College of Winterhold Quest: Hitting the Books

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You'll receive this quest at the conclusion of the quest Under Saarthal.


To start off in this quest, you'll need to visit Urag gro-Shub, the librarian in the Arcanaeum, and ask him if he knows of any books that might shed some light on the orb you found inside Saarthal. Urag will tell you that he used to have three such books, but that an apprentice named Orthorn recently stole them and took them to a group of summoners at Fellglow Keep. Urag will then ask you to retrieve the books.

Fellglow Keep is located to the southwest of the college. When you get there, you'll find the main door to the keep (Exit C) locked, and so you'll have to enter the keep through the Dungeons. Inside (and outside), you'll encounter lots of casters. They'll do some summoning here and there, but mostly they'll hit you with fire and frost spells, and so it's a good idea to build up your magic resistance first or purchase some resistance potions before attacking them.

About halfway through the Dungeons, you'll come upon Orthorn locked in a cage (#2). After releasing him (by pulling the middle lever in the center of the room), he'll tell you that "The Caller" probably has the books, and he'll offer to join you. If you keep Orthorn around, then he'll help you in the upcoming fights (until he dies anyway).

When you reach the Ritual Chamber (via Exits B and D), you'll meet The Caller. She won't want to hand over the books, so you'll have to kill her. The Caller will have some flame atronachs with her, and she'll cast fire spells at you, so just like with the other summoners, it's a good idea to have a decent amount of resistance before triggering the fight.

After dealing with The Caller, you'll find the three books on the pedestals in the Ritual Chamber (#9 and #10). When you deliver these books to Urag at the college, he'll reward you with five skill books: 2920, Hearth Fire, v9 (Conjuration), Catalogue of Weapon Enchantments (Enchanting), Daughter of the Niben (Alteration), Racial Phylogeny (Restoration), and Response to Bero's Speech (Destruction). Urag will then tell you that he'll look over the books and report his findings to Mirabelle.

1 - Vampire Prison

You'll find some vampires locked up here, but they won't have anything to say to you.

2 - Orthorn / Cages

3 - Practice Room

4 - Undercroft

On a pedestal in this room, you'll find a Spell Tome: Raise Zombie.

5 - Book

On the pedestal here you'll find the book The Doors of Oblivion, which will increase your Conjuration skill by 1.

6 - Crafting Room (Upper Level)

Inside this room you'll find an arcane enchanter, an alchemy lab, an anvil and a workbench. You'll also find an Unusual Gem / Stone of Barenziah (on a shelf), which is involved in the quest No Stone Unturned, and the book Lost Legends (in a shelf), which can trigger the quest Forbidden Legend.

7 - Barred Door (Upper Level)

You'll only be able to unbar this door from the southern side -- that is, after you've exited from the Ritual Chamber (via Exit E).

8 - Mage

Somewhere around here you'll encounter a mage who will drop the Fellglow Keep Key when he dies. This key will unlock all of the doors in the keep (including Exits A and C).

9 - The Caller / Book

The Caller will drop the Fellglow Ritual Chamber Key when she dies. This key will unlock the exit door from the room (#11).

10 - Books

11 - Locked Door

You'll need the Fellglow Ritual Chamber Key (#9) to open this door.

  1. Doorway between the Dungeons and Fellglow Keep. This door will start out locked. You'll need to pick up the Fellglow Keep Key (#8) to unlock it.
  2. Doorway between the Dungeons and Fellglow Keep.
  3. World exit (lower level). The door here will start out locked. You'll need to pick up the Fellglow Keep Key (#8) to unlock it.
  4. Doorway between Fellglow Keep and the Ritual Chamber (upper level).
  5. Hatch between the Ritual Chamber and Fellglow Keep.
  6. World exit.




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