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"Sad, isn't it? We can't afford to keep the place running since these attacks started. Pirates, you see. Raiding all along the coast, from Hammerfell to Vvardenfell."
Orthus Endario[src]

Rise in the East is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The East Empire Company has trading offices both in Solitude and in Windhelm, but they are currently having difficulties maintaining their presence in Windhelm because of harassment from a group of pirates called the Blood Horkers. Orthus Endario, the leader of the East Empire Company office in Windhelm, wants to shut them down so he can be back in business and asks the Dragonborn to help.


The East Empire Company is being harassed by a group of pirates and would like me to help shut them down. If I do, the Windhelm office can re-open, and there should be some money in it for me.


  1. Steal Suvaris Atheron's logbook
  2. Give the logbook to Orthus
  3. Talk to Stig Salt-Plank
  4. Report back to Orthus
  5. Depart for Japhet's Folly
  6. Talk to Adelaisa Vendicci
  7. Kill Haldyn
  8. Report back to Adelaisa
  9. Speak to Adelaisa to return
  10. Speak to Orthus


On board the ship before the assault on pirate island.

The first objective is to steal the logbook that the Shatter-Shields keep in their office right next door to the East Empire Company office. The entrance is normally locked with a master-level lock. For those struggling to pick it, head over to the Clan Shatter-Shield house inside Windhelm and pickpocket the key from Torbjorn Shatter-Shield. The book is located in the back left corner of their office behind a larger open book. Because of its location behind a small wall it is easily grabbed in sneak. After obtaining this log book take it back to the East Empire Company's warehouse office. As it turns out the Shatter-Shields have been employing a pirate group in order to dominate trade.

The East Empire Company will then send the Dragonborn to the Windpeak Inn to find out where the pirates make port. There, speak to Stig Salt-Plank. The Dragonborn is given the option to either bribe or brawl for the location. (An easier solution is by sneaking, searching his inventory and reading the Blood Horker's Note in his pocket.)

The East Empire Company launches firepots to bombard the island.

After learning the location of the hideout of the Blood Horker pirates, Japhet's Folly, an East Empire agent, Adelaisa Vendicci, will order the Dragonborn to lead the assault on the island and slay their magician. Once the ship arrives at the hideout, jump across the gaps in the ice floe, heading south until a small stone tower can be seen in the mists. To the left (east) are the Blood Horker docks. Ahead is a sea cave, where a stealthy infiltration into Japhet's Folly can be made. Enter the sea cave and eventually the Dragonborn will reach Japhet's Folly tower. At the top of the tower, the Blood Horker's mage leader, Haldyn, can be found.

The ruins of Japhet's Folly after the bombardment.

Haldyn is a powerful magician who wields Lightning Bolts and Fast Healing. Anti-shock potions and shock-resistant enchanted apparel can be very helpful, as well as magicka-draining weapons. Especially useful can be the Staff of Magnus which can drain Haldyn's magicka to the point where he becomes harmless. Alternatively, if the Sneak skill is high enough, he can simply be approached and backstabbed or hit with a poisoned arrow while in stealth mode, since he has no allies nearby and he is in a dead-end room. In Haldyn's room there is a chest with gold, scrolls, enchanted items and jewelry.

After looting his body, Haldyn's key will be found, which will provide an easy exit from the Japhet's Folly tower. At the very bottom of the tower is an expert level door containing Japhet's body and a chest containing leveled loot and also quite a lot of spiderwebs. The East Empire Company is now bombarding the island with explosive arrows, destroying all the buildings around and killing all the remaining pirates. Be careful around the explosions, as they may harm followers. Head northeast through the ruined harbor structures to the boat where Adelaisa awaits.

She explains that the bombardment came just after Haldyn died, as the fog he conjured disappeared along with him. Afterwards, she will ask the Dragonborn if they are ready to leave.

Back at the Windhelm Docks, Orthus Endario will be pleased to hear that the Blood Horkers are no longer a threat and will offer the Dragonborn a sum of gold. Adelaisa Vendicci is also very impressed with the Dragonborn's abilities and would be happy to take some time away from her duties to become a follower.


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ID Journal Entry
  • Objective 10: Talk to Orthus Endario at the East Empire Company in Windhelm
Rise in the East – MS10
10 The East Empire Company is being harassed by a group of pirates and would like me to help shut them down. If I do, the Windhelm office can re-open, and there should be some money in it for me.
  • Objective 10: Steal Suvaris Atheron's logbook
  • Objective 20: Give the logbook to Orthus
  • Objective 30: Talk to Stig Salt-Plank
  • Objective 40: Report back to Orthus
  • Objective 41: Depart for Japhet's Folly
  • Objective 42: Talk to Adelaisa
  • Objective 60: Kill Haldyn
  • Objective 70: Report back to Adelaisa
  • Objective 75: Speak to Adelaisa to return
  • Objective 80: Speak to Orthus
100 I've helped Orthus Endario to re-open the Windhelm Office of the East Empire Company by eliminating the Blood Horker base at Japhet's Folly.
  • Quest complete


