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"He had a wild gleam in his eye, more than most. In my darkest times, I fear he fell in among the werebears of the glacier."
Wulf Wild-Blood[src]

Filial Bonds is a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn given by Wulf Wild-Blood in Skaal Village to find his brother, Torkild, who Wulf believes may have become a werebear.

BackgroundEdit

I met Wulf Wild-Blood, whose brother disappeared many years ago. Wulf believes he may have become a werebear, and warned me to keep an eye out for him.

ObjectivesEdit

  1. Look for Wulf's brother Torkild
  2. Examine Torkild
  3. Return to Wulf

WalkthroughEdit

After releasing the Skaal from Miraak's influence, Wulf Wild-Blood will ask the Dragonborn to find his brother Torkild. While he is not sure he has become a werebear, he remembers seeing a fire in his eyes not common to the Skaal:

How long have you been First Hunter? "In days past, my brother Torkild and I would share the hunt, but that was... long ago."
What happened to your brother? "I wish I could tell you. He had a wild gleam in his eye, more than most. In my darkest times, I fear he fell in among the werebears of the glacier."
Do you have any idea where he might have gone? "He set off from here so long ago, it's hard to say. Could be in Hammerfell for all I know. If you happen to cross his path, be wary. He was a fierce warrior as a man. If he fell prey to his more bestial side, he could be deadly."
What is a werebear? "Twisted beasts, a curse of Hircine. True bears are noble and great creatures of the wild. But the daedra have no skill for creation, so they befile the All-Maker's workings. I've heard tell of men who, by curse or by heart's desire, become transformed into one of those vile things. It is a pitiable fate. And one that I fear has fallen to my brother."

This quest may be hard to finish, as Torkild will only appear in a random encounter. Torkild may also be found dead before being spoken to, but this should not interfere with the quest and the response by Wulf will still be the same.

There are a few locations where random encounters occur and he may be found:

The easiest way to find him is to save the game before talking to Wulf. After the quest officially begins, fast travel to any of the locations above and look for him. If he is not there, reload the save file and try again. He will appear eventually.

After finding Torkild the Dragonborn may talk to him:

"Who... thirst for sky... All-Maker craves the night of sun."

Torkild? Your brother is looking for you. "He hears the underslake of blood dust!"

Are you alright? "They can't talk to wave signs!"

After dialogue ends, Torkild will turn into a werebear and attack. Searching his body yields a note to his brother Wulf. The Dragonborn can also kill Torkild without talking to him and take the letter. When given the letter, Wulf will express his sadness at his brother's death, but also relief that he is at rest:

I have this letter from your brother. "It looks like I was right. He was taken in by that... where did you find this?"
He had become a werebear. "I... I understand. That's not an existance I would wish on anyone. I hope you gave him a swift end."
What was left of him. "Good."
Hard to be sure. he put up a strong fight. "Well, the truth is my brother died a long time ago."
I just got out of there as fast as I could. "I didn't take you for a coward. But until we know the limits of our courage, we don't really know ourselves."
"Thank you for setting my mind to rest. Now I can hope the All-Maker will show mercy to him in the beyond. Let me impart some of the wisdom of the Skaal to you. You've done me a service; I will do you one in kind."

It is possible to pickpocket Torkild's letter from Wulf Wild-Blood after the quest has been completed. Wulf rewards the Dragonborn with an increase to Archery, Block, One-Handed, and Heavy Armor.

JournalEdit

Filial Bonds – DLC2WB01
IDJournal Entry
10I met Wulf Wild-Blood, whose brother disappeared many years ago. Wulf believes he may have become a werebear, and warned me to keep an eye out for him.
  • Objective 10: Look for Wulf's brother Torkild
15I met Wulf Wild-Blood, who told me about his brother Torkild running off many years ago. Wulf's worst fears of his brother proved true, unfortunately. I found Torkild wandering Solstheim, out of his mind. I killed him before he could hurt me, and should tell Wulf the sad news.
  • Objective 15: Examine Torkild
I met Wulf Wild-Blood, who told me about his brother Torkild running off many years ago. Wulf's worst fears of his brother proved true, unfortunately. I found Torkild wandering Solstheim, out of his mind. Before my eyes, he transformed into a werebear, and attacked. I was forced to kill him to defend myself. I should tell Wulf the sad news.
  • Objective 15: Examine Torkild
20
  • Objective 20: Return to Wulf
100I met Wulf Wild-Blood, who told me about his brother Torkild running off many years ago. Wulf's worst fears of his brother proved true, unfortunately. I found Torkild wandering Solstheim, out of his mind, and I killed him before he could hurt me. I told Wulf the sad story of his brother's final chapters, and he taught me how to fight better for setting his mind to rest.
  • Quest complete
I met Wulf Wild-Blood, who told me about his brother Torkild running off many years ago. Wulf's worst fears of his brother proved true, unfortunately. I found Torkild wandering Solstheim, out of his mind. Before my eyes, he transformed into a werebear, and attacked. I was forced to kill him to defend myself. I told Wulf the sad story of his brother's final chapters, and he taught me how to fight better for setting his mind to rest.
  • Quest complete
205I met Wulf Wild-Blood, who told me about his brother Torkild running off many years ago. Wulf died before I could help him learn the truth about his brother.
  • Quest failed

BugsEdit

This section contains bugs related to Filial Bonds. 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.
  •  PS4   It is possible that Wulf will acknowledge the death of Torkild, but the quest will not complete, rendering the note to be stuck in one's inventory as a quest item.
    • Pickpocketing the letter from Wulf and speaking to him again will finish the quest.
  • When looking for Torkild on the path below Saering's Watch, the plot-point may trigger saying to examine Torkild's body, but the body is not there.
    • Reloading a save may cause the random encounter location to change.
  • Torkild can get himself killed by dragons, wild animals, etc. When this happens, the quest marker vanishes, making it harder to locate him.
  • If the Dragonborn kills Torkild in werewolf form, the quest marker on Torkild will disappear and his corpse cannot be looted after one reverts into normal form.
  • If Torkild is killed before the quest is accepted, the quest will become stuck in the quest log.
    • To complete the quest simply type in console commands setstage DLC2WB01 15, then setstage DLC2WB01 100.


Start a Discussion Discussions about Filial Bonds

  • Can't Find Torkild?

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    • This is a decently old thread, but CLAIRVOYANCE is epic for these. It led me across the island and went straight into the rock wall of a cliff....
    • Yesssss clairvoyance led me to him just up the cliff from glacial cave
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