Skyrim:The Aetherium Forge

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Dawnguard
Dwarven Ruin:
The Aetherium Forge
Added by Add-On Dawnguard
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time 10 days
Occupants
Dwarven Automatons
Console Location Code(s)
DLC1Bthalft01
Ore Veins
# of Silver 2
The Aetherium Forge

The Aetherium Forge is a large forge guarded by Dwarven automatons. Access is gained during the quest Lost to the Ages via the Ruins of Bthalft.

After defeating some lesser Dwarven automatons, you will encounter The Forgemaster, a unique Dwarven Centurion that has a Flame Cloak-like power and shoots flames or a fireball instead of steam. After defeating it, you can obtain extra materials in a nearby chest to use at the Aetherium Forge. You can create three different items but can use the forge only once.

[edit] Smithing

Name (ID) Weight Value Rating Raw Materials Delta Ratio
SR-icon-misc-Aetherium Crest.pngCrest SR-icon-ingot-Dwarven Metal Ingot.pngDwarven SR-icon-ingot-Gold Ingot.pngGold Other Weight Value Weight Value
Aetherial Crown (xx00575a) 2 2250 0 1 2 2 SR-icon-misc-FlawlessSapphire.png 2 Flawless Sapphires -2.2 -10 0.48 1.00
Aetherial Shield (xx005759) 12 2000 26 1 4 SR-icon-ingot-Refined Malachite.png 2 Malachite 6 680 2.00 1.52
Aetherial Staff (xx00575e) 8 1445 N/A 1 2 1 SR-icon-ingot-Ebony Ingot.png 2 Ebony 3 -15 1.60 0.99

[edit] Related Quests

[edit] The Aetherium Forge

You enter via a lift down; at the bottom before activating a lever to the right of the gate to open it turn to your right and jump over a low wall and follow the wall around to the right to find an apprentice locked Dwemer chest. In front of you is a stone pool of water with a piece of Dwemer scrap metal on the edge of the pool. As you follow the path down several flights of stairs, braziers will light your way. After you descend the third set of stairs you will face the start of a rock bridge, while to the left a path leads down to the water. Heading due south from the bottom of the ramp and staying against the wall at the bottom to find a skeleton with a Dwarven sword and nearby an empty random soul gem. Also behind the waterfall is an adept-locked chest.

Crossing the first span of the bridge you will come to a stone wall with a large Dwemer face. There is a Dwemer cog, a Dwemer gear, a piece of Dwemer scrap metal, a large decorative Dwemer strut, a Dwemer gyro and two rubies. Behind the wall with the face drop down to a ledge for another apprentice locked chest. Cross the second span of the bridge and pass through a stone arch. In front of you are two flights of stairs separated by a large stone wall leading up, on the outside of the stairs are statues of Dwarven spheres. Turning left and following the cliff edge you will eventually come to a juniper tree; just to the right is an enchanted Dwarven battleaxe. Back to the stairs and climbing the first flight of them leads to a higher level; between the two sets of stairs are four stone benches facing a statue very similar to the one that you had to place the shards into to gain access. To the right of the first flights of stairs is a raised area that can be accessed by climbing three or four stairs up the second flights of stairs and jumping up. Amongst the rocks you will find an inert Dwarven spider worker underneath another juniper tree.

Climbing the second flight of stairs will bring you to a courtyard area with a dead tree in the center. On the left against the south wall is a stone table and bench; on the table is a Dwemer cog, a piece of solid Dwemer metal, a large Dwemer strut, a piece of Dwemer scrap metal, a piece of bent Dwemer scrap metal and a Dwemer gear. Further along this wall amongst a cave in you will find an adept-locked chest. Against the north wall opposite the first table and bench is a matching one; this one holds a Dwarven bow, and opposite the caved in part of the south wall is a stone arch that leads to a stream being fed by a waterfall. There is a glowing mushroom growing under the arch, and just past this are a Namira's rot and fly amanita, with a second fly amanita growing next to the waters edge at the start of a ramp leading down into the water, however it might not be possible to interact with this growth. Following the water's edge east you will find a white cap and another fly amanita growing, as well as two silver ore veins. Just past the second of these is a stone arch with two more glowing mushroom growing on it. In the water at the very bottom before it drops over a waterfall is a random filled soul gem. There is a skeleton in the water against the west wall with a random weapon and a small coin purse next to it. There is also an expert-locked chest on the north shore of the stream. Going southwest from the arch will lead you to the second juniper tree seen earlier and provide a quick way back to the courtyard.

The gate forward is in the western wall and has two kinetic resonators above it, one on either side; shooting both of these with a missile, either physical or magic, will open the gate. Passing through the gate will bring you to the top of a flight of stairs with a stone bench on your right. At the bottom of the stairs there is a door to the south, with a scuttle on your left. There is a potion of ultimate healing, a random potion of healing, a random potion of magicka, a Dwarven helmet and an elixir of resist fire in front of it. Through the doors you get your first look at the forge.

In order to clear the damaging steam from the room, you will need to turn it off using valves on raised platforms on either side of you. There are shallow alcoves above the two valves from which a series of Dwarven spiders and spheres will attack you. The Aetherium forge is directly in front of you. On the bottom level against the east wall is a stone table with an unlocked chest built in; on the table are two random potions, one of which is a healing potion, a pair of Dwarven gauntlets and an enchanted Dwarven greatsword. Against the west wall is a similar stone table with a Dwemer chest. On this table are three Dwarven metal ingots, a large decorative Dwemer strut, a piece of Dwemer scrap metal, a Dwemer gyro, and a centurion dynamo core. The chest contains all the items you will need to craft any one of the possible Aetherial items listed in the Smithing section of this page. On either side of the forge are ramps leading down to the lava. With high enough health, fire resistance, or using the Become Ethereal or Whirlwind Sprint shout, you can reach two additional areas across the lava. By turning outwards from the ramps and following the walls along to the end you will reach two unlocked gates that open outwards and allow access to the two areas, both of which contain an unlocked chest and several pieces of Dwemer metalwork lying around on the ground. You can then follow the paths up to gates that allow you to drop back onto the bottom level by the two stone tables. There is also an unlocked chest up a ramp behind the large rock pillar you can see in the southeast corner of the room; stay to the right-hand side of the pillar to go up the ramp.

Once you have spoken with Katria, the quest ends and the stairs that dropped and trapped you in this room will rise back into place, allowing you to leave.

[edit] Notes

  • Multiple soul gems can be found underwater near the entrance and near the sealed gate.
  • Be warned the spheres and spider will repeatedly turn the valves back on.

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