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(RefID: 00019E00)
Home City Riften
House Riften Stables
Race Redguard Gender Male
Level 4 Class Farmer
RefID 00019E00 BaseID 00013371
Other Information
Health 75 Magicka 60
Stamina 60
Primary Skills One-handed
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Voice Type MaleYoungEager
Faction(s) CrimeFactionRift; Riften Stables Faction; TownRiftenFaction

Shadr is a Redguard farmer living in Riften. He works as Hofgrir Horse-Crusher's assistant in the stables. A newcomer from Hammerfell, the unfortunate Shadr recently fell for a scam orchestrated by Sapphire, and now owes her a considerable amount of gold. During the related quest, you will have to convince Sapphire to forget about his debt and leave him alone.

Having learned the equestrian trade back in his native Hammerfell, Shadr spends all of his time with the horses, under the watchful eye of stable owner Hofgrir Horse-Crusher. He sleeps in the stable building every night between midnight and 6am and tends to the horses for the rest of the day, at random times taking breaks inside the house for a quick meal. If Hofgrir dies, however, Shadr will change his daily routine completely and will almost abandon his beloved horses. He will still get out of bed at 6am but will start the day with a one-hour meal, then spend all day in Riften, preferably seated on the bench where he is found speaking with Sapphire upon first entering town. At 9am he will browse the market for four hours and will return to the stables for meals at 1pm and 6pm.

He wears a set of typical farmer's clothes along with a pair of boots and wields a leveled dagger (up to elven quality at level 20). He carries the key to the stables, a belted tunic and a selection of lower-class items and gold.

Related Quests[edit]


When working at the stables, Shadr will share his passion for horses and provide a bit of background information on his employer and mentor:

"Hofgrir is a great teacher. I've learned so much about horses from him."
"Horses are all I know. I've been riding since I could walk."
"If the forest wasn't so dangerous, I'd spend every spare moment riding."

He can also talk about his job at the stables, the way he does so is dependant on many factors:

"If it's horses you want, you'll want to speak to Hofgrir. I'm afraid I'm in too much trouble to help you." (Stabilized not completed, Hofgrir dead*, not at the stables)
"If it's horses you want, you'll want to speak to Hofgrir at the stables." (Stabilized completed, Hofgrir alive, not at the stables)
"If it's horses you want, I'm not sure I can help you. I have too much on my mind as it is." (Stabilized not completed, Hofgrir dead, not at the stables)
"If it's horses you want, you're talking to the right person." (Stabilized completed, Balimund dead*, at the stables)
You work at the stables?
"Yes. Hofgrir took me in when I arrived in Riften about a year ago. He's been teaching me everything he knows. Horses are my whole life. Back in Hammerfell, I helped my family raise horses at our farm. I hope to open my own stables one day, but I think it's going to take a lot longer than I expected." (If Hofgrir is alive)


When he is inside Riften, Shadr might strike up a conversation with one of the market vendors, including his crush; Marise:

Shadr: "Hi, Marise. How are you today?"
Marise: "I'm well. How are things over at the stables? Old Hofgrir giving you a hard time?"
Shadr: "Naw... he's fine. Look, I wanted to ask if you'll... um, if you'd like to... well, like to have a drink with me at the Bee and Barb sometime?"
Marise: "Shadr, that's so sweet... I'd love to."
Shadr: "Here's another septim, Madesi. How much more do I need?"
Madesi: "Only thirty more and it'll be all yours. If I might ask, who is the lucky woman?"
Shadr: "It's for Marise, but don't say a word to her!"
Madesi: "Don't worry, Shadr, your secret is safe with me."
Mjoll: "Have you prepared the stables like I suggested, Shadr?"
Shadr: "Yes, Lady Mjoll. If Riften gets attacked, we'll retreat inside the city gates and bar the door just like you said."
Mjoll: "Good. You could be our first line of defense since you live outside the city walls, so we're depending on you."
Shadr: "Brand-Shei, did you hear about Helgen? It's... it's gone! A dragon burned it to the ground!"
Brand-Shei: "Yes, I heard. I think all of Skyrim knows by know."
Shadr: "Do you... do you think that could happen here? I mean, could a dragon come here and burn the city down?"
Brand-Shei: "I don't know. All we can do is hope the Eight will favor us and have these creatures stay far away from Riften."
Grelka: "Did you do everything I said, Shadr?"
Shadr: "Yes. The man came by at noon just like you said. I gave him the package and he gave me this pouch for you. The package was heavy... I needed his help getting it on his horse. What was inside?"
Grelka: "Hey, I told you not to ask any questions. Now, here. For your trouble."
Shadr: "Thanks, Grelka!"

Quest-Related Events[edit]


"Why are you doing this to me?"

The very first time you enter Riften you will witness a heated discussion between Sapphire and Shadr, on the bridge just outside the Bee and Barb:

Sapphire: "I'm really getting tired of your excuses. When you borrowed the money, you said you'd pay it back on time and for double the usual fee."
Shadr: "I know I did. But how was I to know the shipment would get robbed?"
Sapphire: "Next time, keep your plans quieter and nothing would have happened to it."
Shadr: "What? Are you telling me you robbed it? Why? Why are you doing this to me?"
Sapphire: "Look, Shadr. Last warning. Pay up or else. All I care about is the gold. Everything else is your problem."

Should you try speaking to Shadr during this, he will just say:

"I can't talk right now."

Sapphire will then turn around and leave Shadr to his thoughts. He will remain seated on the bridge until you approach him and ask about his problem. When you speak with him, he will say:

"Huh? What do you want?"
What kind of trouble are you in?
"I owe a great deal of money to someone and I think they cheated me. I don't know what to do."
Tell me the details.
"I was able to work out a deal with the stables in Whiterun to sell me some of their tack and harnesses. I borrowed some gold from Sapphire to pay for the shipment, but it got robbed before it even arrived. Now Sapphire wants her money back, and if I don't pay her, I think she's going to kill me."
I'll help you pay off your debt.
''"You will?! Oh, thank you!"
Sorry, I wish I could help you.
"Not half as sorry as I am."

After this, he will return to his stable work with a warning:

"Be careful with Sapphire. She's [sic] mixes with all sorts of nasty people."

Sapphire's reaction will differ depending on how long you have progressed in the Thieves Guild quest line; if you have yet to become a member, she will be harder to convince and you will have to either persuade, intimidate or bribe her; if you're Guildmaster, Sapphire will openly admit her scam and will even try and cut you a deal. Naturally, Shadr's responses will differ as well. He will first ask:

"Any luck with Sapphire?"
Sorry, I couldn't change Sapphire's mind.
"Oh. Well, thanks for trying I suppose. I'll just have to come up with the coin somehow."
You're no longer in debt with Sapphire.
"By the Eight! You actually talked her into it? I don't know what to say. I didn't think anyone in Riften even cared what happened to me. Look, I was saving this, but I wanted you to have it. I thought I might need it if Sapphire came for me, but I don't need it anymore."

Spread the Love[edit]

Here, brother. Blessings of Mara upon you.
"I'll give it a try, thanks very much."


  • Internally, Shadr is set up as Hofgrir's biological son, which doesn't match up with the story he tells about his youth in Hammerfell.


  • Shadr's line "If it's horses you want, you'll want to speak to Hofgrir. I'm afraid I'm in too much trouble to help you." incorrectly checks if Hofgrir is dead, rather than alive.
  • Shadr's four lines about his work at the stables have an incorrect value on a condition which checks whether he has the JobHostler keyword and could never play as a result. One of these lines was also incorrectly checking if Balimund was dead, when the line is about Hofgrir.