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Acquisition

Cities & Villages

Dawnstar

Falkreath

Markarth

Riften

Solitude

  • Bards College, on a bookshelf in the northeastern classroom on the upper floor.
  • Blue Palace, after going up the stairs, on a table in the left corridor.
  • Proudspire Manor, on a shelf in the dining room on the third floor.

Whiterun

Windhelm

Others

Contents

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Lost Legends of Skyrim

by
Talsgar the Elder
Archivist of Winterhold

The history of Skyrim is vast, predating even the most ancient records of man and mer. Much has been lost, fallen to the ravages of war or the turning of the ages. But nothing is ever truly forgotten. Where no records exist, legends and folk tales offer us a key to the past, a way to piece together truths half-remembered in the minds of men.

For generations, the people of Morthal have told whispered tales of the Pale Lady, a ghostly woman who wanders the northern marshes, forever seeking her lost daughter. Some say she steals children who wander astray, others that her sobbing wail strikes dead all those who hear it. But behind these tales may lie a kernel of truth, for ancient records speak of 'Aumriel', a mysterious figure Ysgramor's heirs battled for decades, and finally sealed away.

Reachmen tell the story of Faolan 'Red-Eagle', an ancient king who rallied his people and drove back the armies of Cyrodiil with a flaming sword. Though accounts vary, they too seem to be based on an underlying truth: the imperial chronicles of Empress Hestra mention a rebel leader of that era who was eventually cornered and slain in battle, at the cost of a full legion of men.

But some tales prove far harder to analyze. Among scholars, perhaps the best known is the 'Forbidden Legend' of the Archmage Gauldur.

In the dawning days of the First Era, the story goes, there lived a powerful wizard by the name of Gauldur. Wise and just, he was well-known in the courts of King Harald and the jarls of Skyrim, and his aid and counsel were sought by man and mer alike.

And then he was murdered. Some say one of his sons killed him, others that King Harald, jealous of his power, gave the order. But Gauldur's three sons fled into the night, pursued by a company of Harald's best warriors and the Lord Geirmund, the king's personal battlemage.

A great chase ensued, from the wilds of the Reach to the glacial north. One brother is said to have perished in the ruins of Folgunthur, at the foot of Solitude. The others were run to ground soon thereafter. And once it was done, King Harald ordered every record of their murders destroyed, and Gauldur's name and deeds were struck from the rolls of history.

Even today, few sources remain, and no bard will tell the tale. But perhaps the truth yet remains in some ancient ruin, waiting to be unearthed. For nothing is ever truly forgotten.

Location

Dawnstar

The White Hall

Falkreath

Dengeir's House

Markarth

Understone Keep
Calcemo's Laboratory

Riften

Black-Briar Manor
The Ratway Warrens

Solitude

Bards College
Blue Palace
Proudspire Manor

Whiterun

Dragonsreach
Dragonsreach Jarl's Quarters
House Gray-Mane

Windhelm

East Empire Company Office
Niranye's House
Palace of the Kings upstairs

Others

Burguk's Longhouse
Castle Volkihar Keep
College of Winterhold, The Arcanaeum
Cracked Tusk Vault
Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
Fellglow Keep
Nightcaller Temple
Thalmor Embassy, Elenwen's Solar
The Katariah
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