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< Skyrim: People
(RefID: 0002BA33)
Location Avanchnzel Boilery
Race Argonian Gender Male
Level 4 Class Warrior
RefID 0002BA33 BaseID 0004C735
Other Information
Health 85 Magicka 50
Stamina 60
Primary Skills Lockpicking
Race Details Ghost
Class Details CombatWarrior1H
Morality No Crime Aggression Unaggressive
Voice Type MaleArgonian
Faction(s) Dwarven Automaton Faction; Player Ally Faction
Watches-The-Roots' ghost

Watches-The-Roots is the ghost of an Argonian warrior who met his doom in Avanchnzel. He can be found exploring the ruin with his ethereal companions, Drennen, Breya, and From-Deepest-Fathoms.

His body is located in Avanchnzel Boilery at the bottom of a slope after the spinning blade trap. On his corpse are a set of clothes and boots, an iron dagger, and a selection of common loot and gold.

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Unfathomable DepthsEdit

As you first enter Avanchnzel you will see the ghost of Watches-The-Roots speaking to the other ghosts:

Drennen: "I don't like this place. It feels like we're being... watched."
Breya: "It's a simple job, Drennen. We get in, we steal the Lexicon, we leave. Don't get jumpy."
Fathoms: "If you two cannot handle this, we can find others to hire."
Roots: "Enough. Their services will be more than adequate. Let us continue."

Further in the ruins you will see him having a conversation with Drennen:

Drennen: "This place is unbelievable."
Roots: "Indeed. Avanchnzel is as much a library as it is a city. Built to hold the vast memories of the Dwemer."

Just before the doors to Avanchnzel Animoncultory:

Breya: "Why are all these metal... things... ignoring us?"
Roots: "Anavchnzel [sic] is waiting."
Breya: "Waiting for what?"
Roots: "No one seems to know. Perhaps the return of the Dwemer. Perhaps the ending of the world."
Breya: "Best get rid of the ones we see. Just in case."

In Avanchnzel Animoncultory at the campsite:

Drennen: "This place is huge."
Roots: "It is large, indeed. I did not anticipate Avanchnzel's size or the time needed to uncover the entrance. A few hours sleep and we should be ready to continue through."
Drennen: "Maybe we should turn back. I don't want to sleep here."
Roots: "Drennen, you do understand that the Lexicon at the bottom of this place holds the accumulated memories of centuries of Dwemer."
Breya: "Not to mention our pay."
Drennen: "So?"
Fathoms: "So we're not turning back, you fool."
Breya: "Besides, you're not afraid of a few sleeping metal men. Are you, Drennen?"

Further in the Animoncultory in a storage room:

Breya: "I thought you said these things were "sleeping"?"
Roots: "You said they were sleeping. I said they were waiting. It seems a few of them were "waiting" for someone to try and take the Lexicon."
Breya: "Great."

Just before the doors to the Avanchnzel Boilery:

Drennen: "I can't do this. We shouldn't be here. I'm sorry."
Breya: "Drennen!"
Fathoms: "Let the field mouse run. Your pay will be double."
Breya: "My pay will be nothing if we die in here!"
Roots: "Calm yourself, Breya. We are closing in on the Lexicon. I can feel it calling. We'll continue without Drennen."

As you enter the Boilery:

Roots: "We are close now. Can you feel the Lexicon calling out?"
Fathoms: "Sure."
Breya: "So we get it and get out, right?"
Roots: "Once we have the Lexicon, we'll need to take it to its podium. I know what to do from there. Soon the Lexicon's knowledge will be mine."
Fathoms: "Ours. Soon the Lexicon's knowledge will be ours."
Roots: "Of course."

Just before the trapped room where you find Watches-The-Roots' body:

Roots: "We're almost there. I can hear the Lexicon. Come on, quickly!"
Breya: "Something doesn't feel right. Wait!"
Roots: "Aaaaaaaaaaa...."


  • Unused scripting in the quest would've given every member of the party a full set of Dwarven armor, although this never happens, and it's unknown what purpose this would've served.


  • A scene near the giant Dwemer factory may be missing, since the trigger for it is located outside of the map. ?
Fathoms: "The Lexicon had better be worth all this trouble."
Roots: "I assure you, it is. The knowledge contained in the Lexicon created everything you see around you. Properly controlled, it has knowledge enough to turn paupers into kings."
Drennen: "You sure that's power we're meant to have?"
Roots: "Absolutely."