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Skyrim:Some Light Theft

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Do a favor by stealing an item.
Quest Giver: Radiant
Location(s): Radiant
Reward: Leveled Gold, Skill Points
Disposition: =1 (quest giver)
ID: Favor018
Nelacar's staff

Radiant OptionsEdit

This is a radiant quest which you can receive from any and all of the three following people. The quest item and its location is uniquely determined by the quest giver.

Quest Giver Quest Item Target Location Reward
Dengeir of Stuhn Private Letter Lod's House (Falkreath) Leveled gold
Malur Seloth Staff of Arcane Authority The Frozen Hearth (Winterhold) One Speech skill point
Stands-In-Shallows Double-Distilled Skooma New Gnisis Cornerclub (Windhelm) One Sneak skill point

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Speak to the quest giver.
  2. Steal the requested item.
  3. Return to the quest giver.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

Dengeir of StuhnEdit

Dengeir of Stuhn was once the Jarl of Falkreath but has since stepped down and is now a Thane. He is a paranoid and patriotic supporter of the Stormcloaks. He believes that Lod the blacksmith is writing a treasonous letter and wants you to steal it for him.

The letter is on Lod's bedside table. It is simply a note requesting extra iron. Steal it and return it to Dengeir. Dengeir will at first be confused, and then realize Lod is probably not up to treason, even if he is making extra weapons for the Empire. He will then give you a reward of leveled gold.

Completion of this quest opens up another radiant quest, Dark Ancestor.

Malur SelothEdit

Talking to Malur Seloth and asking him what he does prompts him to reveal that he doesn't really do anything. He wants to appear more mage-like when in the jarl's presence, and wishes to acquire a staff.

The one he wants belongs to Nelacar who resides in the inn. The staff is located in the shop counter in Nelacar's room. Steal it and return to Malur. He will reward you with one skill point in Speech.


When speaking to Stands-In-Shallows, he mentions that he overheard sailors talking about their stashed extra powerful Skooma, and he would like to get it.

The bottle is located in the New Gnisis Cornerclub in Windhelm, underneath the second set of stairs. Steal it and return to Stands-in-Shallows, who will reward you with a skill point in Sneak.


  • Only one radiant quest of a similar type can be assigned at any given time. You must clear the radiant quest from your miscellaneous quests in order to be eligible to receive another of the same type.
  • Because this is a favor quest which affects the quest giver's disposition, it will count towards the "Help the People" part of the thane quest for the quest giver's hold.
  • This quest requires you to commit a crime; see that page for details about criminal activity.
  • Malur's and Shallows' items are available to retrieve from the start of the game, while the letter Dengeir requests only gets enabled once he has mentioned it.


  • The quest might not trigger if you have already stolen the quest item before talking to the related NPC. Since the quest item is marked as such, you are left with no way of getting rid of it.

Quest StagesEdit

Some Light Theft (Favor018)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Steal the <Alias=QuestItem> for <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>
Objective 15: Bring the <Alias=QuestItem> to <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 20, 200.
  • 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 Favor018 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 Favor018.