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(RefID: 0001A6BE)
Home City Dawnstar
Store Rustleif's House
Race Nord Gender Male
Level 6 Class Blacksmith
RefID 0001A6BE BaseID 0001361E
Gold 1000 (+500 Investor; +1000 Master Trader)
Sells See Rustleif's House
Buys Blacksmith (Animal Hides, Armor, Arrows, Ore/Ingots, Tools, Weapons)
Other Information
Health 95 Magicka 60
Stamina 70
Primary Skills Smithing, Speech, Block, One-handed
Class Details VendorBlacksmith
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Voice Type MaleEvenTonedAccented
Faction(s) CrimeFactionPale; DawnstarRustleifsHouseFaction; Favor110QuestGiverFaction; JobBlacksmithFaction; JobMerchantFaction; ServicesDawnstarRustleifSmithy; TownDawnstarFaction

Rustleif is a Nord blacksmith living in Dawnstar. He and his wife Seren are expecting a child soon and because of her Redguard heritage he will ask you to bring him a book of Redguard lore called Night Falls on Sentinel.

With the forge jointly run by Rustleif and his wife, they keep the exact same daily routine. Rustleif gets out of bed every morning at 7am and starts the day with a one-hour breakfast with Seren. They both leave the house at 8am and spend the next twelve hours working the forge; although Rustleif is in charge, if he decides to take a break and just hang out, Seren will maintain the smithy until he returns. At 8pm they both return to the house for a bit of quality time before they go to bed at midnight.

Rustleif wears typical blacksmith attire: a blacksmith's apron and a pair of shoes. He carries an iron dagger, the house key and a selection of common items and gold.

Related QuestsEdit


When you approach him, he will greet you in many different ways, many of them related to his business but also to current events in Dawnstar:

"Need a dagger? No? How about a claymore?"
"You looking for a shield? Best thing between you and the enemy, friend."
"Don't forget getting a good pair of gauntlets. Broken hands can't hold a sword."
"I work steel, weapons mostly."
"Most of the guards in Dawnstar carry swords forged from his very smithy."
"I trained in Hammerfell during my journeyman years. Redguard smiths are second to none."
"I can't believe Silus is collecting Mythic Dawn artifacts. Right here in Dawnstar, no less." (Silus Vesuius has opened his Mythic Dawn Museum)
"Seems like no one is getting a decent night's rest in Dawnstar, stranger. Best buy your steel and move on." (Before Waking Nightmare is complete)
"I hear people were spotted using the Black Door. Gods have mercy." (Completed Hail Sithis!)

If you approach him outside business hours he will say:

"I'll forge you a weapon tomorrow. Right now, I'm closed."
No one's getting any rest? Why not?
"Nightmares. I haven't met a single man or woman who doesn't admit to having them. A bad dream I can handle, but everyone having the same bad dream, every night? It's a curse, I say. I hear there's a priest of Mara visiting the inn. Maybe the Divines will cure us."
Do you do any work for the ships?
"Aye. I've worked on a few moorings here and there for it. Most of the ship captains are superstitious about who works on their vessels, though. And Dawnstar is known for its bad luck. We're the last port of call before Windhelm, and the ore we trade makes rich targets for pirates."

His goodbye:

"Come back if you need steel."


If you eavesdrop on the conversations between Rustleif and Seren, it becomes apparent that Seren tries to convince her husband to leave Dawnstar for a life in her native Hammerfell:

Seren: "Rustleif, I've been wondering. Maybe after the baby is born, we should move to Hammerfell."
Rustleif: "Hammerfell? I'm not against the idea, but why?"
Seren: "I'm just worried about raising a child in the middle of this war of yours."
Rustleif: "War of mine? It's not my war, Seren!"
Seren: "Your people's war, I mean. The Nords. What kind of life would we be giving our little one if we stayed here?"
Rustleif: "I... well, let me think about it."

Rustleif: "The forge is hot today."
Seren: "Not hot enough. Does your Skyrim ever get warm, husband?"
Rustleif: "No. Not really."
Seren: (sigh)

Quest-Related DialogueEdit

Rare GiftsEdit

You in charge of this forge?
"My wife Seren and I run it together. She still smiths even though we found out she is with child. Our son or daughter isn't going to get much Redguard culture here in Skyrim. I know my wife worries how she will pass along her traditions. Hey, if you find a book called "Night Falls on Sentinel," could you bring it to me? It's a story from my wife's people. Be good to have."
I don't have time for that.
"My loss, right?"
If I see it, I'll bring it to you.
"Good on you."

When you return to him with the book:

I found that book you wanted.
"Don't know what the Redguards see in books, but this will make my Seren happy. Thank you. Let me show you some tricks around the forge."

He will then provide a +1 bonus to your Smithing skill.