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The Ragged Flagon
(view on map)
# of Zones 1
Respawn Time Never (storage is safe)
Level Min: 8
Bartender Vekel the Man
Bouncer Dirge
Fence Tonilia
Extra Merchants Syndus, Herluin Lothaire, Arnskar Ember-Master, Vanryth Gatharian
Available 24 hrs/day every day
Gold 100
Sells See Standard Merchandise
Buys Innkeeper (Food, Raw Food)
Console Location Code(s)
Special Features
# of Alchemy Labs 1
# of Forges/Anvils 1
# of Grindstones 2
# of Workbenches 1
Shadowmark Guild Guild
The Ragged Flagon

The Ragged Flagon is a tavern that is part of the Thieves Guild's headquarters.

Not your usual tavern

The bar is run by Vekel the Man, but the bouncer, Dirge, will take over bartender duties if anything happens to Vekel. Tonilia, the first Thieves Guild fence, is also always found at the bar.

The Flagon is located within Riften's old sewer network, and can be accessed through the Ratway. After joining the Thieves Guild, quicker access becomes available through the headquarters's secret entrance, which opens from behind the Hall of the Dead into the Ragged Flagon - Cistern. When the secret entrance is locked later in the Thieves Guild quest line, access to the bar is still possible through the Ratway.


The Ragged Flagon
Arnskar Ember-Master  
Brynjolf *
Delvin Mallory   
Galathil DG
Herluin Lothaire  
Vanryth Gatharian  
Vekel the Man  
Only appears during A Cornered Rat if left alive during Diplomatic Immunity.
*Relocates to the Cistern or elsewhere after related quest(s).
DGAdded by the Dawnguard official plug-in. Enables you to change your character's appearance.

Related QuestsEdit

Note: All radiant Thieves Guild quests have been omitted from the list.

The Ragged FlagonEdit

The first time you enter will be after navigating the Ratway. Upon entering, you will be in the center of five darkened, dirty alcoves, each containing a selection of food sacks, barrels, crates, and disused furniture. As you complete each of the Thieves Guild reputation quests, these alcoves will be occupied by the additional merchants. In front of you is a circular shallow pool, with a wooden deck opposite and the tavern behind. Following the path around to the right, beyond the fifth alcove is a wooden bridge spanning the water beneath, with a tavern sign hanging from a post on the right. The tavern has three small tables and chairs arranged in front of the counter.

There are cupboards, barrels, sacks, and crates all around the room, as well as the counter in front of the east wall. The innkeeper, Vekel the Man, is found standing behind the counter or sweeping the floor. When first reaching the tavern, you will find Dirge, the tavern's bouncer, talking to Brynjolf by the counter. Dirge will soon return to his usual position on the far side of the bridge, beside the tavern's sign. On the counter are a few bottles of Nord mead, an apple pie, a baked potato, and a loaf of bread. On the tables are loaves of bread, with one of them also having a horker loaf, a bottle of alto wine, and cheese on top. Delvin Mallory, who is usually found in the Ragged Flagon, is normally at this table. Behind the counter is a simple but deep fireplace, with more shelves and cupboards against the northeast wall. Behind one of the cupboards is a set of shelves holding more bottles of alto wine, wine, and Nord mead, with two common books on top.

Opposite the counter is a wooden ramp leading up onto the deck. Vex is also usually found in the Ragged Flagon, and is normally found standing to the right of the ramp. On the deck, there is a table on the right with a bottle of alto wine, a portion of grilled leeks, a salmon steak, a horse haunch, a sliced eidar cheese, and a loaf of bread on top. If you have Dawnguard installed, behind this table sitting on a bench is Galathil, the face sculptor you've probably heard of around Skyrim or Riften. On the left of the deck is a stack of crates, sacks, and barrels, where you will usually find Tonilia, but she won't deal with you until you have proven yourself to the Thieves Guild by completing Taking Care of Business. At the end of the deck is one final table, with an eidar cheese wheel on top.

In the southeastern corner is a wooden door that leads into the Ratway Vaults, with a storage cabinet on the right that requires a key to open. This will be unlocked by Brynjolf at the end of Taking Care of Business, when he will lead you to the Ragged Flagon - Cistern to introduce you to Mercer Frey and welcome you into the Thieves Guild. During the quest A Cornered Rat, you will find Gissur sitting and drinking at the first table of the tavern or following you around the room, unless he was killed during the quest Diplomatic Immunity. He will try to leave once you receive the information regarding Esbern; however, Vekel will suddenly announce, "That one, right there, walking out the door! He was one of them asking about that old man you were looking for." If confronted, Gissur will only rebuff your attempts at conversation. However, he can be attacked and killed with no repercussions, and other Thieves Guild members will join the fight on your side.

During the Thieves Guild quest The Pursuit, you will find both Vex and Delvin missing, and Garthar standing in front of the door leading to the Cistern with his weapon drawn.

