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Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset

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As the player arrives in Shimmerene, chief port into the Summerset Isles, they see an Altmer fleeing from something.

Calibar

Let the cat fight those monsters! I'm getting out of here!

The island's sprung a leak! Run!

If the player talks to the elf, he will say:

Calibar

First the Queen issues a decree that changes the status of Summerset from an isolated paradise into a ... a tourist attraction! Now monsters! Sea creatures! I've never seen anything like them! Well, I say let the cat fight them! Better him than me!

Player

Monsters? Cat? Slow down and tell me what happened.

Calibar

Suddenly the ground opened, spewing water and strange creatures! They attacked us! Luckily, one of the newcomers, a Khajiit, leaped in and drove them back. Called himself Razum-dar. He could probably use some help, if you're so inclined.

Player

I'll go talk to Razum-dar.

The player does just that. If they are quick, they will see Razum-Dar killing the last of the strange creatures, and destroying a strange blue-black orb that floated near them. The player approaches the Khajiit.

Razum-Dar

Have you ever seen such creatures? Raz has not. Probably neither have you.

You are a newcomer, yes? New to this island of High Elves? This one has an eye for such things. And you look capable. So, can Raz interest you in some cloak-and-dagger work?

Player

Cloak-and-dagger work? Sounds ominous.

Razum-Dar

Ominous? No, nothing of the sort. Well, maybe a little of the sort. Depends on how things develop.

Raz has come to Summerset at the behest of Queen Ayrenn. To make sure her decree regarding the opening of the island proceeds as she directed.

Player

So how can I help?

Razum-Dar

Ask some questions. Determine the mood in Shimmerene and see how the newcomers are faring.

Rumors have reached the Queen and she is concerned. So Razum-dar comes to see what’s happening and fights strange creatures. Now Raz is concerned as well.

Player

I’ll ask some questions around the city.

Razum-Dar

While you ask questions around the city, Raz can take care of some other business. It may or may not involve scratching and clawing.

Let’s meet near the entrance to Shimmerene when you have something to report.

Before heading out, the player wants to learn more from Raz.

Player

What were those strange creatures I saw you fighting?

Razum-Dar

Raz never saw such monsters in his life! They appear related to water, but this one tends to avoid the stuff. That pearl, though. Raz swears it was calling those creatures.

A mystery for another time, perhaps. Now we need to see to the newcomers.

Player

Anyone in specific you want me to talk to regarding the Queen's decree?

Razum-Dar

As a matter of fact, Raz made a list!

Olnewil, a High Elf artisan, spoke out. See what she complained about. Then there's Tsoxolza, a persecuted Argonian newcomer. Finally Rhanul, a city resident noted in the Divine Prosecution's observation log."

Player

What did Olnewil speak out about and where can I find her?

Razum-Dar

Olnewil complained about … no, no. Raz doesn't want to prejudice your investigation. You will find out when you talk to her.

The artist likes to gather shells along the eastern coast. She uses them to make paints and dyes.

Player

Rhanul? That doesn't sound like a High Elf name.

Razum-Dar

True. Not enough syllables. Rhanul's a Redguard whose family has lived in Shimmerene for generations. He's a well-respected trader with a few warehouses along the docks.

Talk to him before the Divine Prosecution decides to arrest him.

Player

What's the Divine Prosecution?

Razum-Dar

The Divine Prosecution serves as lawkeepers and protectors of social standards. Very persnickety.

When rules are broken, they record it in their observation logs. If your name winds up on their list, things get complicated.

Player

What do you mean, Tsoxolza is being persecuted?

Razum-Dar

Something to do with monks and newcomer registration. Raz is still looking into that.

Last I heard, Tsoxolza was seen leaving the city and heading west. Probably trying to reach the water. Lizard like water, yes? Not Raz. Raz hates the wet stuff.

Player

What does all this have to do with that geyser and those creatures?

Razum-Dar

Nothing at all. Unless you think they came to Summerset because of the Queen's decree? No, that would be ridiculous. Let's not lose focus.

Just see what Olnewil, Tsoxolza, and Rhanul have to say about newcomers and the mood in Shimmerene.

Player

What do you expect me to learn by talking to these people?

Razum-Dar

We need to confirm these rumors or else put and end to them.

Everyone should be pleased with the Queen's decree. Opening the borders shows progress, yes? However, if any of her loyal subjects reject progress ... well, Raz needs to know that, too."

Player

Anything I should know about Shimmerene before I head out?

Razum-Dar

Hmm. Raz knows very little about city ordinances or how to tell the difference between mead and ale, so let's avoid these topics, yes? Otherwise, this one knows all about the Queen's decree and the initial reactions of the nobles and Kinlady.

Player

Tell me about the Queen's decree.

Razum-Dar

Queen Ayrenn, Her Most Excellent Leader of the Aldmeri Dominion, has issued a decree opening the once-forbidden land of Summerset to traders, visitors, and immigrants of all races.

Controversial, yes, but part of her plan for the Dominion's future.

Razum-Dar

For some. High Elves talk of perfection, but they are a complicated people. Various individuals in Summerset take issue with their Queen. With change of any sort, actually. The Kinlady, for example. Some nobles.

Makes my job ... complicated.

Player

Who are you again?

Razum-Dar

Raz is wounded to the core! Forgotten already. This one usually leaves a better impression.

I am Razum-dar, Queen Ayrenn's Eye and dark-lantern agent extraordinaire. But that is a secret between you and me. To everyone else, this one is simply Raz.

Player

Armed with information, the player headed off to look for the three citizens Raz mentioned. First they started with the artist Olnewil, found on a nearby beach.

As the player approached Olnewil, she yells out:

Olnewil

Go find your own patch of beach!

Not that you'd understand the concept, but the Path to Alaxon requires dedication and complete concentration. I must find the perfect shells or my pigments will be substandard. And do you know what that will do to my art? Exactly!

Player

What's the Path to Alaxon?

Olnewil

An Altmer concept practiced widely here in Summerset. Alaxon is the state of perfection that every High Elf strives for. The Path to Alaxon represents the approach we take to achieve that state.

Now, why have you interrupted my work?

Player

I heard you made complaints in Shimmerene. I'd like to hear about that.

Olnewil

I believe in caution as much as the next High Elf, but sometimes the rules get in the way of common sense. My apprentice lived here for more than a year. Good help is so hard to find, especially among the newcomers, and she was adept at making dyes.

Player

What happened to your apprentice?

Olnewil

They took her away! Said they had to scrutinize her qualifications, test her knowledge of culture and etiquette. But I haven't seen her since!

My work suffers, so of course I complained to the monks. Now I have to gather my own shells!

Player

Did the monks offer any explanation as to where she was or when she'd be returned?

Olnewil

They told me I could fill out some forms and appeal to the Kinlady, but who has time for such bureaucracy? And for a Wood Elf?

I've said too much. I have work to do and all this aggravation has diverted my Path to Alaxon."

Player

I'll let you get back to your work.

Next, the player headed for the Shimmerine docks, where Rhanul is working in a warehose. His dialog differs a bit if the player is an Altmer.

Rhanul

A newcomer? In the warehouse district? Unusual, but how can I help you today, my friend?

Player

I was wondering how your name ended up in the Divine Prosecution's observation log.

(If the player is an Altmer)

Rhanul

The Divine... Did a justiciar send you to harass me? I've lived in Summerset my whole life and I did nothing wrong!

You High Elves! You say we're welcome and then you treat us like criminals! Is there any wonder I had to speak out?

(If the player is not an Altmer)

Rhanul

The Divine... who told you that? If a justiciar sent you to try and trick me into confessing—no, no. The High Elves would never send a newcomer to perform such a task.

But I admit it. I made my thoughts known.

Player

And what were those thoughts, if you don't mind me asking?

Rhanul

I arranged to bring my cousin here to work with me. The ship arrived, but all the newcomers were carted away. For questioning, they said. I complained to the Kinlady and anyone else who would listen. And what has it gotten me? Nothing!

Player

You're not a High Elf. Have you lived in Summerset very long?

Rhanul

Oh, my family has been here for generations and generations. Before the Queen's decree, outsiders might have been rare, but we were not unheard of. Our business has grown and gets better every day. That's why I sent for my cousin. We need the help.

Player

Do you like living in Summerset?

Rhanul

Summerset is a rare and beautiful jewel in the Abecean Sea. I love it here! The High Elves treat us like children, but they have never been hostile.

The Queen's decree has stirred the waters, though. I fear it will get worse before it gets better.

I really must get back to work now. Every moment that my cousin remains sequestered is another moment where I must perform the work of two people. Pleasant travels, wayfarer.

Player

Finally, the player set out to find Tsoxolza. Unfortunately, the Argonian is dead, his body washed up by a river. His backpack, located nearby, contains a letter describing Tsoxalza's imprisonment and near-sacrifice.

Having tracked down all three people, the player returns to Razum-dar. The Khajiit is located near the entrace to Shimmerine monastery. At its steps is a group of Altmer making trouble.

Veranquel

This is unheard of! Why have you closed the monastery?

Aldrach Tilcalar

Good people, I hear your concerns.

Indalinwe

But the workers I hired? They were aboard the ship from Rivenspire!

Aldrach Tilcalar

The Kinlady and I, we have only your best interests in mind. Every guest must be sequestered while we ascertain their suitability for Altmer society.

Daalinden

The Aldarch's right. Lock up the newcomers!

Corimin

Send the newcomers back where they came from! We don't want them here!

Player

The player speaks with Raz.

Razum-dar

Such anger! Raz never expected to hear such words from the Queen's loyal subjects. The sentiment isn't universal, but enough feel this way for Raz to be concerned. Did you learn anything interesting from the people I sent you to talk to?

Player

The artist's assistant and the Redguard's cousin have both been sequestered.

Razum-dar

Sequestered, hmm? Just a different word for imprisoned, yes? Rhanul's cousin just arrived, but Olnewil's assistant has lived on Summerset since long before the Queen ever issued her decree. What about the lizard? What did Tsoxolza have to say?

Player

Tsoxolza was dead by the time I reached him. I found this letter in his pack.

Razum-dar

Why would the Aldarch gather up newcomers and non-High Elf residents alike and send them to the monastery? Does the Kinlady condone this behavior? Raz's head itches, and not in a good way. Our course is clear, five-claw. We must go to the monastery!

Player

All right, I'll help you investigate the monastery.

Razum-dar

Raz admires your enthusiasm, but this one needs you to enter the monastery on your own. Raz has other fish to catch. This one will help you get past the sentry, though. When you notice that the sentry is distracted, just slip quietly inside.

Raz approaches the nearby guard and begins the distraction.

Sentry! Raz owes you for that game of cards and has come to pay!

Monastery Sentry

Huh? I don't recall any... you say I won some gold?

Razum-dar

Don't you remember? Raz always pays his debts. And he always buys the drinks!

Monastery Sentry

Gold and drinks? Well, my relief should be along soon, so why not

Player

With the guard successfully lured away, the player is able to enter the Monastery of Serene Harmony. The player sees a monk sleeping on a bench and decides to question him.



Monastic Nuleros

Not now, please. Your spiritual well being can wait until after my nap.

Player

Where can I find the people that have been sequestered?

Monastic Nuleros

You'll have to ask one of the monks that the new Aldarch brought with him. They deal with all the newcomer testing and evaluations. I'm just a simple monk trying to catch up on my sleep. That was a hint, by the way.

Player

Tell me about the Aldarch and the new monks.

Monastic Nuleros

Aldarch Tilcalar arrived right after the Queen issued her decree. He came highly recommended by Kinlady Avinisse, or so I heard. It's not unusual for monks to form attachments and move together, but there's something strange about that bunch.

Player

Strange? What do you mean?

Monastic Nuleros

The Aldarch and his monks keep to themselves. They've taken the undercroft for their own purposes and ordered the rest of us to avoid the ancient vaults beneath the monastery. Now, please, let me get backto my nap!

Player

You must have some idea where they're sequestering the newcomers.

Monastic Nuleros

Again with the questions about the newcomers. Why do you care about the complexities of Altmer bureaucracy? Still, if I had to make a guess, I'd say they were taken into the undercroft for registration and processing. Now go away.

Player

Anything else I should know about this monastery?

Monastic Nuleros

The monastery should be a place of peace and meditation, but the Aldarch has closed us down until further notice. That means if any of the monks spot you, they'll raise the alarm. Me? I never saw you. Now if you don't mind, my nap awaits.

Player

The player looks around some more. They find a letter from the Kinlady nearby, and a list of sequestered guests on a side table by the stairs. Finally, in an office upstairs, they located a the same sort of blue-black orb that they saw earlier in the day when the mysterious creatures attacked Razum-dar. This must be the final clue. They begin to examine this "abyssal pearl," but are quickly interrupted by a voice from outside.

Valsirenn

Unusual knick-knack for an Aldarch's office, wouldn't you agree?

I noticed you skulking around while I was engaged in some skulking of my own. I suppose we both came to the monastery with a similar purpose in mind.

Player

And what purpose would that be?

Valsirenn

The sequestered newcomers. I came to find out what happened to a friend. I assume that's what brought you here as well?

A house of worship shouldn't be used as an internment camp. And it shouldn't be locked to the public, either.

Player

I saw a pearl like that. There were strange creatures nearby.

Valsirenn

Interesting. I've never seen anything quite like it. I find it intriguing and a bit disturbing.

But we aren't here to discuss curios—strange creatures notwithstanding. We need to find out what's happening with the missing newcomers.

Player

How did you happen to get past the sentry, by the way?

Valsirenn

The sentry doesn't appear to have stopped you, so I could ask you the same question. Let's just agree that we both have our methods.

Curious, but I feel that there's more going on in Shimmerene than the usual politics and community relations.

Player

What else could be going on here?

Valsirenn

That's the question, my cautious friend. We have a newly appointed Aldarch and a disgruntled Kinlady, both opposed to the Queen's decree. What's their connection to the missing newcomers?

I was about to explore the undercroft. Care to join me?

Player

I'll meet you in the undercroft.

As the player is walking away, Valsirenn has a few more lines.

Valsirenn

A curious pearl. I wonder where the Aldarch acquired it?

Probably not important. I'll meet you in the undercroft and we can see what's going on with the newcomers.

Player

The undercroft is located directly underneath the temple.

Valsirenn

Something's wrong down here. I sense magic. Vile magic.

Further down the stairs, the player and Valsiren find a room full of cages. One of them still contains a live prisoner.

Cages? These people did nothing to deserve such treatment.

There's someone alive over there. See if you can help her.

Minone Aloette

Thank the Divines! You aren't one of the monks. Please, let me out of here!

Player

Why did they lock you in a cage?

Minone Aloette

It's a nightmare! We came to Summerset to seek new opportunities. We barely stepped off the ship when they marched us to the monastery. Instead of questioning us or the usual High Elf bureaucracy, they locked us in these cages.

Player

There are only a few of you here. Where are the rest of the newcomers?

Minone Aloette

The monks gathered them a few moments ago and took them through the door on the far side of the chamber. Please, let me out of here before they take me away like the others!

Player

I'll unlock the cage then see what's going on in the next chamber.

Minone Aloette

Oh, thank you for setting me free!

Player

While Minone frees the other prisoners, the player returns to Valsirenn, who is examining a corpse nearby.

Valsirenn

Is that a … Skaafin?

A Daedra? Here? And that's a Skaafin, if I remember my Daedric recitations correctly. Very curious.

Player

What's a dead Skaafin doing in a monastery devoted to the Eight?

Valsirenn

An excellent question, and one I hope to find the answer to. From the evidence before us, it appears this Nord killed the Skaafin before he succumbed to his own wounds. Good for him.

I found this key on the creature's belt, so we can open that door.

Player

That's where the prisoner said the monks took the rest of the newcomers.

Valsirenn

Then I suggest we pick up the pace. We need to determine what's actually happening down here and who's behind all this.

Without answers to those questions, we won't be able to decide on our best course of action.

Player

What about your missing friend?

Valsirenn

I'll explain everything later. For now, we need to hurry.

Player

Together, they proceeded into the Undercroft Great Hall. From the balcony they were able to see some sort of ritual taking place down below.

Valsirenn

Daedric cultists?

Earl of Clavicus Vile

More newcomers? Unfortunately, the magic only effects those who have been prepared. But never fear. Your turn will come.

Before the player could stop him, he sacrificed the newcomers and summoned the same creatures from before out of the Abyssal Pearl.

Valsirenn

I'll deal with the pearl, you hold off these creatures!

The pearl's magic attracts these creatures. Hold them off while I complete my spell!

Player

As Valsirenn cast her magic onto the pearl, the player was forced to defeat waves of enemies. Once they were vanquished, Valsirenn and the player ran for the door on the other side. Once safe, they were able to talk.

Valsirenn

Those poor people. This wasn't just about newcomers and opposing the Queen's decree. That was Daedric magic back there! I just wish we had arrived a few moments earlier.

Player

What happened to the pearl? Did you destroy it?

Valsirenn

I promised to explain what I know. I suppose that now's as good a time as any.

I'm a member of the Psijic Order. Our Ritemaster sent me to investigate a warning we received about a plot involving Summerset. My inquiries led me here.

Player

The Psijic Order?

Valsirenn

The Psijic Order is an ancient magical monastic society. We served as advisors to the rulers of Tamriel, but that was before we removed our island home from the world. Now this threat has drawn us back.

But why are you involved in all this?

Player

I'm working with Razum-dar, one of the Queen's Eyes. But what happened to the pearl?

Valsirenn

An Eye of the Queen? Interesting.

I diffused the Daedric magic and transported the pearl to Artaeum, the Psijic island, for safekeeping and study so we can learn more about it. But we can discuss this further once we get out of here.

Player

All right. Let's go.

Together, they proceeded through the Undercroft Labyrinth, fighting off Skaafin. Before splitting up, Valsirenn has a few more things to say.

Valsirenn

Living on Artaeum for a few centuries doesn't prepare you for physical activity.

Let the Eye of the Queen know what we discovered and I'll catch up with you later.

Player

Before going to find Raz, the player has a few more questions to ask Valsirenn.

Valsirenn

We were warned that Daedric Princes had their eyes on Summerset, but I didn't expect that level of danger from what was supposed to be a simple investigation.

I suggest you tell the Eye of the Queen what we discovered. I'll catch up with you later.

Player

How did you get involved in this? I thought you said Artaeum was sent away.

Valsirenn

We received word that there was the potential for trouble in Summerset, so the Ritemaster sent me to take a look.

Even so, Artaeum isn't a prison. We're Psijic mages! We can come and go as we like, just so long as it advances our studies.

Player

And what about that missing frined you mentioned?

Valsirenn

A partial truth. Easier to remember than an outright lie.

Another member of our Order came to Summerset a few months back. We haven't heard from him, so I decided to look into both matters while I was here. Unfortunately, he continues to elude me.

Player

You think he's hiding from you?

Valsirenn

No, not intentionally. We may be sages, but we're still just people. We can become restless, succumb to sorrow or frustration.

My friend may have decided that life on Artaeum was no longer satisfying. I just want to know he's safe.

Player

Why didn't you tell me you were a member of the Psijic Order?

Valsirenn

I did tell you, once I ascertained I could trust you and the time was right.

When we make a rare visit back to Nirn, we try to keep a low profile. Rumors about our Order tend to make people uncomfortable and even nervous in our presence.

Satisfied, the player heads for the Anchors Awaigh Inn to find Razum-dar.

Razum-dar

Ah, this one's new partner returns! What interesting scandal did you uncover in the monastery? Tell Raz every juicy detail!

Player

The people that were sequestered were killed to power a Daedric ritual. I found this letter.

Razum-dar

This isn't the kind of scandal Raz was hoping for. Murder, Daedric rituals, and traitorous behavior have a way of ruining an otherwise perfect day.

We need to learn the extent of the Kinlady's involvement. And by we, Raz means you.

Player

You want me to go and accuse the Kinlady of conspiring with a Daedric cult?

Razum-dar

Accuse? Not exactly. Raz wants you to talk to her. See what she knows about the Aldarch. The Kinlady is meeting with local leaders. Attend that meeting and learn the truth.

This invitation and set of elegant clothes will get you through her door.

Player

I also met a mage from the Psijic Order in the monastery.

Razum-dar

A Psijic? Raz has heard rumors, but there are always rumors about the Psijics. For an island of sages who disappeared more than three hundred years ago, they certainly seem to get around.

Did this Psijic mage say what the Order was investigating?

Player

Something about a warning, and she seemed pretty interested in the life-sucking pearl.

Razum-dar

There was a life-sucking pearl? You should probably have led with that bit of information!

Well, we can worry about the Psijic mage and figure out where these pearls came from later. For now, go see what the Kinlady has to say.

Player

Shouldn't you speak to the Kinlady? You do work for the Queen, after all.

Razum-dar

Kinlady Avinesse and Raz … do not get along. You see, there was a horse, a platter of pudding tarts, and—no, this one won't bore you with the sordid details.

Besides, everyone behaves well when they see Raz. You'll learn more than I would.

Go on. Pretend you belong and no one will notice you, especially once you put on those elegant clothes.

Meet Raz nearby after you talk to her. This one looks forward to hearing what she has to say about all of this.

Player

The player heads for the Kinlady's party. Before the player is able to enter the house, a mysterious figure appears nearby.

Golden Knight

You there! I have a- damn it! why won't this work?

Lianalah

Did you see a golden knight?

Olunandon

I have no idea what that was, and I'm not sure I want to know!

Player

Unable to see anything more of the golden knight, the player heads into the mansion. Inside, they locate the Kinlady's servant, a Bosmer named Galmelor.

Galmelor

Yes? And who might you be?

Player

I need to speak to Kinlady Avinisse

Galmelor

The Kinlady is currently engaged. She's holding a conference with Shimmerene's elite to discuss certain... political matters.

Player

(If the player is not wearing their elegant attire)

I have an invitation right here.

Galmelor

Hmm, yes, so I see.

However, I can't allow clothing of that … vintage … anywhere near the Kinlady. Please return after you've acquired something more … suitable … for an affair of this magnitude.

Player

(If the player is wearing their elegant attire)

I have an invitation.

Galmelor

Hmm, yes. So you do.

And may I say that your outfit is suitably elegant. Please, head into the garden.

Player

Inside the garden party, the Kinlady is giving a speech.

Kinlady Avinisse

We all have concerns regarding the Queen's decree. I assure you that I am working with Aldarch Tilcalar to safeguard the sanctity of Shimmerene and all of Summerset.

Enjoy the food and drink. Business of the city requires my attention, but I shall rejoin you shortly.

Player

She departs, and the player is left to wander the party and talk to various guests and servants. First, they decide to speak with Chief Justiciar Suriwen, standing by the fountain. Her dialog depends on the player's race.

(If the player is not an Altmer)

Chief Justiciar Suriwen

Another newcomer? The ink has barely dried on the Queen's decree and there are already more of you than I can count. I look forward to hearing how the Kinlady and the new Aldarch plan to protect Summerset's interests.

(If the player is a Altmer)

Chief Justiciar Suriwen

Have you come to hear what the Kinlady has to say as well? I thought her open letter brilliantly captured the mood of Summerset's elite, but the Ascendants know the Queen has her supporters. Even here.

Player

It sounds like you're not too fond of the Queen's decision to open Summerset's borders.

Chief Justiciar Suriwen

Does it? Perhaps. The newcomers are different. They understand neither Altmer society nor the rules of protocol and etiquette.

Makes my job as an officer of the Divine Prosecution more difficult. I just hope the new Aldarch really has a plan.

Player

What's the Divine Prosecution?

Chief Justiciar Suriwen

The Divine Prosecution serves as Summerset's premier lawkeepers. We enforce secular and religious law, making sure that all social and cultural rules are adhered to.

The fact that you didn't know that proves the Aldarch's concerns are justified.

Player

What can you tell me about the new Aldarch?

Chief Justiciar Suriwen

Well, I don't really know the new Aldarch all that—wait a moment. I don't know who you are and I'm not sure I like the tenor of your questions.

Perhaps you should move along before I forget this is a social gathering and that I'm not on duty.

Player

Next, they choose to talk to Canonreeve Elquisa, sitting on a nearby bench.

Canonreeve Elquisa

A newcomer, here in the Kinlady's garden? And during her latest rant on the dangers of the Queen's decree? Oh that's just grand!

I really can't wait to see her expression when she finally notices your presence.

Player

You seem to be taking the business of the Queen's decree rather lightly.

Canonreeve Elquisa

Am I? Some probably see it that way. What do I care? I'm the canonreeve of Shimmerene! Kinlady Avinisse may outrank me, but I'm the one who keeps the city's bureaucracy functioning smoothly. It's what I do.

What were we talking bout again?

Player

Do you know what the Kinlady plans to do about the Queen's decree?

Canonreeve Elquisa

Complain, most likely. My cousin excels at that! I assume she may have something else worked out with the new Aldarch, but he has yet to bring me into her confidence on the matter.

Frankly, I assumed that's why we were here.

Player

What's a canonreeve?

Canonreeve Elquisa

I'm a canonreeve, my dear. I thought we established that.

It's an official title, given to diplomats and bureaucrats who administer to county seats. A gift from my cousin Avinisse, I suppose. In your land, I'd probably be called the mayor.

Player

Up next, Craftreeve Midalmo, lounging nearby on a different bench.

Craftreeve Midalmo

First the Kinlady invites us to discuss the situation in Shimmerene. Then she tells us to sit here and wait. And now a damn nebarra is standing close enough for me to smell it!

Well, nebarra? Speak up! Or is talking not part of your repertoire?

Player

What do you think the Kinlady is planning?

Craftreeve Midalmo

Everyone knows what the Kinlady thinks of the Queen's decree. I suppose she plans to oppose the new policy. Keep more nebarra from reaching our shores. Somehow.

I just hope she doesn't do anything that ruins our expanded trade agreements.

Player

How do you feel about the Queen's decree?

Craftreeve Midalmo

That's a loaded question, nebarra. look, I get as nervous as a pigeon in a gryphon aerie just thinking about having a lizard living right next door, but I can't argue with the Queen's success.

The expanded trade agreements have been a star-send!

Player

What does that word mean, nebarra?

Craftreeve Midalmo

Nebarra? Well, I suppose that's our word for the newcomers. I guess you could say it's impolite, but old habits can be hard to break. No offense.

Look, I don't have an issue with the newcomers. Some of my best workers weren't born on the island.

Player

The other guests and servants don't wish to talk, so the player heads for the final and most important guest: Aldarch Tilcalar. His dialog branches depending on whether the player is or isn't an Altmer.

(If the player is an Altmer)

Aldarch Tilcalar

I see the Queen's decree has even attracted some of our wayward brethren back to our shores. But make no mistake. Altmer or not, you're as much a newcomer as one of those cats or lizards.

(If the player is not an Altmer)

Aldarch Tilcalar

How bold of you. The nebarra dares to stand in my holy presence. Very well, bold nebarra. What can the new Aldarch of Shimmerene do for you? And please, try not to bore me or spray any spittle on my spotless vestments.

Player

I hear that you and the Kinlady have a plan for administering the Queen's decree.

Aldarch Tilcalar

You heard that somewhere, did you? Hmm. I'll have to have a discussion with the Divine Prosecution about how lax our security has become.

No, no. I jest. The Kinlady and I have nothing but the best interests of Summerset and the newcomers in mind.

Player

Is that why you're sequestering newcomers and other non-High Elves beneath the monastery?

(If the player is an Altmer)

Aldarch Tilcalar

You really are well informed about things here in Shimmerene, aren't you? For an outsider. Oh, your heritage might be Altmer, but you aren't a native of Summerset. You simply don't have the bearing and cultured air of a true child of the island.

Player

Like the High Elf monks I saw working with Daedra beneath the monastery?

(If the player is not an Altmer)

Aldarch Tilcalar

You really are well informed about things here in Shimmerene, aren't you? For a nebarra.

Player

You keep calling me "nebarra." What does that mean?

Aldarch Tilcalar

You're right. Where are my manners? Using a word you couldn't possibly be expected to understand.

It means unwelcome. As in, you are not welcome here.

Player

I see. And is it common for High Elf monks to conspire with Daedra?

Aldarch Tilcalar

That's a serious accusation to toss around so casually. What did you say your name was again? I want to make sure to add it to the Divine Prosecution's observation log.

For you own protection, you understand.

Player

If you'll excuse me, Aldarch Tilcalar, I just remembered I have someplace else to be.

Aldarch Tilcalar

I suddenly remembered some business I need to deal with as well. Feel free to pester the other guests in my absence.

Player

All out of guests to pester, the player heads inside the mansion and finds the Kinlady in her room upstairs.

Kinlady Avinisse

No, I refuse to deal with one of the Queen's guests—especially not in my own home! How did you get in here, by the way? No, Never mind that. Since you found your way in, I assume you can find your way back out.

Before I call the guards.

Player

Why do you oppose the Queen's decree?

Kinlady Avinisse

Oh, such innocence! You really want to know why I oppose the Queen's order to allow newcomers to enter Summerset?

Because I'm trying to protect both the island and the newcomers. It's in everyone's best interest that we maintain a separation.

Player

And the Aldarch agrees with your efforts to protect the island and the newcomers?

Kinlady Avinisse

Aldarch Tilcalar... came highly recommended. He has grand plans for protecting Shimmerene. Grand plans.

Unfortunately, in my haste to deal with the Queen's decree, I may have made an error in judgement.

Player

An error in judgement?

Kinlady Avinisse

Not that it's any concern of yours, but my chancellor has been unable to verify the Aldarch's existence prior to when we met and I recommended him for the position at the monastery.

I assure you, Kinlord Milunthel praised Tilcalar to no end.

Player

And were you aware that the Aldarch's monks are killing the newcomers under the monastery?

Kinlady Avinisse

That's preposterous! Aldarch Tilcalar sequesters the newcomers to ascertain their suitability for life in Summerset.

Those who pass will find a place here. As for the rest, they'll be returned to wherever they came from. That's what we agreed to.

Player

It sounds like you should see for yourself what's happening at the monastery.

Before the Kinlady can respond, her servant barges in with a message.

Galmelor

My Lady, one of the monks said to deliver this message. It's from the Aldarch himself.

Kinlady Avinisse

The Coral Forest? An odd location for a meeting, but I need to hear the Aldarch's explanation.

Player

The Kinlady departs, and the player leaves as well. They find Razum-dar and report their findings.

Razum-dar

Pretend you are adjusting your boot or admiring the architecture. As hard as it may be, look anywhere but directly at Raz. Good, good. Now, tell Raz what you learned at the Kinlady's manor.

Player

The Kinlady believes that the newcomers are being sequestered and sent away.

Razum-dar

Raz thinks Avinisse is as naive as she is complicit, but she is not a murderer. This new Aldarch, though, has so much blood on his hands it looks like he's wearing red gloves. From what I could discover, he didn't exist before he came to Shimmerene.

Player

I overheard that the Kinlady was going to meet the Aldarch in the Coral Forest.

Razum-dar

The Coral Forest? A strange meeting place. Raz thinks we should go and see what the Aldarch is up to. After I take back that outfit. I might need it again later. Ah, you have a pretty admirer, my friend. The Psijic sage, yes? Here she comes now.

Player

Let me find out what Valsirenn has to say.

