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Skyrim:Bow to the Master

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Retrieve a farmer's stolen bow.
Quest Giver: Dravin Llanith
Location(s): Merryfair Farm, Riften
Reward: Five leveled gems
Disposition: =1 (Dravin Llanith)
ID: FreeformMerryfairFarm
Suggested Level: 8
"Not only did [sic] they take my bow, but they took all of our coin as well."

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Talk to Dravin at Merryfair Farm.
  2. Find Dravin's Bow in The Ratway.
  3. Return to Dravin.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

Dravin Llanith is a farmer who lives at Merryfair Farm. Talk to him and he will tell you about his stolen family heirloom, a bow. A few days ago, some thieves from Riften broke into his house and stole it. He is quite sure those lowlifes took the bow with them back to The Ratway. If you can head into the Ratway and get his bow back, he would pay you what he can.

The Ratway is somewhere under Riften, these sewers and tunnels are inhabited by some skeevers and thugs. Pay attention to the traps at the same time. In order to retrieve the bow, you have to get into The Ratway Vaults. The only way to get to the vaults is through The Ragged Flagon — the door is to the right of the bar. It's not necessary to join the Thieves Guild to get access to the entrance. However, it would be a good choice to do this quest during Taking Care of Business. You can find the bow in a chest in a room near the stairs, guarded by a Vagrant and a Lowlife.

Return to Dravin after you get his bow. He will be very excited and reward you with five leveled gems. "I don't know how you got it back, and I don't want to know. Frankly, I don't even care... I'm just so glad to see it again."


  • Several side quests require a certain type of gem(s) so it may be worth making a save point just before talking to him. Loading a previous save will change the gems rewarded thus allowing you to choose, as long as you meet the level requirement for gems.


  • If you find Dravin's Bow before being assigned the quest, you may be unable to return it to him even if he tells you about his stolen bow after you have found it.
    •   The Unofficial Skyrim Patch, version 1.2.1, addresses this issue. You may need to save and reload to get the fix to work—using "Continue" from the main menu may not work.
    •   If this occurs, you can use the console command setstage FreeformMerryfairFarm 30 to advance the quest to the correct stage, allowing you to complete it.

Quest StagesEdit

Bow to the Master (FreeformMerryfairFarm)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Retrieve Dravin's Bow
Objective 20: Return Dravin's Bow
200 Finishes quest 
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 10, 250.
  • 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 FreeformMerryfairFarm 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 FreeformMerryfairFarm.