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Lost to the Ages
Arkngthamz Interiror 4
Quest Giver Read The Aetherium Wars
Katria (Go directly to Arkngthamz without reading book)
Reward Aetherial Crown, Aetherial Shield, or Aetherial Staff
Type Side Quest
QuestID DLC1LD
Lost to the Ages is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Dawnguard.

The quest details the investigation of a lost ancient Dwemer secret and the search for four pieces of solid Aetherium.

The quest can be started by locating and reading a copy of the book The Aetherium Wars. The quest can also be started by entering Arkngthamz and talking to Katria, skipping directly to the second part of the quest.

BackgroundEdit

After taking a copy of "The Aetherium Wars" and reading it, the player receives the miscellaneous task of traveling to Arkngthamz in The Reach, which is directly southeast of Dushnikh Yal and west of the ruin Valthume.

Upon arriving at Arkngthamz, a disembodied voice can be heard warning the player to turn back. When the player continues, the disembodied voice will be given a name — a female Nord explorer named Katria who will reveal that she is on the quest to find the mythical Aetherium Forge. She reveals that she died during an earthquake in the Dwemer ruin.

Katria's Journal can be found on her body. In it she expresses her displeasure that her former colleague, Taron Dreth (the author of "The Aetherium Wars") stole her research to publish the book, but she says that she has the leads for the locations of Aetherium and possibly where the Forge may be located.

In her ghostly form Katria aids the player in retrieving the first of the four Aetherium Shards needed to unlock the Forge, and thus the quest, "Lost to the Ages," begins, and the player is tasked with finding the remaining shards.

WalkthroughEdit

ArkngthamzEdit

After reading "The Aetherium Wars" the player is directed to the Dwemer ruin of Arkngthamz located in The Reach near Dushnikh Yal and Valthume. There the player encounters the corpse of a female Nord named Katria and finds a journal on her body that illustrates her findings regarding the Aetherium Forge and the ruins of Arkngthamz.

Arkngthamz Interiror 2
Ruins of Arkngthamz
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After reading the journal, the ghost of Katria appears and explains that she wishes to complete her research and find the Forge. She attempts to discourage the player from venturing farther into the ruin and insists on accompanying the player through the ruin to reach the Summit.

The player traverses up several levels of shattered earth and Dwemer steam pipelines, fighting through Dwemer Spiders, Spheres, and Falmer. Along the way Katria will comment on various enemies and will eventually comment on the spot where she fell through the ground. In dialogue she reveals that had she fallen two feet more to the left she would've landed in the water and survived.

Arkngthamz Retrieving Zephyr
Retrieving the bow Zephyr
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Nearing the area where she fell through Katria comments on a log overhanging the cliff, on which is resting her bow Zephyr. Retrieving the bow, either by walking across or using Telekinesis, reveals that it is a Dwarven Bow with an inherent enchantment allowing it to fire 30% faster than normal bows.

Arkngthamz - Tonal LockEdit

The player arrives at a large antechamber and enters to discover several Falmer corpses, skeletons, and destroyed Dwemer Spheres and Spiders that lay strewn about with Dwarven Arrows. Katria explains that the Kinetic Resonators have to be hit in a specific order to unlock the door. Katria has the first two successfully numbered in her book. A note found on a nearby dead adventurer reveals the third. Katria advises you that they all have a certain pattern.

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Tonal Lock
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The pattern in this room is to shoot the first on the bottom left, then the one on the bottom right, then shoot the one on the top left, then the top right, then the bottom center, and the door will unlock. Shooting in the wrong order will spawn Dwemer Spiders, Spheres, Crossbow traps, and even a leveled Centurion.

Retrieve the Aetherium Shard in the unlocked room. Katria will say that she will go out into the world searching for the remaining three and tells the player to regard her journal to see where the others are located. Note that the map arrows pointing to the shard locations are selected at random, so the order in which the hero locates each shard can change from what appears below.

RaldbtharEdit

The second Shard is located in Raldbthar. If you started the quest, Mourning Never Comes, for the Dark Brotherhood, then the ruin should be partly cleared. If not, the player can find the ruin by heading to Windhelm and searching on a summit located east of the dragon lair Shearpoint, northwest of Gallows Rock, and southwest of Anga's Mill.

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Remove Human Spine
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After fighting through the ruin, the second main area reached is called Raldbthar Deep Market.  When the player reaches a room with four buttons, press the button that is second from the right to remove the metal bars that impede progress just after the buttons. A little deeper in the player finds a room filled with Dwemer gears, Falmer, and Chaurus. The player needs to clear this area by removing the blockages (skull, leg bone, human spine, and Dwemer scrap metal) from the different gears. The hardest to find is the Dwemer scrap metal as it is located under the water near the bridge. When all blockages are cleared, the power should return to the button that lowers the bridge, and the player can cross the bridge to fight a leveled Dwarven Centurion.

