Skyrim:Sky Haven Temple
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|# of Zones||2|
|Respawn Time||10 days|
|Console Location Code(s)|
|East of Markarth
Through The Karthspire cave
|# of Grindstones||1|
|# of Cooking Pots/Spits||1|
Sky Haven Temple is a fort that served as a Blades outpost, now long abandoned and held in Forsworn territory. The Temple has a long and rich history as the Blades base in Skyrim; although it has been abandoned for thousands of years, according to Esbern. When it has been reclaimed by acting Grandmaster Delphine, she will attempt to rebuild the Blades using the Temple as a hidden base of operations. More information on the history of the Temple can be found on the lore page.
Access is only possible once stage 30 of the quest Alduin's Wall has been passed. It is possible to discover the location marker beforehand, thus skipping the Forsworn and puzzles in The Karthspire by fast traveling during the quest, but entry to the temple is impossible. There are two zones, the interior and the exterior. The interior consists of the living quarters, the dining hall, and a small armory. The exterior is on top of the Karthspire mountain, and is used for keeping lookout on the surrounding area and for training.
When you have reclaimed the Temple as the new headquarters of the Blades, you can bring up to three followers back to Delphine and have them inducted as Blades. Esbern offers the Dragonslayer's Blessing (stackable with divine blessings) that lasts for five days, giving you a greatly increased chance for critical hits against dragons, and will tell you about his dragon research, eventually offering a potion that grants the Dragon Infusion power, which causes you to take less damage from dragons. He will also offer the services of all the newly recruited Blades to aid you in fighting a dragon at a random dragon lair.
If you fast travel to Sky Haven Temple after discovering it, you will actually land inside The Karthspire, in front of the door to the Temple.
 Related Quests
- Alduin's Wall: Locate the prophecy within Sky Haven Temple.
- The Throat of the World: Receive a lesson from Paarthurnax.
- Elder Knowledge: Recover an Elder Scroll to learn an Ancient Secret.
- The Fallen: Capture and interrogate an ally of Alduin.
 Blades Quests
- Dragon Hunting: Kill a dragon at its lair.
- Dragon Research: Help Esbern complete his research on dragons.
- Paarthurnax: Deal with a potential threat.
- Rebuilding the Blades: Recruit new members for the Blades.
- All items are free to take when you arrive. This changes when you receive the quest Paarthurnax, when Esbern tells you that the Blades will not offer support until the quest is complete. If it is left uncompleted all items in Sky Haven Temple will be considered owned, but will be free to take again after the quest is completed.
- The Temple will only upgrade to its lived-in status—all the braziers lit, food on the tables—once The Throat of the World has been completed.
- Once a follower has become a Blade, he or she will be free to hire. This is particularly handy if your favorite followers are hirelings. Unfortunately some followers are bugged.
- The book Annals of the Dragonguard details the construction of Alduin's Wall in the First Era.
- The Temple is mentioned in the book The Rise and Fall of the Blades.
 Sky Haven Temple
 Zone 1: Sky Haven Temple
At the top of a few flights of stairs from the door is the main room. This room is quite large and serves as the dining room, gathering room, and Esbern's study. Straight ahead is the stone dining table, and immediately behind that is a small wooden table with a leveled sword, random armor, and a grindstone on the ground to the left. There is a wall to the right, known as Alduin's Wall, which prophecizes the Dragonborn's fate.
Esbern will set up his study to the right-hand side of the wall, and as the main quest progresses more books will be added to his table. Most of his books are about dragons or the Dragonborn prophecy, and although he mentions a library in the Temple, one does not exist in-game. Some of his books are either rare or unique, and include Atlas of Dragons, Dragon Language: Myth no More and The Book of the Dragonborn.
The multitude of stairs in the hall can be quite confusing. From the entrance, the left-hand and center stairs lead to the main room, while the right-hand stairs lead to the side of the same room and a set of stairs to the level above Alduin's Wall. The stairs in the northwest corner of the main room split: the left-hand fork leads to the front of the bedroom, while the right-hand fork leads to halfway between the bedroom and the area above the wall. The three sets of stairs in the area above the wall all lead to another small area containing five separate doors, all of which lead outside.
The bedroom in the northwestern corner contains six chests, five beds, and a cooking spit by a large fire. There are two tables in the middle of the room: a small one with a keg, and a larger wooden one with four chairs.
The stone dining table in the main hall points almost directly at the armory to the west. On the wooden table in the armory is the Dragonbane sword, an Imperial Sword, an Iron Dagger, an Iron Mace, and the One-handed skill book Mace Etiquette. Hanging on the wall to the left, there are six Blades Swords, and in between the wall and table there is a chest containing all five pieces of the Blades Equipment, as well as two random potions.
 Zone 2: Courtyard
There are two visible exteriors to the Temple: from inside The Karthspire, and from the courtyard at the top of the mountain. The only distinct features on The Karthspire exterior is a stone face covering the entrance, and a "seal" on the ground before it bearing the Dragonborn symbol.
The courtyard is on the top of the Karthspire mountain and has an impressive field of vision, covering most of the main roads leading to and from Markarth. From the courtyard it is possible to see Reachwind Eyrie to the south, and Kolskeggr Mine to the north. The western view is blocked by part of the mountains in that direction, while the eastern view is blocked by the temple building. By climbing the rocks behind the building it is possible to see the waterfalls beside Old Hroldan Inn, Soljund's Sinkhole, and Sundered Towers to the east, while Markarth to the west is just visible.
The stone building with a flat roof contains two archery targets, one raised on a bale of hay, and a training dummy. The building with the arched roof is used as a lookout post. If Esbern decides to venture outside, he will stand in the lookout. When Delphine is outside, she will alternate between training alone, training with a Blade recruit, or standing in the lookout. Any recruits will alternate between training alone, training with Delphine, and wandering about the small area. There are also five Juniper Trees spread around the area.
Although it is fairly small area, it is large enough for a dragon to land, giving the recruits some live targets to train on.
 Temple Residents
|Sky Haven Temple|
Note: The quest Rebuilding the Blades allows you to make up to three of your followers into Blades. They leave their former lives and reside here. If any of them die after becoming a Blade, you cannot replace them.