I completed the quest where you get the Skeleton Key and I don't really want to continue the chain until I've done a lot of the other stuff in the game, since the key is so useful. Brynjolf said before that I would become leader of the guild after everything was over.

Can I become the leader anyway without finishing the Nightingales quest chain? Are there any bonuses for being the leader?


No, you cannot be named Guildmaster until you resolve your unfinished business with Nocturnal.

Benefits of being named Guild Master include a tribute chest full of (respawning!) loot, the Guild Master armor (an improved version of the Thieves Guild armor you were issued on joining, and a perk giving +25% Armor Rating when wearing a full set of Guild Armor.

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    Also, there a couple of quests you can only receive after becoming Guild Master. The most important is bartering with the Caravan network, which essentially places a bunch of traveling fences at your disposal. – spugsley Dec 6 '11 at 0:48
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    You can connect with the caravans without becoming guild master - you merely need to regain respect in all 5 major Hold Cities. – LessPop_MoreFizz Dec 6 '11 at 1:02
  • cool :) I didn't know that. Thanks! – spugsley Dec 6 '11 at 2:13
  • fyi The guild master armor is bugged (I forgot where I read that), so you will lose the light armor perk that gives you a rating boost when wearing all light armor – l I Dec 6 '11 at 16:56

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