I got this quest while doing the Dark Brotherhood quest “The Silence has been Broken”, since that quest MAKES you go into Volunruud. If you want to start this quest, you’ll need to GET to Volunruud (if you don’t want to do it with the Dark Brotherhood quest, Volunruud is southeast of Morthal and north of Whiterun, up in the mountains). Once inside you’ll see a dead explorer named Heddic (he MAY be a skeleton, I can’t quite remember… he should be right inside the entrance though) and once you loot his person you’ll find Heddic’s Volunruud notes. Read the notes to be given the quest.

Our first objective will be to “Locate The Ceremonial Weapons”. There are two of them, and they both open the way ahead. The STRAIGHT path here leads to a locked door that NEEDS those weapons, while the right and the left paths lead to the weapons. Both paths are Draugr-infested but are pretty darn straight-forward. Watch out for Draugr “sleeping” in the walls and keep an eye open for floor plate traps. The LEFT path is linear with a ceremonial axe at the end while the RIGHT path makes you climb and retrieve a ceremonial sword at the end (beware of Draugr popping out once you grab that sword).

Once you have both weapons, take them back to the central door and activate it to load to a new screen (Volunruud Elder’s Cairn). You’ll also have a new objective to “Defeat Kvenel”, even though we have no idea who he is (at least I didn’t at this point…). Anyways, Kvenel is a ghost at the bottom of this path. There are two Draugr above you that you can snipe/sneak past, then a Draugr who gets out of a tomb a little ways in, and past that is Kvenel and one more Draugr wandering around. Try to get in a sneak attack on Kvenel if you can. Take him out (he’s not that hard) and you will have COMPLETED this quest.

We may as well finish exploring this area though. Loot the chest here for goodies as well as a ONE HANDED SKILLBOOK named “Night Falls on Sentinel”. Very nice. There’s also a WORD WALL nearby that will teach you the word LIFE for the shout AURA WHISPER. VERY nice indeed! You can check the upper floor for another chest and more goodies (as well as those two Draugr if you have not killed them yet) then you can leave knowing you’ve looted all you could!

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  • Publisher
    Bethesda Softworks
  • Platforms
    PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, XB 360, XB One
  • Genre
    Action RPG
  • Guide Release
    31 May 2012
  • Last Updated
    24 October 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 used to the bitter cold and mountanous terrain that mark the lands of Skyrim. Wracked by civil war, and threatened by the return of the legendary dragons, Skyrim faces its darkest hour. You must make sense of this maelstrom, explore the frozen tundra and bring hope to the people. The future of Skyrim, even the Empire itself, hangs in the balance as they wait for the prophesized Dragonborn to come; a hero born with the power of The Voice, and the only one who can stand amongst the dragons. You are that Dragonborn.

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