Valsirenn

I'm glad I found you. While watching the Kinlady's mansion, I saw her ladyship sneak out the back and leave the city.

Razum-dar

The Kinlady is meeting the Aldarch in the Coral Forest. Raz smells something and it isn't moon-sugar biscuits!

Valsirenn

Your reputation precedes you, Eye of the Queen. I am Valsirenn of the Psijic Order. And I agree that the Aldarch is more than a simple monk.

Razum-dar

We should work together, yes? But let's travel separately to avoid attracting unwanted attention. Raz will find you both at the Coral Forest.

Player

Valsirenn disappears in a magical poof, and Raz heads off in the other direction, so the player must find their way to the Coral Forest all by themselves.

Valsirenn

We need to find out why the Aldarch asked Kinlady Avinisse to meet him out here.

Player

How do we find the Aldarch and the Kinlady?

Valsirenn

Based on what we saw in the monastery's undercroft, I'm hesitant to use magic to locate them.

I suppose we'll have to find them through mundane means. Too bad the Queen's spy isn't here yet. I understand he's good at this sort of thing.

Player

The player begins exploring the Coral Forest, eventually stumbling on the Kinlady and Aldarch just as they finish arguing.

Kinlady Avinisse

Murder? That wasn't part of the plan, Aldarch!

Aldarch Tilcalar

You know nothing of the plan, you fool. Let me give you a taste of what the Prince of Bargains has in store for this pitiful world.

Kinlady Avinisse

Your Prince? I want no part of Daedra! Help!

Valsirenn

The Aldarch! We'd better hurry!

Player

The player fights the Aldarch, now revealed as the Earl of Clavicus Vile.

Earl of Clavicus Vile

Come, nebarra! Let me show you the power bestowed upon me by the Prince of Bargains!

Yaghra, destroy these fools!

Player

After defeating the Earl and his summons, the player speaks to Valsirenn.

Valsirenn

Razum-dar apprehended the Kinlady. They're at the west edge of the Coral Forest.

What happened to Aldarch Tilcalar? Did he escape?

Player

Aldarch Tilcalar is dead. I heard him mention the Prince of Bargains.

Valsirenn

I think we can conclude that Tilcalar wasn't actually an Aldarch. At least, not with his connection to the Prince of Bargains, Clavicus Vile.

Strange magic and creatures worry me, however. Hopefully, the pearl I sent to Artaeum can tell us more.

Player

You think you can learn something from the pearl?

Valsirenn

You'd be surprised what a particular object can reveal—if you know how to unlock its secrets. 

I need to return and tell Ritemaster Iachesis all that transpired here. If you're willing, I'd like you to come to Artaeum and confirm my story.

Player

Who's Ritemaster Iachesis?

Valsirenn

The Ritemaster leads the Psijic Order from Ceporah Tower, on the island of Artaeum. This spell attunes you to a portal near Shimmerene, in the ruins of the Keep of Eleven Forces. It always leads to Artaeum, no matter the island's current location.

Player

I'll go to Artaeum to talk to the Ritemaster after I check in with Razum-dar.

Valsirenn

One more adjustment and … there! You are now attuned!

Find me on Artaeum after you finish with the Eye of the Queen.

Player

Raz and the Kinlady are at the outskirts of the corals.

Razum-dar

Ah, five-claw! The Kinlady and Raz had the most illuminating conversation.

Kinlady Avinisse

You can't treat me like some sort of criminal, you horrid creature!

Razum-dar

Queen Ayrenn will be disappointed that the Kinlady of Shimmerene allowed a false Aldarch to murder so many newcomers. Such a scandal makes other travelers uneasy about coming here, yes?

Player

The Aldarch called on the Prince of Bargains before I killed him.

Razum-dar

The Prince of Bargains? That could only be Clavicus Vile! What Oblivion inspired nest of vipers has Raz stumbled into? This one has a very bad feeling about all this. Where is the Psijic sage? Raz would like to ask her what she thinks.

Player

Valsirenn returned to Artaeum. She invited me to come and speak to their Ritemaster.

Razum-dar

The Psijic Order's interest in all of this concerns Razum-dar. This one has never had much love of magic or those that practice the art. On the other hand, now Raz has his own person on the inside. An Eye of Raz, if you will, yes?

Player

Valsirenn said the Order would try to find out more about the Aldarch and the abyssal pearls.

Razum-dar

Then you must go to Artaeum and discover what the Psijics have learned. When you return, you can tell Raz all about it so he can pass it along to the Queen. Yes, Raz likes this plan. In the meantime, Raz will investigate the Daedric connection.

Player

Before heading to Artaeum, the player chooses to speak with the Kinlady one last time.

Kinlady Avinisse

Have you come to gloat? To kick me while I wallow in my own misery? Well, go ahead. I deserve it.

Player

How did you get involved with Aldarch Tilcalar?

Kinlady Avinisse

I met him at Kinlord Milunthel's party in Alinor. We had similar ideas about the Queen's decree and I recommended that he lead the monastery.

Summerset isn't a stew pot, and the various races aren't ingredients to be sprinkled in like so much spice.

Player

So you knew he planned to kill the newcomers?

Kinlady Avinisse

What a hateful accusation! Tilcalar told me he was going to send them back where they came from. I had no idea he planned to kill them. I give you my word. I just wanted the newcomers to go away.

And to find out he worshiped Daedra! How crude!

Player

Do all of the monks at the monastery worship Daedra?

Kinlady Avinisse

I certainly hope not! We'll have to get the Divine Prosecution in there to gather up the monks Tilcalar brought with him to Shimmerene. We can't have Daedric cultists desecrating a holy site.

I suppose I need to beg for mercy from the Proxy Queen.

Player

That would probably be for the best.

Before heading out, they speak with Raz one last time.

Razum-dar

Stay alert, five-claw. Raz has heard Psijics turn people into chickens and make them explode. To die covered in feathers instead of fur, such a horrible demise.

In the meantime, Raz will send Avinisse home until the Proxy Queen renders judgment.

With this matter resolved, the player headed for the Keep of the Eleven Forces to access its portal to Artaeum. Once on the isle, they head for Ceporah Tower, visible in the distance. They encounter Valsirenn and the Ritemaster at the foot of the tower.

Valsirenn

And there was no sign of Leythen. I don't know whether to be grateful or concerned.

Ritemaster Iachesis

We'll find him, Val. Now go check on the pearl while I speak to our new guest.

What a rare honor Valsirenn bestowed upon you. Only a select few not of our order have ever walked upon this sacred island.

Val tells me your aid was indispensable in uncovering the false Aldarch's plot on Summerset.

Player

We discovered that newcomers to Summerset were being murdered to power the abyssal pearls.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Unfortunate, certainly. The magic you describe sounds familiar, though I can't quite recall where I've heard of it before.

I fear the pearls may be a harbinger of the threat Sotha Sil warned us about.

Player

Sotha Sil? What threat? I don't understand.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Sotha Sil, one of the living gods of the Dark Elf Tribunal. He's an honorary member of our order. After an attack on his Clockwork City, he warned us about a Daedric threat to Summerset and Artaeum. I sent Valsirenn to investigate.

Player

Is there anything more I can do to help?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Indeed, but not until we finish studying the pearl Valsirenn brought us. There are mysteries to unravel and Val believes you will be instrumental to our success.

We can get started immediately, unless you want to explore our island first.

 

 

Ritemaster Iachesis

The next step involves a thorough examination of the strange pearl you and Valsirenn recovered from beneath the Shimmerene monastery. Hopefully, we can learn more about the false Aldarch and the source of the pearl's magic.

Player

You can use magic to get the pearl to reveal all that?

Ritemaster Iachesis

We are the Psijic Order, friend of Valsirenn. There is very little we cannot accomplish through the application of the Old Ways. Every object remembers its history. The trick involves selecting the correct ritual to reveal those buried memories.

Player

Can I do anything to help?

Ritemaster Iachesis

While I head inside to begin the augury ritual, I'd like you to go to Sotha Sil's study in the tower. Find my acolyte, Oriandra, and ask her for Sotha Sil's amplification elixir. We may need it if the pearl proves to be resistant to our magic.

Player

I'll find Oriandra and get the amplification elixir.

The player headed inside, but still had a few other questions they wanted to ask Iachesis.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Oriandra should be in Sotha Sil's chambers, cataloging his old research and experiments. Tell her I need the amplification elixir to strengthen our augury ritual.

That should help us determine what the pearl is and where it came from.

Player

Valsirenn called you the Ritemaster. Does that make you the leader of the Psijic Order?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Leader implies command and a level of structure more suited to an army than an order of mystic monks. That said, I oversee the Psijic Order and our Conclave of the Eleven Forces. Someone must steer the ship, after all.

Is there something else?

Player

Where is this place, exactly?

Ritemaster Iachesis

You have traveled across the mystic realms to reach the island we call Artaeum.

As an uninitiated, this may sound confusing, but the Psijic Order changes the location of its headquarters on occasion. And by that I mean we move the entire island.

Player

So we're not in Tamriel?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Tamriel? My friend, you left the boundaries of Nirn behind you when you stepped through that portal.

Only a select few not of our order are ever granted this honor. Luminaries such as Sotha Sil and yourself. To everyone else, Artaeum remains sealed.

Player

Can't you use magic to summon the component you need?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The ritual has reached a critical stage. If we stop now, we'll have to start all over again. Besides, such a trivial sue of magic is beneath members of the Psijic Order.

Find my acolyte, Oriandra. She's the only Imperial currently in the Order.

Player

Aren't the members of the Psijic Order all High Elves?

Ritemaster Iachesis

While the majority of our order falls under the Altmer persuasion, we sometimes invite those of other races who possess powerful magical talents to join us. Oriandra is one such individual.

Now, if you would, we really need that ritual component.

Player

There was a prophecy about Summerset, Artaeum, and three dark princes.

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Wyress oracle's prophecy. Yes, she informed me of her vision. That's why I agreed to Valsirenn's request to involve you in this matter.

Summerset, Artaeum, and the Daedric Princes that Sotha Sil warned us about. Coincidences, perhaps. Or …

Player

Or what?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Or there's a greater threat facing us than what we have so far been made aware of.

I don't sense Daedric magic in the pearl, but there is a stronger presence that I can't quite identify. That's why I need that component form Oriandra.

Player

Satisfied for now, the player heads upstairs through a portal to Sotha Sil's study. They find Oriandra inside, as promised.

Oriandra

You must be the adventurer that Valsirenn was going on about. Allow me to be the first to welcome you to our secret island.

Oh. I suppose you already talked to the Ritemaster, seeing as you're here in Ceporah Tower.

Player

The Ritemaster sent me to get an amplification elixir for the ritual they're conducting.

Oriandra

That strange pearl has certainly been reluctant to reveal its secrets. The Ritemaster hates it when an inanimate object refuses to cooperate.

Regarding the amplification elixir, I just cataloged it. It's a Sotha Sil creation, as you'd expect.

Player

Sotha Sil's a member of the Psijic Order?

Oriandra

Hmm? What? No, not in the traditional sense. He's not one of our monks, if that's what you're asking. More like an honorary member, I guess you'd say.

According to my records, the silver vial should be right over there.

Player

I'll find it.

Oriandra

As soon as the pearl arrived via Valsirenn's transference spell, the Ritemaster gathered the Conclave to prepare an augury ritual. He's been cycling sages through to keep them fresh while slowly increasing the intensity of the ritual.

Player

So why aren't you helping with the ritual?

Oriandra

I'm the Ritemaster's acolyte. I have other duties to perform. Besides, such a complex ritual requires the power of the Conclave of the Eleven Forces. I'm not that strong yet.

Under the Ritemaster's tutelage, I expect to attain that rank. One day.

Player

I'm not sure I understand where we are. How did the Psijics hide Artaeum?

Oriandra

I'm not allowed to reveal where you are or how our magic works, other than to tell you that you have arrived upon the fabled island of the Psijic Order, Artaeum.

While we're not currently part of Nirn's reality, we still keep track of events there.

Player

Depending on the player's race, Oriandra has a bit of dialog about her joining the order.

(If the player is an Altmer)

Player

How did a non-High Elf end up in the Psijic Order?

Oriandra

Why does every High Elf think they're superior to the rest of us? Being an Altmer isn't a prerequisite for joining the Psijic Order. The Ritemaster saw my potential and honored me with an invitation.

I'm proud of what I've accomplished here.

(If the player is not an Altmer)

Player

How did an imperial end up in the Psijic Order?

Oriandra

Despite opinions to the contrary, being an Altmer isn't a prerequisite for membership in the Psijic Order. The Ritemaster noticed my potential and invited me to join.

I had a year to consider the offer, but I made my decision immediately.

Player

How do you manage to keep track of events on Nirn from wherever this is?

Oriandra

I could say we have our ways and leave it at that, but you deserve a better explanation.

The Ritemaster sends Psijics back to the world to perform tasks and gather information. Plus, we have powerful scrying magic that reveals all sorts of details.

Player

I better find that elixir the Ritemaster requested.

Oriandra

I was examining the vial of amplification elixir myself just a short time ago. It should be right over there.

Player

The player indeed finds the elixir nearby. They bring it back downstairs to the Ritemaster.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Was Oriandra able to direct you to the proper elixir? Without something to amplify the magic, our ritual is going to fail.

Player

Here's the amplification elixir you requested.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Just in time! For the next stage of the ritual, if you have no objections, I'd like you to join us. Your experiences alongside Valsirenn might help reveal what has so far eluded our efforts.

Player

How can I help with the ritual?

Ritemaster Iachesis

We'll handle the magic. You pour the elixir into the scrying pool and stand close. As the ritual's power amplifies, your experiences with the pearl and the false Aldarch should help the augury do its job.

Player

And what is the augury's job exactly?

Ritemaster Iachesis

We want to discover the origin of the pearl and its strange magic. In addition, anything we can learn about the false Aldarch and his connection to the pearl would be helpful.

Otherwise, we're stepping blindly into Oblivion's maw here.

Player

All right, tell me what you need me to do.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Pour the elixir into the pool. That should provide the final boost we need to trigger the augury.

Player

The player pours the elixir into the pool. The pearl rises up and three ghostly figures appear. One of them is the Aldarch Tilcalar, but the other two are unknown.

Aldarch Tilacar

Here we stand, the most favored servants of Clavicus Vile, Mephala, and Nocturnal, on the verge of the greatest victory for our Princes!

Nocturnal's Earl

Are you sure those creatures can be trusted?

Aldarch Tilacar

Have no fear! Isn't that why we formed the Court of Bedlam? Besides, what happens next in Rellenthil will seal Summerset's fate!

The vision concludes here.

Ritemaster Iachesis

That … was unnerving. It seems the false Aldarch belonged to an alliance of Daedric cultists called the Court of Bedlam. Imagine, the faithful of Clavicus Vile, Mephala, and Nocturnal working together.

This is more serious than I anticipated.

Player

Have you ever heard of the Court of Bedlam?

Ritemaster Iachesis

No, but I'm hardly an expert on the Daedric cults of Tamriel. The magic I sensed in the pearl, though. It doesn't contain the taint of Oblivion. We're missing something, but what?

I suppose we'll need to find out what's going on in Rellenthil.

Player

I can travel to Rellenthil.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I hoped you'd say that. Rellenthil sits to the west of Shimmerene, just across the mountains. I'll send Valsirenn with you to talk to the Canonreeve.

The false Aldarch may be dead, but Mephala's and Nocturnal's agents remain as well as the pearls.

Player

I have a few questions before I head to Rellenthil.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I may not be a natural prognosticator, but I had a feeling you might. Go ahead. I'll answer what I can.

Player

Do the Daedric Princes always work together?

Ritemaster Iachesis

From what I've experienced, an alliance isn't just unusual, it's contrary to their very nature. Oh, they'll work together from time to time, but something as complex as what Sotha Sil hinted at is unheard of.

Makes me interested to learn more.

Player

What can you tell me about Rellenthil?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Very little, I'm afraid. The last time I passed through that area was more than three-hundred-and-fifty years ago. They made an exquisite wine, as I recall, and the House of Reveries theater troupe always put on an entertaining show.

Player

Did you learn anything more about the pearl?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The augury ritual extracted a vision of the false Aldarch and the Court of Bedlam, but nothing specifically about the pearl. Its magic isn't Daedric, though. How they can steal life energy and use it to summon those sea creatures remains a mystery.

Player

Before leaving Artaeum, the player also consults with Valsirenn.

Valsirenn

I'll make my own way to Rellenthil and meet you there. I expect we should start by seeing if the town's Canonreeve has noticed anything unusual in the area.

Player

Why is the Ritemaster sending you to Rellenthil?

Valsirenn

I volunteered for this mission, and Rellenthil is the next obvious location to investigate.

We really ought to head out now.

Player

You mentioned someone named Leythen when you were talking to the Ritemaster earlier.

Valsirenn

Leythen ... Leythen is a member of our order. He's a learned sage who disappeared while on a mission of his own back in Nirn. He was looking into an earlier warning we received about the Daedric Princes.

We haven't heard from him in a long time.

Player

Do you think something happened to him?

Valsirenn

Leythen isn't a stranger to difficult situations. It's just that it isn't like him not to send word. He could have been captured or injured. Or ...

Probably he's just been busy. I expect we'll hear from him any time now.

Player

Does the Ritemaster ever leave Artaeum?

Valsirenn

We're not prisoners here. We can move about as our research and investigations require.\n\nThe Ritemaster has so many experiments going on at any given time, however, that he tends to stick close to the island.

Player

How long have you known the Ritemaster?

Valsirenn

We've been friends and colleagues for a very long time. Iachesis has been the Ritemaster since before I was accepted into the order. In fact, he's the primary reason I'm here. He saw potential in a young Altmer and invited her to join.

Satisfied with the ansers, the player heads for Rellenthil. Upon arrival, Razum-dar waves over to them from a bridge.

Razum-dar

Raz's investigations have brought him to Rellenthil. When this one noticed your Psijic friend slip into town, Raz figured you'd be along soon.

So, what did you discover on Artaeum, the island that isn't here anymore? Ow. That made Raz's head hurt!

Player

We learned the false Aldarch belonged to a Daedric cult called the Court of Bedlam.

Razum-dar

Yes, this one has been exploring the Daedric connection as well. But Raz hates Daedra. In Raz's experience, very little good comes from dealing with Daedra or their cultists.

And this revelation brings you to Rellenthil, yes?

Player

Other members of the cult mentioned that something was going to happen in Rellenthil.

Razum-dar

That's disturbingly vague. Why must cryptic cultists be so ... cryptic?

Well, Raz saw Valsirenn head toward Canonreeve Farmeldo's house. This one suggests we start our investigation of the area there.

Player

Right. That's where I was supposed to meet Valsirenn.

The player heads over, only to find the Canonreeve arguing with his son right on the doorstep.

Canonreeve Farmeldo

Go inside and we'll discuss this later. And take off that ridiculous hood!

Nedoril

Ridiculous? I'll show you what's ridiculous. I'll show you all!

Canonreeve Farmeldo

You'd think as Canonreeve I'd be immune to the troublesome temper of a spoiled and rebellious child.

Player

We're investigating reports of unusual occurrences here in Rellenthil.

Canonreeve Farmeldo

Investigating? For who?

Well, there have been three reports this week of someone disappearing. And my intractable son Nedoril and his malcontent friends have been cavorting around the large sinkhole that recently appeared.

Player

Do you think the missing people, the sinkhole, and your son's friends are related?

Canonreeve Farmeldo

What are you implying? They're just young and proud of their heritage. I wouldn't draw such a harsh conclusion without substantial evidence.

I can't understand why they're fascinated with the sinkhole, but that doesn't make them criminals.

Player

Any objections to us investigating the sinkhole?

Canonreeve Farmeldo

It's unusual for newcomers to encroach upon Altmer affairs, especially since we rarely saw any prior to the Queen's decree. If you want to investigate, I won't try to stop you.

And if anything happens, maybe it will teach my son to avoid the place.

Player

I'll let you know if we find anything to be concerned about.

Razum-dar

Raz wants to ask the Canonreeve a few more questions. Take the Psijic and go investigate the sinkhole.

Player

The player heads to the sinkhole, but before they can enter it there is a bright flash, and the player again sees the golden knight that they first encountered at the Shimmerene monastary.

Golden Knight

Dawnbreaker, open the way!

Oh, come on! Stupid Daedric interference!

I'll be ba—

Player

Once inside the sinkhole, the player encounters more trouble. An Altmer woman runs past, yelling about Neldoril. After she's gone, the player speaks with Valsirenn.

Pennifen

Nedoril's mad!

He attacked Eldhon! And one of those horrible creatures tore off my hood!

Valsirenn

That young woman was certainly in a hurry. And what was that about Nedoril and an attack?

Player

She said that Nedoril attacked someone, and something about creatures.

Valsirenn

Yes, well, let's be on our guard then. I don't think this sinkhole is completely natural. Its size concerns me. If the ground continues to fall away, it could swallow all of Rellenthil.

Player

Do you really think this sinkhole is that dangerous?

Valsirenn

It certainly feels dangerous. And if it does figure into the Court of Bedlam's plans, well, I can't think of a more frightening event than watching Rellenthil get swallowed by a sinkhole.

Let's proceed and find out what's going on down here.

Player

They go furthern into the sinkhole, though Valsirenn quickly splits from the player to help keep the structure stable. Yaghra attack as the player ventures deeper inside. Valsirenn offers words of encouragement as the player fights.

Valsirenn

The walls and ceiling. They don't look stable. I'll try to reinforce the weak spots and catch up with you.

More of those yaghra creatures! Be careful.

The size of this place! It's almost as if someone dug up through the island.

I'll teleport closer to the central area and meet you there.

Player

Deep inside the caves, the player hears a distressed voice. They approach the figure.

Eldhon

Is someone there? Help! Please, help!

Crazy bastard ... stabbed me. Gods ... this hurts!

Player

Tell me what happened.

Eldhon

It was just... kind of fun. Joining the ... Court of Bedlam. Espousing the virtues of our... Altmer heritage.

But Nedoril... he took things too far...

Player

What do you mean, too far?

Eldhon

When we heard … that they planned to ... release those creatures ... I made the mistake ... of saying they were ... insane.

Nedoril objected. Called me unworthy. That's when he stabbed me...

Player

Eldhon, where's Nedoril now? Eldhon?

Realizing that the Altmer is dead, the player spots Nedoril further inside the caves. He sprouts some rhetoric and runs deeper into the caves, forcing the player to follow. While the player cannot catch up to him, they do eventually meet back up with Valsirenn.

Nedoril

The Court of Bedlam will eradicate the lesser races!

Maybe even deal with our unworthy Queen!

Valsirenn

Over here! Keep quiet and tell me if you see what I see.

You see that, right? My eyes aren't playing tricks on me? That's a Sea Sload! They haven't been seen in Summerset since ... well, it's been centuries, at least!

Player

What's a Sea Sload?

Valsirenn

A vile and dangerous species. Very powerful. The Sea Sload come from the distant underwater kingdom of Ul'vor-Kus.

Who's that hooded figure with the Sload? And look. More of those abyssal pearls. They're everywhere!

Player

Why are the Sea Sload dangerous?

Valsirenn

The Sload are a godless people, perhaps the most hated in Tamriel. And the Sea Sload are even worse! They employ depraved magic and have long coveted Summerset. They believe it once belonged to them.

They pillage, release plagues. They're horrible!

Player

Does this have something to do with the Court of Bedlam?

Valsirenn

The hooded figure could be a member of this so-called Court of Bedlam. At this point, nothing would surprise me.

That Sload has me worried, though. I can't think of anything worse than an alliance between those foul beasts and Daedric cultists.

Player

Could this be the source of the abyssal pearls?

Valsirenn

They could certainly have a connection to the Sea Sload's submerged kingdom, but they appear to have been placed down here. Look how the yaghra are drawn to them.

I'll head for the Sea Sload. You deal with those abyssal pearls!

Nedoril

Master, intruders in the cave!

K'Tora

Heed me, my creatures! Destroy the intruders!

Valsirenn

That young idiot! We need to get over there!

This way! We're almost there!

K'Tora

Witness the power of K'Tora of the Abyssal Cabal!

Player

The player destroys the pearls and the creatures guarding them, but the Sload and the Altmer get away.

Valsirenn

Destroy the pearls! We can't let those creatures reach the surface.

The Sea Sload and the hooded figure are gone. I'll try to determine where they disappeared to.

This way. Up here!

Damn! No sign of where the Sea Sload disappeared to.

Damn it, I wasn't fast enough!

Player

So that's it? The Sea Sload escaped?

Valsirenn

For the time being. Let's see what's through that opening.

Player

They head into the next chamber, only to find a Yaghra Monstrocity.

Valsirenn

The Sea Sload left us something to remember it by. We need to dispatch that creature.

They destroy it together and leave the caves once its dead. Outside, they find Raz waiting for them.

Razum-dar

Hurry, this way!

Somehow Raz knew he'd find you here!

Valsirenn

Sea Sloads! This is worse than the Ritemaster imagined!

Meet me in Artaeum after you talk to the Queen's Eye.

Razum-dar

Did the pretty Psijic say … Sea Sload? No, Raz must have heard wrong. That could not have been what she said.

Player

The Sea Sload K'Tora is working with the Court of Bedlam-including the Canonreeve's son.

Razum-dar

Sload? That's bad. And Sea Sload? That sounds even worse! If the Sea Sload threaten Summerset, Queen Ayrenn must be informed. We need to act!

Wait. What did you say about the Canonreeve's son?

Player

Nedoril joined the Court of Bedlam. He killed a fellow initiate and was working with the Sload.

Razum-dar

Daedra worshipers. In Summerset. And Sload! Raz likes this situation less and less.

As for Nedoril, Raz knows how to deal with traitors. This one will meet you at the Canonreeve's house.

Player

I'll see you there.

Raz runs off and the player follows. When they arrive at the Canonreeve's house, Razum-dar has already started talking to him about his son.

Cannonreeve Farmeldo

The Eye of the Queen! How dare you accuse my son of treason!

The Queen's Eye. How dare he not identify himself when he first arrived! And how dare he accuse my foolish son of something as serious as treason!

The Queen shall hear of this, mark my words!

Player

Nedoril's more than foolish. He killed a High Elf and is working with the Sea Sload.

Cannonreeve Farmeldo

Sea Sload? Plus all this nonsense about Altmer superiority? And now … murder?

I am the Canonreeve of Rellenthil! I took an oath to serve and protect my community. How in the Queen's name am I supposed to reconcile my son's actions?

Player

That's not something I can help you with.

Cannonreeve Farmeldo

Oh, Nedoril, what have you done?

Please, you must talk to the Queen's Eye. He needs to show mercy. I'm sure we can find a way to resolve this without... oh, here comes Nedoril now.

Player

Your son has a lot to answer for, Canonreeve.

Nedoril

I have a lot to answer for? The Court of Bedlam is going to turn me into a god!

Razum-dar

Foolishness can be ignored. Murder and treason, not so much.

Nedoril

You and your Queen have no authority over a true Altmer, you mangy cat!

Razum-dar

This one cannot allow your crimes to stand unanswered.

Razum-dar stabs Nedoril in the chest, killing him instantly.

Cannonreeve Farmeldo

Nedoril! No… no. I understand. Rellenthil is loyal to the Queen.

Razum-dar

Sometimes the Eye sees treason and must cut it out before it spreads. This one is sorry you had to witness that.

Player

Couldn't you have arrested Nedoril instead of executing him?

Razum-dar

Blasphemy, treason, murder. How many crimes must one commit to attract the attention of the executioner's blade?

Raz decided that a message had to be sent. Enemies of the Queen will not be tolerated.

Player

I've rarely seen you this serious.

Razum-dar

Treason and the Queen's justice are serious business.

Raz has been forced into this role on rare occasions, but he never seeks it out or looks forward to wielding the blade. A necessary part of my job, yes?

Player

Is there anything else you need from me right now?

Razum-dar

No. Raz will see to the Canonreeve and send word to the Queen before looking deeper into the Court of Bedlam.

You should return to Artaeum and let the Psijics know what we learned. I tell you, five-claw, this whole situation makes Raz want to hiss.

Player

With that episode concluded, the player heads for Artaeum to fill the Psijics in on what they found in Rellenthil. They locate the Ritemaster inside Ceporah tower.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Ah, friend of Valsirenn. I've been informed that you encountered a Sea Sload in a sinkhole beneath Rellenthil. That bodes ill for Summerset. Perhaps all of Nirn.

I fear there are difficult days ahead.

Player

The Sea Sload called itself K'Tora.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I'm familiar with that particular Sea Sload and its renegades. Call themselves the Abyssal Cabal. I thought I defeated them long ago, but it appears I was in error.

What about the pearls? Valsirenn mentioned you encountered more in the sinkhole.

Player

K'Tora used abyssal pearls to summon yaghra to attack Rellenthil.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Val described those seaborne monstrosities. I have a vague recollection of K'Tora utilizing such creatures in the past, but for some reason the memories refuse to snap into focus.

I suppose that's another mystery I'll need to look into.

Player

Why would the Daedric Princes require the aid of the Sea Sloads?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Daedric Princes require minions to carry out their will, and the Sload have always had an interest in the green and pleasant island. It isn't hard to see why they might work together.

For now, you have my thanks for assisting Valsirenn.

 

Ritemaster Iachesis

I asked the Conclave of the Eleven Forces to ponder how we can learn more from the abyssal pearl. With the additional information you provided, I expect that Iradal or Amaleera will be able to develop a new avenue of investigation now.

Player

What more do you hope to learn from the abyssal pearl?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The augury ritual revealed the connection to the Court of Bedlam and pointed to trouble in Rellenthil. Now we need to determine where K'Tora and the Sea Sloads are hiding.

The abyssal pearl should be able to point us in the right direction.

Player

How can I help?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Meet me in the main gallery. We can consult with the rest of the Conclave and use the scrying pool to continue our probe of the pearl.

As much as this situation concerns me, I must admit, I somewhat enjoy being in the middle of the action again.

Player

I'll meet you in the main gallery.

Downstairs, the player discovers that the Psijic conclave is in disarray around the scrying pool.

Oriandra

Ritemaster! The abyssal pearl. It's gone!

Ritemaster Iachesis

Gone? How? I set the protections personally!

Iradal

See what the scrying pool reveals! There's something happening on the beach!

Valsirenn

It's the yaghra, they're invading Artaeum!

Ritemaster Iachesis

The pearl! Somehow it was used to summon the yaghra! We need to defend the beach!

Valsirenn

Wait! Is that a sword?

Golden Knight

That would be mine. I'm on my way to help. Eventually.

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Golden Knight and his sword can wait. The yaghra are our primary concern.

Valsirenn

Follow the Ritemaster. I'll portal myself and meet you there.

Iradal

My word, the vision showed us the Dawnbreaker! I'm almost positive.

Having observed the exchange, the player speaks with the Ritemaster about next steps.

Ritemaster Iachesis

The scrying pool revealed that yaghra have invaded our island. They must have somehow used the abyssal pearl to open a pathway.

We need to get down to the beach and repel the invaders.

Player

Why are yaghra invading the island?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Sea Sload have always been envious of Artaeum and its secrets. From the beach, they can reach the ruins of the College of Psijics, where we store relics and other items of arcane significance.

