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Skyrim:Apocrypha (Epistolary Acumen)

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{{Trail|Places|Apocrypha}}{{Mod Header|Dragonborn}}{{Place Summary
|type=Black Book
|titlename=Epistolary Acumen
|description=an area of [[DragonbornSkyrim:Hermaeus Mora|Hermaeus Mora]]'s [[Lore:Planes of Oblivion|plane of Oblivion]], [[DragonbornSkyrim:Apocrypha|Apocrypha]].
|level=Min: 25
|occupants=[[DragonbornSkyrim:Lurker|Lurkers]], [[DragonbornSkyrim:Seeker|Seekers]]
|image=SR-quest-The Gardener of Men.jpg
}}There are four zones in the area, namely ''[[#Chapter I|Chapter I]]'', ''[[#Chapter II|Chapter II]]'', ''[[#Chapter III|Chapter III]]'', and ''[[#Chapter IV|Chapter IV]]''.
The [[DragonbornSkyrim:Black Book: Epistolary Acumen (book)|Black Book]] needed to access Epistolary Acumen is found inside [[DragonbornSkyrim:Nchardak|Nchardak]]. You must complete the quest [[DragonbornSkyrim:The Path of Knowledge|The Path of Knowledge]] in order to retrieve the book.
Behind the entrance to Chapter III is a font of stamina. There are two seekers in this room, one to the north, two platforms over, and one to the east, up two sets of stairs. There is a font of magicka where the first seeker stood reading. At the top of all the stairs is a font of magicka, and a twisting corridor.
There are another two separate platforms on this side of the corridor. The first has a lurker, and drops down to another platform with two seekers. Dropping down onto the platform activates several parts of the structure in the middle to lower, giving access to a pod atop a pillar. There is a scrye to the south that raises a bridge back to the first platform. The third platform, guarded by two seekers, contains a pod flanked by two fonts of magicka and two tables. On the left-hand table are a few random soul gems, including a [[Skyrim:Black Soul Gem|black soul gem]]. The right-hand table holds a copy of the [[DragonbornSkyrim:Spell Tome: Conjure Seeker|Spell Tome: Conjure Seeker]] (only if your conjuration skill is above level 40), and copies of three skill books, ''[[Skyrim:Fire and Darkness|Fire and Darkness]]'' ([[Skyrim:One-handed|One-handed]]), ''[[Skyrim:Orsinium and the Orcs|Orsinium and the Orcs]]'' ([[Skyrim:Heavy Armor|Heavy Armor]]), and ''[[Skyrim:Death Blow of Abernanit|Death Blow of Abernanit]]'' ([[Skyrim:Block|Block]]).
:''To the south is a corridor that can be reached by using Whirlwind Sprint while standing on the guardrail. This corridor is the end one of the Chapter, and allows you to skip ahead to the corridor with the four seekers.''
===Chapter IV===
Immediately to the right is a table with three soul gems (two random and a black). There is a pod and scrye ahead, which opens a central chamber high in the air. The ''Epistolary Acumen'' book is in the middle of the room, and it allows you to access its secrets. When the book is activated for the first time, Hermaeus Mora appears, and offers to strike a deal in reward for the final word of the shout [[DragonbornSkyrim:Bend Will|Bend Will]]. Hermaeus grants you the second word of the shout as an enticement. To exit this part of Apocrypha, use the non-circular part of the black book.
The three [[Skyrim:Powers#Dragonborn|Powers]] offered by this book are:
*[[DragonbornSkyrim:Dragonborn Flame|Dragonborn Flame]]: When your [[Skyrim:Fire Breath|Fire Breath]] Shout kills an enemy, a fire wyrm emerges from their corpse to fight for you for 60 seconds.*[[DragonbornSkyrim:Dragonborn Force|Dragonborn Force]]: Your [[Skyrim:Unrelenting Force|Unrelenting Force]] shout does more damage and using all three words may disintegrate enemies.*[[DragonbornSkyrim:Dragonborn Frost|Dragonborn Frost]]: Your [[Skyrim:Frost Breath|Frost Breath]] Shout encases foes in ice for 15 seconds.