Skyrim:The Savior of Selveni Nethri

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Help a necromancer escape from Southfringe Sanctum.
Quest Giver: Selveni Nethri
Location(s): Southfringe Sanctum
Reward: None
ID: dunSouthfringeQST
Suggested Level: 6
"Please, cut me down!"

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Find Selveni Nethri trapped in webs in Southfringe Sanctum and cut her down.
  2. Help her escape the cave.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Caught in a Web[edit]

When exploring Southfringe Sanctum you will find a Dunmer conjurer named Selveni Nethri trapped in a spider's web. Obviously she is frantic to escape and pleads with you to cut her down.

A Cursed Necromancer[edit]

After you free her from the webs and she will tell you, "Bashnag's coven chased me out and left me for dead down here. Nobody lasts too long with the spiders. I won't be myself for some time. I just need to get out of here and recover." Apparently Selveni's dealings as a necromancer resulted in her daughter being taken from her and sent to the orphanage in Riften. Selveni had gone to Riften to see if she could get her daughter out, but learned her daughter had already been moved. When she returned to the coven, Bashnag accused her of trying to sell him out to the Thalmor. She was cursed and chased off. Because of the curse she has been weakened and can't cast a spell to save her life. She isn't able to escape the Sanctum until the way out is safe, and she is desperate to locate her missing daughter.

Clear the Way[edit]

You have probably already faced the many resident frostbite spiders on your way in. While it isn't necessary to kill Bashnag and all his fellow spellswords to ensure her safety, the quest will fail if Selveni dies before escaping. Let her know when the way out is clear. She will thank you and move along the path in the spider area to get out of the cave by herself. When she has exited the cave, the quest will be completed. There is no follow-up to this quest, as Selveni's daughter does not appear anywhere in Skyrim and Selveni herself disappears for good once she is out of the player's sight.


  • She may refuse to move after being cut down.
    • Try talking to her until she moves. This might continue past any meaningful conversation, but she should eventually move.
  • In many cases, Selveni can get stuck near the entrance. Some things that can be tried to unstick her are:
    • Talk to her.
    • Use your equipment, spell, or shout to get her unstuck, such as Unrelenting Force, a Paralysis spell, or blocks.
    • Use the wait feature for one hour.
    • Leaving and reentering the location may also work. In that case, she will disappear from the cave, and the journal will update the quest as completed. You may be forced to go back to Southfringe Sanctum after a long time roaming other places to solve this quest with this method,though.
    • Hitting her with an arrow may also help push her towards the entrance. However, do not use a powerful bow+arrow combination or you will risk killing her.
  • Selveni may even escape but the quest journal indicates that it never completed.

Quest Stages[edit]

The Savior of Selveni Nethri (dunSouthfringeQST)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
100 ☑Finishes quest
200 ☒Fails quest
Objective 1: Help Selveni Nethri escape the cave.
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 10, 15, 50.