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Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind

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This section contains the quests for the Morrowind chapter of ESO. Not to be confused with Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

The Vestige finds themself on a ship sailing to Vvardenfell and reading a letter titled "Good Travels!". Another passenger, Fonten Jodain, starts speaking.

Fonten Jodain

What a fabulous voyage we've shared, my friend! To Vvardenfell and new opportunities! Still reading that letter? A lover's note, hmm? No need to confirm or deny it. We all have our secrets. I wonder what Vvardenfell has in store for us!

Sailor

Jagged rocks ahead! Brace yourselves!

Fonten Jodain

Well, that doesn't sound good.

Water bursts through the hull of the ship. The Vestige wakes up in a cage with an Argonian, Eoki.

Eoki

This one's still alive, Naryu!

Naryu Virian

I can see that. Walk this way and let's make sure everything works after that dreadful shipwreck.

The Vestige leaves the cage and talks to Naryu in another room.

Naryu Virian

Look what the sea coughed up! Welcome to Vvardenfell, land of Dark Elves, lava flows, and slaves of all descriptions. Speaking of slaves, let me get those manacles off you.

Vestige

How are you going to remove these bindings?

Naryu Virian

Oh, you'll find I'm full of surprises! I have just the thing. Hold still … there!

Vestige

What is this place?

Naryu Virian

You've been captured by slavers. Haven't you been paying attention? Maybe you hit your head when your ship crashed into the rocks and dumped you onto the Bitter Coast. The slavers lured your ship in and took their pick of the survivors.

Vestige

Are you working with the slavers?

Naryu Virian

Slavers? Me? No, my allegiance leans in an entirely different direction. Let's just say I'm here to help you escape this place. Then you can get back to what you were doing before the slavers so rudely sank your vessel.

Vestige

So how do we get out of here?

Naryu Virian

Not so fast, hero. I need to make sure you can handle yourself in a fight. Not everyone recovers from a near-death experience that quickly.

Vestige

All right, let's test my fighting skills.

Naryu Virian

Let's go over some of the basics of combat.

Vestige

I'm ready.

An alternative answer is:

Vestige

I'm fine. I can fight with the best of them.

Naryu Virian

Oh, you can, can you? Then let's see how you handle this.

No matter which answer was chosen, a combat tutorial starts. During the tutorial, Naryu and Eoki say short dialogue lines.

Eoki

Quick, defend yourself!

Eoki

Nice! Now follow it up!

Naryu Virian

Try to block this one!

Eoki

Finish her off!

After the combat tutorial, the quest of escaping the slavers continues.

Naryu Virian

Impressive! You're just what I need to pull my plan together. Most of the slavers are currently out on a raid. That means it's the perfect opportunity for us to make our escape.

Vestige

What do you need me to do?

Naryu Virian

Oh, not too much, really. I need you to find a set of slaver clothes so you don't look like one of the prisoners. Plus, we need the gate key or we'll never make it to the docks. Here. Take my spare lockpick in case you need it.

Vestige

What are you going to do while I get the gear and the key?

Naryu Virian

I've got a few more things to check on before we can make our escape. You do your part, and I promise you, I'll do mine.

Vestige

Any idea who these slavers are?

Naryu Virian

An idea? Of course. I just need proof to satisfy my superiors. But don't worry. I'm sure I'll have things well in hand by the time we meet back up.

Vestige

I'll go find some gear and the gate key.

Vestige

We've got a lockpick. Why do we need a gate key?

Naryu Virian

Some locks resist even the best efforts of a skilled thief. They're crafted using superior components and complex mechanisms. Like the lock on the gate. If I had all the time in the world, maybe I could crack it. But we don't have that luxury.

The Vestige can train combat once again by choosing the right answer.

Vestige

I'd like to fight you again, just for the practice.

Naryu Virian

If you insist. I do so enjoy getting physical with a good-looking specimen such as yourself.

The Vestige leaves to find the gate key and some slaver gear. In one of the huts they encounter a Slaver Cutthroat.

Slaver Cutthroat

Drores? Why didn't you wake me? Have you been drinking the aged flin again?

If the Vestige is detected by the Slaver Cutthroat, he says the following dialogue line and starts combat.

Slaver Cutthroat

Treacherous slave! I'll have your head!

After obtaining the necessary key and gear, the Vestige finds Eoki and other slaves outside.

Eoki

Over here!

Eoki

Did you get the things Naryu wanted? The slavers are returning and plans have changed. Naryu sent me to find you and get the gate key.

Vestige

Tell me what happened.

Eoki

Naryu sent a signal to the House Guard in Seyda Neen and that's when the slaver horn started sounding. The slavers must have been hiding nearby and now they're on their way back. We have to hurry!

Vestige

Here's the gate key.

Eoki

You are a ray of sunshine on a cloudy morning! I'll lead the prisoners through the gate and see what we can find to get off this island. You meet up with Naryu at the overlook and then rendezvous with us at the docks.

Vestige

I'll find Naryu at the overlook.

The Vestige goes to find Naryu.

Naryu Virian

I couldn't have done much better myself, hero. Good work down there! There's one more thing to do, if you're up to it. Time is short, but I have something to tell you. You've earned that much at least.

Vestige

What do you want to tell me?

Naryu Virian

I'm an assassin, a Morag Tong agent here to complete a job. The writ I carry gives me the legal authority to end my target's life, no questions asked. I'm here to kill Captain Svadstar, leader of this band of slavers. He's as bad as they come.

Vestige

Why are you telling me this?

Naryu Virian

Because I need your help. I can kill the captain and ten of his thugs without breaking a sweat. But the slavers' ship? It's faster and stronger than anything the locals can throw at it. If we don't scuttle the ship, they'll be right back to business.

Vestige

Why should I help an assassin?

Naryu Virian

Not big on gratitude, I see. Look, I signaled Seyda Neen, but they won't get here in time to stop the slavers. With your help, we can end the slavers, save their prisoners, and sink their ship. Otherwise, the prisoners are as good as dead.

Vestige

So what do you need me to do?

Naryu Virian

Gather some fire salts and kindlepitch from the docks. With them, you can make a fire bomb. Not only will setting their ship on fire destroy it, it will flush Svadstar from his hiding hole so I can end him. We'll meet after you gather the supplies.

Vestige

I'll get the fire salts and kindlepitch and meet you at the docks.

Naryu runs away to the gate to the docks and the Vestige looks for the necessary materials for a fire bomb. After collecting them all, they meet Naryu Virian.

Naryu Virian

Over here! Get on board and let's go.

The two use a rowboat to get to the slaver ship.

Naryu Virian

The ship's under attack! Pretend you're part of the crew and maybe the slavers won't notice.

Slaver Thug

Don't come out! They're bombarding the ship! Wait, who …?

Naryu Virian

Go below decks and use the fire bomb. I'll search for the Captain. Now move!

First Mate Ulveni

Skeeving fetcher! I'll kill you!

Captain Svadstar

Intruder in the hold! Someone put out that fire while I deal with this flea!

Naryu Virian

Nice! We make a great team. Now, let's get off this burning ship!

After defeating both enemies, Naryu and the Vestige jump off the ship and dive into water. The Vestige awakes in a cabin which turns out to be inside The Windstorm, docked in Seyda Neen.

Sergeant Delms

Good, you've returned to your senses. Let's talk. So, care to tell me what you were doing on that slaver ship?

Vestige

They captured me and I was trying to escape. What is this place?

Sergeant Delms

This is the port town of Seyda Neen, on the island of Vvardenfell. We fished you out of the burning wreckage of a slaver ship near Firemoth. If you're not a slaver, why were you dressed as one?

Vestige

We were in disguise, trying to make our escape from the ship.

Sergeant Delms

We? Hmm. I'll let Governor Salvi sort this out. She wants to see you. Best not to keep her waiting.

Vestige

I'll go and talk to Governor Salvi.

Sergeant Delms

Come with me.

The Vestige and Sergeant Delms leave The Windstorm and enter the Census and Excise Office.

Syndelius Ergalla

Another rescue, Sergeant? Let me just record the name in my ledger.

Sergeant Delms

Not this one. Governor Salvi doesn't want an official record.

Syndelius Ergalla

Really? Very well. The Governor's in her office.

Governor Salvi

As Governor of this region, I have questions that need to be answered. We found you among the wreckage of the slaver ship, and we found a strongbox with your name on it in another wreck. I'll give you the strongbox if you tell me the truth.

Vestige

I helped a Morag Tong agent. She had a writ to assassinate the slaver captain.

Governor Salvi

Did she? And where is this writ? I don't see any writ. And without a writ, all I have is a murder. Take your strongbox, but we'll hold onto you until I have proof of your claim. I have no patience for tale-tellers or slavers.

Naryu Virian enters the Office and gives the Governor a writ.

Naryu Virian

A moment, Governor. Here's my honorable writ of execution for the slaver captain.

Governor Salvi

Hmm. These papers appear to be in order.

Naryu Virian

We're done here, hero. But don't worry, I'm sure we'll see each other again.

Governor Salvi

I suppose you can go now. And we'll leave your name out of the official record. Just don't make me regret this.

This quest can be started in a few ways. If the Vestige continues exploring Seyda Neen after completing Broken Bonds, they will encounter Alavesa Arethan and talk to her. If the player purchased The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind and is using a character outside of Vvardenfell, they will receive a letter from Canon Llevule; reading it will start the quest. Another option is starting the quest via the Collections menu.

Alavesa Arethan

Thereís an Armiger injured on the road outside Seyda Neen. So much blood! Theyóthey need help.

Vestige

Tell me what happened.

Alavesa Arethan

Iím not exactly sure. The Buoyant Armiger was accompanying Canon Valasa on a mission for Lord Vivec, but something terrible must have happened! Canon Valasa sent me to find help. Sheís on the road, just outside of Seyda Neen. Will you help them?

Vestige

Iíll go find Canon Valasa.

Canon Valasa

Forgive me, Outlander, but I have enough to deal with. Iím just a simple Tribunal priest, and the trouble at the ancestral tomb was too much for even our Buoyant Armiger to deal with. I have failed Lord Vivec and left a colleague alone at the tomb.

Vestige

What happened at the ancestral tomb?

Canon Valasa

Lord Vivec sent the three of us to seek guidance at the Andrano ancestral tomb. We were attacked when we got there and our guard was seriously hurt. I barely got her to safety, but we failed to complete the mission Lord Vivec bestowed upon us.

