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My Journal is Full of Quests, And I would like to know if their is a way to determine if a quest belongs to the Main Quest line, or to one of the factions instead of the other questions

Basically: how to determine if a single quest belongs to the:

  • Main Quest
  • Bards College
  • College of Winterhold
  • Companions
  • Dark Brotherhood
  • Imperial Legion
  • Stormcloaks
  • Thieves Guild
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You can tell by looking at the symbol next to the quests name when viewing it in your quest log.


The Bards College does not have a symbol of it's own, but instead uses the generic Side Quest icon.

Main Quest
Main Quest = Dragons!

Side Quests
Side Quests!

College of Winterhold
Eyes for Mages!

Thieves Guild
Keys for Thieves

Dark Brotherhood
Hail Sithis!

The Companions

Civil War
Civil War, different icon on either side!
This icon is shared between the Stormcloak and Imperial sides. It is the only asymmetrical item in this list.

Daedric Quests

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+1, freehand circle (or at least it's probably a circle...not gonna lie, pretty bad) – Nick T Dec 6 '11 at 2:51
@NickT: It's an awful freehand circle. I'm not good at the things to begin with and I'm using a lousy trackpad at the moment besides. – LessPop_MoreFizz Dec 6 '11 at 2:53
+1 for the clear description and MS Paint masterpiece. Also, FWIW, the Bards College is more like a pretty nice sidequest (for the training benefits from the professors) than a proper guild questline. There's only one quest to become a bard, then 3 more fetch-an-item quests for skill-ups. So it makes sense that it doesn't have its own icon, IMO. – brymck Dec 6 '11 at 7:36
@Bryan And the fetch-an-item quests aren't actually quests at all, just "Miscellaneous Objectives", so there really is only one Bard's College quest. – agf Dec 6 '11 at 7:59
I had not noticed this, excellent answer. – Kevin D Dec 6 '11 at 12:53

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