Dragonborn:Black Book: Untold Legends (quest)

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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png Learn the Black Book's hidden knowledge.
Quest Giver: The Black Book Untold Legends
Location(s): Benkongerike Great Hall, Apocrypha‎
Reward: Bardic Knowledge, Black Market, or Secret Servant power
ID: DLC2BlackBook03Quest
Suggested Level: 6
The Black Book in Benkongerike

Quick Walkthrough

  1. Read the Black Book Untold Legends in Benkongerike Great Hall.
  2. Make your way through Apocrypha‎.
  3. Learn the Black Book's hidden knowledge.
  4. Choose your reward.

Detailed Walkthrough

There are five chapters, Chapter I is basically a corridor that leads to chapter II it contains no enemies and only three of soul gems in the way of loot. Chapter II has exits to both chapter III and chapter IV, enabling you to bypass chapter III if you wish. There is a leveled lurker to battle before reaching either exit. Chapter III contains a seeker, a spell tome and a container of loot. Chapter IV contains the most loot including four stealth based skill books, two soul gems and four containers of loot as well as three seekers to battle. Chapter five again is purely a corridor leading to the Black Book: Untold Legends.



One achievement is related to this quest:

  • DB-achievement-Hidden Knowledge.png Hidden Knowledge (40 points/Bronze)


  • There is a table in chapter IV that has the four skill books The Gold Ribbon of Merit, Advances in Lockpicking, Beggar, and The Rear Guard, which train archery, lockpicking, pickpocket and light armor, respectively.
  • Chapter V has two configurations, one is straight to the reward book while sometimes the hallway curves towards either the left or the right to a Lurker Guardian. This is why you may see Scryes that are apparently not accessible in this part of Apocrypha.
  • You can change the reward at any time by traveling to Solstheim and re-reading the book. This will transport you to Apocrypha near the reward location and you can select a different one.


  • Sometimes after defeating a Lurker Guardian in Chapter V, the nearby door will open and then shut before you have a chance to pass through. The only way to get around this is to use the 'tcl' console command. ?

Quest Stages

Black Book: Untold Legends (DLC2BlackBook03Quest)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 I read the Black Book called "Untold Legends", and found myself in Hermaeus Mora's realm of Apocrypha. I should uncover the knowledge hidden here, or read the book again to escape.
Objective 10: Learn the Black Book's hidden knowledge
20 Finishes quest I uncovered the hidden knowledge contained in the Black Book "Untold Legends".