Well, it actually was a solo + hire completion because I didn't use any "parkour" tricks to make the quest go any faster or easier. My awesome level 1 hireling Dryad was a stellar lever puller to get me through the water part and the other gates as I followed Drizzy's post about that tactic. Screenshot of her in the lever room by the water and quest completion when Malkian the Mad was killed included to show that the quest was done properly, and in order.