Skyrim Dragonborn Walkthrough

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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.

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8 Comments on Skyrim Dragonborn Walkthrough


On December 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm

im stuck on the quest called The Final Decent, i cant figure out how to get the stone doors to open using the Bloodskal Blade, can anyone help plz

Kevin Thielenhaus

On December 10, 2012 at 11:01 am


You are not alone! This tricky quest has been giving lots of players problems, but the solution isn’t so hard once you know the trick.

1. Equip the Bloodskal Blade. You’ll notice when you perform a power attack (hold down the attack button) you’ll launch a wave of red energy forward. While moving forward, you’ll launch a vertical wave of energy. When moving backward, you’ll launch a horizontal wave of energy.

2. Look at the big stone door, and you’ll see red s, either horizontal or vertical, all over the outer door. Shoot either a vertical or horizontal energy wave from the Bloodskal Blade to match these s.

3. Everytime you hit successfully, the red will move or disappear and new ones will appear on the door — above it, or on the door itself. Simply try to match your red energy waves with the red s and you can solve this puzzle.

I hope that helps, Patricia! Let us know if you need to know more.


On January 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

What level do you need to start dragonborn ?

Kevin Thielenhaus

On January 12, 2013 at 5:02 pm


To start this DLC, you’ll need to complete quests up to “The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller”, which comes after “Dragon Rising” and “The Way of the Voice” on Skyrim’s vanilla main quest chain.


On February 15, 2013 at 8:14 am

I hope someone can help. I am on the final battle with Miraak and when his health gets low the third time, he becomes ethereal and I cant attack him, then he keeps his distance and it just goes on like that. Is this a glitch or do I need to use a certain shout on him? Please help thanks


On October 18, 2013 at 4:01 am

on that battle with mirrak the 3rd time he goes ethral he is supposed to back up go away then reapear in the mucky water in the middle where herma mora will apear so you must be having a glitch it shouldnt take long after he goes ethral

Kevin Thielenhaus

On October 18, 2013 at 8:54 am


It so sucks, but this battle does glitch out pretty often. Hopefully a reload should fix your problem.


On November 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I completed “the horn of Juergen wind caller”

But the game still does not allow me to do this dlc

The masked guys won’t come to me anywhere in the game

What do I do??