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"I have spent many a day searching the ethereal planes for some clue as the location of the sixth piece of the Staff. This is what I have found. The piece was sent to a place called the Crypt of Hearts. I have no clue as to the location of such a place. [...] Still, only three provinces remain that can hold these last pieces. It can only lie in one of these."
Ria Silmane[src]

Crypt of Hearts is the seventh main quest quest of The Elder Scrolls: Arena. In this quest, the Eternal Champion finds the sixth piece of the Staff of Chaos.


  • Receive Ria Silmane's vision while sleeping.
  • Travel to the city of Camlorn, High Rock.
  • Talk with the Priest on the Brotherhood of Seth and accept his quest.
  • Travel to the Mines of Khuras.
  • Retrieve the Map Fragment.
  • Give the Map Fragment to the Priest and he will mark the Crypt of Hearts on the map.
  • Travel to the Crypt of Hearts.
  • Obtain the Sixth Piece of the Staff of Chaos from the depths of the dungeon.


Ria SilmaneEdit

It has become a habit, congratulating you on your success. Still, there are three pieces left, and what guards them only the Divine Lady may know. I have spent many a day searching the ethereal planes for some clue as the location of the sixth piece of the Staff. This is what I have found. The piece was sent to a place called the Crypt of Hearts. I have no clue as to the location of such a place. The price for the little knowledge I have was... exacting. Still, only three provinces remain that can hold these last pieces. It can only lie in one of these. Good luck... —Ria Silmane

After obtaining the Fifth Piece of the Staff of Chaos, the Eternal Champion once more receives a vision of the deceased Ria Silmane during their sleep. The sorceress congratulates them for conquering the Fifth Piece from the ruins of Crystal Tower and warns there are three other pieces yet to be reached. Ria discovered the location of the Sixth Piece traveling among ethereal planes—the dungeon Crypt of Hearts.


Talking with people about the Crypt of Hearts will eventually direct the Eternal Champion to the city of Camlorn, High Rock. The citizens of the city will advise that the Champion to go to a local temple, the Brotherhood of Seth. The citizens of Camlorn can also give directions to the temple if the Champion does not know where it is.

Inside the temple, the Senior Brother Halfas Varn will greet the Eternal Champion, and further interactions indicate that he seems to already know about the quest to discover the Crypt of Hearts. The Priest says that one of the monks, Brother Barnabas of Thetis, went crazy thinking that, "The Emperor was captured and only an item called Staff of Chaos could free him." Not believing their brother, the monks did not pay any attention to his warnings. However, Barnabas recently assassinated Brother Martinus and stole a Map Fragment which contains a code to decipher the location of the Crypt of Hearts. Halfas theorizes that his Brother traveled to the Mines of Khuras, a dangerous dungeon, and certainly perished there. The Senior Brother then asks the Eternal Champion to recover the fragment from the Mines and in return he will reveal the location of the Crypt of Hearts.

After receiving a positive reply, the Senior Brother will then mark the Mines of Khuras on the map.

Mines of KhurasEdit

Recommended effects:

  • Resist Fire, which can be used in form of spell and potion, both are sold at Mages Guild—two potions are enough.
  • Resist Shock, for enemies at the dungeon tend to use shock attacks.

Mines of Khuras is a bi-level dungeon and as already said by Halfas, a dangerous location. The First Level is more tricky than the other area, due to its streams of lava, while the Second Level is easier, however there is an abundant presence of abysses. Creatures encountered inside the dungeon include Homonculi and Stone Golems.

First LevelEdit

Mines of Khuras First Level

Mines of Khuras First Level.

After entering Mines of Khuras, there will be two ways to reach the door to the Second Level, which is exactly south of the entrance (as seen on the map). The way to the left will be flooded with lava, which can be passed safely with the Resist Fire effect, though still dealing damage. The way to the ring will also be flooded with lava, however this lava can be passed without the Resist Fire effect; just by jumping from a platform to another. Still, the Eternal Champion may fail and fall into the lava, easily killing them or removing a great portion of Health.

Alternatively, a magic user can use the spell Passwall to break the walls, reaching the door to the Second Level through a much shorter way. However it is important to remember that the door must be entered through the correct side, otherwise the Eternal Champion will be locked inside the walls.

Mines of Khuras Second Level

Mines of Khuras Second Level.

Regardless of the way taken, in this level the demoniac Homunculi will again appear against the Eternal Champion, mainly in the First Level. Using Resist Shock is useful when fighting these creatures at long range. Not only the first corridors, but all the First Level is flooded with lava, especially on the northeast area.

Second LevelEdit

Map Fragment

Map Fragment.

