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Harmugstahl is a fort found northeast of Markarth and west of Solitude. It is relatively small compared to some of Skyrim's labyrinth-like subterranean areas and is easily navigated. There is one puzzle in Harmugstahl with four levers controlling a metal barred/spiked passageway. There is one Adept locked door that needs to be picked. There are also two locked doors found after encountering Kornalus Frey; both can be unlocked with his key.

In Kornalus' room there is a Shrine to Julianos and a few Alchemy ingredients.

Notable figuresEdit

Upon entering the cave, the Dragonborn will be greeted by an adventurer killing a frostbite spider. Upon asking the adventurer, "What was going on with that spider?" he will reply: "I don't know, but this place is full of them. Every one I've encountered has been enchanted or the like. Look, I'm getting out of here. Normally, spiders make my skin crawl, but magic spiders? Blech!"

The other notable figure is the cave's resident mage, Kornalus. It appears Kornalus has been experimenting upon the spiders by enchanting them with fire, frost and shock enchantments. The enchantments manifest themselves in special attacks the spiders can deal, (either fire-, frost- or shock- based), as well as a magical glow on their bodies. Many spider corpses can also be found lying on tables scattered about the cave. Taking any loot from their body may cause them to ignite.

Lever puzzle solutionEdit

Activate the first lever on the left, and wait for a second, and then the fourth lever. If a mistake is made, the levers will be reset by exiting and reentering the fort.

Notable lootEdit


Family HeirloomEdit

Fulfill a contract for the Companions to retrieve a stolen family heirloom.

Arniel's EndeavorEdit

Retrieve a staff for Enthir.

Lost RelicEdit

Retrieve the Dawnguard rune hammer.

The Forgemaster's FingersEdit

Find this item to gain access to Orc strongholds.

Totems of HircineEdit

This is one of many possible locations to retrieve a Totem of Hircine in a radiant quest given by Aela The Huntress after becoming Harbinger of The Companions.

Wind and SandEdit

Retrieve a copy of the book Wind and Sand for Neloth

Fetch Me That Book!Edit

Find rare books for Urag gro-Shub.


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  • Hircine Glitch

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    • If you look at the quest pages bugs list - "If married to Aela, while traveling to Harmugstahl to get the werewolf totem, she may disappear ...
    • if waiting 24 hours in dragon reach doesnt work, wait for another 10 or more hours. it worked for me
  • Solution for those who can't open levers

    • if all 4 bars are up pull lever1 wait a bit then pull lever4, for those who don't have all four up, pull them randomly with 1s intervals until ...

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