Ahtar is a Redguard warrior who can be found in Solitude. He is the headsman head jailor of Castle Dour. The Dragonborn first encounters Ahtar upon entering Solitude, where he is witnessed executing Roggvir.
If not located at Jala's House, he can be found in the Castle Dour dungeons or in The Winking Skeever. Ahtar seems to sleep at Jala's House before walking back to the dungeon at 7:00 am. He goes to work in the dungeon around 12 pm.
Ahtar asks the Dragonborn to locate and kill Captain Hargar at Broken Oar Grotto. Completing this favor will make him a possible follower.
Ahtar is a potential recruit for the Blades.
As Solitude's executioner, Ahtar carries a unique two-handed battleaxe called the Headsman's Axe—the very same axe used to execute Roggvir. He also wears a unique armor piece and carries a unique dagger, which cannot be obtained in any way (as it is part of the armor). He will never draw the dagger, but it can be seen in its sheath on his waist. Additionally, if the Dragonborn pickpockets the Headsman's Axe, he will equip his orcish sword and its sheath will appear on his waist opposite the dagger.
"Not much work being a jailer, long as you can ignore the pleading and all that."
- You were the one who executed that man... "Aye. I'm the headsman here in Solitude. It's my job."
- Do they keep you busy? "Depends on what you mean by "busy." I'm also the head jailor in the dungeon here. Quiet job, usually."
- When's your next execution? "Ain't got one. But I'd fancy a chance at that Jaree-Ra's scrawny neck. Filthy Argonian never would have set foot in this city, if High King Torygg was still alive. I can tell you that."
- "Good man."
"Keep your head about you."
"You wouldn't be a sellsword, would you? I have a little problem you could solve."
- What's this problem you have? "I may have accidentally let a prisoner escape. The leader of one of those bandit groups. I told everyone he died during questioning, and I need you to track him down and make sure he doesn't show up to disprove that."
- I'll do it. "Good. I'll have a sack of coin waiting for you when you get back."
- Forget it. "Suit yourself."
"Remember. I need that bandit dead. Not alive."
(After clearing Broken Oar Grotto)
Broken Oar Grotto is free of bandits. "That's a load off my mind. Here's your pay."
Ahtar: "Rest up, scum. Probably getting executed tomorrow."
Bjartur: "Yeah, you said that yesterday."
Bjartur: "Hey, jailor! What I don't understand is why you're siding with the Imperials."
Ahtar: "Shut up, scum."
Bjartur: "I mean, the Redguards fought off the Aldmeri and the Empire, and now Hammerfell is an independent state. That's all we Nords want for Skyrim!"
Ahtar: "I said shut up, scum!"
Bjartur: "So it's okay if your people rebel against the Empire, but not mine?"
Note: although the lines were written, the preceding conversations never occur in-game.
- "Mind yourself in my city, . This here axe in full swing is a right terrible sight..."
- "You stay out of trouble, now. The Castle Dour Dungeon can break even the strongest will."
- "Just watch yourself. You don't want to meet me on the job."
- "Ain't many visitors come to the dungeon. Every now and then Sybille Stentor will come by looking for... volunteers."
- "Keep your head about ya."
- Ahtar is the only Redguard follower in the base game. Rayya, who is added with Hearthfire, is the other Redguard follower.
- Ahtar is voiced by Michael Vogelsang, who is also the voice of Farkas, Glover Mallory, and many other characters in the game.
This section contains bugs related to Ahtar. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- If the Dragonborn kills Captain Hargar by finishing the quest "Lights Out!" from Jaree-Ra or by cleaning out that cave without quest, he can no longer give the Dragonborn the quest "Kill the Bandit Leader" and will not be available as a follower.
- There is also a different way to lose Ahtar as a follower besides the way mentioned above. If the Dragonborn finds out about Broken Oar Grotto beforehand, one way is by talking to one of the inn-keepers around the Solitude area about looking for work and they might give the Dragonborn a quest to kill Captain Hargar causing Ahtar not to tell them about how Captain Hargar escaped his cell. The same result will happen if the Dragonborn talks to Falk Firebeard about looking for work and he might randomly give the bounty to kill Captain Hargar at Broken Oar Grotto.
- If Ahtar does not give the Dragonborn his quest due to them already killing Captain Hargar the following can be used to solve this issue:
- console command
setrelationshiprank 198b0 4followed by
player.setrelationshiprank 198b0 4. Once this is done, the option to ask him to accompany the Dragonborn should be available. To fix this, use the
- , a rare work around would be to drop some kind of armor item in front of Ahtar. Rarely, he may come up to the Dragonborn asking if he may have the dropped item. If they allow him to have the item, Ahtar would regard the Dragonborn in the same way as another character who the Dragonborn has helped; this will activate the option to have him as a follower in his dialogues.
- console command
- Ahtar may also not give his quest if there is an active "Kill the Bandit Leader" quest from another character, even if a character is in an entirely different hold. The Dragonborn may need to finish that quest first before his option will come open.
- If Ahtar is killed, his armor and unique dagger cannot be taken. However, his unique axe can be obtained.
- If given a bow he will use it in combat against enemies at a distance but often will not switch back to melee.
- Ahtar will get stuck in Jala's house after being talked to in the Castle Dour Dungeon. The best way to get him out is to unlock Jala's house after midnight, then sneak in and out. This should make him come out next morning. It will also count as trespassing.