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Locating the Lich

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Player

The Blade had fought their share of undead all around town, and thus was rather sceptical about finding a fast and easy answer. They decided to go around and ask everyone in town for their best haunted dungeon rumors.

Constantia Galena

You look concerned... what's on your mind?

Player

I'm trying to figure out where the undead are coming from.

Constantia Galena

Have you checked out Hangman's Wood? It's rumored to be haunted.

Anyway, if I was trying to find the undead, that'd be the first place I'd look.

Guthrum of the Isles

I heard you are asking about Undead sightings.

Player

Do you know anything about it?

Guthrum of the Isles

Death is the natural order of things. Those who choose undeath are placing themselves outside of the Divines' light.

Arkay, Lord of the Wheel of Life, stands against these abominations. Perhaps if you pray to him you'll find what you seek.

I offer you the wisdom of the Eight.

Player

Wasn't it the Nine?

Guthrum of the Isles

The worship of Talos is now forbidden, leaving on the Eight true gods.

But I do not judge those who still *privately* count him as one of the Nine.

Wanum

Can I help you with anything, dryskin?

Player

Heard anything about undead sightings in the region?

Wanum

You mean apart from the attacks on our stronghold? Hmmm, let me think...

Fort Cassynder has been considered haunted for as long as I can remember it. Maybe you should try there.

Sirfing

Ask that Dunmer traveling merchant next time he's in town. I'm certain he'll have the information you need.

Player

That sounded promising, and the merchant happened to be in town, so that's where the Blade headed next.

Arven Dalas

Greetings, valuable customer! I bring you wares from across Tamriel.

As an archeologist, I often stumble across priceless ancient relics.

Would you like to see them? They could be yours... for a price.

Player

I thought you said they were priceless?

Arven Dalas

Well, a mer has to make a living, doesn't he?

Player

Archeologist? Don't you mean grave robber?

Arven Dalas

Potayto, potahto.

Arven Dalas

So? Interested?

Player

Maybe later.

What do you know about the attack on this town?

Arven Dalas

Rumor has it the Bloodfall Queen razed the place as a penalty for not paying taxes on time.

I'm sure other towns in the area will hurry up to pay what they owe!

Too bad about the statue, though. it's been here for ages.

Player

Where do your travels take you?

Arven Dalas

Mostly to Morrowind and back, though now that the Great War's over I may travel further west.

War may be good business for some, but not for me.

Player

Since the traveling merchant had nothing to say about the undead at this time, the Blade continued with the regular townfolk.

Sorine Vien

Maybe those Thalmor have heard something? They have ears everywhere.

Varro Matius

Well, my cousin Nazarius did say something about scared half to death by walking skeletons.

He was checking out an Ironwood patch near the Howling Caves.

Player

The rest of the townsfolk had nothing new to say, so the Blade decided that those four locations were their best bet.

The Missing Scroll

Player

Before exploring all those locations, the Blade decided to try to get the Elder Scroll from the Bloodfall Queen. Once again, they had to fight their way through a bevy of undead, this time accompanied by necromancers.

None of that stopped them however, and they soon arrived back at the Queen's castle.

Urzoga Gra-Batul

Ah, my favorite new subject. Did you run into more undead on your way here?

Player

Worse than that: necromancers.

Urzoga Gra-Batul

Death mages have been outlawed for centuries! I will not tolerate their presence in my realm now.

Player

I'm not your subject.

Urzoga Gra-Batul

As a citizen of my realm, you are my subject whether you like it or not.

Player

They're after the scroll your men took.

Urzoga Gra-Batul

The scroll that was inside of that statue? So, there really *was* something special about it, then?

Unfortunately someone stole it from us. What's so special about it?

Player

We believe it's an Elder Scroll.

Urzoga Gra-Batul

An Elder Scroll? Are you sure?

I wish you had told me before our mage left yesterday to go after the thieves. I haven't heard from him since, and now fear the worst.