If the Sea Sload acquire any of those artifacts ...

Player

If the yaghra are attacking by the beach, how did the pearl get down there?

Ritemaster Iachesis

That's a mystery we can solve after we deal with the immediate problem. We need to get down to the beach, destroy the pearl, and close the yaghra's portal.

Will you aid me in these endeavors?

Player

I'll help you destroy the pearl.

Before setting out, the player wanted to consult Oriandra.

Oriandra

How could the abyssal pearl disappear like that? It makes no sense.

Player

When was the last time anyone saw the abyssal pearl?

Oriandra

A few hours ago. We left it in the scrying pool in the main gallery while the members of the Conclave of the Eleven Forces went to deal with other matters of importance.

When I returned, I immediately noticed that the pearl was missing.

Player

Didn't the Ritemaster place protections on the pearl?

Oriandra

Yes. That's standard procedure when dealing with an unknown relic. But that just makes the pearl's disappearance more troubling.

Something about this feels ... wrong.

Player

What is the Conclave of the Eleven Forces?

Oriandra

The Conclave serves as the Order's ruling body. It takes its name from the Eleven Forces of nature that we revere and follow as part of the Old Ways.

The Conclave assists the Ritemaster with matters of study, policy, and significant research.

Player

We'll get to the bottom of this.

Together, the player and Iachesis head down through the ruins and onto Artaeum's southeastern beach. When they arrive, they find Valsirenn waiting for them.

Valsirenn

Let me accompany you.

Ritemaster Iachesis

You need to rally the others. Your friend and I should be able to handle this.

The player chooses to consult with Valsirenn before heading into the ruin.

Valsirenn

It seems the Ritemaster prefers your company in this matter to mine.

Be careful in there. If the yaghra made it onto Artaeum, I can't imagine that one or more of the Sea Sload will be very far behind.

Player

These ruins, what is this place?

Valsirenn

This? This was once the famed College of Psijics. It dates back to a time when our order was much larger and we were more involved in the affairs of the world.

Now the ruins serve as a repository, a vault to store dangerous items.

Player

What was the Golden Knight that appeared in the scrying pool vision?

Valsirenn

Iradal believes that the sword was Dawnbreaker, which would make the Golden Knight a champion of Meridia. But let's deal with one problem at a time.

It may not seem like it, but this situation has rattled Iachesis. Please, keep him safe in there.

Together, the Ritemaster and the player enter the ruins.

Ritemaster Iachesis

We can reach the beach through this section of the old college.

They proceed through unimpeded and arrive on the other side of the island, in a small garden overlooking the beach. Before they head down, the Ritemaster has some final wisdom to impart.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Before we charge into certain danger, you need to know something isn't right. I remember defeating K'Tora, but somehow the creature and its cabal have returned. And the pearl. I have a vague memory of moving it myself.

I am ... unsettled.

Player

Why would you move the pearl and not tell anyone?

Ritemaster Iachesis

That's just it. The vague memory. It feels as though it belongs to someone else.

Forgive me, we can worry about that later. Now we need to find the abyssal pearl and cut off its connection to Artaeum. Only then can we stop the flow of yaghra.

Player

I can destroy the pearl.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Very good. After the pearl is destroyed, we need to search the vaults and make sure none of the creatures breached the defenses. I tried to examine the area through the scrying pool, but something blocked my efforts.

Are you ready to proceed?

Player

I'm ready.

The two of them head down to the beach, where they see other Psijics fending off yaghra.

Ritemaster Iachesis

There's the pearl. Destroy it and close that portal!

They defeat the yaghra and destroy the pearl. After that's done, they proceed on to the Psijic Relic Vaults to make sure they are still safe.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Now let's go check on the vaults.

This way! hurry!

They approach the entrance to the vault, where they find both dead yaghra and dead Psijics.

Nildolnorne

Gah! Students!

Ritemaster Iachesis

These ancient vaults house relics of great power and unusual nature. I sense ... yes, K'Tora is here. Be on your guard, friend of Valsirenn.

Player

You think K'Tora is here?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Sea Sload or one of its agents. I have a strange feeling, so be on your guard.

Player

Is there a particular relic the Sea Sload seeks?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I can think of a number of likely candidates, including a few relics we believe originated in the ancient Sea Sload kingdom of Ul'vor-Kus.

Let's get to the central rotunda and begin our search there.

Player

Lead the way.

They proceed into the vaults, and find a couple of Spiderkith Daedra blocking the way inside with a barrier of webs.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Mephala's Daedra! They sealed the chamber. We'll need to go through them.

Spiderkith Venifex

Mephala has sealed this place, mortal flea!

Ritemaster Iachesis

The barrier of webs. Burn it away so we can enter the rotunda. Another Daedric intrusion?

They defeat the Daedra easily, but cannot break the barrier. Then, the Golden Knight appears again.

Golden Knight

My apologies. Daedric interference and Artaeum's own defenses delayed my arrival.

Mephala's webs? I hate those things! Allow me.

The Golden knight burns away the webs with a flourish.

Damn it, they found me again! I'll return when I can—

Ritemaster Iachesis

A champion of Meridia? At least he was helpful.

Together, the two of them proceed into the rotunda. Inside, they find K'Tora the Sload, and Iachesis goes to confront him.

K'Tora! I killed you! I remember our battle as clear as day!

K'Tora

You remember exactly what I want you to remember.

And thanks to the Orbs of B'Raken Drel, your deepest memories will be mine!

Back, worm! This does not concern the likes of you.

A bright flash blinds the player. When their vision returns, they see the Ritemaster floating before the Sload, caught in some sort of magic. They also hear Valsirenn's voice from outside the room.

Valsirenn

Out here, quickly! We need to hurry if we're going to help the Ritemaster!

The player meets her in the outside chamber.

It's a good thing I followed you after I alerted the rest of the Conclave.

I think I can counteract K'Tora's mind magic, but I'll need your help.

Player

What's happening to the Ritemaster?

Valsirenn

K'Tora is using the power of the Orbs of B'Raken Drel to enhance his mind magic and lock the Ritemaster in a mental grip.

From what I can discern, the Sea Sload is flipping through his memories as you or I would turn the pages of a book.

Player

What are the Orbs of B'Raken Drel?

Valsirenn

An ancient implement, three matched orbs that our relic master believes originated in the Sea of Pearls. We long suspected they were connected to the Sea Sload.

K'Tora thinks the power of the relic will keep us from interfering, but I have an idea.

Player

So what do you need me to do?

Valsirenn

Take this wardkey. It will disable the protections on the repositories so you can locate the Ul'vor Staff and bring it to me. I can use the staff to breach the barrier and aid the Ritemaster.

Just watch out for any lingering yaghra.

Player

I'll find the Ul'vor Staff.

They proceed deeper into the vaults, fighting off various yaghra. While the player fights, K'Tora yells threatening lines.

K'Tora

I am as patient as and enduring as the sea, worm. Now reveal the hiding place!

Your mind is mine, Iachesis. Reveal your memories to me!

You can't resist forever. The Heart of Transparent Law will be mine!

Player

The player eventually locates a locked Relic Repository. They use the wardkey to open it and retrieve the staff, then return to Valsirenn.

Valsirenn

Excellent. And it appears to be in perfect condition. With the staff, I'm certain I can pierce the barrier and open a path to the mindscape where the Ritemaster struggles against K'Tora.

Player

So we're going to enter the Ritemaster's mind?

Valsirenn

Not we. You. I need to remain here to anchor you to the physical world. And you're going into K'Tora's mind. We'll use the connection between them to put you where you can actually hurt the Sea Sload...within its own mindscape.

Player

How can I hurt K'Tora in the mindscape?

Valsirenn

K'Tora's mindscape is the perfect place to hurt the Sea Sload. It's where he's most vulnerable. In a place where thoughts become reality, you'll be able to stop K'Tora once and for all.

Now touch the staff and go save the Ritemaster!

Player

I'll enter the mindscape.

Valsirenn casts a spell and holds the staff upright for the player. When they touch it, they are instantly transported into a strange dimension of purple coral, blue mushrooms, and bright pink synapses under a night sky.

K'Tora

You dare enter my domain, worm?

Valsirenn

Vanquish the guardians to reveal each protected memory. You'll weaken K'Tora and learn something at the same time.

They proceed down the path until they encounter and fight off a named yaghra summoned by the pearl. When these are defeated, ghostly apparitions of K'Tora and Clavicus Vile appear.

K'Tora

A bargain is a bargain. The island for the Heart of Transparent Law.

Clavicus Vile

Yes, yes, just as we agreed. But only a portion of the crystal. We don't want to alert the Sapiarchs too soon.

K'Tora

Tell your fellow Princes all will be well. The Ritemaster is no match for my mind magic.

Clavicus Vile

So Nocturnal has assured me. Don't disappoint us, K'Tora.

Once the memory has played out, the barrier blocking the path dissipates and the player is able to proceed ahead. They face and defeat Sload-Risen Husks and Stalkers before encountering another memory.

K'Tora

I lured you here for one purpose, worm.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Your Abyssal Cabal may ... defeat me ... but you'll never stand against... the entire Psijic Order.

K'Tora

Once again you fail to grasp the obvious. When the time is right, you will do exactly as I command. Until then, forget ...

Ritemaster Iachesis

No, no ... arrgh!

Once again, the barrier disappears once the memory concludes, and the player proceeds forward.

Dissonance

You shall be eradicated... forgotten.

They defeat abyssal pearls and the creatures summoned by them before arriving at the final memory.

Valsirenn

The Ritemaster's waking up. You need to press on!

K'Tora

Repeat my words, worm. Tell me what you must do.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I will ...enter the Crystal Tower. I will ... take the Heart of Transparent Law.

K'Tora

Yes, yes. Hide it away until I call for you to give it to me. Not even the Princes must know where it is.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Hide ... the Heart ...

Now that all has been revealed, all that remained was defeating K'Tora. The sload was waiting just behind the barrier. The player attacked, and was eventually able to defeat the sload.

K'Tora

My memory shields! You destroyed them!

Feel the crushing weight of your own insignificance!

You fight well, but in this mindscape I reign supreme!

After he is defeated, the player hears Valsirenn's voice from outside the mindscape.

Valsirenn

K'Tora's mind. It's shutting down!

I'm taking the Ritemaster back to his study. You need to get out of there!

Use the staff to exit the mindscape! Then talk to Sotha Sil!

The player touches the staff nearby, and, after a flash of blinding light, found themselves back in the relic vault. Sotha Sil was waiting for them.

Sotha Sil

A Sea Sload. Interesting. I haven't dissected such a specimen in an exceedingly long unit of temporal measurement.

Player

Where are Valsirenn and the Ritemaster?

Sotha Sil

Valsirenn took the Ritemaster to Ceporah Tower to administer to his wounds. Luckily for you, I arrived in time to help Valsirenn open a path out of the Sload's dying mind.

What did you learn before the mindscape collapsed?

Player

K'Tora made a deal with Daedric Princes and altered the Ritemaster's memories.

Sotha Sil

Yes, I surmised as much. The triad of Daedric Princes has become bold in its attempts to influence Nirn, though influence seems to be the least of their goals.

The Sload, however, was unable to harvest whatever memory it sought from the Ritemaster.

Player

K'Tora wanted to learn where the Ritemaster hid something called the Heart of Transparent Law.

Sotha Sil

That revelation ... disturbs me. I feared the Crystal Tower was too tempting a target for the Daedric triad. I need to ponder the full implications of their plot.

Meanwhile, I suggest you go to Ceporah Tower and see how the Ritemaster is faring.

Player

The player returns to Ceporah Tower and goes to see the Ritemaster in his chambers. They arrive just as Valsirenn is leaving.

Valsirenn

As you wish, Ritemaster. I shall travel to Lillandril immediately.

Oriandra

And I'll send word to the Eye of the Queen.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I owe you a debt of gratitude, friend of Valsirenn. What the two of you did to help me, that was a step beyond. Thank you.

And it seems you accomplished what I failed to do. You ended the threat of K'Tora.

Player

I saw K'Tora's memories, but I'm not totally clear on what happened to you.

Ritemaster Iachesis

K'Tora tricked me in the past. Made me remember a victory I never won. Then he planted a compulsion. Forced me to steal the Heart of Transparent Law from the Crystal Tower.

Apparently I hid it and forgot about it. He sought that memory.

Player

What's the significance of the Heart of Transparent Law?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Crystal Tower stands as a mystical protection for Summerset. Transparent Law, a crystal at the top of the tower, serves as its source of power.

With the Heart removed from the crystal, the protection provided by the tower slowly weakens.

Player

So the Heart is part of a larger crystal?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Yes, a smaller gem that had been imbedded in the larger crystal. If the Daedric Princes acquire the Heart, they could take control of the Crystal Tower.

Valsirenn and Oriandra will warn Summerset while I try to remember where I hid the Heart.

Player

Is there anything I can do to help restore your missing memories?

Ritemaster Iachesis

You helped me remember my true encounter with K'Tora and his Abyssal Cabal. I remember how they defeated me three hundred years ago. Compelled me to do their bidding. Made me forget.

For now, I need solitude to seek the memories that still elude me.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Perhaps the Psijic sages can help me remember where I hid the Heart of Transparent Law. At least you stopped K'Tora before the Sea Sload gained that knowledge.

In the meantime, we must warn the Sapiarchs of the threat to the Crystal Tower.

Player

Who are the Sepiarchs?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Sapiarchs are Summerset's foremost scholars. They are the keepers of the Crystal Tower and the custodians of the College of Sapiarchs. Among their many responsibilities, they have trained every heir who ever sat upon Alinor's throne.

Player

Do you need me to warn the Sepiarchs?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I sent Valsirenn to Lillandril, where the College of Sapiarchs is located, to scout the area and see if the Court of Bedlam has made any moves against them.

I need you to travel to Alinor to secure the Proxy Queen's permission to enter the College.

Player

I'll go to Alinor immediately.

Ritemaster Iachesis

My actions have weakened the Crystal Tower and endangered Summerset. I hate to think what else that foul creature forced me to do with its powerful mind magic.

Forgive my musings. I'll send word to Alinor so that the Proxy Queen knows to expect you.

Player

Does the Proxy Queen know who you are?

Ritemaster Iachesis

While we have never been formally introduced, the Proxy Queen is quite familiar with the reputation of the Psijic Order and its Ritemaster. She will adhere to the ancient dictates and provide the assistance we need in this matter.

Player

So K'Tora has been controlling your actions for all these years?

Ritemaster Iachesis

No, I doubt K'Tora's magic could reach to Artaeum once I removed it from the world. I think that's why I hid the island. A sort of preservation instinct.\n\nIf not for the abyssal pearl, K'Tora would never have been able to exert its influence again.

Player

Where did you send Valsirenn and Oriandra?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I sent Valsirenn to Lillandril to scout the area around the College of Sapiarchs. She'll meet you there once you get the Proxy Queen's permission.

As for Oriandra, I sent her to warn Razum-dar, the Eye of the Queen. He needs to be informed.

Player

And who is the Proxy Queen?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Queen Ayrenn's regent while she's away. Proxy Queen Alwinarwe oversees the governance of Summerset from the Royal Palace in Alinor.

I've never met her, but all reports indicate she's fair if a bit set in her ways.

Player

Tell me more about the Sapiarchs.

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Sapiarchs are the sages of Summerset. A college comprised of the finest minds in Altmer society. Each Sapiarch is devoted to a single area of expertise. Together, they maintain the greatest collection of knowledge in the world.

Player

What do the Sapiarchs have to do with the Crystal Tower?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Sapiarchs serve as the curators of the Crystal Tower. A pair of Sapiarchs called the Tower Sentinels protect the two keys needed to open the way to the tower. We'll need their help eventually.

First, though, the Proxy Queen.

Player

Why is the Crystal Tower so important?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Crystal Tower is a manifestation of ancient and powerful magic, as well as a symbol for the Altmer. Its presence protects Summerset. The Sea Sload used me to weaken that protection, making their invasion possible.

Beyond that, there are rumors.

Player

What kind of rumors?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The kind that make me wary of allowing either the Sea Sload or the Daedric Princes to possess its power.

Legends say that the Crystal Tower exists in every planar realm at the same time. It literally connects every reality.

Player

Armed with this ominous information, the player heads straight for Alinor and the palace of the Proxy Queen.

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

We grow accustomed to the influx of visitors to our Blessed Isle, though your increasing numbers remain a source of concern to our nobles. We, however, find the many non-Altmer faces to be … interesting.

What business brings you to the palace?

Player

The Ritemaster of the Psijic Order sent me to get your permission to enter the College of Sapiarchs.

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

The Psijic Order? We have not heard a word from that august body in a star's age, and then word arrives that we should expect a visitor.

Why would we grant access to the Sapiarch's private compound? Speak true if you want our aid in this matter.

Player

The Crystal Tower is in danger. The Ritemaster sent me to warn the Sapiarchs.

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

This involves the business that Razum-dar was telling us about? The Queen's cat claimed he had eyes in the Psijic Order, but we assumed that was more of his braggadocio.

Very well. We'll send word to Lillandril that you may cross to the College.

Player

Is there anything I should know about the College of Sapiarchs?

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

The newcomer wants us to blather on about the many wonders of the Blessed Isle?

Why, by all means! Let us sing the praises of the Sapiarchs, reveal a recipe for an Altmer delicacy, and select the best House of Reveries performance for you to attend.

Player

I'm getting the sense I may have offended you in some way.

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

Indeed? Perhaps you aren't as dull as we first presumed.

My Queen has asked that we welcome you, so we shall tell you that the Sapiarchs are our teachers. The compound in Lillandril serves as the seat of their prestigious College.

Player

I'll travel to Lillandril immediately.

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

And we shall alert the portal master to accommodate you. Once inside, seek out Larnatille, Sapiarch of Arcanology. She leads the College and should hear the Ritemaster's warning.

There! We have done our deed for the day!

If the Ritemaster of the Psijic Order believes the Crystal Tower may be in some sort of trouble, you must make haste to the College of Sapiarchs. Seek the portal master in Lillandril. Now go. We have no more time to spare for a newcomer today.

Player

They travel to Lillandril, where they find Valsirenn waiting for them by the portal.

Valsirenn

I've checked over Lillandril from top to bottom and there's no sign of the Court of Bedlam. I can't get the portal master to let me go to the College compound, though.

Have you brought permission from the Proxy Queen?

Player

The Proxy Queen promised she'd send word to grant us access to the College of Sapiarchs.

Valsirenn

Good, good. I was about to turn that insignificant book duster into something small, wet, and slimy. It would have made matters worse, but it might have brightened the dark mood I've been in.

Sorry. I don't mean to burden you with my troubles.

Player

Is there something I can help you with?

Valsirenn

No. The mission is more important than personal matters. I'm sure Leythen will turn up. Eventually.

In the meantime, you should talk to the portal master and see if she's ready to grant us access to the College.

Player

Tell me about Leythen.

Valsirenn

Leythen and I met when we were initiates of the Psijic Order. We fell in love and married. Had a daughter. We had all the things we ever wanted. And then everything changed.

After we lost our daughter, Leythen grew distant. More subdued.

Player

You lost your daughter?

Valsirenn

It happened ages ago. After a long illness. We lived on an island filled with the most accomplished sages of our age, and there was nothing that could be done. We tried. I tried. But the illness took her in the end.

Leythen was never the same.

Player

So Leythen left Artaeum?

Valsirenn

No, it wasn't like that. When the Ritemaster first learned of the possible Daedric threat, Leythen volunteered to look into it. We both thought it would be good for Leythen to get away, give him something to occupy his time.

Then he disappeared.

Player

Disappeared?

Valsirenn

Leythen's reports became less frequent. Then he stopped sending them altogether. I'd know if he was dead, but he could be a prisoner. Or hurt …

My main concern right now is the threat posed by the Daedric Princes. Leythen … will have to wait.

Player

The portal master was a short distance away, reading a book. The player approached her to ask for passage into the college.

Portal Master Astirhil

Not now, please. I really must prepare for tonight's lecture. Besides, only those with permission may enter the College of Sapiarchs. We can't have just anyone wandering around the compound.

Player

I need to enter the College of Sapiarchs. The Proxy Queen said she would send word.

Portal Master Astirhil

So you're the luminary the Proxy Queen wants me to treat with kid gloves. And I suppose the arrogant Psijic is with you?

Oh very well. Let's get this over with.

Player

How do we get to the Sapiarchs' compound?

Portal Master Astirhil

The compound has been purposely isolated to serve as a sanctuary and place of study. Research and scholarship require solitude and quiet, after all. We use magic to travel back and forth.

I'll prepare the portal dais when you're ready to cross.

Player

I'm ready to go to the College now.

Portal Master Astirhil

Just follow me and step onto the dais.

She steps through the portal, followed by Valsirenn and the player. As soon as they step out the they can tell that something isn't right. An Ogrim lies dead in the plaza, surrounded by murdered Sepiarchs.

By the Seven Sacred Texts! Who has dared invade this place of learning?

A Sepiarch runs to the group from somewhere above.

Valsirenn

I've got this. You talk to that Sapiarch.

Sapiarch Ellimil

This is unheard of! Attacked in our own sanctuary!

This … this is an abomination. A travesty! Attacking the Sapiarchs? Daedra in the College? It's … highly unusual!

I can't stay here. It's too dangerous!

This is terrible! Please excuse my present state, as I am distraught beyond all rational thought. I never imagined that Daedra would attack our compound. It's madness!

Forgive my lapse in protocol. I am Ellimil, Sapiarch of Daedric Fallacies.

Player

Tell me what happened here.

Sapiarch Ellimil

Happened? Oh, it isn't over yet! There was no warning. Daedra filled the compound! So many great minds cut down.

We were able to clear the courtyard, but there's more inside. I fear for the safety of the head Sapiarch and our other sages!

Player

I came to warn you about the Crystal Tower.

Sapiarch Ellimil

The Crystal Tower? You need to speak to Larnatille, Sapiarch of Arcanology and head of our College. She's trapped inside with those monsters!

I suggest you enter through the Labyrinth beneath the compound. Just watch out for the Daedra.

Player

I'll enter the Labyrinth and find Sapiarch Larnatille.

Valsirenn

According to the maps I studied, the Labyrinth is this way.

Portal Master Astirhil

 I'll return to Lillandril and warn the guards.

Sapiarch Ellimil

Good idea. Perhaps I should accompany you.

As the Sapiarch and the Portalmaster depart, the player and Valsirenn run down and into the labyrinth beneath the college. Once inside, Valsirenn speaks to the player.

Valsirenn

There's more to this than a simple Daedric incursion. I felt a strange sensation when we arrived. A sense of urgency.

We need to hurry and find the trapped Sapiarchs.

Player

Do you often get sensations like this?

Valsirenn

Sometimes. Probably has something to do with living on a displaced island and being part of the Psijic Order.

We knew the three Daedric Princes were a threat, but this is our first clear evidence of their hostile intent.

Player

Do you think the Sapiarchs are still alive?

Valsirenn

Even scholars have ways to defend themselves. Which reminds me, I can protect myself but I'm not much good in a raging battle. I'll try to stay behind you and keep out of the way.

Now, let's hurry and go save the Sapiarchs!

Player

The two of them fight through hordes of Spiderkith, flesh atronachs, and Ogrim. It's a tough fight up through the ruins, and dead Sapiarchs are littered everywhere.

Valsirenn

By the stars, this place is enormous!

I'd like to explore this compound one day. When fewer Daedra are about, of course.

Spiderkith Venifex

Mephala has sealed this place, mortal flea!

Valsirenn

Finally, they arrive at the office of the Sapiarch of Arcanology.

I sense … this way!

I hear voices up ahead.

As they enter the chamber, they see the Sepiarch facing down a Daedric cultist... who Valsirenn recognizes as her lost husband, Leythen. Other Sapiarchs are cowering or hurt around them.

Sapiarch Larnatille

The Resolute Diamonds are not mine to give. Especially not to a Daedric cultist.

Valsirenn

Leythen, stop!

Earl Leythen

Valsirenn! No, damn you!

Before he can act, Valsirenn casts a spell and binds him above the ground.

Sapiarch Larnatille

You and your companion arrived in the proverbial nick of time. Now if you wouldn't mind, who in Oblivion are you and how did you know the College of Sapiarchs was under assault?

Player

The Ritemaster of the Psijic Order sent us to warn you. The Crystal Tower has been compromised.

Sapiarch Larnatille

First the cultist leads an army of Daedra into our compound and demands I turn over the Resolute Diamonds. Now you arrive with a warning from the long-absent sages of Artaeum.

I think you need to explain yourself before we go any further.

Player

Three Daedric Princes worked with the Sea Sloads to steal the Heart of Transparent Law.

Sapiarch Larnatille

That's impossible. We would know if the tower's defenses had been breached … but it would explain the disasters currently befalling the Summerset Isle.

Let's say I believe you. What does the Ritemaster suggest as the next step?

Player

The Ritemaster is trying to locate the Heart. We need to keep the Daedric Princes out of the tower.

Sapiarch Larnatille

A reasonable plan. But access to the tower requires the Resolute Diamonds, which are guarded by the tower sentinels. Only they can use the keys. I suppose they are the next targets.

We need to warn Hannayel and Imedril at the Illumination Academy.

Player

I can go warn the tower sentinels.

Sapiarch Larnatille

We appreciate your aid in this matter. Before you head to the Illumination Academy, perhaps you can have your friend get that … cultist … out of my compound.

As it is, it's going to take weeks to get rid of the stench of Daedra.

Player

Tell me more about the tower sentinels.

Sapiarch Larnatille

Every eleven years, two Sapiarchs are selected to undergo a long and extensive ritual to attune them to the Resolute Diamonds—the keys that open the Crystal Tower.

These sentinels guard the diamonds and utilize them to grant access to the tower.

Player

No one else can use the diamonds?

Sapiarch Larnatille

The azure diamonds are a matched set, specifically attuned to a pair of Sapiarchs at any given time. Only an attuned sentinel can use a diamond key, and both keys are required to open the path into the tower.

Player

Then why does this Daedric cultist want the diamonds?

Sapiarch Larnatille

Who can say how much the cultist actually knows about the diamonds and their function?

The Daedric Prince he serves, however, has magic enough to utilize the diamonds. That's why we must make sure the sentinels are safe and out of harm's way.

Player

Tell me more about Hannayel and Imedril.

Sapiarch Larnatille

In addition to their sentinel duties, Hannayel and Imedril also serve as scholars in the College of Sapiarchs. They have research to conduct, lectures to give.

For their own protection, however, their identities as sentinels are known only to a few.

Player

Being a tower sentinel is a secret?

Sapiarch Larnatille

That's our standard practice. Difficult times call for desperate measures, however. You need to know who they are so you can find them and return them to our compound.

Hannayel needed to use the Academy library and Imedril accompanied her.

We appreciate your aid in this matter. Before you head to the Illumination Academy, perhaps you can have your friend get that … cultist … out of my compound.

As it is, it's going to take weeks to get rid of the stench of Daedra.

Player

Before heading for the Academy, the player checks in with Valsirenn.

Valsirenn

I can't believe I was concerned about the welfare of my husband! To find Leythen here, threatening the Sapiarchs and leading a horde of Daedra … how could he betray the Order like that? How could he betray me?

Player

What did you do to Leythen?

Valsirenn

A simple spell of binding. His attention was so focused on the Sapiarchs, he wasn't prepared to deal with another Psijic mage.

While you go and find the tower sentinels at the Illumination Academy, I'll take Leythen back to Artaeum.

Player

You won't have any trouble getting him back to the Psijic Order?

Valsirenn

I almost hope he gives me a little trouble. I could use a reason to unleash some pain and suffering on this … this turncoat!

Don't worry. My spell will hold until we reach the confines of Ceporah Tower.

Sapiarch Larnatille

Let's leave these Psijics to their work. We have a college to put back together.

Player

There was one last person the player wanted to talk to before departing.

Earl Leythen

You there! Tell my darling wife to release me and I'll ask Mephala to kill you quickly when the new age dawns.

Player

You're Valsirenn's husband? Why do you serve the Daedra now?

Earl Leythen

Spinner save me from fools and altruistic adventurers! Valsirenn turned her back on me and my daughter a long time ago. Is it any wonder I've found acceptance and a purpose among the Court of Bedlam?

Player

So you betrayed the Psijic Order?

Earl Leythen

Don't presume to judge my actions, you insignificant flea! I am an earl in the Court of Bedlam now, chosen personally by Mephala to represent her on this all-too-fragile world.

Leave me! I'm done speaking to you now!

My Mistress Mephala remembers every slight, and so do I. Bear that in mind if you decide to keep aiding the Psijics.

Valsirenn

Don't worry about me.

I have my husband well in hand. Find the tower sentinels and we'll meet back in Artaeum. By then the Ritemaster will have a plan in place on how to restore the Crystal Tower.

Player

The player left Valsirenn and headed outside. There they found a small group of Sapiarchs sequestered on a balcony. One of them was willing to talk.

Sapiarch Undaisse

To be attacked in our own college! I always thought this was the safest place in the world.

How will I ever feel secure enough to lose myself in my books and research again?

Player

You're alive. Just keep doing what you normally do and everything will be fine.

Sapiarch Undaisse

That's a rather simplistic view of a complex problem. But I guess I do feel a little bit better now.

I'm not sure I'll ever forget when that cultist killed Grenedel, though.

Player

Can you tell me a little more about what happened here?

Sapiarch Undaisse

It was all so sudden and chaotic. One moment everything was serene and quiet as usual. I was organizing the College's collection of cookbooks and recipe tomes.

Next thing I know, people are screaming. I ran to find Sapiarch Larnatille.

Player

Do you know why the Daedra attacked the college?

Sapiarch Undaisse

The cultist demanded that we give him the diamond keys to the Crystal-Like-Law. What you probably know as the Crystal Tower.

The Sapiarch of Arcanology refused, of course. That's when the Daedric-worshiping scum killed Grenedel.

Player

Why did the Daedric cultist kill Grenedel?

Sapiarch Undaisse

Grenedel stepped in front of Sapiarch Larnatille, trying to protect her. She always was braver than she was sensible.

She had barely begun to cast a spell when the cultist gestured and she collapsed. She was dead before she hit the ground.

Player

Satisfied that the College is safe for now, the player heads for the Illumination Academy to find the two Sapiarchs. When they arrive, they can instantly tell that something is wrong: all the inhabitants seem to believe that they are character from various books. The player ignores this for now, and locates Razum-dar.

Razum-dar

Five-claw! You always arrive just when Raz needs you most!

After Raz spoke to the pretty Psijic Oriandra, whispers reached me about the illustrious Illumination Academy. They said that the Court of Bedlam hunts a Sapiarch there, so Raz had to come and see.

Didn't expect all the crazy people, though.

Player

A hunted Sapiarch? That must be one of the tower sentinels. I came here to find them.

Razum-dar

So the Crystal Tower really is in danger? This one finds that so hard to believe. The Crystal Tower … it's a bastion, a symbol of everything the High Elves hold dear.

The Queen would be very cross with Raz if anything bad happened to the tower.

Player

There are two Sapiarchs. They guard the diamond keys that can open the Crystal Tower.

Razum-dar

Now Raz sees why the Court of Bedlam seeks these particular sages.

