I'm already stuck with the glitch Repairing the White Phial

I've now got a further problem in that I have picked up the Red Eagle sword again by mistake having already completed that quest but now I can't drop the sword as it says it is a quest item.

I have enough inventory space taken up by broken quest items and this is getting a bit ridiculous now.

Anything I can do or do I just wait for a bug fix?

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Honestly? Don't worry about it.

Quest items have no weight - yes, even the ones from expired, completed, or broken quests, if they're bugged and stuck in your inventory, they also aren't adding to your encumberance. Unless you're really OCD about the item cluttering up your list, there's no harm in this bug.

  • Thanks, didn't realise they didn't add to encumbrance, cheers for the tip! Dec 26, 2011 at 16:08
  • I don't think that's generally true. I haven't held that particular sword, but every time I have held an item for a quest, be it weapon or misc item, it's weight has added to my carry weight. Dec 27, 2011 at 14:57
  • @Andy_Vulhop It hasn't. Drop all your non-quest items and your weight will be zero. Dec 27, 2011 at 15:43

Use a weapon plaque.

I've not done the quest myself, but similar has happened to me with a dagger found in a cave for a master Alteration question in the College. Since it was found on a character that is a warrior, I will never do that quest. Now it hangs on the wall in Breezehome.

As long as you can equip the Red Eagle sword, you can dump it on a weapon plaque by putting it in your right hand (or both if a 2-hander) and activating the plaque with the weapon drawn.

If you don't own a house, you should probably be able to find a plaque in some weapon shops, or the Jorrvaskr.

EDIT: Apparently, non-owned plaques can't be used. You'll need to use your house's plaques.

  • This works. I was able to get rid of the Ceremonial Sword quest item by placing it in the weapons rack in my house in Whiterun. You can't activate the weapons racks in Jorrvaskr or Warmaiden's, though. Dec 27, 2011 at 15:40

I had this problem doing that quest, If you have the arcane smithing perk, you can improve it and then you can sell it/ remove it from your inventory, but only do it to one or it won't work.

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