We may be Nightingales, but in are hearts we're still thieves and we're damn good at what we do.
~ Karliah

Karliah is a Dark Elf thief and member of the Nightingales in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. She was in love with with Gallus, the leader of the Thieves Guild.


Karliah is the granddaughter of Barenziah who was ruler of Morrowind. Barenziah fell in love with a Nightingale and had a daughter named Dralsi Indoril she was the mother of Karliah. Dralsi taught her daughter the art of thievery and how to survive in Skyrim as a rogue. Dralsi planed for Karliah to become a Nightingale when she was old enough. Dralsi died before her daughter became a Nightingale defending the Twilight Sepulcher from a band of mercenaries.

Karliah was a member of the Thieves Guild she left the guild when she was framed for the death of the leader Gallus. After leaving the guild Karliah spent all of her time planning her revenge on Mercer Frey for the death of Gallus.

Like all of the Nightingales Karliah is a Daedric Worshipper who worships Nocturnal the Daedric Deity of night, crows, ravens, witches, bats, wolves, thieves and darkness. Although Karliah is the granddaughter of the Dunmer queen Barenziah and was trained by her mother, who was a Nightingale, Karliah's past is a mystery just like all the members.


Karliah is a quiet soft spoken Dunmer thief and she is proud of who she is. She's a loner loyal to the Nightingales and Nocturnal.

Karliah follows the away of the Nightingales staying in the darkness hidden from everyone and never drawing attention to her self. She doesn't seek to be feared or honored all she wants to do please her goddess who she views as a mother to her.

When Karliah sets her mind on something she is determined to do it like when she wanted her revenge on Mercer. She does what the Nightingales and Nocturnal want her with bravery and honorably. Being a thief, she doesn't just rush into a situation blindly she thinks before she acts she bides her time, sneaks, plans, hides and waits.


He's abused his authority as a Nightingale.
~ Karliah talking about Mercer
Although it would benefit the guild more than you can imagine, in the end, it would do more harm than good.
~ Karliah talking about the Skeleton Key
Well have to keep silent if we want to avoid drawing their attention.
~ Karliah sneaking past Falmer
He's toying with us. He wants us to follow.
~ Karliah watching Mercer

Karliah's Gear

  • Nightingale Armor
  • Nightingale Bow
  • Nightingale Sword
  • Dagger
  • Arrows


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