… And I accidentally went in.
Not only is this NOT the way to loot the Oblivion book (for easy gold), but it is also a pretty bad idea. Overall, the Pit isn’t too bad, until you get to the end that is. I did not read up too much about the easy gold exploit in the Sightless Pit area, and I thought I had to go in to look for these skeletons. Instead, I was met by these wretched things called the Falmer, I race of snow elves that have degenerated in temperment and sophistication from years living in caves (elderscrolls.wikia.com). These snow elves are not much of a threat so long as they are attacking you with weapons. It’s the mage-type that you should be concerned with. In one corridor, I was caught off guard by a pair of Falmer using frost spells. This was a tough fight for me becuase I have virtually no frost resistences (or any other elemental resistence for that matter). I got passed them and moved forward, encountering different types of Falmer along the way. The real trouble came when I hit (presumably) the last room of the Pit. I say presumably because I actually didn’t finish clearing the Pit, so I’m not sure where it ends. When I hit this room, it looked empty. All of the sudden, 6 or so red dots appeared on my navigation bar. I backed up and drew my bow. I got off about 2 shots before they closed in on me. From what I can see, there were at least 2 warrior type Falmers, at least one archer, and the rest some sort of mage type. I didn’t get a very good survey because I was immediately bobbing and weaving out of the way of axes and frost attacks. I didn’t last very long.
I tried fighting my way through a few times; and I even tried just running through to see how far I could make it. By the way, I tried running through that last time because, by then, I realized what I was looking for was not inside the Pit. Before the mad dash, I tried backtracking to find my way back out to Skyrim. This did not work however, because there is no way (at least that I could see) to climb back up and out of the pit. The only way is through to the end. So I ran.
I didn’t make it.
I was forced to load back to an earlier save, which luckily I did right outside the pit. I was trying to avoid this because I got some pretty good loot from the pit, as well as gained a few levels. But I really didn’t have a choice. Could I have made it through had I persisted? Probably. Though, being after midnight by this point and 5 am (when my alarm goes off) approaching rather quickly, I opted to just reload. Mind you, I planned on doing a “crafting” night. I knew I wouldn’t have much time to play, because I got home pretty late, so I decided I was just going to work on some crafting levels. And I thought that extra gold that I can get “easy” would come in handy. I didn’t mean to get wrapped up in the Sightless Pit.
The correct place, if you are directly facing the entrance to the Pit, is slightly to the right and up the mountain from the Pit. If you follow the path up the mountain, you will eventually come to an alter. On this alter there is a seemingly dead skeleton, some armor on the floor and a few other things scattered on the alter. When you try to loot something from this area, the skeleton will come to life. Two other skeletons will arise as well. Defeat these three and you will be able to loot the Obilvion book.
Hint: Search the skeleton but do not take the loot. Back out and search again. You will notice that now you can loot 2 books. Again don’t loot. Back out and search again. It adds 1 every time you do this. I walked away from the skeleton with 60 books, which I sold for a considerable profit. I left a few items on the skeleton, not looting everything, just to see if I visited the area again, I’d be able to loot the books again.
Also a note on the Falmer: If you do decide to clear out the Sightless Pit, Falmer (being snow elves) are weak against fire based attacks.