Madman is a character in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn. He is randomly encountered and interacting with him will reveal a location of a Black Book. After the conversation he will turn hostile and attack. On his corpse the Scribbles of a Madman can be found.


Black BookEdit

Find the Black Book at the location revealed by the Scribbles of a Madman.


"I know things. Hidden things. things you aren't supposed to know."

Slow down there. What are you going on about? "You don't believe me. No one does. They don't wan' to. I don't want to either. But I can't help it. They're in my head!"
Ummm... Are you alright? "No! that's what I'm trying to say. The secrets. They're in there. In there deep. Can't get them out. They're in my head."
Whoa. Not so close. "Good idea. They might leak out. Don't want them crawling into your head, too. Like me. They're in my head. Right now. Saying things."
What's in your head? "Secret hidden things."
Secrets? What kind of secrets? "The secret kind!"
Alright then. Where did you learn these secrets? "The Black Book. It shoved them in there. With black slick fingers. My fingers are too short. I can't get them out."
Where did you find this Black Book? "Oh no. I didn't find it. It found me. Here. I'll show you. See. Right there. But don't go there. You don't wan't these things in your head. You don't!"
I can see this is going nowhere. Good luck with all that: "Luck won't help. I need something to pry these things out of my head. Why won't anyone listen to me? Listen to me! They're in my head!"


  • Killing him before the conversation is triggered will count as murder, and may impose a bounty if caught or witnessed.


This section contains bugs related to Madman. 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.
  •  PC   360   After you've encountered the Madman, and have killed him, you may encounter him again randomly in the wilderness. If you've already found all of the Black Books, and go through his dialogue again, it will start a radiant miscellaneous quest for a Black Book you've already acquired. There is no way to complete this quest, so the only solution is to reload a quicksave before you encounter him a second time.
    •  PC   Fix: enter setstage DLC2WE06 200 in console to remove the quest.


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