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ON-qico-Group Dungeon.png Investigate Wood Orc activity in the ruins beneath Elden Root.
Zone: Grahtwood
Faction: Undaunted
Quest Giver: Bakkhara
Location(s): Elden Hollow I
Next Quest: Consuming Darkness
Concurrent Quest: Pledge: Elden Hollow I
Reward: Light Speaker's Last Gift
1 Skill Point
Very High Leveled Gold
XP Gain: Very High Experience XP
ID: 4336
Dungeon Group Size: 4
Help the Mages Guild dismantle strange altars
A tribe of Wood Orcs is protecting Canonreeve Oraneth in Elden Hollow. Bakkhara, a member of the Mages Guild, wants to stop them, but can't attack the Orcs directly due to their association with Canonreeve Oraneth, who is a member of the Thalmor.

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Clear a path to the first altar.
  2. Wait for Bakkhara and the mages.
  3. Clear a path to the second altar.
  4. Wait for the mages.
  5. Defeat Canonreeve Oraneth.
  6. Wait for the mages.
  7. Talk to Bakkhara.
  8. Use the portal.
  9. Talk to Speaks-With-Lights.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

Speak to Bakkhara. She thinks you must be strong if you made it past the Justiciars. She is a member of the Mages Guild and wants to stop Canonreeve Oraneth. The canonreeve, an Altmer politician, hired Wood Orc mercenaries to dig up bones in Elden Hollow. From the unearthed bones, the Wood Orcs made a ritual altar. Bakkhara asks you to disable, then she will pursue Oraneth. You can continue talking to her to learn more about the situation, if you want. Oraneth used to be a Guild Mage. She believes the Altmer are superior to all in magic, and therefore better at other pursuits as well. Oraneth was very vocal about the Altmer leaving the Dominion, but after the Thalmor opposed her plan, she swore to save the Empire herself. She picked up tomes on Conjuration and Daedra from the Guild before she disappeared into the Hollow.

In the next room, defeat the Thalmor Justiciar and the Darkfern Diggers. In front of the first altar is Akash gra-Mal. Once she is defeated, Bakkhara and her two mages, Speaks-With-Lights and Dracien, appear to disable the altar.

Continue into the Hollow. When you come to a big room with a pond and some grass, a giant strangler named Chokethorn pops out of the grass. Defeat it, then continue to a larger room and defeat the Darkferns there. After they have been defeated, Bakkhara will appear and disable the second altar. If you talk to her this time, she will say that Dracien thinks the altars are necromantic and Oraneth might be a member of the Worm Cult.

In the next large area, defeat Nenesh gro-Mal and the Darkferns. Further along, you come across a giant alit named Leafseether. In the final room, the canonreeve is standing in front of another dark altar. This one appears to have some kind of portal active in it.

Once you have defeated the canonreeve, the three mages try to disable the altar. However, it doesn't work, and they are thrown back. Talk to Bakkhara.

"Oraneth is dead, the ritual broken, yet evil still stirs here. There is a darkness growing from the earth below, sprouting from a seed of death. We have failed. The darkness is coming, with no one to control it…"

When you try to ask her what you should do, the conversation ends, and she orders everyone out, claiming Oraneth will be the undoing of your group, as she runs into the darkness. She tells Speaks-With-Lights to warn the guild and Tamriel.

Use the portal to escape, then talk to Speaks-With-Lights. Dracien and Bakkhara are gone, but Bakkhara sacrificed herself to save you from the darkness. She gives you a reward for your help.

Quest StagesEdit

Ancient Remains
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Canonreeve Oraneth has raised an altar up ahead. I should clear a path through the Wood Orcs protecting it so that Bakkhara and her mages can disable it.
Objective: Clear a Path to the Altar
Bakkhara and her Mages Guild allies have arrived to dismantle the altar.
Objective: Bakkhara is Disabling the Altar
I should clear a path through the Wood Orcs to the next altar so that Bakkhara and her mages can render it useless.
Objective: Clear a Path to the Next Altar
Bakkhara and her Mages Guild allies have arrived to stop the ritual. I can continue on to the next ritual site now.
Objective: Bakkhara is Disabling the Altar
I should defeat the Wood Orcs surrounding the next altar so that Bakkhara and her mages can disable it.
Objective: Clear a Path to the Final Ritual Site
Bakkhara and her Mages Guild allies have arrived to disable what might be the last altar. I should wait for them to complete their task.
Objective: Bakkhara is Stopping the Ritual
Bakkhara and her mages have neutralized the final altar. I should speak with Bakkhara now.
Objective: Talk to Bakkhara
Something happened after the Canonreeve's altars were disabled. Elden Hollow is no longer safe - I should follow Speaks-With-Lights for a way out.
Objective: Follow Speaks-With-Lights to Escape Elden Hollow
Finishes quest  I've managed to escape the immediate danger in Elden Hollow. I should talk to the surviving Mages Guild member, Speaks-With-Lights.
Objective: Talk to Speaks-With-Lights
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  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.
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