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Skyrim talk:Take Up Arms

Aela BugEdit

Hello got a bug on this Quest: When i give Aela her shield back, the quest doesn't go on, also if i use the console command "setstage c00 50", Farkas will eskort me, but then again the quest stucks. I've solved it with completing the quest via console and queststage 100. P.s. my queststages are different than they are presented here. When i should give Aela the shield, getstage give me >>40, and as you can see above, the queststage 50 is the stage with Farkas and 100 will complete it. I Play the German version 1.1 on Pc. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 21:44 on 15 November 2011

I have the exact same bug and i have seen others online as well... I hope they fix this soon and thanks for the setstage 100 tip I didnt think of that.
If you set the stage to where Farkas is summoned he will indeed just wander around and do stuff he usually does like eating. I am playing the Steam version but i know that some real life friends who play the same version did not have this bug. So if anyone knows what causes it we may be able to warn people. -- 19:03, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
setstage is a solution, but if you want a (slightly safer) option you can move Aela to you. Do prid 0001A697 then moveto player - this will teleport her to you. I didn't test to see what would happen if you moved her directly to the living quarters, but if you do to the dining hall she will walk down on her own. If you follow in after she will now correctly be beside Skorjn and the quest will continue normally. 00:59, 22 November 2011 (UTC)
In case Skjor dont show up when Aela is there, you can use same technique to summon him. Do "prid 0001A691" and "moveto player", it will move him to you and he will walk into his place and then you can finish your quest. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 02:30 on 24 January 2013
Encountered a new bug with Aela, possibly. I was playing the Xbox version, with supposedly no DLC active. I was given the objective to return Aela's shield, and I instinctively went right to where she was supposed to be. However, she wasn't there. I exited to Whiterun's exterior, with seems to indicate she's outside there, but her quest indicator has her pegged outside the city, just north of the Giant camp to the west. However, she isn't there either. I don't know how she got there, but with no seeming way to 'escape' Whiterun's walls without actually traveling outside of the city, I don't know if it's possible to reach her now. Waiting, traveling, questing, etc, do nothing to bring her back. Has anyone encountered anything like this? — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 18:47 on 1 March 2013
Yep, I just had it too. I had to prid 1a697 and moveto player. — Unsigned comment by ‎ (talk) at 13:56 on 19th July 2013
After some testing, I found that you have to wait for the two people upstairs to stop fighting sometimes before progressing any further.

Two Aela's ShieldEdit

After giving Aela her shield, I pickpocketed it back. Later on, I noticed I had 2 of them in my inventory. Not sure how it happened. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 21:10 on 23 November 2011‎

EDIT: Actually, it was a graphical bug, when I stored in a dresser, both of them disappeared and only the one stolen shield was left in the dresser.

EDIT2: It seems the Aela's Shield stacks with the steel shield in my inventory. When I put it into the dresser I had Aela's Shield in, it disappeared and it showed "Aela's Shield (2)". Weird. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 22:55 on 23 November 2011‎

Just had something similar happen too. Received the quest shield and used it as the "best available" for quite a while then looted a Steel Shield without realizing it and had 2 Alea's Shields in inventory. Verified I had no other Steel Shields, turned in the quest and checked inventory to verify I now had just a standard Steel Shield. All is well. Philbert (talk) 01:16, 2 September 2013 (GMT)
This is because her shield is actually identical to normal shields in every way, except that the quest renames it so that the displayed name is different. The game does this with a number of other items and NPCs as well. — ABCface 15:27, 2 September 2013 (GMT)

Enchanted weaponsEdit

Is using enchanted weapons ok? i trained with vilkas and he said no magic... — Unsigned comment by (talk) on January 8, 2012 09:57

Yeah he says that every time you hit him with an enchanted weapon, but apparently after you hit him enough times you still pass the test. At least that was my experience. --Rope Dog (talk) 23:36, 25 June 2013 (GMT)

For some playthroughs, Vilkas will say this even if you don't have anything enchanted equipped, and he will continue to say it throughout the practice session. You can either keep hitting him until he yields to advance the quest, or you can use this fix which prevents the bug altogether, courtesy of the fine ladies and gents over at Nexusmods: Brawl Bugs Patch - Plugins - Modder Resource. Make sure to add the loose script files to your Skyrim game directory/Data/Scripts folder. Cheers! -Deltahost (talk) 08:52, 10 March 2014 (GMT)

Training with Vilkas causes him to become aggressive?Edit

For the first bit when Vilkas is trying to "test my arm" or whatever, he mentions that he can take a hit |: then attempts to murder me. I had Faendal as a follower, so I tried going back to a previous load and telling him to wait inside. No go, Vilkas and the companions still want to kill me..even if I tell Faendal we need to part ways. I've tried unequipping my weapons before-hand, I'm not attacking them at all (not even barehanded) I've tried pulling out weapons and putting them away, and I haven't used magic at all..I've even tried taking Faendal all the way to riverwood and parting ways with him there.. but every time I go against Vilkas he starts off saying the normal dialogue then randomly gets aggressive. The best part is, I'm on the xbox so no commands to clear this all up. Any ideas what I could try? Edit: By the way, I've tried going back to a save quite a bit earlier, before I had even met vilkas...and he's STILL aggressive. I had Faendal as a follower still, but I dismissed him before meeting Vilkas and yet he continues to attack me. 12:22, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

