Ok, so I encoutered my first serious bug in Skyrim, and wondered what could have caused it. I am already the Harbinger of the companions, which means Skjör has been dead for a long time now. Njada Stone-arm was my follower, and I used fast travel to go somewhere else (will provide name on departure and arrival location if necessary). Both departure and arrival locations were on the far east of the map, so really far from Whiterun.

So I arrived at this place, and my follower was not there. Far in the distance, I saw a mammoth fighting someone. I wanted to check, just in case, and it was actually Aela, Njada, and Skjör fighting the mammoth. Moreover, Skjör was in a dead-like position (eyes closed, arms crossed on chest, standing straight). And, as if it was not enough, he was half in the ground, so only his chest was emerging off the ground, but he was still moving and running after the mammoth anyway (I couldn't figure if he was Basically, I saw Skjör's dead torso sliding off the ground.

After that, I lost them, so I tried to fast travel again to get Njada back at my side, but she was not there. And from there, I couldn't find her back. I load my game and tried again, and the same thing happened (Aela and Skjör the crazy torso, Njada following them). So I loaded a previous game and went to do something else, but now I'm worried it might happen again when I fast travel again to the same area.

Unfortunately, I was not able to talk to Njada after the fight, so I don't know if she was still my follower or not.

Anyway, do anyone have any idea about why this could happen? Is it frequent for Aela to be met at totally random places in the world? Or for Skjor to behave like this?


  • Honestly, I almost want to vote to close this as too localized. This is so specific, and so strange, that I really don't see any way this is answerable beyond complete speculation, and the only solution I can think of amounts to 'Reload a Save'. Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 21:55
  • I tried replicating this, but kept failing... Very specific indeed...
    – Nils Munch
    Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 22:00
  • Specific and spooky.
    – Marcelo
    Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 22:37
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    Ok, I actually found two related problems, here and here, and one person having the exact same problem, should I mention it in an answer? Commented Jan 11, 2012 at 23:42
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    Well, there are actually... Found one video with the exact same thing here and one with a variant here where Skjor the badass zombie actually attacked him.. Commented Jan 12, 2012 at 2:46

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So it actually seems to be not "unique", since it was encountered at least once in the exact same configuration by someone here. As in my case, there was the same combination of mammoth + dragon attack.

The elder scrolls wikia also mentions the bug of Skjor coming back, dead and clipping through objects.

Companions were also seen wandering far from their place here and here.

So my guess is: it might be implemented in the game that Companions go at random places in Skyrim to hunt big hunts (after all, they are supposed to be the mightiest warriors). Maybe it is triggered by becoming a Harbinger, maybe not (would need other conclusive proof).

Skjör seems to come back often, it might have happened in my game without me realizing. It seems to happen to Kodlak too from time to time. Being close, Njada followed and helped them too.

Both her and Skjör joining might be an effect of the CompanionFactionMinusBrillAndVignar faction. This faction thing could actually be the reason behind Skjör and Kodlak "resurrecting"

Edit: video of the bug happening: here and one with a variant here

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