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"Lord Red Eagle, ancient one, first and foremost among Reachmen, heed the call of your people! Still we fight for freedom! Still our blades are dark with blood!"
Forsworn Briarheart[src]

The Legend of Red Eagle is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must locate and recover Red Eagle's Fury, an ancient hidden sword belonging to the famous Red Eagle.


Red Eagle was a hero of the Reach who refused to yield when Hestra came to conquer. He made a deal with a hagraven, in which he sacrificed his humanity in exchange for success against the Imperial invaders. His spirit lives on in a tomb south of Karthspire, where he waits for his sword to be returned so that he can lead his people again.


  1. Find Red Eagle's sword
  2. Unlock the secret of Red Eagle's Tomb


In this quest, the Dragonborn is tasked with returning the sword, then fighting him. It begins with a miscellaneous quest to "Find Red Eagle's Sword." It can be obtained repeatedly, simply by reading The Legend of Red Eagle. It may be completed multiple times, but the Dragonborn will only face Red Eagle himself once.

Red Eagle Redoubt[]

The cave entrance is labeled on the map as "Red Eagle Redoubt."

The cave entrance leads to a tunnel, where several Forsworn are found. Down the cave path are three Forsworn near the beginning of the cave. There may be two or three more as the Dragonborn proceeds. There is a chest and a potion of minor stamina hidden underneath the stairs about halfway to the top. After the enemies are defeated, the quest continues at the iron doorway to Red Eagle's Ascent. This doorway exits to a series of stairways on the outside of the mountain.

Red Eagle's Ascent[]

On the Ascent, the Dragonborn will be attacked by two more Forsworn. Afterward, following the side of the mountain to the right will lead to the Sundered Towers (to the left are a Forsworn mage along with several more Forsworn). Climbing the mountain (easy enough to do by using some stamina and jumping in the right spots) will lead to another Forsworn mage in a tent who will summon a frost atronach. Four to six more Forsworn come out to help her, but they can be taken down easily if she is finished off first.

Forsworn Briarheart[]

At the entrance to the Sundered Towers is a Forsworn Briarheart wielding Red Eagle's Fury and carrying the Red Eagle Tower Key. Take both items. There are no more Forsworn to be found in the tower.

Rebel's Cairn[]

Rebel's Cairn can be reached by climbing Red Eagle Tower, lowering the drawbridge by pulling the chain, crossing to the other tower, heading down and through the iron door with the door bar, and then walking southeast across the fields. This is most easily done by following the quest marker.

Once inside Rebel's Cairn, Red Eagle's Fury can be placed into a pedestal to reveal a passage in the cave wall. Down this tunnel, is the tomb of Red Eagle.

Red Eagle[]

Upon stepping on the seal on the floor, Red Eagle will awake and summon four skeleton archers when he gets out of his coffin. The archers do not have to be killed—they will automatically collapse a few seconds after Red Eagle is slain.


Before stepping on the seal, setting out a Fire Rune spell in the center of the last set of stairs (the one Red Eagle will come down first) will cause him great damage when he awakes. Running back up to where the cave wall was opened will avoid damage to the Dragonborn.

With a follower, Barbas, and a summoned flame atronach, the easiest way to defeat Red Eagle is to let them do all the work. It is possible to just watch from where the wall was opened. The Dragonborn's team will take out the skeletons first and then start working on Red Eagle. The spell can be re-cast every time the flame atronach dies. By this time Red Eagle should be at least half-way dead. He can be finished off at that point.

Another way to fight Red Eagle with little risk is to have a follower good at fighting while possessing high sneaking and good archery abilities. Having the Power Shot perk is useful as each shot has a 50% chance of staggering Red Eagle for a couple of seconds. Sneaking into the room, awakening Red Eagle, and shooting arrows at him while pulling back will start off the damage to him. The follower will likely charge into combat, and Red Eagle and the skeletons will target the follower since they cannot find the Dragonborn. Shooting arrows at Red Eagle while he fights the follower will continue to hurt him. At some point, Red Eagle is likely to critically hurt the follower, who will go down to one knee. Red Eagle and the skeletons will not finish him off but instead start looking around for the Dragonborn. He can continue to be shot until he dies. Even if he spots the Dragonborn and starts toward them, he should be almost dead by this point, and using the Unrelenting Force shout will push him away.


However Red Eagle is killed, once he has been finished off, the Honed Ancient Nord Greatsword of Burning can be looted from his corpse. Behind his coffin, there is a chest and some shelves containing loot. This chest is also one of the possible locations for the quest item needed for "Shalidor's Insights."

On the way out, Red Eagle's sword can be retrieved from the pedestal that opened Red Eagle's tomb. The weapon has transformed from Red Eagle's Fury to become Red Eagle's Bane. It is no longer a quest item.


The Legend of Red Eagle – dunRebelsCairnQST
ID Journal Entry
  • Objective 10: Find Red Eagle's sword
  • Objective 22: Unlock the secret of Red Eagle's Tomb
  • Quest completed

Note: This quest is never actually shown completed in the journal stages.



This section contains bugs related to The Legend of Red Eagle (Quest). 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.
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  • Red Eagle's corpse may occasionally not be lootable.
    • A solution is to wait one hour.
  •  PC   360   PS3   After completing the quest, it is possible to get the quest again by reading the book The Legend of Red Eagle.
    •  PC   360   Placing Red Eagle's Bane in the weapon slot on the pedestal will mark the quest as complete if stuck.
    •  PC   You can also just add a new Red Eagle's Fury (0009FD50) or Red Eagle's Bane (000AB703) which ever you want to use, after that just use the console command setstage dunrebelscairnqst 30
  •  PS3   As of update v1.4, subsequent attempts at this quest will be completable but Red Eagle no longer spawns in his tomb, hence Red Eagle's Bane will not be obtainable.
  •  360   PS3   It is possible after completing the quest to go back to Red Eagle Redoubt and kill the Forsworn Briarheart, leading to three Red Eagle's Furies and one Red Eagle's Bane. However, Red Eagle's Bane will disappear and the Dragonborn will be unable to drop any of the three Red Eagle's Furies.
    • It is possible to resell multiple Red Eagle Furies. Upon going back to Rebel's Cairn, place one Red Eagle's Fury in the pedestal. Then go into the chamber where Red Eagle was fought, wait for a couple hours there, and go back to the pedestal. From there the Dragonborn should be able to drop the other Red Eagle's Furies. Pick them back up and now they will be available for resale.
    •  PS3   It is possible to remove Red Eagle's Fury(s) from inventory by attempting to place it on a weapon plaque or display case. The item will not be displayed but will fling across the room. This removes it from the inventory permanently, unless picked up again. 
  •  360   Sometimes, prior to acquiring the quest, the quest marker will not move from the previous location, making it extremely difficult to complete. No known fixes, but it would be quite simple to pull up a map of the area off of the Internet.
  •  360   The quest may not appear in the quest menu after obtaining Red Eagle's Fury. The quest will work normally; however, it will not appear in completed quests, nor will it count towards the completed quest statistic.
  • Rarely, if Red Eagle's Bane is dropped, it will disappear.
  • If the Dragonborn has read the book The Legend of Red Eagle before entering Avanchnzel, after completing the quest "Unfathomable Depths," the quest marker for "The Legend of Red Eagle" (miscellaneous objective "Find Red Eagle's Sword") may be on the door to the Avanchnzel balcony rather than the main entrance/exit where all other quest markers are. The balcony still leads to Skyrim, but is elevated enough that a fall will damage or even kill the Dragonborn.