After the Centurion is defeated, the player can continue into a series of rooms where Katria will join in fighting some leveled Spiders and Spheres and locating the second Shard. The player can then take the lift across from the room back up to Skyrim to continue the quest.

MzulftEdit

The third Shard is located in the Dwarven Storeroom right before the entrance into Mzulft. It is found along the western side of the mountains of Eastmarch, and is quite a distance southeast of Windhelm, and a short distance directly north of Cragslane Cavern.

If the player hasn't cleared this room previously, it's just a room with two Apprentice locks and one Expert lock filled with Dwemer metals, scraps, cogs, gyros, Dwarven Metal Ingots and a Dwemer Convector.

The player only needs to unlock two out of three doors to retrieve the third Shard and the rest of the loot.

Deep Folk CrossingEdit

Katria's Journal mentions a Bthar-zel, which is slightly northwest of Bthardamz, west of Druadach Redoubt, and southwest of Mor Khazgur; it is located far to the direct west of the Reach Stormcloak/Imperial Camp.

Deep Folk Crossing is a Dwemer bridge going over a river. The player needs to locate this landmark and venture across it to the north side and up a slope to retrieve the last Shard atop a plinth (along with a Dwarven helmet, Dwarven sword, and a Dwemer Convector). Upon doing so, Katria will tell the player that all that is left to do is find the Forge.

Aetherium ForgeEdit

Bthalft Location 1
The Aetherium Forge's hidden entrance
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Upon consulting Katria's Journal, the player finds the fifth point showing the Forge to be west of the Lake Honrich. In reality, it is slightly southwest and much farther. It is the Ruins of Bthalft, which is located southeast of Ivarstead and east of the Rift Imperial Camp.

Bthalft Location 2
Entrance revealed
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Upon arriving at the Forge location, the player will be attacked by bandits. After dispatching them, Katria will direct the player towards a Dwemer globe with an arrow through it and direct the player to place the Aetherium Shards on it. The ground starts shaking violently, and Katria tells the player to stand back on a wooden platform where she will join the player, and the globe will shoot up into the sky and reveal a lift underneath.

(Note: at this point, Katria may become delayed on the site, the player must wait for her; do not revert to another save, the player can sprint into her to move her)

The player will take the lift down into the abandoned Dwemer ruin and find the way through where Katria will remark that no one has set foot there in over four thousand years. Torches and beacons automatically light the way.

At the main antechamber before the Forge, a massive locked door will be in the way. Above the door are two Kinetic Resonators. The player will need to shoot them both, and the Forge Room will be opened.

The Forge RoomEdit

Upon entering, steam will be rising from a grate in the center, the player must use the valves to shut off the steam and approach the Forge. As the player approaches, a new objective becomes evident: defeat the Forge's Guardians, who will appear and immediately attack. The player must fight off Dwemer Spiders, Dwemer Spider Guardians, and Warped Dwemer Spiders (whose approximate strength are a cross between a run-of-the-mill Spiders and Guardians)

After defeating the Spiders, Dwarven Spheres, Sphere Guardians, and Warped Spheres will join the fray, and the steam will turn back on. Using the valves the player must turn it off again and return to the fight.

It is recommended that the player fight on the top decks near the valves and use the steps as a funnel. Katria will either dual wield daggers or use Zephyr. A good tactic for the player is to make use of the Unrelenting Force, Fire Breath or Frost Breath, and area of effect Destruction magic to whittle down the Animunculus strength.

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The Forgemaster
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After defeating these, The Forgemaster will appear out of the lava behind the Forge. It is the most powerful Dwarven Centurion Master yet, and can breathe fire (instead of steam like other Centurions) and is resistant to fire damage.

After defeating the Forgemaster, Katria tells the player to get some supplies from the chest right near the Forge (unless the player brought some), and the player can use the Aetherium Forge to craft one item from the Aetherium Shards

There are also, on either side of the forge, two gates that seem to just lead into the lava. If you use Become Ethereal you can swim in it.  If by any chance you possess Ahzidal's Boots of Waterwalking from the Dragonborn DLC you can walk across the lava but you will still take fire damage.

If you chose to become a Vampire Lord, you will have the ability to float over water. This does not, however, work on the lava. You will still take heavy fire damage.

Aetherium Forge Hidden Area
View from the chest to the back of the forge.
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Using the Become Ethereal shout, you can take the left path up to a small chest and another on the right. These paths do lead to an overlook position of the forge so once the enemies start pouring in, it's a good place to shoot them from.  

Straight back from the forge is a large chest. To get to it, use the Become Ethereal shout to swim from the right side of the forge to the small island in the middle of the lava, then turn slightly left and you will see the small alcove the chest is in. It is also a good idea to have resist fire potions because it is a long swim, and the islands are small. Full magic resistance will work as well. You can also use a Resist Fire potion of 60% or higher and Whirlwind Sprint to reach the middle island. Stop and restore your health and allow your Shout capability to rebuild, then drink another Resist Fire potion and Whirlwind Sprint to the chest. Another Resist Fire potion and Whirlwind Sprint will allow you to reach the left ramp back to the forge.