Vestige

Three of you? You mentioned another priest.

Canon Valasa

Canon Llevule. He remained behind after we retreated from the tomb. I know he wants to get back inside and ask Lord Vivecís questions, but thereís no way he can get past the Daedra or ask the questions on his own. May the Three grant him wisdom.

Vestige

I can go to the tomb and help Canon Llevule.

Tanisa Drothan, one of the people staring at Canon Valasa and the wounded Armiger, is posessed by Azura, the Daedric Prince of dusk and dawn.

Azura

By Dawn and Dusk, evil creeps through the shadows of my beloved Vvardenfell. But an Outlander arrives to aid my people, just as I have foreseen.

Tanisa Drothan returns to her normal state.

Canon Valasa

Lord Vivec protect me! That was Azura, the Queen of the Night Sky! And you - she spoke directly to you, Outlander! Iím surprised the Daedric Prince would risk Lord Vivecís wrath to proclaim a prophecy, but she did say you were here to aid us.

Vestige

What just happened here?

Canon Valasa

The Daedric Prince Azura possessed that woman and spoke through her! Iíve heard of such occurrences, of course, but to witness such an eventÖ She said evil creeps through the land. I wonder if it has anything to do with what we saw at the tomb?

Vestige

Tell me more about your mission at the tomb.

Canon Valasa

We sought guidance in a matter that concerns Lord Vivec. I received specific questions to ask while Llevule concentrated on summoning his ancestor. The Daedra ruined those plans when they fell upon Urnsi and we were forced to flee.

Vestige

Daedra?

Canon Valasa

Vile creatures from Oblivion! You hear about an odd ghost or a nest of vampires, but never Daedra! Please, if they're still there, they'll rip Canon Llevule apart! He's definitely not a warrior. Just look at what they did to the Buoyant Armiger!

Vestige

What's a Buoyant Armiger?

Canon Valasa

The Buoyant Armigers comprise one of the military orders of the Tribunal Temple. They seek to emulate Lord Vivec's deeds through actions and words. Poor Urnsi! Those monsters went straight for her. Her blood flowed like lava from Red Mountain!

Vestige

Red Mountain?

Canon Valasa

Where are you from? Children of Red Mountain before they even taste flin. The mountain sits at the center of Vvardenfell, periodically rumbling like a sleeping nix shaking its leg. Lately, however, it seems to be waking from its long slumber.

Vestige

Tell me more about Azura.

Canon Valasa

Azura is the cruel but wise Daedric Prince of dawn and dusk. She's one of the "good" Daedra, for what that's worth, but for her to speak through an innocent means something terrible is about to happen. Why else would she dare Lord Vivec's wrath?

Vestige

Lord Vivec and Azura don't get along?

Canon Valasa

What do they teach you where you come from? Lord Vivec's a Living God! Azura is merely the Anticipation of Sotha Sil. Vivec stands as the present and the future, while Azura clearly represents Vvardenfell's past. So, no, they don't get along.

Vestige

Who's Lord Vivec?

Canon Valasa

You don't know Lord Vivec? One of the Living Gods of the Dunmer Tribunal? You must be new to our land, Outlander. But there's no time. Canon Llevule remained behind. He needs help if he's going to get inside the tomb and ask Vivec's questions.

Vestige

Vivec's a Living God?

Canon Valasa

Yes, one of the God-Monarchs of Morrowind. He's the Warrior-Poet who lives in a grand palace in Vivec City. Lord Vivec sent us on this holy mission, to request information from Canon Llevule's ancestor. It breaks my heart that I have failed him.

The Vestige travels to the Andrano Ancestral Tomb.

Canon Llevule

Those monsters! It's too dangerous. What am I going to do?

Canon Llevule

Did Canon Valasa send you? She did, didnít she! That means she made it to Seyda Neen. Vivec be praised! Will you help me complete my mission? It would be sacrilege if I donít enter my familyís tomb and make Lord Vivecís inquiries.

Vestige

Iíll help you enter the tomb and ask your questions.

Canon Llevule

As the Saints declare, the Tribunal always provides. Weíll need to be cautious, however. Daedra invaded the tomb. Makes it hard to talk to oneís ancestors while monsters try to eat you! Iíll also need your help when we reach the summoning chamber.

Vestige

What kind of help?

Canon Llevule

Take this scroll with Lord Vivecís inquiries. While I summon forth my ancestorís spirit and concentrate on maintaining the connection, you must ask the questions. He insists we use the exact phrasing. We can go inside when youíre ready.

Vestige

I'd like to ask a few questions before we enter the tomb.

Canon Llevule

I've already lost precious time due to Buoyant Armiger's wounds, but I suppose a few more moments won't make the volcano erupt or the moonlet fall from the sky or anything. What else can I tell you, my friend?

Vestige

Why does Lord Vivec want you to contact your ancestor?

Canon Llevule

I'm not quite sure and it wasn't my place to ask. When your Living God gives you a task, you say, "yes, my lord!" The questions seem to involve the time before the Tribunal, which I assume is why we must ask them of my long-dead ancestor.

Vestige

Tell me about your ancestor.

Canon Llevule

Few of my contemporaries can boast of a luminary such as Fadrena Adrano occupying a prime branch upon their family tree. Lady Farena studied at the feet of Sotha Sil and was counted among his companions before the Tribunal rose to power.

Vestige

Who's Sotha Sil?

Canon Llevule

Who's Sotha Sil? That's like asking who are Vivec and Almalexia! They are the Tribunal - the Living Gods of the Dunmer. Sotha Sil is the architect of time and the binder of Oblivion. If you want to know more, we can talk after we've finished.

Vestige

Tell me about the creatures in the tomb.

Canon Llevule

Well, I can tell you they weren't here the last time I paid my respects. Canon Valasa thinks they're some kind of Daedra, determined to keep us from fulfilling Lord Vivec's will. Until you showed up, I wasn't sure what I was going to do.

Vestige

Iím ready. Letís enter the tomb.

Canon Llevule

Before we go in there and face those monsters, I want you to know how much I appreciate your aid in this matter. Just donít lose the scroll that contains Lord Vivecís questions. Now come! Letís call forth my ancestor. Iíll open the tomb door.

Vestige

Lead the way.

Canon Llevule

Follow me, but keep an eye out for those Daedra!

The two enter the tomb and then enter the chamber where Farena Andrano is buried.

Farena Andrano

Hasnít my rest been disturbed enough by those filthy Daedra? Why do you summon me, descendent?

Canon Llevule

My Lord Vivec has inquiries that only you can answer, my lady. My companion will present them, with your permission.

Farena Andrano

The Warrior-Poet? Very well, ask Vivecís questions.

Farena Andrano

Ask the Warrior-Poetís questions, Outlander.

Vestige

Lord Vivec asks, ďThe heart of the world, key to ascension, should I be filled with apprehension?Ē

Farena Andrano

Ah, Lord Vivec always had a way with words! Tell him to rest assured. The Heart remains safe. I wonder why that concerns him? Ask the remaining questions, as my time here is short.

Vestige

Lord Vivec asks, ďHas the enemy of old returned, so devious and bold?Ē

Farena Andrano

An enemy of old, yes, but not the one that Vivec presumes.

Vestige

Lord Vivec asks, ďDid Sotha Sil in his unending crusade know our divinity would shrivel and fade?Ē

Farena Andrano

Sotha Sil imagined multiple scenarios and contemplated endless solutions. He even experimented with his divinity, drawing energy to study before returning it. Loss will come, he foresaw, but not until the collapse of the Temple. Now, back to sleep.

Canon Llevule

I hope thatís what Lord Vivec needed. Letís talk outside.

Canon Llevule

Thank you for helping me complete my task. Now I need to return to Vivec City. Have you been there? Itís amazing! Ziggurats rising out of the water, the moonlet hanging in the sky above. You should meet me there so I can introduce you to Lord Vivec.

Vestige

Did you understand what your ancestor told us?

Canon Llevule

Just between us, I understood neither the questions asked nor the answers received. Not that I expected to. Some things arenít meant for mortal minds. Thatís another reason for you to come to Vivec City, to help me explain what my ancestor said.

Vestige

I can help recount what happened here.

Canon Llevule

Excellent! I just need to make a quick stop in Seyda Neen to check on my original traveling companions. When you get to Vivec City, head right to the palace and Iíll meet you there. I know that Lord Vivec will want to reward you for assisting me.

Vestige

Iíll meet you in Vivec City.

Canon Llevule

Iíll be along shortly. When you get to Vivec City, head directly for Lord Vivecís Palace. Once there, Iíll make introductions and we can tell the Warrior-Poet everything we learned.

Canon Llevule

This is the person who helped me at the tomb.

Archcanon Tarvus

Lord Vivec, we donít need the help of thisÖ Outlander.

Vivec

Oh hush, Archcanon Tarvus. Outlanders have their usefulness. This one intrigues me.

Archcanon Tarvus

As you say. Iíll be in my office if you need me.

Vivec

Step forward, friend of Llevule, and let us speak. Canon Llelvule says you helped him in his mission. As I have written, ďthe one who helps my ally becomes my friend. Despite the Archcanonís concerns, I greet you with sincerity and pose a simple question. Will you assist us further, Outlander?

Vestige

What kind of help do you need, Lord Vivec?

Vivec

I have Ordinators and Armigers at my disposal, vast armies of followers and dedicated priests. What I donít have, however, is a fresh perspective. Will you set aside your personal goals for a time and become the eyes and ears of a god?

Vestige

Of course, Lord Vivec. I can provide a fresh perspective.

Vivec

Good. I need assistance to investigate aÖstrange phenomenon that the ancestor confirmed may indeed be a problem. Weíll start with a simple divination ritual. Archcanon Tarvus can tell you what we need to delve into this mystery.

Archcanon Tarvus

Ah, Outlander. Lord Vivec trusts too much to put his faith in one such as you, but who am I to question my God? I suppose he sent you to me so I could put you to work? Did he say which task he wants us to accomplish first?

Vestige

Lord Vivec said he needed to perform a divination ritual.

Archcanon Tarvus

Ah, yes. We do need to perform a ritual to reveal the nature of the ... phenomenon that vexes Lord Vivec. Now, listen closely. I hate to repeat myself.

Vestige

Iím listening.

