The Summerset Shadows is a non-joinable faction in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. They are a band of Altmer thieves led by Linwe that formed in the Summerset Isles, and are currently hoping to expand their influence to Skyrim.
The Dragonborn is told by Delvin Mallory of the Thieves Guild to go to Windhelm and talk to Torsten Cruel-Sea. When done, he tells the Dragonborn about his daughter, Fjotli, and how he believes their leader, Linwe, killed her (though unbeknownst to him, it was actually the the Butcher). He says Linwe took Fjotli's Silver Locket (a "Cruel-Sea family heirloom") and that he wants it back. He tells the Dragonborn to talk to Niranye, an Altmer living in Windhelm, for more information.
When talked to, she starts to get worried and goes on to tell the Dragonborn how she used to fence for the guild before Linwe and his boys moved in and forced her to fence for them. She also tells the Dragonborn how Linwe didn't kill Fjotli, but merely stole it off her corpse. She does however tell the Dragonborn the location of their hideout, and says she will begin to fence for the Dragonborn and the guild if they can get rid of the Summerset Shadows.
- Linwe wears a unique set of gray armor (Linwe's Armor Set) that can be taken from his corpse, or pickpocketed from him with the Perfect Touch perk. It is similar to armor seen on the guild members Thrynn, Sapphire, Vipir the Fleet, Tonilia, and Ravyn Imyan. A similar set appears in Dragonborn by the name of Blackguard's Armor.
- The thieves in the Summerset Shadows all wear armor identical to that of the thieves guild armor, though it cannot be taken from them, as it is considered part of their model, much like armor "worn" by Draugr.
- The standard members are fairly easy to kill due to their low armor rating, low health, and only carry steel maces or steel swords.
- Their name is based upon that of their homeland, the Summerset Isles.
- All members of the faction are male.
- Although Linwe uses the same voice actor that voices most other male Altmer, the standard Summerset Shadows do not use his voice; instead, they share Faendal's voice actor.