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Dawnstar is a city in the northern reaches of Skyrim, located between Winterhold and Morthal. Like other northern cities, it is continuously covered in snow. Dawnstar is the Capital city of The Pale and is ruled by Jarl Skald. It’s a fairly small town with miners and a port, but the citizens of the town have been experiencing constant nightmares…

Major City? Yes (Hold capital of The Pale, no loading required)

House? No

Major Shops:

o Rustleif’s Smithery (Blacksmith)

o The Mortar and Pestle (Alchemy Shop)

o Windpeak Inn (Inn)

Major Quests:

o Pieces of the Past (Must be level 20, you’ll automatically get this quest from a courier).

o Waking Nightmare (Go talk to the Priest of Mara, Erandur, in the Windpeak Inn and agree to help).


o Alchemy Lab (Inside the Mortar and Pestle)

o Arcane Enchanter (Inside the White Hall)

o Blacksmith Forge (Near Rustleif’s Smithery)

o Smelter (Outside Iron-Breaker Mine) (Outside Quicksilver Mine)

o Tanning Rack (Near Rustleif’s Smithery)



Erandur (Male Dark Elf, must complete “Waking Nightmare” first and NOT kill him).

Kharjo (Male Khajiit, works for the caravans, must find his Moon Amulet for him first).


Dro’marash: COMMON SPEECH TRAINER (He is a member of the Khajiit caravans that often visit Dawnstar).


o 2920, Hearth Fire, v9 (CONJURATION SKILLBOOK, behind the counter in the Mortar and Pestle Alchemy shop)

o The Art of War Magic (DESTRUCTION SKILLBOOK, located in the White Hall up on the left balcony on a table).




Bring one Night Falls on Sentinel to Rustleif

You can get this quest by talking to the blacksmith, Rustleif, who will ask you to fing a copy of the book “Night Falls on Sentinel” (a good read!). I haven’t found one yet, but when I do I’ll post where here.

Find Ring of Pure Mixtures inside Forsaken Cave

You can get this quest from the owner of the Alchemy Shop Mortar and Pestel in Dawnstar, Frida. The Forsaken Cave is a ways to the southeast. I actually go through this area while doing “The White Phial”, so if you need help go refrence that quest (or better yet, do them both at the same time, but I highly suspect the place Frida makes you go to is random!). Once you have the ring, return it to her. She’ll increase your ALCHEMY level by one.

Find the Fine-Cut Void Salts for Wayfinder

Wayfinder is actually Captain Wayfinder, whose ship is in harbor right now. He’ll tell you how his sailors lost the void salts while drunk, and will ask for help getting them back. After accepting the quest, you will see that the quest marker points southwest, to Brood Cavaren (which may be a radiant location, I’m not sure). Head on over there and you’ll have to face two trolls outside the cavern, so take them out one at a time if you can. Head inside where another troll and a cave bear will await you. Kill them off, loot the hunter, and then loot the chest for the void salts. Return them to Wayfinder for a reward of 750 Gold.

Find the Moon Amulet inside Broken Helm Hollow

You can get this quest from Kharjo, one of the Khajiit guarding the caravans near Dawnstar (he’s not there ALL the time, but they visit quite often and are just outside the city). He got an amulet stolen by bandits and you can offer to help him get it back for this quest. Broken Helm Hollow is south of Riften, so make your way there and approach from the northwest. Once inside, take out the bandit leader and two other thugs then loot the place. “The Battle of Sancre Tor” TWO HANDED SKILLBOOK is in here too. Return to Kharjo and give him back the amulet for 750 Gold and to gain Kharjo as a follower if you wish.

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  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms,
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    11 November 2021
  • Last Updated
    7 November 2021
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  • Guide Author
    Greg Wright

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Skyrim is the homeland of the Nords, a fierce and proud warrior people who are well suited for the bitter cold and mountainous terrain which defines the land. Now scarred by civil war, Skyrim faces its darkest days with the return of the legendary dragons and their leader, the World-Eater Alduin. The future of Skyrim and even the lands beyond hangs in the balance, as the people await the prophesized Dragonborn, a hero born with the power of The Voice and the only one who can contend with the dragons. You are that Dragonborn; your task is to investigate why the dragons are returning, and discover a way to defeat them. At the same time, you’re free to explore Skyrim at your own pace, uncovering its many wonders along the way.

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