With my first character, Lydia would hang out in the Jarl of Whiterun"s palace until I bought Breezehome, and then she moved in there. With my second character, I don"t own Breezehome, but I do own Honeyside. I dismissed Lydia and went to find her later, but she didn"t appear in either location.

I assume I simply haven"t waited long enough, but I would like to know where to expect her. How does Lydia determine her home?




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If you own Breezehome, she should be there. Otherwise she should be in Dragonreach (the keep in Whiterun), so you might just be dealing with a glitch.


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It depends on what you have done with her. If you don"t have a house then she"s in Dragonreach, if you have bought Breezehome in Whiterun she will be there unless you have made her a Blade then she"ll be at Sky Haven Temple.

There"s a rumor if you do the Stormcloak quest where you take over Whiterun you lose her and can"t get her back. Whether or not this is true though I"m not sure.


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Tarkenfire"s answer is correct, except that the Hearthfire DLC adds another possibility: if you"ve made Lydia the steward of one of your homes, such as Lakeview Manor, then she will be waiting there instead of at Breezehome.


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