Dragonborn:Black Book: Untold Legends (quest)

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Learn the Black Book's hidden knowledge.
Quest Giver: The Black Book Untold Legends
Location(s): Benkongerike Great Hall, Apocrypha‎
Reward: Bardic Knowledge, Black Market, or Secret Servant power
ID: DLC2BlackBook03Quest
Suggested Level: 6
The Black Book in Benkongerike

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Read the Black Book Untold Legends in Benkongerike Great Hall.
  2. Make your way through Apocrypha‎.
  3. Learn the Black Book's hidden knowledge.
  4. Choose your reward.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

There are five chapters, Chapter I is basically a corridor that leads to Chapter II it contains no enemies and only three of soul gems in the way of loot. Chapter II has exits to both Chapter III and Chapter IV, enabling you to bypass Chapter III if you wish. There is a leveled lurker to battle before reaching either exit. Chapter III contains a seeker, a spell tome and a container of loot. Chapter IV contains the most loot including four stealth based skill books, two soul gems and four containers of loot as well as three seekers to battle. Chapter V contains a corridor that initially points towards the final reward, but may bend to the left or right whenever you move down the corridor. If it does, you'll be directed towards a room with a leveled lurker. Kill the lurker and a door will open behind it, allowing you to return to the central room. Once any side areas have been dealt with, the corridor should return to its original position, leading to the Black Book: Untold Legends.



One achievement is related to this quest:

  • DB-achievement-Hidden Knowledge.png Hidden Knowledge (40 points/Bronze)


  • There is a table in Chapter IV that has the four skill books The Gold Ribbon of Merit, Advances in Lockpicking, Beggar, and The Rear Guard, which train archery, lockpicking, pickpocket and light armor, respectively.
  • You can change the reward at any time by traveling to Solstheim and re-reading the book. This will transport you to Apocrypha near the reward location and you can select a different one.


  • Sometimes after defeating one of the lurkers in Chapter V, the nearby door will open and then shut before you have a chance to pass through. ?
    • Pc22.png Use the tcl console command to clip through the door.
  • If you return to Chapter III, the hallway configuration may change, leaving any dropped items in the previous configuration permanently inaccessible. ?
    • Pc22.png Use the tcl console command to clip through the door(s) and regain your items.
  • Although it appears that the corridor was always supposed to move to the left, right, or possibly each in sequence, it will often fail to do so.

Quest Stages[edit]

Black Book: Untold Legends (DLC2BlackBook03Quest)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 I read the Black Book called "Untold Legends", and found myself in Hermaeus Mora's realm of Apocrypha. I should uncover the knowledge hidden here, or read the book again to escape.
Objective 10: Learn the Black Book's hidden knowledge
20 Finishes quest I uncovered the hidden knowledge contained in the Black Book "Untold Legends".