Skyrim Dragonborn Walkthrough
Table of Contents
- The Temple of Miraak
- The Fate of The Skaal
- The Path of Knowledge
- The Gardener of Men
- At The Summit of Apocrypha
The Gardener of Men
Read the Black Book found in the Nchardak Reading Room to be transported to Apocrypha.
Activate the Scrye – a strange and orange-glowing plant – ahead of you to lower a drawbridge. Walk to the end of the drawbridge and wait for the tunnel to meet it, then dash in. Do not fall into the greenish-black waters or you will be pulled out of Apocrypha and back into the Nchardak Reading Room.
Go to the end of the tunnel and wait for it to meet with another platform with a Scrye. Dash out and activate that Scrye, which will lower another drawbridge. Hop back in the tunnel, let it carry you to meet the newly lowered drawbridge, and dash out when they meet.
You will see a book, Chapter II, activate it to be transported to a tunnel of whirling book pages. Head to the end of the tunnel and activate the Scrye found there.
The tunnel will unfurl to create a room with Seekers and a Lurker. Defeat them, then activate the Scrye. This will open a gate leading to Chapter III.
Activating Chapter III will transport you to another section of the Apocrypha. For this chapter follow the natural flow do stairs, paths, and tunnels and be ready for numerous Seeker attacks. Keep following tunnels to their ends and they will lead you to Chapter IV.
Chapter IV takes you to a platform which only needs one Scrye activated to lead you directly to Black Book: Epistolary Acumen. Activate this Black Book and it will summon Hermaeus Mora. Speak with him and he will provide Mind, the second word in the Bend Will shout.
Go to Books in your Inventory and read Black Book: Epistolary Acumen to be returned to the Nchardak Reading Room.
Upon exiting the Nchardak Reading Room you will be attacked by a black dragon called Krosulah. This is a good opportunity to absorb a soul.
Fast travel back to the Skaal Village and speak with Storn Crag-Strider. He will require you to complete the Cleansing The Stones quest now if you haven’t done it already. Simply go to each of the sacred Stones marked on your map and use the Bend Will shout on them, defeat the spawned enemies which progress in difficulty, and return to Storn Crag-Strider.
Storn Crag-Strider will take the Black Book: Epistolary Acumen from you. Follow him and observe as he reads. Hermaeus-Mora will appear and give you Dragon, the third and final word of the Bend Will shout.
Take the Black Book: Epistolary Acumen from Storn Crag-Strider’s body to complete The Gardener of Men quest and start At The Summit of Apocrypha.