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I have finished all of the main quests except the Thieves guild ones(Oh and I haven’t done the civil war quest either) including all the DLC’s so have been playing a long, long time and through all that I have never seen any NPC in Cracked Tusk Keep since I first visited. The interior seem to be re-spawning i.e. new health potions on the table etc. but never an NPC. It’s been so long I can’t remember which faction actually occupied it in the first place. Its tucked there in the corner of the map, which I don’t pass often, but it’s always empty. It looks a prime location for any bandit chief but no one has taken it up.

Is it supposed to be empty, is it part of a quest line I have missed or even a bug?

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Cracked Tusk Keep is a part of the quest to reforge the Mehrunes' Razor. It can also be a target of several radiant quests.

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Silus Vesuius If he's the guy in his own place with the red banners outside, he got killed while re-forging the Mehrunes' Razor. I have the Razor in my home in Solitude on display, but I don’t remember going to Cracked Tusk Keep during that quest. – Agnot2006 Oct 17 '13 at 10:34
Well, you have. – kotekzot Oct 17 '13 at 12:35

The Cracked Tusk is a location you must enter during the Pieces of the Past quest.

This is a Daedric quest you get from Silus Vesuius in Dawnstar. I think that once you've activated that quest and head for the Cracked Tusk, enemies will spawn there.

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The UESP Wiki says: "Cracked Tusk Keep - Respawn Time: Never (storage is safe)"

It also says:

Bugs - If the Amulet of the Moon quest directs you here, check to see if you have already visited this location. This location does not respawn, so if you have been here before, the Moon Amulet cannot spawn here and you cannot complete the quest. You will need to reload a previous save to get a different location from Kharjo.

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