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Skyrim:Some Light Theft

Skyrim: Quests: Miscellaneous: Favors / Radiant
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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png Do a favor by stealing an item.
Quest Giver: Radiant
Location(s): Radiant
Reward: Leveled Gold, Skill Points
Disposition: =1 (quest giver)
ID: Favor018
Nelacar's staff

Radiant Options

This is a radiant quest which you can receive from any and all of the three following people. The quest item and its location is uniquely determined by the quest giver.

QuestGiver QuestGiverHome QuestItem TargetLocation Reward
Dengeir of Stuhn Dengeir's House (Falkreath) Private Letter Lod's House (Falkreath) Leveled gold
Malur Seloth Jarl's Longhouse (Winterhold) Staff of Arcane Authority The Frozen Hearth (Winterhold) One Speech skill point
Stands-In-Shallows Argonian Assemblage (Windhelm) Double-Distilled Skooma New Gnisis Cornerclub (Windhelm) One Sneak skill point

Quick Walkthrough

  1. Speak to the questgiver.
  2. Steal the requested item.
  3. Return to the questgiver.

Detailed Walkthrough

Dengeir of Stuhn

Dengeir of Stuhn was once the Jarl of Falkreath but has since stepped down and is now a Thane. He is a paranoid and patriotic supporter of the Stormcloaks. He believes that Lod the Blacksmith is writing a treasonous letter and wants you to steal it for him.

The letter is on Lod's bedside table. It is a note requesting extra iron supplies. Steal it and return it to Dengeir. Dengeir will at first think it is written in some kind of code, and then realize Lod is probably not up to treason, even if he is making extra weapons for the Empire. He will then give you a reward of leveled gold.

Completion of this quest opens up another radiant quest Dark Ancestor. At the end of this second quest you will receive leveled gold.

Malur Seloth

Talking to Malur Seloth and asking him what he does prompts him to reveal that he doesn't really do anything. He wants to appear more mage-like when in the jarl's presence, and wishes to acquire a staff.

The one he wants belongs to Nelacar who resides in the inn. The staff is located in the shop counter in Nelacar's room, you must steal it and return to Malur. He will reward you with one skill point in Speech.


When speaking to Stands-In-Shallows he mentions that some pirates were caught smuggling extra powerful Skooma, and he would like to get some.

The bottle is located in the New Gnisis Club in Windhelm, underneath the second set of stairs. Steal it and return to Stands-in-Shallows, and he will reward you with a skill point in Sneak.


  • The potential quest givers are identified based on membership in the Favor018QuestGiverFaction faction.
  • Because this is a favor quest which affects the quest giver's disposition, it will count towards the "Help the People" part of the thane quest for the quest giver's hold.
  • If you steal Nelacar's staff before beginning this quest and then sell or store it, you will still complete the quest and receive the reward by choosing the option to give Malur the staff.
  • This quest requires you to commit a crime; see that page for details about criminal activity.


  • The quests might not trigger if you have already stolen the quest item. Since the quest item is marked as such, you are left with no way of getting rid of it either. ?

Quest Stages

Some Light Theft (Favor018)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Steal the <Alias=QuestItem> for <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>
Objective 15: Bring the <Alias=QuestItem> to <Alias.ShortName=QuestGiver>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 20, 200.