Archcanon Tarvus

Despite my objections, Vivec believes you were sent to help, so Iíll do my best to assist you. Go to the ziggurat thatís still under construction and tell the Overseer that Lord Vivec requires the Blessing Stone. Then bring it to me in the palace.

Vestige

Iíll go to the unfinished ziggurat, get the Blessing Stone, and meet you at Vivecís Palace.

Overseer Shiralas

This project has been nothing but one disaster after another. How am I expected to get this ziggurat built on time when things constantly go wrong? Donít mind me. Iím just having one of those days.

Vestige

Archcanon Tarvus sent me. I need to borrow your Blessing Stone.

Overseer Shiralas

Our Blessing Stone? Do you know what happens if we give up our Blessing Stone? Well, neither do I, but Iím sure it wonít put us back on schedule or end our string of disasters. Iím not one to disagree with the Archcanon, but thatís a terrible idea.

Vestige

Lord Vivec needs the Blessing Stone to perform a ritual.

Overseer Shiralas

Lord Vivec? Why didnít you say so? But Iíll need you help before I can turn over the Blessing Stone. The passage that leads to the consecration chamber collapsed, trapping some of my workers. If you can clear the way, you can borrow the stone.

Vestige

Iíll clear the passage and free your workers on my way to retrieve the stone.

Overseer Shiralas

I appreciate the help. Just remember that youíre only borrowing the stone. It needs to be back in the consecration chamber before the next shift or weíll never get this ziggurat constructed in time.

Archcanon Tarvus

The Outlander returns. I understand there was some trouble at the construction site, but you were able to save a few of the workers. Lord Vivec always draws the straightest arrow from the quiver, praise the Tribunal! Did you bring the Blessing Stone?

Vestige

I have the Blessing Stone.

Archcanon Tarvus

Stand over there. In Canon Llevuleís absence, you will form the third corner of our ritual triangle. When youíre ready, place the Blessing Stone and weíll being the ritual.

The ritual begins when the stone is placed in a holder in the floor.

Archcanon Tarvus

Hear the words of the Warrior-Poet and reveal the source of Lord Vivecís distress!

The Divination Ritual is only partly successful. Before something unknown interferes and ends the ritual, three visions appear: an Ashlander, a clockwork mage and a Daedric cultist. When it ends, Archcanon Tarvus comments that and then leaves.

Archcanon Tarvus

Something interfered with the ritual, my Lord. But we may have learned something. Excuse me while I compare the results to our previous research.

Vivec

Between the cryptic warnings of the ancestor spirit and the unexpected result of the divination ritual, I fear there may be more astir than I imagined. We solve the greatest mysteries by accident, I suspect. Hmm. I should write that down.

Vestige

Something went wrong during the ritual. Did you learn what you had hoped?

Vivec

We learn from every action we take. Failure or success, each result teaches us something, at least in the larger sense. To be more specific ... no, not as much as I hoped.

Vestige

But there were images in the ritual...

Vivec

Images that suggest avenues to investigate, riddles to solve. Let me tell you a secret, Outlander. It concerns a Living God and energy that fades like daylight as dusk spreads across the land.

Vestige

I donít understand, Lord Vivec.

Vivec

Listen well and speak not a word! My divine energy, it drains away. Whether from illness or foul malady, I know not. You must travel the land and seek answers on my behalf. But first, "Gratitude before service," as I have written. So, thank you.

Archcanon Tarvus

After further examination of the documents your brought back, I have to agree with your assessment. The Ashlander Chodala has somehow siphoned divine energy away from Lord Vivec.

Vestige

So you know how to restore Lord Vivec's power?

Archcanon Tarvus

Not exactly, but now that we know that the affliction isn't natural, we can work toward a solution—one that probably involves Chodala's staff. How the Ashlander got his hands on Sotha Sil's tool and turned it into a weapon is beyond me, though.

Vestige

You want me to acquire the staff called Sunna'rah?

Archcanon Tarvus

Eventually, but we need to be cautious. If Chodala is as respected as you say, attacking him would start a war we can't afford to partake in. Go to Ald'ruhn and talk to his sister, Seryn. I don't trust her either, but she worked with you before.

Vestige

I'll go talk to Seryn.

Archcanon Tarvus

Get to Ald'ruhn and locate Seryn. She needs to tell us more about Chodala and then help us acquire his staff. Without it, we can't restore Vivec. Meanwhile, I need to placate the populace. The people grow concerned over VIvec's continuing isolation.

The Vestige travels to Ald'ruhn, to the Urshilaku Tribe's camp, and meets Seryn.

Seryn

I've been thinking about my brother's claim that he's the Nerevarine since last we spoke. No matter how I try, the word tastes false on my tongue. And now I fear he's about to convince the Wise Woman that his quest for power will benefit the tribes.

Vestige

What can I do to help?

Seryn

My brother is respected and revered. He has allies in all of the tribes, not to mention his personal Red Exiles. We have to proceed with caution, respect the Ashlander customs and traditions. Anything else will lead to violence and bloodshed.

Vestige

So what do we do?

Seryn

We talk to my brother. Try to convince him this isn't the way. Barring that, we make sure the Wise Woman doesn't get drawn into his madness. Whatever Chodala says or does — don't attack him! We don't need a war between the Houses and the Ashlanders.

Vestige

I'll follow your lead.

Seryn and the Vestige go to the Wise Woman Dovrosi's Hut.

Seryn

The Wise Woman... I was hoping she'd be here.

Chodala

You're too late, dear sister. Despite your protestations, the Wise Woman has gone to the Cave of the Incarnate to confirm my claim.

Seryn

Brother, do you really want to pursue this dangerous course?

Chodala

There was a time when you gave me your unconditional support, Seryn. I miss those days.

Chodala leaves the hut.

Seryn

My brother Chodala is about to do something foolish—and dangerous. But by dusk and dawn, Azura put you and I on the same path for a purpose. I just hope we have enough time.

Vestige

What's Chodala going to do?

Seryn

He's about to claim the title of the Nerevarine and try to unite the Ashlander tribes gathered here. He already convinced the Red Exiles to support him. He's using them to intimidate the other tribes. If he persuaded the Wise Woman to his cause...

Vestige

Tell me about the Wise Woman.

Seryn

Wise Woman Dovrosi, the most respected councilor and spirit guide this side of Red Mountain. She went to the Cavern of the Incarnate to meditate on Chodala's claim. If she confirms my brother's assertion, the tribes will follow wherever he leads.

Vestige

We need to talk to the Wise Woman.

Seryn

Agreed, but I dare not leave Chodala alone with the tribes. I feel the hand of Azura in all this. Go to the Cavern of the Incarnate and talk to the Wise Woman. I'll stay here and try to keep things under control until you return.

Vestige

Then I'll head for the Cavern of the Incarnate.

Seryn

The cavern's to the northeast of Ald'ruhn, on the other side of the mountain. Hopefully, the rumbling and lava won't slow you down too much. Get to the cavern and talk to the Wise Woman. If she accepts Chodala's claim about the Nerevarine...

On the way to the Cavern of the Incarnate, just after leaving Wise Woman Dovrosi's hut, the Vestige hears a dialogue between Chodala and Gulakhan Yus-Zashten.

Chodala

She won't refuse my claim. But just in case, make sure the Red Exiles are ready.

Yus-Zashten

Your word is law, Nerevarine.

At the entrance, the hero notices Wise Woman Dovrosi fighting three Skaafin and helps her.

Wise Woman Dovrosi

Azura is my shield, you foul creatures.

When the Vestige enters the Cavern of the Incarnate, Wise Woman Dovrosi is talking to the statue of Azura.

Wise Woman Dovrosi

An Outlander? Surely there must be another way... No, my lady, of course not. I'll do as you ask. Come here, Outlander. We must talk. It feels strange to talk to an outlander in such a sacred place, but the Queen of the Night Sky insists. I need to render judgment on an important claim, and she says you can help me reach the correct decision.

Vestige

This is about Chodala and the Nerevarine, right?

Wise Woman Dovrosi

Words of truth from the mouth of an outlander. Remarkable. The Red Exiles and a few others believe that Chodala is the Nerevarine. He's convinced them, but not me. I came here to consider my options. I fear a bloodbath if I oppose his claim.

Vestige

Isn't there a way to prove he's not the Nerevarine?

Wise Woman Dovrosi

Perhaps, but I must remain impartial. If someone else reveals the flaws in Chodala's claims by comparing him to the Failed Incarnates, that might do the trick.

Vestige

The Failed Incarnates?

Wise Woman Dovrosi

We thought the Incarnates were possessed by the spirit of Nerevar, but each had a critical flaw that made them destine to fail to fulfill the prophecy. Their spirits reside here. Yes, you should speak to the Incarnates. I see Azura's wisdom now.

Vestige

How do I talk to the spirits of the Incarnates?

Wise Woman Dovrosi

Take this pouch of blessed grave dust. Sprinkle a pinch upon the bones of the Incarnates to call forth their spirits. Return to Ald'ruhn after you have learned all you can. Perhaps we can curb Chodala's ambitions before they lead us to war.

Wise Woman Dovrosi walks away, but says one last thing before she exits the Cavern.

Wise Woman Dovrosi

We need knowledge to defeat Chodala, Outlander. Listen well to what the Failed Incarnates have to say.

The Vestige interacts with three Incarnate Corpses, using the Pouch of Blessed Grave Dust on each of them. They talk to three Failed Incarnates' spirits.

Incarnate Aduri

Once I was the hope of my people, but then my claim was proven false. Now I wait and I hope for the Nerevarine's return. State your question, Outlander, and I shall do as Azura urges.

Vestige

They decided you weren't the Nerevarine. Why?

Incarnate Aduri

To fulfill the prophecy, I followed a path of blood and war. In the end, my path became a road that led nowhere and I was cast down from my lofty spot. Take my scroll and help the Wise Woman understand the futility of a senseless war.

Incarnate Ranso

We are the Failed Incarnates, the Ashlanders who proudly proclaimed themselves to be the Nerevarine but were found wanting. The Lady of Dawn and Dusk urged us to cooperate, so ask your question, Outlander.

Vestige

What flaw made you fail to fulfill the prophecy?

Incarnate Ranso

Take my scroll and help the Wise Woman see the lie of unbridled power. I thought myself the reborn Nerevar, for I was the strongest, most powerful warrior in all the land. But power alone won't save my people. In the end, it couldn't even save me.

