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A Scroll For Anska is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This quest is given to the Dragonborn by Anska, who is located in High Gate Ruins.


Upon entering High Gate Ruins the Dragonborn will encounter Anska. She states that she has been searching for the tomb of dragon priest Vokun for a few years and believes that the scroll, which links her bloodline back to Ysgramor himself, is located in the ruins. She will then request the Dragonborn to retrieve her scroll.

If Anska dies, even if the quest has been completed, another entry will be added.

Quick walkthroughEdit

  • Meet and talk to Anska in High Gate Ruins, and agree to help her.
  • Protect Anska while fighting through the ruins.
  • Defeat Vokun.
  • Retrieve Anska's scroll.

Detailed walkthroughEdit

High Gate Ruins (Interior)Edit

After accepting the quest, Anska will begin to follow the Dragonborn. She mostly relies on her spells, so she will tend to keep her distance from enemies throughout the ruin. The ruin is mostly inhabited by Draugr, and almost all of them are leveled.

Puzzle solution: Look up and to the south. Note the sequence of Hawk, Whale, Fox, Snake. The northern ceiling has the same sequence, but the third carving has fallen to the ground. Now match up the pedestals (which also contain a specific animal carving), and activate the lever of the Hawk, Whale, Fox, and Snake pedestals to match the ceiling order. There are two Hawk pedestals; it doesn't matter which one is activated first. If the puzzle is solved successfully, the grating swings open. Descend the spiral stairs, and enter the door to High Gate Ruins Catacombs.

High Gate Ruins CatacombsEdit

There are more traps (and leveled Draugr) as progress into the ruins is made, so beware of pressure plates and trip-wires. Head through the altar room, then down the long hallway to a second altar room, where three levers must be activated.

Puzzle solution: Pull the lever in the center of the room. The next is in the right alcove. Fight the Draugr guarding it, activate the lever, and face a second foe in the left alcove before activating the lever behind it.

The second lever opens the portcullis allowing entry into Vokun's Throne Room. Upon entering, the dragon priest Vokun will awaken, and it will be necessary to defeat him. Utilizing the columns in the room to avoid his attacks will be helpful. After defeating Vokun, it will be possible to acquire his mask. The mask must be picked up there, otherwise it will become impossible to fill the dragon priest shrine at Labyrinthian. Go behind his coffin to find a room containing the Sealed Scroll for Anska on the table and a word wall, containing a word for the Storm Call shout.

Exit the chamber via the north door at the end of the narrow corridor to end up in High Gate Ruins (Interior). Locate Anska, and hand the scroll to her. She is most grateful and provides a reward of a Conjure Flaming Familiar spell tome, completing the quest.


A Scroll For Anska – dunHighGateRuinsQST
IDJournal Entry
10Find Anska's scroll and return it to her for a reward.
  • Objective: Find And Return Anska's Scroll To Her
20Help Anska retrieve the scroll from High Gate Ruins.
  • Objective: Help Anska Retrieve Her Scroll
90I have the scroll, I should return it to Anska for my reward.
  • Objective: Return The Scroll To Anska
100High Gate Ruins is clear and Anska has rewarded me with a powerful new fire spell.
  • Quest complete
150I have failed to protect Anska, now I'll never know what her scroll was for.
  • Quest failed


  • To avoid Anska being killed by high-level enemies, don't accept the quest right away. Go through the tomb and kill everyone. After reaching the throne room and killing Vokun, she will appear. Pick up the scroll off the table to start the quest. Then simply turn around and hand her the scroll to complete the quest.
  • Anska, because of her eagerness to reach the scroll, is extremely "pushy." If following behind, she will frequently nudge the Dragonborn forward, possibly triggering traps.
  • Pick up the scroll before going anywhere near the dragon shout. The process of learning the dragon shout may blow the scroll to an unreachable location (see Bugs).
  • After the quest is completed, if Anska is asked what the scroll says, she will say it's encrypted and that it will take time to read it. Her dialog will never change. She can be killed, but the scroll will disappear.
  • In Vokun's Throne Room, there are snake symbols on the walls of the chamber, as if there is a puzzle nearby to solve. However, this isn't the case, so why the symbols are there is unknown.


This section contains bugs related to A Scroll For Anska. 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  , 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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