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I just found out what these gems were and that I will need to collect 20-25 of them total. I have 7 right now and I do not like the fact that they're taking up space in my inventory. I'd like to store them in my barrel at Riverwood. Is it possible to ditch them until I need them all?

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just so you know: despite them sayin they have weight, quest items do not actually contribute towards your encumbrance. So they can stay there for ever and not have any gameplay impact. –  Anon Jun 9 '12 at 9:24
    
I think I've confirmed this with the briar hearts by checking my weight before and after I pick one up. It's hard to gage that, though. Since the hearts weight only .5 units, I'd never be able to tell if my weight was x.49 or lower. –  oscilatingcretin Jun 12 '12 at 2:12

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No, the unusual gems are quest items and therefore cannot be removed.

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If you try to store them it'll just say "quest item, cannot be removed"

Later when you get one of the elder scrolls, it's huge and weighs something like 25 units and even that can never be stored same that "Quest item, cannot be removes"

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Quest items weigh nothing. The elder scroll can be sold to the College librarian. –  kotekzot Jun 9 '12 at 11:16
    
my elder scroll certainly weighed, I dont play skyrim anymore but i remember getting very annoyed sometimes that i had to carry around that heavy an object... hmm i never interacted much with the librarian :P –  Shark Jun 9 '12 at 14:27
    
It certainly displayed a weight, but never actually encumbered your character. –  kotekzot Jun 10 '12 at 1:02

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