Incarnate Danaat

The Nerevarine remains a promise unfulfilled, and I am as guilty of prideful posturing as every other Failed Incarnate that occupies this hall. Ask your question and let's be done with this, Outlander.

Vestige

What ended your quest to become the Nerevarine?

Incarnate Danaat

The Nerevarine must listen as well as proclaim. I refused to accept wise counsel, which led to the doom of my tribe and the end of my quest to embody the spirit of Nerevar. Take my scroll and remind the Wise Woman that wisdom ignored is ignorance.

Azura

Mortal, let us speak.

The Vestige talks to Azura via her statue.

Azura

I foresaw your usefulness before you even set foot in Vvardenfell. Now comes a test that will challenge your ability to separate truth from lies. You must convince the tribes that Chodala is not the Nerevarine.

Vestige

I communed with the Incarnates, just as the Wise Woman commanded.

Azura

Dovrosi's wisdom outshines most other mortals. She recognizes the futility of Chodala's claim. If she rebuffs him, however, the tribes will turn on each other and blood will flow. The staff, Sunna'rah. It makes Chodala confident, reckless.

Vestige

The staff is the source of Chodala's power.

Azura

Your instincts serve you well. Chodala's path took a dark turn. However, my sight clouds when I look too closely. Sotha Sil built Sunna'rah, but he did not create it with this vile purpose in mind. You must act on my behalf—and Vivec's.

Vestige

I'll do what you ask.

Azura

Then go. Return to Ald'ruhn and help the Wise Woman reveal the falsehood of Chodala's claim. And let Seryn assist you. She is my champion and a trusted friend of all Ashlanders.

The Vestige returns to Ald'ruhn to take part in a council.

Seryn

The Wise Woman returned from the Cavern of the Incarnate and went right into Skar to meet with the tribes. Chodala's in there, too, about to be named the Nerevarine. Tell me you came back with something to stop my brother's rise to power.

Vestige

I spoke to some of the Incarnates and they gave me these scrolls.

Seryn

Ah, of course! Use the tales of the Failed Incarnates to counter Chodala's arguments. That's brilliant! Well, except for one problem.

Vestige

Problem?

Seryn

An Outlander has no status in the council. The Ashlanders won't listen to a word you say. Someone else has to present the arguments. Someone they trust. I suppose that means I have to challenge my brother. With your help, of course.

Vestige

How can I help you if I can't talk during the council?

Seryn

You spoke to the Incarnates, not me. I'm familiar with their stories, but I'll need you to help me choose the appropriate argument to counter each of Chodala's claims. I hate opposing my brother in this. I just don't see another way.

Vestige

When should I give you Incarnate Ranso's scroll?

Seryn

Incarnate Ranso was strong and powerful. He thought that by strength alone he could unite the Ashlanders. He failed. When Chodala proclaims his power, that's when we'll refer to this scroll's sad tale.

Vestige

When should I give you Incarnate Aduri's scroll?

Seryn

Incarnate Aduri was a champion of my people. She defended us against great threats. But when she grew to love war for war's sake, she proved she wasn't the Nerevarine. When Chodala proclaims that war is the answer, hand me this scroll.

Vestige

When should I give you Incarnate Danaat's scroll?

Seryn

Incarnate Danaat thought his way was the best way. He rejected the counsel of the Wise Women and the Ashkhans. Something Nerevar would never do. When Chodala proclaims he knows better than anyone, we'll use this scroll.

Vestige

All right, let's go dispute your brother's claim.

The Vestige attends a council in Skar.

Chodala

Must we continue this farce? It's obvious that I'm the Nerevarine.

Wise Woman Dovrosi

Someone has stepped forward to challenge your claim, Chodala.

Chodala

Seryn? I'm disappointed in you, dear sister.

Wise Woman Dovrosi

Enough. I shall hear your arguments and render my decision.

Now, depending on the arguments given by Chodala, the Vestige gives Seryn appropriate scrolls. Spirits of the Failed Incarnates appear, speak, and then fade.

Chodala

Even the Outlander can see that I am the most powerful Ashkhan. My strength alone proves that I am the Nerevarine.

Incarnate Ranso

As a warrior and as an ashkhan, I was the most powerful of my age. But for all my strength, I failed my people. Don't follow my example.

Chodala

The faithless Houses dare to threaten our land, but we shall meet them in battle and I will lead us to victory.

Incarnate Aduri

I thought the path to the Nerevarine was a path of blood and battle, but my love of war was my undoing. War is not the way.

Chodala

These Failed Incarnates prove nothing! I need no counsel but my own, as befits my status as the Nerevarine!

Incarnate Danaat

I refused to accept the counsel of the Wise Women and the Ashkhans. I thought I knew best, but I knew nothing. That is not the way of the Nerevarine.

Wise Woman Dovrosi

Seryn and the Outlander... their arguments have merit. Chodala, we deny your claim. You are not the Nerevarine.

Chodala

This proves nothing! Look how the staff protects me. I am the Nerevarine!

Chodala runs outside. The Red Exiles, including Gulakhan Yus-Zashten, attack. After the battle, the Vestige leaves Skar to look for Seryn. When they find Seryn, she is posessed by Azura.

Seryn

I hate what my brother's become...

Azura

Mortal, I would have words with you. Chodala has been revealed as a failed Nerevarine, but that hasn't dissuaded him from his reckless course of action. As long as he wields the staff, he shall be unstoppable.

Vestige

So what should we do?

Azura

Time is against you, mortal. Even now Vivec, that pompous usurper, grows increasingly weaker. As much as I deplore him, Vivec cannot fall to Chodala's vile magic. There's another power at work here, one I can't quite put my finger on...

Vestige

There must be something I can do.

Azura

Return to Vivec City. Do what you can to aid Vivec. And pay heed to my faithful vessel, Seryn. I name her Champion of the Moon and Star. She will play a pivotal role in ending her brother's march toward godhood—if she survives.

Vestige

I'll return to Vivec City.

The Vestige returns to Vivec City to meet Vivec.

Vivec

As a god weakens, so too does his city suffer. I know my people grow fearful. Even the Archcanon is distressed. But the energy that remains to me holds the moonlet in the sky—at least for now. So, what news does my eyes and ears bring me?

Vestige

We discredited Chodala as the Nerevarine, but he escaped with Sunna'rah.

Vivec

How this upstart Ashlander learned to attune Sotha Sil's tool confounds my understanding. And he dares use my power? Still, your help is appreciated. Every strike and parry takes us one step closer to ending this threat and restoring my vitality.

Archcanon Tarvus

Due to Lord Vivec's condition, it falls upon us to find the solution.

Vivec

The ritual confirmed my worst fears—divine energy flows out of me for no reason that I can discern. I felt the power imbued within my Blessing Stone get wrenched away as soon as you added it to the ritual. I couldn’t stop it.

Vestige

You’re losing diving energy? How is that possible?

Vivec

To quote my own words as the Warrior-Poet, “No lock exists that the determined thief cannot open." Follow the trail of my missing energy and try to discover the identity of the enemy Llevule’s ancestor warned us about.

Vestige

You think an enemy is responsible for your energy loss?

Vivec

Something drains my energy. Find Archcanon Tarvus in his office and ask if he gleaned anything useful from the ritual. If not, I know his earlier research indicated new avenues to investigate. Go where he tells you and learn what you can.

Vestige

I’ll talk to Archcanon Tarvus.

Vivec

My divine energy diminishes with every passing moment, but the ritual confirmed my affliction is not natural. I regret that I could not reveal the full nature of these dire circumstances until your trustworthiness had been demonstrated.

Vestige

I’m not sure Archcanon Tarvus shares your assessment of me.

Vivec

Yes, well, Archcanon Tarvus has always been cautious about ideas and ideologies that didn’t originate within the Tribunal. And recently, that prudence has grown a thousandfold. He’s a faithful servant, however, despite his narrow-mindedness.

Archcanon Tarvus

I performed that ritual countless times and it never exploded in my face before! If I discover that you sabotaged the divination… No, I shouldn’t take my failure out on you. It’s not your fault that things are … difficult.

Vestige

By difficult, you mean Lord Vivec’s loss of power?

Archcanon Tarvus

How do you know about—Lord Vivec told you? Of course he did. It’s his prerogative, I suppose. You must swear to keep this a secret, though. There would be panic in the streets if the people believed one of the Tribunal was incapacitated.

Vestige

Lord Vivec said you might need help investigating the source of the problem.

Archcanon Tarvus

It’s true. I’m much better at scholarly pursuits than field work. And the ritual wasn’t a total failure. It confirmed three locations from my earlier studies—Balmora, Ald’ruhn, and Barilzar's Tower. I need you to investigate each of these sites.

Vestige

Tell me about these locations before I head out.

Archcanon Tarvus

I researched what I could using the resources available here in Vivec City. To learn more, I need an agent to personal assess each location. Lord Vivec thinks you’re the best one for that job. I hope he’s right.

Vestige

Can you tell me anything about Barilzar’s tower?

Archcanon Tarvus

I believe the mage seen in the ritual is Barilzar, who works out of an ancient Velothi tower. His experiments radiate energy similar to Vivec’s affliction, but they’re not a perfect match. Find out what he knows about the transfer of divine energy.

Vestige

What can you tell me about Balmora?

Archcanon Tarvus

House Redoran controls the town and nearby mines. House Hlaalu also has interests in the region. Rumors of a cult in the area concern me the most. I believe we saw a cultist during the ritual. Make discreet inquiries and see what you can learn.

Vestige

What kind of a cult are we talking about?

Archcanon Tarvus

I have no idea. That’s why we’re sending you. I suggest you start at the inn. Secrets get spilled along with the drinks in such places. The miners may know something as well. And I’ve heard that House Redoran has issued some kind of proclamation.

Vestige

What do you know about Ald’ruhn?

Archcanon Tarvus

Savage Ashlanders, like the one seen in the vision, use the area as a tribal meeting ground. These nomadic heretics deny the divinity of the Tribunal and have no love for Vivec, but how they could be involved eludes me. See what you can uncover.

Vestige

Is there anything else I should know?

Archcanon Tarvus

I traced tendrils of Vivec’s energy to these locations and the ritual confirmed the connection before it went awry. Just don’t discuss Lord Vivec’s condition with anyone. We don’t want to start a panic. If anything changes, I’ll contact you.

