|Primary Skills||Heavy Armor, One-handed, Archery, Block|
|Faction(s)||CrimeFactionPale; DawnstarBrinaHouseFaction; Favor256QuestGiverFaction; Imperial Government; TownDawnstarFaction|
Brina Merilis is a Nord warrior who owns a house in Dawnstar. She is a retired Legion legate and fought in the Great War, and her former subordinate Horik Halfhand still follows her around at all times. Brina will become Jarl of Dawnstar should you side with the Legion in the civil war and take control of the Pale from the Stormcloaks. If she is deposed again, she and Halfhand will take residence in the Winking Skeever.
The current jarl of Dawnstar, Skald the Elder, is a staunch Stormcloaks supporter and spends most of his funds and personnel to help Ulfric Stormcloak battle the Legion. Brina can do very little about it, although she obviously tries; when you arrive in Dawnstar for the first time you will find her outside the White Hall, engaged in a hefty argument with Skald:
Brina: "Divines sake, Skald. Who do
Skald: "Your man Horik is wearing his old Legion armor. What should I make of that?"
Brina: "He's proud of his service, Skald. The Legion taught us loyalty. And we're loyal to Dawnstar."
Skald: "This isn't over. I catch you sending one letter to General Tullius, I'll have you both executed."
After the argument, Brina will return to her regular duties; she gets out of bed at 8am and always starts the day with a one-hour breakfast with Horik. She then leaves the house and starts patrolling around town, obviously keeping an eye on the actions of Skald. She pauses at noon and 6pm for one-hour meals. At 8pm she returns to her house and spends a bit of time with Horik before she goes to bed at midnight.
Like all other Dawnstar citizens, Brina has trouble sleeping before the quest Waking Nightmare and will say: "You come to Dawnstar at a bad time. Tempers are... fiery." If you ask her to elaborate she will tell you: "Not a single man or woman in Dawnstar has gotten a good night's rest in days. We keep having the same nightmare, over and over. If people aren't tired, they're angry, and if they aren't angry, they're afraid. It's made keeping order a mess. I hear Mara has sent one of her priests to the inn to try to calm people down, but I don't know how much words will do now." She will also apologize for the public argument with Skald: "The Jarl and I have our disagreements. Sorry if you had to overhear one of them.", and tell you the reason: "Skald supports Ulfric's rebellion, and he doesn't like having a couple of old Legionnaires living in his town. He's a fool. A dragon has attacked Helgen. Dawnstar needs the Empire now more than ever." She will also greet you with: "I wasn't born in Skyrim, but when I served in the Legion this land became my home." and "Horik and I have lived here ever since I retired. He's a good soldier." Lastly, she will readily provide information on where to drink and where to work: "Drowning your troubles in mead? A lot of folks are doing that these days. You'll want the Windpeak Inn. As for work, you could try to catch Skald in a good mood, but your best bet would be working in the mines. They're on opposite ends of town."
After a long day of patrolling, she will often have conversations with her old friend Horik when they spend time in the house before bedtime:
Horik: "Are you all right? You seem tired."
Brina: "I'm fine, Horik. I just... are you worried about this war?"
Horik: "No. If we must fight, we will, and you will lead us to victory. As you always have."
Brina: "With you by my side, is that right Horik?"
Horik: "Of course. I would have it no other way."
Brina: "So much for old soldiers settling down to a life of luxury, eh?"
Brina: "You never talk much about yourself, do you Horik? I swear, these past 30 years you've been at my side, and I think I barely know you."
Horik: "What's to say? I was born on a farm, joined the Legion when I came of age, and I've served you ever since."
Brina: "What about your family? There must have been someone waiting for you back at the farm. Wondering if you were ever coming home?"
Horik: "No. Can't say there was. My parents died when I was young. You and the Legion have been my only family since."
Brina: "I see. You're a good soldier, Horik. I'm sorry for intruding."
Horik: "You weren't. There's just not much to it."
If she is appointed jarl, she will abandon her house and move into the White Hall, still with Horik by her side as housecarl. She holds court every day between 8am and midnight and will be quite confident with the task saying, "I will serve Dawnstar as I always have." and continue with: "You should see the grin on Horik's face now that we're in charge. I know he hides it, but I can tell." If you ask her about the safety of Dawnstar from dragons she will tell you the worrying truth: "No. We're completely exposed. Bows and arrows are in short supply. Every building is made of thatch and wood. I've given standing orders to the guards to prepare water bucket runs to the harbor in case of a fire, but that's all we can do." When asked about the war, she will sum it up: "The Empire has stretched itself too far. This rebellion in Skyrim is one problem, but solving it won't fix everything. But that's the kind of talk an old warhorse shouldn't be making. Don't worry. I have my problems with the Empire, but I'm still a soldier first. We'll keep peace and order in Dawnstar."
The staff in the White Hall will also notice the difference. While Skald the Elder spent all day trying to persuade his court wizard to aid the Stormcloaks, Brina takes a more peaceful approach:
Brina: "Madena, I was wondering if you could help me with something. Your magic would be invaluable."
Madena: "If this is about battle magic, forget it. I've told every Jarl I've served under that I won't...."
Brina: "Actually, I was just wondering if you could make sure people are tended to if they get hurt. I'm sure you wouldn't object to that."
Madena: "I, well, no of course not. I would be glad to help."
Brina: "Thank you, Madena. I appreciate your assistance."
Brina and Horik's relationship will also change somewhat, with new responsibilities and more formality:
Brina: "Just like old times, huh Horik? You and me fighting in a war over some forsaken scrap of land."
Horik: "Brings back memories. Do you have any orders for me, Legate?"
Brina: "Keep the guard alert. I want to make sure no townspeople get hurt if there's trouble."
Horik: "Yes, Legate. No one is getting through us."
Brina: "Shor's bones, I hope you're right."
Horik: "We should go over our strategy again in case the Stormcloaks attack."
Brina: "I don't think that's needed, Horik. It's the same strategy we used for every major defense during the Great War. It'll serve just as well now."
Horik: "Considering how the Great War ended, I think we need to be cautious about what we rely on."
Brina: "Maybe you're right. I guess the battles I won yesterday won't win today's wars."
Horik: "I'm sorry, Legate. I didn't want to imply anything about your ability to lead. You're a hero to the Empire, and I...."
Brina: "Oh, don't be such an old stick, Horik. I was joking. I can do that, you know. Redo the battle plans. I'll look over them later."
Horik: "Yes, Legate."
 Related Quests
- Kill the Giant: Do a favor for the Jarl of Dawnstar by killing a giant. (radiant)
- Thane of the Pale: Become Thane of the Pale. (radiant)
- Unlike most jarls, Brina does not have a steward.
- Bounty quests turned in to Brina will not be removed from the quest journal upon completion, and cannot be removed with the console.