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# of Zones 2
Clearable Yes
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time 10 days or 30 days
Level Min: 6
Bristlebacks, Rieklings
Console Location Code(s)
DLC2Benkongerike01, DLC2Benkongerike02, DLC2BenkongerikeExterior01
Southeast of Saering's Watch
Special Features
Word Wall Cyclone
# of Stalhrim Deposits 1
Ore Veins
# of Silver 4

Benkongerike is an icy cave southeast of Saering's Watch and northwest of Headwaters of Harstrad containing bristlebacks and rieklings.

[edit] Related Quests

[edit] Walkthrough

[edit] Exterior

From the Headwaters of Harstrad, follow the path to the northwest and when you reach a junction turn left to the southwest. You eventually pass under an arch consisting of two columns with a large slab on top, on your right is a statue with barrels and crates on your right. There is a barrel to the right of the entrance and a novice locked chest to the left.

[edit] Benkongerike

As soon as you enter you will be in a tunnel with snow on the ground, following the tunnel down to the northwest. As soon as it levels out there is a narrow tunnel on your right that twists and turns and eventually leads to a novice locked chest with two burial urns beside it. There is also a hidden door that will act as a shortcut back from the end of this cavern system.

At the end of the main tunnel is a riekling tent with a deer pelt inside and a piece of firewood to the left of it. There is a tunnel on the left that leads into a large cavern.

First Cavern

In the cavern you can see three large pillars, all on an angle, a riekling camp consisting of two riekling huts, a riekling tent, two more tents can be seen in the distance and various crates, barrels and sack all over the cavern below you. There are three rieklings running about that you can see. The path down is on your right and follows the wall around the cavern down beside a riekling hut. The hut is on your right and there is a tent to your left, inside this is a bottle of alto wine. To the right of the tent is the second hut and beside this is a pine thrush egg, two bulbs of garlic and a medium coin purse all on top of a crate. In the middle of this area among more crates, etc and a large urn.


On your right as you move through the cavern, heading south, past the first riekling hut are three large urns, one broken and two burial urns lined up in a row against the rocks. Just past these, still on your right is another hut. Behind this are some large mammoth rib cages and to the left of these are two large urns by a fence that is behind one of the pillars. In front of the same pillar is yet another tent, this one has an archery target inside and on a crate to the side of it is a gourd. To the left (west) is a tall lookout platform with a riekling on guard and a bristleback wandering around at the bottom, next to another tent. Beside the fence and pillar is another tent. Inside this tent is a sample of wheat, three steel ingots hidden under a kettle and a sack. To the left is a barrel with a pair of weightless shoes on top. and a bowl and goblet—(see bugs). By the platform is another tent with a burial urn inside, a large urn to the left and an open crate containing two imp stool samples and a Namira's rot sample in front. The tunnel onward is to the left of this heading south.

On your left as you move through this cavern is a statue with an unlit brazier in front of it, with an iron helmet inside. To the right is a tent with the usual crates, barrels, sacks piled either side and a drum in front. To the right are two barrels and a crate, on the crate is an empty grand soul gem and a silver necklace. Between this and the tunnel onward are five large urns, two of them broken and two burial urns.

Following the tunnel south, it changes and becomes an ice tunnel, at the end is a barrel with a piece of large charcoal on top and three samples of wheat and a bowl on the ground. The tunnel turns to the west passing a knapsack and two large urns on your left beside a large rock, after this the tunnel turns to the north and become a ledge above another cavern, there are three more rieklings in this area. In front o the ledge is a platform with a ramp down to the cavern floor. On your right on the ledge are two large urns, an unlocked chest with a deer pelt to the let of it and a pickaxe. At the end of the ledge in the northeastern corner is a riekling hut, beside this is a large urn, a deer pelt, samples of scaly pholiota, hawk feathers, a white cap and an apothecary's satchel.

