Elder Scrolls
Elder Scrolls

"So I had this little affair going on while I was betrothed to a beautiful girl named Svidi. Well, she finds out and she tells her brother, Wulfur. Then her brother attacks me with a knife... I mean, I had to defend myself!"
Sibbi Black-Briar[src]

The Lover's Requital is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must locate Svidi for Sibbi Black-Briar after Svidi ran away from their wedding.


  1. Discover Svidi's whereabouts
  2. Tell Sibbi Black-Briar about Lynly or lie to Sibbi Black-Briar about Lynly


Either bribe or persuade the guard at the door in the jail in order to see Sibbi if not already done so. In the Riften jail, speak to Sibbi Black-Briar.

Sibbi will say that he wants Svidi dead. When pressed for details, he will explain that he was due to marry her but was romantic with another woman at the same time. Once Svidi found out, she confronted Sibbi, he then threatened to kill her, out of fear she sent her brother to confront Sibbi, who then killed her brother. Either agree to help him or refuse.

She is the bard in Vilemyr Inn, Ivarstead under the name Lynly Star-Sung. Speak to her and say: "Your real name is Svidi isn't it?" Either intimidate or persuade her to tell the truth depending on level of skill in Speech. She will deny who she is and say that Sibbi is lying. She says that her brother did not have a weapon. Then, she will be afraid that the Dragonborn will tell Sibbi of her whereabouts. Go back to Riften jail and either tell Sibbi about her or lie to him. Which ever way the Dragonborn completes the quest, Sibbi will provide a key to a chest at the foot of the stairs to the basement of the Black-Briar Meadery.


The Lover's Requital – FreeformRiften02
ID Journal Entry
  • Objective 10: Discover Svidi's whereabouts
  • Objective 20: Tell Sibbi Black-Briar about Lynly or Lie to Sibbi Black-Briar about Lynly
  • Quest complete


This section contains bugs related to The Lover's Requital. 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.
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  •  PC   PS3   After talking to Lynly Star-Sung, Sibbi Black-Briar might be found in the cell next to his original cell. Waiting a few hours (4) seems to fix this.
  • After you wait some hours when he is at the wrong cell and he will be back he might not be able to speak to you. Go to the last autosave and unlock the door. If you are with the guild you can clear your bounty and if you aren't you will be taken to outside the jail. But when you come in again the door is open, then go talk to Sibbi.
  •  PC   PS3   After talking to Lynly Star-Sung, Sibbi Black-Briar is sometimes sitting in the chair on the left-hand side of the cell bars, or sleeping, and the player might not be able to highlight and speak to him. This can be fixed by waiting outside the jail until Sibbi is walking around or by picking the lock of the cell door to enter the cell and talk to him.
  • After talking to Lynly Star-Sung and arriving at the Riften Jail at night, Sibbi may be found sleeping. However, if you "wait" in front of his cell until morning he may have, ironically, got out of bed on the wrong side and be stuck inside the wall behind the hanging flag.