15 Best Skyrim Stewards For Your House

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Stewards are companions that you can assign to protect your homestead if you have the Hearthfire DLC for Skyrim.

Most stewards can also serve as regular in-game companions, so you can also make them accompany you into battle too.

Once a steward is assigned to a homestead, though, the only thing you can do to get them out is either reassign them to another one or have them die. So yeah it’s a pretty tight contract.

You want to make sure you pick the right steward for your home, as they’ll serve as its main caretaker for as long as they live.

I’ve made this list comprising all the best stewards for you to select from, each with different benefits and drawbacks. Some of them are mighty warriors, while others are weaker but loyal servants. Choose whichever one of these lovely characters best fits with your character’s story.

15. Durak

Durak in Skyrim

Durak is a mighty warrior and one of the best followers in the game.

He can become a steward if you wish, and he also has one of the coolest backstories of any NPC follower in the game.

He joined the Dawnguard(where you will need to go if you want to recruit him) to avenge the deaths of his last two wives, who were apparently slain by vampires.

He has an inherent hate for vampires(as you can imagine). So if you wish a lore-friendly playthrough you might not want to recruit Durak if your character is going to follow the steps of the night and become a vampire.

In any case, you can recruit Durak and take advantage of his skills as an archer whenever you wish. He’s also good with light armor.

14. Njada Stonearm

Njada Stonearm Skyrim

Njada Stonearm may only be recruited to be a follower or steward after completing the entire questline of the Companions.

So it’s worth noting that getting her by your side isn’t as easy as other followers.

She can also become your wife if you wish, so there’s a lotta options here.

Some points about Njada: she isn’t too good at combat, but she does offer good skills with defending and lockpicking.

13. Adelaisa Vindicci

Adelaisa Vindicci in Skyrim

As you might guess considering her name, Adelaisa Vindicci is an imperial and a female follower that may be assigned as a steward once you get far enough to meet her.

You can find her with her Company near the outskirts of Windhelm.

Oddly enough, even though she belongs to the Imperial Army, she’s one of the weakest followers that you can get – which makes her a far better steward!

Adelaisa is proficient at alchemy, enchanting, and smithing, so she’s one of the best stewards if that kinda stuff is more what you’re looking for.

12. Onmund

Onmund in Skyrim

Onmund is a mage and an archer that roams around the halls of the College of Winterhold.

He’s an important character and a marriage candidate which you can opt to marry if sparks fly.

He mainly attacks with magic(using primarily shock spells) but he may also opt to use his bow and arrows to deal extra damage to your opponents. So he can work as a great partner in battle as well as a partner at home.

11. Ingjard

Ingjard in Skyrim

Ingjard is one of the fanbase’s favorite followers because of her appearance. But keep in mind that she’s not open for marriage so she’ll just be crashing at your place and taking care of the joint.

She’s a mighty warrior that can take care of your homestead as a steward, or she can follow you around and help you kill anything that stands in your way.

She uses her two-handed weaponry ability to slay any foe fast, and she won’t go down easily thanks to her lovely heavy armor proclivity.

10. Golldir

Golldir in Skyrim

Golldir is a typical tough guy who never got along with his father.

He roams around the tomb of his ancestors and you can actually help him dispose of a necromancer who got inside it. And should you choose to do it, he will become a follower and help you back with any assistance that you might need in combat.

You’ll find him outside Hillgrund’s Tomb which also has many treasures to pick up while you’re there.

Not to mention Golldir will happily become a steward to any homestead after he becomes your follower so it’s worth the trip. You could also recruit him to join the Blades.

9. Talvas Fahtryon

Talvas Fahtryon Steward

Talvas is a merchant that mainly deals in spells, but he’s also a potential follower and a steward that can be recruited quite easily.

The main drawback of Talvas is that he’s only a level 25 follower. But he can prove to be quite a useful steward if you give him the chance to take care of any of your homesteads.

8. Uthgerd The Unbroken

Uthgerd The Unbroken in Skyrim

Uthgerd the Unbroken is a marriage candidate, a follower, and a steward that truly represents how fearsome a woman can be.