Very well. No need to twist this one's tail. Raz will help you save the Sapiarchs from the demented Daedric cultists. Let's look in the guest wing on the west side of the compound.

Player

Lead the way.

Razum-dar

This way. Follow Raz!

Together, they enter what appears to be an inn for visiting scholars. Luckly, its proprietor looks to be unaffected by the strange affliction.

Berwentha

New arrivals? I wasn't told to expect any students or scholars today.

Sorry. They usually let me know when new academics are going to arrive. I'm sure I can find a way to squeeze you in someplace. How long do you plan on staying? [18:37]

Player

No, I'm looking for a couple of Sapiarchs. Hannayel and Imedril. Are they here at the Academy?

Berwentha

Sure! They arrived a few days ago, but only Sapiarch Hannayel stayed. She's working on a book of some sort. I think that's what she told me. Don't know where the other one scampered off to.

She hasn't been back to her room in quite a while, though.

Player

Do you think she left the Academy compound?

Berwentha

I wouldn't think so. She left all her things in her room. Notes, valuable tomes. Not the sorts of items a sage would leave behind. Maybe she just got caught up in the nonsense outside.

You can examine her room if you'd like. It's right over there.

Player

The player and Raz do just that. As the player examines the room's contents, Raz has a few things to say.

Razum-dar

Such accommodations! The life of a scholar seems so much more luxurious than what this Eye of the Queen is used to.

Maybe Raz's next career will involve dusty scrolls and books, yes?

While examining a statue of an eagle found on the dresser:

Interesting. Raz saw one just like it in a shop in Skywatch.

While examining the bed:

Hmm. Hasn't been slept in. Such a waste of a perfectly good bed.

While examining a letter found on the desk:

The Sapiarch's letter. She's hidden a coded message in the words. Raz has seen this done before.

Player

A code? Can you figure it out?

Razum-dar

Hannayel mentions something isn't right here. That she plans to hide in a quiet room. Very smart. It seems the Sapiarch knows that someone is hunting her.

The list of specific books in a specific order, though. That's the key, Raz thinks.

Player

So we need to find the books Hannayel mentioned?

Razum-dar

We need to find the books and the podiums, if Raz has deciphered the meaning of her code correctly.

Let's hope we can find her before the Court of Bedlam does.

Player

A cultist led a Daedric assault on the College of Sapiarchs. That's where I was before coming here.

Razum-dar

That … is disturbing news. The Queen hates Daedric machinations, especially the most overt ones.

Let us hurry and try to find the Sapiarch.

Now, if Raz was a member of this academy, where would he put a library, some books, and a few podiums?

Together, they head for the Hall of Illumination, which sounds like it would have a library. Inside, they are able to locate four books and four podiums. When it comes time to place them, the player consults the note that Letter to Imedril, and places them thus:

Once the books are correctly placed, an illusory bookshelf disappears and Hannayel's reading room is revealed.

Razum-dar

A vanishing bookcase! Raz likes this clever sage!

Sapiarch Hannayel

My illusion spell! Who … who are you?

If you're the person that's been following me, I warn you, I'll … I'll scream!

Player

Sapiarch Larnatille sent me to find you and the other tower sentinel.

Sapiarch Hannayel

I knew I wasn't imagining things! I told Imedril that we were being followed!

If the head of the College of Sapiarchs sent you and told you we guarded the Resolute Diamonds, it must be a serious matter. Something involving the other alliances?

Player

Daedric Princes, actually. Where can I find Imedril?

Sapiarch Hannayel

Daedric Princes, you say? As in more than one? That doesn't sound very good. Imedril went to King's Haven, not too far from here. The old ruins. He loves to poke around in that place every chance he gets. But I'm still a bit confused …

Player

I'll go to King's Haven and check on the Sapiarch.

Razum-dar

Raz will explain things to the pretty Sapiarch and make sure she returns safely to Lillandril. You go find the one in the ruins.

Sapiarch Hannayel

Are you sure this Khajiit is trustworthy? I've read "The Adventures of Kazurr Graystripes," you know. He was such a scoundrel!

Player

With Razum-dar keeping Hannayel company, the player headed for the King's Haven Pass ruins a short distance away. They passed through a beautiful gorge infested by goblins, and then into a cave infested with spiders, and, finally, into the ruins themselves. There, they found the Sapiarch being sucked into a portal by a Spiderkith.

Keetas the Weaver

You won't get past my splendid webs, mortal!

Too late! The Mistress has already claimed her prize …

Player

The player was able to defeat the Daedra. The Golden Knight appeared again to help free the Sapiarch from the portal of webs.

Golden Knight

No worries, I've got you! I think.

You there! Burn the webs! Quickly, quickly!

The player proceeded to do so.

Mephala's damn webbing! It's in all my nooks and crannies! Thanks for helping, though.

Just then, the webs started pulling the Knight into the portal.

No! Save the Dawnstar Gem!

He disappeared, leaving behind the gem. The player picked it up and spoke with the grievously injured Sapiarch.

Sapiarch Imedril

The spider poison … it's spreading fast. Take this … Resolute Diamond. Don't let the Golden Knight's sacrifice … be in vain ….

Player

I'll protect the diamond. Sapiarch Larnatille sent me to find you. Hannayel is safe.

Sapiarch Imedril

Then you know … we're tower sentinels … guardians of the diamond keys that open the Crystal Tower.

Please … make sure my diamond … remains safe ….

Player

What happened to the Golden Knight?

Sapiarch Imedril

Mephala … Prince of the Secret Arts …. She sought my diamond … but also seemed very interested in … the Golden Knight. I fear … she's taken him … to the Spiral Skein ….

Player

Rest easy, tower sentinel.

Sapiarch Imedril

Tell Hannayel … I'm sorry …

With that, the Sapiarch died. Valsirenn appeared just in time, summoning the player back to Artaeum.

Valsirenn

Ah, there you are. The Ritemaster needs you back in Artaeum immediately.

Find him in Ceporah Tower as soon as you can.

Player

The player quickly returned to Artaeum and spoke to the Ritemaster.

Ritemaster Iacheses

Thank you for returning so promptly. Before we get to other matters, tell me about your search for the tower sentinels. Valsirenn recounted the events at the College of Sapiarchs after she returned with Leythen, but I'm eager to hear your report.

Player

One of the sentinels is under the protection of Razum-dar. The other one was slain by Mephala.

Ritemaster Iacheses

Mephala, curse her name! Along with her cohorts, Clavicus Vile and Nocturnal, she corrupted Leythen and threatens all of Nirn!

But the Sapiarchs no longer have an attuned pair of key bearers. That will make it harder to access the Crystal Tower.

Player

Mephala dragged the Golden Knight into her realm after he dropped this gem.

Ritemaster Iacheses

That Golden Knight is one of Meridia's champions, I believe. It seems that one Daedric Prince is trying to help us. That gem is the Dawnstar, from the Dawnbreaker sword.

Why take the knight prisoner, though? What are the Princes playing at here?

Player

You said it will be harder to access the Crystal Tower now?

Ritemaster Iacheses

Hmm? Oh, yes. Without two attuned tower sentinels, the Sapiarchs can't use the diamond keys to open the way to the Crystal Tower. The attuning process usually takes a year and a day, and I have no idea if they can hasten the process.

Player

Remind me, who's Meridia again?

Ritemaster Iacheses

Meridia is the Daedric Prince of Life and Light and the matron of the Colored Rooms. She isn't part of the triad of Princes. Indeed, it seems that she has specifically sent her champion to oppose them.

We'll need to keep that in mind as we proceed.

Player

Let's talk about the matter you summoned me to discuss.

Ritemaster Iacheses

It involves my missing memories. I've recalled an important detail and I need to show it to you. For now, let me compensate you for your efforts so far. I appreciate your help in all this.

Ritemaster Iachesis

While you were gone, I have been scrying through my own memories, trying to find the missing events that will remind me where I hid the Heart of Transparent Law.

I believe I have discovered something significant.

Player

You remember where you hid the Heart of Transparent Law?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Not exactly. While scrying through my memories I saw half-formed thoughts and splintered recollections. I saw myself enter the Dreaming Cave beneath Ceporah Tower. And I held the Heart of Transparent Law in my hands.

Player

Tell me everything you remember.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I opened a portal, but I can't recall where it went. Something intentionally blocked the destination from my sight. I entered the portal and time passed. Then I was back in the cave and the Heart was gone.

Will you accompany me to the Dreaming Cave?

Player

I'll meet you in the Dreaming Cave.

Ritemaster Iachesis

The answer to where I hid the Heart of Transparent Law resides in the Dreaming Cave. Or, more precisely, through the portal I opened and once traversed. Therein lies the problem.

It's best if I showed you. Meet me in the cave beneath this tower.

Player

Tell me more about the Dreaming Cave.

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Dreaming Cave lies beneath Ceporah Tower, where the various threads of magicka and other energies come together and pool like water running down a chain.

Trained Psijics can use that energy to open portals to anywhere in Oblivion—and beyond.

Player

So you opened a portal to an Oblivion realm?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Perhaps. I honestly can't remember. If not for the success of my scrying spell, even this minor memory would still elude me.

There's more to explain, but words fail me. I'll show you what I mean when we go down to the Dreaming Cave.

Player

What was that projection you were looking at?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Just the result of my scrying spell. It allowed me to project images from my mind for further study. To look for details my memory alone may have missed.

I watched one particular sequence over and over. The one where I took the Heart into the cave.

Player

That's how you remembered using the Dreaming Cave to hide the Heart?

Ritemaster Iachesis

As I explained, the scrying allowed me to see myself take the Heart into the Dreaming Cave. To watch as I opened a portal and stepped inside. Then the image faltered and skipped a beat. It ended with me back in the cave, but the Heart was gone.

Player

Where's Valsirenn right now?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Valsirenn refuses to leave Leythen's side. She's trying to get him to explain how he could forsake our order and pledge himself to a Daedric Prince.

I hope she can see her way through this. We're going to need her before all is said and done.

Player

What happened between Valsirenn and Leythen?

Ritemaster Iachesis

That's not my tale to tell. They both rose through the ranks of our order together. Fell in love. Had a child. The rest … that's personal.

I still find it difficult to believe that the Leythen I know could betray us.

Player

The player heads outside and down the stairs into the chamber beneath Ceporah Tower, known as the Dreaming Cave. Inside, they see Iachesis casting some sort of spell at a pool of blackness.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Welcome to the Dreaming Cave. Here, we can open paths to other realms.

This particular path is blocked by Daedric magic.

I have an idea, though. Take the Dawnstar gem from your pack and hold it up to the barrier.

Player

The player holds the stone up and a bright light shines from it, temporarily pushing back the blackness.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Just as I surmised. The barrier—it withdraws from the Dawnstar's power.

Dawnbreaker's gem contains a portion of Meridia's power, but on its own it isn't strong enough to dispel this barrier. We need to find the Dawnbreaker sword and make it whole once more.

Player

But the sword and the Golden Knight were pulled into Mephala's realm.

Ritemaster Iachesis

We know that at least one Daedric Prince has attempted to help us against the triad of Vile, Mephala, and Nocturnal.

I think it's time to approach Meridia and solicit her help in this endeavor.

Player

How do we get in contact with a Daedric Prince?

Ritemaster Iachesis

We need to locate a true believer, one of Meridia's cultists. If anyone can direct us toward Daedric activity on Summerset, it's Leythen.

Talk to Leythen. See if you can convince him to help us find one of Meridia's priests.

Player

Why can't we use the Dreaming Cave to contact Meridia?

Ritemaster Iachesis

As we've seen, the triad of Daedric Princes was able to interfere with the Golden Knight's efforts to reach us. If I attempt to use the Dreaming Cave to contact Meridia, chances are they'll notice and stop us. We can't risk tipping our hand just yet.

Player

And that barrier blocks access to the portal anyway, right?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The barrier doesn't block every possible path. Only the one that I saw in my scryed memory, the path that leads to where I hid the Heart of Transparent Law.

As K'Tora's magic continues to fade, I believe my memories will return in time.

Player

What about the other Sea Sloads? Can't the Abyssal Cabal replace K'Tora's magic?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I don't think so. Each member of the cabal possesses a unique talent. K'Tora dealt in mind magic. When you killed him, that magic was lost to the cabal.

No, now we must concern ourselves with the triad of Daedric Princes.

Player

Where can I find Leythen?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Just as you were attuned so you could travel to and from Artaeum, we used the same magic to prevent Leythen from leaving the island. He is free to wander where he will, but he can't leave.

I believe he's outside, talking to Valsirenn.

Player

Do you really think Leythen will help us?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Leythen was a good man. I have to believe he still is, despite pledging his allegiance to Mephala and the Court of Bedlam. Besides, we need to contact Meridia. He's our best chance for getting in touch with one of her priests.

Player

Remind me. What's the triad of Daedric Princes again?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Clavicus Vile, Mephala, and Nocturnal joined forces to threaten Nirn. It appears their ultimate goal is to take control of the Crystal Tower for a reason we haven't yet determined. Leythen is part of the Court of Bedlam, their mortal servants.

Talk to Leythen. See if he'll be willing to provide us with the name of a priest of Meridia we can call upon. If he won't cooperate, perhaps you can goad him into revealing what we need.

Unfortunately, that's the best idea I've got at the moment.

Player

The player heads back outside. They find Leythen and Valsirenn just past a field of wheat, standing on a rocky outcropping looking out into the sea that surrounds the island.

Earl Leythen

I never planned to come back here. The memories are … painful.

Valsirenn

I still can't believe I had to find you and drag you back. Was our time together really so terrible?

Earl Leythen

You still don't understand. Our daughter will never again see this view. Or hold my hand. Or … or … anything.

Player

The player interrupts their conversation to speak to Leythen.

Earl Leythen

I suppose it's too much for a prisoner to expect a few moments of solitude with his thoughts. Ah, well.

So what can I do for you? Has the Ritemaster sent you to interrogate me? Doesn't he trust my wife's talents in that regard?

Player

Is there a Meridia cult on Summerset?

Earl Leythen

What a curious question. Do you actually believe that all Daedric cultists know each other? I hate to disappoint you. We don't.

Although, I can tell you that there are a lot fewer of the Lady of Life's followers now than there were before.

Player

What do you mean by that?

Earl Leythen

The Court of Bedlam has been actively eliminating the competition, as it were. Oh, I wasn't personally involved, but I have it on good authority that the Meridia shrine hidden to the north of Shimmerene has been … disposed of.

Player

The Court of Bedlam killed all of Meridia's followers in Summerset?

Earl Leythen

All? Who can say? I imagine that one or two of them scurried down a dark hole before the blade fell. Like rats, her followers are!

I believe I have said everything I'm going to on this subject. Now shove off.

Player

I guess I could go search around to the north of Shimmerene.

Before the player has a chance to leave, Valsirenn speaks out.

Valsirenn

That sounds like a wild nixad chase. Didn't Razum-dar mention he was investigating Daedric cults on Summerset? Maybe you should go talk to him.

The player speaks to her for further advice.

Razum-dar has been investigating Daedric activity across Summerset. He's your best chance for finding a follower of Meridia, despite what Leythen has intimated.

Player

Do you know where Razum-dar is?

Valsirenn

When last we checked, the Eye of the Queen was in Shimmerene, conducting his own investigation into the Court of Bedlam and other Daedric activity.

If anyone in Summerset can point you to a priest of Meridia, it's Razum-dar.

Player

Before departing for Shimmerene, the player wanted to see if Leythen had anything further to say.

Earl Leythen

Haven't you left yet? Don't you have an island full of Altmer to search?

Good luck with that, by the way. I've always said, the Court of Bedlam is too efficient for its own good. Meridia's lackeys were probably wiped out to the last cultist.

Player

Why would the Court of Bedlam destroy a shrine to Meridia?

Earl Leythen

Let me let you in on a secret. Just between us, you understand.

My Prince Mephala and her partners in the triad have no use for the other Daedric Princes. They've declared war and have already started eliminating their rivals' mortal followers.

Player

Tell me more about this war between the Daedric Princes.

Earl Leythen

Were the words I used too complicated for you to understand? War. As in death and destruction, winners and losers.

Mephala, Nocturnal, and Vile plan to win. The other Princes? Most of them don't even realize they're under assault as of yet.

Player

Why are you telling me this?

Earl Leythen

Because you asked?

Seriously, what does it hurt to tell you about things you can't possibly influence? You and your Psijic friends are nothing when compared to the majesty of Mephala and her Daedric partners.

Player

What happened to your daughter?

Earl Leythen

Never mention my daughter again, you insignificant dolt!

Ealdaawe was perfect in every way. She was my sun and moons, and the best thing I ever created. Don't you dare sully her memory with your inane questions!

Player

I heard that you and the Ritemaster were friends.

Earl Leythen

Friends? I suppose we were. He's a good leader and an excellent teacher.

If I have one regret about turning my back on the Order it's that I had to break my oath to Iachesis.

Player

What about your oath to Valsirenn?

Earl Leythen

You pry into subjects best left alone, stranger. I don't know you. You don't know me. I don't see that fact changing, do you?

Now get out of my sight before I really forget my manners.

Player

Razum-dar really was the best lead, so the player headed for Shimmerene. Shortly after entering the city, they a guard talking about Raz. Rounding the corner, they saw two guards standing near a crudely drawn skeever head.

Bailiff Fanyeor

If the Queen's Eye wants to chase his own tail by following skeever scribblings, fine by me. Anything to keep him out of our business.

Player

The player approached and spoke to one of the guards, who wasn't very helpful.

Bailiff Roland

Come to admire the art, newcomer? If I find out this was your handiwork, sequestering will be the least of your problems.

Bailiff Fanyeor

Step away from that scribble, newcomer!

Bailiff Roland

Take a breath, bailiff. It's just a scribble, not one of Razum-dar's conspiracies.

The player chose to speak to this guard instead, as he seemed much more reasonable.

Only one of the lesser races would deface a beautiful wall like that. I mean no disrespect, but my statement rings true.

Razum-dar claims the scribble contains a message of some sort, but I just don't see it.

Player

Do you know where I can find Razum-dar?

Bailiff Roland

Hmm. The cat mentioned he was working with a newcomer. But if you ask me about Daedra, I'll toss you down a pit!

As I told Razum-dar, Summerset banished Daedric cults centuries ago. Our biggest problem right now concerns these wall scribblers.

Player

I'll pay for someone to clean this up if you tell me where to find Raz.

The player hands the guard some gold pieces.

Bailiff Roland

Is this a bribe? You know what, just give it here.

The cat thinks the scribbles lead somewhere. "Follow the nose," those were his last words before he darted off. At least, I think that's what he said.

Player

Do you know where I can find Razum-dar or not?

Bailiff Roland

Do I look like a Khajiit keeper to you? He said something about the scribbles. I'm just glad Razum-dar is far away and not bothering me.

You, on the other hand, are way too close. Move along or face the wrath of the Divine Prosecution!

(Only available if the player is an Altmer)

Player

I understand how you feel. That Khajiit doesn't know his place.

Bailiff Roland

I knew you were a true Altmer. You have that look about you.

Raz thinks the scribbles lead to something. "Follow the nose," he said before he darted off. Isn't it just like a cat to chase a skeever?"

Bailiff Roland

It's a scribble on a wall! This is so beneath my duties as a Divine Prosecution bailiff.

Player

Looking at the graffiti, the player noticed that the skeever's nose was pointing down and to the left, so they went off in that direction. After jumping in a cistern and running through an alley, they found more skeever graffiti and followed its nose, too. Eventually, after traversing much of Shimmerene, they found themselves in a small plaza where Raz was questioning a couple of dirty men.

Razum-dar

Raz doesn't care who you worship! He just wants to know if your cult was attacked recently.

Filbert Cienne

Peryite would welcome you! Our Prince accepts all kinds. And you'd be our first Khajiit!

Marthine

You'd be our first anything, actually.

The player ignored the fellows and spoke to Raz.

Razum-dar

Five-claw! You have the happy ability to know where to find Raz when Raz has need of you!

Getting information out of these Peryite idiots is like squeezing milk from a stone. This is why Raz hates dealing with Daedric cults!

Player

Raz, in your investigation into the cults, did you happen to find one devoted to Meridia?

Razum-dar

Interesting question. Raz has learned that the Court of Bedlam has been attacking the cults of other Princes, including those devoted to Meridia and Azura.

Now, usually if crazy cultists kill each other it's good for Summerset, but this feels wrong.

Player

I need to talk to a priest of Meridia.

Razum-dar

You do? Well, Raz trusts you, so I can tell you about an old friend who attends Meridia ceremonies in the Eton Nir Grotto. Raz doesn't approve, but it's her life, yes?

This one will make contact and meet you outside Eton Nir.

Player

I'll meet you there.

Razum-dar

Raz was planning to head up north to Eton Nir after talking to these Peryite imbeciles anyway. To check on his old friend.

The Court of Bedlam's attacks on the other cults were particularly vicious, and this one worries so.

Player

The Psijics captured a Mephala cultist. He says the Princes are at war.

Razum-dar

War? That would explain the attacks. Raz isn't an expert on Daedric cults, but this doesn't sound like their usual behavior. This one thought they just sort of left each other alone.

Player

The Court of Bedlam might have wiped out Meridia's cult with its attack.

Razum-dar

That's a terrible thing to say! No, Raz refuses to believe it. Raz's friend is a survivor. She's got to be all right.

This one will go and make contact. Make sure she's fine. Then we'll meet you outside Eton Nir.

Player

Before I go, have you learned anything else about the Court of Bedlam?

Razum-dar

Raz hears things. He heard about the attacks on the rival cults. He heard that the Court consists of followers of three different Princes. And he heard that even though High Elves constitute the majority of the Court's members, there is one Dark Elf.

Player

One Dark Elf? Is that significant?

Razum-dar

A single Dark Elf among a group of High Elves? Seems significant to Raz. Besides, everyone seems to fear her, but this one could not dig up any details.

We should keep an eye out for this Dark Elf, yes?

Player

Before heading off to meet Raz at Eton-Nir, the player wanted to speak with the two Peryite cultists.

Filbert Cienne

Look Marthine! The sacred scribbles of Peryite have brought another aspirant to our holy fire!

Would you like to hear about Peryite? He may be the Prince of plague and pestilence, but let me explain how that's a lot better than it sounds.

Player

You scribbled those skeevers on the walls to recruit worshipers for a Daedric Prince?

Filbert Cienne

What better way to find true believers? Since Daedric worship is against the law, only the truly faithful would know that a skeever is one of Peryite's sacred symbols!

Well, that and the dragon, but I've never seen one of those.

Player

Aren't you worried about the Divine Prosecution?

Filbert Cienne

Those gloried constables? Why would I be worried about them? I don't think any of them care about the wonders of Peryite or the mysteries of the divine skeever.

Unless … perhaps a judiciously placed pamphlet or two is in order!

Player

Are you familiar with the Court of Bedlam?

Filbert Cienne

The Court of what now? Is that a High Elf thing? They really are fond of their rules and regulations. And their courts. Lots of courts.

That's the great thing about Peryite—there aren't any rules! Well, at least none that anybody cares about.

Player

How do I join your Peryite cult?

Filbert Cienne

You want to join? Well, this is embarrassing. We didn't expect anyone to accept the word of Peryite, at least not this quickly. We haven't figured out the specifics yet. Dues, uniforms, rituals. Things like that.

Could you come back later? Thanks!

Marthine

I told Filbert this was a mistake. Peryite protects us, but trying to proselytize on an island where Daedra worship is frowned upon was never a good idea in the first place.

Player

With nothing more to learn, the player headed to the north of Summerset. They met up with Razum-dar and his friend near the foot of Eton-nir.

Razum-dar

Over here, five-claw! This is Raz's old friend, Sadara-do. She follows Meridia, but do not hold that against her.

Sadara-do

May Meridia's light shine upon you. Raz told me you need to contact my Prince.

With the recent attacks, however, I need to ask you what your interest in Meridia happens to be.

Player

We need Meridia's help to recover and repair the Dawnbreaker sword.

Sadara-do

Meridia's sword of light? I'm not sure I understand. Even if I wanted to help you, my efforts would probably be in vain. My Prince doesn't speak to just any mortal. The leader of our sect had Meridia's ear, but he was caught in a recent attack.

(If the player has not previously completed the ESO main quest)

Player

Please, we need to try to make contact.

Sadara-do

Your need must be great to come ask such a favor. The path to Meridia's shrine won't be easy to navigate, however. Mephala and Nocturnal's followers massacred my brothers and sisters. They left vile Daedra behind to defile our sanctum.

(If the player has already completed the ESO main quest)

Player

Meridia aided me in the past. She'll remember me.

Sadara-do

My Prince blessed you with her presence? That's a story I'd love to hear some time.

For now, I'll do my best to help you. But the path to the shrine will be hazardous. Mephala's creatures still roam the area, feasting on my brothers and sisters."

Player

Tell me how to reach the shrine.

Sadara-do

Enter the grotto and look for our camp. Meridia's shrine looms over the area.

Raz will accompany me and we'll enter via a side tunnel. I don't want you to have to worry about me while you're defending yourself against those creatures.

Player

I will meet you at Meridia's shrine.

Razum-dar

Raz thinks this is a bad idea, Sadara.

Sadara-do

I want to help, Raz. Maybe this is the reason Meridia allowed me to escape when the rest of my sect was attacked.

Player

Before heading inside, the player speaks with the two of them again.

Sadara-do

You'll find the shrine toward the back of the grotto. Meridia spreads life and light, but I hope you kill a few of those terrible creatures along the way.

We'll sneak around and meet you at the shrine. As long as Raz is with me, I should be safe.

Razum-dar

This one deals with all kinds of problems for Queen Ayrenn, but this makes Raz's fur stand on end. Outlawed cults and Daedric Princes. How did Raz get his claws stuck in this particular ball of yarn?

Player

The player enters Eton-nir Grotto from the front, while Razum-dar and Sadara-do go around the back. After fighting off various Daedra, the three of them meet up in a large cavern which houses the destroyed camp of the Meridia worshipers as well as the facade of an underground temple.

Sadara-do

This way. We're almost there.

Razum-dar

Raz is not fond of Daedric cultists, but no one deserves to die like this.

Sadara-do

The Court of Bedlam are cowards! They struck us down without warning.

I will try my best to get your friend an audience with the Lady of Light. The shrine is just inside.

Player

The three of them enter the doors to the shrine. Inside they find a large chapel hall, complete with pews, and a statue to Meridia on the far side. Dead cultists are scattered about, but no Daedra are inside. One cultist is impaled on the statue itself.

Sadara-do

Oh, master! What did those bastards do to you?

Look what they did to his body. They defiled Meridia's shrine!

Razum-dar

That light … that is not natural, yes?

Sadara-do

Meridia, she calls to us!

Meridia

My devoted priest, a loyal soldier, and an intrepid instigator … step closer and bask in Meridia's light!

Razum-dar

Why is the statue talking to Raz? Should it be doing such a thing?

Player

The player approaches the glowing statue and listens to what the Daedra has to say.

(If the player has not previously completed the ESO main quest)

Meridia

My followers murdered. My shrine desecrated. The other Princes, this so-called triad, they must answer for these insults.

But I sense a question in your mind. Speak, mortal! Ask what you will of the Prince of Light!

(If the player has already completed the ESO main quest)

 

Meridia

My followers murdered. My shrine desecrated. The other Princes, this so-called triad, they must answer for these insults.

But I sense a question in your mind. Speak, Champion of Coldharbour! Ask what you will of the Prince of the Light!

Player

Your Golden Knight was captured and his sword damaged. We seek your guidance on how to repair it.

Meridia

They dare to steal my vessel? To hold prisoner the agent I put in place to foil their despicable plans?

My light shall not be snuffed out! My Colored Rooms will not be compromised! You must set Darien Gautier free!

(If the player has not previously completed the ESO main quest)

Player

Darien? That's the Golden Knight's name?

Meridia

My vessel thinks of itself as Darien Gautier, a simple Breton warrior, but in reality, it is my will and my power. When a darkness enters your reality, I send Darien to banish it.

You must enter Mephala's realm and rescue Darien, the Golden Knight.

Player

What about the Dawnbreaker? Can it be repaired?

Meridia

Only my vessel can repair the Dawnbreaker. Use the Dawnstar Gem to locate Darien within the Spiral Skein.

(If the player has already completed the ESO main quest)

 

Player

Darien Gautier from Coldharbour? He's your vessel?

Meridia

My vessel just thinks of itself as the mortal Darien Gautier. In reality, Darien is my will and power, inserted into your reality whenever my light needs to banish the darkness.

I will admit my knight changed after it met you, though.

Player

What do you mean, Darien changed?

Meridia

The knight had a single purpose, but somehow you complicated matters. Now the knight actually… cares.

You and my vessel will both be required to stop the triad. You must enter Mephala's realm and rescue Darien.

Player

I retrieved the Dawnstar gem. Can it be used to reforge Dawnbreaker?

Meridia

The gem cannot grow a new sword, but I can add to its power. Now you can use it to locate Darien in Mephala's realm.

Meridia

Now return to the Ritemaster and tell him what I said.

Wait. How dare they! The triad dares to invade my sacred realm? This cannot stand!

Player

The triad's attacking your realm?

Suddenly, Meridia's light is cut out. Instead, the statue is enveloped in a purple glow and begins to bleed black liquid from its eyes.

Sadara-do

Meridia, my Prince! She's gone! I can't feel her presence any longer!

Razum-dar

Raz is certain that the nice statue will be fine. In the meantime, let this one take you someplace where you will be safe.

Player

Before departing for Artaeum, the player checks in on Sadara-do, who is crying on her knees near the statue, and with Raz, who is looking over her.

Sadara-do

Our shrine desecrated, my Prince under attack ... how can such things be allowed to happen?

Still, Meridia spoke to you. Go find the Golden Knight and restore Dawnbreaker. They may be our only hope.

Razum-dar

Raz has seen many things. Weresharks. Flying tigers. Weresharks on top of flying tigers. But a talking light? Queen Ayrenn will never believe it!

How much trouble are we in, five-claw? Be honest with old Raz.

Player

A lot. The Daedric triad wants the Crystal Tower and they're attacking the other Princes.

Razum-dar

Too much honesty is never a good thing!

How do we battle Daedric Princes? Raz supposes an army would help. An army always helps. Alas, Raz rarely has an army to call upon when he needs one most.

Player

The Ritemaster will think of something. We just have to find Darien and repair the sword.

Razum-dar

And that involves traveling to places Raz never knew existed before this all started. No, Raz will see Sadara to safety and then do what he can to protect Summerset and the Crystal Tower.

The Daedra fighting Raz will leave to you, yes?

Player

With the two Khajiit safe for now, the player headed back to Artaeum to tell the Ritemaster about what happened. They find the Ritemaster and Valsirenn discussing the situation in the Dreaming Cave.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I see signs of the Court's work throughout Summerset, but nothing of the Court itself.

Valsirenn

I think the Court of Bedlam has fewer members than we imagined.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Enough of this for now. Let's see what our friend has learned.

You return, but without the Dawnbreaker. Weren't you able to make contact with Meridia?

Forgive my impatience. This inability to remember has me on edge. Go on, tell me what you learned.

Player

The Court attacked the cults of Azura and Meridia, but I was able to speak to Meridia.

