Skyrim:The Affairs of Hagravens

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After discovering an imprisoned hagraven, you must help her reclaim her lost tower.
Quest Giver: Melka
Location(s): Blind Cliff Cave
Reward: Eye of Melka
ID: dunBlindCliffQST
Suggested Level: 14
Melka needs your help

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Find Melka imprisoned in Blind Cliff Cave.
  2. Protect her from Forsworn as you travel through the tower.
  3. Kill Petra.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

A Hagraven in Need[edit]

Upon entering Blind Cliff Bastion you will see the hagraven Melka in a cage. Upon approaching her, she will ask you to free her and help her reclaim her tower from another hagraven, Petra. To release Melka, pull the chain near the cage. After leaving the cage she will then lead you through her tower. The first room displays a central stone slab adorned with three handles; Melka will tell you that the middle one is the correct one to use. Pull the handle and go through the gate it opens. Follow the short path into a room inhabited by a Forsworn. There will then be a gate with a tunnel full of swinging blades. Melka will mention a lever that will stop the blades: she will then pull a handle on the floor that lowers a section of a wall, revealing another lever to do just that.

Reclaiming the Tower[edit]

Move through the tunnel and go up the stairs. After the stairs you will pass a section of wall that moves away when the nearby handle is pulled. Through the newly cleared section of wall are some ingots and a chest. The next room has an alchemy lab, and is referred to by Melka as her "parlor". Follow the path past the quicksilver ore. The next room contains Petra and two Forsworn. Killing them and Petra will result in Melka rewarding you with the unique staff, Eye of Melka. If Melka died anywhere along the way you can simply loot the staff from her corpse.


  • You can also just kill Melka for the staff, but you will still have the objective to kill Petra and you will have lost your guide.


  • If you kill Petra before freeing Melka, the quest does not complete and remains in your list of quests.
  • Killing Petra may not flag quest completion and her quest marker remains over her corpse. One possible solution is to load an earlier save, speak to Melka while she is still caged, clear the rest of the tower, then return to Melka to release her from the cage. Once Melka reaches the room with Petra's corpse, she will give the option to collect her unique staff. (Another possible solution for PC players is to resurrect Petra, set the stage to 15 while she's still alive, then kill her again with the console. This will cause the quest to update and allow you to claim the staff from Melka. A third possible solution for PC players is to use the console command setstage dunBlindCliffQST 100 to get your log to acknowledge that Petra has been killed and progress the quest with the dialogue in which Melka gives her staff as reward) ?
  • Killing Petra may fail to fully complete the quest in a second fashion: the audible quest completion sound will be heard and the marker removed from her corpse, but the quest is not truly complete; the quest remains incomplete in Miscellaneous, Melka remains idle in the middle of the final room (and will actually return to the center if you use a spell to pull her away from it) and will not offer her staff to you. One solution is the console command setobjectivecompleted dunBlindCliffQST 15 1, which forces the game to acknowledge what the player has already done and removes the quest from the Journal finally. That does not, however, restore the dialog that would cause Melka to give you her staff, so killing her will be necessary if the staff is desired. ?
  • Completing this quest counts towards the Sideways achievement, even though it is not a Side Quest, i.e., it does not have a separate entry in your quest log
    Mod Notes: Quest stage 100 of the quest calls AchievementsQuest.IncSideQuests(), even though the quest Type is "Miscellaneous" instead of "Side Quests"

This quest may fail to update in SSE after killing Melka, leaving it impossible to complete and remove from your log even with console commands, but "setstage dunBlindCliffQST 100" may also work.

Quest Stages[edit]

The Affairs of Hagravens (dunBlindCliffQST)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 15: Kill the Hagraven Petra
Objective 15: Kill the Hagraven Petra
100 ☑Finishes quest
200 The Hagraven Melka is dead.
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 10, 11, 30, 40, 45, 50, 60, 256.