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Dragonsreach MapLocation
Hold Whiterun Hold
Type Keep
Characters Jarl Balgruuf the Greater
Location ID See IDs
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"Dragonsreach earned its name when the ancient Nord hero Olaf One-Eye imprisoned his foe, the great dragon Numinex, within the palace."
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Dragonsreach is a location in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

It was constructed in the ornate wooden style of the great Nord longhouses of ancient days. Visually and politically, it is very much the focal point of the entire city itself and perhaps even Skyrim as a whole. As is true of the keeps in other cities, Dragonsreach serves many important functions. 

BackgroundEdit

As the seat of government in Whiterun, Jarl Balgruuf the Greater resides here as its ruler. Dragonsreach is situated in the "Cloud District" of Whiterun and, as the name suggests, it is elevated from the rest of the city. According to the Jarl's steward, Proventus Avenicci, the building gained its name after a battle with a dragon that left the victorious party as "rulers of the clouds".

HistoryEdit

According to legend, the palace today known as 'Dragonsreach' was originally a smaller building. However, with the intent of creating a prison for the dragon Numinex after its defeat at the hands of Olaf One-Eye, the people of Whiterun added a stone prison to the keep and renamed it Dragonsreach. Though accounts vary on Olaf's position, the dragon's disposition, and the manner in which the dragon was captured, there seems to be little doubt about the history and purpose of the building.[1]

CharactersEdit

The following arrive if the Stormcloaks take over Whiterun:

InteriorEdit

TESV Banner Whiterun

The banner of Whiterun.

The Great HallEdit

The great hall is the main chamber of the keep and is where the Jarl holds court on his throne beyond the long tables and central fire pit. Check the shelves to the sides for all manner of books. There are balconies on the upper floor, accessed via the War Room, from which you can peer down. The head of Numinex adorns the great hall above the Jarl's throne. If you tell Lydia that you no longer require her services then she will return here and be sitting at one of the two large tables.

KitchensEdit

Two large tables and an even bigger fireplace are where the Jarl’s servants prepare the feasts of the long table.

Servant's Bedroom and Storage (Lower)Edit

A rough-hewn, rock-walled chamber where the servant sleeps. There is a storage room behind the door.

Farengar's QuartersEdit

In this laboratory, the Court Wizard Farengar mixes concoctions and conducts research into the mysteries of the dragons’ return. His bedroom and a small library are behind his main study. An Alchemy Lab and an Arcane Enchanter are available in here.

War RoomEdit

This is where the Jarl and his advisors discuss matters of state, poring over the Civil War map near the book-lined shelves. When needed, an Imperial Legate also plans from this location.

Great PorchEdit

Exit onto the Great Porch if you want an impressive view to the north. According to legend, the dragon Numinex was trapped here.

Jarl's QuartersEdit

This is the private quarters of the Jarl, and entering here without invitation results in you being removed, facing a fine, or worse. However, an Unusual Gem can be found here that pertains to Side Quest: No Stone Unturned. The book Lost Legends is on a bookshelf in one of he side rooms off the dining room - this grants the Forbidden Legend main quest. In the same room on the table is the book Before the Ages of Man - when read, this improves Illusion.

Proventus Avenicci's ChambersEdit

Note the display case; it usually has something valuable inside.

Servant's QuartersEdit

Fianna and Gerda usually rest here, in the tiny alcove bedrooms off the main food storage and wine vat area.

Children's BedroomEdit

The Jarl’s three children, Nelkir, Dagny, and Frothar, sleep here.

Hrongar's BedroomEdit

The Jarl’s brother, Hrongar sleeps here. The study desk has shelves with books on them.

Jarl's BedchamberEdit

There are three connected chambers here: a dining area, bedroom, and book-filled study.

Notable itemsEdit

QuestsEdit

FacilitiesEdit

Dragonsreach houses a cooking pot, used for creating health and stamina recovery foods. As with most places in the game, after missions are completed that help the occupants, most of the food, cutlery, and books in Dragonsreach can be taken freely without worry of stealing.

Dragonsreach's Wizard, Farengar Secret-Fire, has an Alchemy Lab and Arcane Enchanter available for constant use with creating potions and enchanting items. Farengar sells all manner of valuable Spell Tomes and Mage Robes.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Dragonsreach's design resembles and possibly comes from the design of Norse Stave Churches. These buildings had timber and beam structures and repeated the staves up to a raised roof. It is possible this is where the design came from.
  • Beneath the bridge leading to the front doors of Dragonsreach, there is a skeleton underneath, containing a few gold that respawns after a few days. The story of this skeleton is unknown. This skeleton can be manipulated through necromantic spells.
  • The shadow scheme of the Great Hall is a curiosity, as the fire pit casts no shadows at all while in the entrance area, upon entering the building, shadows are cast with no apparent light source.
  • In the Jarl's Quarters there is an Elven Sword that can be taken from inside a master-locked display case as early as level one.
  • Dragonsreach's design resembles also Meduseld, the great hall on top of the hill of Edoras in The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers. Expanding on this, the hall was said to be 'thatched with gold', and Dragonsreach's roof shows much golden colouring. Also, Whiterun and Rohan share a similar emblem: a horse.

BugsEdit

This section contains bugs related to Dragonsreach. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Confirm all bugs with other editors on the talk page before adding them below.
  2. Always try reloading an old save first, before asking for assistance.
  3. Do not discuss possible bug fixes or origins. Leave those and all other first-person-anecdotes on the talk page, not the article.
  4. Always add  360  ,  PS3  , and  PC   to clarify which system the bug appears on.
  • It is possible that after using the door, the player cannot leave. It's recommended that the game is saved before entering.
  • It is possible the Dragonborn may be attacked after becoming Thane.
  • Solution: Commit another crime and pay off the bounty.
  • Sometimes when The Dragonborn enters Dragonsreach, all NPCs become hostile for no reason.
  • Solution: Commit a crime and pay it off or wait for 24 hours.
  • Shooting arrows at the steps in front of the Jarl's throne causes them disappear to through him.
  • When you enter Jarl's Quarters  head up the stairs, The Player and NPC's become invisible.
  • Sometimes fast traveling to Dragonsreach will spawn you underneath the floor in the pool underneath the bridge. It is not clear if it is only on PC or if it is the same as it's console counterpart that causes it.                
  • Solution: Swim up through the floor to escape.
  • Vampire Lords can use Vampiric Grip to throw NPC's off of the Great Porch. This effectively removes essential NPC's from the game, as they cannot return or be retrieved.
  • When exiting from the Enchanting interface in Farengar's quarters, the menu might disappear without returning control to the player. Pausing and unpausing should solve it.

AppearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

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