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You'll receive this quest from Legate Rikke after completing the quest
Joining the Legion
Rikke will tell you that the Stormcloaks have learned the location of the
, "a powerful relic of a golden age," and that they're heading to Korvanjund to retrieve it. She'll then ask you to head over to Korvanjund, where she'll meet you with some men -- and hopefully grab the crown before the Stormcloaks can get to it.
Korvanjund is located far to the southeast of Solitude. When you get there you'll find Rikke, Hadvar (who you might remember from Helgen at the start of the game), and several Imperial soldiers waiting for you. After a brief speech, your allies will charge at the Stormcloaks camped at the entrance to the ruins, and then they'll go inside. Rikke and Hadvar can't be killed, and if any of the soldiers die, then they'll just get replaced, so you shouldn't have any trouble with the battle.
Inside, your allies will start exploring the Temple, killing any Imperial soldiers that they spot. Eventually (#2), Rikke will stop because she'll suspect an ambush in the next room, and she'll ask you to scout ahead. It's not much of an ambush, so you can blunder right into it if you want. Otherwise, you should climb up to the ledge above Rikke and use the doorway there. That will allow you to sneak up on the Stormcloaks and get in some sneak attacks before Rikke and your other allies join in.
About halfway through the Halls (reached via Exit A), you'll discover a puzzle door (#4). Rikke won't have any idea how to open it, but on the floor next to the door you'll find an
, and if you examine it in your inventory then you'll learn that the door's combination is "fox," "moth," and "dragon" (from top to bottom). From this point on you'll stop encountering Stormcloak soldiers, and you'll start encountering draugr.
Past the puzzle door you'll come to a closed gate (#5). To open it, you'll have to go through the passage to the north, which will take you to the upper level of the room, where you'll find a handle (#7). When you pull the handle, the gate will open, but you'll also get attacked by some draugr. After the battle, Rikke and your other allies will move into the Crypt (via Exit B).
Inside the Crypt, you'll get attacked by three draugr bosses (#8), but you shouldn't have too much trouble defeating them with your allies helping you out. Afterwards, when you loot the draugr, you'll find the
on one of them. Rikke will announce that she and her men will stay in the Crypt to look around for useful items, and she'll ask you to deliver the crown to General Tullius in Solitude. When you do so, you'll complete the quest.
Note: You can also deliver the crown to Ulfric Stormcloak in the Palace of the Kings in Windhelm. This will switch your allegiance from the Imperial Legion to the Stormcloaks, and you'll continue on in the Stormcloak quest line following their version of
The Jagged Crown
1 - Barred Door
You'll only be able to open this door from the west -- that is, when you exit from the Crypt (via Exit C).
2 - Ambush Warning
3 - Book
On the ground here you'll find the book
Jornibret's Last Dance
, which will increase your Light Armor skill by 1.
4 - Puzzle Door
5 - Gate (Lower Level)
6 - Dagger (Upper Level)
When you pick up the dagger, you'll release a pressure plate, which will open the nearby secret door and allow you to access the trapped treasure chest ($) to the south.
7 - Handle (Upper Level)
8 - Draugr Boss Battle
9 - Word Wall
When you get close enough to the Word Wall, you'll unlock the Word of Power for "Sand, Slow Time."
- Doorway between the Temple and the Halls.
- Doorway between the Halls and the Crypt.
- Doorway between the Crypt and the Temple.
- World exit.