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Fahlbtharz
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Fahlbtharz Map
Location Northeast of the Water Stone
Type Dwemer Ruin
Sublocations Fahlbtharz Boilery
Fahlbtharz Corridor
Enemies Albino Spider
Oil Spider
Dwarven Spider
Dwarven Sphere
Dwarven Ballista
Dwarven Centurion
Riekling
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Fahlbtharz is a Dwemer ruin located in the mountainous northern region of the island of Solstheim. It is one of three Dwemer ruins located on the island.

It should be noted that Riekling Huts will not respawn their loot when the area is revisited. The ruins contain a tonal lock, which is a rotating blue anemometer like group of switches which must to be respectively toggled and struck in order for the latter parts of the level to be accessible. The tonal locks must be activated by shooting them with an arrow or casting a spell on them in order for the doors to open.

WalkthroughEdit

Follow the path until reaching a room with a Dwarven Sphere  and 10 buttons in 2 rows of 5

Here are the effects of the buttons labeled from 1-10 

  1. Opens/Closes door entered from
  2. Releases a Dwarven Spider
  3. Activates spinning blades near exit
  4. Releases a Dwarven Spider Guardian
  5. Releases a Dwarven Spider
  6. Sets off left flame trap above buttons
  7. Opens door opposite buttons containing a chest and a Solid Dwemer Metal
  8. Activates spinning blades opposite buttons
  9. Opens door for the exit
  10. Unknown (Possibly supposed to set off right flame trap above buttons)

Next follow the path until reaching a room with giant gears spinning on the bottom. Walk to the end of the right side of the platform, and jump onto the gears. Watch out for the spiders that emerge out of the center of some of the gears. There is a small pathway against the wall or walk along the gears until the Dragonborn reaches the Boiler Room.

Room of gears and Fahlbtharz Boilery PuzzleEdit

Going to the right will bring the Dragonborn to a small room, with two doors and multiple buttons. Behind the first door is a chest on the wall, and some scrap metal. To open the other door press the second button from the right on the bottom row. Now, if going straight and staying on the gears, the Dragonborn can get to the other side of the room. Passing through the gear mechanisms and going up the stairs leads to the body of a Nord adventurer named Eydis. Her journal explains she and her Dunmer companion, Ulyn, are searching for the Visage of Mzund. Enter the Fahlbtharz boilery and go to the top floor of that room where one will find Ulyn's body and his journal that explains the boiler mechanism. There are six valves that must be shot, and each fills a different amount of lights in the center. One must shoot the correct valves to equal twenty lights. If they trigger any more, the lights on the boiler mechanism turn orange and Dwemer automatons will come out and attack. 

Here are the number of lights lit by each valve:

  • Far left = 3
  • Middle Left = 4
  • Left closest to center = 6
  • Right closest to center = 9
  • Middle Right = 13
  • Far right = 18

Use a bow and arrow and shoot the valves. While there are multiple possible combinations, the one that requires the least amount of arrows is: the far left, middle left, and middle right. One may also use a Destruction spell such as Incinerate or Icy Spear to shoot the valves.

Fahlbtharz Resonator Puzzle

Solution to the resonator puzzle.

After going through the door that opens, One will find themselves back in the main cavern with the gears over water. There will be two leveled Dwarven Ballistas to eliminate. The second is over the bridge, and behind it is a chest with leveled loot. After defeating it, directly behind that across the bridge is a skeleton and a leveled bow. There is also  another valve. Do not hit it while standing on the same platform. Instead, go back to the rotating bridge and hit it with an arrow or magic. The bridge will then spin again, bringing the Dragonborn to the door to the Grand Hall.

To the left of the bridge, before entering the Grand Hall, below, there is a small rock outcrop. On it, there is a skeleton and an Expert level chest. It contains leveled loot. (It should be noted that if one chooses to jump down to retrieve the chest contents, they will have to go back through the halls to reach the Grand Hall Door again.)

It is possible to skip this whole process and go straight to the Grand Hall by using the Whirlwind Sprint shout and hopping along the edges of the bridges.

The Grand HallEdit

Once entering the Grand Hall, there are a couple albino spiders, an oil spider, and two more Ballistas. After clearing those, there are two Centurion Masters. Killing them allows the retrieval of the Dynamo Cores to open the last door.

Fahlbtharz Centurion

Kill the Centurion master and retrieve the Dynamo Cores

To finish, simply grab the helm and the piles of gold around it. There is also one of the five Kagrumez Resonance Gems on a plate. Then pull the lever to exit. Interestingly, the exit tower is not marked, though other lifts, such as the Great Lift at Raldbthar are.

Alternatively, the Dragonborn can go back and grab all three Dynamo Cores, and retreat the way they came in, as the path is certainly easier going backwards than forwards and the cores are very valuable for crafting Daedric items at the Atronach Forge.

It is also possible to obtain two of the cores, if timed correctly, by taking the core from the pedestal which controls the stairs and then taking the one that controls the spike gate. Then the Dragonborn must quickly use Whirlwind Sprint and, they will be in the treasure room with both, and the spike gate blocking the path back.

EnemiesEdit

Notable lootEdit

GalleryEdit

BugsEdit

  •  360   When the player enters, there may be a hole in the floor directly in front of the door. Or the floor itself will not load. The player and their follower, if they have one, will fall down until they reach a certain point where they will be transported back to the door and the cycle starts again. To escape one can move forward in mid air until reappearing on solid ground. The accompanying follower will disappear but will rejoin next time they enter a door with a loading screen.
  • After the light puzzle and heading back into the gear room, the game may freeze at the loading screen.
  •  PS3  Hitting the Centurion Masters with an instant kill weapon may cause them not to spawn the Dynamo Cores needed to open the last door. Loading a previous save and hitting them with an arrow or magic resolves this.
  •  PS3  The Centurion Masters may not react to the Dragonborn, even after hitting them with a weak attack. However, after killing it when the compass displays it as an enemy, the Centurion Dynamo Core will still be available if the above bug has been avoided.
  • The three Dynamo Core puzzle can be activated even when the player has no Dynamo Cores. Simply keep activating the slot and one will appear. This process can be used to farm Centurion Dynamo Cores easily.

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