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Court of Bedlam is eliminating the cults of the other Princes? To what end?

You said you were able to make contact with Meridia? Then why didn't she give you a restored Dawnbreaker?

Player

We can use the Dawnstar gem to find the Golden Knight. He can restore the Dawnbreaker.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I suspected that might be the case. I'll send Valsirenn with you into Mephala's realm to rescue the Golden Knight.

Player

Meridia said her realm was being invaded. I think the triad of Princes attacked Meridia.

Ritemaster Iachesis

A disturbing development to be sure, but we'll have to hope Meridia can protect herself.

I'll open a portal to Mephala's Spiral Skein when you're ready. Then you can use the gem to find the Golden Knight.

Player

I'm ready.

The Ritemaster casts a spell and a portal opens in the floor.

Valsirenn

Mephala's realm can be daunting, but I'll be with you the entire time.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Remember to stay focused on your destination at all times. Otherwise you could get lost in myriad pathways of the Dreaming Cave.

And whatever you do, don't lose that gem.

Player

Both Valsirenn and the player step into the portal. A moment later, the player finds themselves in a web-covered cave, with Valsirenn nowhere in sight. They proceed forward, fighting Daedra and burning webbing, until they enter a large chamber and hear the Psijic's voice.

Valsirenn

There you are! I'm up here!

Try to find a way up while I take a look around.

As the player fights through the caves towards Valsirenn, they can hear her calling out as she explores.

It's like a maze in here, full of dead ends and passages that lead nowhere.

As the player hits a dead end, she has a suggestion:

Try to use the Dawnstar gem. Maybe it will reveal a path we're not seeing.

The player does so, and the gem opens up a whirlpool that leads to another part of the caverns. As they go deeper they again hear Valsirenn:

I think there's something stalking me in here. Oh no!

Player

The player fights deeper into the dungeon, eventually encountering a powerful Daedra guarding a webbed humanoid form. They defeat the Daedra and cut the webbing to reveal Valsirenn.

Valsirenn

I couldn't breathe! As usual, you found me just in the nick of time.

The beast that captured me. I've never seen anything like it!

Player

Are you all right?

Valsirenn

A little light headed, but I'll be fine. Now that we're together, we can focus on finding the Golden Knight. And if that beast shows its mandibles again, I'll be ready.

Player

What kind of beast attacked you?

Valsirenn

Something with the body of a giant spider and … well, I'm not sure how to describe it. But it was a creature right out of my nightmares. Just what you'd expect in the realm of a Daedric Prince.

No matter. Let's go find the Golden Knight.

Player

Together, the two of them proceed through the caverns. The player uses the Dawnstar Gem to open up whirlpool portals in the water and transport them between different sections.

Valsirenn

That's the path revealed by the Dawnstar gem? What I wouldn't give to be able to use portal magic in here!

That wasn't a pleasant experience.

We just need to push on and find the Golden Knight. The faster we can get out of here, the better.

If I never see a giant spider again, it will be too soon.

That light in the distance. It's brighter, out of place in this dismal setting. That must be the Golden Knight!

Mephala won't leave something as valuable as Meridia's Golden Knight unprotected.

Player

The two of them fight past hordes of Daedra and reach the light. There, they see Darien trapped in webs, guarded by two Ogrim and a special Spiderkith.

Zikal-zun

Silence or my webs will fill your pretty mouth next!

Darien Gautier

You’re about to regret this.

It's a tough fight, but the Daedra are defeated and the player cuts Darien down from the webbing.

Took you long enough. I expected this rescue hours ago.

Valsirenn

Your gratitude has a hollow ring, knight.

Player

Oh, I can be very grateful, my lady.

Valsirenn

Maybe we should just leave him. I'm sure the Ritemaster would understand.

This is Meridia's champion? He's not as impressive as I imagined.

Player

The player speaks with Darien.

(If the player has previously met Darien)

Darien Gautier

Well, this is awkward. You're probably wondering how your old friend Darien became Meridia's champion and got stuck in all this sticky webbing. It's a funny story, really.

Probably better if I wait to tell it until after we escape from this realm.

(If the player has not previously met Darien)

 

Darien Gautier

Well, this is awkward. Here I am, Meridia's champion, covered in webs and held at the mercy of unsettling spider people. Thanks for rescuing me, though.

I would have freed myself at some point. I was just working up to it, that's all.

Player

You're the Golden Knight? The same one that's been trying to contact us?

Darien Gautier

Guilty as charged! Meridia sent me to offer my assistance, but those other Princes, they kept interfering. And then I was dragged into this pit of spider harlots!

Look, we can catch up on things later. Right now we need to get outta here.

Player

You're right. Let's get out of here.

Darien Gautier

There's one small problem. We can't just walk through a door to get back to Tamriel. Believe me, I tried!

How did you find me, by the way? Mephala specifically said she was putting me someplace where no one would ever think to look.

Player

I retrieved the Dawnstar gem when you dropped it. It led me right to you.

Darien Gautier

Oh. Right. The gem. That makes sense. I perfectly understand. You need Meridia's champion so here I am. And with the gem, I can repair Dawnbreaker!

Just so you know, I feel awful. I am in no condition to fight at the moment.

Player

Stay close. I'll get you out of here.

Valsirenn

Let's get out of here. Meet me outside.

I can open a portal to the Dreaming Cave, but the ritual will take time and will more than likely draw Mephala's Daedra.

You need to hold them off until I can find the way back home.

Player

I'll keep the Daedra busy until you complete the ritual.

Valsirenn

I won't be able to assist you while I'm casting, and the Golden Knight doesn't appear to be in any condition to fight.

I'm afraid you're on your own, my friend.

She begins casting her spell, and various Daedra start flocking to the area. The player defeats them all. Just before the spell is concluded, a large unique spider Daedra appears.

Let my voice penetrate the barriers between here and the Dreaming Cave!

Keep them back a few moments longer!

I can sense the portal opening. Just—by the stars! That spider thing!

The player defeats the Daedra and Valsirenn finishes casting her spell.

The portal has opened! Let's get out of here!

The three of them step through the portal and find themselves back on Artaeum.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Valsirenn, take the knight to the healers. We'll deal with the sword later. In the meantime, I need to speak with our friend.

You and Valsirenn entered Mephala's realm and rescued Meridia's Golden Knight. I couldn't ask for more, my friend.

I assume Darien believes he can repair the Dawnbreaker?

Player

Darien said he could repair the Dawnbreaker sword.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I hoped that would be the case. The Golden Knight will need to recover some of his strength first, though. Who knows what tortures Mephala and her creatures inflicted upon him? That's not a fate I'd wish on my worst enemy.

Player

What do the three Daedric Princes hope to accomplish?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Who can say what drives such beings as these? To work with the Sea Sload. To pit their followers against the cultists of other Princes. To launch attacks into rival Oblivion realms. Such actions boggle the mind.

Player

How long before we can attempt to breach the barrier?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Knight Darien needs to recover his strength first and restore the Dawnbreaker. Then we can attempt to unblock the path and see where I took the Heart of Transparent Law.

For now, take this with my thanks.

 

 

Ritemaster Iachesis

While the Golden Knight recovers, we must make preparations for breaching the Daedric barrier. Since I can't remember where that particular pathway goes, we'll have to be ready for any contingency.

I also need to tell you about another memory.

Player

You remembered something else?

Ritemaster Iachesis

My memories return slowly, a little at a time. While you searched for the knight, a memory came back to me. A woman's voice, barely a whisper. Beautiful but speaking in a language I can't understand. Repeating the same words over and over.

Player

What do you think the memory means?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I suspect that the language is ancient. It may actually predate the languages of Tamriel. I feel that the memory is connected to the barrier in the Dreaming Cave and where I hid the Heart.

My friend, we need to discover the meaning of these words.

Player

I'll help you in any way that I can.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I hoped you'd say that. I sent Oriandra to my study to review my memory and see if she could translate the ancient words. I even suggested a scholar she could contact. An expert in ancient languages and obscure dialects.

Go. Check on her progress.

Player

You have no idea what language the voice is speaking in?

Ritemaster Iachesis

No. I just feel that the words contain the key to where I hid the Heart of Transparent Law. I do know the language is not native to Tamriel. Or to anywhere on Nirn, for that matter. It feels ancient, alien. I hope the expert recognizes it.

Player

Who is this expert?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Forte, the Grand Maestro of the House of Reveries. We've shared research in the past and he thinks the language could be related to tablets he once studied in Ebon Stadmont.

Now go and see if Oriandra has made any progress by reviewing my memory.

Player

The player headed for Oriandra. She was still in Sotha Sil's study, examining a paid of books floating before her.

Oriandra

Not derived from Ayleid, though I see a possible correlation to Daedric linguistic patterns …

Who? Oh! Don't you know not to interrupt a sage when she's deep in concentration?

I suppose the Ritemaster sent you to see how my research was coming along? I've listened to his memory over and over, and I examined every relevant tome I could find.

Player

Have you been able to identify the unknown language?

Oriandra

Not yet. The master of the House of Reveries sent me his work. It relates to a similar language seen in the ruins of Ebon Stadmont, but I only understand a little of it.

I wish Leythen was still one of us. He was our language expert.

Player

Leythen's an expert on ancient languages?

Oriandra

Ancient languages and battle magic, to name just a few. Leythen betrayed us and I don't trust him, but I've reached a dead end. We need help and he's the best option I can think of.

Take the notes and show them to Leythen. What do we have to lose?

Player

I'll take the notes and talk to Leythen.

Oriandra

I'll let the Ritemaster know what I proposed. He may not like it, but he's always telling us to utilize every available resource. I think this qualifies.

You'll find Leythen in Valsirenn's study. See if you can convince him to translate the words.

Player

Shouldn't Valsirenn ask Leythen for this favor?

Oriandra

Only if you want to guarantee that Leythen refuses to help us. Haven't you seen them since they were reunited? Val wants to kill him and Leythen hates her with a passion.

They used to be so in love. Now it breaks my heart to see them like this.

Player

Do you really expect Leythen to help us?

Oriandra

I have no idea, but it's worth a try. I know Leythen and the Ritemaster were friends. I don't believe Leythen would purposely try to harm Iachesis.

On the other hand, if Leythen thinks that helping us will help his cause, he'll jump at the chance.

Player

Why do you think Leythen joined forces with Mephala?

Oriandra

I suppose it had something to do with his daughter. Ealdaawe was a beautiful girl. Smart, sweet, and full of energy. She brightened the entire island!

When she fell ill, Leythen and Valsirenn grew apart. It was how they dealt with the tragedy.

Player

The Psijic Order couldn't save her?

Oriandra

Don't you think we tried? The Ritemaster, Valsirenn, the entire Conclave. But nothing helped. She grew weaker and weaker. And then she was gone.

Val threw herself into her work after that. Leythen just grew more distant.

I'll let the Ritemaster know what I proposed. He may not like it, but he's always telling us to utilize every available resource. I think this qualifies.

You'll find Leythen in Valsirenn's study. See if you can convince him to translate the words.

Player

They bid the Psijic farewell. First, they picked up the notes on the language of Ebon Stadmon, and then went back downstairs to find Leythen. When they arrived in Valsirenn's study, she and Leythen were arguing.

Earl Leythen

Interesting. You weren't this attentive when our daughter actually needed you.

Valsirenn

Leythen, I—arrgh! I need to go check on the knight anyway.

Earl Leythen

Val, wait …. Damn it.

Valsirenn stormed off, and Leythen was left alone, clearly regretting his words. The player approached.

By the Spinner's holy webs, when did I become an insufferable arse? Valsirenn didn't deserve that. Ealdaawe was her daughter, too.

Why am I talking to you about this? I know it isn't because I like you, because I really don't.

Player

I understand you're good with languages.

Earl Leythen

Is this some new attempt at interrogation? If so, I'm not familiar with the technique.

Very well, I'll play along. Yes, I am a master linguist, specializing in ancient and obscure languages. Why do you ask?

Player

The Ritemaster heard these words, but we can't translate them. They may point to the tower crystal.

Earl Leythen

Intriguing. I've never seen this dialect before. I can translate it, but I need more to work with. I need to examine the original tablets found at Ebon Stadmont.

That will never happen, of course. You do remember I'm a prisoner here, don't you?

Player

I can go to Ebon Stadmont. What do you need to complete the translation?

Earl Leythen

According to those notes, the writing is carved into a massive stone. I doubt you'd be able to carry it back here.

All right, you've piqued my interest. Use this rune when you reach Ebon Stadmont and I'll be able to see what you see.

Player

What's going on between you and Valsirenn?

Earl Leythen

I don't see how that's relevant to our interactions. Not in the least. Still, my words were spiteful, meant to hurt her. There was no need for me to open old wounds.

But why does this concern you? I'm your enemy. Are you too dense to see that?

(While these two lines appear mutually exclusive, they can actually both be selected during this conversation if the player chooses to select "what's going on between you and Valsirenn" twice.)

Player

[Persuade] What happened to you and Val was horrible. I'm just trying to help.

Earl Leythen

You and Iachesis, always sticking your noses into places they don't belong. I suppose I can appreciate that, but kindness won't help you in the coming war.

Very well. I'll tell you this. Val loved our daughter and our daughter loved Val.

Player

So why do you hate each other?

Earl Leythen

Hate? I—I'm not sure what emotions I feel right now. But when my daughter was dying, when she was crying for her mother's comfort, Val wasn't there. She was buried in her work, too busy or too frightened to spend those final moments with Ealdaawe.

Player

I know you're our enemy. I need to understand you in order to remain one step ahead of you.

Earl Leythen

Interesting. Honesty and a shrewd tactic. I can appreciate that.

Still, my business is my own. I'm not looking for a friend or to rejoin the Psijics. I'll help you because the Court needs to find the tower crystal as much as you do.

Player

What does the rune you gave me do exactly?

Earl Leythen

Nothing nefarious, if that's what you're asking.

Just enter the forest, find the obscure language, and use the rune so I can see what you see. It won't do anything beyond that, I assure you.

Player

The player takes Leythen's stone to a stream near Ebon Stadmont, where they summon a ghostly form of the Altmer.

Earl Leythen

Ah, the rune is working perfectly! It's almost as if I'm standing right next to you.

I can feel the powerful magic that permeates this place. I sense a Daedric influence, but something that's far older than my Prince Mephala.

Player

What should I be looking for?

Earl Leythen

The Maestro's notes said the ancient words were etched into a massive stone. I expect you'll need to travel deeper into the forest to find the exact location.

I can't translate the words the Ritemaster heard until you find that stone.

(If the player has not previously completed Ebon Stadmont)

Player

How do I find this massive stone covered in the ancient writing?

Earl Leythen

I'm not your tour guide! Just pick a direction and start walking.

Wait a moment. The Maestro's notes. There was a passage that might help. Something about crows. Maybe that will be enough to guide you.

(If the player has previously completed Ebon Stadmont)

Player

I've been here before, but without a guide there's no way through the maze.

Earl Leythen

Just retrace your steps. You likely walked past the massive stone and didn't even realize it.

Wait a moment. The Maestro's notes had a passage about crows and a path. Just refer to the book and hope for the best, I guess.

Player

I'll find the stone.

Earl Leythen

Refer to the book and use the rune again when you locate the ancient writing.

Player

The player heads inside the labyrinthine forest of Ebon Stadmont. Inside, they fight off welwa and other creatures. They consult the notes and determined that they must pass through the gates in the order the Maestro described: arch with two crows first, then one crow, and finally the arch with three crows. When they did that, they arrived at a new section of the forest, filled with Daedra and containing an ancient edifice. Sensing that this was the place, the player again summoned Leythen.

Earl Leythen

Have you found the inscription?

Hmm, not yet, but the inscription is nearby. I sense something else, though. Nocturnal's presence.

The Grand Maestro mentioned Daedra, but I never imagined they'd belong to one of the patrons of the Court of Bedlam. This changes everything. Now I'm really interested in helping you translate the Ritemaster's memory.

Player

What do you mean? What's this have to do with Nocturnal?

Earl Leythen

An excellent question. But we won't learn anything if you continue to stand here and talk to my projection. Get moving and find that inscribed stone.

Player

Proceeding to the very end of the vale, the two of them finally discover what must be the inscription. Leythen approaches and begins to study it, but his image flickers on and of.

Earl Leythen

The ancient inscription! You found it!

Something isn't right. I feel—

Our connection ... breaking up! It's Nocturnal's earl—

He then disappears entirely, and in his place appears a different apparition — the Earl of Nocturnal.

Earl Tundilwen

Now that Leythen's gone, we can talk freely.

These words of power, they aren't meant for mortal eyes.

As an earl in the Court of Bedlam, believe me when I say that Leythen isn't being totally honest with you.

Player

As an earl in the Court of Bedlam, why should I believe a word you say?

Earl Tundilwen

I wish to maintain the balance of power among the Daedric triad. If Leythen translates this language and passes the secret on to his mistress, Mephala, she'll gain an advantage that could threaten my Prince, Nocturnal.

Player

It sounds like the triad of Daedric Princes isn't as united as we thought.

Earl Tundilwen

Speculate all you want. I'm here to present you with a gift. Nocturnal wants me to provide you with the meaning of the ancient words.

It's in all our best interests for the Ritemaster to remember where he hid the Heart of Transparent Law.

Player

So what do the words mean?

Earl Tundilwen

The phrase the Ritemaster remembers. The one that repeats itself over and over. It's a spell to retrieve something hidden.

When the time is right, he just needs to repeat the phrase and the Heart's hiding place will be revealed.

Player

Why doesn't Nocturnal retrieve the Heart herself?

Earl Tundilwen

My mistress doesn't explain herself to me, and she certainly won't explain herself to you.

I assume, though, since the Heart was hidden by the Ritemaster, then only the Ritemaster can retrieve it.

Player

You knew exactly when and where to contact me. How?

Earl Tundilwen

Artaeum is only as isolated as it allows itself to be. First the abyssal pearl allowed the Sea Sload and Mephala to invade the Psijic island. Then you took Leythen, an earl in the Court of Bedlam, prisoner.

We know your moves before you make them.

Player

What does the triad of Daedric Princes hope to achieve?

Earl Tundilwen

Our Princes plan to do away with the laws imposed by other powers. They want to remake Nirn, reshape it to better suit their every inclination.

Of course to do this, all obstacles must be cast aside—including the other Daedric Princes.

Player

And what does the Court of Bedlam get out of all this?

Earl Tundilwen

The Court isn't evil. We wouldn't be a part of something that didn't add to the greater good. When our Princes are done, war and sickness will be eradicated. There will be true peace.

And godhood for the Court, as befits beings of our stature.

Player

How did you get involved in all this?

Earl Tundilwen

I am a Dark Elf, a child of Morrowind who lost her way. Anger and despair almost overwhelmed me until Nocturnal reached out to comfort me.

The Night Mistress filled me with new purpose and gave me something greater than myself to believe in.

Player

But you're not a High Elf like the other members of the Court of Bedlam.

Earl Tundilwen

While it's true that the Court consists primarily of High Elves who believe their birthright is the key to godhood, I am not so naive.

Nocturnal selected me as her earl. She taught me that loyalty is the path to ascension. And my loyalty is strong.

Player

Before she disappears, the player attempts to talk with her some more.

Earl Tundilwen

Tell the Ritemaster. It's a spell of retrieval.

She disappears, and Leythen is able to re-materialize a short while later.

Earl Leythen

Finally! I've reestablished my connection to the rune.

Tell me what Nocturnal's earl said to you.

I can't believe Nocturnal's earl interfered like that. We're supposed to be allies! Why would she want to stop me from reading that ancient inscription?

Player

Nocturnal's earl said that the ancient phrase is a spell.

Earl Leythen

A spell? Interesting. And somehow connected to the Ritemaster's forgotten hiding place.

I wonder why Nocturnal decided to share this information? She isn't usually the most forthcoming of the Court's esteemed Princes.

Player

Nocturnal's earl also indicated that you've been informing the Court about our plans.

Earl Leythen

Right. I told them to interrupt my research before I could unravel an ancient and powerful language.

Look, you should come back to Ceporah Tower now. The Ritemaster wants to hear everything my associate shared with you. And frankly, so do I.

Player

I'll return to Artaeum as soon as I can.

Earl Leythen

I just wish I could have spent a few moments studying that inscription.

Player

The player travels back to Artaeum. They find the Ritemaster, Leythen, and Oriandra in the tower's library. The Ritemaster does not seem pleased.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Oriandra, you should have consulted me beforehand.

Earl Leythen

She saw an opportunity and she took it, Iachesis.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Silence, Leythen! Need I put you in chains to remind you of your status here?

Oriandra

I'm sorry, Ritemaster. We should have asked permission. It won't happen again.

She leaves, and the Ritemaster addresses the player.

Ritemaster Iachesis

This escapade of yours could have been disastrous. What were you and Oriandra thinking, trusting Leythen to help us translate the ancient language?

Now nothing you discovered can be trusted. We're back to square one!

Player

Nocturnal's earl says the words you remember are a spell that will reveal the Heart's location.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I observed what I could through Leythen's connection, but it seems to me that the Court of Bedlam is just trying to confuse us.

What do you think? Should we trust Nocturnal's earl or not?

Player

We need to be cautious. I wouldn't take anything the Court of Bedlam tells us at face value.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Then we're no better off than we were, except now we have the Golden Knight.

Let's proceed and hope for the best. Perhaps I'll remember more after we use the portal. Go outside and retrieve Darien, then meet me in the Dreaming Cave.

Player

They want you to find the Heart of Transparent Law. I think the earl told me the truth.

Ritemaster Iachesis

As much as it pains me, I must concur. We'll just have to make sure that once we recover the Heart, it isn't allowed to fall into the hands of the Court of Bedlam or their Princes.

Darien's outside. Talk to him, then meet me in the Dreaming Cave.

Player

I'll go and talk to Darien.

Ritemaster Iachesis

No matter whether Nocturnal's earl spoke truth or lies, we need to recover the Heart of Transparent Law. I'm sure I hid it somewhere beyond the Daedric barrier.

Was there anything else before you go and check on Darien?

Player

Do you remember anything else about this supposed spell?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I remember I tried to resist the Sea Sload's compulsion and was able to maintain a sliver of control. But as for a revelation spell, where would I acquire something in such an obscure language? And whose voice do I hear echoing in my mind?

Player

You don't remember anything else?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I remember … I remember using what control I still possessed to foil K'Tora's plans. I recall forging a bargain with someone … someone I have no memory of.

I remember that it was the only way to assure the Heart's safety.

Player

Maybe we should leave the Heart of Transparent Law hidden away.

Ritemaster Iachesis

That, my friend, would be a mistake. Summerset's ancient defenses have withered since the Transparent Law crystal was broken and the Heart removed.

Every moment the Crystal Tower remains incomplete, another protection falls away.

Player

But what if this is all just an elaborate trap to get you to reveal the hiding place?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I'm sure that it is. But in that certainty we gain an advantage. You'll be at my side when we locate the Heart. And you'll be there to help me defend it from the Court of Bedlam and their Princes.

Player

The player chose to talk to Leythen before going after Darien.

Earl Leythen

Our trip into the cursed wood wasn't a total failure. I had a brief moment to examine the inscription before Nocturnal's earl usurped our connection.

I think I know what some of the words from the Ritemaster's memory mean.

Player

Did you tell the Ritemaster?

Earl Leythen

Not yet. He's been in a harsh mood. Besides, I've only been able to make a partial translation.

Player

So what do the words you translated mean?

Earl Leythen

The phrase contains eight distinct words, repeated over and over. I've been able to translate three of them. In. Heart. Unsealed.

Do with that information what you will.

Player

Cryptic. The player left the library and headed outside to talk with Darien. They found him and Valsirenn a short distance away from the tower. Darien was doing shirtless pushups while Valsirenn watched.

Valsirenn

Your wounds, they're just … gone!

Darien Gautier

I've always healed fast, Val. I can call you Val, right?

Give me a moment. I'd like to chat with our friend.

Valsirenn

Of course. Then go to the Dreaming Cave. The Ritemaster's ready to begin.

Darien Gautier

I wanted to thank you again for getting me out of Mephala's realm. It wasn't anything like I originally imagined.

Oh, and I wanted to let you know that I was able to repair the Dawnbreaker. The sword's power should allow us to breach the barrier.

Player

Looks like you're fully recovered.

Darien Gautier

No thanks to the Psijic healers! I thought they were going to slice me open to try to figure out what makes me … well, me!

I'm glad you stopped by, though. I wanted to talk to you. In private.

Player

What do you want to talk about?

Darien Gautier

This might sound like a strange question. In fact, depending on how you answer it, it is a strange question.

Do you—do you remember me? I'm not talking about here in Summerset. I mean—from someplace else.

(If the player has not previously met Darien)

Player

Not that I can recall. The first time I saw you was when you were wearing your golden armor.

Darien Gautier

You don't remember me? I was afraid of that. Meridia told me that time worked differently in Oblivion, but I didn't believe her. What's happened to me hasn't happened to you yet.

That doesn't matter now. What matters is I found you.

Player

Why does it matter that you found me?

Darien Gautier

Meridia told me about the triad of Daedric Princes. And she told me about you. Even sent me to help you defeat them.

Of course, she conveniently forgot to tell me how to do that, and she's stopped responding to my requests. Has me a little worried.

Player

Why are you telling me this?

Darien Gautier

Not everyone gets a choice about the battles they fight. My Prince ... she's all right, but she's not big on free will.

I wanted you to know that you aren't beholden to a higher power. You can decide what you want to fight for.

(If the player has previously met Darien, but not completed the main quest of ESO)

Player

Of course I remember you. We've been through a lot together.

Darien Gautier

That's a relief! Meridia tried to tell me that time worked differently in Oblivion. I got kind of bored half way through. She said something about ebbs and flows.

I'm just glad to be out of the Colored Rooms now.

Player

When were you in Meridia's realm?

Darien Gautier

Wait, I haven't made my heroic sacrifice yet? Everyone's not really sad that I'm gone? But that was the best part!

You know what, never mind. Just hear me out. Meridia sent me here to find you. To help you stop the triad of Daedric Princes.

Player

So how do we stop the Daedric Princes?

Darien Gautier

To be honest, she never got around to telling me that. And I haven't been able to contact her, which has me a little concerned. I remember she mentioned that I was a vessel, but who knows what that could mean?

I guess we breach that barrier.

(If the player has completed the main quest of ESO)

Player

Of course I remember you. I thought we lost you in Coldharbour.

Darien Gautier

Yeah, it was terrible. One moment I'm fighting Molag Bal and the next I'm stuck in the Colored Rooms without any kind of explanation.

I tried everything I could think of to get out of there, but nothing worked until Meridia gave me this mission.

Player

So you didn't die?

Darien Gautier

I thought I did. After the big flash of light, I remember floating. Then there was more light. Meridia was there. She told me I was in her realm.

Other than her lectures, it was pretty boring. Come to think of it, those were pretty boring, too.

Player

You said Meridia gave you a mission?

Darien Gautier

Oh yeah. She said I was supposed to help you stop the Daedric Princes. To keep them from reaching the Crystal Tower. Problem is, she didn't tell me how we're supposed to do that. And now I can't seem to reach her.

Hate to admit it, but I'm worried.

Player

Let's go get the Heart back.

Darien Gautier

Fixing the Dawnbreaker was surprisingly easy, by the way. Especially considering that I never repaired a Daedric artifact before.

Player

Before we go to the Dreaming Cave, can I ask you a few questions?

Darien Gautier

Questions? Not like a test or anything, though, right?

Tests give me a rash. But sure, yeah, what would you like to know?

Player

You're not Breton, are you?

Darien Gautier

I wish I knew the answer to that. I remember my father well enough. He was a Breton, but I never met my mother. In fact, now that I think about it, my entire childhood is kind of a blur.

I never questioned that. I'm not really sure why.

Player

Did Meridia tell you anything?

Darien Gautier

Meridia only ever told me I was her vessel. I can't say I remember volunteering for that job, though.

I have her magic inside me. I've had it all my life. I can feel it. But why? I have so many questions.

Player

Such as?

Darien Gautier

Who I am? What I am? Why the amazing good looks and roguish charm if I'm just here to stomp on Meridia's enemies? I mean, I guess if I was a Prince, I'd want a dashing champion, so I can't blame her for that.

Player

Do you always walk around strangers half dressed?

Darien Gautier

Hey, I got stabbed a bunch, remember? You can't examine battle wounds with your armor on.

Besides, this sea air is good for the skin. Ask anyone.

(Although these options read like they are mutually exclusive, the player can return to this choice and select both if they click through the dialog again.

Player

You should keep your clothes on.

Darien Gautier

Ouch. That hurts. I've worked hard for this body, you know. Well, I think I did. My memories have been hazy of late.

Player

[Persuade] I could get used to this.

Darien Gautier

I'll try not to distract you too much until after we've saved this world.

After that? I don't have any plans if you don't.

Player

Satisfied with the knight's answers, the two of them head down to the Dreaming Cave where Iachesis and Valsirenn are waiting for them.

Darien Gautier

Wait! Don't start without me!

Player

Before heading out, the player wants to speak with those present.

Darien Gautier

I'm getting sick and tired of barriers and Daedric interference and … well, Daedra in general.

Talk to the Ritemaster and let's get this started already.

Valsirenn

The Ritemaster plans to lead this expedition personally. I'm glad to have him along, but I'm concerned whenever he puts himself at risk.

Ritemaster Iachesis

We're as prepared as we can be without knowing exactly where this pathway leads. I've even set wards that will help protect me from the Daedric Princes.

Remember, though, our primary goal is to recover the Heart of Transparent Law.

Player

How do we activate the portal?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Golden Knight must wield the reforged Dawnbreaker to breach the barrier. Then we simply step through the portal and see where it takes us.

I expect we may call upon your fighting skills before all is said and done. Are you ready to proceed?

Player

I'm ready.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Sir Darien, deal with this barrier, if you please.

Darien Gautier

My pleasure!

Darien lifts up Dawnbreaker and it emanates with a golden light, banishing the black goo blocking the portal.

Ritemaster Iachesis

The way is open. Let's go!

Darien Gautier

One of these days we're going to meet up in a tavern and there won't be any Daedra or monsters or evil necromancers trying to destroy the world and kill us all.

One of these days ….

Player

Iachesis, Valserinn, and the player all step into the portal, with Darien heading in last. When they arrive at the other side, they find themselves in a dark forest with a purple sky streaked with meteors. Crows and Shrike Daedra can be seen in the distance. Iachesis is bent over, breathing heavily.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I'll be all right, Valsirenn. Manipulating the Dreaming Cave always exhausts me.

Valsirenn

We'll take it slow. Let the others clear the path for us.

Player

Before heading further into the realm, the player speaks with their companions.

Darien Gautier

The old wizard doesn't look so good. I think the trip into Oblivion took a lot out of him.

But we're here, right? Can't he just say the magic words so we can find the Heart and get out of here? No, I suppose not. That would be too simple.

Valsirenn

It took considerable effort for the Ritemaster to open this pathway through the Dreaming Cave.

I'll help him along while you and Darien clear the path ahead.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I expected the pathway to lead to some obscure corner of Oblivion, but this is Nocturnal's realm!

I wish I could remember what compelled me to hide the Heart here.

