Skyrim:The Forgemaster's Fingers

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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png Find the Forgemaster's Fingers to gain favor with the Orcs.
Quest Giver: Radiant
Location(s): Radiant
Reward: Blood-Kin
ID: FavorOrcsIntro

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Approach an Orc stronghold.
  2. Speak with a member of the Orc stronghold.
  3. Speak with a guard in the stronghold, if not the same person as the previous step.
  4. Retrieve the Forgemaster's Fingers.
  5. Return the Forgemaster's Fingers to the chief of that stronghold.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

When you first approach any Orc stronghold, a guard may stop you and tell you that the stronghold is exclusively for Orcs and no outsiders will be permitted inside. Other Orcs in the hold will tell you that you're not welcome, however you must find an Orc guard in order to trigger the quest. If you ask the guard how they can be persuaded to give you access, they will tell you to reclaim an item: the Forgemaster's Fingers. This item, which grants the wielder a +12 bonus to Smithing, can be collected from the randomly determined location.

When you return and give the Forgemaster's Fingers to the chief, you will be permitted to enter all strongholds and will be named Blood-Kin of the Orcs.

Radiant Options[edit]

This is a radiant quest which you can receive from an Orc living in any Orc stronghold except Largashbur. You will be asked to bring the item back to that stronghold's chief. The location of the quest item is randomly determined based upon the quest-giver's hold (see table below for specific options).

Hold Stronghold Quest Giver Chief Possible Dungeons
The Reach Dushnikh Yal Arob, Nagrub Burguk Broken Tower Redoubt, Bruca's Leap Redoubt, Deepwood Redoubt, Dragontooth Crater, Druadach Redoubt, Dustman's Cairn, Hag Rock Redoubt, Harmugstahl, Rebel's Cairn, Red Eagle Redoubt
Mor Khazgur Bagrak Larak
Eastmarch Narzulbur Yatul Mauhulakh Ansilvund, Cragslane Cavern, Cragwallow Slope, Cronvangr Hall, Gallows Rock, Lost Knife Hideout, Morvunskar, Stony Creek Cave, Uttering Hills Camp


  • This quest is not offered to Orcs, who are automatically allowed full access to all Orc strongholds.
  • Becoming Blood-Kin by completing certain quests will also grant you access to Orc strongholds, and make this quest unavailable.
  • This quest is unavailable in Largashbur. If you do that stronghold's quest, The Cursed Tribe, you will automatically become Blood-Kin, though it is not explicitly mentioned.


  • The quest may fail to activate after agreeing to do the favor.
    • Pc22.png Adding the gloves to your inventory via the console, then offering to do the quest again, may properly trigger the quest log entry, you can then remove the gloves via console and continue the quest as normal.
    • After you go to one stronghold and try to accept the quest, go to another stronghold and try to accept the quest again.
    • Enter the stronghold you're at and speak to the Orc that tried to give you the quest again. The option to ask how to enter should still be there.
    • Saving the game, restarting Skyrim, then repeating the dialog may also fix the quest trigger.

Quest Stages[edit]

The Forgemaster's Fingers (FavorOrcsIntro)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Find the Forgemaster's Fingers
Objective 20: Bring the Forgemaster's Fingers to <Alias.ShortName=Chief>
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 15, 100, 200.