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You've been a good friend to me, that means something.
~ Farkas to the Dragonborn

Farkas is a lycanthropic Nord resident as well as a member of the Companions at Jorrvaskr, in Whiterun in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. He makes up a more exclusive group in the team known as The Circle, alongside his twin brother Vilkas, Aela the Huntress, and Skjor, all of which have the blood of lycanthropes. He is voiced by singer Michael "Popeye" Vogelsang.

Personality

Between him and his twin brother Vilkas, he is the stronger of the two; but in return, his brother is the more intelligent of them, which is put into actuality by his short dialogues. Despite his muscular build, Farkas is actually a very kind-hearted individual. As such he acts very friendly towards other Companions, especially towards the Dragonborn.

When searching Dustman's Cairn for a shard of Ysgramor's legendary axe Wuuthrad, it is revealed that he has arachnophobia, as he is afraid of frostbite spiders encountered in the crypt.

Role

He is first encountered outside Whiterun alongside Aela the Huntress and Ria fighting a giant, the dragon can talk to him after the battle and learn about the Companions, he will then give instructions to the Dragonborn on how to join them. Unlike his brother, he will be more welcoming to the Dragonborn if he/she joins the Companions.

For their first mission, he will be assigned to assist them in finding a shard of Wuuthrad, the axe once wielded by the Companions founder Ysgramor located in the nordic crypt Dustman's Cairn. There, they find the shard, but the Dragonborn also learns about his fear of spiders as well as the fact that he is a werewolf.

Not long afterwards, he will be present in the initiation of the Dragonborn in the Circle, an exclusive group in the Companions made up of werewolves.

After the Silver Hands invade Jorrvaskr, leaving Kodlak Whitemane dead, he mourns the lost of the harbinger and is in attendance at his memorial service, but he also demands justice upon the Silver Hands for their unforgivable crime.

He travels with the Dragonborn, Aela, and Vilkas travel to Ysgramor's Tomb to cleanse Kodlak's spirit of lycanthropy, and ultimately send his spirit to Sovngarde. However, he will refuse to travel on at a certain point when the team comes across frostbite spiders, as the fear from back at Dustman's Cairn begins to get the better of him once more, he leaves the Dragonborn and Aela as the only members to continue further into the tomb.

After the quest line is completed, he will become a potential follower and even a candidate for marriage.

Quotes

The Companions are my family. We fight so other people don't have to.
~ Farkas
I've never been a smart one. But the Companions welcome anyone with the heart of a warrior.
~ Farkas
Just tell me who needs bludgeoning!
~ Farkas
You look strong. Come to Jorrvaskr and be a Companion!
~ Farkas
Ever since Dustman's Cairn the big crawly ones have been too much for me. Everyone has his weakness, this is mine.
~ Farkas
You're making me angry!
~ Farkas fighting enemies
I'm gonna crush you like a bug!
~ Farkas when he is in a fight
They challenge us to do our best.
~ Farkas
Excellent show no mercy!
~ Farkas
Nothing we can't handle.
~ Farkas
I knew I could count on you.
~ Farkas
I excepted no less from you. And once again, you have not disappointed.
~ Farkas
Kind of fun to push people around sometimes, isn't?
~ Farkas
Be more cheerful next time this isn't a game.
~ Farkas not happy after he hears someone was killed
I've had enough of you!
~ Farkas
I'll rip you in half!
~ Farkas
By the gods, I feel like I could crush a giant's head like a walnut!
~ Farkas

Trivia

  • "Farkas" means wolf in Hungarian. Whilst his brother's name, "Vilkas," also means wolf in Lithuanian.
  • Farkas is a master trainer for the Heavy Armor skill, though his Heavy Armor skill is actually a low level.
  • Strangely, while his default weapon is a greatsword, he is actually more skilled with one-handed weapons.

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