- Speak to Kodlak Whitemane
- Collect a Glenmoril Witch’s head
- Return to Jorrvaskr
After completing two radiant quests for Aela the Huntress, your next major assignment will be ready, courtesy of the elderly Harbinger himself, Kodlak Whitemane. He seemingly caught wind about your previous vendetta against the Silver Hand and even asks you to sit down before revealing the task. You can choose to tell him the truth or lie, but it makes no difference, as he knows what’s been going on. He will then tell you the true story about how the Companions contracted Lycanthropy; apparently, one of Kodlak’s predecessors made a pact with the Glenmoril Witches to gain more power, but was tricked by the witches. He proceeds to tell you that those with Beastly Blood will spend their afterlife in Hircine’s Hunting Grounds, not in Sovngarde, which is why he seeks a cure. He then sends you off by yourself, in search of the Glenmoril Witches.
The Glenmoril Coven is located in the northeast reaches of Falkreath, southeast of Lost Valley Redoubt. Upon entering, search the crack in the wall for a locked chest, then proceed to the main chamber where you will encounter the first Glenmoril Witch, a powerful variety of Hagraven, and she will attack you on sight, accompanied by a Frostbite Spider. After the battle, claim her head. The chamber functions as a nexus to four smaller chambers, each with a witch and some valuable loot, including the Destruction skill book The Horror of Castle Xyr in the northwestern chamber. While it is optional to kill all five witches, killing at least one of the others is recommended if you want to cure yourself of Lycanthropy later on. Note graphics in Coven aren’t keeping up. Walking across glitches may cause character to fall through certain levels of floor.
When you return to Whiterun, things will be different and you will notice several citizens gathered around near the stairs leading to Jorrvaskr. Halfway up the stairs, you will find both Torvar and Aela the Huntress next to dead Silver Hand members. When you enter the building, Vilkas will seek you out and ask you where you were in the time of need. In your absence, the Silver Hand attacked Jorrvaskr, managed to kill old Kodlak and take off with all the fragments of Wuuthrad. You will find Kodlak’s dead body near the central fireplace, with Farkas and Njada Stonearm kneeling next to him. Vilkas will claim that his death will be avenged, which will end the quest and immediately start the next one, Purity of Revenge.