The Vestige travels to all three locations to search for clues. They can be checked in any order. In Barilzar’s Tower they talk to the mage Barilzar.

Barilzar

Such displeasure and disappointment! Nothing works even though every calculation is precise. And now an interruption. How infuriating! Wait, wait. Sometimes the Great Gear turns from frustration to opportunity…

Vestige

Do you know anything about divine energy?

Barilzar

Divine energy? I’ll have you know I participated in Lord Sotha Sil’s Nine Analyses of the Exalted Enigmas. But we have more important matters. I’m about to determine the correlation between color and time, and I could use another set of hands.

Vestige

If I help will you answer my questions?

Barilzar

A reciprocal exchange? Interesting. Yes, I can see the benefits of such an arrangement. Very well. Just activate the crystals in the proper sequence while I modulate the energy flow. Less chance of an explosion that way.

Vestige

All right. I’ll see if I can determine the proper sequence.

Barilzar

Perfect! Such are the benefits of an extra set of appendages! The energy flows freely and without disruption, allowing the rods and pistons to align in a most pleasing manner. Thank you. Now, why do you want to know about divine energy?

Vestige

Well, I was sent to ask you about the transfer of divine energy.

Barilzar

Sent? How intriguing. I was just thinking about my former master, Sotha Sil, and the experiments we conducted. He desperately sought to understand the power he and his companions attained—especially whether or not that power was temporary.

Vestige

Did Sotha Sil reach a conclusion?

Barilzar

Not while I assisted him. He had a tool that he used to drain away minute bits of energy to store and study. He could extract it and return it as he saw fit. Not sure what became of the tool, but here are my notes from those days.

In Balmora, the Vestige has to check three things in three places in order to find out about the Shulk Ore Mine. The first one is reading a House Redoran Proclamation. The second one is a Khajiiti miner, Renaku, talking to a boat captain.

Renaku

Please, this one needs to get out of here! Those cultists, they’re insane!

Glendora

All right, but keep your voice down. I’ll be ready to leave soon enough. In the meantime, if anyone asks, you’re just here to haul cargo.

Renaku

What? Who? This one is just here to haul cargo!

Vestige

Relax, I’m here to help. What was that you said about cultists?

Renaku

Cultists? This one said nothing about cultists! Perhaps you’re thinking of another Khajiit… Look, Renaku just wants to leave all these crazy Dark Elves behind and find a safer mine to work in. The Shulk Ore Mine is cursed!

Vestige

If you tell me about the cultists, I might be able to do something about it.

Renaku

Really? You? Just leave Renaku out of it! If you want to know what happened so badly, just go out to the Shulk Ore Mine and see for yourself!

The third one is Milesa Relavel in The Randy Netch Inn.

Milesa Relavel

I love seeing new faces! For a while, it was just the same old miners and the occasional traveling merchant. Thought Carellon might have to shut this place down. Look at me, talking your ears off! What can I get you?

Vestige

Any idea why visitors have been scarce?

Milesa Relavel

At first I assumed it was the usual House squabbles. Redoran and Hlaalu arguments can get pretty heated. Then I thought maybe the Ashlanders were scaring people off. But after that proclamation— No, I’d rather not talk about that with a stranger.

Vestige

I just want to help.

Milesa Relavel

I’m sure you do, but I have to live here, you know? Look, there’s nothing I can tell you. If the Houses ever found out I told an Outlander about our troubles… Maybe one of the miners would be more willing to talk to you.

Vestige

Maybe if I paid you for your trouble...?

Milesa Relavel

I like the color of your gold, Outlander! Just between us, I heard the House Guard shut down the Shulk Ore Mine. Something to do with violent cultists who attacked the miners and took over the place. Even got the Crew Chief, or so I heard!

At the entrance of Shulk Ore Mine, the Vestige encounters Crew Chief Hondulf.

Crew Chief Hondulf

You shouldn’t be here! Didn’t you read the House Redoran proclamation? I wouldn’t be here myself, but some of my miners are still in there!

Vestige

Can you tell me what happened in the mine?

Crew Chief Hondulf

Our mine was invaded by violent cultists! They showed up and just took the place over. My people are trapped. I’m no expert, but it looked like the cultists were preparing to conduct a ritual before the Ashlander interrupted them.

Vestige

Why do you think the cultists are conducting a ritual?

Crew Chief Hondulf

Probably because I heard one of them say, “With this ritual, we’ll call forth a mystical weapon and attain the power of a god!" Or something along those lines. Look, I was just trying to get me and my miners out of there when the Ashlander showed up.

Vestige

An Ashlander interrupted the cultists?

Crew Chief Hondulf

Well, I never actually saw an Ashlander, but I heard a cultist yell, “Ashlander thief! That’s our mystical weapon!" That’s not an exact quote, but you get the idea. I don’t know what happened after that. I was kind of busy trying not to die.

Vestige

I’ll go into the mine and see what I can find out.

Crew Chief Hondulf

Really? That’s awfully brave of you. If you see any of my miners, tell them to get their arses out here. I’ll wait as long as I can. Or until I hear screaming. Then I’ll go to Balmora and try to find some help. Good luck in there.

The Vestige enters Shulk Ore Mine in order to find out about the Nycotic Cult inside, and then returns to the Chief.

Crew Chief Hondulf

Did you find what you were looking for in the mine?

Vestige

I’m not sure. I need to consult with my contact.

Crew Chief Hondulf

Of course. I perfectly understand. I think I’ll wait a little longer and see if any of my miners were able to escape from the cultists. Good luck with your mission, whatever it is.

In Ald'ruhn, the last location to be investigated, the Vestige sees Seryn talking to the Red Exiles.

Seryn

I demand to see my brother. Lay hands upon me, and you will lose them!

Seryn then notices a bystander, the Vestige.

Seryn

You there! The territory of the Red Exiles shouldn’t be traveled lightly.

Seryn

Ashlanders once respected each other, helped one another. You’d think these were House wolves or Tribunal dogs, the way they treated me. Speaking of the Tribunal, you have the smell of dog about you. I wonder why that is?

Vestige

I’m looking into something for Lord Vivec.

Seryn

"Lord" Vivec, is it? And I thought all the Tribunal cared about was building monuments to their own greatness. Nice to see that one of them cares about what’s going on beyond their borders. Well, perhaps we can aid each other this day, Outlander.

Vestige

What kind of help do you need?

Seryn

Ashlanders are nomads, but we gather at sacred sites to trade, confer, and pay homage to the past. Ald’ruhn is such a place. That’s why Chodala invited the Red Exiles here. But these outcasts won’t let me into their camp. I need to find my brother.

Vestige

Who’s your brother?

Seryn

My brother, Chodala, is the Ashkhan of our tribe and I am his ambassador. I act as a go-between among the tribes. Chodala wants to unite the Dunmer and calmly end the era of the bickering Houses. He hopes to convince the tribes to follow his lead.

Vestige

So what do you need me to do?

Seryn

Head into the Red Exiles camp and find my brother. Otherwise, see if you can find out what he was doing in there and where he’s gone. Be wary of the outcasts. As you saw, they won’t hesitate to attack without reason or provocation.

After visiting the Red Exile camp and finding only a scroll titled "Meeting with Chodala" and not Chodala himself, the Vestige returns to Seryn.

Seryn

You seem to have survived your visit to the Red Exiles camp. Did you find my brother?

Vestige

No, but I found this record of his meeting with the Red Exiles leader.

Seryn

Interesting. I never suspected that the outcasts were disciplined enough to keep records such as this. Oh no. I can’t believe my brother would be so… brazen.

Vestige

He calls himself the Nerevarine. Do you know what that means?

Seryn

It means that Chodala really has changed. With his newfound powers and rising ambitions, I fear what he plans for the tribes. I suppose you have a right to know what I’m talking about. Take this. I found it among my brother’s possessions.

Vestige

Another scroll? Did Chodala write this?

Seryn

Chodala discovered a new power out in the wilderness and it changed his view of the world. He writes about it in that document. Now he believes that he’s the Nerevarine and incites the tribes while I try to keep them all from doing anything rash.

Archcanon Tarvus appears as a projection.

Archcanon Tarvus

Outlander! Over here! This requires a considerable amount of effort, so just listen. We have a…problem here. Return to my office immediately.

The Vestige returns to Vivec City to meet Tarvus in his office.

Archcanon Tarvus

At last! Did you see what’s happening outside? Red Mountain rumbles louder and more frequently, the sky grows dark, and, worst of all, the people are beginning to notice! Soon, I’ll have to muster the Ordinators to keep them from the palace doors.

Vestige

Is that the emergency? The people want to see Lord Vivec?

Archcanon Tarvus

In part. Lord Vivec is… not well. I won’t allow his followers to see him in this state. He continues to lose energy and it’s becoming difficult for him to maintain the realm in his usual fashion. Now, what did your investigations uncover?

Vestige

I investigated the three locations. Here’s what I learned.

Archcanon Tarvus

I’ll review these documents and present your findings to Lord Vivec. I was against bringing you into this investigation, but I was wrong. Thank you for aiding us. You should go see Lord Vivec now. He’s been asking about you. I’ll be along shortly.

Vestige

You’re going to just read the notes? I thought we could discuss what I learned.

Archcanon Tarvus

Very well. Tell me what you learned at each of the locations and let’s see what conclusions we can come to.

Vestige

Barilzar told me about Sotha Sil’s experiments with divine energy. He gave me his notes.

Archcanon Tarvus

Barilzar faithfully served Sotha Sil. He’s as loyal to the Tribunal as I am. He would never intentionally harm Lord Vivec. But that tool he mentioned. Perhaps one of the priests Vivec sent away could search the Temple archives for more information.

Vestige

Vivec sent away all his priests?

Archcanon Tarvus

Lord Vivec doesn’t want his followers to see him in such a weakened state. Only you, Canon Llevule, and myself are permitted into his palace now.

Vestige

An Ashlander named Chodala has been inciting the tribes.

Archcanon Tarvus

So your notes say. And this Seryn assisted you. Interesting. Most Ashlanders want nothing to do with the Tribunal. Even so, they rarely become aggressive. I’d say this Chodala bears watching. If we can spare it, I’ll send an Armiger to Ald’ruhn.

Vestige

Chodala’s newfound power might have something to do with Vivec’s problem.

