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Elden Grove

Author: 
Xan, Lady N

After acquiring the second piece, Ria Silmane made another visit:

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I would congratulate you on retrieving the second piece of the Staff of Chaos, but dire portents have I seen. The third piece of the Staff lies somewhere in the Elden Grove, ancient home of the Elves. The Elden Grove is said to be the birthplace of the sacred First Tree, that which gave life to all the forests on the continent of Tamriel. Its location has been a closely guarded secret, so guarded in fact that many believe that even the Elves have forgotten its true location. Considering that there are only three provinces that hold any of the Elven people, your search should not be too difficult. Find the Elden Grove and recover the third piece of the Staff. I wish you well on your quest..."

Valenwood was an elven province with "wood" right in the name, so the Champion headed there, first. Eventually, the citizens of Eldenroot were able to provide some help:

It is said that there are those in the Palace that guard the secret of the Elden Grove. Perhaps if you ask them, they will aid you in finding it.
Beware though, they are sure to exact a price...

Elden Grove, I thought it was just legend. There are many who think that the queen of the city knows the real location, and guards that knowledge...

Few know of the legendary Elden Grove. Take your questions to the Palace. The queen will perhaps be able to help you on your quest...

At the palace, Queen Ulandra once again asked for a favor.

You ask us for the location of the Elden Grove, birthplace of the sacred First Tree. Such knowledge has a price. Over the past year we have seen our beautiful Valenwood change. Parts have become unsafe for travelers, others have turned dark and sinister, leeching the very earthblood from the soil. Alerion, greatest of our Loremasters, found bodies of our people sucked dry of all fluid. They lay wasted, living dead that had no memories of their former existence. Sadly, they had to be destroyed. Ten of our rangers left to search through the Valenwood Forests, hoping for a clue to this mystery. Two months later their severed heads were delivered to us by an emissary of someone who calls herself Selene, High Priestess of Shagrath, the God of Spiders. She delivered to us an ultimatum. Surrender Valenwood or die!

We are not a fighting people, and have no standing army. We prefer to dwell here amongst the trees and mother earth, rejoicing in the commune of the land. We cannot stand against Selene and her spider warriors. I fear an end to my people and our way of life.

You seem to be a strong and formidable adventurer. I implore you, put an end to her threat against us. I will inscribe on your map the location her emissary referred to as 'Selene's Web', sight of our supposed surrender. Somewhere in those dark corridors lies the one thing that can safeguard us from her greed. Somewhere in her fortress lies her 'heart'. It is said to be a great jewel into which she has infused her lifeforce. If you bring us this jewel, she would dare not attack us with her life in the balance. If you are successful, we will share with you the sacred knowledge of the Elden Grove. Will you help us?

The Champion didn't really have a choice.

You are truly a compassionate soul. Know this, Selene's Web lies near the city of Eldenroot. I pray, be careful, she is a powerful sorceress who consorts with the undead. I wish thee luck on thy quest...

Queen Ulandra inscribes the location of Selene's Web onto your map...

After defeating a mass of spiders and recovering the jewel, the Champion was able to return and claim their reward.

I and my people owe a debt we cannot begin to pay, [player name]. You have given us a new hope, and for that we are eternally grateful. Come and stand before me...

Queen Ulandra gently unrolls an ancient scroll, then takes a light feather pen and inscribes the location of the Elden Grove, somewhere in the Valenwood Province, onto your map...

With Elden Grove's location now known, the Champion heads out to recover the third piece of the Staff. 

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The small overgrown entrance to the Elden Grove stands before you, guarding secrets forgotten for ages. Somewhere within its misty corridors lies the third piece of the Staff of Chaos.

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After acquiring the third piece, the Eternal Champion had to face Jagar Tharn's image again:

Why do you choose to align against me when it is obvious that I will destroy you. Even as each piece of the Staff comes into your possession it becomes easier to find you, and I have done just that. Face my creatures, if you dare. I am through toying with you..."

As the previous encounters, the Eternal Champion defeated Jagar Tharn's minion. After some rest, they were ready for the next.