|Location||West of the Shrine to Peryite|
Lower District Arcanex
|Quests||The Only Cure|
Although Dwemer in origin and still harboring its original inhabitants' Automaton guardians, the site now primarily serves as the sanctum to Peryite's Afflicted and their leader, Orchendor. The exterior appears much like any other Dwemer Ruin in Skyrim and is guarded by a light contingent of the Afflicted.
The exterior buildings cascade down towards a recessed rock face, where the entrance to the ruins' interior can be found. There are two levers near the entrance. The lever by the stairs activates a trap and the lever by the door lowers the bars which block the entrance. Until the quest The Only Cure has begun, the entrance is covered by an impenetrable plant growth and cannot be accessed. To remove the plant growth and access Bthardamz The Only Cure must be started at the Shrine to Peryite.
The Bthardamz Interior is a winding collection of districts and small connecting areas. There are three major districts, the Upper and Lower Districts and the main Arcanex. Three much smaller areas serve as thoroughfares or small alcoves, the Workshop, Dwelling and Study.
Bthardamz Upper DistrictEdit
This is perhaps the largest section of Bthardamz and appears to function as the living quarters for Peryite's Afflicted. Upon entering, one will notice Dwemer pots that have been filled with a curious green liquid, not unlike the vomit that spews forth from the Afflicted themselves. The district has a heavy population of Afflicted Mages, fighters, and Archers that patrol the ruins. There are several chests scattered throughout the district that may contain a few nice enchanted items, but approach with care as one may set loose a few leveled Dwarven Spheres or spiders. The district is separated into two distinct areas and is bisected by the Bthardamz Workshop.
The first area of the Upper District is quite straightforward. There's a chest on one of the tables in the first room. When arriving to the first intersection, there's a novice-level gate to the right and a door to the left. The door leads to sleeping quarters of the Afflicted. The couple of Afflicted residing in these can be bypassed by going through the locked gate, or if the player has a high sneak skill, he/she can assassinate them, quitely. The next room to the right holds more Dwemer pots, an apprentice-level gate and a chest with loot behind this. Further on, the hallway descends and finally opens up to a large hall. Entering the room, one of the first large chambers, one can overhear a prayer circle of three Afflicted calling out to their patron Peryite. They give thanks that their leader Orchendor who has led them there and shown them that their suffering is not a punishment, but a blessing. They plead for guidance and to be given a sign, pledging to devote their lives and to suffer until such a time.
The next large hall contains four Afflicted, some of which are patrolling. Proceed to the lever on the upper level to the right and take note of the chest on the same level. Near the bottom of the ramp going up to the next room is a gold ore vein,(to the right). The next room is more cavern-like. Another chest can be found attached to a wall by taking a small detour and following the stairs to the bottom of the room. After exiting the next door, there is another intersection. The next room forward is a dead end and holds a couple of Dwarven Spheres and a wall chest. The Spheres will appear when the chest is approached. To the right of the intersection there's another Afflicted and a swinging blade trap which is activated by the pressure plate in front of it. Yet again, the hallway descends and opens up to another larger room. Kill three more Afflicted and enter the Bthardamz Workshop.
The Workshop is a fairly small section of the ruins and could possibly serve as a refining and distribution area for the green liquid found throughout the ruin. A couple of Afflicted reside in the first set of rooms which seem to serve as resting quarters. In the next room, three Dwarven Spiders will drop down from the nearby pipes when approached. There's a chest and another hidden Spider around the corner behind the pipes. The nearby stairway leads to a balcony in the Upper District with a chest and a good vantage point from which to fire from into the second half of the district's as yet unexplored section. There's another chest on the balcony. An afflicted messenger can be overheard awakening a mage with a message from Orchendor. Orchendor has sent word that more barrels of "Ichor" are to be sent to him in the Arcenex. Returning to the workshop and exiting the second, ground level, door will open into the second Upper District section.
Bthardamz Upper District revisitedEdit
Next is the area viewed from the balcony. The doorway leading to the Dwelling is to the right and more Afflicted to the left. Before the stairs, to the left is a chest as the walls narrow to a dead end. Going straight up the first two stairways and to the left, there's a second chest tucked next to a balcony-type platform. Staying at this height in the chamber, follow the level around past the final set of stairs and behind the platform pillar, jump across to the rooftops to find the third chest. The route should now be followed up the final set of stairs and the following ramps which lead to the door to the Lower District.