Player

You hid the Heart of Transparent Law in Nocturnal's realm?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The Heart is here. I'm positive. Now that I think about it, this location has a familiar feel. I've been here before. I just need to remember where I placed the stolen crystal.

Player

How do we find the Heart?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Take Darien and scout the path ahead. Look for any signs that might indicate where I hid the Heart. Valsirenn will assist me and we'll follow behind you.

As much as it pains me to admit, my many years are finally catching up with me.

Player

Darien and I will scout ahead.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Be prepared for anything. This is Nocturnal's realm, after all.

Don't expect the courtesy that Nocturnal's earl showed you earlier to extend to this place. We're intruders in Evergloam. The denizens won't take kindly to our presence.

Player

Darien and the player proceed forward, following a path through the forest and killing various Shrikes throughout. Darien has a few things to say:

Darien Gautier

Nocturnal's minions aren't exactly modest, are they? Not that I'm complaining.

First Mephala and now Nocturnal. I'm really getting good at stumbling into the realms of hostile Daedric Princes!

Let's do what we have to do and get out of here.

They crest a hill where several crows sit. One of the crows talk to them:

Blackfeather Crow

The featherless one walks the path once more. But where is the pretty crystal he carried last time?

Darien Gautier

Did that bird just talk? You heard that, right?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Pay the crows no mind. They're nothing but an annoyance.

Player

Before proceeding, the player again checks in with their companions.

Valsirenn

I'm worried about Iachesis. He's still as weary as the moment when we first entered this damned realm.

Ritemaster Iachesis

The crows serve as Nocturnal's eyes. She watches us through these annoying little creatures.

There's nothing to do about it except to keep moving forward until we find the hiding place.

Player

What did the crow mean by "the featherless one walks the path once more"?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I remember carrying the Heart of Transparent Law along this path and up toward the mountain above. I remember Nocturnal's creatures moved aside to let me pass. Obviously, they aren't as accommodating as last time I was here.

Player

Should we keep going?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I don't see any alternative, do you? Perhaps more memories from when I was last here will return as we continue along the path.

Clear the way ahead, if you please.

Keep going. Valsirenn will make sure we aren't too far behind you.

The Heart is close. I can feel it.

Valsirenn

I've never seen the Ritemaster like this. He's so … diminished. It's this realm. It's doing something to him.

Darien Gautier

Talking birds and half-naked Daedra. Now this is a realm I could get used to!

I mean, except for the birds. And the fact that the half-naked Daedra want to kill us. But hey, it's better than most realms I've been trapped in.

Player

The player and Darien continue onward, slaying Daedra, while Val and Iachesis take up the rear.

Darien Gautier

Remind me to wear lighter armor the next time we have to climb a mountain.

Player

The crew reaches another flock of crows, who again taunt Iachesis.

Blackfeather Crow

The featherless one couldn't resist the Sea Sload, not on his own.

Ritemaster Iachesis

What nonsense is this?

Blackfeather Crow

He doesn't remember! So desperate he was, he leaped at our Mistress's offer!

Ritemaster Iachesis

Speak plainly, crows! Come back here!

Valsirenn

Iachesis, calm down. Their words mean nothing.

Darien Gautier

This is getting stranger and stranger.

I'm not usually the skittish sort, but those crows are starting to creep me out!

Valsirenn

The crows … they implied that the Ritemaster accepted an offer from Nocturnal. Could such a thing be true?

Ritemaster Iachesis

The crows … their words stir the echoes in my mind.

Player

So you did accept an offer from Nocturnal?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I remember fighting the Sea Sload's compulsion with every fiber of my being. And I was … losing. I remember searching for something, anything, to keep me from giving K'Tora the Heart.

Player

Do you remember anything else?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I remember Nocturnal appearing before me. Offering to help me hide the Heart away in a place that no one would ever find it. Then …

Let's keep going. Clear the path ahead while I try to recall the rest of the memory.

My memories … it's like a rush of water, all jumbled and confused.

You keep clearing the path while I try to organize and make sense of my thoughts.

Darien Gautier

Why are the realms of Daedric Princes always so ominous and evil looking? You'd think they'd get bored with all the forlornness and tribulation.

Player

After traveling up another hill, they find themselves at a dead end. There is a portal in front of them.

Darien Gautier

The path ends here.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I remember this.

Valsirenn

Iachesis, what are you saying?

We need to keep going. I don't like where everything is leading, but we need to see this through.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I'm saying I remember taking the Heart through that portal.

My memories … it's like a rush of water, all jumbled and confused.

You keep clearing the path while I try to organize and make sense of my thoughts.

The player and Darien fight off some more Daedra who were protecting the portal.

With every step along this path, my memory grew clearer. This portal, it leads to where I had my fateful meeting with Nocturnal. Where she offered to aid me in my struggle against the Sea Sload K'Tora.

Player

What kind of aid did she offer you?

Ritemaster Iachesis

Nocturnal offered me a spell that would hide the Heart from everyone. The Sea Sload. Nocturnal. Even from me. As soon as I hid it away, my memory of even possessing the crystal faded like a distant dream.

Player

So the Heart is on the other side of this portal?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I assume so. Some of the details still elude me. I remember entering the portal with the Heart, then returning here without it in my hands.

Since I cast the spell with those ancient words, only I can use it again to unseal the hiding place.

Player

What about Nocturnal?

Ritemaster Iachesis

My preparations included numerous wards of protection. They should allow me to resist even the magic of a Daedric Prince, at least for a short amount of time. Through the portal, I remember an ancient ruin.

Head for that and we'll meet you there.

Player

Then open the portal and let's go find the Heart.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Step cautiously. I remember very little about what lies on the other side of this portal.

Step through the portal when you're ready, but be prepared to face our most dangerous battle yet.

Head for the ancient ruin and we'll meet you there.

Player

Stepping through the portal, the gang finds themselves at a temple of sorts. A semicircular wall encloses a round arena, and a statue of Nocturnal stands at the back.

Ritemaster Iachesis

I remember the words, but I don't know exactly what they mean. Once I begin the spell, be ready for anything.

Player

I'm ready. Cast the spell and reveal where the Heart is hidden.

Ritemaster Iachesis

My friends, the Heart of Transparent Law will soon be back in our hands!

Heart, reveal yourself! Gah Noro berrin, vo rah Larow e javeel!

Valsirenn

Iachesis—your chest, it's glowing!

Ritemaster Iachesis

Of course! I put the Heart inside myself. It was the perfect hiding place!

Suddenly, Clavicus Vile appears on one of the pedestals, soon followed by Mephala.

Clavicus Vile

Look, Mephala. The mortal hid the Heart inside his own body. How clever!

Darien Gautier

Uh oh. Mephala and Clavicus Vile. This could be bad.

Mephala

But why did Nocturnal keep this from us? No matter. I'll take the crystal now, Ritemaster.

Ritemaster Iachesis

My wards … shall … protect me!

Clavicus Vile

Impressive, for a mortal. But the wards won't hold long against our power!

Clavicus and Mephala begin summoning waves of Daedra as they tear back and forth at Iachesis, sending him through the air between them. Darien is able to use Dawnbreaker to deal significant damage to the Daedra, but it is still a long, hard fight.

Darien Gautier

Dawnbreaker is ready! Just give the command!

Stay back!

Mephala

Stop struggling, mortal. You're only delaying the inevitable.

Valsirenn

Fight, Iachesis! Just hold on!

Darien Gautier

Where do all these Daedra keep coming from?

Command me and I'll use the sword's power!

Mephala

Hold still, mortal, and I'll make this quick.

Ritemaster Iachesis

Val … promise me … you'll lead them … if ….

Valsirenn

Don't even say it, Iachesis! Just keep fighting!

Ritemaster Iachesis

They're … tearing me … apart ….

Clavicus Vile

Mephala, stop that! I've got him! Wait, what's—

A ghostly form of Nocturnal materializes right in front of her statue, between the two Daedra already present. She, too, lashes onto the floating Iachesis.

Mephala

Nocturnal? How dare you interfere!

Nocturnal

Get out of my realm, Princes. You are no longer welcome. The Heart belongs to me. We made a deal, didn't we, mortal?

Mephala and Clavicus are banished from the Evergloam, and Nocturnal alone is left holding Iachesis prisoner.

Valsirenn

Iachesis?

Ritemaster Iachesis

I did what I had to. I hid the Heart, even from you. The only way to retrieve it is to kill me.

Nocturnal

Very well. I accept those terms.

She flexes as Iachesis struggles in her grasp, dark energies erupting from him and eventually exploding him into nothing.

She summons more Daedra to attack the player, Valsirenn, and Darien. As they fight they formulate a plan.

Valsirenn

No!

Darien Gautier

We need to go. Now.

Valsirenn

Ritemaster … damn it! Hang on, I'll get us out of here!

Darien Gautier

Dawnbreaker will protect us! I hope.

Nocturnal

Meridia's vessel. You have no power here.

Darien Gautier

I'll show you power, you monster!

Nocturnal

The sword of light. I'll take that.

Darien Gautier

My sword! I just fixed that!

Nocturnal

The Heart is mine and soon the Crystal Tower will belong to me! I no longer need Mephala or Vile.

Valsirenn

Hold on! I'm getting us out of here!

In a blinding flash of light, Valsirenn transports the three of them back to the Dreaming Cave. There, Oriandra is waiting.

Oriandra

Valsirenn … where's the Ritemaster?

Valsirenn

Nocturnal killed him. We couldn't stop her.

Oriandra

No … that's not possible.

Player

As Oriandra collects herself, the player speaks briefly with their two companions.

Valsirenn

Why did Nocturnal have to kill Iachesis? Because of some damn crystal? I don't understand any of this.

Please, I need a moment to gather my thoughts.

Darien Gautier

Well, that could have gone better. I know it looks bad, but … aw, who am I kidding? It is bad!

I'm sorry Nocturnal killed the old man. And took the Heart. And took my damn sword!

Oriandra

This doesn't make any sense! What happened to the Ritemaster?

Player

Nocturnal killed him. She has the Heart of Transparent Law now.

Oriandra

I don't believe it. The Ritemaster … Iachesis … he's the best of us. Besides, I thought only he could reveal the Heart's hidden location.

Player

He hid the Heart in his own chest. Nocturnal tore it out and killed him.

Oriandra

I knew he was remembering things, but I had no idea he was so desperate. To make a deal with a Daedric Prince? Even to foil the Sea Sload, that was just … foolish. In retrospect, though, I might have done the same.

How do we beat the triad now?

Player

I don't think the triad exists any more. Nocturnal took the Heart for herself.

Oriandra

Nocturnal betrayed the other Princes? That's … actually, that's rather typical, from what I've read.

Without the Heart, without the Ritemaster, what are we supposed to do now?

Player

We have to find another way to stop Nocturnal.

Oriandra

I'm not sure there is another way. With the Heart of Transparent Law, Nocturnal can control the Crystal Tower. And with the Crystal Tower, she can … well, I'm not sure why she wants the tower.

We'll need to consult a few experts about that.

Ceporah Tower

Oriandra

Grief does us no good unless we use it to focus our commitment. We need to rally our forces. It's time to turn this Daedric tide before the waters of Oblivion overwhelm us.

Thankfully, Sotha Sil returned while you traveled the Dreaming Cave.

Player

Did Sotha Sil have any news to share?

Oriandra

Sotha Sil said he had information meant only for Ritemaster Iachesis's ears. He asked me to send the Ritemaster to see him when he returned from traveling the Dreaming Cave.

Player

Someone needs to tell Sotha Sil that the Ritemaster is dead.

Oriandra

We also need to convince Sotha Sil to share the news he brought with us. But without the Ritemaster, he may decide to simply depart. Like all the members of the Dark Elf Tribunal, he can be very enigmatic.

Maybe you should talk to him.

Player

I'll speak to Sotha Sil.

Oriandra

You'll find Sotha Sil in his study on the upper levels of Ceporah Tower.

In the meantime, I'll make sure Valsirenn and the Golden Knight see the Psijic healers. I think we'll need them at their best before too long.

Player

Before leaving to speak with Sotha Sil, the player checks in with Darien and Val.

Darien Gauiter

I hate this! I was supposed to save everybody. That's what Meridia sent me here to do. I am not used to failing so spectacularly. Not used to it at all.

Valsirenn

First my husband betrays us. Then my friend and mentor dies at the hands of a Daedric Prince. This situation gets worse and worse with every passing moment.

Player

They go up to Sotha Sil's chamber, where the wizard is waiting.

Sotha Sil

How unusual. The Psijics know better than to disturb me in my private study. And the Ritemaster has kept me waiting for an inordinate amount of time.

That leads me to a single conclusion—the Ritemaster has not returned from the Dreaming Cave.

Player

The Ritemaster is dead. Nocturnal killed him.

Sotha Sil

That is unfortunate. I enjoyed my infrequent talks with Iachesis. Ah, well.

Now if you don't mind, I have preparations to make before I take my leave.

Player

You're just going to leave? But I thought you had information to share with the Ritemaster?

Sotha Sil

I am and I did. But the Ritemaster is no longer in a position to receive that information.

Now, once again, I ask—

Player

We need your help to stop Nocturnal. Tell me what you were going to tell the Ritemaster.

Sotha Sil

A demand? Interesting.

Then hear my words. Nocturnal stole a secret I thought well hidden. I developed a technique for utilizing life energy as a source of power. I suspect she will use that technique to amplify the Crystal Tower.

Player

What will amplifying the Crystal Tower do?

Sotha Sil

The Crystal Tower exists on multiple planes of reality simultaneously and possesses capabilities we do not fully understand. We must assume that Nocturnal's options are infinite.

I suggest you find Valsirenn and inform her of this development.

Player

Nocturnal's no longer working with the other Daedric Princes.

Sotha Sil

I find it hard to believe that Nocturnal, Mephala, and Vile worked together for as long as they did. Daedric Princes aren't known for their willingness to share.

With the Heart, Nocturnal moves one step closer to gaining control of the tower.

Player

Why is the Heart so special?

Sotha Sil

Transparent Law, the crystal at the top of the Crystal Tower, anchors its metaphysical structure to all realities. With the Heart, she can restore the crystal, utilize its capabilities, and make herself master of the tower.

Player

How can the Crystal Tower exist on multiple planes at the same time?

Sotha Sil

The tower straddles every reality. Its true purpose remains lost to time, but I theorize it was created as a watchtower of sorts. A doorway to everywhere.

It stands to reason, then, that the tower is the key to omnipresence.

Player

How does that help Nocturnal?

Sotha Sil

Imagine a Daedric Prince who can exert influence throughout the multiverse at the exact same moment in time. Nocturnal could become infinite.

If she accomplishes that, then her power would multiply accordingly. She would be … without limits.

The Crystal Tower exists on multiple planes of reality simultaneously and possesses capabilities we do not fully understand. We must assume that Nocturnal's options are infinite.

I suggest you find Valsirenn and inform her of this development.

Before the player has a chance to leave, Darien bursts into the room.

Darien Gautier

You need to go to Valsirenn's study right now. There's a problem.

He's really … tall.

Sotha Sil

Knight of Meridia, stay and talk with me.

Player

The player rushes down to the main chamber and back up into Valsirenn's study. There, they find Val levitating and choking Leythen, while Oriandra attempts to calm her down.

Oriandra

Valsirenn, stop! You're going to kill him!

Valsirenn

Arrgh! Fine! Let our friend finish the interrogation.

Oriandra

You got here just in time. I've never seen Valsirenn with such … murder in her eyes.

Valsirenn

Oriandra doesn't trust me right now, and I can't blame her.

You interrogate Leythen. Get him to tell you why they killed the Ritemaster. We need answers! Otherwise, I—I'm not sure what we should do.

Leythen

This is ridiculous! I had no wish to see Iachesis harmed. He was my friend! He tried to save my daughter!

If my wife wants a battle, though, tell her I'm ready to oblige!

Player

Nocturnal betrayed your Prince when she killed the Ritemaster and took the Heart for herself.

Leythen

What are you talking about? Nocturnal, Mephala, and Clavicus Vile are partners in this. That's why our three sects formed the Court of Bedlam. Three Daedric Princes working together to make the world a better place.

Player

I saw Nocturnal banish Mephala and Vile from her realm. I don't think she's still part of your team.

Leythen

No, that can't be right. Why would she betray the triad like that? Unless—

You must let me leave Artaeum. I need to contact my Prince!

(Although these options look mutually exclusive, the player can select both if they click all the way through the dialog two times)

Player

We need to know what the Princes were originally planning.

Leythen

And I need to return to Summerset, but it looks like we're both going to be disappointed.

Player

Whatever Nocturnal has planned is a threat to Mephala and the rest of the Court of Bedlam.

Leythen

Which is why I have to warn my Prince!

Look, help me and I'll help you. You're going to need my Prince if you have any hope of taking on Nocturnal. Consider it a necessary alliance.

Player

[Intimidate] Tell me what the Princes were originally planning or I'll turn you back over to Valsirenn.

Leythen

Look, you have to let me return to Summerset and warn my Prince. Let me go and I'll convince Mephala to help you. You're going to need my Prince if you really plan to take on Nocturnal and the Crystal Tower. Consider it a necessary alliance.

Player

First, tell me the triad's original plan.

Leythen

Do we really need to go over this again? Mephala and the triad sought places of power—the Clockwork City, the Crystal Tower—anything they could use to change the rules of reality and remake the world.

They wanted to make things better!

Player

Why would Nocturnal betray the triad and take the Heart?

Leythen

I still only have your word that my Prince has been betrayed. But I'll play along.

Daedric Princes aren't used to working together. If Nocturnal acquired the Heart of Transparent Law, I could see how she might then decide to go her own way.

Player

So you think she'll use the Heart to take control of the Crystal Tower?

Leythen

I was under the assumption that the triad needed to work together to take control of the Crystal Tower. That was always my understanding.

To attempt this on her own, Nocturnal must have found another source of power.

Player

How were the Princes planning to enter the Crystal Tower?

Leythen

The Crystal Tower has its own protections, though we know those have been weakened with the removal of the Heart of Transparent Law.

Still, we tried to acquire the Resolute Diamonds, the Sapiarchs' keys to the tower.

Player

So without the Sapiarchs' keys, Nocturnal can't enter the Crystal Tower?

Leythen

I didn't say that. Nocturnal has the Heart and her power as a Daedric Prince. It won't be easy, but she'll be able to enter the Crystal Tower.

You, on the other hand, will need help. Which brings me back to my offer. Make an alliance with my Prince.

Player

What happens to the Court of Bedlam now?

Leythen

What Court of Bedlam? You dealt with Clavicus Vile's earl and I'm your prisoner. The Court is in shambles, just like the triad, if what you say is to be believed.

But beware Nocturnal's champion. Her earl won't fall as easily as Tilcalar or I.

Valsirenn

Leythen is a shell of the man I fell in love with. We can't trust anything he says.

No, we have to deal with this ourselves. And the key is reaching the Crystal Tower before Nocturnal can accomplish a similar feat.

Player

Sotha Sil says that Nocturnal stole his secret for using life energy as a source of power.

Valsirenn

Just another horrible bit of news in an otherwise horrible situation.

All the more reason for us to get to the Crystal Tower. Last I heard, the Sapiarchs were attempting to rapidly attune two new tower sentinels. We need to see if they succeeded.

Player

Where are the Sapiarchs attempting the attuning ritual?

Valsirenn

Likely at the Crystal Tower Gatehouse, northeast of Lillandril. The ritual usually requires a full year and a day to complete, but the Sapiarchs reluctantly agreed to try to speed up the process.

We should head out immediately.

Player

I'll meet you at the Crystal Tower Gatehouse.

Valsirenn

Oriandra, tell Darien to meet us at the Crystal Tower Gatehouse. And keep an eye on Leythen while we're gone.

Meet Darien and me at the Crystal Tower Gatehouse. It lies to the northeast of Lillandril.

I just hope the Sapiarchs have found a way to speed up their ritual. We really need the tower sentinels right now.

Leythen

Rushing a spell as complex as the Sapiarch ritual will not end well. I researched the diamond keys to find out how they work, and the magic isn't stable.

Mark my words. It can't be accelerated without dire consequences.

Player

No time to waste, the player rushes off to the Crystal tower.

Crystal Tower Gatehouse

When they approach the tower gatehouse, they can instantly see that something is wrong. There is a purple cloud of magic swirling around the top of the tower. At the gatehouse steps, they see Razum-dar arguing with two Sapiarchs.

Razum-dar

No more stalling! Tell Raz what's happening at the Crystal Tower. Now!

Sapiarch Uudilwen

Climb the watchtower and see for yourself.

Razum-dar runs off to the nearby watch tower to do just that.

Sapiarch Tumbadoril

Why did you tell him that?

Sapiarch Uudilwen

His teeth were very sharp, Tumbadoril.

Player

The player tries talking to the two of them, but they're not very helpful.

Sapiarch Uudilwen

If you're here about the Crystal Tower, too, I'll tell you what I told the Khajiit. Climb the watchtower. You'll get a better view from up there.

Sapiarch Tumbadoril

The Sapiarchs are in the middle of a very delicate operation up at the Crystal Tower Gatehouse. I probably couldn't stop you, but I'm supposed to do my best to discourage any visitor to the area right now.

Player

They follow Raz up the stairs to the top of the watchtower. From there, they have a good view of the top of the tower. Razum-dar is there, alongside another Sapiarch.

Razum-dar

The Crystal Tower isn't supposed to do that, yes?

Sapiarch Isinborn

The tower started glowing right before you arrived.

Player

The player speaks with the Sapiarch first, to get caught up on the situation.

Sapiarch Isinborn

The Crystal Tower just started glowing. It's never done that before.

We thought our ritual of attunement might have caused a reaction, but the Sapiarch of Arcanology says this is something totally different.

Player

Nocturnal has the Heart of Transparent Law. Maybe that has something to do with this.

Sapiarch Isinborn

A Daedric Prince has part of the tower crystal? How? No, don't tell me. I'm going to have nightmares about this as it is.

We're in the midst of attempting a hastened attunement ritual to replace the tower sentinels. I should get back to it.

Player

Will the ritual work?

Sapiarch Isinborn

I—I hope so. We've never attempted to rush the ritual before. A lot depends on the suitability of the chosen sentinels, as well as the disposition of the diamond keys. They can be quite temperamental.

Razum-dar

Raz was nearby when he heard that the Sapiarchs were up to something at the Crystal Tower. This one didn't expect the tower to start glowing. I hope this is the work of the Psijics, yes?

No. This is something worse. Raz feels it in his paws.

Player

Nocturnal has the Heart of Transparent Law. This could be her doing.

Razum-dar

Daedric Princes. Raz hates those things.

This one supposes that if Nocturnal takes control of the Crystal Tower, that would be bad for Summerset, yes?

Player

Sotha Sil says she could use the Crystal Tower to become infinitely powerful.

Razum-dar

So that would be a yes on the bad for Summerset question.

Infinite. A number so big it makes Raz's head swim just trying to imagine it. So, what should we do about this? You have a plan to save the day, yes?

Player

The Sapiarchs are trying to create a new pair of sentinels so we can enter the Crystal Tower.

Razum-dar

So that is what the Sapiarchs are doing at the gatehouse! Raz should have known. Magic makes this one's fur stand on end.

All right. Let's go to the gatehouse and see how the Sapiarchs are coming along before something else happens to the tower.

Player

Let's go to the gatehouse.

But before they can go anywhere, the Crystal Tower cracks! The cloud around it grows darker, as does the sky, and the tower is enveloped in black-purple crackles of energy. Meteors begin to fall from the sky as the day turns to night.

Sapiarch Isinborn

The tower! What's happening?

Razum-dar

Raz thinks this is bad.

Come, my friend! To the gatehouse!

Player

The player rushes down to the tower gatehouse, encountering ravens and Shrikes. When they get there, they see Valsirenn and two Sapiarchs attempting to atune themselves to the Resolute Diamonds.

Sapiarch Illmildil

Don't lose … focus!

Sapiarch Rundirwe

The diamond key … it won't meld with me!

Valsirenn

Keep trying! We need to open these gates!

Time is running out. The Sapiarchs still haven't completed their ritual, and now Nocturnal has launched an attack against them. I sent Darien and Razum-dar to defend the Sapiarchs, but the Daedra keep on coming!

Player

What do you need me to do?

Valsirenn

I'll stay here and try to assist with the ritual. You go and help Darien and Razum-dar.

We need to buy the Sapiarchs enough time to attune themselves to the diamond keys.

Player

Tell me more about this ritual.

Valsirenn

While the Sapiarchs here work to attune themselves to the Resolute Diamonds, other Sapiarchs perform their parts of the ritual at the north and south platforms.

Nocturnal has sent Daedra to disrupt the ritual platforms. You need to stop them.

Player

The player rushes to the platforms below. They take the one with Raz first.

Razum-dar

Finish the ritual! We will keep you safe!

Razum-dar and the player fight off a variety of Nocturnal's Daedra.

This platform is safe! Go! Raz will finish up here!

Player

The player then runs to help Darien at the other platform, where they face a similar set of oponents.

Darien Gautier

This platform is safe. Go. I'll finish up here.

Player

With the platforms defended, they run back to the gatehouse to check in on the main ritual.

Sapiarch Illmildil

The energy. Something feels wrong.

Sapiarch Rundirwe

No. I think it's work—arrgh!

The two diamonds explode outward with energy, and both Sapiarchs fall to the ground, dead.

Valsirenn

Damn it, no!

Razum-dar

That was unexpected, yes?

Darien Gautier

The Sapiarchs are dead. Now what do we do?

The poor Sapiarchs. They tried to speed up their ritual despite the risks, and all they accomplished was to get themselves killed.

I don't know about you, but I'm losing confidence in the Psijic Order's ability to see us through this crisis.

Razum-dar

Raz feels so helpless. So much death.

We need to find a way to end this. We have to.

Valsirenn

I knew this wasn't going to work. Speeding up the Sapiarch ritual was a long shot, at best.

We should have had the Conclave working on a solution all along. The Psijics could have figured out how to attune the Resolute Diamonds.

Player

Isn't that still an option?

Valsirenn

You're right. Even without the Ritemaster, we can still do this. I can take the Resolute Diamonds and return to Artaeum immediately.

But … but … well, I'm kind of at a loss as to what we should do next.

Player

Your idea seems like the best option. Have the Psijics figure out how to use the diamond keys.

Valsirenn

I'll take the diamonds to Artaeum and get the Conclave working on them immediately.

Meanwhile, I need you to go to Alinor and warn the Proxy Queen. She has to make sure Summerset is prepared for the worst—just in case.

Player

We could try Leythen's suggestion and seek help from Mephala and Clavicus Vile.

Valsirenn

No, that was a bad idea the first time Leythen suggested it.

I'll take the diamonds to Artaeum and get to work immediately. Meanwhile, I need you to go to Alinor and warn the Proxy Queen. She has to make sure Summerset is prepared. Just in case.

Player

I'll go to Alinor and warn the Proxy Queen.

Valsirenn

Darien, gather the diamond keys. The Psijic Order will do what the Sapiarchs could not.

Darien Gautier

No. I'm done with the Psijic Order. Too many deaths, not enough action.

Razum-dar

Raz will meet our friend in Alinor. You two do what you must.

Darien Gautier

Val and the Psijics, they're too set in their ways. We need a better plan.

I'll return to Artaeum with her, because Meridia told me to cooperate. But as soon as I think of something more effective, I'll let you know.

Valsirenn

The knight tests my patience, but I'll let his words pass for now.

I promise you, if there's a way to utilize the diamonds to open the Crystal Tower, the Psijic Order will find it.

Razum-dar

Raz will meet you in Alinor. This one and the Proxy Queen have known each other a long time. She loves me like a brother. Of course, she hates her actual brothers, so what does Raz know?

Raz just hopes the Psijic can do what she claims.

Shimmerene

Player

Val and Darien returned to Artaeum, while Raz went off to Shimmerene. The player eventually arrived there as well, and linked up with the Khajiit.

Razum-dar

This one has seen many bizarre things working as an Eye of the Queen, but this may take the moon-sugar cake!

A strange dog walked up and spoke to Raz!

Player

A dog spoke to you?

Razum-dar

That is what Raz said! A dog. It spoke words as clear as day. It gave me a message to give to you.

The dog said you should meet it in the gardens because it had something important to tell you.

Player

I'll find the strange dog. You go warn the Proxy Queen.

Razum-dar

Yes, yes, Raz will go warn the Proxy Queen. That would be for the best. Just be careful, my friend.

This one does not trust dogs, especially ones that talk. Talking animals, so unnatural, yes?

Who would have thought such things possible? A talking dog!

Tread carefully, my friend. Raz smells a trap. Or maybe that's just poo.

Player

The player went off in the direction Razum-dar said, and eventually found the talking dog in a plaza.

Strange Dog

Follow me!

It ran off through the city streets, with the player following behind. Eventually, they found a quiet area near the bridge where the dog stopped.

Barbas

It's me, Barbas. Let's talk.

Wasn't that fun! Exercise is good for the digestion, after all.

Besides, I find that people look at me strangely whenever I start chatting in public. Oh yeah, I'm supposed to tell you that my master wants to have words with you.

Player

Who's your master?

Barbas

Where do you live? Under a rock? Everybody knows that Barbas is the Hound of Clavicus Vile!

Look, I was glad to come find you and get out of the house, as it were. Vile's fuming about how Nocturnal betrayed him. He just hates getting embarrassed.

Player

What does Clavicus Vile want to talk about?

Barbas

Probably wants to make some kind of a deal. That's his bread and butter, you know.

Look, it's no skin off my nose, but it seems to me that Nocturnal irritated you even more when she evaporated your friend and took the Crystal Tower's Heart.

Player

So how do I talk to Clavicus Vile?

Barbas

Head into the caves just north of the city. He told me he'd wait there but not to take too long. Like I said, he's still a little upset about the triad breaking up and all that.

Player

I'll go to the caves and talk to Clavicus Vile.

Barbas

My master has been livid since Nocturnal betrayed him. That's why I've been keeping my distance. Do me a favor and try not to make him any more irritated when you talk to him. I'd hate to see something bad happen to you.

Oh wait, no I wouldn't.

Player

Tell me more about Clavicus Vile.

Barbas

What? You never heard of the Daedric Prince of Bargains? The ruler of the Fields of Regret and the lord of tricks and wishes? Well, don't tell him that!

He's upset enough as it is. He had such high hopes until Nocturnal betrayed their partnership.

Player

Remind me, who are you again?

Barbas

I'm Barbas! Sure, I may look like a talking dog, but I'm actually … a talking dog! I'm my master's faithful hound and servant, although I have a tendency to annoy my Prince. Not sure why that is.

Anyway, this is just one of my favorite forms.

Player

With no better place to turn, the player decided to follow Barbas' suggestion and meet with the betrayed Prince. The proposed meeting place was a ruin in a cave called The Vaults of Heinarwe.

The Vaults of Heinarwe

Barbas was waiting for the player at the entrance to the ruin.

Barbas

Look at that, you can follow directions! My master's waiting for you deeper inside.

Barbas entered the cave, and the player followed.

