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Forticon Ilinalta's Deep
TESV Ilinalta's Deep 2
Ilinalta's Deep Map
Hold Falkreath Hold
Location On the North-west shore of Lake Ilinalta
Type Fort
Sublocations Ilinalta's Deluge
Quests The Black Star
Enemies Skeletons
Location ID IlinaltasDeep01

Ilinalta's Deep is a fort located in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Ilinaltas Deep local map

Ilinalta's Deep was originally an Imperial outpost, known as Fort Ilinalta, until it fell into the lake due to instability caused by experiments carried out by Malyn Varen. Rumors claim that the area is cursed and many fear to go there. The fort is divided into two sections: Ilinalta's Deep and Ilinalta's Deluge.


After killing one of his students at the College of Winterhold, Malyn Varen came to this area to experiment with Azura's Star, hoping to achieve immortality by trapping himself inside the daedric artifact. It is the location of the Broken Azura's Star in the quest The Black Star.


Ilinalta's DeepEdit

The fort is mostly submerged and there is only one entrance, a trapdoor on the top of the large sunken tower. Upon entering the fort the Dragonborn will be confronted with a crucified skeleton. In the room with a large body of water, there is an underwater passage that leads to a room with a chest and dresser, and the Alteration skill book Breathing Water, floating near the ceiling. In the room with the drop-down bridge, there is an underwater door with a lock to pick. Behind the door is a shelf and a chest.

Ilinalta's DelugeEdit

The skeletal remains of Malyn Varen are in the upper tower, and a trapdoor to the roof. It is possible to reach there by using Whirlwind Sprint from the highest rock nearby. If the Broken Azura's Star is obtained before starting the quest, it can only be given to Nelacar, not Aranea Ienith.

Notable itemsEdit

Crucified Fisherman

Crucified fisherman



Ilinaltas Deep Crucified Fisherman ii



  • According to Malyn's Grimoire, enchantments are put in place to keep out the water. However, seeing as there is much water seeping into the submerged fort, the enchantments appear to be weakening.
  • If one is sneaking and undetected, one can catch a conversation between two necromancers on how they are going to get another soul to keep Malyn within the Star.


This section contains bugs related to Ilinalta's Deep. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PS3   In the first room with a necromancer and skeleton, the shallow pool to the left of the entrance, in front of the two shelves. The Dragonborn may get stuck in this if in sneak and cannot jump out, but if they face down they will fall through into blue space and be transported back to the entrance.
  • The doorway to Ilinalta's Deluge may be blocked by a boulder during the Black Star quest. May be fixed by exiting Ilinalta's Deep and re-entering.
    • This can be caused by clearing the dungeon before receiving the Black Star quest.
  •  360  The last necromancer in Ilinalta's Deluge is surrounded by skeletons and will reanimate them when in combat. If he is killed with a sneak attack he may still cast a spell to reanimate two skeletons as he dies.
  • The bar blocking one of the doors sometimes might not open. The door can still open regardless and it is possible to jump over the bar.


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