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Ancient Technology is a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.

WalkthroughEdit

To start this quest, "A New Order" must have been completed. Speak to Sorine Jurard to begin the quest and she will explain that she has located a schematic that can provide a new upgrade or ammunition type for the crossbow. She asks the Dragonborn to retrieve it from a radiant location, typically a Dwemer Ruin or bandit stronghold. The chosen location can also be a part of another DLC.

The schematic is always located inside the boss level chest at the radiant location, sometimes guarded by a boss level enemy, such as a bandit chief. A Dwarven haul note alongside various pieces of Dwemer metal may also be in the chest.

Once the schematic has been obtained, deliver it to Sorine in return for a leveled piece of enchanted armor or weapon. She will also teach the Dragonborn how to craft the item in question, provided the corresponding Smithing perk has been unlocked. This quest will repeat six times, and each instance will grant a single upgrade or ammunition type.

However, It is possible to find a schematic and associated goods in a chest randomly before speaking to Sorine Jurard to officially begin the quest ("A New Order" needs to have been completed before this may occur). If this happens, the quest will begin when the schematic is obtained, indicating that the Dragonborn should return to Sorine Jurard.

SchematicsEdit

Enhanced Crossbow SchematicsEdit

Obtain first enhanced crossbow schematic from a radiant location. Possible locations include:

Dwemer Exploding Fire Bolt SchematicsEdit

Obtain Dwemer exploding fire bolt schematic from a radiant location. Possible locations include:

Dwemer Exploding Ice Bolt SchematicsEdit

Obtain Dwemer exploding ice bolt schematic from a radiant location. Possible locations include:

Dwemer Exploding Shock Bolt SchematicsEdit

Obtain Dwemer exploding shock bolt schematic from a radiant location. Possible locations include:

Dwarven Crossbow SchematicsEdit

Obtain a Dwarven crossbow schematic from a radiant location. Possible locations include:

Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow SchematicsEdit

Obtain a enhanced Dwarven crossbow schematic from a radiant location. Possible locations include:

JournalEdit

Journal Entry
Sorine Jurard has sent me to retrieve the <item> schematics from <radiant location>. Sorine will be able to use it to master new technology to provide to the Dawnguard members.
  • Objective: Retrieve the <item> schematics from <radiant location>
  • Objective: Return to Sorine Jurard
Sorine Jurard sent me to retrieve the <item> schematics from <radiant location>. Sorine will be able to use it to master new technology to provide to the Dawnguard members.
  • Quest complete

BugsEdit

This section contains bugs related to Ancient Technology. 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 last quest item can spawn inside Hroldufs House, and the quest marker will appear out of the map.
  •  PC   360   The quest marker will point towards Stony Creek Cave instead of Kagrenzel. Even inside Kagrenzel, the quest marker will point outside. Entering Stony Creek Cave from the Kagrenzel side and then returning to Kagrenzel will correct the quest marker.
  •  360   The schematic may appear in a chest in a chamber just off of the main path inside Stony Creek Cave, not in the Falmer chest at the end (or beginning) of Kagrenzel. This may be a result of entering Kagrenzel by using Whirlwind Sprint to go past the waterfall in Stony Creek, finding the Falmer chest empty and then returning to Stony Creek.
  •  360   Since the quest can point anywhere it may also point in the direction of the quest location Mzinchaleft instead and point to a chest next to the stairway in the last room, which is confusing as there is no way to open the door that can be seen inside the room.
  • The item may spawn in the Mzinchaleft Gatehouse in a chest that the Dragonborn cannot get to unless they send a follower to retrieve the items in the chest.
  •  PC   360   Sometimes the "What can I do to help?" option may disappear from Sorine Jurard's dialogue tree, making it impossible to obtain the quest. This can happen even after the first part of the quest has been completed.
  •  360   PS3   PS4   If all six Ancient Technology quests are completed before finishing the main Dawnguard questline, when obtaining side quests from Sorine, Florentius or Gunmar, a permanent, impossible objective may appear telling the Dragonborn to aid Sorine.
  •  360   While searching for schematics in Broken Oar Grotto, Serana may be completely unable to leave the grotto once she entered. As she insists on accompanying the Dragonborn and will not obey dialogue options to wait or part ways, this makes the remaining main quest line impossible to complete once she enters the grotto.
  •  PC   The quest marker inside Nchuand-Zel will point towards the Nchuand-Zel Armory, but once inside it will point back out to Nchuand-Zel. Once outside it will point back in again. Entering and exiting the armory does not fix this.
    • Solution: follow the same path followed in the quest "The Lost Expedition."
    • Solution: enter and exit Nchuand-Zel completely several times.
  •  360   After completing the final quest, all members of the Dawnguard present in Fort Dawnguard may become hostile (except for Dexion Evicus, armored trolls, and dogs).
    • Solution: return to a save prior to the acquisition of the final schematic, the Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow.
  •  360   Sometimes, when doing the Explosive Steel Ice Bolt and/or Enhanced Dwarven Crossbow schematic quests, it may freeze on the loading screen and sound may stop seconds later.
    • Solution: Load a previous save or autosave, or restart the console.


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