Skyrim:Taking Care of Business

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SR-qico-Thieves Guild.png Help Brynjolf collect some debts for the Thieves Guild.
Quest Giver: Brynjolf
Location(s): Riften
Prerequisite Quest: A Chance Arrangement
Next Quest: Loud and Clear
Reward: Membership in Thieves Guild, full set of Thieves Guild Armor
ID: TG01
Bersi's Urn

[edit] Quick Walkthrough

  1. Speak to Brynjolf in the Ragged Flagon.
  2. (Optional) Speak to Talen-Jei.
  3. Speak to Keerava.
  4. Speak to Bersi Honey-Hand.
  5. Speak to Haelga.
  6. Return to Brynjolf.

[edit] Detailed Walkthrough

The Ratways are fairly easy to progress through as you will never face more than one enemy at the same time apart from the very first corridor. After facing the two bandits you will encounter a raised drawbridge, which will force you to jump down into the room below. At this point you can either open the expert-locked gate nearby or make your way through the remaining part of the sewer. Either way, you will arrive at a final room containing a bandit and a copy of Beggar, a Pickpocket skill book. Before leaving, activate the lever on the wall: this will lower the drawbridge and provide a shorter way in and out. If you have at least two levels of the shout Whirlwind Sprint, you can also jump the gap to the other side of the drawbridge and carefully edge around until you reach the lever.

Use the statue to coerce Haelga

Once you enter the Ragged Flagon, find Brynjolf at the bar. He will instruct you to collect debts from three business owners in town and will offer a few tips on how to get the money out of them.

  • Keerava's debt (inside The Bee and Barb): Speak first to Talen-Jei just inside the door. He tells you he's in love with Keerava and, to protect her from harm, reveals she has some family on a farm not far across the Morrowind border. With this information talk to Keerava and she'll hand over the cash.
  • Bersi Honey-Hand's debt (inside Pawned Prawn): To convince this stubborn Nord man you'll have to hurt him indirectly. Destroy the Dwemer urn in front of the counter with your weapon or fists and he will buckle.
  • Haelga's debt (inside Haelga's Bunkhouse): Haelga is a devout follower of Dibella and you can use that to your advantage. Upon entering, turn right and steal the statue in the corner. Threaten to throw it down a well and she'll pay up immediately.

Whichever one is the last one to be racketeered will give up the money without incident. After you have collected the debts, return to Brynjolf. He'll lead you to talk to Guildmaster Mercer Frey, who will give you a new task and welcome you to the guild.

By completing the quest, you gain a few perks:

[edit] Achievements

One achievement is unlocked at the end of this quest, when you become a member of the guild:

  • SR-achievement-Taking Care of Business.png Taking Care of Business (10 points/Bronze)

[edit] Notes

  • If you fail to convince any of the NPCs, you can choose to brawl with two of them; word gets around and the third NPC gladly pays up to avoid a similar fate. If you picked up the Gloves of the Pugilist in the Ratway, you can make short work of both opponents.
  • Killing the target NPCs will also complete this quest. Although Brynjolf won't be happy, there are no other repercussions.

[edit] Bugs

  • If Talen-Jei dies before the quest is started, it may not start at all.
    • This issue has been addressed by version 1.1 of the Official Skyrim Patch; Talen-Jei is made essential.
  • Bersi Honey-Hand's prize urn can appear unbreakable. Winning a brawl against him instead advances the quest, or return later as the last person approached gives in without further intimidation. ?
  • If one of the NPC merchants is killed during a raid or the town is given to the Imperials during the main storyline, the game will glitch and you will be unable to finish the quest. ?
  • Sometimes this quest will complete and you will be unable to start the next one, even through console commands. This means that if you go into the Ragged Flagon Cistern, you will be trespassing and all of the thieves will turn hostile.
    • Pc22.png This can be fixed by entering setstage TG02B 10 and finishing it before entering Flagon.
  • If Drifa has been killed prior to ending A Chance Arrangement, this quest will not be able to start.
    • PC Only This bug is fixed by version 1.3.2 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
    • Pc22.png Use the console command setstage TG02 10 to start the quest.
  • When you're talking with Bersi Honey-Hand about the "message from Brynjolf" if you cut the conversation without let it end properly, break the urn and talk to him again; that may cause a glitch at the end of the next conversation involving the player being unable to move and access any menus. Quiting the game and reload a save can fix this problem. ?

[edit] Quest Stages

Taking Care of Business (TG01)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 Brynjolf has promised me more work if I'm able to locate him at a tavern called the Ragged Flagon. Judging from the dangerous nature of its location, it seems as though he's having me perform some type of initiation, but I can't be certain.
Objective 10: Locate Brynjolf at the Ragged Flagon
20 After successfully locating the Ragged Flagon, Brynjolf has given me a new assignment. Three business owners in Riften are proving to be a thorn in his side and I'm supposed to teach them the error of their ways. I should speak to Brynjolf about these townspeople in the event that they prove to be as stubborn as I'm expecting them to be.
Objective 20: Collect Keerava's debt
Objective 30: Collect Bersi Honey-Hand's debt
Objective 40: Collect Haelga's debt
Objective 50: Return to Brynjolf
200 Finishes quest I've dealt with the three troublesome business owners in Riften as Brynjolf had specified. Perhaps now that I've proven my worth to Brynjolf, I can discover more about this mysterious organization that he represents.
Objective 21: (Optional) Use Talen-Jei to get to Keerava
Objective 31: (Optional) Smash Bersi's prized Dwarven Urn
Objective 41: (Optional) Steal Haelga's Statue of Dibella
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 12, 30, 35, 40, 42, 45, 47.
Prev: A Chance Arrangement Up: Thieves Guild Next: Loud and Clear

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