These necromancers must be responsible for the recent plague of undead. Could they use this scroll to cause even more mayhem?

Player

There's no telling what they could do with it.

Urzoga Gra-Batul

I'll send word for you if my mage comes back with any information. Thank you for your services, [Player Name].

Player

The Blade made it back to town to report what had happened to Saashi.

Saashi

You have returned! So? How did it go?

Player

Someone stole the Scroll from them.

Saashi

Hmm. Saashi assumed as much.

Player

We were attacked by necromancers.

Saashi

Well, now it is known where the undead are coming from.

Saashi

It is safe to assume the Sorcerer-King has the scroll, or will have it soon.

We need to find the Lich's lair and do some reconnaissance around it.

The Lair of the Sorcerer-King

Player

The Blade now had four likely locations for the lich's lair: Hangman's Wood, the Ayleid ruins of Niryastare, the Howling Caves, and Fort Cassynder. After telling Saashi about each one, they chose to begin exploring.

Hangman's Wood seemed like a good place to start. But it proved a dead end, with tons of wolves, trolls, and spriggans, but no ancient Ayleid liches. They returned to town to tell Saashi about their failure.

Saashi

Did you find the Lich in Hangman's Wood?

Player

No, just spriggans and trolls.

Saashi

Perhaps this will not be as easy as Saashi thought...

Player

Fort Cassynder was the next stop. Inside the Blade found tons of mercenaries apparently turned bandit, but once again no undead.

Saashi

How did it go at Fort Cassynder?

Player

The Lich wasn't there.

Saashi

Saashi supposes we will just have to keep looking.

Player

Up next, the Howling Caves. Again, the Blade found nothing of interest.

Saashi

So? Was it the Howling Caves?

Player

No. And they weren't howling.

Saashi

Saashi sometimes wonders how these places come by such names.

Player

Finally, the player explored the ruins of Niryastare. Although they were Ayleid just like the Lich, the lich was not inside.

Saashi

Was there anything in the ruins of Niryastare?

Player

Some undead, but no Liches.

Saashi

Just our luck...

Ah, but this reminds me. The traveling Dunmer merchant, Arven Dalas, is back in town.

If anyone knows what is going on in the realm, it is him!

Player

I'll ask him if he's heard about this.

The player headed back to Arven.

What have you heard about undead sightings?

Arven Dalas

I've heard a lot about Drachurst Keep these past few days.

It was rumored to be haunted, but now people are speaking of seeing wights within its walls.

Player

This sounded promising, so the Blade headed back to confer with Saashi.

The traveling merchant says he's heard strange screams coming from Drachurst Keep.

Saashi

He has? We should go! Rather... Saashi means [Player Name] should go.

Player

I'm on my way.

Player

I'll get around to it.

Saashi

Saashi has a good feeling about this one...

Player

The Blade did, too. After a short stroll through the forest they entered Drachurst Keep. It was indeed haunted, which was a good start. At the very end of the castle dungeons, they encountered a powerful Ayleid lich, hovering over a dais with the Elder Scroll.

It took some work, but the Blade finally managed to vanquish him. They retrieved the scroll from the platform and headed back to town.

Saashi

See? Khajiit knew this was the right one!

And you found the Elder Scroll, too! That is amazing!

Saashi must admit, it is tempting to open it and peek inside..

Player

Won't you go blind?

Saashi

You are probably right... It might be worth it, though.

Player

Let's deal with the Sorcerer-King first.

Saashi

You are right. The secrets of the universe will have to wait.

Saashi

Now that you have recovered the Elder Scroll, it is only a matter of time before the Sorcerer-King comes to take it back.

Player

It'll take some time before he's ready.

Player

What should we do next?

Saashi

We need to move quickly. This town cannot withstand an undead assault.

Saashi once met someone while traveling... They might know how to use the Elder Scroll against the Sorcerer-King.

You might not be too keen on talking to him, though.