Underneath the ramp down is an unlocked strongbox and a cast iron pot containing a thistle branch. The cavern continues off to the west. Against the southern wall is a salt pile beside a chair. In the southwestern corner is a tent with an iron mace in a kettle with an urn beside the tent. Against the northern wall is yet another tent, on a slight shelf. Inside is a filled random soul gem, a bulb o garlic, an eidar cheese wedge, and a flawless sapphire. The cavern turns to the northwest and there is a tent with a fire in front of it. Around the fire are two ash yams, two wheat and two rabbit haunches. To the let of this beside the next tunnel is a large carved stone head.

An ice tunnel continues to the northwest and descends to another tent. Just before reaching the tent is a riekling barrel on the right. At the end of this tunnel is a riekling hiding in a bush to the let of a tent with two pieces of firewood inside. At this point the tunnel turns to the northeast. On your let is a snow fox pelt on a rock. Be careful as there is a tripwire that activates a claw trap hinged on the left. There is an alcove on the left by the claw with a tent, a riekling barrel. On either side of the tent are urns and inside the tent is a pair of iron boots in a stone bowl. Past this is a second tripwire that activates another claw, hinged on the right. By the claw on the right is a riekling hut and to the let of this is a stone bowl containing a Dibella statue. Beside this is a large rock with a knapsack, a potion of cure disease, an ash yam in a cast iron pot and a salt pile. The tunnel ends with an urn and some riekling spears on a crate and a riekling hidden in the snow. There is another tunnel heading to the northwest with a tripwire for another claw hinged from above, right at the start of the tunnel. The tunnel turns back to the northeast and opens into another cavern.

Flooded cavern

You are on a ledge with bridges joining several other ledges and columns with a ramp down to the cavern floor below on your left. On your right is a bucket containing a woodcutter's axe and a chef's hat and tunic. Below the cavern is partially flooded. On the ledges are quite a few rieklings running about. Crossing the first bridge to the first area, there are three bottles of alto wine, two bottles of ale and a goat cheese wedge in a bucket. There are two rieklings in this area. Continuing across a second bridge heading southeast to the next column, there is a leg of goat and an unlocked chest, hanging off the right side, with a drum to your left. Two more rieklings are in this area. Continuing to the southeast across anther short bridge to a well lit area, the next bridge is to the north. Then two more bridges, the second of which bears to the northeast with another riekling here. The next bridge is to the southeast, this one reaches the far side of this cavern and is a ledge with a doorway to the east. To the right of this is a goblet, five pieces of clam meat and two pearls. From this ledge there is also another bridge to the south to another ledge against the south wall. There is another riekling here and a ramp leading down to two silver ore veins and a burial urn.

The best place to drop into the water is from the second silver ore vein, as below it is a novice locked chest. The only other item of interest is a random enchanted greatsword, which is found between the ramp at the beginning of the cavern and the first column, at the narrowest part is a skeleton and beside it is the sword. This gives you easiest access to the ramp to continue onward.

In the tunnel to the east the architecture changes to that of a Nordic barrow. At the end of this short corridor is an unlit brazier on a stone plinth containing a pair of random boots. There is a corridor to the north that leads into a room with an iron door opposite. There are two goblets, a bowl and a burial urn in the corridor. Entering the room there are six barrels at the other end, three of these are in actually riekling barrels which rieklings will burst from and attack. This will scatter a number of items around the room. There are two gourds, a pine thrush egg, a sliced goat cheese, a random stamina potion, two random magicka potions and copies of The Wolf Queen, v3, Life of Uriel Septim VII, some of these items may remain on a set of shelves in the room. The iron door leads to Benkongerike Great Hall.

[edit] Benkongerike Great Hall

Through the door is another room with a broken sideboard on your left and a piece of quicksiler ore in front. Further along the wall is a bookcase containing some riekling spears, and four random books. On the right of the room is a riekling tent with thirteen copies of The Lusty Argonian Maid, v1 and six copies of v2 with a spell tome: Telekinesis hidden under them all. At the far end of the room are three large urns, two on the let, one on the right and a doorway to a stairwell in the northern wall.

