This page lists all the Orc strongholds in Skyrim.
- Dushnikh Yal — A prosperous Orc stronghold in the southwest of Skyrim, southeast of Markarth.
- Largashbur — An accursed Orc stronghold beset by giants in the southeast of Skyrim, west-southwest of Riften.
- Mor Khazgur — An Orc stronghold in the far northwest of Skyrim, west of Solitude and north of Markarth.
- Narzulbur — An Orc stronghold in the northeast of Skyrim, southeast of Windhelm.
Only Orc characters have immediate access to the strongholds unchallenged. Characters of any other race must first become Blood-Kin of the Orcs before being welcome in the strongholds. You can enter a stronghold without being Blood-Kin, but everyone will continuously tell you that you are not welcome, and you are unable to trade with any merchants in the stronghold.
There are several quests that fulfill this requirement. Members of any stronghold you approach may give you the quest The Forgemaster's Fingers if you have not become Blood-Kin already. However, if you complete any quests on the following list before receiving the quest The Forgemaster's Fingers, you will not have access to that quest. Completing any of the following quests will still give you access to Orc Strongholds as Blood-Kin and will have no related repercussions.
Completing any of these quests will have the grateful Orc say, "For your help, I'm sending word to the Orc strongholds that you're to be trusted. You should be welcome there now.", signifying that you are now Blood-Kin.