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ON-qico-Zone Story.png Work with Svana to warn the Holds of Western Skyrim of a coming threat.
Zone: Western Skyrim
Zone StoryThis quest is part of the Zone Story
Quest Giver: Maugh, Svana
Location(s): Blue Palace, Morthal, Morthal Barrow, Eversnow Inn, Karthwatch, Solitude
Prerequisite Quest: Dark Clouds Over Solitude
Next Quest: The Vampire Scholar
Reward: Morthal Barrow Breastplate
Very High Leveled Gold
XP Gain: Very High XP
ID: 6462
After speaking with her father failed, Svana's taking matters into her own hands
Maugh delivered a message to me from Princess Svana. She wants to talk to me at the Lonely Troll before she meets with the high king.
With the high queen's murderer brought to justice and a clear connection established between the assassin and the Icereach Coven, Svana thinks we have enough evidence to convince High King Svargrim that the threat to his kingdom is real.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Head to the Blue Palace and speak with Svana meeting with Svargrim.
  2. Go to Morthal.
  3. Speak with Jarl Reddharn
  4. Investigate Morthal Barrow with Lyris Titanborn.
  5. Return to the Jarl explain what you found.
  6. Meet with Svana at the Eversnow Inn.
  7. Investigate Karthwatch and destroy any Gray Reliquaries you find.
  8. Search Jarl Olfwenn's Hall for survivors.
  9. Talk with Magister Fridelja and Svana.
  10. Return to Solitude and find Lyris.
  11. Speak with Svana at the Blue Palace.

Detailed Walkthough[edit]

Solitude and Haafingar Hold[edit]

After your journey into Blackreach to killed an assassin, Svana will have heard your story and is ready to take action. You can either continue your conversation with her in the Lonely Troll or Maugh will contact you around Solitude and direct you to her. Her first task will be to convince her father of the Coven's threat to the holds of Western Skyrim, Svana will ask you to meet her at the Blue Palace though she admits that it will be difficult as, "My father hasn't heard a word I've said since I was old enough to talk. But with mother gone, someone has to make him see reason."

As you leave, you will overhear Svana talking to Maugh as she psyches herself up for the confrontation with High King Svargrim.

Svana: "Wish me luck, Maugh."
Maugh: "Forget luck. I suggest a slug of kindlepitch whiskey. You'll need it to stand up to your father."
Svana's audience with High King Svargrim

After you enter the palace, you can head up to the throne room which is up the main stairs in the foyer. When you arrive, you will witness the end of Svana's audience with Svargrim. It has not gone well at all.

High King Svargrim: "You would have me spread my forces across the realm to search for nightmares you dredged up from a bottle?"
Svana: "It's not—"
<Svargrim cuts in over her.>
High King Svargrim: "Or should I say the whispers of eastern vipers tickling your ears?"
Svana: "But mother—"
<Svargrim gets up off the throne and begins to leave, Swordthane Uthlet will trail after him.>
High King Svargrim: "Enough! When next you come before me to vomit up your counsel, make sure it doesn't stink of treason."

Once the king has left, you can speak with Svana and see what she wants to do next. She will be furious but decides to follow her mother's teachings and take the matter into her own hands. "Our kingdom consists of three holds. Haafingar, Hjaalmarch, and Karthald. I need to warn them. The jarls might listen, even if my father won't. I'm the daughter of the high king, after all. Time to start acting like one. Will you come with me?"

After agreeing to help, Svana will ask you to meet her in Morthal to speak with Jarl Reddharn and mentions she will also send word to Lyris to meet you both there.


Convince Jarl Reddharn

Morthal is located in the eastern parts of Western Skyrim, northwest of Labyrinthian. If you have been there previously, you can get there quickly by using the wayshrines. Once you have arrived in the town, Svana and Lyris will be waiting for you outside Jarl Reddharn's Hall, they will enter once they see you.

When inside, Svana will walk up to the Jarl's throne and address him about the threat. He will want to know why the princess of Solitude has come to Morthal.

Jarl Reddharn: "Why does the princess of Solitude grace my humble hall with her royal presence? Are you here on behalf of the high king?"
Svana: "I've come to warn you, Jarl Reddharn."
Jarl Reddharn: "Warn me? I already received orders from your father. What more is there to say?"
Svana: "Orders? Right … but you need to prepare the hold's defenses."
Jarl Reddharn: "And what must we defend ourselves against this time? More urns and fetishes?"
Svana: "Please, Jarl Reddharn. Let my friend explain. The threat to our holds is worse than you can imagine."