Archcanon Tarvus

Interesting theory. Perhaps Chodala’s staff can steal Vivec’s energy, but I have a hard time imagining how an Ashlander could accomplish such a feat. Lord Vivec said the draining has grown more intense since you left. He doesn’t look well.

Vestige

Cultists took over the mine outside Balmora.

Archcanon Tarvus

From what you discovered, I dare say there may be a correlation between the Nycotic relic and the tool Barilzar mentioned. And it seems the Ashlander thieves are connected to Chodala. Your evidence points to a clear conclusion.

Vestige

Chodala is using Sunna’rah to steal Vivec’s energy?

Archcanon Tarvus

So it appears. Lord Vivec’s doing his best not to complain, but I can see how much the draining of his energy has cost him. Just seeing you again should improve his mood considerably. And the progress you made with your investigations, outstanding!

The Vestige leaves the Archcanon's office and heads to Vivec's palace.

Vivec

"The river drains into the sea, as my divinity flows out of me." Hmm. Needs some work. As you can see, I continue to lose energy, and it has made me somewhat agitated. Have you made any progress toward discovering the source of my discomfort?

Vestige

I think that an Ashlander named Chodala might be responsible for your condition.

Vivec

An Ashlander? That seems unlikely, but I trust your instincts. We need to find out more about this Chodala and the ancient enemy that aids him. Take this. Another token of my appreciation. And look, here comes the Archcanon now.

Archcanon Tarvus

Lord Vivec must conserve his remaining energy, so we need to solve this problem on our own. It all comes back to Chodala. That damned Ashlander's draining the Warrior-Poet's power! We need to stop him and get that damn staff!

Vestige

Sunna'rah makes Chodala invulnerable. How do we circumvent the staff?

Archcanon Tarvus

How should I know? That's not a skill the Tribunal teaches. Return to Barilzar's tower and get Sotha Sil's former apprentice to come up with some kind of countermeasure. I'm sure he knows more than he's told you. I do have one concern, though...

Vestige

Just one concern?

Archcanon Tarvus

You see right through me, Outlander. I have more worries than a kwama queen has eggs. I'm talking about Chodala's sister. Seryn claims to want to help, to want peace, but I don't trust her. Seek out Barilzar, but be wary of the Ashlander's sister.

Vestige

I'll return to Barilzar's tower and see if he knows how we can circumvent Chodala's staff.

The Vestige returns to Barilzar's Tower to talk to the mage.

Barilzar

Is someone up there? I could use some help down here!

Barilzar is in the Inner Sanctum. The Vestige goes through the Tower Understructure to reach the Sanctum and fights three skaafin and a hunger on the way.

Barilzar

Hurry, please! I have a natural aversion to daedra!

Barilzar is working on a dwarven spider.

Barilzar

So hard to concentrate and maintain schedules when interruptions constantly occur. Don't they know the Great Gear never pauses in its rotations? So that was you up there? I appreciate the assistance. Daedric entities can be very unpredictable.

Vestige

Why were Daedra attacking you, Barilzar?

Barilzar

Logic has very little place in the behavior of Daedra, my helpful associate. Studying the fabric of reality does tend to attract unwanted attention, but these creatures appeared just before you entered my tower. I wonder, why have you returned?

Vestige

I located Sotha Sil's tool, but it's been altered to steal Lord Vivec's divine energy.

Barilzar

Ah, a modification of my master's old experiments, turning a simple tool into a dangerous weapon. Ingenious! Evil, yes, but also quite brilliant. Hmm. A tonal inverter should counter it. Uses sound waves to temporarily disrupt the flow of energy.

Vestige

Do you have a tonal inverter I can use?

Barilzar

No, of course not. I just invented it! I need proper components to build such a device. My hirelings scour the land for materials all the time. Here's a list. Head out the back door and ask them to direct you to these common Dwarven components.

Vestige

Where can I find these hirelings of yours?

Barilzar

Hirelings? Yes, they worked for me. Before they quit, ungrateful netches! Still, I paid them well before the pistons slipped their alignments. They should know where to find the components. Last I heard, Snorfin and the others were in Molag Mar.

Vestige

Do you think the Daedra will return to trouble you?

Barilzar

The situation is wound dangerously tight, but I believe the gears revolve around you. Once you leave, I should be perfectly safe. Or, at least as safe as I ever am in the midst of all these experiments. You however... stay vigilant, my friend.

Vestige

Can you tell me more about these components you need me to find?

Barilzar

I could, but I won't pour five-year-old flin into a cracked decanter. No offense. Suffice it to say, they're fairly common as far as Dwemer components go. Use the list and talk to my former hirelings. I'll build the device the moment you return.

The Vestige searches Molag Mar for Barilzar's hirelings.

Leona Blasio

If you're another pilgrim looking for charity, I suggest you move along. I have neither the time to waste nor the gold to spare. I'm currently between employment and my own funds have become dangerously depleted.

Vestige

Barilzar sent me to talk to you. I need to find the items on this list.

Leona Blasio

Let me see that. What's that crazy mage need this time? Hmm. I suppose you could find a manual clockwork shaft in the Nchuleft ruins. But I'd avoid that place if I were you. If the roof doesn't collapse, the constructs will rip you apart.

Vestige

Barilzar needs it to build something important, so tell me how to find the manual clockwork shaft.

Leona Blasio

If you insist. Deep in the ruins churns a big machine. When I was there, it sputtered and vibrated, collapsing parts of the ceiling. Lava and rock fell everywhere. You need to get past that and some nasty constructs to retrieve the item.

Vestige

Why don't you work for Barilzar any more?

Leona Blasio

That mage is a menace! Oh, he always paid well, but the places he asked me to go—each was more dangerous than the last. And if I had to hear about the Great Gear one more time... For my own health and sanity, I had to break ties with Barilzar.

Snorfin

I feel like such a puny snowback, hiding here in Molag Mar! But you don't want to hear about my troubles. What can this broken Nord do for you?

Vestige

Barilzar sent me to talk to you. He said you could help me find the items on this list.

Snorfin

Barilzar! He's the reason I'm a shattered man, doomed to become a cowering sheep like the rest of these pilgrims! Oh, all right. Let me see that. Hmm. Arkngthunch-Sturdumz. You can find a sonance generator there—after you deal with the steam trap.

Vestige

What's that about a steam trap?

Snorfin

The cursed contraption! I almost had it figured out when a ghost floated up to me. No problem, I think, but then it enters a centurion! Ghost machines! No sane Nord can fight ghost machines! I dropped my notes and ran as fast as I could.

Vestige

You left your notes in Arkngthunch-Sturdumz because of a few ghosts?

Snorfin

Not just ghosts! Ghosts that possessed Dwarven machines! I'm through working for that crazy old mage and his clockwork monstrosities! But if you want to get past the steam trap, find my notes and follow the directions.

Volrina Quarra

Damned vampires! I'll find a way to make them pay for what they did to my brother, I swear it on the Tribunal and any Daedra willing enough to listen! What do you want? Can't you leave a person to her anger and her grief?

Vestige

Barilzar said you could help me locate the items on this list.

Volrina Quarra

He did, did he? Let me see that list. Hmm. Well, the crazy old mage always said there were no coincedences. The inversion conduit. I saw one in Galom Daeus—right before I barely escaped from those damned vampires.

Vestige

Tell me about these damned vampires.

Volrina Quarra

Eager to become cattle for the bloodsuckers? The Berne clan killed my brother, damn their eyes! The item you seek was in the manufactory, but you'll need a control rod to get a dwarve spider to unlock it for you.

Vestige

Why did you stop working with Barilzar?

Volrina Quarra

Because the mage wanted to send me to the far side of Vvardenfell and I need to remain here. I'm not going anywhere until I make the Berne clan pay for what it did to my brother. If you can kill some of the bastards, that'll be a start.

The Vestige goes to Arkngthunch-Sturdumz, Nchuleft and Galom Daeus in order to retrieve the necessary items. Then, they return to Barilzar's Tower.

Barilzar

Have you only just arrived, or is this you returning? Can't always keep the cogs and pistons in line. Ah, I remember! The components for the tonal inverter! Were you able to acquire them?

Vestige

Yes, I recovered the sonance generator, the inversion conduit, and the manual clockwork shaft.

Barilzar

Impressive! I thought I'd never see you again. That's what usually happens when I employ hirelings to acquire rare and exotic items from dangerous locations. Well, the Great Gear doesn't dawdle and neither do I! Hand them over and I'll get to work.

Vestige

Here are the items you requested.

Barilzar

One tonal inverter coming up! Connect this, tighten that spring, don't explode! Almost done... there! Whew! Got it right the first time! No explosions... yet. Go ahead. You can take it. I'm sure it's stable. Mostly sure. Once the tonal inverter is in your possession, talk to me and I'll tell you how it works.

The Vestige takes the Tonal Inverter.

Barilzar

Do you like it, my latest creation? I call it the tonal inverter! Did I mention that already? No matter, it should counteract Sotha Sil's modified staff, at least momentarily. I assume you know how to use this, correct?

Vestige

No, I don't know how to use the tonal inverter.

Barilzar

Of course you don't, I just invented it! Honestly... You won't use it, anyway, not if you plan to fight the one who wields Sotha Sil's staff. Almost impossible to operate the tonal inverter while also engaged in battle. It's too cumbersome.

Vestige

So how do I use it to counteract Sunna'rah?

Barilzar

Sunna'rah? The blessed staff? I suppose the name fits. Sort of. You'll need someone to assist you. Someone you trust. Oh, not me. Too busy. Too fragile! But using the tonal inverter is definitely a two-person activity.

Vestige

Is the tonal inverter hard to use?

Barilzar

Easy as scrib jelly pie! One person operates the controls to generate the sound waves. When it reaches the proper pitch, you activate the inverter and discharge its energy to disrupt Sunna'rah's power. Temporarily. Here. I wrote you instructions.

The Vestige travels to Vivec City. They go to the Archcanon's Office. Seryn is there, talking to Tarvus. Two Buoyant Armigers are there, too.

Archcanon Tarvus

Your presence defiles this city. How dare you demand to see our lord!

Seryn

I'm here to help... If you won't listen to me, listen to the Outlander!

Archcanon Tarvus

Thank the Three, the Outlander has returned. Was Barilzar able to help us? Pay no attention to this Ashlander. She's been blathering on about Lord Vivec's condition and how she can help, but I'm certain it's a trick of some sort. I was just about to have her thrown out of the city—or possibly tossed to the slaughterfish.

