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"Rumor has it the Jarl's Steward, Raerek, is a faithful Talos worshiper, if not a true son of Skyrim - he still supports the Empire, after all. But, if confronted with proof of his belief, you might be able to "persuade" him to aid our cause, indirectly of course."
Galmar Stone-Fist[src]

Compelling Tribute is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. After a successful campaign in Falkreath, Ulfric offers a covert mission to gain leverage in the Reach by using blackmail. Note that this quest can be impossible if the quest The Forsworn Conspiracy is completed and the bug which makes the guards and Raerek hostile has become prevalent. This quest can be skipped if before its start, Markarth was surrendered to the Stormcloaks during the peace treaty of "Season Unending."


Galmar Stone-Fist has sent me to investigate the possibility of blackmailing Raerek. As Igmund's Steward, he might be able to provide important information and assets.


  1. Find evidence
  2. Blackmail Raerek
  3. Report to Galmar Stone-Fist
  4. Meet the men
  5. Follow Ralof and ambush the enemy scout
  6. Take over the caravan
  7. Report back to Ralof
  8. Report success to Galmar Stone-Fist


After a successful campaign in Falkreath Hold, Ulfric Stormcloak indicates that he needs every able bodied man to bolster his operations in the Reach. The new base of operations is where Galmar Stone-Fist is awaiting with new orders. Upon reporting to Galmar, you are offered a covert mission of subterfuge and blackmail in Markarth as a means to gain leverage in The Reach. Rumor has it that Raerek, Jarl Igmund's uncle and Steward, is a faithful Talos worshiper but not at all a true Son of Skyrim. If a way can be found to confront him with his belief, he may be persuaded to aid the cause.

Finding evidenceEdit

The seat of power in Markarth is Understone Keep, hewn into the rock to the city's southwest. Raerek's quarters are located in the northwestern wing of the keep and secured by an adept lock. Guards frequently patrol the halls at all hours, however Raerek will be attending to the Jarl throughout most of the day. Searching the dresser will reveal Raerek's Inscribed Amulet of Talos.

Accosting him regarding his resistance to The Cause will garner his feelings that Ulfric is a dangerous man and that he is no friend of the Markarth to which Raerek is so unyieldingly loyal. However, threatened with the prospect of having his faith in Talos made public, Raerek bends his knee to demand as otherwise the Thalmor would imprison him and forever besmirch the Jarl's family name. Reluctantly, Raerek tells of a large, heavily guarded wagon filled with silver and weapons headed to Solitude. It is possible to aquire a leveled amount of septims out of Raerek by choosing the persuasion option, which does not require a high level in Speech.

Back at the Reach Stormcloak Camp, Galmar is pleased to hear of such a lucrative target and indicates that he has a scouting party already out in the field near the area the wagon should be located. 

Securing the wagonEdit

A small scouting party led by Ralof can be located by heading east up the road and past Broken Tower Redoubt. Ralof indicates that they have actually been tracking the wagon for some time and that it has recently had an "accident" which has stopped the wagon in its tracks and will allow for an ambush.

You have the choice to stick to the plan of Ralof's or take all of this by yourself. If you choose to stick to the plan, Ralof and his men will follow the road to the SE and take down the enemy scout. After neutralizing the scout, Ralof and his men will head to the top of the ridge to act as fire support, raining arrows down upon the Imperial guards, leaving them easy pickings for an assault.


Once all the Imperials have been killed, Ralof will indicate that Galmar should be notified of the success and that a new wagon should be sent for the loot. Opening the chest in the back of the wagon will net a dozen or so silver ingots as well as other miscellaneous items and swords. After returning to the camp with the good news, Galmar will provide coin for a job well done and new orders. The Battle for Fort Sungard is brewing and needs fresh support to commence.


Compelling Tribute (Stormcloaks) – CWMission07
IDJournal Entry
10Galmar Stone-Fist has sent me to investigate the possibility of blackmailing Raerek. As Igmund's Steward, he might be able to provide important information and assets.
  • Objective 10: Find evidence
  • Objective 20: Blackmail Raerek
30Igmund gave me information about a delivery of weapons and coin headed toward the enemy capital. I should return to camp and inform Galmar Stone-Fist.
  • Objective 30: Report to Galmar Stone-FIst
40Galmar Stone-Fist has sent me to meet with a scouting party that should be in the area of the enemy shipment. Together we will over power the enemy and secure the weapons and coin.
  • Objective 40: Meet the men
  • Objective 50: Follow Ralof and ambush enemy scout
  • Objective 60: Take over the caravan
  • Objective 60: Take over the caravan
  • Objective 90: Report back to Ralof
  • Objective 100: Report success to Galmar Stone-Fist
200I have successfully blackmailed Raerek and captured a shipmen of enemy weapons and coin.
  • Quest completed
  • Quest failed


This section contains bugs related to Compelling Tribute (Stormcloaks). 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.
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  •  360   This quest can be impossible if you have received the bug in which you can not get rid of your Reach bounty. Because of this, you can not blackmail Raerek.
  • Once at the wagon, it has been reported that attacking the Imperials can cause a bounty for some reason. If this happens, the quest can also mess up by not bringing a speech option up to fix the quest. For example, when returning to Galmar after taking care of the wagon, it may just bring up the usual two speech options that he always can be asked (one about the purpose of the war, and one about Nords). It simply will not bring up the finishing speech option, even with the quest arrow over his head. It might be fixed by reloading, but it has been reported that even doing that will just make the same things happen again. This might potentially ruin ever finishing the Stormcloaks questline. One way to fix this on PC is to kill Galmar through console commands, then fast travel back to the Stormcloak camp in the reach and then kill Galmar through console commands again.
  • Another bug is that after dealing with the wagon when returning to report to Ralof it is not possible to speak to him at that point.
  • If the aforementioned glitch happens and you have not done the peace treaty section of the main quest, do so and give the Stormcloaks Markarth, this will "liberate the reach" and allow you to carry on with the Stormcloaks questline after finishing the main quest.
  • Another way to fix the bug is hitting Ralof once. He will not retaliate.
  • For some reason when you are trying to "meet the men" the men do not actually appear and the quest marker points in the opposite direction. To bypass this just walk along the path and kill one of the Imperial soldiers to trigger the next part of the quest.
  • When you first approach Galmar Stone-Fist to receive this quest there is sometimes no dialogue option to begin the quest. Loading a previous save from before entering the camp seems to fix this. This also happens on PS3.
  • You might see two amulets. If so, take both to trigger the next step in the quest.
  • Amulet does not appear in dresser.

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