THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
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20.5 No-one Escapes Cidhna Mine
Prerequisites: Complete Side Quest: The Forsworn Conspiracy
Intersecting Quests: Side Quest: The Forsworn Conspiracy, Grisvar’s Shiv*
Locations: Markarth, Cidhna Mine, Markarth Ruins
Characters: Borkul the Beast, Braig, Duach, Grisvar the Unlucky, Madanach, Markarth Guard, Odvan, Thonar Silver-Blood, Uraccen, Urzoga gra-Shugurz
Enemies: Dwarven Centurion, Frostbite Spider
Objectives: Ask a prisoner about Madanach, Get past Borkul the Beast, Talk to Grisvar about getting a Shiv, Bring Grisvar the Skooma, Talk to Madanach, Hear Braig’s story, Return to Madanach, Kill Grisvar the Unlucky, Return to Madanach, Follow Madanach, Kill Madanach, Search Madanach’s body, Escape Cidhna Mine
* Indicates the secondary quest also available here has a name that does not appear in your Quest menu; the objectives are in the Miscellaneous section of your menu.
Imprisoned in a Forsaken Place
This quest does not commence if you’re thrown into this mine due to your Crime level in the Reach!
Objective: Ask a prisoner about Madanach
Target: Uraccen, in Cidhna Mine
You wake up to Urzoga gra-Shugurz shouting at you. He is the guard captain in charge of the prisoners in this mine, which is carved into the mountains of Markarth. Unlike prisons in other Hold Cities, you’re expected to work, mining silver ore until you drop. You can reply with subservient or sarcastic remarks to Urzoga, before she opens up the cell door and you’re allowed into the mine.
The quickest way to finding out more information about Madanach, who appears to run the prisoners on this side of the mine, is to speak with Uraccen. He’s usually sitting by the campfire in the prison’s middle chamber. You can make up whatever story you like about why you’re here, and ask him about the prison’s illicit Skooma trade, but be sure to ask him two important questions...