THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM
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Prerequisites: Complete Main Quest: Alduin’s Bane
Intersecting Quests: Main Quest: Alduin’s Bane, Other Faction Quests (The Greybeards Quests): Word Wall Revelations* , Other Faction Quests (The Greybeards Quests): Meditations on Words of Power*, College of Winterhold Quest: First Lessons
Locations: Riverwood, Sleeping Giant Inn, Sky Haven Temple, Throat of the World
Characters: Delphine, Esbern, Master Arngeir
Objectives: Kill Paarthurnax, Talk to Delphine or Esbern
* Quest names marked with this symbol do not appear in your Quest Menu list, although objectives may.
Slaying the Summit’s Hermit
Objective: Kill Paarthurnax
Target: Throat of the World (mountain summit)
Your alliance with the Blades sits uneasily upon a knife edge. They refuse to help you (which basically means you cannot access their Other Faction Quests) until you’ve defeated the monster at the Throat of the World.
Reasoning with them that Paarthurnax has changed his ways and now embodies peace and meditation falls on deaf ears. They simply want you to remove Paarthurnax, as they perceive him to be partly responsible for the many deaths of their ancestral clan members.
Remember! This quest is completely optional. You will lose standing with the Greybeards if you complete this task, so it is time to pick a side.
Killing Paarthurnax does not affect the future Main Quests; you will still be able to complete your task of killing Paarthurnax’s brother, Alduin, without any complications.
Return to the Throat of the World (or remain here after the end of Main Quest: Alduin’s Bane) and approach Paarthurnax. Kill him using your favorite weaponry.
One method is to launch Fire Breath (the Shout he actually taught you) into him until he starts to flinch and takes to the skies. Then wound and bring him down to the ground with Dragonrend. Finish with your other attacks, using a bow, magic, or melee weapons. Gather the gold and bones from Paarthurnax’s corpse, but only after absorbing his soul.
Objective: Talk to Delphine or Esbern
Target: Riverwood or Sky Haven Temple...