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Investigate a lead on the Icereach Coven for the Skald-King.
Zone: Eastmarch
Quest Giver: Lyris Titanborn at the Fighters Guild hall in Aldmeri Dominion Vulkhel GuardDaggerfall Covenant Daggerfall, or Ebonheart Pact Davon's Watch
Scout Gunthe at Aldmeri Dominion Vulkhel GuardDaggerfall Covenant Daggerfall, or Ebonheart Pact Davon's Watch
"Prologue Quest: The Coven Conspiracy" from the Crown Store
Location(s):
Riften, The Withered Tree, Riften Ratway
Next Quest: The Coven Conundrum
Reward: Average Leveled Gold
XP Gain: Standard XP
ID: 6454
Investigate the Icereach Coven
Jorunn the Skald-King requested I meet with his agent to look into a plot that threatens not only Skyrim, but potentially all of Tamriel.


Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Find the agent of Skald-King Jorunn.
  2. Travel to the meeting place, then follow the trail and investigate what you find.
  3. Travel to and investigate the trail there.
  4. Find Goharth Ironbelly at The Withered Tree.
  5. Navigate the Riften Ratway.
  6. Read Lucrative Opportunity In Eastmarch flier and meet Lyris by the cart southwest of Riften.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

King Jorunn requests your assistance. He needs you to meet with an agent of his at the Fighters Guild in Davon's Watch, Vulkhel Guard or Daggerfall, depending on your alliance. Head into the guild hall and find this agent. It's Lyris Titanborn! Speak with her about the assignment. She needs you to help her investigate the Icereach Coven, which has become a threat to the region in recent times. The two of you are tasked with tracking down the Icereach Coven and figuring out what their ultimate plan is. However, she needs to speak with you further in a more discreet location. You will need to meet with Lyris at the Shrine to Saint Rilms Deshaan, the Elden Root Temple Wayshrine in Grahtwood or the Weeping Giant Wayshrine in Stormhaven. She will brief you on the mission there. You have the option of fast traveling with Lyris during the conversation.

Investigating Icereach Activity[edit]

The results of one of their experiments

Lyris found several medallions off of the Icereach witches during her previous mission. She gave them to the Skald-King's wizards, who determined that the medallions were infused with magic, but weren't sure what their purpose was. The wizards enchanted the medallions so they would lead the wielder to magic similar to the kind already infused with the medallions. She gives you a medallion and asks you to follow any trail that appears. Wave the medallion around and follow the first trail. You'll be lead to a summoning circle filled with charred corpses. Investigate the corpses, and you'll find a Charred Note. The only legible words on the note were "a lucrative opportunity." Speak with Lyris about your findings. Your lead isn't much, but Jorunn's scouts provided a few locations you'll want to investigate in their last report.

Head towards Eidolon's Hollow in Deshaan, Brackenleaf in Grahtwood or Cumberland's Watch in Stormhaven. Wave the medallion around and follow the glowing red trail. You'll find another circle with a two bloodfiends feasting on a dead Harrowfiend. Kill the bloodfiends and examine their meal. You'll find a Mangled, Bloody Note on the corpse.

The Witch Pike Shard

Follow the path. It will lead to the Lord stone in Grahtwood and Deshaan, and Hammerdeath Arena in Stormhaven. You'll find a ritual circle with a Witch Pike in the center of it. When you approach to investigate, you'll be ambushed by a Vampire Raider and Shadowcaster. Kill them and investigate the circle, then take a Witch Pike Shard.

Suddenly, you hear the sounds of conflict from above or below you. Find Lyris Titanborn and speak with her. She's surrounded by the corpses of three Vampire Raiders. Tell her about the strange note you found earlier on the dead bloodfiend. She's perplexed by how vampires, bloodfiends and rituals fit into the puzzle, informs you of her own findings. She found a note from a merchant named Goharth Ironbelly on the corpse of a vampire. She says that this Ironbelly character has been supplying the coven with something they needed, but the note didn't go into detail. Apparently, Goharth Ironbelly can be found at The Withered Tree.

Trailing Ironbelly[edit]

Following Ironbelly the Ratway

Fast travel with Lyris to Riften. When you arrive, you'll find yourself at the wayshrine. Follow her to the Withered Tree inn and speak with her there. She asks that you be discreet and try not to approach him or scare him off. When he leaves the inn, you'll follow him, and hopefully, he'll lead you two to the coven. Ironbelly enters the inn and orders a drink. He then takes notice of Lyris, who doesn't appreciate it when Ironbelly attempts to flirt with her. Ironbelly persists and Lyris punches him, knocking him to the ground. Goharth then leaves the inn. You'll need to follow him. He passes the Artisan's Hall then passes over the docks, heading down the ramp and entering the Riften Ratway. Enter the Ratway and find Goharth. When you enter the tunnels, the gate slams shut behind you, separating you from Lyris. You'll need to push forward and try to meet each other further in.

Navigate the Ratway. Eventually, you'll enter a room with a grate on the ceiling. Goharth and a woman he calls Sister Balra are speaking above you. Things get heated when Goharth demands to be turned by a vampire, and Sister Balra kills him. Goharth Ironbelly's Key drops from the grate above as Balra walks away. Pick up the key and head upstairs to investigate Goharth's corpse. You'll notice a pamphlet next to Ironbelly's body. Lyris arrives just as you investigate the murder. Tell her about what happened. She speculates that Sister Balra must be a part of the Icereach Coven. The flier you found mentions an inn in Eastmarch, located west of Voljar's Meadery. That must be your next lead. Meet Lyris by a cart outside Riften's southwestern gate, and speak with her there to end the quest.

