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Glory of the Dead
Kodlak funeral
Quest Giver Vilkas
Location Jorrvaskr, Ysgramor's Tomb
Prerequisite Purity of Revenge
Reward Wuuthrad
Shield of Ysgramor
Title of Harbinger of the Companions
Faction The Companions
Type Companions, Main quest
Quest ID C06
Glory of the Dead is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is the final quest in The Companions' questline.

WalkthroughEdit

Kodlak's funeralEdit

Kodlaks Funeral
Skyforge and Kodlak's funeral

Vilkas tells the Dragonborn to attend Kodlak's funeral. He then joins the rest of The Companions at the Skyforge.

All the members of the Companions are here, along with Jarl Balgruuf and a few other Whiterun citizens. The Circle members will begin prayers, and Eorlund gives a eulogy. Once the ceremony concludes, Eorlund will ask the Dragonborn to give him the collected fragments of Wuuthrad so he can prepare them for reforging.

Retrieving Kodlak's fragmentEdit

After the Dragonborn turns over those fragments, Eorlund asks him/her to retrieve the last shard of Wuuthrad from Kodlak's end drawer, located in his room in the basement of Jorrvaskr. Optionally read his journal, which talks about the Dragonborn and the dreams which foretold their coming into Kodlak's life.

Giving the final fragment to EorlundEdit

Underforge
The remaining Circle members gathering in Underforge
FlightmareAdded by Flightmare

When the Dragonborn returns to the Skyforge and gives the last fragment to Eorlund, Eorlund offers his thanks and says that the Dragonborn's Shield-Siblings await him/her in the Underforge.

Meeting the CircleEdit

After the Dragonborn enters the Underforge, a conversation about Kodlak ensues between the Circle members. Eorlund arrives, with Wuuthrad, which he passes to the Dragonborn. The Circle then resolves to travel to Ysgramor's Tomb and posthumously cure Kodlak of his Lycanthropy.

Go to Ysgramor's Tomb with the CircleEdit

The Dragonborn must travel to Ysgramor's Tomb, northwest of Winterhold. The Dragonborn may fast travel or accompany the Circle as they walk there. Ensure that there is at least one Glenmoril Witch Head in the inventory before undertaking the trip.

Return Wuuthrad to YsgramorEdit

Ysgramor's Statue in Tomb
Ysgramor's statue

The statue of Ysgramor is activated by placing Wuuthrad into the statue's hands. Doing so will open the pathway at the end of the hall that leads to the burial chamber. (Once the passageway opens, Wuuthrad can be removed with no ill effects. From this moment forth, it is the Dragonborn's exclusive property.) Vilkas will elect not to join the others as they make their way to the Burial Chamber, noting that his grief has clouded his judgment recently. He will wait by the statue.

Get to the Burial ChamberEdit

Several Frostbite Spiders are on the path, including one Giant Frostbite Spider, but the majority of enemies are ghosts of past Companions. These mean the Circle members no harm; they are present as a test more than anything, and must be fought. Farkas will reach a point where he, like his brother, can go no further, citing his terror of Frostbite Spiders ever since he and the Dragonborn fought them in Dustman's Cairn. The Dragonborn and Aela enter the Burial Chamber together.

Speak to KodlakEdit

Activate the fire, and in so doing, drop a Glenmoril Witch's head into the flames. Doing this will release Kodlak's beast spirit and a battle will ensue. Defeat the beast spirit to free Kodlak's spirit. The Beast Spirit can be difficult to see at times, so an attack which leaves a lingering visual effect (such as Flames or Fire Breath) will highlight the spirit.

Speak to KodlakEdit

Upon the successful cure of Kodlak's spirit, the Dragonborn will be granted the title of Harbinger of the Companions, making him/her their first true leader since Ysgramor himself. Before leaving the burial chamber, be sure to acquire the Shield of Ysgramor from the chest at the top of the spiral ramp to the right of his sarcophagus.

(Optional) Curing the Dragonborn's LycanthropyEdit

If the Dragonborn wishes to cure themselves of Lycanthropy, they may do so at this point if they defeated and kept more than one of the Glenmoril Witches' heads during the Blood's Honor quest. If not, travel back to Glenmoril Coven to defeat another witch and take her head. If Ysgramor's Tomb is exited before curing the disease, the Purity quest for Vilkas and/or Farkas must be completed before being able to be cured. (As long as the Dragonborn does not go back to Jorrvaskr first, they can re-enter the tomb after retrieving the Glenmoril Witches' heads and cure themselves of Lycanthropy without doing the Purity quest for Vilkas or Farkas.)

