I have the quest to bring followers to Delphine. I have a follower already, Aela the huntress (my wife), but she won't be recruited. I try getting others but I have Aela so I can't. I don't know how to leave her.

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    When you open dialog with her and tell her "It's time for us to part ways" (meaning she should not follow you anymore) what happens? Jan 29, 2012 at 9:10
  • It doesnt give me the chance to say "Its time for us to part our ways."
    – Braden
    Jan 29, 2012 at 13:39
  • Have you messed with the game console by any chance? Jan 29, 2012 at 13:57
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    Did you recruit her as a follower or is she following you as part of a Companions Quest like Glory of the Dead or The Silver Hand? If it's the latter, you just need to complete the quest. She will join you for the latter half of both of those quests. I thought you needed to finish the Companions quests to marry her, though, so that might not be it. (One way to tell is to try killing her. If she's still essential that implies the Companions questline isn't complete.)
    – brymck
    Jan 29, 2012 at 16:24
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    Aela is considered "essential" by the game. She cannot die. @spugsley: Marriage should not have any effect on the follower options. I'm married to Jordis, but I still have the same follow/part ways/trade/etc. options as I did before.
    – Iszi
    Jan 29, 2012 at 17:59

2 Answers 2


Aela isn't a companion at this point she is considered a quest giver which means she will follow you until whatever mission involving her is completeted.


If you are on PC, all you have to do is open console by hitting this key "~" and then type "set playerfollowercount to 0". this will dismiss all your followers, some followers you did not even know were following you. This may or may not work but it is worth a try. After typing press enter and recruit the follower you want recruited.

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