This can happen with Delphine as well, make sure you have no bounty on your head at all. the Companions questline is very glitchy so I wouldn't be surprised if it is a glitch.RIM 12:45, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
Is there anything I can do to fix this? I've tried going all the way back to before I even discovered whiterun, yet he insists on killing me. I'd start a new game, but I'm afraid even then he might be interested in doing the stabby stabby. All the other companions just stand and watch, so it's not an issue with them... Also I have no bounty on my head and I'm good standing with all of Skyrim. 12:49, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
I don't really think there is much you can do, although the 4th patch for Skyrim is out in a few days time and it's supposed to be the biggest patch so far so that might fix it. In the meantime you could just find something else to do besides the companions. sorry about that.RIM 12:54, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
Ppsshhh, oh Bethesda games and your crippling glitches. For the sake of knowledge, I tried going back before I met any companions and he still seems to be permanently glitch. Regardless, thank you for your help! — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 13:03 on 23 January 2012
No problem, I know how annoying bugs can be.RIM 13:15, 23 January 2012 (UTC)
Just an update, I found a fix! I did a few crimes and created a bounty, then allowed myself to be caught by the guards. Now he uses the same dialogue, but gives up after a few hits as he should. 22:00, 23 January 2012 (UTC)

() Just had this happen to me. Never had a bounty, have no crimes at all. But after spending an hour trying to figure out how to get him to stop trying to kill me, I ended up with about a thousand gold bounty in Whiterun. He chases me outside, guards join in, I sheath weapons, guards stop, he continues, guards do nothing but cheer him on, I draw weapons, guards fight me... Yah, lots of fun. Companions questline sucks.Xaa (talk) 23:06, 27 September 2012 (GMT)

Try a Pacify spell from the Illusion class. If nothing else, use the console to advance the quest and remove the hostility. VycDarkshadow (talk) 02:47, 27 January 2014 (GMT)
Don't use an enchanted weapon against him. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 05:00 on 28 January 2014‎
This sounds like the common unexplained hostility that many Whiterun NPCs can exhibit. The most effective fix I've seen is to go punch a Whiterun guard before you head up to Jorrvaskr, then pay the resulting bounty. One way to tell if this is an iteration of this bug is to stop by the Drunken Huntsman before heading up to Jorrvaskr and see if Elrindir, the barman, turns hostile when you enter. If he does, then this fix I detailed should work to clear this up. It has for me many times. --Xyzzy Talk 07:05, 28 January 2014 (GMT)
One way to force end the training is to kill Vilkas using the console. Since he's set to essential, "killing" him makes him keel over for a little bit before getting back up and completing the stage naturally, though I've only tested without having a bounty or aggroing the other companions. It seems a little neater than setting the quest stage manually.

Bugs CleanupEdit

  • Having a follower while taking the test may cause a conflict between the followers and those giving you the test. Fast traveling, leaving the area, saving or reloading do not solve this problem.
    • Casting calm spells on your follower may fix this behavior, temporarily.
  • Bug|Vilkas may simply turn hostile the moment you enter the training area, even if you're barehanded. He never stops to hand you his sword, but simply fights you to the death. Even if you leave Jorrvaskr, he follows you wherever you go and fights you in the streets, and passing guards will not aid you. Since he is essential until the end of the questline, he cannot be killed. This not only makes the questline broken, it also makes navigating around Whiterun dangerous, as he will always be hostile and be right where you last left him.
    • Pc22.png This can be temporarily stopped with the ResetAI and setav aggression 0 console commands, but he will still never give you his sword or advance the quest, and will continually fight you as soon as he sees you.
    • Pc22.png The console command setstage c00 100 ends this behavior, but does not erase any bounties you built up fighting him where guards could see.
These bugs have sat unconfirmed long enough. The fix given in the above section to the second bug confirms to me that this is simply Vilkas acting on his guard faction. Silence is GoldenBreak the Silence 19:53, 7 September 2013 (GMT)

Farkas is talking to me!Edit

As soon as I enter jorrvaskr, farkas draws his sword and enters conversation with my character. If i exit conversation he just keeps going back into conversation. Reloading doesn't help. — Unsigned comment by (talk) at 10:07 on 25 November 2013‎

A lot of the Whiterun people seem to have odd behavior glitches. Try punching him a few times then yielding, or if that doesn't work, leave Jorrvaskr and punch a guard a few times til he turns hostile then yield to him. You may have a very small hidden bounty that is causing this. --Xyzzy Talk 17:00, 30 November 2013 (GMT)

Get Aela's ShieldEdit

I ended up having Aela marry me and move in and whenever i swapped stuff with her I was able to take her shield. i was already finished with the Companions Questline at this point also. Not sure if you have to be married to her or just have her follow you but either way, it is possible to obtain it without glitches or stealing it. I also have the pickpocket perk that lets you take equipped items.

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