A gold ore vein is situated in the upper levels, near the platform pillar which leads to the Lower District. Search the rocky area next to the tower to find this.
- NOTE: There is another way to the third chest described above. When entering the labeled door, start jumping up the rocks to the right, which leads to the 'rooftops', and the third chest. From this vantage point, one can safely sneak attack the Afflicted, and also reach the upper level of the room, right near the gold ore vein.
The dwelling can be reached through the second section of the Upper District. Upon entering, the player might be able to overhear a curious speech of one of the Afflicted. Take a moment to listen. The Dwelling consists of a single room with two afflicted, a chest and an apprentice locked gate with a speech skillbook Biography of the Wolf Queen and another chest. Leaving the Dwelling and following the stairway up will lead to the Lower District entrance.
Bthardamz Lower DistrictEdit
After the hallway with a few suddedly-appearing Dwarven Spiders, the Lower District opens up into an amphitheater with an Afflicted mage performing for his compatriots. His debut satire can be turned to tragedy with a simple flip of the lever, thereby releasing a troupe of dancing dwarven blades. Take an advantage of the height to take out the remaining Afflicted and go for the very visible chest in the centre. The District commons are heavily patrolled by Afflicted as well as a few Dwemer automatons. Again, the Lower District is divided into two distinct areas by the Bthardamz Study.
The next point of interest is the large cavern with a river. Numerous Afflicted will be patrolling the bridges which crisscross over the river. Again, a great spot for a sneaky archer. There's a small chest and a skeleton which can be found by jumping up the rocks near the waterfall. Watch out for a couple of suddenly appearing Dwarven Spheres on the walkway around the waterfall. The yellow glowing bulbs growing on the plants will explode when struck by arrow, to no other effect.
Another number of Afflicted can be found patrolling near the stairway which leads upwards. The pressure plate and the lever near the doorway activate a nasty trap of swinging blades. To the right, there's another room with a chest against one of the walls. In the same area, following the hallway to the right and before another stairway is a Gold Ore Vein. Take out the Spiders in the upper level before mining and going up to the Study.
Bthardamz Study and Lower District upper levelsEdit
The study is a very hallway-like area with a few enemies, Chests and little else. With a sneaky character, it is actually possible to sneak through the Study without alerting a single enemy. Exiting the other side will lead to the upper tiers of the Lower District.
Traversing the catwalks one will encounter more Afflicted. Behind a gate at a dead end is a chest. Along the back side of a rotunda are three more mages sitting... perhaps scrying the Ichor on the tables in front of them. Continue along the catwalk to the entrance to the Arcanex.
The Arcanex serves as the inner chambers and stronghold for the Afflicted Priest of Peryite, Orchendor. He is guarded by a formidable force of Dwemer Automatons, ranging from spiders to the ever-imposing Dwarven Centurion.
Upon entering, view a cavern-like room with a few Dwarven Spiders and Spheres patrolling the bottom. The catwalk leads to the higher levels. Before going up the set of stairways, take a quick left to empty a nearby chest.
Near the top of the chambers, where the Centurion patrols, a Quicksilver Ore Vein can be found. Orchendor is in a large chamber past the Centurion. He is a highly skilled mage who deals considerable Destruction damage. In addition, Orchendor is completely immune to fire, frost, and shock spells, as well as absorption effects; physical weapons are recommended. He is capable of teleporting and will often do so onto the upper tiers of the room, thus raining down fire and frost. Once he is defeated, the key to the Bthardamz Elevator can be looted from his corpse to exit.
- Outside the main entrance there are two unlocked chests containing random leveled loot.
- For a Dwemer Ruin, Bthardamz contains practically no dwarven scrap metal, save what can be found in chests and on steam animunculi. To offset this, however, Bthardamz contains many chests, and the Afflicted found here are known to have upwards of 100 Septims on their person.
- Bthardamz Upper District
- 2 Gold Ore Vein - one is just past the Bthardamz Dwelling, up a flight of stirs and to the right. The other is on the left, down one of the hallways.
- Bthardamz Workshop
- Afflicted's Note - just after entering, there are a few rooms. The note can be found inside the first door on the left.
- Bthardamz Dwelling
- Biography of the Wolf Queen - behind a locked gate, on a stone desk.
- Bthardamz Lower District
- 1 Gold Ore Vein - Down the bricked walkway, out in the open.
- Bthardamz Arcanex
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