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Skyrim:Sorli the Builder

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Sorli the Builder
(RefID: 0001AA57)
Home Town Stonehills
House Sorli's House
Race Nord Gender Female
Level 4 Class Citizen
RefID 0001AA57 BaseID 00013606
Other Information
Health 75 Magicka 60
Stamina 60
Primary Skills Two-handed
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Essential Yes
Voice Type FemaleCommander
Faction(s) CrimeFactionHjaalmarch; Favor255QuestGiverFaction; Morthal Longhouse Faction; MorthalJarlFaction; NPCs the Player cannot marry; Sons of Skyrim Government; StonehillsSorlisHouseFaction; TownStonehillsFaction
Sorli the Builder

Sorli the Builder is a Nord citizen residing in Stonehills with her husband Pactur, and son Sirgar. She and Pactur co-manage Rockwallow Mine—and are seemingly the heads of the community in Stonehills too—on behalf of the mine's proprietor, Bryling, who is one of the thanes in Solitude. Bryling also charges Sorli and Pactur with shipping the ore to her in Solitude, although they've recently been having problems on that front.

While Pactur supervises the mine, Sorli stays inside her house, and can be found cooking, eating, or taking a nap. She sleeps from 11pm to 7am.

If the Stormcloaks are successful in their conquest of Hjaalmarch, Sorli the Builder will become the new Jarl, move into Highmoon Hall in Morthal, and take over any quests previously given by the exiled Idgrod Ravencrone. One of her workers from Stonehills, Teeba-Ei, will become her housecarl and Pactur will become her steward, though only Teeba-Ei will follow her to Morthal due to a bug, unless the Hearthfire add-on is installed. She and Pactur will leave their son Sirgar in charge in Stonehills.

If Morthal is given to the Stormcloaks in Season Unending and subsequently retaken by the Imperial Legion, Idgrod Ravencrone, her family, and her advisors will return from exile. Sorli, Teeba-Ei, and Pactur will not be exiled, but will return to Stonehills and their previous routines, and will dislike you as if they had been exiled.

Sorli wears a belted tunic along with a pair of boots. She wields an iron dagger and carries a spare belted tunic, a key to her house, and a selection of common items and gold.

Related QuestsEdit


Her greetings at Stonehills:

"Pactur and I, we make sure the miners aren't stealing, and that the ore makes it to Solitude."
"Nothing here but the mine. Probably best you keep moving."
"We've got all the miners we need, so I hope you're not here looking for work."

Her greetings as Jarl:

"Hjaalmarch isn't much, but it's a good start. I'll make a name for myself here, then maybe work my way up to someplace like Riften."
"Finally, my leadership is being recognized."

Quest-Related DialogueEdit

Laid to RestEdit

What happened to that burned down house?
"Hroggar's house? He lost his wife and daughter in the blaze. The townsfolk won't go near it. Superstitious lot."
What does Hroggar say happened?
"Bear fat in the hearth fire, if you believe Hroggar. I do, but some folk here think he set the fire himself."
Why would he do that to his own family?
"They think he did it to get rid of his wife so he could be with Alva. He moved in with her the day after the fire. Even I find that suspicious."
So why haven't you arrested him?
"Can't prove it. But I could use your help, being unbiased and all. See if you can find anything in the burned out house. I'll pay you to figure it, whether or not he's guilty."

After finding Alva's journal:

Alva set the fire. She's the murderer.
"So Alva did it to get Hroggar for herself? I should have suspected her.
Actually, she's a vampire. She planned to enslave the town.
"By the gods! I assume you have proof."
I have Alva's journal.
"By Ysgramor's axe! It's true. Morthal owes you a debt. Here is your reward for solving the murder, but I have another request. Unfortunately Morthal is still in danger. The journal mentions Movarth, a powerful master vampire that I had assumed was destroyed. I'll gather together some able-bodied warriors to clean out Movarth's lair. They'll be waiting outside for you to lead them."

When you have returned:

The master vampire Movarth is dead.
"By the Eight, I didn't think you could do it! Now maybe we can put all this behind us. Take this as a token of our gratitude."

