My character in Skyrim is a terrible smither who unbelievably still killed Alduin. But now repenting for his inexperience, he wants to learn from the best, Eorlund Gray-Mane. But having searched far and lo for him in Jorrvaskar and Whiterun as a whole, I finally got tired and used the console command player.moveto and put Eorlund's reference ID.

Now I'm here: a strange tunnel with various rock textures on the wall

Where am I and why is everyone in tanning poses? Some of the dead guys are here such as Vittoria Vici, and Eorlund was among the pile too.

TLDR: What is this place and is Eorlund dead?

Malborn is the one standing there and in the Thalmor mission he escaped. Also I have no mods.

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    Are the downvotes from people who actually thought I was in a dim-lit dungeon? Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 7:42
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    I originally downvoted because I thought you were lying and installed mods. I have hundreds of hours in Skyrim and never once, even through mods saw a place that looked like this. I changed my vote after researching what this place was. Mind. Blown.
    – FoxMcCloud
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 17:48
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    @NikhilEshvar I think the downvotes were from people who were thinking "you used console commands, you should expect bad things to happen" - i.e. god said "don't eat the apple" and you listened to the snake :P
    – Pharap
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 18:52
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    @FoxMcCloud I was originally reading about inaccessible areas in Skyrim a while back and recognize the place immediately for some odd reason. Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 1:04
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    This would have freaked me out if I did this. Commented Mar 27, 2018 at 5:16

1 Answer 1


You are in the Dead Body Clean up Cell, an area in the game's files used to store dead bodies. When a dead body has stayed in a spot for so long, it disappears and is sent here. You will have to use console commands to resurrect Gray-Mane. He somehow died and his body was sent there.

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    @Nelson I have read on bugs (on Gray-Mane's wikia page) where he can die at random due to him falling out of the Whiterun Cell. Commented Mar 25, 2018 at 19:33
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    He can eat at the The Drunken Huntsman and get attacked on the way out.
    – Nelson
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 1:43
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    Well, since Eorlund is now dead, Adrianne Avenicci is finally the best blacksmith in Whiterun, right? Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 6:13
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    Well, considering the huge pileup of bodies there... I believe I'm a little too late :D Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 16:35
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    His method of death is quite obvious: "Bethesda"
    – Pharap
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 18:54

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