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Skyrim:Healing a House

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Help Elynea Mothren repair the tower of Tel Mithryn.
Quest Giver: Elynea Mothren
Location(s): Tel Mithryn, Headwaters of Harstrad
Reward: Two leveled potions of well-being
Disposition: =1 (Elynea Mothren)
Suggested Level: 25
The withered part of Tel Mithryn tower

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Talk to Elynea Mothren in Tel Mithryn.
  2. Find three taproots and bring them to the Headwaters of Harstrad.
  3. Return to Elynea and plant the taproots in the tower of Tel Mithryn.
  4. Receive your reward from Elynea.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

Elynea MothrenEdit

The founder of Tel Mithryn, the eccentric and bossy Neloth is rumored to be a nightmare to work for. When you visit the apothecary you will find an unhappy proprietor, Elynea Mothren, wandering around badmouthing Neloth: "That ash eating wizard is always on me about his tower. It's not my damn fault the thing withered overnight." She then explains the problem. Apparently, something went wrong inside the tower and Neloth wants it fixed right away and will have no qualms firing Elenya if that can speed things up. When asked what she needs she will say: "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."

Hunting for TaprootEdit

A map marker for the Headwaters of Harstrad will be added once you talk to Elynea, but two taproots can be acquired there, so you only need one. On Solstheim, taproots can be found in the following locations:

Once you have at least one taproot, travel to the headwaters, which are hidden between Benkongerike and the Wind Stone.

Note: A bug fix in the Unofficial Skyrim Patch allows spriggans to have either taproots or spriggan sap, so neither the headwaters nor the unmarked island are guaranteed locations of taproot.

Headwaters of HarstradEdit

A Spriggan Matron in Harstrad Cave

The Headwaters of Harstrad is a small landmark and consists of a waterfall that empties into a small lake. There will be a spriggan of some type here, either alive and on the shore near the lake, or dead and floating around in the lake. Kill the spriggan if needed, claim the taproot from the body, then dive headfirst into the waterfall and enter the hidden cave Harstrad Cave. Once inside, you will immediately be attacked by another spriggan, so dispose of it and claim the taproot if you need it. After the battle, the Headwaters will activate so follow the map marker and soak three taproots in the water. Before you leave, make sure to search the boss-leveled chest for some extra goodies, then return to Tel Mithryn.

Healing a HouseEdit

The new room in Tel Mithryn

Back in the apothecary, Elynea Mothren will be quite happy when you tell her the mission is accomplished. Hand her the three soaked taproots and she will, surprisingly, keep two samples for herself, saying: "I'll just keep two of them for myself. No need for Neloth to know. Take that last taproot and plant it into the wall of the withered house."

Head over to the tower where Neloth will wander around and complain as always. Find the withered area in the northwestern part of the laboratory and plant the taproot in it. Return to Elynea Mothren for a reaction and a small reward: "Good. Now maybe Neloth will get off my back about it. I suppose you think you should get paid for helping an old woman. Here. Take these. I'll sell you more if you come back later." She will then hand you two leveled potions of well-being. You are also free to take most of the ingredients displayed in her shop for free. Lastly, pay a visit to the tower where Neloth has built an entire new room, a testing area for spriggans, complete with two trapped spriggans in cages. Back in the apothecary, Elynea will also have a new job for you.


Level Item
1-7 Potion of Minor Well-being
8-15 Potion of Well-being
16-23 Potion of Plentiful Well-being
24-31 Potion of Vigorous Well-being
32-39 Potion of Extreme Well-being
40+ Potion of Ultimate Well-being


  • You may not be able to soak the taproot in the headwaters.
    •   Use the console and enter the following commands (replacing xx with the mod ID):
      player.additem xx01aad6 3
      setstage DLC2TTF2 200
    •   When playing on PS4 with the Unofficial Skyrim Special Edition Patch (USSEP) installed, temporarily deactivating the USSEP and reloading the game can fix the issue.

Quest StagesEdit

Healing a House (DLC2TTF2)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
100 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
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 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
Objective 400: Talk to Elynea
500 Finishes quest  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.
510 Fails quest 
  • Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the Radiant Quest system, and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On the PC, it is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage DLC2TTF2 stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages, but it is possible to clear all stages of the quest using resetquest DLC2TTF2.