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Skyrim:Harsh Master

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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png Take care of a runaway crew member.
Quest Giver: Kjar
Location(s): Windhelm, Radiant
Reward: Leveled gold
Disposition: =1 (Kjar)
ID: FreeformShipsWindhelm
Kjar wants you to teach someone a lesson

Radiant Options

This is a radiant quest which will send you to one of the following bandit camps:

Cragslane Cavern, Gallows Rock, Lost Knife Hideout, Stony Creek Cave, Uttering Hills Camp

Quick Walkthrough

  1. Speak to Kjar onboard his ship at the Windhelm docks.
  2. Travel to the random location and kill the bandit leader.
  3. Return to Kjar for your reward.

Detailed Walkthrough

Kjar, ship master of The North Wind currently anchored at the docks in Windhelm, will ask you to hunt down and kill a runaway crew member. The sailor had formed a group of bandits, who are currently hiding out in one of five random locations. Travel to the location and kill the bandit leader there. Return to Kjar, who will give you a year's salary (a leveled gold reward).


Levels Reward
1-9 500
10-19 750
20-29 1,000
30-39 1,250
40+ 1,500


  • The quest Kill the Bandit Leader can have identical quest objectives.
  • It is possible to trigger the quest by killing the required leader without first speaking with Kjar. It adds an objective to return to Kjar. Once spoken to Kjar, you will receive the objective to kill the leader. Telling Kjar of the leader's death will complete both objectives.


  • If you are sent to Uttering Hills Cave, and have already completed Summerset Shadows for the Thieves Guild, you will be unable to complete this quest, as the bandit leader is replaced by Linwe and the former is nowhere to be seen.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 2.0.4 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • Pc22.png You can still progress through the quest by typing "c5688".kill in the console.
  • If you have completed the mission and levels later reenter the same location once it is repopulated, it can give you the completion again, allowing you to collect a bounty for re-killing the rogue crewman.
  • The bandit boss is prematurely made available to kill before Kjar actually offers the quest.

Quest Stages

Harsh Master (FreeformShipsWindhelm)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Kill the leader of <Alias=BanditCamp>
Objective 15: Return to Kjar
20 Finishes quest
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 200.