Vekel the Man's Standard MerchandiseEdit

This is the merchandise found in the bar's merchant chest. These items are only available if purchased from the merchant; they cannot be pickpocketed or stolen. They are restocked every two days. The other merchants found in the Ragged Flagon each have their own merchant chests, as detailed on their individual NPC pages.

Count Item
7 Random drinks
10 Random inn food
1 Salt Pile

As you complete the Thieves Guild reputation quests, new shopkeepers will move into the alcoves to either side of the doorway leading from the Ratway. Once you have completed all four of the special reputation jobs for Delvin, the main furniture within the tavern will be improved to better quality replacements.

Syndus' ShopEdit

Syndus' shop is opened after completing the first reputation quest (see here for his standard merchandise). None of the displayed merchandise can be purchased, only stolen.

It is located in the first alcove on the right when entering from the Ratway, and contains a counter, three archery targets, several crates, a rack hanging from the ceiling, and a chair that Syndus seems to spend most of his time sitting in. The items on display include a random enchanted bow and a loaf of bread on the counter. On the ledge along the walls, to the northwest is a leveled bow, a medium coin purse, and a bunch of lavender, to the southwest behind the targets is a long bow, and to the southeast are two bottles of alto wine, two bottles of wine, and a sheaf of wheat. On the ground beside Syndus' chair are a lute and a drum, while hanging from the rack is a rabbit, two pheasants, a bunch of dried frost mirriam, and a garlic braid.

Herluin Lothaire's ShopEdit

Herluin Lothaire's shop is opened after completing the second reputation quest (see here for his standard merchandise). None of the displayed merchandise can be purchased, only stolen.

It is located in the first alcove on the left when entering from the Ratway, with a wooden apothecary's sign hanging from a post to the left of the alcove. It contains an alchemy lab, a small sideboard, a wall shelf, a small counter, and a chair. Herluin seems to split his time between working at his alchemy lab and sitting in his chair. The items found on display around the alcove are listed below:

1 Draught of Strength
1 Potion of Enhanced Stamina
1 Potion of Extended Invisibility
1 Potion of Healing
1 Potion of Light Feet
1 Potion of Magicka
1 Potion of Minor Healing
3 Potion of Minor Magicka
3 Potion of Minor Stamina
1 Potion of Plentiful Healing
1 Potion of Resist Cold
1 Potion of Resist Fire
1 Potion of Strength
2 Potion of the Healer
1 Potion of the Knight
1 Potion of True Shot
1 Solution of Strength
1 Weak Frenzy Poison
1 Bone Meal
2 Chaurus Eggs
1 Ectoplasm
1 Frost Mirriam
1 Giant's Toe
1 Glow Dust
1 Juniper Berries
1 Lavender
1 Nightshade
1 Nordic Barnacle
1 Rock Warbler Egg
1 Scaly Pholiota
1 Skeever Tail
1 Spriggan Sap
1 Troll Fat
1 Tundra Cotton
1 Void Salts
2 Alto Wine
3 Wine
An Apothecary's Satchel with random contents
A food sack

Arnskar Ember-Master's ShopEdit

Arnskar Ember-Master's shop is opened after completing the third reputation quest (see here for his standard merchandise). None of the displayed merchandise can be purchased, only stolen.

It is located in the second alcove on the left when entering from the Ratway, with a wrought blacksmith's sign hanging from a post above the front of the arch. It contains a forge, a grindstone, a workbench, and a small counter. Arnskar spends his time either working at his crafting stations or sitting on the ground in front of the alcove with his legs dangling in the water. On the counter is an iron war axe, a set of bellows, tongs, and a hammer. An iron mace, an greatsword, a bottle of wine, and a venison chop on a wooden plate are on the ledge along the walls. Two shield plaques are in the alcove; one holds a banded iron shield with two crossed iron greatswords, and the other holds a steel shield with two crossed steel greatswords.

Vanryth Gatharian's ShopEdit

Vanryth Gatharian's shop is opened after completing the fourth reputation quest (see here for his standard merchandise). None of the displayed merchandise can be purchased, only stolen.

It is located in the second alcove on the right when entering from the Ratway, and contains a counter, several crates, a small shelving unit, two food barrels, and a chair that Vanryth seems to spend most of his time sitting in. The items on display include a random enchanted light armor cuirass and enchanted light armor boots on top of the counter. A helmet, a pair of gauntlets, a pair of boots, and a shield, all light armor, are found on the ledge along the walls, while two hide shields are on top of one of the crates and two bottles of wine are on a shelf of the unit.



  • The encounter zone for this cell is incorrectly set up causing it not to respawn correctly.
    •   The Unofficial Skyrim Patch, version 2.04, addresses this issue. The location value in the encounter zone is fixed, giving the Ragged Flagon a respawn time of 30 days.