Quest Stages[edit]

The Coven Conspiracy
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
The messenger said that the Skald-King's agent is waiting at the Fighters Guild. I should head there and speak to her.
Objective: Find the Skald-King's Agent
Latest start Jorunn the Skald-King's agent is Lyris Titanborn. She needs my help investigating the Icereach Coven. I should find out more about where we need to go.
Objective: Talk to Lyris Titanborn
Aldmeri Dominion The Skald-King's scouts spotted members of the Icereach Coven near the overlook at Boar's Run, in Grahtwood. Lyris asked me to meet her near the overlook, at the Elden Root Temple.
Daggerfall Covenant The Skald-King's scouts spotted members of the Icereach Coven near the lumber mill by the Weeping Giant in Stormhaven. I should meet Lyris there.
Ebonheart Pact The Skald-King's scouts spotted members of the Icereach Coven near the Shrine of Saint Rilms in Deshaan. I should meet Lyris there.
Objective:
Aldmeri Dominion Travel to the Overlook
Daggerfall Covenant Travel to the Lumber Mill
Ebonheart Pact Travel to the Shrine
I arrived at the meeting place. I should speak to Lyris about how she wants to proceed with the investigation.
Objective: Talk to Lyris Titanborn
I need to use the witch's medallion that the Skald-King's wizards enchanted. It's supposed to lead us to any Icereach Coven activity in the area.
Objective: Follow the Magic Trail
Objective Hint: Use the Icereach Coven Medallion
The medallion led me to a number of charred bodies. I should examine one of the corpses and see if I notice anything.
Objective: Examine the Corpse
Lyris arrived. I should tell her what I discovered and see if she found anything.
Objective: Talk to Lyris Titanborn
Lyris marked my map with locations provided by the Skald-King's scouts. When I reach these locations, I need to use the Icereach Coven Medallion and see where the magic leads me.
Objective: Follow the Magic Trail
Objective Hint: Go to the Marked Location
The magic led me to a dead bloodfiend of some sort. I should examine it and see what I can learn.
Objective: Examine the Corpse
Lyris marked my map with locations provided by the Skald-King's scouts. When I reach these locations, I need to use the Icereach Coven Medallion and see where the magic leads me.
Objective: Follow the Magic Trail
Objective Hint: Go to the Marked Location
The medallion led me to a broken ritual object that radiates the same magic as that used by the Icereach Coven. It appears to be some sort of totem or pike. I should examine it more closely.
Objective: Examine Ritual Object
I heard Lyris shout out. I should try to find her.
Objective: Talk to Lyris Titanborn
Lyris dealt with an ambush by the coven and found a note from a merchant in Riften named Goharth Ironbelly. He seems to be working with the witches. We need to go to Riften and get the merchant to lead us to the coven.
Objective: Travel to Riften
Lyris suggested we start our search for the merchant named Goharth Ironbelly in the Withered Tree inn.
Objective: Enter the Withered Tree
No sign of the merchant Goharth Ironbelly yet. I should talk to Lyris and solidify our plan before he arrives.
Objective: Talk to Lyris Titanborn
Lyris expects the merchant Goharth Ironbelly to arrive shortly. I should stand back and try to avoid attracting any attention.
Objective: Wait for Goharth Ironbelly
Goharth Ironbelly arrived, had a brief altercation with Lyris, and left the inn. I should discreetly follow him and see if he'll lead us to the Icereach Coven. If I get too close, I might alert him to trouble, so I should keep my distance.
Objective: Follow Goharth Ironbelly
Goharth Ironbelly entered the Ratway below Riften. I should follow him and see if I can pick up his trail.
Objective: Explore the Ratway
Lyris caught up to me in the Ratway. I should let her know Ironbelly gave me the slip down here.
Objective: Talk to Lyris Titanborn
Lyris wants me to lead the way as we explore the Ratway and try to pick up Goharth Ironbelly's trail.
Objective: Explore the Ratway
A portcullis slammed shut and separated me from Lyris! I should listen to what she has to say.
Objective: Listen to Lyris Titanborn
After the portcullis slammed shut and separated us, Lyris and I had to split up. While she tries to find a way back to me, I should continue to search for Goharth Ironbelly.
Objective: Find Goharth Ironbelly
I caught up to Goharth Ironbelly and he's meeting with someone. I should listen in and see what I can learn.
Objective: Eavesdrop on Goharth's Meeting
Goharth Ironbelly met with someone named Sister Balra, then she murdered him! He dropped a key. I should retrieve the key and try to find a way to reach his body.
Objective: Take Goharth Ironbelly's Key
I picked up Ironbelly's key. I should try to reach his body and see what other evidence he might have left behind.
Objective: Look for Evidence Near Ironbelly's Body
Lyris made her way back to me. I should let her know what I found out.
Objective: Talk to Lyris Titanborn
I should meet Lyris at the cart outside of town.
Objective: Meet Lyris at the Cart
I should speak to Lyris about what we found in the Ratway.
Objective: Talk to Lyris Titanborn
☑Finishes quest We have a clue as to where we might find the Sister Balra and the Icereach Coven. I should talk to Lyris and tell her what else I learned in the Ratway.
Objective: Talk to Lyris Titanborn