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Skyrim:Greatsword for a Great Man

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Adrianne asks you to deliver a sword to Proventus Avenicci, her father.
Quest Giver: Adrianne Avenicci
Location(s): Warmaiden's in Whiterun
Reward: 20 gold pieces
Disposition: 0→1 (Adrianne Avenicci)
0→1 (Proventus Avenicci)
ID: FreeformWhiterunQuest03
Balgruuf's Greatsword

Quick WalkthroughEdit

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

Balgruuf's Greatsword
ID Type      
000946fc 2 Hand Greatsword 17 17 200

A Warmaiden's GiftEdit

Adrianne Avenicci is a blacksmith who owns the smithy and weapons shop, Warmaiden's, in Whiterun. When asked if she works her forge all day, Adrianne will admit that she does, and that she recently forged a greatsword for Jarl Balgruuf the Greater in an attempt to impress him. However, she can't seem to find an opportunity to deliver it. She would like for the sword to be delivered to her father, Proventus Avenicci, the steward of Dragonsreach in Whiterun.

Delivering the SwordEdit

Proventus is generally found in the main chamber of Dragonsreach, beside the throne. Deliver the sword to him, telling him that it is from his daughter. He will remark, "From Adrianne? Ah, this must be that weapon for the Jarl. Poor girl, so eager to prove herself. I'll present it to Balgruuf when his mood is... agreeable." He will then reward you with twenty gold.


  • If you sided with the Stormcloaks in the Civil War and have completed Battle for Whiterun, Proventus will be in the Blue Palace's basement along with Balgruuf and Irileth. The quest is otherwise the same as if you had joined the Imperials.
  • As a quest item, the sword has zero weight. It can be tempered, but not enchanted, making it a potentially useful item to hold onto early in the game.


  • Weapon Plaque and Weapon Rack objects will take quest item weapons from the player. If you place Balgruuf's Greatsword on a weapon rack or plaque, the quest can still be completed by talking to Proventus, the sword will disappear from the rack/plaque, and then the slot the sword occupied can never be used again.

Quest StagesEdit

Greatsword for a Great Man (FreeformWhiterunQuest03)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Deliver the sword to Proventus Avenicci
200 Finishes quest 
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 255, 300.
  • Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the Radiant Quest system, and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On the PC, it is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage FreeformWhiterunQuest03 stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages, but it is possible to clear all stages of the quest using resetquest FreeformWhiterunQuest03.