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Military Fort:
(view on map)
# of Zones 1
Clearable Yes
Dungeon Yes
Respawn Time Never (storage is safe)
Level Min: 8
Kornalus, enchanted Frostbite Spiders
Important Treasure
A Game at Dinner
Console Location Code(s)
The Reach
North-northwest of Karthwasten and east of Dragontooth Crater
Special Features
# of Alchemy Labs 1
Ore Veins
# of Iron 1

Harmugstahl is a ruined fort located north-northwest of Karthwasten and east of Dragontooth Crater.

It is inhabited by an Altmer warlock named Kornalus, who is performing experiments on frostbite spiders. The remaining ruins are a mixture of parts of the fort and natural caves.

Related Quests

Radiant Quests

  • Note: This location is one of many potential targets for one or more of the radiant quests found on this page.



The entrance is up a flight of stone stairs marked by a lit brazier at the foot of the stairs and the top by the wooden door. The stairs lead up from a path that starts to the northeast that links several Forsworn camps, passing a spur that leads to Dragontooth Crater and continues to the east fording a basin formed by the confluence of two tributaries of the Karth river before reaching Bruca's Leap Redoubt. The only part of the fort visible from the outside is this entrance, the rest is buried under a cliff face.


The entrance leads into a natural tunnel leading to the first chamber, which is lit by two lit braziers and candles. As you approach, you will hear the voice of an adventurer and sounds of a battle. In the chamber you will find the adventurer finishing off an enchanted frostbite spider. He will spot you even if you are sneaking, and start a conversation with you. After you ask him what was going on with the spiders, he will say: "I don't know, but this place is full of them. Every one I've encountered has been enchanted or the like. Look, I'm getting out of here. Normally, spiders make my skin crawl, but magic spiders? Blech." He will then promptly leave.

The chamber contains two further dead frostbite spiders, which when harvested will briefly be surrounded with magical flames similar to a cloak effect. To the south is a corridor, that after a few paces turns east and descends a flight of stairs. At the bottom the passageway continues south, passing some food barrels on the right before leading into a room. There is a balcony on the right which you cannot reach due to the stairs having collapsed, this will be your way out later. To the left as you enter is a set of spears blocking a corridor, with the lever which lowers them on the left. On your right, against the north wall is a set of shelves holding a satchel amongst some clutter and in the southwestern corner is a wooden table with another dead spider, which also has the enchantment, a random potion of stamina and a potion of resist fire on top.

Past the spears the passage leads to another chamber containing little of interest except four levers in front of another passage blocked by spears. Once you lower all four of the upright spears the remaining jumble behind will retract. To lower the spears start by facing the passage, from the left, pull lever 1 and wait until the two spikes on the left descend, then pull lever 2, then 4, and lastly pull lever 3. Alternatively, simply activate lever 1 followed by lever 4. There are no negative repercussions for moving them in an incorrect order.

Beyond the spears the passage continues south, as you reach a turning to the east there are numerous human bones in an alcove and you can hear a spider moving about ahead. To the east is a flight of stairs ascending before the passage turns south again. Shortly thereafter there's another turn to the west and after a few paces more, it opens out into another room. As you enter, there are two sets of shelves on your right holding a woodcutter's axe and an iron battleaxe. There is an alchemy lab on your left, with a journal on top, that describes the results of experiments carried out on the frostbite spiders. There is also a large hole in the south wall and a wooden table in the southwestern corner holding a dead spider and a potion of resist shock, with a potion of resist fire on the floor nearby. Against the west wall is a bookcase holding five common books, a drum and an iron sword and to the right of this is a wooden door with a leveled lock on the north wall.

Behind the door is a smaller room containing the frostbite spider you heard, some food barrels on the right and in the northwestern corner, an unlocked wooden chest. There are two sets of shelves in the northeastern corner holding a copy of the Alchemy skill book A Game at Dinner, two common books, four resist element potions, one of shock, two of fire and one of cold, a random potion, a bunch of lavender, two nightshade flowers, a sprig of snowberries and two sprigs of elves ear.

