Skyrim:The Way of the Voice

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SR-qico-Main.png Meet the Greybeards.
Quest Giver: Jarl Balgruuf the Greater
Location(s): Ivarstead, High Hrothgar
Prerequisite Quest: Dragon Rising
Next Quest: The Horn of Jurgen Windcaller
Reward: Word for the Unrelenting Force shout,
Word for the Whirlwind Sprint shout
ID: MQ105
 
Master Borri teaching "Wuld"

[edit] Quick Walkthrough

  1. Go to Ivarstead.
  2. Climb the 7,000 Steps.
  3. Speak to the Greybeards at High Hrothgar.

[edit] Detailed Walkthrough

[edit] Ivarstead

After you're finished in Whiterun, you'll want to head to Ivarstead, as it is located at the foot of the 7,000 Steps leading up to High Hrothgar. Once you get there and get close to the bridge, you'll hear a conversation. Talk to one of the men, Klimmek, and learn about what dangers are lurking ahead. You can take an optional quest from him to deliver supplies to the Greybeards. You may also ask people there to tell you some information about High Hrothgar:

Name Response
Wilhelm "The Greybeards are a solitary lot. I don't think they've ever ventured outside their monastery. We get the occasional pilgrim passing through here on their way to the summit, but almost all of them have returned disappointed."
Klimmek "I've been to the monastery many times, but I've never even laid eyes on one of the Greybeards. Not that I'd care to. Being masters of the Thu'um, they could kill you by uttering a single word. Well, not that they would. They seem peaceful, but I wouldn't want to provoke them. "
Bassianus Axius "Klimmek brings food supplies up to them once every few weeks when the weather permits it. Other than that, they seem like a quiet lot. Don't really know too much about them."
Boti "It's frightening living below their monastery. Sometimes I swear I can hear strange noises rolling down from up there. It sounds like thunder, but there's never any rain. What do you make of that?"
Temba Wide-Arm "The Greybeards stay away from me, and I stay away from them. Suits me just fine."
Gwilin "Always thought it was odd that there's a layer of thick clouds covering the peak of the mountain above the monastery. Not sure what's up there, but I bet the Greybeards know."
Jofthor "They call the path to the monastery the 7,000 Steps. Can you imagine? I'm not certain if I could even make it to the top without collapsing from exhaustion."
Fastred "The Greybeards are a strange bunch. I heard they live their entire life without uttering a single word; can you even imagine?"
Lynly Star-Sung "I've always fancied a journey up the 7,000 Steps to the monastery. Anything to break the boredom of living in this town. I envy you."

[edit] The 7,000 Steps

When you start on the trail up, you'll run across various leveled wildlife and monsters, and a couple of pilgrims, Barknar and Karita. You will also find various stones giving you information on the history of the dragons and the Way of the Voice. Shortly after the emblem where you meet Karita, at a point where the steps are sandwiched between two cliffs, there is a strong frost troll that will jump from the top of one cliff if it sees you. For low-level characters, this can be a difficult fight. It can be avoided altogether by sneaking past it at night or scaling the cliffs nearby.

[edit] The Greybeards

High Hrothgar

After finally arriving at High Hrothgar, you'll be greeted by Master Arngeir, who speaks to you on behalf of the other Greybeards (whose voices are too powerful for conversation). After proving you are the Dragonborn by using the Unrelenting Force shout, they welcome you to their monastery and instruct you on how to use the dragon shouts, or Thu'um.

To further your training in the ways of the Thu'um, you will be taught the second word to the Unrelenting Force shout, Ro, and asked to practice it three times on ethereal targets that the Greybeards summon. Arngeir comments on how quickly you learn, then takes you outside for the next lesson. They teach you another word, Wuld, for Whirlwind Sprint. You'll be asked to practice it by using the shout to get through the gate Master Borri opens before it closes. When you're finished, Arngeir will send you on the last test: retrieving the Horn of Jurgen Windcaller.

[edit] Achievements

One achievement is unlocked when you complete this quest:

  • SR-achievement-The Way of the Voice.png The Way of the Voice (20 points/Bronze)

[edit] Notes

  • If you activate and read all ten plaques along the 7,000 Steps, you'll receive the blessing Voice of the Sky that causes wildlife to neither flee nor attack you for 24 hours.
  • There appear to be only around 700 steps, but many may have been worn down or covered in snow over time.
  • Despite the fact that, especially at higher levels, there are many dangerous wild animals along the 7,000 steps, the two pilgrims met along the way seem to be around the same level as the average bandit.
  • With a horse and a little cunning, you can skip both the long trip to Ivarstead and climbing the 7,000 Steps altogether. Starting at the Whiterun Stormcloak Camp, you can ride almost straight up the mountain, bypassing the dangerous creatures and the tedious long climb with only moderate difficulty.
  • The shout the Greybeards use to create the attack targets for learning Ro is Fiik Lo Sah, Mirror Deceive Phantom. It is not attainable by the player except through console codes.
  • When you are asked to run through the gate before it closes using your new Whirlwind Sprint shout, you can make it through the gate in time using a regular sprint.
  • Upon completion of this quest, you will gain access to the main quest of the Dragonborn expansion.
  • Arngeir's dialogue about Whirlwind Sprint is slightly different if you already know a word of the shout.

[edit] Bugs

  • If you enter High Hrothgar from the back door, the Greybeards don't congregate in the hall and the quest will not progress. Exit from the front door and reenter before speaking to Master Arngeir to progress
  • If you leave High Hrothgar after being presented the word Ro, but before learning (absorbing) the word on the floor... the game in some cases may not let you learn the word when you return. This can also happen in very rare cases even if you do not leave (more likely to happen later in the game if you have put off doing the main quest). This bug makes the main quest line fail to continue. No workaround for this other than reloading a previous save from before the word is presented to you.

[edit] Quest Stages

The Way of the Voice (MQ105)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
8
Objective 10: Speak to the Greybeards
10 The Greybeards have summoned me to their monastery of High Hrothgar on the slopes of the Throat of the World. They seem to have learned of the mysterious power that I gained when I killed the dragon outside Whiterun.
Objective 10: Speak to the Greybeards
30 The Greybeards summoned me to their monastery of High Hrothgar on the slopes of the Throat of the World. I spoke to Arngeir, one of the Greybeards, who believes that I am "Dragonborn", which means I am especially gifted in the use of the Voice. They have offered to help me learn to use my new abilities.
Objective 20: Demonstrate your "Unrelenting Force" Shout
50
Objective 25: Speak to Arngeir
58
Objective 30: Learn the Word of Power from Einarth
80
Objective 40: Demonstrate your "Unrelenting Force" Shout (<Global=MQ105TargetsHit>/3)
100
Objective 50: Learn the Word of Power from Borri
120
Objective 60: Demonstrate your "Whirlwind Sprint" Shout
140
Objective 70: Speak to Arngeir for further training
160 Finishes quest The Greybeards summoned me to their monastery of High Hrothgar on the slopes of the Throat of the World. Their leader, Arngeir, recognized me as "Dragonborn", and taught me more about my new Voice powers. After passing several tests, they sent me on one final trial, retrieving the legendary Horn of Jurgen Windcaller.
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 1, 5, 12, 15, 20, 25, 55, 56, 59, 60, 70, 75, 76, 82, 85, 90, 103, 105, 110, 115, 125, 127, 130, 150, 180, 190, 200, 220, 240, 242, 245, 250, 255, 260, 265, 270, 280, 282, 284, 288, 290, 300.
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