Skyrim:Courier

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A courier
Courier
(RefID: 00039FB7)
Race Nord Gender Male
Level 1 Class Warrior
RefID 00039FB7 BaseID 00039F83
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Essential Yes
Faction(s) CrimeFactionWhiterun
Courier
Race Dunmer Gender Male
Level 1 Class Warrior
RefID N/A BaseID 0006A11A
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Faction(s) FavorExcludedFaction
Courier
Race Bosmer Gender Male
Level 1 Class Warrior
RefID N/A BaseID 001065EE
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Faction(s) CrimeFactionWhiterun
Courier
Race Nord Gender Male
Level 1 Class Warrior
RefID N/A BaseID 001065EF
Other Information
Faction(s) CrimeFactionWhiterun
Courier
Race Imperial Gender Male
Level 1 Class Warrior
RefID N/A BaseID 001065F0
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Faction(s) CrimeFactionWhiterun
A dead courier

Couriers are generic NPCs who travel to deliver messages. They can be randomly encountered, and will appear to hand you letters related to certain quests. A courier can appear anywhere in the province of Skyrim, as well as on Solstheim.

The randomly encountered courier can either be a Bosmer, Imperial, or Nord. The Bosmer is clad in a set of farm clothes and boots, and carries a leveled dagger that can be up to Daedric in quality, a random book of low value, a courier's letter that you can pickpocket, and an assortment of middle-class items and gold. The Imperial carries the same items as the Bosmer, but wears a hat as well as different clothes. Likewise, the Nord courier has the same inventory as the Bosmer, except for an additional random book and wears a different hat, clothes, and boots.

They can be found walking along a road. Any attempts at conversation will only have them tell you, "Important deliveries to make! No time for chatting!"

During the quest Arniel's Endeavor, you are to locate a different courier from Morrowind, albeit already dead when you arrive. He was a Dunmer and wore a set of farm clothes and boots, and carried Keening.

The courier that delivers letters to you is a Nord wearing random farm clothes, boots, as well as a hat. Unlike the other couriers, he carries nothing else with him. He will only appear as part of certain quests, tasked to ensure important messages are in your hands. Using a dragon shout in public view can increase the probability of a contact with him; after doing so, he will usually appear some time later with a letter that activates a miscellaneous quest. He will also occasionally bring other kinds of messages, as detailed below.

He will approach you and say, "I've been looking for you. Got something I'm supposed to deliver - your hands only." He will mumble, "Let's see here..." before saying one or more of the following lines, depending on what he has for you:

"From who?"
"Don't know. Creepy fella, black robe. Couldn't see his face. Paid me a pretty sum to get that into your hands, though."

As soon as Hearthfire is installed, he will randomly appear to give you additional letters:

With the Dragonborn add-on, he will arrive to give you messages from Ralis Sedarys:

Once he is done, he will say, "Looks like that's it. Got to go." and walk away from you. If you talk to him again, he will only say, "Nope, sorry. Nothing."

[edit] Related Quests

[edit] Notes

  • You can read the note while in his inventory, therefore avoiding any risk of being caught.

[edit] Bugs

  • The courier occasionally arrives wearing little or no clothes, which he never replaces. Each subsequent meeting with him will either see him wearing the same or even less clothing.
    • This bug is fixed by version 1.9 of the Official Skyrim Patch.
    • This can sometimes be fixed by reverse-pickpocketing new armor or clothes onto him.

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