|# of Zones||4|
|Respawn Time||10 days|
|Naaslaarum, Voslaarum, Falmer, Chaurus, Frost Trolls, Frost Giants, Ice Wraith|
|Unknown Book, Vol. I,
Unknown Book, Vol. II,
Unknown Book, Vol. III,
Unknown Book, Vol. IV,
Amethyst Paragon, Diamond Paragon,
Emerald Paragon, Ruby Paragon, Sapphire Paragon
|North of Markarth
West of Castle Volkihar
Northeastern border of High Rock
|Word Wall||Drain Vitality|
|# of Alchemy Labs||1|
|# of Gold||6|
|# of Malachite||8|
|# of Moonstone||9|
|# of Orichalcum||8|
|# of Quicksilver||12|
|# of Silver||6|
The Forgotten Vale is an isolated region of Skyrim once inhabited by the Snow Elves to worship the God Auri-El. It is originally only accessible after traversing both Darkfall Cave and Darkfall Passage.
It is now inhabited by the brutish, corrupted Falmer, and the indigenous vale creatures: the vale sabre cat, the vale deer, frost trolls and frost giants. You will visit it during the course of the Dawnguard add-on's main questline, either as a Vampire Lord or as a member of the Dawnguard. The temple built by the Snow Elves in honor of Auri-El is found here. In front of the Inner Sanctum, there is a frozen lake with a word wall in the middle for the Drain Vitality dragon shout, which is guarded by the twin dragons Voslaarum and Naaslaarum.
In the vale there are several other places that can only be reached from within the vale. These can be reached, either directly, via the portals at the wayshrines or via the paragon platform; Forgotten Vale Cave, Darkfall Grotto, Sharpslope Cave, Glacial Crevice, Inner Sanctum, Auriel's Chapel (which is shown as Temple Balcony at the wayshrine portals, once the final wayshrine found there is raised at the end of the related quest), Forgotten Vale Forest, Forgotten Vale Overlook. You are also able to reach Darkfall Passage from the vale far more easily than through Darkfall Cave.
- Forgotten Vale Books Quest: Bring the Ancient Falmer Tome to Urag gro-Shub.
- Touching the Sky: Find and retrieve Auriel's Bow.
Paragon Platform, also referred to as Paragon Portal, will allow you to open portals to a few otherwise inaccessible locations in Forgotten Vale.
To find the Paragon Platform, go to the Wayshrine of Learning and turn northwest. Follow your way along the water until you see a path rising up a series of flights of stairs on the shore opposite the Frost Giant who carries the amethyst paragon. Follow these stairs about midway up (not to the top), until you are level with the top of the waterfalls on your right. At that point, turn northeast and keep going. On the near shore to the left is the Paragon Platform and on the opposite shore is a frost giant which is carrying the sapphire paragon.
The portal uses the five different paragons to open a portal to unique areas within Forgotten Vale. The paragons are all carried by frost giants, as noted on the map below.
The Amethyst Paragon opens a portal on an inaccessible ledge within Darkfall Grotto.
The Diamond Paragon opens a portal on an inaccessible ledge within Glacial Crevice.
The Emerald Paragon opens a portal to Forgotten Vale Overlook.
The Ruby Paragon opens a portal to Forgotten Vale Forest.
The Sapphire Paragon opens a portal in an inaccessible room within Inner Sanctum.
- Items in some tents may have fallen through the table and/or the bottom of the tent itself, making recovering them difficult.
- Using an area effect spell both inside and outside the tent gives the most likely chance of recovery.
The yellow pogs () mark locations, the red pogs () mark items and Frost Giants, and the green pogs () mark miscellaneous points of interest, such as ore veins and chests. Mouse over the pogs to read additional information.