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< Skyrim: People
(RefID: 000BBDC1)
Location Labyrinthian
Race Wood Elf Gender Male
Level 1 Class Sorcerer
RefID 000BBDC1 BaseID 000B878A
Other Information
Health 50 Magicka 50
Stamina 50
Race Details Ghost
Class Details CombatSorcerer
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Essential Yes
Voice Type MaleCoward
Faction(s) Faction that is friends with all Creatures

Girduin is the ghost of a Bosmer sorcerer which only exists during impressions of past conversations with the Arch-Mage during the quest The Staff of Magnus. He was the first one to die in Aren's group, killed by the skeletal dragon.

He and several other mages including Savos Aren, Hafnar Ice-Fist, Takes-In-Light, Elvali Veren and the group leader, Atmah, embarked on a quest through Labyrinthian. After passing through the room with the skeletal dragon, he is revealed to have been killed by it. Hafnar wishes to go back and save him but Atmah says there wasn't much to go back after.

Related QuestsEdit

The Staff of MagnusEdit

Girduin first appears with his companions at the entrance to Labyrinthian, but does not speak. In the next chamber, you will see the mages again, preparing themselves.

"Given the history of this place, it's more than likely there's still some amount of power here."
Elvali: "I can't believe we're doing this."
Savos: "Can you imagine the looks on their faces when we come back?"
Hafnar: "You keep talking like you're sure we'll find something useful in here."
Girduin: "Given the history of this place, it's more than likely there's still some amount of power here."
Savos: "Enchanted weapons, tomes of ancient knowledge, Shalidor's secrets themselves -- who knows what we could find!"
Takes-In-Light: "And what if... What if there are things guarding this place?"
Atmah: "Against six College-trained mages? I think we'll be fine."

However, after their encounter with the skeletal dragon, Girduin is no longer with the group. The others hinting at him having met a grim fate.

Elvali: "We... we have to go back. We can't leave Girduin..."
Hafnar: "We barely made it out alive, and you want to go back in?"
Atmah: "It's too late. There isn't enough of him left to go back in after."
Takes-In-Light: "Gods, what have we done?"
Savos: "We can't go back. Might as well go forward. We can still do this."
Atmah: "Savos is right. We can make it if we just stay alert."


  • Unused dialogue exists that provides a full recollection of Savos Aren's version of events during the expedition. At some point, he would have commented on Girduin's death, saying "Girduin died first. It happened so fast, none of us had a chance to react. One moment we joked about what we'd find below, the next he'd been ripped in half. And then we were all fighting just to survive. None of us were prepared. It was amazing the rest of us survived. When it was over, Atmah, Hafnar and I stared, pale-faced, at one another, unwilling to admit we'd made a terrible mistake. We could have turned back. It could have ended there. But we kept going."
  • While the mages don't have any dialogue when present at the entrance to Labyrinthian, they were meant to take part in another group scene;
Savos: "Come on, we're finally here! Let's not waste any more time!"
Light: "Are we truly sure this is a good idea?"
Atmah: "We'll be back at the College before anyone even knows we're gone."
Girduin: "You would care about that, since you're the Arch-Mage's favorite!"
Savos: "Don't forget, this whole idea was Atmah's to begin with."
Hafnar: "Let's just get inside, see what's in there."