Player

Why is that?

Saashi

Well... he is a dragon. Shulkunaak. This one recognized his name in those runic inscriptions.

Player

You met a dragon?

Saashi

It is a long story. But Saashi promises to tell once this is all over.

This one believes he can help figure it out. If he does not kill you first, that is.

Player

All right, let's go then.

Saashi

Saashi will start packing.

Player

I need to think about it.

Saashi

This one understands, but... it may be our only hope at this point.

Facing the Dragon

Player

Together, Saashi and the Blade set out for a cavern where the Dragon was said to reside.

Saashi

The dragon Shulkunaak should be somewhere in this cave complex.

Just please, be respectful when you meet him. This one would be very sad if he ended up eating you.

Player

The cave was populated by a variety of spiders and bears. After defeating them all, the Blade discovered the dragon napping in a large chamber at the cave's end.

Shulkunaak

Who dares disturb my peace? Speak, volaan. Your life hangs in the balance.

Player

I am [Player Name], and I seek your wisdom.

Shulkunaak

You came here alone? That was very brave, or very stupid.

Player

I'm not afraid of you.

Shulkunaak

Stupidity it is, then. If it is death you seek, I will give it to you.

Player

I trust your good judgement with my life.

Shulkunaak

Ahkrin - bravery - may impress your peers. All it will earn you here is a quick death.

Player

I am [Player Name], and I don't fear you!

Shulkunaak

Do you think it wise to provoke me, here in my own lair?

Player

I see no other option for a coward like you.

Shulkunaak

Do not think you can provoke me that easily. But I admire your bravado.

Player

I am told dragons appreciate confidence.

Shulkunaak

Your ahkrin - bravery - has earned my respect. But that will not save your life.

Shulkunaak

But first, tell me. Why did you come all the way here to die?

Player

The Sorcerer-king Celemaril has returned.

Here, the story splits into two parts - one where the Blade speaks to the dragon to get their answers, and another where they must first defeat him in combat. Due to length, they are presented in separate sections.

Talking to the Dragon

Shulkunaak

So the rumors are true. Krosis sul! I hoped this day would never come. You seek my help, then.

Player

You're the only one who can help.

Shulkunaak

Very well. Celemaril must not achieve his goals. The world cannot be destroyed just yet.

Shulkunaak

Know this: the Sorcerer-King is immortal. Simply destroying his physical form will not kill him.

Player

So, he cannot be defeated?

Shulkunaak

You need to bind his spirit first. But that will not be easy to accomplish.

Player

What do we need?

Shulkunaak

Have you already found the Elder Scroll?

Player

We have.

Shulkunaak

The Kel, the Elder Scroll, can affect all possible futures. you must bind the Sorcerer-King to the one where he fails to escape.

You will also need the incantation that was used to bind his spirit in ancient times.

Defeat Celemaril in combat. A pure heard must read the incantation while wearing his lost crown.

Celemaril's ancient crown is another matter. I do not know where it may now be found.

Player

That's it?

Shulkunaak

Yes. That should not be too hard for you, kendov.

Player

Thank you for your help, great Shulkunaak.

Shulkunaak

Do not thank me yet. Now you must prove yourself worthy to face the Sorcerer-King.

Player

It doesn't have to be this way.

Shulkunaak

There is no evading your duty, Blade.

Player

Me, a Blade?!

Player

Is it that obvious?

Shulkunaak

Zu'u ni mey. I did not survive this long without knowing a Blade when I see one.

Have the Blades forgotten their sworn duty as dragonslayers? I assure you, I have not.

Player

I don't care, this is unfair.

Shulkunaak

Fairness is irrelevant. Either you are a [man/woman] of honor, and you fight.

Or you are not honorable, and I kill you.

Now honor your comrades, and fight me! Aav grah!

Player

Very well.

Shulkunaak

I knew you were a [man/woman] of honor. Aav grah!

