Skyrim:Kolskeggr Mine (quest)

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Clear the Forsworn from Kolskeggr Mine.
Quest Giver: Pavo Attius, Skaggi Scar-Face
Location(s): Left Hand Mine, Kolskeggr Mine
Reward: Leveled gold
Disposition: =1 (Pavo Attius)
=1 (Gat gro-Shargakh)
ID: FreeformKolskeggrA
Pavo and Gat returning to Kolskeggr Mine

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to either Pavo Attius or Skaggi Scar-Face.
  2. Clear out Kolskeggr Mine.
  3. Claim your reward.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Two Survivors[edit]

Upon arriving at Left Hand Mine outside of Markarth, you may overhear a discussion between Skaggi Scar-Face, who is in charge of the mine, and Pavo Attius. Pavo and his fellow miner Gat gro-Shargakh are the only survivors of a Forsworn invasion of Kolskeggr Mine. Skaggi is visibly upset by this news; he gives the two survivors permission to stay at Left Hand Mine, and vows to send word to the Jarl. If you speak with Skaggi, he expresses his concern over the increasing Forsworn threat and the timeliness of a response from the Jarl. If you agree to clear out the mine, he will be grateful, but skeptical about your ability to survive. Speaking with Pavo will also initiate the quest and he will also offer the same sentiments about the Jarl's response and your success in the mine.

Make your way to the mine, which will be marked on your map if you haven't previously discovered it. Several Forsworn will be standing guard at the mine's entrance, with more inside. Once you've killed them all, head back to Left Hand Mine.


Speak to Pavo with the news of your success. He will be suitably impressed at your accomplishment and reward you with a leveled amount of gold. He and Gat then return to work at Kolskeggr Mine.

Levels Reward
1–9 500
10–19 750
20–29 1,000
30–39 1,250
40+ 1,500


  • Once Pavo returns to Kolskeggr Mine, he will offer to buy gold ore from you. His services are of limited use, however (see bugs below).
  • Since finishing this quest helps Gat too, he makes you Blood-Kin with the Orcs if you aren't already.


  • Even after fulfilling the quest and letting the miners reclaim control of Kolskeggr Mine, the Forsworn will respawn the next time you visit the cell. They will kill the miners off if you aren't quick enough. It's possible to save them; just make sure that you quickly dispatch the two Forsworn near the bridge. The miners and a guard will easily dispatch the one at the top.
  • You may be able to repeat this quest when the Forsworn there respawn, as long as you stay away from Kolskeggr Mine and avoid triggering the event in which the miners try to reclaim control.
  • Pavo stays inside the barracks, and will not talk as you are trespassing.
  • Stronghold Orcs may fail to recognize you as Blood-Kin after completing this quest.

Quest Stages[edit]

Kolskeggr Mine (FreeformKolskeggrA)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Clear the Forsworn from Kolskeggr Mine
Objective 20: Tell Pavo that Kolskeggr Mine is cleared
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 15, 100.
  • 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 FreeformKolskeggrA 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 FreeformKolskeggrA.