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First Lessons
FirstLessons
Quest Giver Tolfdir
Location Hall of the Elements
Prerequisite Visit the College of Winterhold
Next Quest Under Saarthal
Reward Lesser Ward
Faction The College of Winterhold
Type College of Winterhold, Main Quest
Quest ID MG01
First Lessons is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

BackgroundEdit

This quest is obtained upon arriving at Winterhold and approaching the beginning of the bridge to The College of Winterhold. It is the start of the College of Winterhold Questline.

WalkthroughEdit

When approaching the bridge to The College, the guardian of the bridge Faralda will ask the Dragonborn to prove their ability to enter the College by casting a spell. The spell's level will depend on one's level and perks. If one does not know the spell, they can buy it from her for 30 GoldIcon. The Dragonborn must, however, possess enough Magicka to cast the spell she asks them to demonstrate, or raise the amount of Magicka by the use of an amulet, a ring, robes or another means. If one's skill is too low to cast even at the Novice Level, they will need to come back when they have leveled, and raised their Magicka enough. They may circumvent this test by passing a speech check, although the option to persuade may not be present unless one's skill is high enough. Alternatively, the option to say they are the Dragonborn can be chosen, and instead of a spell, they will be asked to demonstrate the Thu'um. (This is only an option when completing the quest Elder Knowledge.)

She will then lead the Dragonborn to the College and give them a quest to speak with the College leader Mirabelle Ervine (Master Wizard), a mage in the courtyard. This allows the Dragonborn access to The College of Winterhold. She will give some Novice Robes and a Novice Hood to wear if one chooses so. These robes will have an enchantment to make certain spells cost less. The set is basically the same as the first robe and hood the Dragonborn came across when escaping from Helgen Keep.

The Dragonborn will then be taken on a short tour of the College and be told to see Tolfdir in the Hall of the Elements where he is giving a lecture. Tolfdir is teaching three other students and the Dragonborn about the importance of safety while learning Magic. After a brief exchange with everyone, he decides to ask for the Dragonborn's help in a practical demonstration of ward spells. If one does not have a ward spell learned, he will teach them the Lesser Ward spell for free. Then they'll be asked to defend themself with a ward spell while he casts a long-range fire spell at them (either always a weakened version of firebolt, OR, it's possible the type and power of which is determined by one's level and one's ward spell's level). Once the Dragonborn has defended themself, Tolfdir will ask the class to travel to Saarthal to take part in an expedition.

JournalEdit

Journal Entry

I've found the College of Winterhold, where mages study the arcane arts in Skyrim. If I want to learn more about magic, I'll need to join their ranks.

  • Objective: Join the College of Winterhold

In order to join the College of Winterhold, I need to show I'm capable of simple magic by casting a Magelight spell.

  • Objective: Cast a Mage Light spell

In order to join the College of Winterhold, I need to show I'm capable of simple magic by summoning a Flame Atronach.

  • Objective: Summon a Flame Atronach

In order to join the College of Winterhold, I need to show I'm capable of simple magic by casting a Firebolt spell.

  • Objective: Cast a Firebolt spell

In order to join the College of Winterhold, I need to show I'm capable of simple magic by casting a Fear spell.

  • Objective: Cast a Fear spell

In order to join the College of Winterhold, I need to show I'm capable of simple magic by casting Healing Hands on Nirya at the entrance to the College.

  • Objective: Cast a Healing Hands spell

I've been allowed to join the College of Winterhold, and need to find Mirablle Ervine for a tour of the grounds.

  • Objective: Report to Mirabelle Ervine

I have joined the College of Winterhold. Mirabelle Ervine has agreed to show me around in order to become familiar with the grounds.

  • Objective: Tour the College of Winterhold

I have joined the College of Winterhold, and after a tour of the grounds need to find Tolfdir, who looks after the new Apprentices.

  • Objective: Listen to Tolfdir

After joining the College of Winterhold and speaking with Tolfdir, I've learned a bit about wards and will be accompanying some of the others on an expedition.

  • Quest complete

BugsEdit

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Start a Discussion Discussions about First Lessons

  • Ward Spells

    3 messages
    • If you don't have a Ward spell Tolfdir will teach you Lesser Ward for free so you and he can do the Ward Demonstration. I suggest loading...
    • i just use my spellbreaker and it works though...
  • Reseting the quest?

    4 messages
    • I actually may have the same problem as well.  Tolfdir does not cast a firebolt spell even if I cast the spell he asks for.  I'm using a PS3...
    • kill one of the students run away and fast travel back later, hell say well after the events of today lets move on, and itll finish first lessons

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