Search for Baldor Iron-Shaper
Notice! You can begin this mission only after completing Ask Deor About Baldor's Disappearance.
Thanks to the fact that you helped the Skaals in The Fate of Skaal, you have earned their trust - which means that you can complete some additional missions for them. You can begin the first one if after seven days you pay a visit to the village and listen to the conversation between Deor Woodcutter and Fanari Strong-Voice. You should learn that the local blacksmith - Baldor Iron Shaper - has gone missing somewhere in the icy wilderness (see: Ask Deor About Baldor's Disappearance). Your mission will be finding the man - in order to do that, you will have to ask them about the missing man and afterwards head out to look for him.
The blacksmith is being held in the Abandoned Lodge north-east of Raven Rock (map above). Reaching it shouldn't cause you too much trouble - head out through the southern gate and go past Kolbjorn Barrow to afterwards head to north. When you reach the destination, you will be attacked by three Thalmor Soldiers. Defeating them is a piece of cake - especially if you surprise them. By the corpse of one of them you should also find the abandoned lodge key - using it, you will be able to head inside the building.
Head inside the hut and to the basement using the stairs on the left. In the corner of the room you should notice the blacksmith you're looking for - luckily he's alright. Free him to learn that a certain Elf Ancarion desires to learn the secret of Stalhrim: even through the has the map showing the resources, he doesn't know how to use it to forge weapons. This art is known only t the blacksmiths of the Skaal Village, hence the kidnap. Head out to find the greedy elf and take retrieve the priceless map.
Retrieve the Stalhrim Source Map
Ancarion can be found at the very north of Solstheim - inside the location known as Northshore Landing. There's no easy passage there - the optimum path seems to lead west from Glacial Cave or north of Water Stone. Whichever you choose, you will eventually reach a small camp at the shore and a inconspicuous boat. Onboard you will find three Thalmor soldiers and the abductor you're looking for.
There's a few ways of solving the problem - you can kill all the enemies at once and retrieve the Stalhrim Source Map from Ancarion's corpse - that's however the most brutal option. Alternatively, you can steal it from the Elf and end the mission without starting the fight. If you however decide to speak with the Thalmor agent, you will have to choose:
- Persuasion - if you succeed, Ancarion will leave the island and never come back;
- Intimidation - Ancarion and his soldiers will leave the island (if you succeed);
- Deal - you can offer the Elf ready Stalhrim equipment if he gives you the map. If Ancarion agrees, he will hand you over the precious paper and become a merchant with who you can trade. If he rejects your offer, you will have to fight him.
Regardless of your choice, you have to return to the Skaal Village and inform Baldor of the turn of events. Before giving him back the map, be sure to read it first - that way you will learn the Stalhrim Source locations
Return to Baldor Iron-Shape
After completing the main part of the mission, you can return to the Skaal Village and give Baldor the Stalhrim Source Map. In return for your help, he will reach you how to smith Stalhrim, which is a very useful skill. However keep in mind that if you want to use it, you have to be familiar with ebony (which requires Smithing on at least level 80). It's therefore a bonus for highly developed characters.
Additionally you will unlock a new mission - The Lost Legacy. In order to activate it, listen to the old man who will approach you after you're done talking with Baldor.