The lava counts as fire damage, so if you are a Dark Elf and you drink a potion of resist fire of 50% or greater, the lava will deal no damage.

The Aetherial EquipmentEdit

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Aetherium Forge
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The player can choose from three pieces of equipment. Beware: You can only choose ONE. Choose wisely.

  • Aetherial Shield, which turns enemies ethereal for 15 seconds when bashed so they cannot be harmed or harm the Dragonborn

After forging the selected item, Katria comments that there most likely isn't anymore Aetherium in Skyrim and that she is finally at rest, thus completing the quest, and gaining the Achievement, Lost to the Ages (30 Gamerscore/Silver Trophy), if played on the Xbox 360/PS3.

Katria's Last Words Edit

When the quest is complete, Katria says,

"And now... I think I can rest. Farewell, my friend, wherever your travels take you."

She then disappears (with a bow of gratitude), bound for Sovngarde.

JournalEdit

Journal Entry
In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, the ghost of an adventurer who perished there. She offered to join me in my fight to the summit, and I accepted her help.
  • Objective: Reach the summit of Arkngthamz
  • Objective: (Optional) Retrieve Katria's Journal

In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, the ghost of an adventurer who perished there. She warned me that the Treasury of Arkngthamz was sealed by a dangerous Tonal Lock and protected by deadly traps.

  • Objective: Reach the summit of Arkngthamz
In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, the ghost of an adventurer who perished there. We made our way through the ruins and reached the summit together. There, she warned me that the Treasury of Arkngthamz was sealed by a dangerous Tonal Lock and protected

by deadly traps.

  • Objective: Solve the Tonal Lock

In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, the ghost of an adventurer who perished there. With her help, I solved the Tonal Lock that protected its ruined treasury.

  • Objective: Claim the treasure of Arkngthamz

In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, the ghost of an adventurer who perished there. With her help, I solved the Tonal Lock that protected its ruined treasury and found a strange glowing crystal shard within.

In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, the ghost of an adventurer who perished there. With her help, I solved the Tonal Lock that protected its ruined treasury and claimed the Aetherium Shard within.

  • Objective: Speak with Katria

In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, a ghost searching for the mythical Aetherium Forge. Together, we found one of the four Aetherium Shards that make up the key to the Forge. She left to search for the other shards and the Forge itself, and urged me to do the same.

  • Objective: Search for the Aetherium Shards (1/4)

In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, a ghost searching for the mythical Aetherium Forge. With her help, I found the four Aetherium Shards that make up the key to the Forge, and now seek the entrance to the Forge itself.

  • Objective: Locate the Aetherium Forge

In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, a ghost searching for the mythical Aetherium Forge. With her help, I found the four Aetherium Shards that make up the key to the Forge, and met her outside its long-sealed entrance.

  • Objective: Speak with Katria
  • Objective: Place the Aetherium Shards
  • Objective: Retrieve the Aetherium Crest
  • Objective: Stand Clear

In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, a ghost searching for the mythical Aetherium Forge. With her help, I found the four Aetherium Shards that made up the key to the Forge, and combined them to reveal the entrance to a long-sealed ruin.

  • Objective: Find the Aetherium Forge
  • Objective: Shut off the Steam

In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, a ghost searching for the mythical Aetherium Forge. With her help, I found the four Aetherium Shards that made up the key to the Forge, then confronted its ancient guardians.

  • Objective: Defeat the Guardians of the Forge
  • Objective: (Optional) Shut off the Steam

In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, a ghost searching for the mythical Aetherium Forge. With her help, I found the four Aetherium Shards that made up the key to the Forge, then defeated its ancient guardians.

  • Objective: Speak with Katria
  • Objective: (Optional) Search for Crafting Materials
In Arkngthamz, I met Katria, a ghost searching for the mythical Aetherium Forge. With her help, I found the four Aetherium Shards that made up the key to the Forge, defeated its ancient guardians, and forged a powerful artifact.
  • Quest complete

AchievementsEdit

Main article: Achievements (Dawnguard)
SR-achievement-Lost to the Ages-1-
Lost to the Ages
Complete "Lost to the Ages"
Points 30 Game points
Trophy
Silver trophy

Post-Quest ActivitiesEdit

  • After completion of Lost to the Ages, Taron Dreth can appear as a Random Encounter along the roads with three mercenaries in tow. If the Dragonborn has one the items forged out of Aetherium (the Aetherial Crown, Shield or Staff) in their possession, Dreth will ask the Dragonborn how he/she acquired this item. He will initiate combat with the Dragonborn no matter which dialogue option is chosen.

Easter EggsEdit

  • If the Dragonborn takes the armor from Katria's corpse, her ghost will ask the Dragonborn to pay some respect to her body: "Really? You had to take the armor? Come on, leave me with a little dignity..."

TriviaEdit

BugsEdit

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