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"Then so ashamed was Kinlady Heinarwe by her transgression with King Orgnum that she forsook name, title, and clan, banished all family and servants from the hall of her place, snuffed every candle and chandelier, and withdrew, alone, into her vaults." —The Infamy of Heinarwe

Barbas

I think I'll wait here. Vile let some of his more ferocious minions loose in the cave, and sometimes they don't differentiate between friend and food.

Try not to get killed before you hear what my master has to offer.

Player

The player went deeper into the ruins, clearing out various Skafin. Eventually, they reached a room with a cultist who collapsed in pain when the player neared him.

Alderdon

Please, master! Mercy—arrgh!

The cultist was struck down by something invisible, but his corpse rose up and transformed into Clavicus Vile.

Clavicus Vile

Even in death, they serve! So the Hound found you? Good. Let's discuss an arrangement, shall we?

Don't let these crumbled husks trouble you. I needed to vent my frustrations and my loyal followers were close at hand.

Player

You wanted to talk to me?

Clavicus Vile

Yes. Yes I did. I assumed Barbas would have made that clear.

I admire your persistence almost as much as I hate the fact that you constantly oppose me. Still, Nocturnal couldn't dispatch you, which indicates you may be useful to me after all.

Player

What are you talking about?

Clavicus Vile

We have a common cause now, you and I. A common enemy. Nocturnal turned her back on our alliance. She betrayed the triad. Worse, she betrayed me! Consider my next words carefully before you respond.

I can grant you access to the Crystal Tower.

Player

Why should I trust anything you say?

Clavicus Vile

You killed my Court of Bedlam earl. You dispatched our pet Sea Sload. I hate you, but I also respect you. And I need your help to gain vengeance against Nocturnal.

So I ask you this: How could you not trust me? Isn't the enemy of my enemy my friend?

Player

All right. So tell me how I can enter the Crystal Tower.

Clavicus Vile

Upstairs you'll find a key. With it, your Psijic friends can get you to my realm, where I can direct you to the Crystal Tower.

Getting inside, though. For that, you'll need the Resolute Diamonds. Unfortunately, I can't help you with that.

Player

How can I reach the Crystal Tower by going through your realm?

Clavicus Vile

Haven't you learned anything? The Crystal Tower exists in all realms. In my realm, however, there is no gatehouse to block your way. Just the tower's own defenses. And for that, unfortunately, you'll need the diamond keys.

Player

But the diamond keys need to be attuned and the tower sentinels are dead.

Clavicus Vile

A problem, certainly, but one I'm sure you can overcome. Perhaps another Prince would be willing to help you. I leave the details of that to you.

Just remember this favor I have provided when you restore the tower and save your beloved Nirn.

Player

And what do you get in return for this favor?

Clavicus Vile

I'm sure something of value will suggest itself when the time is right. I promise that whatever I ask for as compensation, it will not unduly cost you—anyway, no more than you can afford.

On that, you have my word.

Player

The player headed upstairs and found the key that Clavicus spoke about. As they prepared to leave the ruin, a projection of Valsirenn appeared in front of them.

Valsirenn

The Golden Knight has taken matters into his own hands! He set Leythen free and returned with him to Summerset.

Player

Why would Darien set Leythen free and go with him to Summerset?

Valsirenn

Who knows what all that time in Meridia's realm did to Darien's mind? He couldn't have gotten off the island without Leythen's help, and Leythen needed his assistance to circumvent the wards placed upon him. I need you to find out what they're up to.

Player

Where did they go?

Valsirenn

I sense Darien in Summerset's northwest region, but Leythen's magic prevents me from identifying a more precise location.

Please. I need your help. The Resolute Diamonds are proving more difficult to unravel than I imagined and there's no one else.

Player

I'll look for Darien and Leythen in northwestern Summerset.

Valsirenn

I'll find you as soon as the diamond keys are ready to use.

The Cathedral of Webs

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Once these halls echoed to the tread of scholars and ceremoniarchs, college functionaries tending to the oghmas and archives of the ancient civilization of the long-lived High Elves. But those days are long gone.

Player

They headed for north-western Summerset and quickly found a ruin called the Cathedral of Webs. Since Leythen was a Mephalan cultist, this seemed almost too obvious of a hiding place. The player found both Leythen and Darien attempting to open the door into the temple.

Darien Gautier

Hurry up, Leythen! They could find us at any moment!

Earl Leythen

Something's wrong.

Darien Gautier

Wrong? Why doesn't that surprise me?

Player

The player interrupted the pair to question them.

Darien Gautier

Now don't get mad, but there's a perfectly good explanation why Leythen and I busted out of Artaeum and came to this charming little hideaway.

Player

I'm listening, Darien.

Darien Gautier

The intentions of the Psijics are good, but we're running out of time. From what we saw at the gatehouse, Nocturnal has already taken control of the Crystal Tower.

Drastic action is called for and Leythen's agreed to put us in contact with Mephala.

Player

Is that really such a good idea?

Darien Gautier

Not you, too! I got enough doubt and dirty looks back in Artaeum!

Look, Mephala was betrayed by Nocturnal. It stands to reason she might want to help us. And we could certainly use the power since I still can't make contact with Meridia.

Player

You're right. Making an alliance with the betrayed Princes is our best option right now.

Darien Gautier

I knew I could count on you! As for Leythen, you should talk to him. We can make him pay for his crimes later. Right now, we need him to help us or we could lose everything.

Trust me. Just talk to Leythen and let him explain what he's thinking. He's actually not that bad a person … for an evil, power-hungry cultist, that is.

Earl Leythen

If you want to return me to Artaeum, I won't resist you.

But first, I need to find out if the rest of Mephala's followers are safe. Let me learn their fate and then I'll submit myself to your mercy.

Player

Darien said you were willing to put us in contact with Mephala.

Earl Leythen

I am, but I'm surprised that you'd go along with that.

If we can get inside and reach Mephala's shrine, I can attempt to make contact with my Prince.

Player

So you believe that Nocturnal betrayed your Prince now?

Earl Leythen

Not exactly, but it's obvious to me that you believe that's what happened. I need to see for myself. In any event, there's no harm in approaching Mephala's shrine.

I'm just a little concerned that it took me so long to open this door.

Player

Why does the door concern you?

Earl Leythen

It should have been a simple matter to identify myself and unlock the door. But the spells in place resisted me. It's as if I've lost my status as Mephala's earl … or as if someone or something interfered with the place's defenses.

Player

How did you get off Artaeum?

Earl Leythen

I spent years on that damnable island. Do you think the Psijics' magic could long hold someone who knows the intricacies of the place?

With the Ritemaster's death, the order is in chaos. Only Val even realized I was missing.

Player

How did Nocturnal breach the Crystal Tower without the Resolute Diamonds?

Earl Leythen

I'm just guessing, mind you, but I imagine someone with the abilities of a Daedric Prince who possesses the Heart of Transparent Law could walk into the Crystal Tower as easily as you or I could cross the threshold of an inn.

Player

Vile offered us a way to reach the Crystal Tower. Can Mephala help us use the Resolute Diamonds?

Earl Leythen

My Prince deals in secrets and hidden lore. If anyone can activate the keys to the Crystal Tower, she can.

That was our original plan, before you intervened. After I acquired the diamonds from the Sapiarchs, I was supposed to bring them to Mephala.

It took awhile but the way is open now. Of course, I'm a little concerned about how long it took me to unlock the door.

Darien Gautier

Looks like Leythen got the door open. Let's head inside.

The three of them head into the temple. Inside, they find slaughtered Mephalan cultists.

Earl Leythen

How did this happen? My people should have been safe within these walls!

Darien Gautier

Nocturnal's been eliminating the sects of the other Princes. Are you surprised she'd turn on her former allies?

Earl Leythen

I recruited most of these men and women. I was responsible for them.

Darien Gautier

Scout ahead and find the shrine. I'll stay with Leythen until he's ready to move on.

Earl Leythen

I know you consider my people to be nothing more than crazed cultists, but they didn't deserve this fate.

Player

While Leythen grieves, the player heads deeper into the ruins. They pass more bodies, and kill various Daedra and shadow yaghra. Eventually they reach a room that is bisected with a chasm. As they try to figure out a way accross, Nocturnal's earn materializes on the other side.

Earl Tundilwen

It pains me that it had to end this way, but my Mistress will not be denied.

Earl Leythen

Butcher! How dare you pretend to care about the men and women you slaughtered!

Earl Tundilwen

Every action I performed was in the service of Nocturnal's grand plan.

Darien Gautier

Leythen, she has my Dawnbreaker. Ask her if she'll kindly return it.

Look what they did to Dawnbreaker! It's all dark and gloomy now! It was a weapon of pure light and they corrupted it!

Player

You don't remember what happened in Nocturnal's realm? After she killed the Ritemaster? She took Dawnbreaker and corrupted it. I thought it was lost forever, but I guess she gave it to her earl.

I need to get it back. Somehow.

Earl Leythen

I never trusted Nocturnal's earl. A Dark Elf, in the Court of Bedlam? It was unprecedented!

Her daggers are as sharp as her temper, so we must tread carefully here.

Player

What do you suggest?

Earl Leythen

Nocturnal's champion is reckless and quick to anger. We can take advantage of that, perhaps get her to slip up and reveal what's going on here. There's a scent of magic that makes my blood run cold.

Player

What do you mean?

Earl Leythen

Nocturnal's magic is at work here. See how the yaghra have mutated into creatures of shadow?

We need to follow Nocturnal's earl. Harry her. Make her so mad she tells us everything. Hopefully, one of us will live long enough to use the information.

Player

All right, let's give it a try.

Earl Leythen

Champion of Nocturnal, what magic is this? I've never seen anything like it.

Earl Tundilwen

This was always the plan. Nocturnal's plan.

Earl Leythen

So Nocturnal did betray my mistress!

Earl Tundilwen

Your mistress is weak. Come with me and I'll show you what true power looks like!

Leythen teleports to the other side, and the two of them dissappear.

Darien Gautier

Leythen, no! Come on, we can't let them get away!

I want to trust Leythen, but even I have to admit that this doesn't look good. Let's try to catch up with them before something even more terrible happens down here.

I'd hate to think I set Leythen free just so he could betray us.

Darien and the player rush deeper into the ruins, clearing out even more Daedra. Eventually, they reunite with the two earls at Mephala's desecrated statue.

Earl Leythen

This magic, it destroys everything! What good is power if there's nothing left to rule?

Earl Tundilwen

This is what the Court wanted all along. An end to the old ways. A new beginning.

Earl Leythen

I won't be party to the death of innocents! I won't—

Tundilwen grabs and paralizes him with her magic.

Darien Gautier

Let him go!

Earl Tundilwen

Be silent, knight, or I'll let you taste the blade you once carried. I wish to speak to your friend now.

(If you have not previously met Tundilwen in Morrowind)

Earl Tundilwen

Look how the pearls shimmer with dark energy. Isn't it beautiful?

My Mistress offers a small mercy. Allow her to finish her work and she'll make the deaths of the Psijics fast and painless. But if you interfere, you will all suffer before you die.

(If you have previously met Tundilwen in Morrowind, where she was known as Veya Releth. We have continued to call her Tundilwen here for consistency, but she is named Veya Releth in game.)

Earl Tundilwen

I'm sorry it had to come to this, but nothing can stop the magic of the pearls now.

My Mistress offers a small mercy. Leave her to finish her work and she'll kill the Psijics quickly. But if you interfere, you will all suffer before you die.

Player

What are you doing with the abyssal pearls?

Earl Tundilwen

The Sea Sload trinkets? It was an easy matter for my Mistress to alter the magic. To use their ability to siphon life energy and funnel it into the Crystal Tower.

In the end, your own world will provide the power that spells its doom!

(If you have not previously met Tundilwen in Morrowind)

Player

That's what this is about? Nocturnal wants to destroy Nirn?

Earl Tundilwen

Nirn's destruction isn't the goal, it's just a means to an end.

The Crystal Tower grows more powerful with every iota of energy produced by Nirn's death. And with that power, Nocturnal will remake all reality into a perfect darkness.

(If you have previously met Tundilwen in Morrowind)

Player

Veya, you can't let Nocturnal destroy the world!

Earl Tundilwen

Stop calling me that! Veya died on a cold, hard floor in Balmora.

I'm Tundilwen now, champion of Nocturnal! As the Crystal Tower fills with power drawn from this dying world, it will provide my Mistress with what she needs to remake reality.

Player

So why betray the other Princes?

Earl Tundilwen

Mephala and Clavicus Vile are fledglings compared to my Mistress! Nocturnal existed before this reality was even imagined, and she will ride its destruction into the next!

This isn't an end—it's a new beginning!

Player

I'll find a way to stop you.

Earl Tundilwen

Good luck with that. Now stay out of the way or death will be the least of your concerns.

She disappears, and Leythen is released from her grasp.

Earl Leythen

Nocturnal must pay for betraying my Mistress, but the magic of the abyssal pearls appears to do more than just siphon our life energy. It obscures my connection to Mephala.

This shrine may be blocked, but I may know another way.

Player

Don't you need the shrine to contact Mephala?

Earl Leythen

While a consecrated shrine offers the best conduit to a Daedric Prince, there are other means.

In the back chambers, I have a way to communicate privately with my Prince. I should be able to open a connection there.

Player

Will Nocturnal's earl try to stop us?

Earl Leythen

She's gone. I no longer sense her presence here. The abyssal pearls, however. The Court helped seed them throughout Summerset. I can tell the Psijics where to find them before Nocturnal activates them all. First, though, we must contact Mephala.

Darien, go the other way and meet us in the back chambers. We want to make sure Nocturnal's earl didn't leave us any surprises.

Darien Gautier

Watch your back. I trust Leythen. Sort of. But you can never tell with the servants of Daedric Princes. Well, except for me. I'm nothing like those people.

Anyway, I'll meet you in the back chambers.

I'll go, but if this is just a ploy so you can betray us, you'll have to deal with me.

Earl Leythen

Let's go. We can contact Mephala as soon as we reach my private chamber.

Player

The two of them go further into the temple and eventually reach Leythen's private chambers. Inside, they find a collosal shadow yaghra.

Earl Leythen

Destroy that creature and then I can contact my Prince!

Darien Gautier

There you are! This place is—Meridia's light! What is that thing?

After defeating it, Leythen grabs an artifact from a pedastal and goes outside to contact Mephala.

Earl Leythen

Meet me outside and we'll make contact with my Prince.

Mephala, appear before your faithful servant!

Mephala

I answer my earl's summons, only to find him with these … unworthies. Do you betray me too, Leythen?

Earl Leythen

Never, my Prince. We share a common enemy now. Please, talk to them and hear what they have to say.

Mephala

So, the mortal who opposed me wants to speak. If what you say doesn't interest me, I will order Leythen to kill you.

Player

Nocturnal threatens us all. I've made a deal with Clavicus Vile. Now I want to negotiate with you.

Mephala

And what did the cowardly Prince of Bargains offer you? Was it something so intriguing that you would risk my wrath, as well?

Speak before my patience wears thin!

Player

Vile offered passage to the Crystal Tower through his realm, but we need to attune the diamond keys.

Mephala

You would challenge Nocturnal in the Crystal Tower? Since gaining the Heart of Transparent Law, the tower serves as an extension of her own realm. It amuses me that you want to thwart her plans. She'll destroy you, of course, but I am still amused.

Player

Can you make the diamond keys work so we can enter the Crystal Tower?

Mephala

How desperate you must be to offer the very relics I once sought!

I will think upon your request. Before you enter Vile's realm, have my earl contact me again. At that time I will either help you … or I won't. As is my prerogative.

Player

We'll contact you again when we're ready.

Darien Gautier

That's it? A maybe?

Earl Leythen

I'll return to Artaeum with Darien and tell them what we learned. Meet us there.

My Mistress will help you. You just need to be patient.

As for me, I'll return to Artaeum and accept whatever consequences await me. You have my word.

Darien Gautier

Why are the Daedric Princes always so aloof and ominous? Would it be asking too much to just get a straight answer out of them once in a while?

Ah, well. I'll make sure Leythen gets back to Artaeum and meet you there.

Ceporah Tower

Player

The three of them return to Artaeum. The player goes to find Valsirenn and report on the deal they've made with Mephala and Clavicus Vile.

Valsirenn

We've failed. The Conclave, despite its best efforts, wasn't able to attune the Resolute Diamonds. We can't use the diamond keys to enter the Crystal Tower.

But what about you? Were you able to track down Darien and the traitor Leythen?

Player

I found them. Leythen helped me determine Nocturnal's true plan. She wants to remake reality.

Valsirenn

Using the Crystal Tower and Sotha Sil's technique for utilizing life energy? Then we really are doomed. Without a way into the Crystal Tower, we can't even attempt to challenge Nocturnal, let alone try to stop her.

Player

Clavicus Vile offered to let us use his realm to reach the Crystal Tower.

Valsirenn

Is that what the Psijic Order is reduced to? Forced to accept help from the same Daedric Princes that got us into this trouble in the first place?

Still, getting to the tower won't matter if we can't use the diamond keys to get inside.

Player

Mephala might be able to help us attune the Resolute Diamonds.

Valsirenn

I opposed this line of reasoning when Leythen first suggested it, as bargains with the Princes don't often end well. But what choice do we have?

Still, thanks for finding a way forward. While it's a long shot, at least it represents a chance.

Ceporah Tower

Oriandra

I'll start making preparations for the Dreaming Cave. In the meantime, Sotha Sil asked me to send you to his study the moment you arrived. I'm not sure what he wants, but you should tell him about your interactions with the betrayed Princes.

Player

Do you know why Sotha Sil wants to see me?

Oriandra

Something to do with the Crystal Tower, no doubt. Sotha Sil has never been forthcoming, though for some reason it appears that he's taken a liking to you.

But tell me, what of Darien and Leythen?

Player

Darien is on his way back, and he's bringing Leythen with him.

Oriandra

Both decided to return? I'm surprised. Meridia's knight has a stake in this, but why would Leythen volunteer to return? It makes no sense.

Well, go and talk to Sotha Sil. Perhaps he can shed light on what we can expect in the Crystal Tower.

Player

I'll go talk to Sotha Sil.

Oriandra

Sotha Sil waits for you in his study. Tell him about the alliance with the Daedric Princes and ask him if he knows what we can expect to face inside the Crystal Tower.

I'll wait for Darien and Leythen to return.

Player

If Vile and Mephala open the way, what's our plan for assaulting the Crystal Tower?

Oriandra

We'll want to send a small force but leave the majority of the Conclave behind in case the efforts in the Crystal Tower fail. Leave the details of that to me.

I'm not sure how we're going to stop Nocturnal, though. Maybe Sotha Sil has some ideas.

Sotha Sil

The Tribunal has been warned. They will make preparations in case the efforts here fail. I doubt that even they can weather the resulting storm if the worst comes to pass.

As I calculated, your actions will determine the outcome of these events.

Player

Is that why you sent for me?

Sotha Sil

In part. Determining the possible consequences of disparate actions becomes easier when studying the primary catalyst. You have a tendency to fill that role in almost all situations.

What happened after the Sapiarchs failed to attune the diamonds?

Player

I made a deal with Vile to reach the Crystal Tower and Mephala is considering attuning the diamonds.

Sotha Sil

A bold move. Still, I see the logic. Who better to send against their betrayer than the mortal who bested their plans at every turn?

If Mephala agrees, you'll be able to assault the tower. I just wish I knew what Nocturnal hopes to accomplish.

Player

Nocturnal plans to use the Crystal Tower and the Sea Sloads' abyssal pearls to remake reality.

Sotha Sil

I'm not sure that's within the capability of the Crystal Tower, but if she uses my technique for siphoning life energy to super-charge the tower—hmm. An interesting application of the magic of the abyssal pearls.

It could work, I suppose.

Player

What do you mean?

Sotha Sil

If Nocturnal uses the life force of Nirn to increase the power of the Crystal Tower, she can then use the same technique to steal the energy of the Daedric Princes as she invades their realms.

Infinite connections, infinite power. Ingenious.

Player

So what do we do to stop this?

Sotha Sil

Gather your companions and meet me in the Dreaming Cave. We must contact Vile and Mephala so you can enter the Crystal Tower, recover the Heart of Transparent Law, and repair the tower crystal.

That will require a burst of divine energy, though.

Player

We need divine energy to repair the Transparent Law crystal?

Sotha Sil

Transparent Law, the crystal at the top of the tower, is as much metaphysical as it is tangible. Only divine energy can reconnect the Heart and make the crystal whole.

Of course, Nocturnal is aware of this as well.

Player

Why does that matter?

Sotha Sil

If Nocturnal performs the restoration and once again merges the Heart with Transparent Law, her connection to the tower will become unbreakable. She truly will ascend to an infinite state of being.

Player

So what do you suggest I do?

Sotha Sil

You must enter the Crystal Tower and recover the Heart. Then find a relic filled with divine energy and repair Transparent Law. Only then will the tower's innate defenses reengage and repel Nocturnal's influence.

In theory, anyway.

Player

The player left Sotha Sil in his study and went to find their friends to prepare for the final assault. Darien was in the Psijic library downstairs, drinking.

Darien Gautier

Psijics must be wine drinkers, because this ale they make tastes awful.

I brought Leythen back and what does Valsirenn do? Sends me off without a word or a thank you.

So when do we head out to assault the Crystal Tower? No one tells me anything around here.

Player

We're heading to the Dreaming Cave. Hopefully, Vile and Mephala will honor their end of the bargain.

Darien Gautier

I knew I could count on you! You're always straight with me. I appreciate that.

Still, the last time I went off to fight a Daedric Prince, there was a celebration. A party! This time, it's just us.

Player

You're upset because no one is celebrating?

Darien Gautier

What? No, no, no! I didn't mean it like that. I just mean, back then, there were more familiar faces. Friends who I knew had my back. Charging into battle with allies I trusted—there was a comfort in that.

Here, I'm practically a stranger.

Player

You can count on me.

Darien Gautier

And trust me, I am grateful for that. You're kind of like me in a lot of ways, aren't you? An outsider caught up in things we don't fully understand?

Whatever happens, when this is over, let me buy you a drink. Then we can have a proper celebration!

I'm going to finish my ale before I head to the Dreaming Cave. I mean, it could be my last drink. Even if this tastes terrible, it's still alcohol.

On second thought, maybe I'll just have some water.

Artaeum

Player

Next, the player went to check in on Oriandra, who had temporarily transported Razum-dar to Artaeum.

Razum-dar

This is Artaeum? Raz is impressed—and truly frightened by the very strange sky.

Oriandra

Ah, here comes your friend now!

Just remember, you were never here. The Conclave isn't fond of visitors.

Razum-dar

For a place that doesn't like visitors, Raz thinks it's pretty busy, yes?

Raz never had the urge to travel to Oblivion or visit a magically displaced island, but now Raz feels like the cat who caught the farmer's prized turkey!

It is good to see you safe, my friend. Now, tell Raz you have a way to save Summerset.

Player

We have a plan, but it involves a deal I made with Clavicus Vile and Mephala.

Razum-dar

Raz knew that strange talking dog would lead you into trouble! Do you really think we can trust those Daedric Princes?

No, too late for that. Tell Raz the rest of your plan, yes?

Player

We're going to assault the Crystal Tower and stop Nocturnal.

Razum-dar

Foolish, but brave. Also very foolish. Raz has walked into certain death many times and emerged with his fur intact. Mostly. But Raz knows why you do this thing.

Raz will not try to talk you out of this. He will, instead, give you happy news.

Player

You have happy news?

Razum-dar

Raz warned Queen Ayrenn. She has promised to contact the leaders of the other alliances and assemble a mighty force to deal with this threat!

Which brings us to the not-so-happy news.

Player

And what's the not-so-happy news?

Razum-dar

The mighty force won't reach Summerset for quite some time. Oh, Raz could tell you about prevailing winds, unusual storms, and other factors beyond our control, but it amounts to the same thing.

We're on our own, my friend.

Player

Are you going to come with me to the Crystal Tower?

Razum-dar

Not this time. Raz must go back and lead the Divine Prosecution in defense of Summerset. If the Crystal Tower keeps exploding, we will evacuate the island and save as many people as we can.

May the luck of Jone and Jode be with you, my friend.

Raz must return to Summerset. If you do not stop Nocturnal, this one must prepare the island for the nastiness that is sure to follow.

Oriandra

Razum-dar sent word that he needed to talk to you, so I took it upon myself to bring him to Artaeum.

I assumed you'd want to speak to him before you go off to assault the Crystal Tower.

Player

Finally, the player went to speak with Leythen and Valsirenn. The two of them were talking near a small shrine covered in flowers and candles.

Valsirenn

You were a terrific father to our daughter, Leythen. I'll never forget that.

Earl Leythen

You were always Ealdaawe's hero, Val. I envied the way she looked up to you.

Valsirenn

I'm sorry, Leythen. I should have been there with you. With her. At the end.

Earl Leythen

You were trying to save her. I know that. It was just … damn it, we need to win this, Val.

Valsirenn

Things will never be the same between me and Leythen again, but I think we understand each other a little better now.

Funny how the approaching end of the world has a way of putting everything into perspective.

Player

Are you ready to do this?

Valsirenn

I've been a member of the Psijic Order for more years than I can remember, but this is the first time since my daughter's illness that I've been truly frightened about what's to come.

Player

So this is your first time facing the end of the world?

Valsirenn

The world ends all the time. It's just that I'm more accustomed to that being a personal event and not a shared experience. The world ended when the Ritemaster died, for example, but only from his perspective.

If Nocturnal remakes reality …

Player

Let's go to the Dreaming Cave and make sure that doesn't happen.

Valsirenn

You have a way of instilling confidence, my friend. You're similar to the Ritemaster in that regard. If we can't have him at our side for this, I'm glad to at least have you.

I just hope we can see our way through this. I'll meet you at the cave.

Give us another moment, then we'll join you in the Dreaming Cave.

Earl Leythen

This shrine, Val and I built it for our daughter after she died. High Elves don't bury their dead, but we needed something to remember her by. She loved climbing this tree before the illness took her.

I forgot how beautiful it was.

Player

Can I trust you to help us in this?

Earl Leythen

With the Psijic Order and my Mistress Mephala aligned toward a common goal, I'm feeling practically giddy with anticipation.

But never fear. I'll reestablish contact with my Prince when called upon to do so. I gave you my word.

Player

What did you hope to accomplish with the Court of Bedlam?

Earl Leythen

The Court offered me a purpose after my life lost its meaning. Our Princes promised to remake the world, turn it into a better place. A paradise. And they were going to elevate the Altmer back to their status as gods.

Suffering would come to an end.

Player

Isn't that what Nocturnal still wants to do?

Earl Leythen

Not in the least. Remaking the world to eliminate death and disease is one thing. Destroying everything to turn yourself into a being of infinite power—well, that's something else entirely.

Mephala will see that and provide the help you need.

Even after being gone so long, I could never forget this place. I can still hear the sounds of my little girl's laugh as she climbed this tree, giggling and shouting at Val and I to watch her.

It's a memory I'll forever cherish.

The Dreaming Cave

Player

With all their companions spoken with, the player headed to the Dreaming Cave to begin the final battle. There, they found everyone waiting for them: Sotha Sil, Oriandra, Valsirenn, Darien, Leythen... even Barbas, the Hound of Clavicus Vile.

Sotha Sil

Talk to me when you're ready to proceed.

Earl Leythen

Sotha Sil allowed Barbas to come to Artaeum so he can lead us to the Crystal Tower. In a moment, he'll also open the way so that my Prince can attune the diamonds for us. Then we can attack Nocturnal directly.

I'm actually looking forward to that.

Valsirenn

I wish the Ritemaster were still with us. I'd feel better if he were here to help with this fight.

Oriandra

I can't recall a time where the Psijic Order confronted a threat such as this. We've dealt with all sorts of problems and cataclysmic events, but this is … different.

I think … I think the Ritemaster would be proud.

Darien Gautier

I've learned to trust my instincts over the years. The problem this time, though, is my instinct is telling me to run far, far away.

That wouldn't be very heroic now, would it? Into the fray we go, my friend. Even if it might be for the last time.

Barbas

What? Sotha Sil let me in. How else am I supposed to lead you through the Fields of Regret and to the Crystal Tower?

Now could we hurry this up, please? Nocturnal's not going to wait forever to tear reality apart, you know.

Sotha Sil

This is the moment of truth. Once we begin, nothing can stop the rush to the grand conclusion. Make sure you have everything you need before I activate the Dreaming Cave.

Player

I'm ready to begin the assault of the Crystal Tower.

Barbas

I'll lead you through the Fields of Regret to reach the Crystal Tower.

Darien Gautier

Hey! That dog just talked!

Earl Leythen

I can establish contact with Mephala. She's ready to appear if you're willing to lower the defenses.

Sotha Sil

Oriandra, Valsirenn, assist me. Let us open a path and not keep the Prince of Secrets waiting.

The three of them cast a spell on the portal, and Mephala floats out.

Mephala

Sotha Sil, the false god. I should have expected to see you.

Sotha Sil

Lady Mephala. Will you honor the agreement you made with this mortal?

Mephala

I am always true to my word. Now, send forth the mortal who consistently avoids the tangles of my webs. We have much to discuss.

You are strangely consequential, for a mortal. In my calculations, I somehow overlooked your significance. And yet, that has worked to my advantage, for now we have a chance to thwart Nocturnal. And that will be something to savor.

Player

So you'll attune us to the Resolute Diamonds?

Mephala

I can attune the diamond keys, but that won't be enough to keep you safe. Using the secrets she stole from Sotha Sil, Nocturnal has infused the Crystal Tower with boundless energy. It makes the tower's connection to reality … increasingly unstable.

Player

What else do we need?

Mephala

I must turn the Resolute Diamonds into more than just keys. They must become an anchor, something to lock you to this reality. Without such a weight, you will be lost as the tower rapidly shifts from one plane to the next.

And in exchange …

Player

Tell me what you want.

Mephala

Two trivial concessions, nothing more. First, just as Vile sends his Hound, I want you to take my earl, Leythen, into the Crystal Tower. And second, I wish a private meeting with Sotha Sil after reality has been saved.

Do we have a deal?

Player

I can only speak for myself. Attune the diamonds as you have said and Leythen can come with me.

Mephala

Two Resolute Diamonds … imbued with the power of Mephala! Now they merge into a single gem … one Resolute Anchor to serve as both key and safeguard!

Do not lose this. Only its presence will keep you and your companions anchored to this reality.

Player

Thank you, Prince Mephala.

Mephala

Remember, if any of you stray too far from the protection of the Resolute Anchor, you'll be lost in the nothingness between realities.

And know that I will be watching …

She floats back into the portal and disappears.

Darien Gautier

Can she do that? I hate being spied on!

Barbas

Now it's my turn. Let me use the gift my master gave you and I'll get you to the Crystal Tower.

With a bright flash, Barbas turns into a large horned humanoid. He opens the portal to the Fields of Regret and walks through.

Sotha Sil

Get the Heart and restore the crystal known as Transparent Law. But remember, you'll need a relic of divine energy to accomplish that.

Heed Mephala's advice and keep your companions close to the diamond. Without it, you would be lost in the darkness between realities.

Now, recover the Heart and restore Transparent Law. Just remember, you must find a relic imbued with divine energy.

Valsirenn

Leythen, promise me you'll keep them safe!

