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"I'm an old woman. I can't possibly make that trip. It's way too dangerous. If you get some taproots, I'll pay you to dip them in the headwaters and bring them to me."
Elynea Mothren[src]

Healing a House is a quest in The Elder Scrolls V: Dragonborn in which the Dragonborn must gather taproot from Spriggans and have them soaked in the headwaters of Harstad River so that them may repair the withering tower of Tel Mithryn.

Background[edit | edit source]

Part of the Telvanni tower at Tel Mithryn is withered. Elynea needs three taproots soaked in the headwaters of Harstrad river to repair it.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  1. Get three taproots
  2. Soak the taproot
  3. Talk to Elynea
  4. Plant the taproot
  5. Talk to Elynea

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Entering Tel Mithryn Apothecary, Elynea Mothren can be heard yelling: "Damn that man! He is being totally unreasonable. I don't care if he's a Master Wizard. He can't treat me like this!" Asking her what happened, she reveals Neloth's tower is withering and needs to be repaired:

Master Neloth? What did he do? "That fetcher told me to fix his house. If I don't, he'll find a new mycologist who will. Decades of loyal service, and he'd just throw me out like yesterday's breakfast!"
What do you need to fix the tower? "Three taproots soaked in the headwaters of the Harstrad river. I'm an old woman. I can't possibly make that trip. It's way too dangerous. If you get some taproots, I'll pay you to dip them in the headwaters and bring them to me."

She can be questioned further about the issues, which reveals where some taproots can be found:

Where can I get taproot? "Where do you think? You have to cut it out of a Spriggan. Although sometimes you can buy them from alchemists."
What can you tell me about the Harstrad headwaters? "It's special to the Spriggans. They seem to like to gather there. Something about the waters attracts them. There are bound to be some there, so be careful."

As mentioned, taproot can be either bought from an alchemist or obtained from the corpses of spriggans. The unmarked Giant Nirnroot Island is a convenient location to obtain taproot as it is home to three leveled spriggans.

Once they have been obtained, proceed to the Headwaters of Harstrad. Another spriggan lives in this small cave, but once it has been killed activate the headwaters to soak the taproot. Once this has been done, return to Elynea. She will keep two of the Soaked Taproot and request that the other be planted in the withered interior wall of Tel Mithryn.

Travel up the tower and plant the Taproot into the large dark bulge on the wall. Return to Elynea, who replies "Good. Now maybe Neloth will get off my back about it." and grants a reward. This completes the quest. Elynea rewards the Dragonborn with two leveled Potions of Well-Being. These potions restore a certain amount of Health, Magicka and Stamina. The potency of potion that is received is based on character level.

Journal[edit | edit source]

Healing a House – DLC2TTF2
ID Journal Entry
10 Part of the Telvanni tower at Tel Mithryn is withered. Elynea needs three taproots soaked in the headwaters of the Harstrad river to repair it.
  • Objective 100: Get three taproots (<global=DLC2TTF2TaprootsAcquired>/3)
  • Objective 110: Soak the taproots
200
  • Objective 200: Talk to Elynea
300 Part of the Telvanni tower at Tel Mithryn is withered. Elynea needs three taproots soaked in the headwaters of the Harstrad river to repair it. Elynea kept two taproots for herself and told me to plant the last one in the withered part of the tower wall.
  • Objective 300: Plant the taproot
400
  • Objective 400: Talk to Elynea
500 I helped Elynea repair the withered tower of Tel Mithryn by planting taproots in the wall that had been soaked in the headwaters of Harstrad river.
  • Quest complete
510
  • Quest failed

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It is later revealed in Ildari's Journal, vol. III that Ildari Sarothril, Neloth's former apprentice, was responsible for withering the tower.
  • As soon as this quest is completed, upon leaving the Tel Mithryn Apothecary, many of the various blemishes seen on Tel Mithryn previously will have disappeared, indicating the tower has fully recovered. The large dark red blemishes where the taproot was placed will have vanished as well, and the area will look much better compared to before the quest was taken.
  • Once the blemishes inside Tel Mithryn vanish, they reveal a lab that was hidden by the blemishes where two non-hostile spriggans can be found in cages, one regular and one burnt.


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