belted tunic on his person, but won't equip it. As befitting for a bard, Ataf has a drum, flute, and lute with him. To defend himself he wields an iron sword. He also carries a key to the Bards College and a selection of lower-class items and gold.

Ataf will perform a variety of activities throughout the day at the Bards College. Very few activities in his schedule are set, but he will attend the many classes the college offers. At 4am he will go to the southwestern lecture hall on the top floor to take part in Inge Six Fingers' class. After the class breaks at 8am, he will go to the lecture hall opposite of it for Pantea Ateia's lesson. At 11am he will head out of class an hour early to go outside. Ataf will wait outside of the Bards College for three hours before heading inside again. An hour later, he will head to the library for Giraud Gemane's history class. Once the college ends classes for the day at 6pm, he will spend the remainder of his time doing whatever he pleases. During the festival he can be found playing a flute.

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He can potentially say:

"Youngest bard at the Bards College, at your service."
"Anything I can do for you, I will."
"The pleasure's all mine."

He will be less polite during Roggvir's execution; attempts at conversation will have him shoot you down:

"Can we talk later?"

If spoken to after Tending the Flames:

"Always glad to talk to the bard who returned part of the Poetic Edda."


Ataf playing his flute

In the Bards College:

Pantea: "All right, let's try something a bit more... fun."
Ataf: "There once was a hero named Ragnar the Red, who came riding to Whiterun from ole Rorikstead!"
Pantea: "That was better Ataf. Add a bit of emphasis on "Ragnar" and "Red.""
Inge: "Remember, it's your job to "deliver" these songs. To excite the crowd. Draw them in and they will love you for it."
Ataf: "I think Illdi's better than Dean Pantea actually knows. She just gets intimidated when she's in class and can't sing."
Jorn: "I think someone has a crush on Illdi."

Ataf may have a few conversations with the local merchants:

Ataf: "Um, excuse me. Could I buy two leeks."
Jala: "Fine, Ataf. You should eat some more tomatoes, though."
Ataf: "My mother always used to say that too."
Ataf: "I went out ice fishing a few days ago."
Jala: "Brave man, with the Blackbloods out there. Did you catch anything?"
Ataf: "Naw, mostly just froze."
Jala: "Well, keep at it. The fish have to get to know you before they're willing to bite."
Ataf: "I'll take a bottle of spiced wine."
Evette: "I haven't known you to drink before, Ataf."
Ataf: "Viarmo is trying to get Elisif to allow the Burning of King Olaf. I don't want to look like I don't know how to drink in front of the other bards."

After the festivities:

Evette: "A bottle of spiced wine for ya, Ataf?"
Ataf: "No thank you. I'm still feeling sick from the festival."


  • His NPC ID in the Creation Kit is "AtAfAlan", varying from his name in the game by giving him a last name. Taking into consideration Redguard Naming Conventions, it is likely that his full name was originally going to be "At af-Alan".
  • He will occasionally be called on to perform for teachers. During Inge's class she will call on Ataf to play a piece for the class: "Be sure to watch your finger positions. Especially during the transitions. Ataf, please play back that piece for me." After completing the teacher's request, she will compliment him on his work with the line: "Very good. Let's continue with our practice."
  • His fellow bards, Illdi and Aia Arria, will talk about his possible infatuation with Illdi. Illdi will start the dialogue by saying he has been looking at her: "Ataf keeps making eyes at me." Aia will respond to this by saying: "You should tell him to mind his own business." Illdi will turn down her advice: "Aia. You're so mean. I don't think he means anything by it." Aia will brush off her response by saying: "Have it your way, then."


  • Ataf has no sleep package and continues his last action all night until another package takes over.
  • As Inge will not visit her class during class time, Ataf and the other students will just quietly sit through the class. He will still play the piece for the class as prompted by Inge from the Library.
  • Ataf should have played his flute for the people of Solitude while outside between 11am and 1pm, but will just stand idly.
  • Ataf has no scheduled visit to the market, so the market dialog rarely happens.
  • Considerable dialogue was written for Addvar and his various customers. Unfortunately, they were recorded in Jala's voice. Ataf's dialog is mixed with Jala's other dialogue. See Addvar Bugs for this dialog.
  • Ataf will sometimes sing the first line of the song "Ragnar the Red" while wandering around the college.