Vestige

That's Seryn, Chodala's sister. She helped me in Ald'ruhn.

Archcanon Tarvus

I know who she is! I still don't trust her and I refuse to let her anywhere near Lord Vivec. Who knows what an Ashlander would do while the Warrior-Poet is in such a fragile state?

Vestige

I need her help. It's going to take two of us to operate Barilzar's tonal inverter.

Archcanon Tarvus

A tonal what now? Well, since I can't go with you, what with Lord Vivec requiring my undivided attention, I suppose we'll have to let the Ashlander assist you. Very well. Take her and defeat Chodala. Then bring me his staff so we can restore Vivec.

Vestige

Sunna'rah will soon be in our hands.

Seryn

If that old idiot is what passes for a Tribunal leader, it's no wonder the Houses are in such disarray. No time to dwell on that, though. I found my brother! And it's worse than I feared. Chodala's quest for power has led him down a dark path.

Vestige

What do you mean, a dark path?

Seryn

Chodala and his most loyal followers have taken refuge in a ruin called Kaushtarai. It's an ancient shrine devoted to the Daedric Prince Malacath. I think my brother plans to ask the God of Curses to help him.

Vestige

I've got a device that will counter Sunna'rah, but I need your help to use it.

Seryn

It will allow us to stop Chodala? Then of course I'll help you. Since the Tribunal's dogs took my weapons, I'll need to replace them. Meet me at the ruins when you're ready.

Vestige

I'll see you at Kaushtarari.

The Vestige meets Seryn on the stairs at the entrance to Kaushtarari.

Seryn

Here we are, on the Furious One's bloody doorstep, preparing to enter a Daedric ruin to try to stop my brother's march toward power. I hope that device you mentioned really can counter the invulnerability granted by the staff, Sunna'rah.

Vestige

Take this. It's a tonal inverter. It should disrupt the staff's power for a short amount of time.

Seryn

Well, that's larger than I expected. But it looks simple enough to operate. I suppose it's better that I work the device. I'm not sure I'm capable of attacking Chodala. He's still my brother, no matter how dangerous his beliefs have become.

Vestige

Take a look at these instructions. They explain how to use the tonal inverter.

Seryn

I'll help you counter the effects of Sunna'rah. Maybe once we neutralize it, Chodala will listen to reason. I know that's probably just wishful thinking. I'll settle for finding out who tempted Chodala with that damn staff.

Inside, the two encounter skaafin, dead Red Exiles and Renos Oran.

Renos Oran

Chodala... he's gone mad. Sought to make a deal with a Daedric Prince...

Vestige

What happened here?

Renos Oran

Chodala appealed to Malacath... but the God of Curses rebuked him. Killed us all... said Chodala already served... another...

Vestige

Where can we find Chodala?

Renos Oran

He went... deeper into the ruins... into Malacath's shrine...

Seryn

These creatures... they don't belong to Malacath. Another Prince's power is at work here.

The Vestige and Seryn enter the shrine of Malacath deep in the ruins.

Chodala

You don't refuse me, Malacath! I am the Nerevarine!

Seryn

Chodala, brother, stop this madness!

Chodala

You bring this Outlander to kill me, sister? You can't harm me! I have a powerful patron on my side!

Seryn

The staff protects him. You can't hurt him until we use the tonal inverter. I need a moment to get this working.

Chodala

What is that? No matter. You are no longer worth my time.

Seryn

Skaafin! They serve the Prince of Bargains. Keep them busy while I finish this.

Chodala summons three skaafin, the Vestige has to fight them. Meanwhile, Seryn prepares the tonal inverter. After the beasts are defeated, Seryn uses the inverter.

Chodala

My protective shield! What have you done? I'll destroy all of you for this!

Next, the Vestige fights Chodala and defeats him.

Seryn

Oh, brother, why did it have to come to this? Azura, we've defeated the false Nerevarine, just as you commanded.

Seryn runs towards her brother's body.

Seryn

That was... harder than I expected. Chodala was so angry…so full of rage. Not like himself at all. Still, I can't believe I helped kill my own brother...

Vestige

We did what was necessary.

Seryn

I know that! It was either Chodala or the lives of hundreds of Dunmer, all because he convinced himself he was the Nerevarine. Or someone convinced him. Either way, my brother is dead and the Cavern of the Incarnate has another resident.

Vestige

We should return to Vivec City.

Seryn

Take Sunna'rah and I'll meet you back in Vivec City. Your Archcanon made it quite clear that the staff was the key to saving Vivec. I need to take care of my brother's remains. Then we'll be done here.

The Vestige goes to Vivec's palace in Vivec City.

Archcanon Tarvus

Oh, this is terrible! Lord Vivec collapsed! Tell me, Outlander, were you able to defeat Chodala? Have you brought me his staff? I'm afraid Lord Vivec may not last much longer.

Vestige

We defeated Chodala and brought back Sunna'rah.

Archcanon Tarvus

And just in time! According to my calculations, with every use of Sunna'rah, Chodala drained more energy from Lord Vivec. It almost killed him! But we can use the staff to save Vivec. Just plant it in the floor and the power will return to him.

Vestige

I'll plant Sunna'rah in the floor and return Vivec's power to him.

Archcanon Tarvus

Perfect! It's working just as I expected!

Seryn runs in.

Seryn

What are you doing? It's killing him!

Archcanon Tarvus

What did you expect? That's the point of all this after all.

Seryn prepares the tonal inverter, the hero uses it. Sunna'rah sends out a shockwave. Archcanon Tarvus shows a projection of a clockwork sphere and speaks. Then, he takes Sunna'rah and dissapears.

Archcanon Tarvus

You're too late! I see it now, the Clockwork City! Look what Barbas has found for you, Master!

Vivec

Barbas... pet hound of the Prince of Bargains. I should have known. Talk to the Ashlander while I... compose myself

Seryn

I knew something was wrong as soon as I approached the palace! I could feel it in my bones. I was on my way here when Azura showed me a vision. I saw Sunna'rah, killing Vivec. Even without Chodala, the damn staff is dangerous.

Vestige

The Archcanon seemed to know that Sunna'rah wasn't going to help Lord Vivec.

Seryn

I don't think that thing was ever the Archcanon. It called itself Barbas. As an Ashlander, I'm more familiar with Daedric lore than most of the Elves of the Great Houses. Beyond that, I've made a study of the most prominent Daedric Princes.

Vestige

Why are the Daedra relevant to all this?

Seryn

Because Barbas is a loyal servant of the Daedric Prince, Clavicus Vile. I'm not an expert on the Prince of Bargains, but it seems to me that this was all part of some grand plan. Perhaps Vivec can explain things better than I can.

Vivec

Azura's champion... is correct. That was Barbas, faithful hound of Clavicus Vile. A shapeshifter. He killed the Archcanon... took his place. Chodala... Sotha Sil's device... impersonating Tarvus... it was all part of some elaborate plan.

Vestige

Plan? They tried to kill you!

Vivec

That was simply a consequence. They needed Tribunal energy to locate the Clockwork City.. I was the easiest target. If Barbas enters Sotha Sil's city... disaster will follow. I appreciate your help, but I must conserve what remains of my energy.

Canon Llevule

By the three, Lord Vivec looks terrible! Where's Archcanon Tarvus? He always seems to know what to do in situations like this.

Vestige

The Archcanon is really Barbas. He tricked us all and now Vivec's energy is nearly depleted.

Canon Llevule

Barbas? The Daedric hound? Wait, wait, I don't understand any of this. But if Lord Vivec's energy has been depleted, then the moonlet... Red Mountain... My gods, all of Vvardenfell is in danger!

Vestige

There must be something we can do.

Canon Llevule

If only there was a way to give Lord Vivec some energy - wait, that's it! A Blessing Stone! Find the Overseer and retrieve another stone from the construction site. Oh please, hurry! I've never seen Lord Vivec in such a desperate state!

Vestige

I'll talk to the Overseer and get another Blessing Stone.

Canon Llevule

I expect the Overseer's out near the unfinished cantons, watching out for looters. When people panic, they're capable of anything. With all the chaos going on outside, the Overseer closed the construction site.

When the hero goes outside, they see the Red Mountain erupting and the moonlet, Baar Dau, starting to fall. People are in panic.

Varona Beloren

My wife decides to run out and chase some damned looters in the middle of a disaster! Who does that sort of thing? You'd think Lord Vivec's Overseer would have a clearer head!

Vestige

The Overseer? I need to find her for Lord Vivec!

Varona Beloren

She ran into the unfinished cantons. She's been beating herself up over the fact that they're behind schedule, but she won't do anyone any good if she gets herself killed! My wife's tough as nails, but she's no warrior.

Vestige

I'll find the Overseer and make sure she's all right.

Before finding the Overseer, the Vestige encounters some running workers. One of them, Thaleft, can be talked to.

Thaleft

We barely got out of there alive! I can't believe the Overseer's still in there. What's she going to do when the canton sinks into the bay?

Vestige

The Overseer's still at the construction site?

Thaleft

Yes. The overseer ran in there when she saw the looters. We tried to follow, but then the moonlet began raining fire, ash, and chunks of rock. Last I saw, she was chasing the looters into the far canton.

Vestige

Why would the looters risk their own livers?

Thaleft

Greed is a powerful motivator. We left tools and materials just sitting around, unprotected, when the priests ordered everyone to get off the streets. The looters happily risk their lives if there's a profit to be made.

Overseer Shiralas

Another looter? You want a taste of my steel, too? No, wait - I remember you. You borrowed one of our Blessing Stones. Well, the Archcanon returned it after Lord Vivec was finished with it, so no need to fret about that.

Vestige

Lord Vivec needs to borrow the Blessing Stone again.

Overseer Shiralas

That's impossible. We installed the Blessing Stone back in its canton and finished construction on that section a short time ago. Wait a moment-does this have something to do with chunks of rock raining down on the city?

Vestige

Let's just say it's vital that I get a Blessing Stone for Lord Vivec.

Overseer Shiralas

I suppose you're in luck, then. We happen to have another Blessing Stone. It's at the third canton. Here. This key will open the door to that portion of the construction site. Just watch out for looters - and the rocks falling out of the sky.

Vestige

I met your wife. She's worried about you.