Riekling infested

Climbing the wooden spiraling staircase there are still plenty of signs of rieklings, with painted symbols on the walls. At the top the corridor heads north again, on your left you pass some bars through which you can see a chest, two plinths and two urns. There is an open iron door on your right heading east. Opposite is an expert locked iron door and some more bars further along. Through this door, the chest is in front of you, with the two urns on the far left, the left hand plinth has a copy of Benkongerike Key and the other plinth has a copy of Dragon Language: Myth no More on top of it. Following the corridor to the east where it turns to the south there are two burial urns. In front of you the room opens out into another large room on a balcony over looking the floor below. There are bridges around this room joining pillars. There are three rieklings and a mounted riekling in this room. On your left is an urn and to the right is the path down.

At the bottom of the wooden stairs down, in front of you are two barrels—(see bugs). Under the staircase is a rock warbler egg and a chicken's egg on the ground. There is an open sarcophagus with a dead draugr inside and a bulb of garlic on the edge in the northwestern corner and a cast iron pot containing a flute and potato. Along the wall to the left is another sarcophagus, this one has stalhrim deposit covering another dead draugr. The first pillar nearest the bottom of the stairs has a bucket with two corundum ore pieces inside and a kettle with a sliced goat cheese beside it. The pillar to the right has a crate and barrel beside it with a torchbug thorax, a bottle of wine and an orange dartwing on the crate and a bowl of bone meal in a metal bowl on the barrel.

Against the east wall is a crate with a medium coin purse on top and a sack beside it. Further toward the front of the room is a collapsed pillar, beside this is three corundum ingots, two goat cheese wheels, a goat cheese wedge, a pair of leather boots and on top of a barrel a gold sapphire ring that is easily missed. To the west, past another pillar are stairs leading up to the walkways above, under these are two barrels, a crate and two sacks, among these are a pair of iron boots and a practice dummy.

Rune Totems

Climbing the stairs you come to a balcony with a riekling hut to your right. Beside this are three barrels and a crate there is a chaurus egg, an imp stool sample, a bowl, an apothecary's satchel and two charred skeever hides among them. Opposite is an urn and further along there is a walkway over to the first of the pillars and then onward to the second pillar. On your left is a platform built on the side with a piece of honeycomb on a plate on the ground. Another walkway continues to a balcony on the other side of the room. There is another hut on this side, next to it is an open crate containing two iron ingots and a flute with a crate and two barrels beside it, on one barrel is an East Empire Company strongbox and on the other, which is a fish barrel are a potato on a plate. Also on this balcony are three garlic bulbs, a leek, a silver ingot all by two barrels, a crate. Finally is a symbol of a whale used for rune totems.

Right at the front of the room among some rune totems are some crates with two goblets, a cabbage, a bowl with lavender inside. There is also a gate blocking a doorway in the middle of the southern wall. The symbols needed are above the rune totems, except for the second which is on a balcony on the eastern side of the room. The handle to operate the gate is on a raised section between two pillar with lit braziers lighting the area. Once you've lined up the correct symbols pull the handle to open the gate. Incorrect guesses seem to have no negative repercussions. You can see the word wall through the gate. In front of the wall is an unlocked boss chest.

On the east side of the room there has been a cave-in leaving a ramp up to an opening in the east wall. This leads to a tunnel that twists and turns and eventually opens into a circular room with the Black Book: Untold Legends. there is an iron door to the south of this room. Through this door is a small room with two large urns on your left and a short tunnel to a hidden door in front of you, the chain to open the door is to the right of it and leads you back near the first chest and burial urns that were found, near to the exit.

[edit] Gallery

[edit] Notes

  • The combination for the puzzle-door in Benkongerike Great Hall is (from left to right) Eagle—Whale—Whale—Snake. The sign for the first whale is missing, and seems to have been used as a door for a Riekling's tent on the upper level's east side of the chamber.
  • A word wall for the Cyclone shout is found behind the puzzle-gate.
  • The name Benkongerike can mean either "Kingdom of Bones" or "Kingdom made from bones" in Norwegian.
  • This location also appeared in the Bloodmoon expansion for Morrowind.

[edit] Bugs

  • There are some items that you can't interact with.
  • The rune totems will not rotate in some cases. ?

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