Falion's SecretEdit

You can choose to report to her about the wizard Falion's suspicious activities:

I thought you should know Falion's up to something.
"I've never trusted him... what has he done?"
Never mind. It's not important.
"Either this is some kind of a joke, or you're keeping something from me. Whichever it is, I don't like it."
He's casting spells out in the marsh in the middle of the night.
"Is that so? Well, I'll make sure that's taken care of immediately. It's good that you brought this to my attention."

After this, she will confront Falion, although sometimes a bug will have her stalk him permanently instead:

Sorli: "I'm told that you're up to something out in the marsh, Falion."
Falion: "What is the meaning of this?"
Sorli: "I don't even want to know what it is you've been doing. It doesn't happen again, or else I'll have you thrown in jail. Clear?"
Falion: "I... Yes, I understand."

Thane of HjaalmarchEdit

Anything else you need, my Jarl?
I'll have to do that some other time.
"As you wish."
It would be an honor.
"Good luck."
I've helped your people.
"Then by my right as Jarl, I name you Thane of Hjaalmarch. Congratulations. I grant you this weapon from my armory to serve as your badge of office. I'll also notify my guards of your new title. Wouldn't want them to think you're part of the common rabble, now."

Unused DialogueEdit

In the game's DialogueViews files, earlier iterations for Sorli's lines during Laid to Rest can be found:

Alva is responsible for the fire.
"So she burned down Hroggar's house out of jealousy?"
No. She was a vampire. She planned to enslave the town.
"By the gods! I assume you have proof."
Here. Read her journal.
"By Ysgramor's axe! It's true. Thank you for stopping her vile plot. Unfortunately the town is still in danger. The journal mentions Morgus. That must be Lord Morgus Ghoruun. I'll gather together some able-bodied warriors to clean out Ghoruun Hall. They'll be waiting outside for you to lead them."


  • As Jarl of Hjaalmarch, Sorli evidently isn't any more popular than Idgrod Ravencrone. The citizenry, while divided on the new regime, are at best indifferent, and at worst, hostile to their new Jarl. Falion, for example, will say that "The changes in Morthal are of little consequence to me. So long as the laws are upheld, I do not care who does the upholding." Jorgen the mill owner thinks differently of Sorli: "We've gone from a Jarl lost in her own head to a Jarl that cares for nothing but herself. Lot of good that does us." He will also say "The world's going mad, and our Jarl doesn't care. She's only in it for herself. If she's the best Ulfric has to offer, maybe we might've been better off with the Imperials." His accusations aren't without merit, as Sorli herself will reveal: "Hjaalmarch isn't much, but it's a good start. I'll make a name for myself here, then maybe work my way up to someplace like Riften." Despite thinking little of Hjaalmarch, Sorli clearly thinks she deserves her new title: "Finally, my leadership is being recognized." Pactur seems to agree: "It's good that Sorli has finally been given some real authority." Despite his supportive tone, Pactur clearly remains mindful of the problems facing Sorli's regime: "I'll see to it that Sorli is safe now that she's running Morthal."


"Sorli the Builder is the great-granddaughter of the founder of Stonehills. She lives in the first building constructed in the town by her ancestors. Leadership has been passed down through her family, but whatever that used to mean, it has little bearing on the present day. Reduced to a single building and a marginally profitable mine owned by Bryling of Solitude, Sorli attempts to cling to whatever authority she currently has, while dreaming of something greater for herself."
  • Sorli is the only Jarl to originate from outside their respective hold capital, and is also the only one who doesn't explicitly favor either side of the civil war. Her son appears to be pro-Imperial, or at least seems to think it is a good thing that they can sell iron from Stonehills' mine to the Imperials.
  • Despite being a Jarl appointed by the Stormcloaks, Sorli worships the Eight Divines, rather than the Nine Divines, as seen in dialogue at the end of Laid to Rest.
  • Sorli is the only Jarl to not have any scenes with the members of her court. In fact, even when still in Stonehills, Sorli will never talk to Pactur, Teeba-Ei, nor her son, Sirgar.