Overseer Shiralas

Varona? Was she still angry with me? No, you don't have to answer that. I know my wife. I'll head back and let her know I'm all right. Tell Lord Vivec he can have our Blessing Stone-as long as he promises to do something about Baar Dau.

The Vestige retrieves a Blessing Stone and returns to Vivec's palace.

Canon Llevule

Were you able to get another Blessing Stone? We need to restore some of Lord Vivec's energy before the moonlet falls out of the sky!

Vestige

I retrieved the Blessing Stone.

Canon Llevule

Perfect! I can feel Lord Vivec's essence inside it! I hope I remember how to do this. You'd better stand back-just in case.

A beam of energy from the stone goes back to Vivec.

Canon Llevule

Oh, thank the Three! Lord Vivec looks better already. Of course, the Blessing Stone is only a temporary measure. We still need to determine what to do about Barbas and the stolen energy.

Vestige

I'm ready to do whatever I can.

Canon Llevule

As Lord Vivec has written, "the bravest heart never falters." You are truly Vivec's champion. I didn't know if the Blessing Stone was going to work, but I appreciate your help. Now go and talk to Lord Vivec. I'm sure he has a plan to share with us.

Vivec

Clarity emerges... like sunlight breaking through the clouds... Barbas must have replaced the Archcanon weeks ago … all to set the wheels in motion to steal my divine energy...

Vestige

He went to a lot of trouble just to steal your divine energy.

Vivec

Every move... has a purpose. Stealing my energy sowed discord and disaster... throughout the land... and ultimately revealed the location of... the Clockwork City. If Barbas and his master can bypass the wards and enter Sotha Sil’s domain...

Vestige

This has all been a ploy to find the Clockwork City?

Vivec

Clavicus Vile distracted me, weakened me... all to locate the Clockwork City. Perhaps we require a Daedra... to fight a Daedra. Azura’s champion, Seryn... in the Archcanon’s office. Seek guidance from her patron. But hurry, my time grows short...

Vestige

I’ll find Seryn and see if Azura can help us.

The Vestige finds Seryn in the Archcanon's Office.

Seryn

Outlander, over here. I’ve been trying to find something that makes sense of all-

Seryn gets posessed by Azura.

Azura

Mortal, the Lady of Twilight has words for you! So Vivec deigns to ask for help? I foresaw such an event, but scarcely believed it. Listen well, for if you continue to perform flawlessly, we might yet thwart the efforts of Clavicus Vile and his hound, Barbas.

Vestige

Lord Vivec said to ask you for guidance in this matter.

Azura

Just as I anticipated. The mysteries reveal that Barbas seeks to enter the Clockwork City. So far, Sotha Sil’s wards have impeded him, but the hound has Sunna’rah. You must beat him to the prize - the reservoir that holds Vivec’s stolen energy.

Vestige

Do you know where the Clockwork City is located?

Azura

Such knowledge has been hidden even from me, Mortal. But I know someone who can provide you with the means to travel to Sotha Sil’s creation. Stand back and I shall summon the mage of cogs and gears.

Azura summons Barilzar.

Barilzar

Interesting. Summoned by a Daedric Prince and her mortal mouthpiece. I was right in the middle of a crucial experiment, but I suppose I can spare a few clicks of the cogs for Azura and my erstwhile assistant. So, did you break the tonal inverter?

Vestige

No, the tonal inverter worked fine. Azura wants you to help me get to the Clockwork City.

Barilzar

No, not going to happen. No offense to the Lady of Twilight, but Sotha Sil was quite adamant about keeping the place hidden and warded against the Daedra. Oh, wait. Pistons fall into place. This concerns Sunna’rah and Lord Vivec, I presume?

Vestige

Yes. Barbas tricked us into draining Lord Vivec’s divine energy.

Barilzar

Barbas? Another Daedra. Thinking... thinking... So Sotha Sil’s forgotten tool was modified to steal Vivec’s energy, which in turn energized the Clockwork City. Lit it up like the top of Red Mountain. Even Vile’s dog would be able to see that!

Vestige

Can you get me to the Clockwork City or not?

Barilzar

What is Barbas after? Wait, gears click into place…the reservoir! You need to reach the reservoir that contains Vivec’s stolen energy before Barbas! I can get us to the entrance in Seht’s Vault, beneath the Mournhold temple. Ready to go?

Vestige

You’re coming with me? All right, let’s go.

The two travel through a portal created by Barilzar. They enter Seht's Vault, defeat a Clockwork Guardian and enter the Clockwork City.

Barbas

Ah, my favorite dupe has finally arrived.

The hero notices that the way is blocked by a barrier. They have to find a way around and open it.

Barbas

Look, Master! Vivec’s toy found a way through, just like you said! But Barbas has Sunna’rah! What does Vivec’s toy have?

After being taunted by Barbas and being helped by Barilzar opening the way, the Vestige fights and defeats Barbas. They retrieve Vivec's power back to Sunna'rah. Next, the Vestige goes back to the portal. However, they end up in a shrine to Clavicus Vile instead of Vivec City.

Clavicus Vile

How dare you discipline my dog? He was only trying to appease his master. And I’d never harm a hair on whatever insignificant creature you hold dear. You, on the other hand, require a lesson in manners….

Vestige

Barbas tried to kill Lord Vivec and destroy Vvardenfell.

Clavicus Vile

Indeed? What ambition! As you can see, Barbas isn’t a bad dog. He does get easily excited and overzealous. He embellished my plan somewhat, but it all worked out in the end. And we found the Clockwork City.

Vestige

So you were trying to take control of Clockwork City?

Clavicus Vile

This little flea thinks it’s smart, but my plans are beyond its comprehension! Still, by delaying the inevitable, you caused my associates and I some trouble. You’ll stay here until you’re no longer a threat. How does a few decades sound to you?

Vestige

No thanks, I think I’ll find my own way out of here.

Barilzar appears as a spectre.

Barilzar

I lost you somewhere between Clockwork City and Vivec, but it was simple enough to trace your energy signature to this Daedric shrine. Unfortunately, some power is interfering with my efforts to open a portal for you.

Vestige

It’s Clavicus Vile. He wants to trap me here for a few decades.

Barilzar

Hmm. That would be unfortunate for you. Luckily, you have me to assist you. Well, me and Sunna’rah. Expend a small amount of Vivec’s energy at the statue and that should provide enough of a distraction for me to pull you out of there.

The hero uses Sunna'rah on Clavicus Vile's statue. After a while, they are in Vivec's private chambers again.

Vivec

My time... draws to a close... Were you... successful? Can you restore... my energy?

Vestige

I have the staff, but the last time it nearly killed you.

Vivec

So you retrieved my... stolen energy. You... stopped Barbas... Now... return what is rightfully mine...

Vestige

But how can we be certain the staff won’t harm you again?

Vivec

To quote my... seventy-fifth exhortation... “certainty is the brother of fear.” Nothing is certain, but I have confidence... in you... in what you have done. Use the staff... return my energy. Or not. In a little while... it won’t matter.

Vestige

All right, I’ll use the staff.

Using the staff successfully restores Vivec's powers.

Canon Llevule

Praise Vivec, his energy is restored!

Vivec

Remarkable! No ordinator or armiger could have done any better! You uncovered a Daedric spy in our midst, brought a Living God back from the brink of death, and saved all of Vvardenfell. Well done, my friend!

Vestige

I did what I could.

Vivec

As my next sermon shall proclaim, “Modesty is the false cloak off a flatterer or the sincere garment of the humble.” Again, you have my gratitude, and that of all my people. Indeed, even those who rail against the Tribunal owe you their lives.

Vivec

You have done much for me and for Vvardenfell. But as the warrior says, “Do not think the battle is over when the enemy is dead. The hearts and minds of the people must also be won.” I must ask you for one more service.

Vestige

What do you need me to do?

Vivec

“Gratitude is its own reward,” I once told the crowds in Ebonheart. But I’ve found that some of my followers appreciate something more tangible. Help me reward those who aided in the saving of Vvardenfell so we can reassure my people.

Vestige

How can I help you reward people?

Vivec

To start, retrieve the Archcanon’s Signet from the Hall of Wisdom. It is time to appoint a new head priest. I shall gather my people and meet you at my statue on the central canton. It shall be a glorious ceremony, my friend!

The Vestige leaves and goes to the Archcanon's Office. Then, after finding Archcanon's Signet, they go to meet Vivec at the other end of the canton.

Vivec

Rejoice! You cursed the darkness, with good reason. Now Praise the return of the light! The eyes and ears of the Warrior-Poet returns! And just in time for the gathering crowd! Were you able to locate the Archcanon’s Signet?

Vestige

Yes, I have the signet right here.

Vivec

Continue to guard it, for it represents not only my loyal servant Tarvus but also the past and future of my priesthood. And take this as well. To aid you in your next task.

Vestige

What’s in this bag?

Vivec

You have been my eyes and ears in the world. Now be my hands. Within that modest sack resides gifts for my faithful servants. Blessings from me, though I would have you deliver them. You served me in adversity. Now join me in celebration!

Vestige

What do you want me to do?

Vivec

As I call forth my faithful, reach into the sack and give them the first thing you find. They shall hear my words of praise and gratitude, while it shall be your hand that rewards them. Are you ready, friend of Vivec?

Vestige

I’m ready.

Vivec rewards Overseer Shiralas with blessing stones, Barilzar with gemstones with divine energy, Canon Llevule with the Archcanon's title and the Vestige with a title of a Champion of Vivec.

Vivec

Overseer Shiralas, you sacrificed your Blessing Stones to aid the Warrior-Poet. Well done! Take these recharged stones and finish building my city - after relaxing with your patient wife. Your knowledge of the mysteries of my brother Sotha Sil and the intricate twists and turns of portal magic were invaluable. Take this and use it well to further your experiments. Archcanon Tarvus served us well until his death. But when I was most in need of assistance, Canon Llevule rose to the occasion. Now rise once more - as Archcanon Llevule! In every poem, it’s the last stanza that holds the most meaning. Once a stranger in our land, now a friend forever - step forward! You come before me with an empty sack, but have no fear. As I have written, “treat your enemies well and your friends even better.” Know that I consider you to be a very good friend. Will you accept the honor I am about to bestow upon you?

Vestige

I accept, Lord Vivec.

Vivec

Then let it be known that from this moment forth, you shall be called Champion of Vivec! And along with my thanks, take this modest reward. I foresee even greater achievements in your future, but for now be content to be the hero of Morrowind!