Activating the fire again (which will remove a second Glenmoril Witch head from the inventory) will release the Dragonborn's Beast Form and a battle will ensue. Defeating the Beast Spirit in combat will cure Lycanthropy (the Beast Form can still be used during the fight but will automatically revert once the Beast Spirit is defeated). The cure is permanent and Lycanthropy will no longer be able to be contracted, unless the player has installed the Dawnguard add-on, in which the player can talk to Aela again to once again become a Lycanthrope.  Even with the Ring of Hircine equipped, the Dragonborn will no longer be able to transform into a werewolf once this ritual is performed.

Notable itemsEdit

  • The Shield of Ysgramor - in a chest to the right of the exit from the final room.
  • Wuuthrad - After placing Wuuthrad on the statue of Ysgramor, activate the statue of Ysgramor, and the axe will be added back to the inventory.

JournalEdit

Journal Entry

I should attend the funeral of Kodlak Whitemane, the late Harbinger of the Companions.

  • Objective: Attend Kodlak's funeral
  • Objective: Retrieve Kodlak's fragment
  • Objective: Give the final fragment to Eorlund

As a member of the Circle, I need to convene in the Underforge to determine the next steps for the Companions following the death of Kodlak Whitemane.

  • Objective: Meet the Circle

The Companions believe there is a way to cleanse Kodlak's soul of the taint of the beast. We're going to the ancient Tomb of Ysgramor to perform the ceremony.

  • Objective: Go to Ysgramor's Tomb with the Circle
  • Objective: Get to the Burial chamber
  • Objective: Speak to Kodlak
  • Objective: Put witch head into fire
  • Objective: Defeat the wolf spirit
  • Objective: Speak to Kodlak

I helped grant Kodlak Whitemane the glory of Sovngarde, and took his place as Harbinger of the Companions.

  • Quest complete

TriviaEdit

  • If the player has the quest "The Fallen" active while this quest is pending, Jarl Balgruuf will be at the funeral, but cannot be spoken to until everyone leaves (after Eorlund is given the fragment). He will then be found in his normal spot on the throne in Dragonsreach.
  • In the log it says to attend the funeral for Kodlak "Whitman."
  • The Dragonborn will be alone when they are sent to retrieve Kodlak's last fragment downstairs; this will be one of the only times to steal the numerous coin purses, and pick the weapons cases (expert).
  • After completing this quest, the Dragonborn becomes the Harbinger of the Companions. Once this happens, the two rooms that were Kodlak's become theirs, and all items in those two rooms can be taken without being "stolen". This includes several coin purses, a Daedra Heart, and an Unusual Gem, among other treasures. These items (apart from the Unusual Gem) will respawn periodically.
  • If the player cures themselves, the Totems of Hircine quest may not be possible to do. If the quest is completed beforehand, and the Ring of Hircine is kept, the Dragonborn will still be able to turn into a Werewolf through the ring's power; however, they must have the ring equipped when the curing takes place. Otherwise, they will be unable to benefit from it, and subsequently unable to change into a Werewolf. The ring can be removed afterwards.
  • Using Werewolf form inside the tomb makes The Companions aggressive, even though they have the beast blood. If they witness the transformation, it also results in a bounty, as it would with any other non-hostile NPC.
  • After Eorlund tells the Dragonborn to get the fragment, he continues to work the forge, using Kodlak's funeral pyre to reforge Wuuthrad. The Skyforge will henceforth be capable of forging Ancient Nord Armor and Nord Hero Weapons, which cannot be forged elsewhere.
  • Even though the weapons the Companion Ghosts carry are ghostly, Ghosts with bows shoot physical arrows that are able to be picked up, and Ghosts with melee weapons have physical Ancient Nordic weapons knocked out of their hands when they die.
  • When the Dragonborn is given the task to convene to the Underforge after giving Kodlak's fragment to Eorlund, there is a typo in the quest journal, as it says 'Kodak Whiteman' instead of 'Kodlak Whitemane'. This also seems to happen in other sections of log.
  • When Eorlund asks for the fragments collected in the previous quest, and the Dragonborn replies with 'I retrieve it with honour', he will get annoyed at them for being too "flowery" at him.
  • The Dragonborn is not able to loot Kodlak's body at the funeral.
  • Even though the player's beast blood can be cured, Hold Guards may still make werewolf comments to the player.
  • Kodlak's Beast Spirit can be soul trapped.
  • Once the quest is completed, Aela, Farkas and Vilkas all elect to remain at Ysgramor's Tomb for some time, for their own reasons. The Dragonborn may leave and go elsewhere; however, if they return to Whiterun and occupy themselves in the merchant section within the next several in-game hours, they may witness all three entering the city and running through the streets to return to Jorrvaskr.

BugsEdit

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AchievementsEdit

Glory of the Dead (Achievement)
Glory of the Dead
Complete "Glory of the Dead"
Points 30 Game points
Trophy
Silver trophy


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