Quest Stages[edit]

Danger in the Holds
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Svana asked to meet with me. I should go to the Lonely Troll and speak to her.
Objective: Talk to Svana
Latest start Svana asked me to meet her at the Blue Palace so we can once again try to convince High King Svargrim of the threat posed by the Icereach Coven and their allies.
Objective: Go to the Blue Palace
The meeting between Svana and High King Svargrim didn't go well. I should speak to her.
Objective: Talk to Svana
In light of her father's unwillingness to act, Svana has decided to take matters into her own hands. She asked me to meet her in Morthal where she seeks an audience with Jarl Reddharn.
Objective: Go to Morthal
Svana wants me to tell Jarl Reddharn about the threat from the Icereach Coven and their harrowstorms. I should talk to him.
Objective: Talk to Jarl Reddharn
Jarl Reddharn's soldiers destroyed witch pikes they found around Morthal, but they disappeared after reporting Reachmen activity at the barrow. I agreed to investigate the barrow and find out what happened to the soldiers.
Objective: Go to the Morthal Barrow
Optional Step: Talk To Swordthane Enyra
We need to search the barrow and find out what the Reachmen are doing here.
Objective: Search Morthal Barrow
We found a witch pike at the heart of the ritual within Morthal Barrow. We need to destroy it.
Objective: Destroy the Witch Pike
Lyris and I destroyed the last witch pike hidden within the Morthal Barrow. We should return to Jarl Reddharn and let him know what we found.
Objective: Return to the Jarl's Hall
Optional Step: Talk to Lyris Titanborn
I should talk to Jarl Reddharn and let him know what we found at the Morthal Barrow.
Objective: Talk to Jarl Reddharn
Now that Morthal is safe, I should find out what Svana wants to do next.
Objective: Talk to Svana
Svana wants me to meet her at the Eversnow Inn, which is southeast of the town of Karthwatch.
Objective: Meet Svana at the Eversnow Inn
Svana beat me to the inn, but the place is full of terrified people. I should talk to Svana and find out what's going on.
Objective: Talk to Svana
Karthwatch has been devastated by a harrowstorm. Svana wants to investigate the town and see if there are any survivors, including Jarl Olfwenn. I should go with her.
Objective: Investigate Karthwatch
The coven witch from the barrow appeared. She seems intent on protecting the funeral urn that she calls a gray reliquary. Svana wants me to destroy it.
Objective: Destroy the Gray Reliquary
We destroyed one of the gray reliquaries that appeared to be part of the harrowstorm ritual. I should talk to Svana and make sure she's all right.
Objective: Talk to Svana
Svana thinks the gray reliquaries are important to the coven. We should find any others still around the town and destroy them.
Objective: Destroy the Gray Reliquaries: 0/3
Hidden Objective: Kill Sister Ehfa
We destroyed all of the gray reliquaries we could find. Now we need to check on Jarl Olfwenn and see if she's all right.
Objective: Go to Jarl Olfwenn's Hall
Inside the jarl's hall, it appears that a battle took place. Dead villagers and harrowfiends litter the room, but there's one person still alive. I should talk to her.
Objective: Talk to Magister Fridelja
Magister Fridelja sent Jarl Olfwenn to the cellar when the harrowstorm began. She asked me to go down there and make sure the jarl is all right.
Objective: Investigate the Cellar
Jarl Olfwenn is dead. Svana requested that I recover the Karthald Crown before returning to the hall above.
Objective: Take the Karthald Crown
I recovered the Karthald Crown. I should present it to Magister Fridelja and tell her what happened to the jarl.
Objective: Talk to Magister Fridelja
It appears that we've done everything we can for poor Karthwatch. I should ask Svana what she wants to do now.
Objective: Talk to Svana
While Svana leads Magister Fridelja and the Karthwatch survivors to Solitude, she wants me to return to Solitude and find Lyris before meeting her in the Blue Palace.
Objective: Return to Solitude
Now that I'm back in Solitude, I need to find Lyris and let her know the princess wants to meet with us in the Blue Palace.
Objective: Talk to Lyris Titanborn
☑Finishes quest Now that Lyris and I are back together, it's time to go to the Blue Palace and meet up with Princess Svana.
Objective: Talk to Svana
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