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Not to be confused with Seeking Your Roots.
A Return To Your Roots is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

This quest is started in Blackreach by collecting a crimson nirnroot.

WalkthroughEdit

The Dragonborn must find Sinderion's Field Journal, which instructs them to find thirty crimson nirnroots.

Crimson nirnroots, unlike normal nirnroots, are found only in Blackreach. Crimson nirnroots still make the sound of chimes when they are nearby and have a white/yellow glow emanating from them. Going into audio settings and turning the music down will make the chime sound easier to hear.

When thirty are found, the Dragonborn can bring them to Avrusa Sarethi, located to the southwest of Rift Watchtower, at the Sarethi Farm.

The Dragonborn is rewarded with the The Nirnoot Missive book and the Sinderion's Serendipity active effect.

JournalEdit

A Return To Your Roots – NN01
IDJournal Entry
15I've discovered an unusual ingredient called Crimson Nirnroot.
  • Objective: Discover the significance of Crimson Nirnroot
20I've discovered the remains of Sinderion, an alchemist from Skingrad in Cyrodiil. He was exploring Blackreach in search of the Crimson Nirnroot, and appeared to be on the brink of an amazing discovery.
  • Objective: Collect Crimson Nirnroot in Blackreach
  • Objective: Bring 30 Crimson Nirnroot to Avrusa Sarethi
200I have brought my Crimson Nirnroot to Avrusa Sarethi, a former student of Sinderion. She was overjoyed that I was able to complete Sinderion's field work and pledged to continue his research in his memory.
  • Quest complete

TriviaEdit

  • The name of the quest, "A Return to Your Roots," is a reference to the Oblivion quest, Seeking Your Roots. Both quests involve Nirnroots and Sinderion.
  • Clairvoyance can be used to locate crimson nirnroot while the quest is active.
  • There are at least forty-four crimson nirnroots in Blackreach, so it is not necessary to find them all.
  • While they can be found anywhere on land, Crimson nirnoots are still found more commonly near water. One is in the central pool of the Derelict Pumphouse, while another is found far from water, high up where the frost trolls live.
  • Crimson nirnroots will respawn after ten days. Harvesting them will still count towards the quest.
  • Crimson nirnroot cannot be grown in a garden or greenhouse.HF

BugsEdit

This section contains bugs related to A Return To Your Roots. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
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  • The quest tracker may not tally all collected nirnroots properly. This occurs because only one is initially needed, but if more are collected before seeing Avrusa, the others are counted as quest items also.
    • The above bug can help the Dragonborn receive the Hero of the People Achievement, which is to complete fifty Miscellaneous quests, by storing and retrieving the quest-item nirnroots from a chest repeatedly.
  • Collecting crimson nirnroots after beginning Avrusa Sarethi's quest may cause the journal's counter to subtract, instead of add, acquired plants.
  • The quest may not reduce the Dragonborn's crimson nirnroot count if any are eaten or used in alchemy. Once the count reaches thirty, it will direct them to Avrusa Sarethi, but she will not accept the nirnroots unless the Dragonborn actually has thirty of them in their inventory.
  •  360   Similarly, if the Dragonborn has more than two Crimson Nirnroots and put two or more of them in some sort of container, their number of nirnroots, according to the journal, will have decreased by one instead of having decreased by the number actually stored. Each nirnroot can then individually, or all at once, be taken out of the container, and the journal will act as though they have gained more Crimson Nirnroots than they actually have. (For example, if the player has twenty Crimson Nirnroots and puts all of them in a chest, the journal will say there are nineteen Crimson Nirnroots left. If one Crimson Nirnroot is taken out of the chest, the journal will say the player has twenty. If another is taken out of the chest, it will say the player has twenty one, despite now only having two in the player's inventory.) This can be continued until the journal says that they have collected a total of thirty Crimson Nirnroots, and then directs the Draonborn to Sarethi. Sarethi will not accept the Crimson Nirnroots until there is actually thirty in the Dragonborn's inventory.
  • Any crimson nirnroots collected before finding Sinderion's Journal may not be counted by the quest tracker. Dropping uncounted nirnroots one by one will reduce the quest counter, and picking them up will increase it. To fix this, put all uncounted nirnroots in a container at once as a single stack, then withdraw them individually.
  •  360   PS3   If the Dragonborn collects more than thirty crimson nirnroots and deposits the extras in a container or eats them before visiting Avrusa Sarethi, the quest may say "Collect Crimson Nirnroot in Blackreach 30/30", indicating that there are in fact thirty crimson nirnroots in the inventory, but the prompt to see Avrusa Sarethi (and the map marker) is absent. Taking another crimson nirnroot from the container should fix the problem.
  • Speaking to Avrusa about Sinderion's dead body before showing her the nirnroot may prevent her from engaging in further conversation with the Dragonborn, rendering the quest not completable. (Fixed on PS3, tested).
  •  360   PS3   When crimson nirnroots are stored in containers or dropped, the game may subtract more or less from the quest counter than were actually lost. Picking them up individually fixes this issue. 
Crimson nirnroot bug

An example of a previously stated bug

  •  360   PS3   Sometimes, the quest counter will say that thirty Crimson Ninroots have been collected when the actual count is lower, and the quest will become non-completable. The only way to resolve this is to reload an earlier save.

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  • A return to your roots

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    • My favourite quest where I usually pick up over 40 nirnroots :D Anyways, there are a lot around the Tower of Mzark (was that the name of it),...
    • I was able to find 40 of them, not sure if all, but yeah...