Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

"We've heard rumours of a Silver Hand lieutenant. If I can steal their plans, we could track down their chief hideout."
Aela the Huntress[src]

Stealing Plans is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn is tasked with retrieving the plans made by the Silver Hand so as to uncover the location of their headquarters and strike against them.


  1. Steal the plans
  2. Return to Aela


This is one of the Silver Hand Campaign quests given by Aela the Huntress. She says that a Silver Hand lieutenant who has been snooping around Whiterun is camped at one of a number of locations (see below). She tasks the Dragonborn to steal their plans so that the location of their chief hideout can be discovered.

Possible locations[]

The Silver Hand Stratagem will be located at one of the following locations:


Stealing Plans – CR10
ID Journal Entry
10 We've heard rumors of a Silver Hand lieutenant camped at <Alias=Camp>. If I can steal their plans, we could track down their chief hideout.
  • Objective 10: Steal the plans from <Alias=Camp>
20 I stole Silver Hand documents from <Alias=Camp>.
  • Objective 20: Return to Aela
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to Stealing Plans. 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   360   PS3   If the quest points the Dragonborn to any of the following places which are already cleared, the game will crash:
    • Broken Helm Hollow
    • Orotheim
    • Redoran's Retreat
    • Treva's Watch
  •  360   If the chosen location is Broken Helm Hollow and the first two Silver Hand enemies inside are waking from their bed rolls and are shot, they sink through the floor. It is recommended that the Dragonborn waits until the interned target has risen completely before shooting.
  •  PC   The console command to skip this part of the quest is setstage cr10 20.
  •  PC   360   PS4   In some instances this quest is given again by Aela after already completing it once, rendering it uncompletable since she already has the plans. When asking for work, other Companions may or may not inform the player they are doing something for Aela, or sometimes they may actually give an additional quest. On PC the setstage console command does not work to fix this problem.
    •  PC (fix)   Using the console command movetoqt CR10 to teleport directly to location and back to Aela makes it possible to finish this quest.
  •  PC   360   If the quest is at Faldar's Tooth, Gallows Rock, Broken Helm Hollow, or Fort Fellhammer, the quest marker will not show up and the Silver Hand Stratagem will not be there.