Take Up Arms (quest)

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Take Up Arms
Required Items {{{req_items}}}
Type Faction


Quest Giver Kodlak Whitemane
Location Jorvaskr
Rewards Membership
Alt Rewards
Required Level
Followed by
Quest Objectives

The legendary warrior band of Whiterun, the Companions have agreed to let me join them, if I can handle some preliminary tasks for them.


[edit] Walkthrough

[edit] Train with Vilkas

After finishing Speak with the leader of the Companions in Jorrvaskr, Kodlak Whitemane will charge you with your first quest in the order of the Companions: you must engage in some hand-to-hand combat with Vilkas to test your mettle.

Follow Vilkas down the main basement hallway of Jorrvaskr and up to the top floor, then follow up to the eastern doors to go out back. The battle is simple enough: just swipe your weapon(s) at him a few times and it will be over. He'll just hold up his shield the whole time.

You will not be able to use magic against Vilkas, unless you use bound weapons - example

[edit] Take Vilkas' sword to Eorlund

After the skirmish, Vilkas will charge you with his sword to take it to Eorlund Gray-Mane, a close ally of the Companions at the forge in Whiterun. From the backyard of Jorrvaskr, go north until you come to some stone steps and follow them to the road, then turn north again and continue up the hill. At the top of another set of stone stairs you will find an open-air forge tended by Eorlund Gray-Mane.

Speak with Eorlund to relinquish the sword. You can discuss some of the history of the order and Eorlund's personal role in its well-being, if you'd like, or just choose that you have to get going. He will then offer you the next quest step in the Take Up Arms quest line.

[edit] Bring Alea her shield

Remember Aela the Huntress from the battle with the Giant at Pelagia Farm? Charming, wasn't she? Now, you have to take her shield back to her from the Eorlund's forge. This is just another quick walk through Whiterun.

Follow the steps back down from the forge and enter Jorrvaskr once more—or just jump down the short cliff to the backyard of Jorrvaskr like a boss and enter from behind. Aela will likely be found in the basement level, but if she's not there, just follow the quest marker around.

Follow the main basement hall to the first four-way intersection and head left (west), and then take another left (south). Aela will likely be waiting in the room with a man named Skjor.

Here, you can talk history again and learn more about the Companions, or you can cut to the chase and hand over her shield from Eorlund. After you lose the shield, she and Skjor will discuss your recent test with Vilkas. If you want to play nice with Aela, choose "I don't care for boasting" when the option arrives in the dialogue. Aela likes men of action, not of words (*suggestive eyebrow movements*).

[edit] Follow Farkas to your quarters

Aela will then call in Farkas—another you saw at the battle at Pelagia Farm—to show you to your quarters within Jorrvaskr's basement. Follow him, it's self-explanatory. Down the main basement hall and to the right (west). You will find beds, food, equipment, and all the clutter that makes Skyrim so great!

[edit] Notes

  • Part of The Companions questline
  • Take care not to use magic on Vilkas when he is testing you. Some have reported a glitch where Vilkas will not stop warning you not to use magic and not being able to use any stores or NPCs after.