Skyrim:Striking the Heart

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Assassinate a leader of the Silver Hand.
Quest Giver: Aela
Location(s): Radiant
Prerequisite Quest: The Silver Hand
Reward: Leveled Gold
ID: CR09
A Silver Hand Leader in Orotheim

Radiant Options[edit]

Eastmarch Hjaalmarch The Rift Whiterun Hold Winterhold
Cragslane Cavern
Gallows Rock
Lost Knife Hideout
Orotheim Broken Helm Hollow
Faldar's Tooth
Treva's Watch
Redoran's Retreat
Valtheim Keep
Fort Fellhammer

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to Aela in Whiterun.
  2. Travel to the designated hideout.
  3. Kill the Silver Hand leader.
  4. Return to Aela.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

At the end of The Silver Hand, you and Aela discover Skjor dead on the ground. You and Aela start your own personal vendetta by assassinating a Silver Hand leader at a radiant location.

All of the radiant locations contain good loot. See the appropriate location's page, listed above, to find out where the loot is. There are a lot of Silver Hand, though, and the leader is often a lot harder to kill. Once the leader is dead (explore the location like you would in a regular dungeon or camp) return to Aela in Jorrvaskr, and she will give you leveled gold and start the next quest, either Retrieval or Stealing Plans.


Levels Reward USLEEP Reward
1-9 100 100
10-19 150 150
20-29 300 200
30-39 300 250
40+ 300 300
Level is based on when the player completed the previous quest (or level one for the first quest), not the player's level when receiving the quest or its reward.
The reward amounts for radiant Companions quests do not progress as intended.


  • This quest uses the Radiant Quest System to randomly generate a target location and waypoint for the objectives. In some cases the waypoint will lead to a random spot adjacent to the designated quest location. This is caused when you have previously killed the Silver Hand leader.
  • If the quest is given but no waypoint is provided, and killing all NPCs at given location does nothing, the quest is most likely not activated.
    • To see if any quest is active, type showquesttargets in the console in-game. Look for 'CR09', the ID for this quest.
    • If not there, yet the quest is clearly in your quest tab, the quest can be completed by simply writing completequest cr09 in the console in-game.
    • The quest completion should pop up, and returning to Aela should give you the follow-up quest in the Companion quest chain.

Quest Stages[edit]

Striking the Heart (CR09)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 We've heard rumors of a Silver Hand lieutenant camped at <Alias=Camp>. With <Alias.PronounObj=CampBoss> dead, their forces should weaken.
Objective 10: Assassinate the Silver Hand leader
20 I killed the Silver Hand leader at <Alias=Camp>.
Objective 20: Return to Aela
200 ☑Finishes quest
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 1, 100.