While Sven the bard is playing at the Sleeping Giant Inn in Riverwood, you may occasionally here a discussion between himself and Delphine (prior to the quest Alduin's Wall) that goes like the following:

Delphine: "Sven, we need to talk..."
Sven: "Here we go..."
Delphine: "It's about your singing. Well, not your singing, your songs. But you know what I'm talking about."
Sven: "You do realize these simpletons wouldn't know real music if it bit them in the britches, hmm? Very well. Your wish is my command."
Delphine: "Wonderful. And let's not have this chat again next week. Agreed?"

I emphasise the line from Delphine; But you know what I'm talking about. What IS she talking about?

Based on the response from Sven is implies she feels the locals dislike the song choice, however the songs he plays are no different to any other bard in Skyrim (Ragnar the Red, The Age of Aggression and Tale of the Tongues). Plus this discussion is had when Whiterun hold remains neutral in the war and "The Age of Aggression" is the political song of choice, so it can't be that his songs are anti-Imperial rule, not that she even cares that much about the war, though I don't imagine she would support the Stormcloaks.

I also don't think any of the songs are disruptive of her secret identity or overly difficult to understand for the local simpletons.

So, again; What is she talking about?

  • Hmm, doesn't he also sign The Dragonborn Comes? I think that song makes her nervous. – Nelson Sep 19 '17 at 2:55
  • @Nelson Not according to this Wiki page. – Kallum Tanton Sep 19 '17 at 5:03
  • Maybe he sings it when you're not there, that's why Delphine had these "talks" :) – Nelson Sep 19 '17 at 6:35
  • There is no real reason other than to picture Delphine as bossy. This is about building Delphine's character rather than the songs Sven are singing. – xrogaan Sep 19 '17 at 7:07
  • @xrogaan Interesting, perhaps I need to explore beyond the fourth wall every once in a while. I guess my curiosity got the better of me. Why not write that as an answer and, if nothing more conclusive comes up, I'll mark it. – Kallum Tanton Sep 19 '17 at 10:25

I think this conversation is about the Age of Aggression song.

I don't imagine she would support the Stormcloaks.

She might not support the Stormcloaks, but some of the townsfolk definitely do, which explains why she wouldn't like the song being played there.

For example if after the intro of the game you decide to follow Ralof (a Stormcloak soldier) to Riverwood you get to hear a conversation that he has with his sister Gerdur, brother-in-law Hod and nephew Frodnar, from which becomes clear that this family is not very fond of Imperials.

As small towns with few families usually share similar opinions I think a song that contains the text "down with Ulfric" is generally disliked here.

  • I agree with that - doesn't matter what she is supporting, Sven singing anit-Stormcloak song would make less people coming to her inn – Yasskier Oct 10 '17 at 19:57

I think that Sven was perhaps meant to be singing a song about the Blades, but in the game script it doesn't appear. Perhaps that could be it.

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