There was a journal by the side of a fallen adventurer right next to the Mzulft ruins, and it points me to the next step in the Lost to the Ages quest.
At this point I’m not sure if I was deliberately trying to start that quest, but I know I’ll pick it up when my travels take me to the right spot.
Those travels have currently landed me in Kynesgrove where my first task was helping Iddra the barkeep out with Roggi Knot-Beard’s too-high tab.
I listened to the troubles of Ganna and Gemma Uriel, but it seems there’s little I can do to help the Imperial sisters as they try to carve out a living in the town.
The real treat of this trip was stumbling across the Orc stronghold of Narzurbur; the fact that orcs keep these holds throughout the territory was a cool surprise and added another layer to the already multi-layered world.
In order to enter the stronghold I had to prove myself blood-kin to the orcs and that met questing to the deep dark of Cronvangr Cave; not pleasant. The melancholy entrance of the cave with its majestic mammoth’s web-woven bodies started things off on a sad note, and the further in you went the more depressing it got.
But no one said caves had to be welcoming. I got in – took care of the vampires and spiders – and got out with the needed item.
On the way back to the Orc stronghold I killed the resident of Witchmist Grove; the one decent place in this slop and it has a witch in it. Blech.
(Hopefully that won’t negate a quest later.)
Before heading up to Narzurbur with my spoil I spoke with Dravynea the Stoneweaver and gave her some frost salts; it gets understandably muggy in the mines near Kynesgrove.
It’s been cool to see the mines, places underground that aren’t just dirt holes. Not exactly inviting, but clean and safe.
After gaining entrance to Narzulbur I found baked potatoes by the forge fire and stone near the top of the orc mine. Why it’s not what most would remember who’d come through the stronghold it was a fun little detail that made the place more homely and was something I could relate to; a warm meal by the fire.