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(RefID: 0001F325)
Home City Markarth
Location The Warrens
Race Breton Gender Male
Level 4 Class Beggar
RefID 0001F325 BaseID 00013392
Other Information
Health 75 Magicka 60
Stamina 60
Primary Skills Conjuration, Speech
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Voice Type MaleDrunk
Faction(s) CrimeFactionReach; FavorExcludedFaction; FavorJobsBeggarsFaction; FavorJobsDrunksFaction; MarkarthDoubterFaction; MarkarthSilverBloodPatronFaction; Thieves Guild No Pickpocketing Faction; TownMarkarthFaction

Degaine is a Breton beggar living a cumbersome existence in The Warrens, the place where Markarth hides the poor and sick. He recruits you to steal a valuable statue from Markarth's Temple of Dibella, having previously been caught in his attempts to steal the statue himself.

He used to work the smelter for Mulush gro-Shugurz but broke a few bones and became a cripple. His life in Markarth now centers on two things: sleeping and begging—he will even degrade himself to dance if you provide him with alcohol. He sleeps in his room in The Warrens from 10pm to 8am and then spends twelve hours begging near the market stalls in front of the Silver-Blood Inn. At 8pm he enters the inn and spends the day's earnings on mead. At 10pm he staggers back to the Warrens and goes to sleep. The only exception to this routine happens when you first enter Markarth, in which case Degaine will stay inside the inn while Weylin attempts to murder Margret.

He wears nothing but some ragged robes, and he carries an iron dagger and an assortment of lower-class items and a bit of gold.

Related QuestsEdit

Quest-Related EventsEdit

Speak to DegaineEdit

When talking to Degaine he will explain in his own typical manner that he has his eye on a very special Statue of Dibella:

Did you say something about money?
"Aye, a whole heap of it. You see that Temple? Way up there? All them women, keeping to themselves. Won't let poor Degaine in, no. But they've got a treasure in there. Gold statue, size of a child. Who knows what they use it for, but I know what I'll use it for."
You want me to steal it?
"Well let's not put it like that. Wouldn't want the Thieves Guild catching wind of us, eh? Nah, just creep in and have a go at taking it out. I'll be here, and pay you half of what my man in Riften promised for it. You'll be helping out an old beggar, and the Divines smile on that sort of thing."
I have a question about the statue.
"What is there to know? It's in the temple, you bring it out. You bring it to me, I pay you. Now get moving."

While you do this thing for Degaine, there's a considerable chance you will trigger the quest The Heart of Dibella, a punishment from the priestesses for catching you stealing. If you, however, manage to steal the statue, Degaine will warn and reward you:

"Give it to me quickly, before they see us together. You've riled up the priestesses, and the guards don't take kindly to that. Here's your share. Nicely done."

Degaine will then return to his rude behavior towards the customers at the market.


His attitude towards other citizens is quite hateful and, when you approach him, he will shout:

"Alms. I said "alms" you backbiter. Give a crippled worker a helping hand."
"How about a septim? Wait, make that two septims, I feel like living it up."
"Come on, you outsiders always have plenty of gold on you. Spare a piece!"

When you hand it to him, he will be equally insulting:

"Finally. Now get lost."
"Bring more gold next time."
"Tell everyone you see to bring me some septims."

Unused DialogueEdit

Degaine has unused dialogue tied to multiple quests he was once meant to partake in. This dialogue can only be found in the game's DialogueViews files, and not the Creation Kit.


In this quest, Nana Ildene would've asked to deliver some medicine to Degaine.

I have some medicine from Ildene.
"Old Nana finally remembered me, huh? I'll take that. | Now beat it, unless you're planning on giving me some Septims. Don't need you gawking at a cripple."


This quest would've been related to The Forsworn Conspiracy, and centered around getting Uraccen, the father of Uaile, released from Cidhna Mine, in order to get Uaile to stop conspiring with the Forsworn in the city. Uaile would send you to speak with the housecarl, who would let you view records of the accusations made against Uraccen. These would show that Degaine was the witness that pointed to Uraccen. You would then get sent to speak with him, to try and get him to recant his statement.

(Favor) Why did you report Uraccen to the guards?
"Not telling ya. What've you ever done for me?"
"Nepos put me up to it. Gave me some briar-thing. Said it would get Uraccen arrested. He's got it bad for Uraccen's daughter, yeah? Guess ole' Nepos got what he wanted."

He will then continue by saying:

"Nepos made me accuse Uraccen of being a Forsworn. Is that what you wanted to hear?"
I want you to confess this to the Jarl.
"Fine. Not like it will matter much. Jarl's not going to arrest Nepos. Just tell me when you want me to go."
(Favor) I need you to tell the Jarl [sic] or Confess or you won't live to spend another coin!
"Fine. I'll confess. Just let me know when you want to head over to the Jarl."
Follow me. We're going to see the Jarl.
"Fine. Might as well do this quickly."
Wait here. I'm not ready to talk to the Jarl.
"Ah, I'm sure Uraccen can wait a little longer to breathe fresh air again."


At random times during the day, Degaine can be heard insulting market merchant Hogni Red-Arm:

"Hogni Red-Arm, more like Hogni Fat-Arm."

Degaine: "Alms. Give me some meat, you fat Nord!"
Hogni: "What did you say to me, Reachman?"
Degaine: "I said give me some meat. I'm hungry, and the Divines know you don't need more food in that huge gut of yours."
Hogni: "You little twig. I'll snap you in two!"
Degaine: "Just try it. Maybe a little time inside Cidhna Mine will get rid of all that fat on you."

Hogni: "Look at you, begging on the streets. Learn a trade."
Degaine: "Picking on me again, you backbiting Nord? Tired of those prissy nobles turning down your rotten slabs of venison?"
Hogni: "How dare you. No one turns down cut meat from Hogni Red-Arm!"
Degaine: "Hogni Red-Arm, more like Hogni Fat-Arm."

In the evening, Degaine and Cosnach will often engage in drunken conversations:

Degaine and Cosnach

Degaine: "Give us a coin, Cosnach. You'll just spend it on cheap ale, anyway."
Cosnach: "Like you won't do different?"
Degaine: "I'm a cripple. I have a reason to be drinking."
Cosnach: "And I'm a porter with no shipments coming in. You're not getting any coin from me, Degaine."

Cosnach: "How did you manage to cripple yourself, Degaine?"
Degaine: "Mining accident, back when I was in prison for being a pickpocket."
Cosnach: "You're lying. You're not quick enough to be a pickpocket. What's the real reason?"
Degaine: "Fell off the top of the cliff after a drunken party with the priestesses of Dibella."
Cosnach: "I don't buy that story, either."
Degaine: "Too bad. That one's my favorite."


  • When asked for rumors, the innkeeper at the Silver-Blood Inn will gossip: "Degaine the beggar got himself kicked out the Temple of Dibella. Caused quite the ruckus."