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Farengar Secret-Fire
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Home City Whiterun
Location Dragonsreach
Race Nord Gender Male
Level 10 Class Fire/Frost/Shock Mage
RefID BaseID
Gold 500 (+500 Investor; +1000 Master Trader)
Sells See Standard Merchandise
Buys Spells (Books, Clothing, Daedric Artifacts, Jewelry, Scrolls, Soul Gems, Spell Tomes, Staves)
Other Information
Health 125 Magicka 110
Stamina 50
Primary Skills Destruction, Restoration, Alteration, Conjuration
Class Details CombatMageElemental
Moral. No Crime Aggress. Unaggressive
Essential Yes (until stage 30 of The Whispering Door)
Faction(s) CrimeFactionWhiterun; DragonsreachOccupants; During sieges, staff and family hide.; Farengar spell vendor; JobCourtWizardFaction; JobMerchantFaction; TownWhiterunFaction
Farengar Secret-Fire
Farengar speaking to Odahviing

Farengar Secret-Fire, a Nord elemental mage, is the court wizard of Jarl Balgruuf the Greater. He advises the Jarl when Whiterun is facing a magic-based threat. He is also doing research into dragons and will ask you to retrieve a dragon tablet, found in Bleak Falls Barrow. As a court mage, he is one of the few people outside of the College of Winterhold who will sell you spells. Farengar can possibly be killed during The Whispering Door quest.

Expecting that your business involves the current war, he will greet you with, "Come to Dragonsreach to discuss the ongoing hostilities, like the rest of the 'great warriors'?" He will then elaborate on the subject: "It seems this damnable conflict has claimed everyone's passions of late. Me, I prefer my books, and my spells." He will then discuss his passion for the magical arts: "There's a tranquility in magic, don't you think? It is simply energy, to be harnessed by those with the will and knowledge to do so." If you go near him before you have completed the Bleak Falls Barrow quest he will somewhat rudely comment by either saying "I thought you were already on your way to Bleak Falls Barrow, the Jarl is not a patient man and neither am I." Or when exiting the conversation he will say: "Away with you!"

He may also give a tutorial for enchanting items at the arcane enchanter in Dragonsreach.

If you do not immediately release Odahviing after capturing him in Dragonsreach, Farengar will make an appearance to introduce himself to the dragon and attempt to perform "tests" on him, but will flee when the trapped dragon demonstrates his fire breath out of frustration.

Farengar wears blue mage robes and a pair of boots. He is equipped with an iron dagger and carries a selection of common loot and gold. During the quest The Whispering Door, he also carries a copy of the key to said door. He knows the Destruction spell Firebolt.

Related Quests

Quest-Related Events

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Bleak Falls Barrow

"Time is running, Farengar, don't forget. This isn't some theoretical question. Dragons have come back."
"This is a priority now."

After thanking you for coming to him with your concerns about Riverwood's safety, Jarl Balgruuf will introduce you to Farengar: "Come, let's go find Farengar, my court wizard. He's been looking into a matter related to these dragons and... rumors of dragons."

As you are walking over to see Farengar, he'll say, "I'll introduce you to Farengar. He can be a bit... difficult. Mages. You know." or "Farengar is probably puttering around in his lab. Day and night. I'm not sure he ever sleeps." When he gets to Farengar's lab, he'll say, "Farengar, I think I've found someone who can help you with your dragon project. Go ahead and fill him/her in with all the details." If you've previously spoken with Farengar, he'll say, "Farengar, I see you've already met my new friend here. I'm sure you two will get along famously."

Balgruuf: "This is a priority now. Anything we can use to fight this dragon, or dragons. We need it, quickly. Before it's too late."
Farengar: "Of course, Jarl Balgruuf. You seem to have found me an able assistant. I'm sure he/she will prove most useful."
Balgruuf: (to you)"Succeed at this, and you'll be rewarded. Whiterun will be in your debt."

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Note: You can run ahead of Jarl Balgruuf, skipping the above dialogue, and tell Farengar directly "The Jarl said you had a project you needed help with." He will respond "Hmm? What? Project? You think you could help me? I really don't think so." However, depending on your magic skills, you may be able to persuade him that you could be useful:

Dialogue Option Condition Farengar's Response
"Hmm. I think you're overheating that essence of spriggan sap..." Alchemy >= 25 "What? I'm not even... ah, I see. You have some knowledge of the alchemical art."
"Isn't it dangerous to leave filled soul gems near an unwarded pentacle?" Enchanting >= 25 "Where? I would never... ah, I see. You are a fellow enchanter."
"Look out - you're about to step in your own Shock Rune." Any magic school >= 25 "What? I never even cast... ah, I see. You have some knowledge of the Higher Art."
"Never mind. I'll wait for Jarl Balgruuf." "The Jarl can be found in the Great Hall, probably sitting on his Jarl's throne. Not over here in a wizard's laboratory."