The Second Level is considerably safer than the First, not having streams of lava, but a great number of comparatively inoffensive abysses. Stone Golems will appear in this area, these are the medium strength golem, between its Ice and Iron relatives. Stone Golems, like the Homunculi, use Shock attacks at long range.

Brother Barnabas

Brother Barnabas remains.

The Map Fragment stands inside a room in the southeast area locked by two doors. To reach this room, the Eternal Champion can choose to take either the upper way or the lower way (the map on the right shows the location of the Map Fragment, represented by a green marker). Close to the Map Fragment, the remains of Brother Barnabas reveal the end of the priest who could not rescue the Emperor.

Once the Eternal Champion obtained the Map Fragment, they must give it back to Halfas Varn on the Brotherhood of Seth. The Senior Brother fulfills his part of the exchange deciphering the location of Crypt of Hearts and marking it on the map.

Crypt of HeartsEdit

Recommended effects:

  • Restore Health.
  • Resist Fire, against the two Fire Daemons guarding the Sixth Piece.
Crypt of Hearts First Level

Crypt of Hearts First Level.

Crypt of Hearts Second Level

Crypt of Hearts Second Level.

Crypt of Hearts Third Level

Crypt of Hearts Third Level.

Crypt of Hearts Fourth Level

Crypt of Hearts Fourth Level.

The Crypt of Hearts is a medium—but seriously dangerous—dungeon which contains four levels. The first level is the largest area, while the other three are smaller. The following creatures are encountered inside the ruins: Skeletons, Homonculi, Hell Hounds, Ghosts, Iron Golems and Fire Daemons.

First LevelEdit

Immediately after entering the Crypt, the door to the Second Level will be located exactly west of the front door. Using the map on the right, it is possible to break the right walls with the spell Passwall, making the First Level shorter and much safer. Non-magic users can walk through safer ways in the northeast area of the dungeon, since it is not necessary to explore the whole First Level to reach the lower level. However, the corridors in this zone, beyond creatures, contain valuable treasures and loot.

Second LevelEdit

The Second Level is considerably smaller than the first one, and also has streams of lava in the east area and abysses in the west, sheltering Homonculi and Ghosts. The door to the Third Level is located south of the entrance, and the path is moderately dangerous, especially in abysses. To reach the Third Level, the Eternal Champion must take the upper corridors upon entering the Second Level and then hike to the southwest, where they will encounter large abysses which surround the room where the door to the Second Level is located.

Third LevelEdit

It is notable the presence of Hell Hounds in the Third Level, as the description says, "screams from far way can be heard." The door to the Fourth Level is right behind the entrance door, so the spell Passwall can easily be used again to make the quest much shorter. The path to the door is simple—go to the east and take the great corridor to the south until the path ends, then go to the east again. The Eternal Champion will encounter lava if they walk through the corridors, and more lava exploring the whole area.

Fourth LevelEdit

The Fourth Level is the final level, and the most dangerous too. The central room where the Sixth Piece of the Staff of Chaos remains is surrounded by a giant abyss protected by Homunculi. The Eternal Champion would have to walk around the abyss until they reach the opening, but alternatively it is possible to use the spell Passwall. Approaching the great abyss, the Eternal Champion will be attacked by Homonculi standing above the platforms. To reach the central room, they can either jump through these platforms or walk on the underground. The door of the central room will give a riddle in order to be opened.


"Few have gained these hallowed halls,
Brave fools who wouldst face the puzzle...

There is a think, which nothing is,
Yet it has a name.
It's sometimes tall
And sometimes short
It tumbles when we fall'
It joins our sport,
And plays at every game...

What then, doth I speak of?"

The answer is "Shadow."

Two Fire Daemons will be inside the central room; these are one of the strongest creatures in The Elder Scrolls: Arena. Their physical attacks are devastating and at long range they use lethal Fireballs—as such, the effect Resist Fire shall be useful during confrontation with said entities.

After defeating the two Fire Daemons, the Eternal Champion must conquer the Sixth Piece of the Staff of Chaos and exit the Crypt of Hearts.


Sixth Piece of the Staff of Chaos
You have rejected my offer of everlasting life, and defeated the Crypt of Hearts. Your list of accomplishments grow. You will not however, accomplish the forging of the Staff. My forces are inexhaustible, and you will succumb. Prepare, for my servants arrive... —Jagar Tharn

After conquering the Sixth Piece, the usurper Jagar Tharn will again appear in vision threatening the Eternal Champion and sending his servants to retrieve the reunited pieces.


Arena Main Quest
Escape From PrisonFang LairLabyrinthianElden GroveHalls of ColossusCrystal TowerCrypt of HeartsMurkwoodDagoth-UrImperial Palace