Skyrim:Tolfdir the Absent-Minded
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This quest can only be started after Under Saarthal has been completed and if Tolfdir is located in the College of Winterhold. Therefore, it actually cannot be started until Tolfdir returns to the college late in Hitting the Books. However, it is possible to locate the alembic before Tolfdir returns and give it to him immediately upon receiving the quest.
If you talk to Tolfdir, he will ask for the recovery of his missing alembic. The alembic will appear in one of three randomly-selected locations in the Hall of Countenance:
- On the top floor: in the northern room, on top of a barrel to the right of the central dining bench.
- On the top floor: underneath the left display case in the enchanting room.
- On the bottom floor: on a crate in the eastern room, with the big barrel in it.
Tolfdir compensates the player with 30 gold and an empty lesser or common soul gem. The quest can be repeated.
- Finding Tolfdir's Alembic before triggering the quest will not change the quest dialogue or outcome; you can simply start the quest and give the alembic to Tolfdir to receive your reward.
- Unlike other games where alembics are a major part of Alchemy (in Skyrim, all alchemy equipment is permanently attached to alchemy stations), this is the only alembic item found in Skyrim.
- USKP version only: Finding Tolfdir's alembic before triggering the quest may cause the objective to remain in your journal and not be set as complete.
- This bug is fixed by version 2.0.1 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
 Quest Stages
|Tolfdir the Absent-Minded (MGR01)|
|Stage||Finishes Quest||Journal Entry|
- The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 20.