- Start the quest as normally.
- Get a follower and put him/her onto the altar.
- Kill all the cultist, except one which leave near to death.
- Bring the cultist so close to the altar as is possible.
- Switch to a continous destruction spell like Frostbite.
The priestess will tell you that you need to gain someones trust and then sacrifice them before Boethiah. She will give you the Blade of Sacrifice to use for the deed. Lead any non-essential follower to the shrine and activate command mode (holding use or via the “I need you to do something” conversation option). Highlight the pillar and you should see “Use the Pillar of Sacrifice”. Tell them to do this and they will move towards it and be pulled in and stuck to it. If the follower is essential, the pillar will not be triggered.
Kill the follower using any means (despite what the Priestess says, you do not have to use the Blade of Sacrifice). Once your follower is dead, Boethiah will use the body as a conduit to tell you and all of the cultists that she has a task for whomever is left standing after a battle to the death. This results in all the cultists attacking one another (and you). Be prepared for a tough fight, as they can be formidable opponents.
If you have already killed all the followers of Boethiah, she will then possess the corpse of the last follower you slew and the quest proceeds as normal. See Notes.
The Shrine of Boethiah
First, you will have to make your way to the Sacellum of Boethiah. Follow the road northeast from the Windhelm Stables up to Traitors Post. Nearby is a road that leads into the mountains, up to the Sacellum. When you arrive at the Sacellum you will find two cultists fighting in a small arena. There are some more cultists and a Priestess of Boethiah watching them. Speak to the priestess. She will tell you that you need to prove that “your tongue can wield a lie”. If you kill the followers of Boethiah, the Daedric Prince will appear and give the quest instructions herself; this will only change the order in which you complete the tasks.
Can you do Boethiah’s calling without a sacrifice?
Where can I find a thrall for Boethiah?
Of all the followers in Skyrim none is more deserving of a grisly, sacrificial death than Ralis Sedarys. Ralis is the Dunmer at the head of the Kolbjorn Barrow excavation in Solstheim.
Can you sacrifice Lydia to Boethiah?