The Headless Horseman is the headless specter of a warrior who can be seen riding around Skyrim on his ghostly steed at night, or staying at Hamvir's Rest during the day, facing its cemetery. He wields an iron or steel battleaxe and wears steel plate armor.
He will spawn randomly anywhere in the world between 10 PM and 4 AM. He will occasionally stop and let himself be examined and then continue riding. If one looks closely, it seems he is wearing steel plate armor, gauntlets, and boots. The Horseman performs no actions, and cannot be harmed. The Headless Horseman is also not connected to any quests.
If he is followed, he will normally go to Hamvir's Rest. There will be three skeletons and one leveled draugr to fight, as well as a master-level chest, some random items, and nightshade to collect. If Hamvir's Rest is fast-traveled to during the daytime, the Headless Horseman can be seen there. He will stand at the entrance of the cemetery and will not move until the Dragonborn is out of his sight.
- "Such an abrupt end to our game." —Upon entering Hamvir's Rest with the Headless Horseman and killing something that is chasing him. Can also be heard anytime he is being followed.
- "Who dares disturb my rest?" —Upon encountering the Horseman.
- "You are not welcome here." —Upon entering Hamvir's Rest with the Horseman.
- "All the living shall fear the dead." —Rarely said when the Horseman is watching the undead being fought.
- "You will join the dead." —Said when in combat.
- If his path is blocked, he will change direction.
- He is a reference to the headless horseman in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.
- His armor is Steel Plate Armor but obviously, without the helmet.
- If one uses the console commands
removeallitems playerafter selecting the Headless Horseman, he will no longer be headless. This is because the Headless Horseman wears a unique Steel Plate Armor which causes the wearer's head to be invisible.
- Sometimes, when being followed, the Horseman may float up in the air and fly around erratically. He will never continue to Hamvir's Rest during this bug, but he will disappear come morning.
- Sometimes the Horseman will go the wrong direction and stall, the only ways to get him back on track is to wait a few minutes, or push him.
- Sometimes, the Horseman is spawned off of his steed, which will chase after him.
- If the Headless Horseman is encountered when saving the game, then the save is reloaded, his steed will be black.
- Bandits and animals will try to attack his steed on occasion.