|Quest Giver||Boethiah's Cultist|
or read Boethiah's Proving
|Location||Sacellum of Boethiah|
Upon reaching level 30, Boethiah's Proving will begin spawning in various locations. Once read, Boethiah's Calling will start. Alternatively, if a Boethiah follower is killed, there will be a print of Boethiah's Proving on the corpse. Another way to start the quest is to go straight to the shrine, bypassing the first objective of finding the shrine.
- Find the Shrine of Boethiah.
- Find the cult of Boethiah.
- Lead someone to become trapped by the shrine and slay them, or kill all the cultists.
- Speak to Boethiah's Conduit.
- Slay the other cultists, or lead someone to become trapped by the shrine and slay them.
- Speak to Boethiah's Conduit.
- Slay everyone at Knifepoint Ridge stealthily.
- Retrieve and equip the Ebony Mail.
- Septimus Signus's Outpost on the bookshelf (the location of Discerning the Transmundane).
- Found on hostile Boethiah Cultists during random encounters.
- Abandoned House in Markarth, on the floor under the bookshelf in the second room next to the door leading down the stairs.
- Found in Hob's Fall Cave.
- Sold by Urag gro-Shub at The College of Winterhold.
After finding the book, reading it will activate the quest, and the location will appear on the map. The Dragonborn will then need to travel to the Sacellum of Boethiah.
After finding the Sacellum, one of Boethiah's followers (usually the priestess) will speak to the Dragonborn, asking to lead someone to sacrifice. At this time, the Blade of Sacrifice will be given to the Dragonborn. Any follower can be taken to the Pillar of Sacrifice to be killed except for essential characters, any initiates from any guilds [excluding the Dark Brotherhood, as their initiates are invincible] (Thieves Guild, Companions, College of Winterhold, Dawnguard, Vampires), or any of the dog companions (Trolls, if you own the Dawnguard expansion pack, do not work). The Dragonborn should bring the chosen victim to the Pillar and tell him or her to use it. The victim will become stuck to the pillar, allowing the Dragonborn to perform a sacrifice. The Blade of Sacrifice can be used, but any other weapon or means of attack will suffice.
Alternatively, one may kill all of the cultists. This will also cause Boethiah to appear, though with slightly different dialogue. If this option is taken, she still tells you to bring a thrall to the altar for sacrifice. If you go to Knifepoint Ridge without making a sacrifice, the lower portion of the mine will still be caved in. (So either way, someone has to be sacrificed to complete the mission)
Boethiah will use the sacrificed body as a conduit. The body will stand up after death and speak in Boethiah's voice. After listening to and following him downstairs (along with the rest of the cultists), the Dragonborn will be forced to fight each and every one of Boethiah's followers. However, they will also fight amongst each other, so waiting for them to kill each other and finishing the rest can reduce the difficulty of the fight; Otherwise, Boethiah's cultists are fairly difficult. After defeating them, Boethiah will use the last killed person as a conduit, saying she is bored of her current champion, who now runs his own gang at Knifepoint Ridge. He orders the Dragonborn to kill them all silently, without giving the current champion time to defend himself (it does not matter whether the Dragonborn does this silently or not).
Tips for killing the gang silently:
- Use a bow to kill at long range.
- Jump off the walkways and land behind them for a fast kill (easiest with the Assassin's Blade perk).
- Invisibility and Muffle can be used to approach the gang members while being hidden. Note that enemies will be alarmed if Invisibility is cast near them without the Quiet Casting perk.
- To defeat Boethiah's champion without being noticed, the Dragonborn can climb the boxes behind his house and fall through the hole in the roof.
The Champion of Boethiah is wearing Ebony Mail, a unique cuirass that excretes poison. The poison effect does not begin until the champion notices the Dragonborn. Once he is defeated, the Ebony Mail can be looted from his body and equipped. Boethiah will speak to the Dragonborn (as an indirect objective voice; the Dragonborn will not need to return to her Shrine for this to occur) one final time, and the quest will end.
There are some alternatives to being forced to sacrifice a companion:
setstage da02 15in the console will advance the quest without requiring any follower's death.
setstage da02 20
- If a sacrificed companion is resurrected via the console, Boethiah will take over the body briefly to talk to the Dragonborn. Once Boethiah has vacated the body, the companion can be resurrected successfully, but talking to them will simply restart the conversation with Boethiah. Once the quest has been completed, the companion should be alive, normal, and waiting at their home or recruitment point. This does not work with any Housecarls.
- The spiral of Daedric script around the Pillar of Sacrifice is mirrored, but reads from edge to center: "I am alive because that one is dead I exist because I have the will to do so," as quoted in the book Boethiah's Proving.
- An easy way to find Boethiah's cultists is to wander around far away from cities.
- Sacrifing a follower counts as murder, so a 1000 bounty will be added to the hold where the follower originates from, but killing all the cultists may clear the bounty.
- Many followers can be used as sacrifices, but essential NPCs won't be able to become sacrifices
This section contains bugs related to Boethiah's Calling. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
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