She often appears in high spirits, telling the Dragonborn that, despite her difficult life, she has learned to be happy with what she has. It is revealed at the end of her personal quest, "Shahvee's Amulet," that she was a former thief after she teaches the Dragonborn some of her old tricks.
If the Dragonborn decides to accuse Wuunferth the Unliving of being the Butcher serial-killer in "Blood on the Ice," the murders will continue in Windhelm. Shahvee is one of the possible targets for murder.
After the Dragonborn completes "Shahvee's amulet," she will become a marriage candidate and will offer that option during conversation if they are wearing an Amulet of Mara. Should they choose to marry her, she opens a shop, giving them 100 daily from the shop's profits. This amount stacks if uncollected. As with other merchants, the Dragonborn can buy and sell items with her.
Shahvee does not always present the quest required for marriage immediately upon first visitation. One of the likely solutions is to increase the Dragonborn's fame by completing quests in the main storyline.
- "Skyrim isn't very friendly for Argonians, so we mostly just keep out of the way."
- "Shahvee knows the dock doesn't look nice, but fresh air is good for the gills."
- "Good honest work staves off the cold."
- "Windhelm has been hard on my people. But our fortunes will turn, and we have shelter and food."
- "Until our next meeting, honored friend." –Exiting a conversation
- "I enjoyed our talk." –Exiting a conversation
Are you always so happy? "Oh yes. After all, what's the point in being miserable all the time? I know life on the docks isn't easy. Sometimes life puts you in difficult circumstances you didn't choose. But being happy or unhappy is a choice you make, and I've chosen to make the best of things that I can."
Your people have bad luck? "We have not faired well outside of our native Black Marsh, but we're determined to make the best of things. I began praying to Zenithar, the god of wealth, to bring us some fortune but thieves made off with my sacred amulet almost as soon as I'd bought it."
- Sorry to hear that. "We will endure. We always have."
- I could find your amulet for you. "Shahvee would be in your debt, kind one."
- I have your amulet. "Bless you, friend. You have renewed my hope. Before I came into Zenithar's calling, I confess I was a thief. But I learned a few things in my time that might help you survive. Let me show you."
"Is that Lady Mara's Amulet? I'm shocked a fine person like you isn't married already."
Interested in me, are you?: "You have a kind heart. I'd be honored to walk by your side until the trees themselves fade away. If you would have me."
- Together until the end, then: "As short as life can be in this land, we will have each other."
- No, sorry: "Very well. I am poorer of it."
- Rather amusingly, once the Dragonborn has retrieved her amulet of Zenithar, if they choose to marry her afterwards, the very amulet she treasured turns up in her shop inventory to buy.
- Curiously, Shahvee can be murdered inside the city walls in the marketplace during "Blood on the Ice." Since she is an Argonian and the Butcher needs parts to resurrect his sister, who is human, it is illogical as to why he would want a different race's parts.
- Shahvee is the only female Argonian marriage candidate for the Dragonborn.
- If the Dragonborn marries Shahvee before completing "Blood on the Ice," it is possible that she becomes the murder target of the Butcher.
- Shahvee lacks any marriage reconcile dialogue option, meaning it was never added by Bethesda. This means that Shahvee will not forgive the player if they do not attend their wedding ceremony first go, and the only option will be to tell her "I never loved you anyway." This can be fixed via fiddling with the Creation Kit.
- It is possible to acquire the amulet before being asked by Shahvee to find it. If this happens, the amulet will not appear as a quest target and cannot be given to Shahvee. The quest will continue to be "Find Shahvee's Amulet inside (radiant location name)."
- Since Skyrim's release, it has been notoriously difficult to start the quest to find her amulet (reasons unknown). However, the recent Hearthfire add-on seems to fix this and makes her starting dialogue for the quest much more common to receive when entering conversation with her. (Another possible fix could be to increase fame through the main quest, though it is unconfirmed if either are certain.)
- See "Shahvee's Amulet" for info on possible fixes for the issue of Shahvee not presenting her quest.
- When married and asked what she has for sale, Shahvee does not say any line of dialogue - though a random general store line is subtitled. The shop itself works fine, Shahvee just doesn't say her line before the shop inventory opens.
- Shahvee has also been known to have no marriage dialogue, even after her amulet is retrieved and fame is gained, therefore making marriage impossible.
- A possible fix for Shahvee's marriage dialogue not showing up is to advance in the quest "The Book of Love" up until you receive Mara's amulet. To advance further in "The Book of Love" you are required to put on the amulet and talk to the long-dead lover. However, instead of using the amulet to advance in the quest line, put on the amulet and go to Windhelm and talk to Shahvee (it will only work if you put on the amulet given to you in the quest). Her marriage dialogue should show up as long as you have previously retrieved her amulet for her and have garnered enough fame by doing the main quest line.
- Note: You must use a non-stolen amulet of Mara to marry Shahvee. May be required for all marriages.
- There may be no dialogue option for her to make the Dragonborn a home-cooked meal after the first request for it, making it impossible to get the food again.