He is a potential follower after this quest's completion if the Dragonborn sides with him by either showing Camilla Faendal's fake letter or by exposing Sven's letter to her. Either gains the gratitude of Camilla as well as Faendal. After completing this quest, Faendal can be asked to follow the Dragonborn, and he will readily oblige.
Faendal's House is located in Riverwood. Sometimes Faendal will not leave his house, leaving the door in an unlocked state. To fix this, re-enter and try again. It is possible to pickpocket Faendal's key, or if he is a follower, it may be taken from his inventory.
After taking Faendal on as a Follower, it is possible to receive free Archery training. Purchase the next training level up from Faendal, then speak with him to open the trade option. Take back the gold paid for training. This can be repeated up to five times per level, up to level 50 in Archery.
As with any trainer, money given to him can be pickpocketed back. The total value of gold affects the success rate, as does the Cutpurse perk. This is another way to train both Archery and Pickpocket, but can only be used when he is not a follower, as the Pickpocket option is not available for followers.
Another way to steal from him safely is to reverse-pickpocket a paralyze poison into his inventory (which requires the Pickpocket perk, Poisoned). Wait in Sneak mode while he is paralyzed, then once the effect runs out and he starts standing up, pickpocket him, and he will not notice anything being taken from him.
Faendal's house has an Apprentice level lock. To raise lockpicking, the key to his house will need to be returned, if it was taken. With Faendal following, pick the lock to his house, then go back outside. He will lock it again, resetting it so it may be picked again.
Faendal seems to have a lawful disposition; when trespassing in residences, he will occasionally say, "You're not supposed to be in here" and he will refuse to enter dialogue and take orders until leaving the area. If ordered to attack a civilian or hold guard, he will say, "No. Not for you. Not for anyone." Also, if the Dragonborn enters combat with Hold Guards or Imperial Soldiers, he will join them in attacking the Dragonborn. This does not occur if he is hit by the Imperial Soldiers, as this will turn him hostile towards them.
Faendal will not search through a dead body, even if the body is from a bandit, dragon or other creatures. He will reply with "Can't do that. Sorry."
Faendal is competent with bows but often prefers to use daggers and swords if he has them. He will use the most damaging bow in his inventory at long range, the most damaging blade available at close range, and while at a mid-range (provided no obstacles) he tends to use any weapon with the highest damage.
- "Greetings brother/sister Elf. Good to see a familiar face so far from home." – If the player is an Elf
- "He's a bard, so he says. Occasionally he finds time to do his job here at the mill. Thinks his ballads and sonnets are going to convince Camilla Valerius to marry him. As if she would say 'yes.' An intelligent, beautiful woman like her wouldn't fall for that nonsense... I hope." – When asked what is his problem with Sven
- "I appreciate your help. Please, take this. Some gold I've saved up from working at the mill." – If his side is taken in A Lovely Letter
- "Riverwood's agreeable enough, I suppose. For a Nord village."
- "There's beauty here unmatched in all of Skyrim, to be sure." – About Riverwood, referencing Camilla
- "I don't need your jokes right now. But...maybe you have a point. Maybe Camilla needs some help to see Sven for what he really is." – When told "You're right. When have words ever inspired feelings of love?"
- "You go on ahead." – When told to wait
- "There's a cave here. Think we should check it out?" – By a cave
- "Look at those ruins. Think there's gold inside?" – Near a Nord tomb
- "Was that some sort of... healing spell?" – Healing spell is cast on him
- "What do you want me to carry?" – When asked to trade
- "I feel like I can beat anyone!" – Courage
If the Dragonborn reads a Black Book when he is a follower:
- "Are you sure this is a good idea?"
- "Not again."
- "I wish you would stop doing that."
- I'll see you in pieces!
- "Show me what you've got!"
- "Give up while you still can!"
- "This is the part where you fall down and bleed to death!"
- Faendal is the only Bosmer follower in Skyrim, and he is also able to join the Blades.
- If the Dragonborn owns Breezehome and has purchased the alchemy lab, Faendal can occasionally be found using it, even if he is not a follower, or is fairly aggressive toward the Dragonborn.
- Should the Dragonborn give Camilla the fake letter and then kill her anytime afterwards, they will receive a letter and some gold from a courier, in addition to a letter from Faendal saying, "I know you killed her. Don't worry, I won't tell anyone. In fact, I wanted to thank you. She will not be missed."
- Faendal will occasionally visit Camilla Valerius no matter where she is. This means that even if the Dragonborn is married to her and they live in a home other than her own, Faendal may be found leaving the home as soon as the Dragonborn arrives, or traversing Skyrim on the way to or from it.
- A similar situation may occur if the Dragonborn marries Hilde.
- In the Dawnguard official add-on, if the Dragonborn has sided with the Dawnguard, they may get a quest from Florentius to rescue his/her spouse from a random location. If the Dragonborn has married Camilla, Faendal may be found dead upon arrival of the rescue location, having attempted to visit her.
- If the Dragonborn helps Sven in the A Lovely Letter, then marries Camilla and moves to Proudspire Manor, Faendal may appear in Solitude and attack the Dragonborn and any guards on sight.
- If Faendal is killed as a follower, the Dragonborn may receive a Letter of Inheritance from the courier.
- If the Dragonborn helped Sven with the Miscellaneous Quest to give Camilla Valerius the fake letter, Faendal will send Hired Thugs, who will appear the next time the Dragonborn leaves a city hold and will attack on sight. The same is true if the Dragonborn helped Faendal, Sven will send hired thugs.
- If the Dragonborn sides with Sven during the love-letter side quest, they may not be taught improved Archery skill by him afterward, and he will tell the Dragonborn, "you should be dead."
- Faendal may be found wandering Skyrim randomly or slain by one of the many creatures he might encounter.
- Faendal is voiced by Jon Curry, who is the voice actor of the "MaleEvenToned" voicetype such as Drevis Neloren and Malborn.
- In Sven's Fake Letter from Faendal, it is stated that Faendal is part of the Aldmeri Dominion. However, this is just part of Sven's insult, as Faendal never mentions the Aldmeri Dominion, and openly courts a human female, Camilla Valerius.
- If the player kills Faendal, they will receive a letter of thanks from Sven.
This section contains bugs related to Faendal. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
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