  • An East Empire Company logo can be seen on the wall after the Office is fixed up roughly 24 hours after finishing the quest, but the logo is reversed from the real one.
  • After the quest is completed, the guard outside the East Empire Company Warehouse near Solitude will take note of the pirate problem being resolved, saying that the East Empire Company is now busier than ever thanks to the Dragonborn's hard work. However, he will still tell the Dragonborn that the warehouse is off-limits and entering without permission will still count as trespassing. Coincidentally, he is the same guard who directed the player to Orthus Endario if they asked him what problems the East Empire Company was dealing with in the first place.
  • It may be possible to start the quest by going to Japhet's Folly with no prerequisite whatsoever.
  • The boat that the Dragonborn departs Windhelm with is completely different than the one the Dragonborn spawns on when arriving at Japhet's Folly.
  • When arriving at Japhet's Folly, the Dragonborn spawns on a boat with a locked door which cannot be picked and that requires a key. No one has a key to unlock the door, meaning there is no way to enter the boat by normal means.
  • After this quest is completed, Guards will occasionally say "Thanks again for helping re-open the East Empire Company. Gonna have them import me some of that aged Breton cheese."
  • After the quest is completed, some members of the Blood Horkers may appear as a random encounter, where they will attack the Dragonborn in revenge for Haldyn's death and the destruction of their base.
  • During the assault on Japhet's Folly, if the player opens the journal, this quest will be the only one the "Show On Map" function will be available. This will also apply for quests that take place on Solstheim if Dragonborn is installed.
  • After Haldyn is defeated, it is still possible to access the blocked-off sections of the fort by exiting via the main entrance, reaching the other side of the island, and entering through the sea cave. However, the reverse must be done from the sea cave to access the main areas of the fort, as the hallway path will be blocked from both sides, and the damage will be permanent.


This section contains bugs related to Rise in the East. 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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   If Japhet's Folly is visited and Haldyn killed before starting the quest, the quest will "start" (with no description of objectives in quest journal) and the player will be told to "Report back to Adelaisa." However, Adelaisa is not at the dock. If enough time is spent outside the tower, the quest objective "Kill Haldyn" will also come up. The player cannot fast travel from outside the tower.
    •  PC (Fix)   End the quest by using the console command player.placeatme 0001411D. It spawns Adelaisa next to the Dragonborn; talk to her to finish the quest.
  •  PC   360   After killing Haldyn and coming out of the fortress, killing the remaining bandits, "Report back to Adelaisa" does not work, she stays standing and would not respond to the "action" command. A fix for this is to hit Adelaisa once with your fists or a weapon.
    • Adelaisa will also not respond if any enemy is alive outside the fortress.
  • If Adelaisa gets hostile because the Dragonborn accidentally hit her, killing the merchants on the ship opposite of her might work.
  •  PC   360   A bug occurs where the Dragonborn and enemies will appear to be swimming when they walk into a certain spot just past the first gate in front of the fort. They will be making the swimming action and be unable to attack (as will enemies) until they walk out of it.
  •  PC   PS3   The Dragonborn's follower(s) will be teleported with them to Japhet's Folly even if they have told them to wait elsewhere.
  • If the Dragonborn lockpicks their way into Orthus' warehouse at the very beginning of the quest, when they talk to him they will be classed as trespassing and will not be able to give him the logbook, therefore preventing the quest from progressing.
    • If the Dragonborn assaults Orthus, lure him out of the warehouse, and bribe the guards for being part of the Thieves Guild, they can quickly talk to Orthus while he is still outside and be able to continue with the quest.
  •  360   PS3   Once you finish the quest, if the Dragonborn goes back to Japhet's Folly they will not be able to leave by fast travel or swimming, leaving them stuck there.
    • Solution: Go back to a previous save.
    • This has been fixed by a patch, the map marker will be disabled after the quest.
  •  PC   After killing Haldyn and coming out of the fortress, if an enemy is paralyzed, their frozen model will begin bouncing erratically around the map. This may be due to the island being bombarded by the East Empire Company.
  • After leaving the building on the island a bug may occur where constant explosions of fire are present outside.
  •  PC   When attempting to enter the sea cave, it will simply appear at "to" and lead to nowhere.
  •  PS3   The boat that the Dragonborn spawns on has a locked door that requires a key, if one were to take platters with them during the quest, it is possible to walk through the wall to the left of the door. There is a small interior through the door with a hole in the floor where the steps would usually be in the boat. The Dragonborn will drop into the water which contains only a skeleton of the boat and the only way out is to swim out of the boat.
  • After the Blood Horkers are eliminated, there is a chance that a random bandit may appear on the island. The Dragonborn must defeat them before speaking to Adelaisa for the return trip back to Windhelm.
  • Returning to Japhet's Folly via the sea cave after the bombardment has begun may cause the Dragonborn to become trapped. The top area of Japhet's Folly will be blocked by rubble, and the door from the sea cave at the bottom will have disappeared, preventing them from turning back and leaving the way they entered.
  • Upon completion of the quest, Stig and his men may permanently remain inside Windpeak Inn and only say general quotes if spoken to.