Skyrim:Bardic Performances

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Throughout Skyrim are musical performers, often called Bards or Skalds, that play and sing a number of different songs. In addition to the normal NPC interactions, these characters allow the player to request performances of specific songs they wish to hear. However, not every performer can play every song. These bards will also play purely instrumental numbers in between performances on drums, flute, or lute. Performers can most often be found in taverns but can wander to other locations during the day.

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[edit] Music

  • There are five songs able to be requested during the game, although a bard can only play two or three of them depending on if the main questline has been completed. The songs are:
  1. Ragnar the Red
  2. The Dragonborn Comes
  3. Age of Aggression
  4. Age of Oppression
  5. Tale of the Tongues
Those songs are detailed in the books Songs of Skyrim and Songs of Skyrim: Revised.
  • Depending on the political climate of the location the bard is playing in, either "Age of Aggression" or "Age of Oppression" will be available. If the politics of the city changes the available song will also change to match the new political environment. "Age of Aggression" is played in Imperial-controlled areas, while "Age of Oppression" is played in Stormcloak-controlled areas.
  • "Tale of the Tongues" only becomes available once the main questline has been completed.

[edit] Performers

Performer Location Tavern Age Ragnar Tale Dragonborn Instrumental
Delacourt Falkreath Dead Man's Drink 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Karita Dawnstar Windpeak Inn 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Lisette Solitude The Winking Skeever 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Llewellyn the NightingaleHF Lakeview ManorHF 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Luaffyn Windhelm Candlehearth Hall 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Lynly Star-Sung * Ivarstead Vilemyr Inn 1Yes
Mikael Whiterun The Bannered Mare 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Ogmund Markarth Silver-Blood Inn 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
OriellaHF Heljarchen HallHF 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
SonirHF Windstad ManorHF 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Sven Riverwood Sleeping Giant Inn 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Talsgar the Wanderer World Interactions 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes

* Lynly Star-Sung is unique in that she only plays instrumental music, and does not sing. For 5 gold she will play a random lute song. While working she will also spontaneously perform something on the flute, but not by request.
Talsgar the Wanderer will play a requested song for 25 gold. He can be randomly encountered wandering around Skyrim.

[edit] Notes

  • Riften does not have any performers, despite having two pubs for them to play in.
  • Morthal's bard, Lurbuk, is considered by many to be the worst bard in Skyrim, and will improvise a "song of fear, and death!" for you if you request it.
  • The students and teachers at the Bards College in Solitude can be heard learning and practicing, but do not take requests.
  • Occasionally carriage drivers can be heard singing Ragnar the Red before the loading screen pops up.
  • Standing too close to a bard while they are performing will cause them to step back, ending their performance prematurely.

[edit] Lyrics

Here are the lyrics for the songs shown in the Performances table:

[edit] The Age of Aggression

We drink to our youth, to days come and gone. For the age of aggression is just about done.
We'll drive out the Stormcloaks and restore what we own. With our blood and our steel we'll take back our home.
Down with Ulfric the killer of kings. On the day of your death we'll drink and we'll sing.
We're the children of Skyrim, and we fight all our lives. And when Sovngarde beckons, every one of us dies!
But this land is ours and we'll see it wiped clean. Of the scourge that has sullied our hopes and our dreams.

[edit] The Age of Oppression

We drink to our youth, and to days come and gone. For the age of oppression is now nearly done.
We'll drive out the Empire from this land that we own. With our blood and our steel we will take back our home.
All hail to Ulfric! You are the High King! In your great honor we drink and we sing.
We're the children of Skyrim, and we fight all our lives. And when Sovngarde beckons, every one of us dies!
But this land is ours and we'll see it wiped clean. Of the scourge that has sullied our hopes and our dreams.

[edit] Ragnar the Red

There once was a hero named Ragnar the Red, who came riding to Whiterun from ole Rorikstead!
And the braggart did swagger and brandish his blade, as he told of bold battles and gold he had made!
But then he went quiet, did Ragnar the Red, when he met the shieldmaiden Matilda who said...
"Oh, you talk and you lie and you drink all our mead! Now I think it's high time that you lie down and bleed!"
And so then came the clashing and slashing of steel, as the brave lass Matilda charged in full of zeal!
And the braggart named Ragnar was boastful no moooooree... when his ugly red head rolled around on the floor!

[edit] The Dragonborn Comes

Our hero, our hero, claims a warrior's heart.
I tell you, I tell you, the Dragonborn comes.
With a Voice wielding power of the ancient Nord art.
Believe, believe, the Dragonborn comes.
It's an end to the evil, of all Skyrim's foes.
Beware, beware, the Dragonborn comes.
For the darkness has passed, and the legend yet grows.
You'll know, You'll know the Dragonborn's come.

[edit] Tale of the Tongues

Alduin's wings, they did darken the sky. His roar fury's fire, and his scales sharpened scythes.
Men ran and they cowered, and they fought and they died. They burned and they bled as they issued their cries.
We need saviors to free us from Alduin's rage. Heroes on the field of this new war to wage.
And if Alduin wins, man is gone from this world. Lost in the shadow of the black wings unfurled.
But then came the Tongues on that terrible day. Steadfast as winter, they entered the fray.
And all heard the music of Alduin's doom. The sweet song of Skyrim, sky-shattering Thu'um.
And so the Tongues freed us from Alduin's rage. Gave the gift of the Voice, ushered in a new Age.
If Alduin is eternal, then eternity's done. For his story is over and the dragons are... gone.

[edit] Bugs

  • Performing Bards have been known to continue singing lines of "requested" songs even after the song itself had already been finished. NPCs surrounding them will continue to act as if the song was still playing, until those lines are sung. The songs and lyrics it affects are as follows...
    • The Dragonborn Comes: "With a voice wielding power of the ancient Nord art."
    • The Age of Aggression: "Down with Ulfric the killer of kings. On the day of your death we'll drink and we'll sing."
    • The Age of Oppression: "All hail to Ulfric! You are the High King! In your great honor we drink and we sing."
  • When the player requests a song, the bard could end up playing a song that wasn't requested. Simply wait it out, and they will play the requested song immediately afterward. ?
  • Bards will sometimes perform songs without their instruments.

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