Skyrim:Septimus Signus's Outpost

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Septimus Signus's Outpost
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# of Zones 1
Clearable No
Respawn Time 10 days
Level Min: 2
Important Treasure
Oghma Infinium
Console Location Code(s)
SeptimusSignusOutpost SeptimusSignusOutpostExterior01
North of the College of Winterhold
Northeast of Ysgramor's Tomb
Septimus Signus's Outpost

Septimus Signus's Outpost is a small cave on a small remote icy island off the north coast of Skyrim, where Septimus Signus has made his home.

It is located north of Winterhold, and contains a Dwemer lockbox. Septimus Signus moved the lockbox to this remote location to study it. He is an expert on Elder Scroll lore, but his knowledge and interaction with them has destroyed most of his mind. He claims that "Inside is the heart. The heart of a god! The heart of you. And me." However, the book Oghma Infinium is what is actually found inside the lockbox.


The Dwemer lockbox
Septimus Signus *

*At the end of the relevant quest, he will no longer reside here.

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Septimus Signus's Outpost[edit]

After walking a short stretch north from the College of Winterhold, an ice path will appear, or you may walk around the east side of the college, take a leap of faith and swim towards the outpost. When you reach the outpost, entrance can be gained by opening a trapdoor on the southern side of the small remote island, next to a rowboat tied up against it. The trapdoor opens into a narrow descending ice tunnel that ends on a ledge above the main chamber; following the ledge leads to an earthen ramp that heads around the chamber counterclockwise. At the bottom is the Dwemer lockbox. Opposite the lockbox is a small square wooden table with two bottles of alto wine, two bottles of wine, a goblet, and a jug on top, with a second jug on the ground. A nearby cupboard holds three bowls of fire salts, a filled petty soul gem, a filled common soul gem, copies of Antecedants of Dwemer Law, Boethiah's Proving, Chimarvamidium, Dwemer History and Culture, Dwemer Inquiries Vol I, II, and III, Effects of the Elder Scrolls, and Pension of the Ancestor Moth, and two copies of Ruminations on the Elder Scrolls, which is written by Septimus himself.


  • Boethiah's Proving will not appear until you reach level 30.
  • Northeast of the entrance is The Chill, Winterhold's jail.