Earl Leythen

I promise, Val.

Darien Gautier

Oriandra, if I die saving the world, know that our brief time together has made me a better man.

Oriandra

What are you talking about?

Darien Gautier

Shh, it's all right to cry. I'll do my best to return to you. I promise.

Oriandra

What just happened? What's that crazy knight talking about?

Sotha Sil personally requested our help to maintain your connection to the Dreaming Cave. I know Valsirenn wanted to go with you, but just the thought of entering a tower that's bouncing through every level of reality scares me to no end.

Good luck.

Valsirenn

Sotha Sil needs Oriandra and me to help him maintain the connection from this end. But Leythen once wore the gray robes of the Psijic Order. He'll help you in there.

Just … just try to bring everyone back after you deal with Nocturnal.

Player

Leythen, Darien, and the player step through the portal and find themselves in the Fields of Regret.

The Fields of Regret

The three of them are in a sparse forest, with the broken, magic-infused Crystal Tower in the distance. Globes of purple magic fall from the sky, spawning Nocturnal's Daedra where they land. Barbas is nowhere to be found in either his human or his dog form.

Darien Gautier

I bet Nocturnal knows we're coming. So much for the element of surprise.

I suppose I'm ready. As long as you're ready, that is. You are ready, right? Of course you are. You're always ready.

Earl Leythen

Where's Vile's Hound? Has he abandoned us already?

If Vile and his Hound have already betrayed us, I'll turn that mangy mutt into a throw rug!

Player

They proceed further inward toward the tower and soon discover Barbas fighting off some Shrikes.

Barbas

Bother and bones! Nocturnal sends creatures into our realm? Not while Barbas is on guard! Skaafin, come forth!

Earl Leythen

Where are you going, creature?

Barbas

I promised to show you the way. There, follow that path. That's the way to the tower. Now I have a realm to defend!

Darien Gautier

I don't think I like Barbas very much.

I suppose I'm ready. As long as you're ready, that is. You are ready, right? Of course you are. You're always ready.

The three heroes follow the path, slaying numerous Shrikes and Gloam creatures along the way. Eventually, they reach the tower's base, where they again meet with Barbas.

Barbas

What a mess! And to think we're depending on the actions of mortals! Ah, well, let's talk.

Nocturnal dares much, attacking my master's realm!

But here you are, safe and sound. The Crystal Tower. At least, it's the version that exists in the Fields of Regret. Now I really need to get back to barking and biting Nocturnal's minions.

Player

We can enter the tower and reach Nocturnal from here?

Barbas

Well, that depends on how good Mephala's magic is. If you're attuned to the Resolute Anchor like she promised, then the doors to the Crystal Tower will open at your approach.

If not, you'll more than likely die on the doorstep.

Player

Aren't you supposed to come with us?

Barbas

That was the plan, yes. But plans changed when Nocturnal attacked my master's realm. Now Clavicus Vile wants me to repel those invaders and start preparing contingencies in case you fail.

Understand, I have no contingencies, so try not to fail.

Player

What can we expect inside the Crystal Tower?

Barbas

I've never been inside a tower that straddles every reality, but I expect you're going to have to go up, up, up!

If you do reach the Night Mistress, bite her once for me!

Player

We're going inside now.

Barbas

Remember Mephala's warning. Stray too far from the Resolute Anchor and you'll get lost between realities.

The Crystal Tower

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The Crystal Tower, sometimes known as Crystal-Like-Law, is so named, not because it's made of crystal, but because the structure houses "the" crystal - Transparent Law, the "mystical stone" of the Tower of the High Elves.

Inside the tower, things look remarkably peaceful. If it wasn't for the Daedra further up ahead, the tower would have looked perfectly normal.

Darien Gautier

This place looks surprisingly intact.

Earl Leythen

The interior and the exterior of such places rarely coincide perfectly. I pity the Sapiarchs that were present when Nocturnal unleashed this magic.

Darien Gautier

I'm not sure what I expected, but it wasn't this. Are you sure we're in the right place?

What am I saying? Of course you're sure!

Earl Leythen

It's a tower, so now we climb.

They did so. Going into and up through the tower, they fought off ghostly Sapiarchs and Daedra until they reached a dead end.

Darien Gautier

A dead end? Did we make a wrong turn?

Earl Leythen

Wait. The tower … it's moving. Fascinating! It appears to be reconfiguring itself!

Just then, the empty wall folded outwards in a spectacular display of magic, its bricks turning into columns and walls as it recombined itself into a passage that the heroes could cross.

Darien Gautier

Then let's get moving before the tower remakes this platform out of existence!

Earl Leythen

I expect we'll see more evidence of this malleable nature the higher we climb.

The three of them crossed the passage and entered what appeared to be some sort of museum.

Darien Gautier

Look at this place! Part of the ceiling has fallen in!

Earl Leythen

Yes, but what happened to the shadow Sapiarchs? They were thick as crows on the lower levels.

They heard a voice from somewhere in the back. Then, a giant Guardian Atronach stumbled out. Its body was made of molten rock.

Sapiarch Nolyemal

Stay… stay back!

Darien Gautier

Really? A walking volcano?

Darien, Leythen, and the player defeated the Atronach. They went into the room at its back to locate the source of the voice. It was coming from a Sapiarch kneeling on the floor and holding some sort of scepter. She was enveloped in a golden light and looked to be in pain.

Sapiarch Nolyemal

I don't know how you entered the tower … but you must get out of here.

Darien Gautier

She's still alive! We have to help her.

Sapiarch Nolyemal

No, stay back! The relic that protects me, it's failing. You can't help me.

Earl Leythen

She's right. Look how she's starting to fade.

Sapiarch Nolyemal

Please … before I am lost … tell me. What happened? I deserve to know why the tower has done this.

Player

Nocturnal has taken control of the Crystal Tower. How do we ascend the tower from here?

Sapiarch Nolyemal

Nocturnal? So I am to die as a pawn in some game played by a Daedric Prince?

I'm sorry, but you've reached a dead end. The explosions. The exit is blocked by debris. There's no way to move it. You should turn back and flee.

Player

What happened in here?

Sapiarch Nolyemal

I was just doing my studies. Like any other day. Then—then the tower began to shake suddenly. I heard screams. Such horrible screams.

I watched my friends just … cease to exist. And in their places, these monstrosities stood.

Player

How did you survive?

Sapiarch Nolyemal

I … I don't know. I grabbed this staff in hopes of balancing myself from the swaying of the tower. There was a flash of light and I … I was alone.

But I'm so scared. The staff's magic is fading. Oh gods, I'm going to end up like them.

Player

If we want to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else, I need to know how to get out of here.

Sapiarch Nolyemal

The old ballista … if you could get it working again, it might be strong enough to punch through the debris.

Oh gods … the relic! I'm … I'm not ready to die.

Player

I'm sorry.

Sapiarch Nolyemal

I don't want to die!

Earl Leythen

Let me help you. Clear your mind.

Sapiarch Nolyemal

It's so hard … to concentrate …

Earl Leythen

Think of your loved ones. Picture their faces and my magic will help you.

Sapiarch Nolyemal

I see them. The pain … is fading. I can see—

The Sapiarch dissolved into purple light.

Darien Gautier

She … she's gone.

Earl Leythen

Her last moments were peaceful. I saw to that.

The magic that held back the shadows is gone. They'll be upon us before we know it.

The shadow creatures are already flooding into this area.

Player

They head up into the mezzanine, where they find a large ballista. Darien examines it.

Darien Gautier

The dying Sapiarch was right! That is a ballista!

It's not broken. It's just missing a few parts. Look around while I get the rest of it back in working condition.

That should do it. I just need a crank, a rope, and some ballista bolts!

Player

While Darien fixes the thing, Leythen and the player go back downstairs to look for the missing parts. They fight off a lot of shadow Sapiarchs and eventually return to Darien with the required bits.

Here's what I was able to find.

Darien Gautier

That should work. Let's blast a way out of here.

Player

The player mans the ballista and shoots a blot straight through the rubble, uncovering a door on the other end of the room.

Darien Gautier

Now that's how to clear a path! I need one of those!

They step through the door and find themselves in a library.

Earl Leythen

Curious. From the opening in the ceiling, it appears that we're no longer in Vile's realm.

Darien Gautier

So that's what they meant when they said the tower was in every realm at the same time!

Player

They fight through the invaders and reach a glowing pedestal up top. It looks like it controls the gate that they need to pass on.

Earl Leythen

Yes, that must control the gate across the chamber. It appears to require a key, however. Down there. That looks like a likely candidate.

The three of them fight more shadow Sapiarchs and daedra and reach the key at the bottom. The player tries to pick up the library key, but a hologram Earl Tundilwen materializes in its place.

Darien Gautier

Where did she come from?

Earl Tundilwen

Nocturnal's started to repair Transparent Law. Soon none of this will matter.

Earl Leythen

No, you mustn't do this!

Darien Gautier

You can't reason with crazy, Leythen. Besides, we've got company!

Earl Tundilwen

How observant, knight.

The three of them are once again forced to fight off hordes of Daedra, this time joined by Gloam Minotaurs. Once they're victorious, Tundilwen has more monologuing to do.

Why do you insist on prolonging your pain, Leythen?

Earl Leythen

You know nothing about pain!

Earl Tundilwen

A pity. I thought we were the same. No matter. Your quest ends here.

Darien Gautier

Enough! Just hand over the damn key!

Earl Leythen

She's just trying to slow us down. Meet up at the gate pedestal!

They fight more daedra and get back to the top floor.

Try the key pedestal.

She did something to the controls. The gate won't open.

We must be nearing the pinnacle of the tower. That's why Nocturnal sent her champion to slow us down.

Nocturnal's earl damaged this mechanism beyond repair. Even if we had acquired the key, I'm not sure it would have opened the gate.

Player

Do you know how we can get through the gate?

Earl Leythen

Sapiarch magic is powerful, but not as powerful as the magic of the Psijic Order. Since we don't have the key, I can try to overcome the damaged mechanism and then follow after you.

Player

How are you going to do that?

Earl Leythen

I can operate the mechanism manually from here. Then, once you and Darien are through the gate, I can teleport across and make it to the other side before it snaps back shut.

Player

All right, open the gate.

Leythen casts a spell and the gate opens. Darien and the player run through it while Leythen holds it open.

Earl Leythen

The gate … it's opening! Go on! I can't hold this for very long!

Once Darien and the player are on the other side, the gate suddenly closes. Behind it appears Tundilwen, in the flesh this time.

Darien Gautier

The gate! Leythen, watch out!

Earl Tundilwen

I have to stop you here. All of you.

Earl Leythen

I wondered if you'd actually show yourself instead of just projecting menacing images.

Earl Tundilwen

A closed gate won't save them, Leythen.

Earl Leythen

No, but this will keep you busy for a time.

Earl Tundilwen

What? No!

Leythen casts some sort of spell with the tap of his staff, and the two of them disappear.

Darien Gautier

Where'd they go?

Is Leythen … gone?

Earl Leythen

Leythen reappears, alone. He is still on the other side of the gate, and is emanating shadow.

That should keep her busy … for a short time, at least.

Darien Gautier

Um, why are you glowing?

Earl Leythen

I was overconfident, I'm afraid. Valsirenn always said I was too sure of my own abilities. I just assumed I'd be able to get back to the protection of the Resolute Anchor before I was unmade.

Pity. I would have preferred a more heroic ending.

Player

This was your plan all along?

Earl Leythen

I had to do something to get rid of Nocturnal's champion. At least for a little while. Beyond that, I really did hope that a moment outside the anchor's protection wouldn't be fatal.

Just something else you can tell Valsirenn I was wrong about.

Player

So that's it? There's nothing we can do?

Earl Leythen

You can stop Nocturnal. I'd really rather not see you and the knight wind up with this fate. And, if all goes well, you can tell Valsirenn that … that I'm sorry.

Now, hurry. Nocturnal's earl won't be gone long.

Player

Thanks for giving us a fighting chance.

Earl Leythen

I should be thanking you. You had no reason to trust me, yet you did. And you gave me a chance to see my wife … to reconcile with her in a way.

Now, go and beat Nocturnal. I have faith in you!

Player

After everything you did, this end is too good for you.

Earl Leythen

Yes, that's the spirit! Show me the anger you've been hiding! I'm fading away quickly, while you're about to suffer an eternity at Nocturnal's hands.

Regardless, I must thank you. You gave me a chance. You let me see Valsirenn one last time.

Player

What should I tell Valsirenn?

Earl Leythen

Tell her I'm going to go be with our daughter.

Tell Val … that we will … we will wait … for … her ….

Player

Thank you, Leythen.

Leythen collapses to his knees and evaporates shortly after.

Darien Gautier

We should … we should keep moving. There's nothing more we can do here.

Come on. Leythen gave us a chance. We can't let his sacrifice be in vain.

Player

The two of them proceed further up the tower, fighting more Daedra. Soon enough, they Tundilwen's voice again.

Darien Gautier

Nocturnal's realm. We've got to be nearing the top of this damn thing.

Earl Tundilwen

You thought Leythen could stop me? He's only delayed the inevitable.

Darien Gautier

Ignore the creepy voice. We have to keep going.

Earl Tundilwen

That's far enough. My Mistress can't be interrupted. Her work is too important!

She is standing right in front of the door to the top of the tower, and wielding the corrupt Dawnbreaker.

Darien Gautier

Give me the damn Dawnbreaker back!

Earl Tundilwen

Come and get it.

After a prolonged fight, she is defeated. She drops to the floor and the sword stands up before her. Both are shrouded in purple shadows.

I don't understand. Why didn't the sword protect me?

Darien Gautier

Because Dawnbreaker was never intended for you.

Earl Tundilwen

Meridia's magic is gone. The blade isn't yours anymore, either.

Darien Gautier

We'll see about that.

He reaches for the sword. Just as he does so, Tuldilwen casts some sort of spell that turns everything black all around them. The player cannot see anything, but they can hear voices.

No!

Nocturnal

Join Meridia in my eternal darkness!

Darien Gautier

We are … not … dying … like this!

The darkness erupts into blinding light. When their vision resolves, the player sees that Tundilwen is gone and Darien is standing in her place, glowing gold.

That worked? I mean … I mean … I mean, of course it worked. I just need a moment …

Nocturnal's earl was wrong. Meridia's power, it's not gone. Her magic remains strong and vibrant.

The vessel. The last Light of Meridia … it's me.

Player

The vessel? The last Light? What do you mean?

Darien Gautier

I finally understand everything Meridia told me. Her power, it's inside me. And with it I can remove the corruption from Dawnbreaker. I can fill the relic with divine energy again!

Player

Sotha Sil said we needed a relic with divine energy to repair the Transparent Law crystal.

Darien Gautier

Then this is even better. You can use the restored Dawnbreaker to save the world. I just won't be around to see it happen.

I finally understand. I'm the vessel of Meridia. Her champion. But you're the key to stopping Nocturnal and saving reality.

Player

Darien, what are you saying?

Darien Gautier

I'm saying you've got this. Whenever a threat appears, you bring the champions together. You find a way to win.

And I'll be at your side for this one final battle, just not in the way I originally expected.

Player

Darien … what are you doing?

Darien Gautier

I'm returning the last of Meridia's power to the blade so you can stop Nocturnal. I wouldn't do this for anyone else.

Thank you … for everything.

He steps forward and grasps the blade. Both he and it glow with golden light, and then Darien fades away. The sword is cleansed and imbued with Meridia's divine energy. The player takes it and proceed through the door to the top of the Crystal Tower.

Pinnacle of Transparent Law

They emerge outside to the purple sky of the Evergloam. At The top of the platform, Nocturnal floats in a cloud of purple shadows. Both halves of the broken Heart of Transparent law float above her.

Nocturnal

You're too late. Once the crystal is made whole, I shall become infinite!

Saying nothing, the player raises Dawnbreaker and it erupts in a blinding light. Nocturnal disappears from the platform and instead appears as a giant aparition in the sky.

Meridia's power won't help you against me!

Player

She summons a variety of Daedra, which the player defeats. Like Darien before them, they are able to use Dawnbreaker to severely weaken or outright kill the Daedra. When enough of her minions are dead, she pulls Tundilwen's shade from the aether.

Shadow Tundilwen

Finally! My true purpose! I will not fail you, Mother!

Player

The player fights her wraith alongside more Daedric summons. When she is defeated once, Nocturnal raises her again.

Nocturnal

Your strength is impressive, but Transparent Law is almost whole. Now rise again, my champion!

Shadow Tundilwen

You can't stop me. I only grow stronger as we bathe this world in darkness!

Nocturnal

Witness my unbridled power!

Although it is a tough fight, the player once again defeats the undead earl. When they do so, Nocturnal appears visibly shaken in the background.

No... the tower crystal... was supposed to be... mine...

Player

They rush to the top of the platform where the Heart is enveloped in shadow. They stab it with Dawnbreaker. The shadows explode into light and the two halves are made whole. Nocturnal is gone and the sky returns to a natural blue.

They hear Valsirenn's voice from behind them.

Valsirenn

The Crystal Tower … its defenses no longer keep me out! Are you here, my friend?

You … you did it. I knew it!

Transparent Law, it's whole again! I didn't think that was possible. And you stopped Nocturnal. You're back upon Summerset, my friend. The tower itself—it reformed!

But … but where's Darien … and Leythen …?

Player

Darien sacrificed himself to restore the Dawnbreaker so I could repair the tower crystal.

Valsirenn

Of course. When you restored the tower crystal, it most likely expelled Nocturnal back to her own realm. I'm a little concerned that I was able to walk in without a key, but we can figure that out later.

Now tell me what happened to Leythen.

Player

Leythen gave his life so we could reach the top of the tower.

Valsirenn

Leythen … I'll … I'll mourn for Leythen later. I'm just glad he helped you. He would have made our daughter proud.

For now, you have to tell Sotha Sil what happened. Then we can inform Summerset that the island—the world—is safe again.

Player

Let's go.

Together, they step through a portal and find themselves in the Dreaming Cave.

The Dreaming Cave

Sotha Sil

As I predicted, your efforts were successful. A slight chance is all probability requires. There is no such thing as impossible odds. You are proof of that.

Player

Transparent Law was made whole by the power of the Dawnbreaker.

Sotha Sil

Was that Meridia's plan all along? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

Your perseverance paid off, however. You never gave up, even when the darkness was unbearable. And because of that, the Crystal Tower is safe again.

Player

We lost friends along the way, though.

Sotha Sil

Life and death. It's all part of the ongoing circle. As long as you remember them, they will never be forgotten.

Player

Won't Nocturnal just try again?

Sotha Sil

It took Nocturnal hundreds of years to put all the pieces of her plan into place. And you wiped it all out with a single thrust of the Dawnbreaker. There will be other plans, I'm sure, but this particular threat is over.

Player

So what happens next?

Sotha Sil

Next? Every action we take can tip the balance of the flow of time. Bask in the moment and realize that you have done well, my mortal friend. You have saved the Crystal Tower. Saved Summerset. Saved reality itself.

Even I could not have done better.

The Dreaming Cave

Valsirenn

I'm afraid we still have work to do. While the Crystal Tower is protected against Daedra, any mortal can now walk right through its gates. We must convince the Sapiarchs to gather allies in order to defend the Crystal-Like-Law.

Player

How can we convince the Sapiarchs to accept help?

Valsirenn

It will take an influence far stronger than you and I, of that I'm sure.

We'll call a meeting of Summerset's most influential leaders. Perhaps, with such a force behind us, we can persuade the Sapiarchs to see reason.

Player

And if they don't agree?

Valsirenn

We've already seen the devastation that's possible when the tower falls into the wrong hands. And the recent attack by Nocturnal only reinforces the need for greater protection.

I want you there to help plead our case. Will you join us?

Player

I'll help you convince the Sapiarchs, if I can.

Valsirenn

Go and tell Oriandra of my plan. She'll know which parties to contact.

I'd also like to ask Sotha Sil to join us. His support would be extremely helpful to our cause.

Player

How are you holding up?

Valsirenn

Honestly, I haven't yet had a moment to process all that happened. There's still so much to be done. And perhaps that's for the best.

The time to grieve can wait. For now, we must ensure the welfare of Summerset.

Ceporah Tower

Oriandra

It's good to see you alive and well. Word has already spread about your daring exploits within the Crystal Tower. It's still a little hard to believe, truth be told.

Of course, there's so much left to do. I already have a list as long as my arm.

Player

Valsirenn needs you to summon a council of influential Summerset citizens.

Oriandra

That doesn't sound good. Is there another crisis I have yet to be informed about?

Player

The Crystal Tower's wards have weakened. We must convince the Sapiarchs to gather allies.

Oriandra

I'd almost rather deal with another crisis than try to convince the Sapiarchs.

Still, it will be done. I'll even make sure to invite the Proxy Queen. Her palace should make for a suitable meeting place. Neutral ground, and all that.

Player

Where can I find Sotha Sil? Valsirenn wants him to join the council as well.

Oriandra

Sotha Sil's in his study, preparing to depart. He never seems to stick around for very long. I suggest you hurry if you want to catch him.

I'll meet you in front of the Proxy Queen's palace in Alinor. Meet me there after you talk to Sotha Sil.

Player

The player heads for Sotha Sil's study. The mage is exactly where they left him.

Sotha Sil

Here you are again. I thought such an outcome likely.

The time has come for my departure. I've always felt a sense of peace in Artaeum, but also … discomfort. A consistent dilemma within me, which seems to have only grown.

I'll be glad to get back to the Clockwork City. There's much to do.

Player

Much to do?

Sotha Sil

While you confronted Nocturnal, I worked within the shadow of your efforts. Negotiations with both Clavicus Vile and Mephala were held, and a compromise was decided upon.

The two have agreed to a compact. An end to their direct meddling.

Player

So does that mean they won't make trouble for us anymore?

Sotha Sil

Knowing the nature of Daedra, I doubt that shall be the case. However, any direct interference within Nirn should cease. While the terms are met, of course.

As for Nocturnal, it seems she's returned to the shadows.

Player

Do you think Nocturnal will strike again?

Sotha Sil

Perhaps. She likely contemplates her next course of action even now, given such a defeat. It may be centuries before she makes another attempt. Then again, could be days.

Such is the chaotic nature of the Daedric Princes.

Player

Before you go, Valsirenn wants you to join a council she's putting together.

Sotha Sil

I must decline. Valsirenn may see me as an ally, but to Summerset I am a foreign interloper. An enemy of the state. My participation would not be welcome.

The need for my presence has come to an end. And so, I must depart.

Player

Thank you for all your help.

Sotha Sil

And so the gears turn once more. Ever changing, yet ever the same. With you always in the center, it seems.

I take no pleasure in such distractions from my work. Still, I would not dislike it if we spoke again. Farewell.

Alinor Palace

Player

Since Sotha Sil refused to join the council, the player headed for Alinor. They found Oriandra and a cadre of Psijics waiting on the steps of the palace. Nearby, citizens of Alinor were suitably impressed.

Lireore

Is that actually a member of the Psijic Order?

Culdansea

It must be. There must be something important going on to bring them out of hiding.

Oriandra

Finally, you arrived.

We were able to gather everyone together, but they've already started the meeting. Valsirenn tried to make them wait, but the Sapiarchs demanded to know what was happening.

Player

How's the meeting going so far?

Oriandra

To be honest? Not great. Even the Proxy Queen is hesitant to accept our request. As always, everyone's so worried about proper High Elf decorum that they refuse to see reason.

I'm just not sure how we're going to win this one.

Player

I'll go inside and see if I can help.

Oriandra

Everyone's gathered in the council chamber. You should go inside.

Player

They head into the palace and then into the council chamber. There they find Valsirenn, Razum-dar, Alwinarwe, and the leader of the Sapiarchs, Larnatille.

Sapiarch Larnatille

You can't make such demands. The Sapiarchs are the keepers of the Crystal Tower!

Valsirenn

This is about more than the College of Sapiarchs, Larnatille!

Razum-dar

If Raz could intervene? Perhaps we should hear from our newly arrived friend?

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

We concur with Razum-dar. Let us hear what the adventurer has to say.

Sapiarch Larnatille

The Sapiarchs recognize your bravery on our behalf in Lillandril and within the Crystal Tower.

But there is nothing you can say that will alter our thinking on this matter.

Player

Without the wards that keep people out, you need a new way to protect the tower.

Sapiarch Larnatille

So Valsirenn claims. If this is true, the College shall institute new measures to protect the tower. That is well within our capabilities.

The Psijic Order is responsible for all that has happened. Why should I trust them now?

Player

The Daedric Princes would have found a way, regardless of the Ritemaster's actions.

Sapiarch Larnatille

Perhaps you're right, but the Sapiarchs did not cause these events. The Psijic Order did.

My people died protecting the Crystal Tower. Why should I accept aid from the very order that's responsible for their deaths?

Player

The Psijic Order helped me stop the Daedric Princes. Without them the tower would have fallen.

Player

The Ritemaster wasn't in control of his actions.

Sapiarch Larnatille

And that's supposed to convince me? That the very leader of the Psijic Order was compromised in such a manner?

We Sapiarchs have protected the tower for centuries without incident. Why should I trust the Psijics now?

Player

Without the actions of the Psijic Order, the Crystal Tower would have fallen to Nocturnal.

Sapiarch Larnatille

Be that as it may, the Sapiarchs will continue to do as we always have. We shall protect the Crystal Tower.

Entrusting that responsibility to anyone else is just far too dangerous a risk to take.

Player

The Sapiarchs can't protect the Crystal Tower alone.

Sapiarch Larnatille

That's your opinion. You are a newcomer. I have no reason to believe that you have Summerset's best interests in mind.

For all I know, you and the Psijic Order wish to use the Crystal Tower for your own purposes.

Player

I think you're making a mistake.

Razum-dar

Our friend has proven their mettle time and time again. Raz thinks you should hear about these deeds.

Oriandra, admit our guests now, yes?

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

What are you up to, Razum-dar?

(Depending on which quests the player completed on Summerset, two of the following will speak up on their behalf. If only the main quest was completed, it will be Kinlady Avinisse and Canonreeve Farmeldo. Razum-dar will always speak for the player.)

Kinlady Avinisse

I will vouch for this adventurer. While I was blinded by prejudice and hate, their actions saved Shimmerene.

Canonreeve Farmeldo

Sapiarch, you know me. My son rejected the Queen's decree and suffered the consequences. This newcomer saved Rellenthil.

Justiciar Hyircil

The Divine Prosecution recognizes this adventurer's efforts to maintain the peace. I can personally attest that they saved Cey-Tarn Keep from a Daedric cult.

Alchemy

Alchemy vouches for this adventurer! Within our troupe, loyalty and trust come before all. This brave hero has demonstrated those qualities a thousand times over.

Andewen

Though the Sapiarchs and Mages Guild do not always see eye-to-eye, you know my reputation. This adventurer saved my life and I affirm their bravery and honor.

Battlereeve Tanerline

As the Battlereeve of Alinor, I support only those who deserve it. This adventurer, at great risk, gathered vital information about the Sea Sload and helped save Summerset.

Razum-dar

Finally, Raz must add his voice to the chorus. No one has served our Queen and our island as well as this adventurer. Not even Raz!

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

We have heard enough! We accept that the adventurer is trustworthy. Sapiarch Larnatille, listen to what they have to say.

Sapiarch Larnatille

I … apologize for my assumptions. It's clear you've done much good for Summerset and its people.

The protection of the Crystal Tower has been the Sapiarch's duty for time immemorial. To change that now feels like we've failed.

Player

We need to make sure the Crystal Tower is protected into the future. So we don't fail again.

Sapiarch Larnatille

I can't deny the truth of your words. Very well. Henceforth, the Sapiarchs will accept outside aid in order to best protect the Crystal Tower. I'll begin preparations immediately.

However, I still refuse to allow the Psijic Order to participate.

Player

As long as you have a plan for protecting the Crystal Tower.

Sapiarch Larnatille

I promise we will work with the Proxy Queen to make sure the Crystal Tower remains safe. I'll begin preparations immediately.

We'll even allow the Divine Prosecution and the Mages Guild to participate in these efforts.

Player

That sounds like a good idea.

Razum-dar

Raz is sure there are many more details to work out, but for now this one just wants a very strong drink!

Valsirenn

If you would wait a moment, my friend. I'd like to talk privately.

Thank you for helping me win this last battle. While the Psijic Order will not be among those protecting the Crystal Tower, we will continue to observe from afar.

And now, it's time for us to depart Summerset.

Player

You're leaving? Is that wise?

Valsirenn

We never meant to take such a direct role in events. We're observers. Watchers. We lend a hand, guide fate, but never directly shape it.

Besides, I need to return to Artaeum and take up the mantle of Ritemaster, at least for a little while.

Player

The Conclave made you the Ritemaster?

Valsirenn

On an interim basis, until we get beyond this crisis and can make a decision for the future.

In the meantime, I want to atone for what the Ritemaster and Leythen did. I owe Summerset that much, at least.

Player

So that's it?

Valsirenn

You're attuned to Artaeum and have a connection to the Psijic Order now. The portal will always be open for you. And you'll always be welcome on our hidden island.

Player

Thank you.

Valsirenn

I believe there's a certain Khajiit who wishes to speak to you. Go on and make sure he hasn't gotten himself into any trouble.

And just know, the Psijic Order will always consider you an ally and friend. As will I.

Player

The player heads out to the main chamber, where they find Razum-dar sitting on the throne of Alinor, enjoying a drink. The Proxy Queen is nearby, mad.

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

Razum-dar … remove your furry seat from our throne.

Razum-dar

After all Raz has done for Queen and country, you would deny him this small comfort?

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

Why cousin Ayrenn tolerates you, we'll never understand.

Razum-dar

Raz could get used to such a seat. Metaphorically speaking, of course. This one would prefer a throne with far more padding.

But enough of such talk. Today we celebrate your victory! From newcomer to savior of Summerset. Quite the feat, yes?

Player

Did you bring all these people here?

Razum-dar

Raz thought of many different plans, once he heard of this meeting. He is glad the first turned out so well. His other plans, well, there is no need to dwell on such unsavory details.

This one never doubted you could do it, five-claw.

Player

Thanks, Raz.

Razum-dar

Actually … Raz may have doubted you a few times. Or many times. But he apologizes for that! After all, you have now proven yourself most capable.

And of course, no heroic deed is complete without a reward.

Player

You mentioned a reward?

Razum-dar

Raz did indeed! On behalf of Queen Ayrenn, this is for you.

Ironic how Summerset was saved by one of the newcomers it so distrusts. This is a good lesson for the High Elves, yes? Maybe now they'll realize that change is not so bad after all.

Enjoy yourself, my friend! Raz certainly plans to.

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

Our throne, Razum-dar. We would have it back now.

Razum-dar

So tense, your majesty! Must be this uncomfortable throne. Perhaps Raz could suggest a most comfortable cushion upon which you could sit.

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

Such a cushion is much too lumpy for our tastes, cat.

Razum-dar

Raz has much to do after this. Reports to write, missives to send. Perhaps he will go visit his family, once all is done. It has been far too long since he has seen them.

But first, Raz shall drink some very expensive wine.

Proxy Queen Alwinarwe

We thank you for the aid you provided to our green and pleasant land. Newcomer, you have shown us that sometimes change is for the best.