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Type Ruin
Continent Tamriel
Province Skyrim
Hold The Rift
Appears in Skyrim, ESO, Legends
Forelhost circa 4E 201
Forelhost circa 2E 582

Forelhost is an ancient Nordic ruin located in the Rift in Skyrim. It is located high atop a mountain and suffers from a dangerously cold climate.

During the time of the Dragon Cult, Forelhost served as a great monastery. It was home to two notable dragon priests and their respective masks: Rahgot and Vosis. Following the Dragon War, Forelhost became the last known holdout of the cult. It was discovered by the forces of High King Harald in 1E 139, who besieged the monastery for several months under the command of Skorm Snow-Strider. Despite the cold, the besiegers eventually succeeded in breaking through the defenses in 1E 140, using the Voice to bring down the main gate. Once inside however, they discovered that the cultists had committed ritual suicide, going so far as to poison the well water. Their sacrifice created a magical barrier, sealing the upper courtyard for decades afterwards and preventing Skorm's advance.[1] The cultists had believed they would be returned to life when the dragons returned to Tamriel, as had been foreseen by a cultist named Thorallod.[2] The monastery subsequently fell into ruin, haunted by draugr and the ghosts of the cultists.

In 2E 582, when the Worm Cult was scouring the Rift for shards of Wuuthrad, a group of cultists led an attack on Forelhost when their leader, Nordahl, attempted to recover the mask of Vosis. The cultists were defeated by the undead and driven off, and Vosis claimed their axe shard for himself. He was then slain by the Vestige on behalf of the Ebonheart Pact, which was also seeking shards.[3]

Sometime circa 4E 201, a legendary Argonian thief known as Sails-Through-Storms came into possession of the journal of a great adventurer who had come into possession of Barilzar's Mazed Band and had sealed it within Forelhost. Following the journal, she journeyed to Forelhost, accompanied by the Forgotten Hero and a fellow Argonian thief named Swims-at-Night. The group discovered that the ring had been sealed within the tomb of a dragon priest which could only be entered by ingesting poison. Sails-Through-Storms turned back, but the other two concocted a poison which would not quite kill them, allowing them to enter the tomb. They managed to defeat the awakened dragon priest within, but were set upon by a group of treasure hunters led by Mecinar, a former Clockwork Apostle. In their weakened state, the adventurers were unable to stop the treasure hunters from claiming the ring and using it to enter the Clockwork City. However, Swims-at-Night grabbed onto one of them at the last second and was teleported to the City along with them.[4]

Later that year, an Altmer named Valmir was sent by the Thalmor to retrieve Rahgot's mask from within the ruins of Forelhost. He was ordered to trick Imperial Legionnaires and Stormcloak Soldiers into recovering the mask to aid the war effort during the ongoing Stormcloak Rebellion, and then to bring the mask to Labyrinthian, likely in an effort to retrieve Konahrik. Valmir recruited the Last Dragonborn who successfully retrieved the mask, but discovered Valmir's ploy and killed him.[5]

That same year, a ghost known as the Lost Paladin was sighted at Forelhost. The Lost Paladin had been the wielder of the legendary blade Chrysamere in life, and he was subsequently slain by the Last Dragonborn who then claimed Chrysamere.[6]


See Also[edit]

  • For game-specific information, see the Skyrim and ESO articles.


  1. ^ Skorm Snow-Strider's JournalSkorm Snow-Strider
  2. ^ Note
  3. ^ ESO's A Walk Above the Clouds quest
  4. ^ Return to Clockwork City in Legends
  5. ^ Skyrim's Siege on the Dragon Cult quest
  6. ^ Skyrim's The Lost Paladin quest