Player

Not if I kill you first.

Shulkunaak

Aav grah! Let us test ourselves against each other, [Player Name]!

 

Player

The player and Shulkunaak fight. Though the blade is powerful, the dragon is much more so. Eventually the Blade manages to damage the dragon enough to force a dialog.

Shulkunaak

Enough. You have proven your worth.

Drem wah hi. Go in peace, Blade.

Player

You have my gratitude, and that of my town.

Shulkunaak

None of that will matter until you use it to stop Celemaril. Kfir voth ahkrin.

 

Fighting the Dragon

Shulkunaak

So the rumors are true. Krosis sul! I hoped this day would never come. You seek my help, then.

Player

Yes, and you'll tell me, or else!

Shulkunaak

You choose death, then. Ol hi hind. So be it.

Player

The player and Shulkunaak fight. Though the blade is powerful, the dragon is much more so. Eventually the Blade manages to damage the dragon enough to force a dialog.

Shulkunaak

You have defeated me. I am gronsezin - honor-bound - to tell you what you need to know.

Player

Tell me what we need to defeat the Sorcerer-king.

Shulkunaak

I will tell you what you need to know.

Shulkunaak

Know this: the Sorcerer-King is immortal. Simply destroying his physical form will not kill him.

Player

So, he cannot be defeated?

Shulkunaak

You need to bind his spirit first. But that will not be easy to accomplish.

Player

What do we need?

Shulkunaak

Have you already found the Elder Scroll?

Player

We have.

Shulkunaak

The Kel, the Elder Scroll, can affect all possible futures. you must bind the Sorcerer-King to the one where he fails to escape.

You will also need the incantation that was used to bind his spirit in ancient times.

Defeat Celemaril in combat. A pure heard must read the incantation while wearing his lost crown.

Celemaril's ancient crown is another matter. I do not know where it may now be found.

Player

That's it?

Shulkunaak

I have told you everything I know. The rest is up to you.

 

Player

The two paths converge here.

Injured and exhausted, the Blade makes their way back to the cavern entrance and relays the events to Saashi.

Saashi

[Player Name], you have returned!

Player

I have, and I know how to beat the Sorcerer-King.

Player

You sound surprised.

Saashi

Surprised? Of... Of course not. Saashi is simply relieved to see [Player Name] in one piece, and... well, relatively unburnt.

So, how did it go? Did you kill the dragon? How big was he? Did he tell you how to defeat the Sorcerer-King?

Player

Whoa, easy... I'll tell you all on the way back.

Saashi

Yes, apologies. Saashi is excited. Let us return home.

Player

They made their way back to the town without further incident.

Saashi

This one still cannot believe you were able to defeat Shulkunaak.

Player

Now we know how to bind the Sorcerer-King.

Saashi

You are right, of course. At least now we have a fighting chance.

Player

I never thought I'd fight a real dragon.

Saashi

Sad to think he might be the last of his kind, too.

Saashi

Also, this one *may* have overheard [Player Name]'s conversation with Shulkunaak...

Player

You did?

Saashi

Saashi will keep your secret safe.

Player

Thank you, I appreciate it.

Saashi

You should go talk to Junius, he wanted to talk to you about rebuilding the founder's statue...

Finding all that is needed to defeat the Sorcerer-King is going to be a challenge.

Saashi does not know where to find the ritual incantation. [Player Name] will have to ask around.

Player

All right, I'll do that.

Saashi

Saashi may know someone who could help with the crown, though. His name is M'jaddah.

He is an expert in ancient Ayleid artifacts. A treasure hunter.

Player

Can we trust him?

Saashi

If we have coin, he will help us.

Player

Where do you know him from?

Saashi

He is actually a cousin of Saashi's. Twice removed.

Saashi

This one is unsure of who else could help at this point.

Player

Okay, I'll go see him.

Player

Let's wait a bit on that.

Saashi

Do keep an eye on your valuables while you are there...