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Reading the book for the first time will add the misc. objective 'Find Red Eagle's sword' which leads to Rebel's Cairn.
Cities & Villages
- Mistveil Keep Jarl's Chambers in Riften, on a sideboard in the eastern room upstairs.
- Riften Jail, on a shelf on the stairway to the lower floor.
- Angeline's Aromatics, on a shelf next to the stairs in the northern room.
- Bards College, on a bookshelf to the left in the library.
- Castle Dour, on a table immediately to the right after entering through the main entrance.
- Candlehearth Hall, on a shelf in the first room to the right after passing the stairs.
- House of Clan Cruel-Sea, on a shelf upstairs in the last bedroom behind the stairs.
- Palace of the Kings Upstairs, on a shelf at the left wall of Ulfric's bedroom.
- Viola Giordano's House, on a bookshelf upstairs to the left of the stairs.
- Dragonsreach, on the left bookshelf in Farengar's study.
- Dragonsreach Jarl's Quarters, on a table in the left room after going up the stairs.
- Jorrvaskr Living Quarters, on a shelf in Skjor's room.
- Abandoned Prison in Eastmarch, on a bookshelf in the room upstairs from the cell area.
- Anga's Mill Common House in The Pale, on a shelf next to the bed in the northern corner.
- College of Winterhold, The Arcanaeum, two copies, one on a table to the left, another one on the ground at the inner circle wall, to the right of Urag's counter.
- Cracked Tusk Keep in Falkreath Hold, upstairs on a shelf after entering.
- Dawnstar Sanctuary in The Pale, on a shelf near the first spear gate.
- Deepwood Redoubt in The Reach, two copies, one on a table near the arcane enchanter, another on a bookshelf near the bed.
- Deepwood Vale, on a table in the Forsworn hut with the boss chest and the double bed.
- Dushnikh Yal in The Reach, on a shelf in the first hut to the right after entering.
- Faldar's Tooth in The Rift, on a cupboard on top of the highest tower.
- Fellglow Keep Dungeons in Whiterun Hold, on a table in the room with hanging cages and a bow practice target.
- Fort Dunstad Commander's Quarters in The Pale, on a shelf in the bedroom to the right.
- Fort Snowhawk in Hjaalmarch, on a shelf in the corridor of the upper floor.
- Frostflow Lighthouse in The Winterhold, on a shelf in the room to the right of the fireplace.
- Hag's End in The Reach, on a table in the circular room with the hagraven lair.
- Jarl's Longhouse in Falkreath Hold, on a wallshelf in the room upstairs to the left.
- The Katariah in Haafingar, on a shelf in the east corridor.
- Pinewatch Bandit's Sanctuary in Falkreath Hold, on a shelf in the southeast area.
- Rebel's Cairn in The Reach, at the corpse of an adventurer in the first room.
- Red Eagle Redoubt exterior in The Reach, on a table in a Forsworn hut on the way to Sundered Towers.
- Sundered Towers, on a stone table in the southwest tower.
- Serpent's Bluff Redoubt exterior in Whiterun Hold, on a shelf in the Forsworn hut next to the forge.
- Serpent's Bluff Redoubt, Serpent's Bluff Ruins, on a shelf in an adept locked room at the end of the dungeon.
- Volkihar Keep, on a bookshelf in the first room to the left of the dining hall.
- Can be found randomly in loot containers or be bought from general goods vendors.
|The Legend of Red Eagle
This tale was transcribed from the memory of Clarisse Vien, student of Winterhold. Elements of the legend suggest a date c.1E 1030, though as with any oral tradition, much of it is likely a later anachronism. Curiously, stories of a similar king and his legendary blade appear in other ancient myths of the Reach.
Long ago, a child was born in the Sundered Hills. They named him Faolan, which means 'Red Eagle' in the tongue of the Reach, for the screeching bird-call that greeted his birth, and the crimson blooms on the autumn hills.
Thus began his legend: Reach-child, born under auspicious skies, his very name the color of blood.
Ten kings ruled the Reach in those days, and though men were free, the people were scattered and warred amongst themselves. The augurs foresaw the boy's destiny: a warrior without peer, first and foremost Lord of the Reach, chosen to unite all under his name.
Faolan grew in years and strength, and it seemed the prophecy would be fulfilled. The banner of the Red Eagle was raised along the cliffs of the Reach, and his people prospered.
Then came Hestra, Empress of the South, riding to war. One by one, the kings stood before her. One by one, they fell aside, bending knee in Imperial bargains or slaughtered on the battlefield.
Her legions came at last to the Sundered Hills, and envoys were sent to bargain for their surrender. Faolan refused to yield the freedom of his people, but the elders were afraid, cast him out, and accepted the Imperial yoke.
Thus was stolen by the foreign invaders: his land, his people, his very name. In the years that followed, Red Eagle became known as the untamed spirit of the Reach, unbowed, unbroken, stained by the blood of his foes.
He gathered loyal Reachmen to himself, those who clung to the old ways, who yearned for freedom, and forged a new nation. Together, they fell upon the occupiers and the traitors by night, disappearing into the cliffs and caves each morn, evading capture. It was not enough. For every Imperial patrol and garrison they wiped out, yet more seemed to march from the green south to replace them.
One night, under a cloud-choked sky, the men of the Red Eagle warmed themselves over damp fires of smoldering moss. A huddled, shambling figure came to them, cloaked in rags, face cowled. Though his men mocked and cast stones at the stranger, Faolan sensed something, and beckoned. The cowl was thrown back in the dim light, and she revealed herself to be one the ancient and venerable Hagravens. She offered power, for a price, and a pact was made.
Thus was brokered to the witch: his heart, his will, his humanity. From that day forth, his was a spirit of vengeance, pitiless and beyond remorse. The rebels grew in strength and numbers, and none could stand against them. Faolan's eyes burned coldly in those days, black opals reflecting a mind not entirely his own. Two years passed, and the foreigners were all but driven from the Reach.
Such peace could not last, however, and a great host fell upon them, a swift army of invaders unlike any before. For a fortnight, Hestra's generals laid siege to Red Eagle's stronghold, till he himself came forth for battle, alone and robed in nothing but his righteous fury. A thousand foreigners fell before his flaming sword, and the enemy was routed. Yet, when night fell, so too did he. The warriors who came to him said Faolan's eyes were clear again on that final night.
He was taken to the place prepared for him, a tomb hidden deep within the rock, a redoubt amongst the cliffs near where the rivers split and rejoin. With his remaining strength he presented his sword to his people, and swore an oath: Fight on, and when at last the Reach is free, his blade should be returned, that he might rise and lead them again.
Thus was given for his people: his life, his dream, his sword. But when every debt is repaid in blood, these he shall reclaim once more.