"New to Skyrim? I was confused at first, too. The Nords call their mausoleums the Hall of the Dead."
―Brother Verulus[src]


Brother Verulus is an Imperial priest of Arkay in Markarth. He is found outside the Hall of the Dead, within Understone Keep, arguing with Thongvor Silver-Blood.


The Taste of DeathEdit

Brother Verulus asks the Dragonborn to investigate the mausoleum where corpses have been found with evidence of being eaten. Inside you will find Eola, who will either attack you or give you the Daedric quest "The Taste of Death," depending on your dialogue choices. If you agree to join the cannabalism cult, you will be given the task to bring Verulus to Reachcliff Cave. After you bring him there, Eola will appear to somehow hypnotize Verulus into sleeping on the altar, and she will give you the task to kill Verulus and feast on his corpse. After doing so, Namira will present you with the Ring of Namira.

Alternatively, you still have the option to save Verulus at the last minute and kill Eola, which will fail the quest. Verulus will suddenly stand up from the altar and aid you in the ensuing fight with the cultists, and after everything settles down, he will give you a leveled amount of gold as a reward for saving him.

Civil WarEdit

Siding with the Stormcloaks in the Civil War causes Thongvor to become Jarl of Markarth. Because of this, the two will not be seen arguing in Understone Keep. Instead, Brother Verulus is found near the entrance to the Hall of the Dead.

Verulus' Base Stats
Level 6
Health 92
Magicka 50
Stamina 83
Light Armor 15
Heavy Armor 20
Sneak 15
One-Handed 20
Two-Handed 15
Archery 15
Block 20
Alteration 15
Conjuration 21
Destruction 20
Restoration 35
Illusion 15
Enchanting 23
Speech 24
Lockpicking 15
Alchemy 21
Smithing 21
Pickpocket 15

Multiple followersEdit

Main article: Multiple Followers

Brother Verulus is one of the quest characters that can be given equipment and exploited to follow the Dragonborn throughout Skyrim along with a follower of their choice. If he is never brought back to the altar, then he will remain as a constant follower. He cannot be used to carry anything, but he will fight in any situation. Just like Enmon, he can be commanded to do tasks and be told to also wear a full set of Daedric armor. He is invincible (until he arrives at Reachcliff Cave) and does not require enchantments unless it is at one's sole discretion.



Thongvor: "What are you hiding, priest?"
Verulus: "I'm not hiding anything. It's closed for a reason."
Thongvor: "Typical Imperial lies. First you take away Talos, and now keep us from seeing our honored dead? You and the Jarl will answer for any desecration of my ancestors' bodies!"
Verulus: "That's enough, Thongvor. We're done."


  • "Alright. I was going to suggest the Jarl hire someone to sort this mess out, anyway." – If the player successfully persuades him in the Hall of the Dead.
  • "You're my... friend..." – Said while in Reachcliff Cave.
  • "I've been invited to dinner...I'm so hungry..." – Response to Eola's sacrificial ritual.
  • "I need to lay down. I'll just be a minute..." – Said as he is making his way towards the altar in the The Taste of Death.


  • By holding down the talk button to interact with Brother Verulus, he can be commanded just like a follower. He can even pick up better weapons than the one he has, making him a useful exploitable follower.
  • Killing Verulus after he has been saved from Eola will cause a courier to find the Dragonborn the next time they fast travel, with a letter from Jarl Igmund stating that Verulus has left them with an inheritance.


This section contains bugs related to Brother Verulus. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • If the door to the Hall of the Dead has been opened and one walks in immediately after the key is acquired, Verulus will follow in and keep repeating "I don't think you belong here. I think you should leave." while the Dragonborn talks to Eola. If spoken to after Eola leaves, he asks what happened inside the Hall of the Dead, although he was (and still is) inside it.
  • Brother Verulus might not follow the Dragonborn after he has been bribed (later in the quest).
    • Fix: This may be caused by Not telling him the hall of the dead is safe. Reload a previous save, and Tell Brother Verulus the hall of the dead is safe
    • Fix: One can have him attack, and take him all the way to the cave's entrance, however, he won't follow into the cave. A work around is to use the front entrance instead of the rear entrance.
  •  PC   PS3   After completing his quest by killing Eola, Brother Verulus may remain in the front room of Understone Keep and initiate conversation every time the Dragonborn walks by.
    •  360   If the Dragonborn saves Verulus by killing Eola, he will stay in Bloodskal Barrow and follow the Dragonborn around, initiating conversation whenever he gets close enough. The only dialogue options are: "What's the Hall of the Dead?" and "Who's Arkay?"
  • If the bar-keeper at the Silver-Blood Inn has been spoken to about rumors and one has already talked to Verulus, the quest Talk To Verulus will still be given and remain active throughout the game.
  • He may not follow out of Broken Oar Grotto, while other companions exit freely. Fast travel may not correct this. Reinitiating conversation with him, leaving, then fast travelling again may work.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Brother Verulus

  • Bug, Brother Verulus in Riften

    2 messages
    • Basically, I killed Eola right on the beginning of "The Tast of Death", and Verulus is in Riften, near the temple to Mara, and...
    • same how do you fix that help plz
  • Cannibalism

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    • Alternatively you could just kill Eola right when you meet her. That automatically fails the quest, Brother Verulus lives and rewards you, ...
    • Yes you can kill Eola and the cannibals right up to the point that you're requested to feed on Verulas' flesh. The shopkeep...
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