She can be recruited simply by beating her in a duel, as she will challenge you to one with 100 coins at stake when you meet.

She has good health and acts as a proficient warrior, as well as a natural wearer of heavy armor. Great defense, good health, and a strong physical damage dealer. All around Uthgerd is certainly worth looking into.

Be it to defend your homestead or to fight for your life, she’s a powerful follower that you’ll love to have by your side regardless of your level.

7. Mjoll The Lioness

Mjoll The Lioness in Skyrim

Mjoll is a vigilante that travels Tamriel taking care of every foe that might be posing a threat to the common folk of the realm.

She’s a tough person and has a difficult personality, but her kind heart shows every so often.

You can choose to marry her or simply keep her as a steward in any of your homestead. I feel like she’s a personality that you’ll love to have around.

6. Brelyna Maryon

Brelyna Maryon Skyrim

You can assist this strange wizard in an experiment to unlock her as a potential marriage candidate and follower.

She will mainly use her spells as a mechanism of defense and you’ll only see her resorting to her bow if she runs out of magicka during battle. This might make her a stronger follower than a steward, but she could always retire from battle and watch your house if you want someone else in your company.

If you’d love to have a female wizard around then speak to Brelyna at once!

5. Iona

Iona Skyrim steward

Bring Iona to any of your homesteads if you wish her to take care of it permanently. Seems like she’s a pretty easy sell, right?

She somehow seems to have all the features that you’ll love to have in a steward, as she’s rather strong and can take care of herself (and your home) and she’s also very kind and friendly.

Iona is also very good at dealing with foes thanks to her strong one-handed weapons and clever sense of defense to keep her alive for longer.

The best thing about her is that she can also pose a great threat to foes with ranged damage.

As you might be able to see, most followers tend to have a bow lying around that they will use more often than not.

She’s almost as good with the bow as she is with traditional one-handed weapons so you know that she can cover your back in battle regardless of who you’re fighting.

4. Aela The Huntress

Aela The Huntress steward

Aela is quite an intimidating character and she’s one of the few werewolves that you can have as a follower in Skyrim.

This attractive but deadly character can also turn you into a werewolf if you choose, or you can either marry her or keep her as a steward.

She can also train you in archery if you wish, as she’s quite a proficient bow and arrow user. This means Aela can basically train you up from a novice into a true archer, all while protecting your home!

Also she can help you sneak around thanks to her mastery of the skill. There’s no doubt that Aela is one of the best followers in the game, which also makes her a fantastic steward as well.

3. Lydia

Lydia in Skyrim

Lydia knows what it’s like to take care of a homestead.

She’s a housecarl that can be chosen to join the blades, or as a marriage candidate, or even as a follower and steward.

She’s a skilled warrior that can take care of herself as well as keep you safe. This also means she can keep your home safe so you won’t be worried while you’re out & about.

2. Jordis The Sword-Maiden

Jordis The Sword-Maiden in Skyrim

Jordis is not only capable of taking care of your homestead; she’s also the one responsible for selling the Proudspire Manor should you choose to pick it up for the heft 25000 price tag.

She’s a skilled warrior and archer who wears heavy armor in battle. She’s also one of the best followers in the game, fantastic at watching over your house, and even a marriage candidate.

I think her defensive skills make Jordis one of the more protective stewards you can get in the game. Which makes her perfect to leave at home while you take on quests and face fierce challenges all over Skyrim.

1. Rayya

Rayya, best steward in Skyrim

Rayya is a female Redguard that has the looks to be the toughest follower and steward in the game.

She loves to patrol around your property and will make sure to keep it safe from any intruders or beasts when you’re gone.

You can also choose which weapons she will use if you give anything, but she also has some scimitars that she will dual wield if you opt to leave her to her own weaponry. This lady doesn’t pull any punches and she will defend your place like crazy.

Only trouble is she may disappear sometimes, but don’t panic! She’s not dead. Check back in Jarl’s Longhouse since that’s where you’ll often find her hanging out.

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