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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
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Author(s): Greg Wright
First Published: 31-05-2012 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 26-11-2018 / 06:32 GMT
Version: 1.2 (????) 11-12-2018 / 07:57 GMT

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Guide Guide Info

Act I

Before the Storm

Quest Info Description
Objective: Inform the Jarl of Whiterun about the dragon attack on Helgen.
Quest Giver: Hadvar or Ralof
Location(s): Riverwood, Whiterun
Prerequesite: Unbound
Next Quest: Bleack Falls Barrow
Reward: Leveled Armor

Quick Walkthrough

  1. (Optional) Speak to Alvor or Gerdur in Riverwood.

  2. Go to Whiterun.

  3. Seek out Jarl Balgruuf the Greater.

Detailed Walkthrough

After parting ways with Ralof or Hadvar [Left] we must now head to Riverwood [Right].

Note: If you followed the Ralof path in the first quest, you will be advised to seek out his sister Gerdur. If you followed the Hadvar path, you will be advised to seek out his uncle Alvar. Again, it really doesn’t make a lasting difference. Below we assume you are looking for Gerdur, but if you aren’t just replace her name with Alvar (who is the Blacksmith in Riverwood).

He advised us to seek out his sister Gerdur in the nearby town of Riverwood. Travel down the dirt path ahead on you and soon you’ll reach an intersection with a sign-post nearby. Now, Riverwood is to the north, but if you travel slightly south you’ll see a camp on the hill to the left.

This is a bandit camp, giving you a chance to do some killing. The real treasure here though is the Skill Book: Night Falls on Sentinel . It’s in one of the tents here and will raise your skill in One-Handed by one. There is also a Treasure Map on one of the bandits.

Go back to the sign post and head North. You’ll end up heading downwards along a rocky path and soon you’ll find the Guardian Stones, a small monument that has three pillars that are devoted to the three main types of playstyle in Skyrim. They are the Thief, Mage, and Warrior. You can activate one of these stones now to gain a bonus:

The Gaurdian Stones are very useful. Be sure to activate one for a nice bonus!

  • **Warrior Stone:** Learn all combat skills 20% faster.
  • **Mage Stone:** Learn all magic skills 20% faster.
  • **Thief Stone:** Learn all stealth skills 20% faster.

Note: The Guardian Stone’s location will now be on your map. Very handy.

Pick the stone that you’d like a 20% boost in, then continue heading down the rocky path. You’ll likely meet some wolves along the way, but they aren’t very threatening. Continue along the path until you reach Riverwood.

As you’d guess, being a town Riverwood has more to offer than out Main Story quest-line. I’d definitely recommend checking out the town and seeing what it has to offer, but you definitely want to sell any items you’ve been packing around that you don’t need. There is plenty to do in Riverwood right now but we’re going to focus on the quest at hand (you can check out the section on Riverwood if you want to see what it offers).

You will encounter either Gerdur or Alvar (depending on who you sided with at the start).

You will find Gerdur hanging around the lumbermill in the town, which is next to the blacksmith and the river. You can ask her for items and she’ll offer you a wide variety of things for free. Take what you want then she will ask you for help. She will ask you to go tell the Jarl of Whiterun of the dragon attack on Helgen and see if he’ll send soldier’s to protect Riverwood.

Well, I guess we have no choice but to assist. Whiterun is north of Riverwood so head out of the north side of town and cross the river. Keep following the path and kill any wolves that you may come across. You’ll undoubtedly find the "Honningbrew Meadery" as you go along. You’ll also come across several farms and discover them

Along the way you'll undoubtedly see a group of fighters fighting a giant.

Even when I tried to join the fray, the beast was already slain. A hunter will then come up to you and say thanks for nothing. Talk to them to learn that they are part of a group called the Companions. Think of it like the fighter’s guild in Oblivion. If you want to delve into their missions, head to that section of the guide.

Enter the outskirts of Whiterun and climb up to the main wall. A guard will stop you and tell you that the city is closed with dragon’s about. Tell him that you’re here for Riverwood and he’ll let you in. You’re now inside of Whiterun, and like Riverwood there is a TON to do here. Read about the town in the town section if you wish, but what you want to do is go to dragonsreach by going to the back of the town and up the hill.

Enter the keep and head all the way to the back. Before you can talk to the Jarl, you’ll be stopped and asked what you’re doing. Insist on talking to the Jarl and he’ll listen to what you have to say. Tell him of Riverwood’s danger and he’ll reward you with some Imperial armor and you’ll be done with Before the Storm .

The Jarl will tell you that he wants you to meet with his court wizard, Farengar. This starts the Bleak Falls Barrow main quest, so go to the next section if you want to do it now.


Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    26 November 2018
  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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