Urag gro-Shub is at his usual position behind the library counter. J’Zhirr tries asking Urag go-Shub for help in finding the second Elder Scroll.
Urag gro-Shub asks, “And what do you plan to do with it? Do you even know what you’re asking about? You think that even if I did have one here, I would let you see it? It would be kept under the highest security. The greatest thief in the world wouldn’t be able to lay a finger on it.”
J’Zhirr persists and Urag gro-Shub relents. He says, “What we do have are plenty of books. I’ll bring everything we have on them, but it’s not much. So don’t get your hopes up. It’s mostly lies, leavened with rumor and conjecture.”
J’Zhirr runs in Phinis Gestor at the College of Winterhold’s library. He is one of the teachers at the college and specializes in conjuration.
Seeing J’Zhirr, Phinis says, “If you require assistance with summoning techniques, please let me know. If you would, please also contain your summons to the College grounds. The locals do not need to be agitated further by Atronachs roaming their town. The summoning of undead is even less advisable outside the College.”
J’Zhirr is amazed at the mention of necromancy. Is it not forbidden magic?
“By Shear, no,” Phinis replies. “Those archaic policies died out with the Mages Guild, and were never enforced here. Necromancy, as any other type of magic, is a tool to be used. Of course, non-mages may not see it that way, so we don’t go around flaunting it.”
It feels so good to be out of the Soul Cairn and back in Skyrim again. It almost makes J’Zhirr glad to be able to feel the freezing wind and cold, wet rain. Know what else J’Zhirr is glad about? Getting his strength back and doing a lot more damage than he did with only half a soul.
There’s still a lot more to do for this questline but first, J’Zhirr makes his way to the nearest city, which happens to be Solitude, and treats himself to warm meal.
Before J’Zhirr bade farewell to Valerica, she gives this one some advice on getting the other half of his soul back.
Valerica explains that J’Zhirr’s soul essence was trapped inside a gem and all this one needs to do is to retrieve the gem. The moment J’Zhirr touches it, his soul essence will be restored. Valerica recalls that there is an offering altar nearby and she is willing to bet that J’Zhirr soul gem is there.
J’Zhirr finds the altar which is on top of a building and guarded by a life-draining crystal. Luckily consuming soul husks can negate the crystal’s draining effects for a few seconds.
J’Zhirr finds the gem and it is as Valerica described, the moment J’Zhirr touches it, his soul is restored. Kind of anti-climax. J’Zhirr was expecting some kind of sign, like a flash of light or a big bang or something.
J’Zhirr finds Durnehviir already restored and waiting for him outside the building. J’Zhirr readies himself for another round but Durnehviir calls out, “Stay your weapons. I would speak with you, Qahnaarin.”
Turns out that Durnehviir is so impressed by the result of the battle, that he grants J’Zhirr the right to call his name from Tamriel should this one need an ally in battle. Durnehviir says, “For countless years I’ve roamed the Soul Cairn, in unintended service to the Ideal Masters. Before this, I roamed the skies above Tamriel. I desire to return there.”
However, Durnehviir had spent so much time in the Soul Cairn, that he now cannot venture far from it. If he stay away too long, his strength will wane until he is no more. Granting J’Zhirr the right to call his name in battle will enable Durnehviir to fly once again in Tamriel, even if it is only for a short while.
Valerica unlocks the chest and lets J’Zhirr takes the Elder Scroll.
J’Zhirr is surprised that Valerica is staying back in the Soul Cairn. She says, “I have no choice. As I told you before, I’m a Daughter of Coldharbour. If I return to Tamriel, that increases Harkon’s likelihood of bringing the Tyranny of the Sun to fruition.”
J’Zhirr promises to return for Valerica when all these is over. She says, “I appreciate your concern for me, but Serana is all that I care about. You must keep her safe at all costs. She’s the only thing of value I have left.”