As you pass through the hole to the south into a larger room a frostbite spider will descend from the ceiling, and two more will be released from small, barred cells. There are five small cells in this room, three in a row against the south wall and two opposite against the north wall. The middle cell on the south wall has had it's bars bent and broken and contains an egg sac containing a spider egg and in the opposite corner behind some webbing is a random shield and a standing dessicated corpse. In the third cell is the remains of a frostbite spider. The other three are now empty. To the west is a doorway that is blocked by thick cobwebs and in front on the ground is a dessicated corpse that can be looted. Burn or chop your way through the webbing to continue. There is a pickaxe on the ground by a turn to the north and at the end an ascending flight of stairs. At the top there is a cave-in to the east, a cupboard holding a woodcutter's axe opposite, with several barrels to the left and more stairs rising to the west. At the top of the passage continues, passing a long wooden table holding a baked potato and another pickaxe, before turning north and ending with a closed door.

Through the door is a balcony overlooking the main room where you will encounter the mage who has been completing the experiments on the frostbite spiders. As soon as you enter, you will overhear him talking to himself. The experimenter, Kornalus, is standing to the right of a cell containing three frostbite spiders. On the balcony, in front of you is an unlocked chest and some barrels with a random potion of magicka on top. There are stairs leading down to the right. Either attack Kornalus directly, or sneak down to pull the lever on the outer corner pillar of the cell. This releases the spiders, which will then proceed to attack Kornalus. The spiders will not generally cause him much of a problem, but will provide a distraction for you. There is a doorway in the middle of the north wall and a table to the right with a dead spider on top.

Through the doorway is a short corridor with a leveled locked door, opposite leading to his quarters and a pair of double doors to the east that requires a key. Both these doors can be opened using the key carried by Kornalus. Through the level locked is a flight of stairs that lead up to his quarters, which contain an unowned single bed coming out from the north wall, a dresser to the left containing clothes and with a shrine of Julianos on top. This grants the blessing of Julianos, a 25 point bonus to the amount of magicka you have for the next seven hours. Against the east wall is an unlocked boss level chest, while opposite is a wooden table with a dead spider, a basket containing five spiders eggs, a potion of resist cold and a potion of resist fire on top. To the right is a set of shelves holding another dead spider on top, three more spider eggs, a bowl of glow dust, a bowl of fire salts and two bowls of frost salts.

Through the double doors is a room containing two giant frostbite spiders. However they are too big to fit through the door, so they can be killed with ranged attacks. There is a random weapon behind the second of two spider egg sacs on the north wall of the room, just inside the doorway through which you entered. An iron ore vein is in the southeastern corner, near at the foot of some stairs. These lead up to a doorway onto the balcony previously passed near the entrance. Before dropping down, there is a chest straight ahead beside a table holding only clutter on the left. Exit the same way you came in.


  • Looting the spider corpses in the area will initiate a brief elemental effect (fire, frost or shock) on the corpse. The effect does not seem to harm you.
  • Kornalus' surname is Frey, as noted by the name of the key he carries: 'Kornalus Frey's Key'.


  • When in the room with three caged frostbite spiders, if you attack them through the bars and a kill animation initiates, you can end up behind the cage bars with no way out, or the spiders could end up outside the cage with you.
    • Pc22.pngIf you end up trapped inside the cage, use the console command tcl to move through the gate.
  • If Barbas is with you when you meet the adventurer at the entrance, Barbas may attack and kill the adventurer.
  • The spike puzzle may not work at all (the spikes not moving whatsoever). Try reloading or, if that doesn't work, leaving and re-entering the cave.
  • When entering the cave in Werewolf form, the Adventurer will talk to you and leave as normal, and you will be able to talk to him as normal.
  • You may not be able to take the potion of resist fire from the table near the alchemy lab.
    • Pc22.pngOpen console, click potion, enter disable, then enable, and potion will be able to take it.