Or at least, that is certainly the belief. I haven’t tried the ascent yet. Maybe the title should be, “He’ll be comin’ around the mountain” instead. Because that I did do.

I took a different route from normal too. Usually I would strike out east from Whiterun and come around the Northern edge of the range. The range rather pompously (in my opinion) known as the ‘Throne of the World’ if the cloth map is to be believed.

This time, led on a bit of a detour to recover Nettlebane, I headed South past Helgen. Good times, Helgen. Head (literally) on the block one moment, dragon attack sowing chaos and new friendships the next.

The Hagraven who possessed the blade was terrifying though. I’m unsure whether this is her natural vanilla game power or something I unleashed on the world of Skyrim with the magic mods I added — but she was casting around real D&D style fireballs.

Guerilla tactics were order of the day for the Hagraven. That — and plenty of running away emitting high pitched panicy noises with arms-a-flailing. But for all that… Definitely first try. *cough*

“First try!” ;D

Anywho, questions of number of reloads required aside, it was soon time to move on. Ivarstead is the town that sits at the foot of the mountain on the Eastern side, and also where the grand ‘7,000 steps’ up to see the Greybeards perched right up there safely protected from all but the most dedicated of door-to-door salespeople.

A pair of Eagle guardian statues, standing vigil on the southern pass, not too far from Ivarstead.

On my way there, I passed those Eagle(?) Guardian(?) statues and a number of caves. One of them had a spattering of blood outside and simply screamed out to be left alone.

The other was a bit more nondescript with a simple Bandit encounter outside. Since I have mods in play that add travelers to the roads during the day I did my civic duty and made the world a little safer. (Hmm. Maybe that’s all that happened at the first cave too? I mean… Guards do roam around as well.)

Either way, it wasn’t too much longer before I had made my way around and approached the town of Ivarstead from the South.

The flow of town and location of the steps makes me wonder if this is actually intended way to approach.

Crossing the first bridge into the village soon leads to another, on which I overheard a conversation between locals. The man who had been providing food and supplies to the Greybeards above was in no condition to make the journey.

Since I was going there anyway, and since I like people liking me — I offered to take the current load of supplies myself.

Looking out across the bridge, I can see the first twenty or so of the 7,000 steps. It’s time to go learn more about my destiny and power as the Dovahkiin.


Gamer, reader, writer, husband and father of two boys. Former WoW and Gaming blogger, making a return to the fold to share my love of all things looty.


Rakuno · November 10, 2019 at 3:45 am

Hagravens can be a bit tough to low level characters and they definitely do cast some spells. But the way you describe it sounds more like a mod that pumped up the magic damage a lot. That or a combat mod to make it more lethal.

And no idea what is the side they expected us to enter Ivarstead either! I usually enter it from the west which seems to be the less sensible option since that side just seems very dangerous and no real road to speak of. XD

    Naithin · November 10, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Yeah, I didn’t remember them being *this* deadly in the past. But the Fireballs were quite high damage, moderate sized AoE and a reasonably good cast rate. To top it all off, when it got to a bit below 1/4 hp it started healing. >.< It was at that point I had to switch from Kamikazi bow tactics to a charge across the log bridge, dancing around the hut to finish in melee. Going 1H + Shield for the shield bash has it's advantages. xD

Alli · November 10, 2019 at 5:47 am

Are you playing with visual mods? That’s a lot prettier than I remember Skyrim being!

    Naithin · November 10, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Yup! In particular a very nice 4K Texture pack as a base.

    I’ve set the CommentLuv link in my reply to you to go back to the Modding Skyrim post which goes into detail a bit more of what I picked up. :D

      Alli · November 11, 2019 at 7:31 am

      I’ll check it out but I’m not sure I’ll be dragging myself back to Skyrim anytime soon!

Magi · November 11, 2019 at 1:18 am

That looks super pretty!
The mountain quest was actually a main quest that I did in Skyrim! I loved it! It’s so snowy and super scary once the troll shows up >.< but the milestones with the bits of lore are really cool as well and then… finally… you emerge at the Greybeard's place. :) Gotta try your route as well, though :D
Oh, and I enjoyed the food-supply-sidequest :3

    Naithin · November 11, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    I have actually been trying to remember whether the troll-thingers were because I took the north side of the mountain to come around, and therefore didn’t really follow a road — or whether they were on the path of 7,000 steps themselves actually.

    Memory told me they were on the steps initially, but then querying the people in town including the guy who normally makes the run makes no mention of them. So I started to wonder if maybe, actually, they were if you went what I now believe to be the ‘wrong’ way around. xD

      Rakuno · November 12, 2019 at 12:59 am

      There are trolls on both the “wrong” way to the town and on the 7,000 steps. The one on the “wrong” road to town is that one near some corpses of a guard patrol, almost at the town’s entrance. The one on the 7,000 steps shows up when you are close to the Greybeards’ temple. This one I always found to be harder than the first.

        Naithin · November 12, 2019 at 8:58 am

        Ahh, thanks Rakuno! <3

        And that does sound familiar actually. I think for the set on the path to the Greybeards I would often nope-run right on past them. Haha.

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