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Skyrim:The Lover's Requital

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Help Sibbi Black-Briar locate his former fiancee, so he can kill her.
Quest Giver: Sibbi Black-Briar
Location(s): Riften, Riften Jail,
Ivarstead, Vilemyr Inn
Reward: Randomly generated loot
Disposition: =1 (Sibbi Black-Briar)
If lied about Lynly: =1 (Lynly Star-Sung and Sibbi Black-Briar)
ID: FreeformRiften02
Lynly Star-Sung is secretly in hiding.

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Talk to Sibbi Black-Briar in Riften Jail.
  2. Locate Svidi and talk to her.
  3. Tell Sibbi the truth or lie to him.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

A Murderer in the Jail?Edit

Sibbi is planning to take action!

If you enter the Riften Jail, you will come across Sibbi Black-Briar residing in one of the jail cells. You may ask him how he ended up in jail, he will respond with: "Look, we all have our flaws; mine is that women can't get enough of me. So I had this little affair going on while I was betrothed to a beautiful girl named Svidi. Well, she finds out and she tells her brother, Wulfur. Then her brother attacks me with a knife... I mean, I had to defend myself"

Now, he is very angry about that girl. "I'd do anything to have that whore's head on a platter." All he needs to know is where she is. If you can help him find his fiancee, he promises you'll be well compensated. You may ask him for more information about Svidi. He will respond with: "She was a young woman... buxom, with long flowing black hair. She used to sing the most lovely songs to me when we were courting. I've never heard a voice so beautiful. All that talent will go to waste when I'm finished with her."

A Bard in the Inn?Edit

According to Sibbi's description, you may find such a woman in the Vilemyr Inn in Ivarstead. Now, she is a bard under the name of Lynly Star-Sung. You may tell her that you know she is Svidi, she will initially deny it. "No, I'm sorry. You must have me mistaken for someone else. I've never even heard that name before." You can now choose to persuade or intimidate her with your Speech skills.

Option Dialogue Reaction
You have nothing to fear from me. (Persuade) Passed: Please, I beg you, don't tell Sibbi where I am. He'll kill me! Passed: Return to Sibbi
Failed: I'm sorry, I don't know what you're talking about. Failed: Nothing
Stop lying or I'll beat it out of you! (Intimidate) Passed: Please, I beg you, don't tell Sibbi where I am. He'll kill me! Passed: Return to Sibbi
Failed: I've been hurt worse before. Failed: Nothing
Never mind. My mistake. I should say so. I'd be careful in the future before you confront someone without all of the facts! Nothing

If you are successful she will continue: "Sibbi's been spreading lies about me, you must hear me out."

You may ask Svidi to tell you her side of the story, she will reply with: "Sibbi and I were to be married. We were supposed to be happy together forever. Then I found that wretched poetry from Svana. When I confronted Sibbi about it, he threatened to kill me. I was scared so I told my brother Wulfur. He went to talk to Sibbi for me and... and... Sibbi killed him. My brother wasn't even armed! When I heard what Sibbi did, I fled. Now you've found me, and you're going to tell him where I am."

A Choice in Your HandEdit

Return to Sibbi and tell him you have got some information about Svidi. He will be very glad. "Good, good. Just point me in the right direction and I'll do the rest." At this point, you will have to make a decision: tell him the truth or lie to him.

Option Dialogue
She's in Ivarstead using the name Lynly. Ivarstead? So close to Riften? She's an even bigger fool than I thought.
She's made her way east into Morrowind. So, the whore thinks the Black-Briar reach ends at the border of Skyrim, eh? She'll soon discover her mistake.
Never mind. I was mistaken. You idiot. You came all the way down here for that?

Whichever option you choose between the first two, Svidi will not be killed, and Sibbi will give you his key to a long chest found in the basement (at the bottom of the stairs) of the Black-Briar Meadery in Riften, saying "You've done me a great service, my friend. Allow me to compensate you for the information." The chest will always contain one random weapon, two poisons, and some gold, along with the Prowler's Profit gems, if applicable. Sibbi's gratitude will also allow you to take any low-value items from the meadery.


  • Sibbi's chest is non-respawning, so its contents will be determined on your first visit to the meadery and won't change after that.


Quest StagesEdit

The Lover's Requital (FreeformRiften02)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Discover Svidi's whereabouts
Objective 20 or 30: Tell Sibbi Black-Briar about Lynly or Lie to Sibbi Black-Briar about Lynly
200 Finishes quest 
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 10, 250.
  • 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 FreeformRiften02 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 FreeformRiften02.
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