The Ruins of Bthalft are a small collection of Dwemer open-air ruins that are located in the Rift's southwestern wilds, just southeast of Ivarstead. A small group of bandits has made this their home and can be easily put down.

When Dawnguard has been installed, the ruins become part of the quest "Lost to the Ages." It is the site of the Aetherium Forge, and the forge itself is only accessible through the questline. Before the quest, a strange astrolabe (a lock on the elevator, essentially) is present on the dais in the middle. After the quest is finished, a Dwarven elevator replaces the astrolabe and dais.

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  • Katria is not in bthalft ruins

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    • Lost to the ages... Thanks again bethesda for another disappoiting gaming experience.
    • Jesus Christ this quest is a mess. Good lord
  • I can't open the ruins of Bthaft

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    • having the same issue as the newest poster, fandom user. Got the book, started the quest, went to put all the shards down and it won't d...
    • Did somebody find a resolution? I am having the same exact problem. Found one shard by accident, went to Arkngthamz and found Katrina, but ...