Farengar will then take over the conversation: "So the Jarl thinks you can be of use to me? Oh yes, he must be referring to my research into the dragons. Yes, I could use someone to fetch something for me. Well, when I say fetch, I really mean delve into a dangerous ruin in search of an ancient stone tablet that may or may not actually be there." You now have three possibilities to respond:

Dialogue Option Farengar's response
"All right. Where am I going and what am I fetching?" "Straight to the point, eh? No need for tedious hows and whys. I like that. Leave those details to your betters, am I right?"
"What does this have to do with dragons?" "Ah, no mere brute mercenary, but a thinker - perhaps even a scholar? You see, when the stories of dragons began to circulate, many dismissed them as mere fantasies, rumors. Impossibilities. One sure mark of a fool is to dismiss anything that falls outside his experience as being impossible. But I began to search for information about dragons - where had they gone all those years ago? And where were they coming from?"
"Just tell me what you need me to do." "You are eager to begin your adventure. Excellent. The sooner begun, the sooner done, eh?"

Regardless of your choice, your next question will be to ask what he needs you to do. He will tell you, "I, ah, learned of a certain stone tablet said to be housed in Bleak Falls Barrow - a 'Dragonstone,' said to contain a map of dragon burial sites. Go to Bleak Falls Barrow, find this tablet - no doubt interred in the main chamber - and bring it to me. Simplicity itself." If you already have the Dragonstone in your possession, you can hand it over to him. Farengar will be pleased by your preparation "Ah! The Dragonstone of Bleak Falls Barrow! You already found it! You are cut from a different cloth than the usual brutes the Jarl foists on me." If you don't have it with you, Farengar will now offer you his normal dialogue options.

When you return from Bleak Falls Barrow with the Dragonstone, you will observe a conversation regarding the book Holdings of Jarl Gjalund between Farengar and his "reliable source", who is Delphine, the innkeeper of Riverwood:

"Good. I'm glad you're making progress."
Farengar: "You see? The terminology is clearly First Era or even earlier. I'm convinced this is a copy of a much older text. Perhaps dating to just after the Dragon War. If so, I could use this to cross-reference the names with other later texts."
Delphine "Good. I'm glad you're making progress. My employers are anxious to have some tangible answers."
Farengar: "Oh, have no fear. The Jarl himself has finally taken an interest, so I'm now able to devote most of my time to this research."
Delphine: "Time is running, Farengar, don't forget. This isn't some theoretical question. Dragons have come back."
Farengar: "Yes, yes. Don't worry. Although the chance to see a living dragon up close would be tremendously valuable... Now, let me show you something else I found... very intriguing... I think your employers may be interested as well..."
Delphine: "You have a visitor."
Farengar: "Hmm? Ah, yes, the Jarl's protege! Back from Bleak Falls Barrow? You didn't die, it seems."
"Ah! The Dragonstone of Bleak Falls Barrow!"

At this point, Farengar will approach you and take the Dragonstone from your inventory: "Ah! The Dragonstone of Bleak Falls Barrow! Seems you are a cut above the usual brutes the Jarl sends my way. My... associate here will be pleased to see your handiwork. She discovered its location, by means she has so far declined to share with me." He will then turn his attention back to Delphine:

Farengar: "So your information was correct after all. And we have our friend here to thank for recovering it for us."
Delphine (to you) "You went into Bleak Falls Barrow and got that? Nice work. (to Farengar) Just send me a copy when you've deciphered it."

After this acknowledgment, Delphine will return to studying the copy of Holdings of Jarl Gjalund on the table. If you try to speak to her, it quickly becomes clear that she has nothing more to say to you for now.

Displayed Merchandise

The following items are sitting out in the store, for example on the store counters. They can be purchased from the merchant, or else can be stolen. Other items may also be present in the store, but those other items are not available for purchase. They respawn after ten days.

Standard Merchandise

This is the merchandise found in Farengar'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.

Count Item Details
1 Complete set of Novice Spell Tomes
1 Complete set of Apprentice Spell Tomes
1 Complete set of Adept Destruction Spell Tomes Only if PC's skill level is high enough
~4 Leveled Robes (enchanted) Max 5 (5@75%)
~9 Leveled Scrolls Max 12 (12@75%)
~15 Leveled Soul Gems (empty and full) Max 20 (20@75%)


  • If you advance The Whispering Door far enough to be able to kill Farengar, and he is killed at some point before The Fallen, the other people involved in the interrogation sequence will react as if he were still alive (talking to him, etc.) despite the fact that he is dead.
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