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Evil in Waiting is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

ObjectivesEdit

  • Collect all three vessels.
  • Perform the ritual with Valdar.
  • Defeat Hevnoraak.

WalkthroughEdit

The VesselsEdit

When the Dragonborn enters Valthume, a spirit named Valdar is encountered. The Dragonborn is instructed to collect three vessels in the cave and bring them back to Valdar.

The first vessel can be found in the Valthume area inside the room with the Draugr Deathlord that has two holes in the ceiling to the sky (requires activating a handle across an apparent dead end from an iron gate that causes a hidden door to open as well as the gate). It's possible that during the heat of the fight, the vessel might get knocked over so search the floor and in the bushes in the room. It looks much like an empty wine bottle, but will be labeled "opaque vessel"; the map arrow will show the location, but there will be no arrow shown in the room.

The second vessel is located in the catacombs where the three flamethrower pillars are. When entering the first room there may be a Chest and a Large Frostbite Spider with 1-3 smaller spiders with it. The room with the vessel can be unlocked by pulling a chain.

The third vessel can be obtained in the room behind the combination lock door, setting the correct combination on the rotating kiosks: dragon, hawk, wolf will open the door. There is a word wall behind the third vessel that gives a word of the Aura Whisper shout.

The RitualEdit

Upon returning to Valdar, he will say that by pouring out the contents of the vessels, the lich entombed in the caves will be deprived from regaining its full power. After the Dragonborn pours the vessel contents into the sconce and sits in the throne, Valdar will reanimate Hevnoraak, who will still be formidable. (It should be noted that after sitting on the throne, the Dragonborn can immediately exit the throne and find a hiding spot before Hevnoraak appears. This can give sneaky characters a better chance to sneak attack him with a bow.) Valdar then awakens the dragon priest Hevnoraak.

Defeating HevronaakEdit

Hevnoraak casts powerful lightning spells at the Dragonborn and summons Storm Atronachs. Beware of the lightning that Hevnoraak casts on the ground as it is debilitating to health and magicka.

When defeated, Hevnoraak will drop the mask Hevnoraak which makes its wearer immune to both disease and poisons.

JournalEdit

Journal Entry

A spirit known as Valdar has asked me to collect three vessels in Valthume to defeat the Dragon Priest Hevnoraak.

  • Objective is assigned: Collect the Vessels (0/3)
  • Objective is assigned: Perform the ritual with Valdar

Valdar has asked me to collect three vessels in Valthume to defeat the Dragon Priest Hevnoraak. I brought the vessels to Valdar who told me the vessels contained the blood of Hevnoraak. I am to use this blood in a ritual to defeat him.

  • Objective: Defeat Hevnoraak

Valdar has asked me to collect three vessels in Valthume to defeat the Dragon Priest Hevnoraak. I brought the vessels to Valdar who told me the vessels contained the blood of Hevnoraak. I used the blood to weaken and awaken Hevnoraak, and defeated him.

Vader [sic] [Do not change this to Valdar. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] has asked me to collect three vessels in Valthume to defeat the Dragon Priest Hevnoraak. I brought the vessels to Valdar who told me the vessels contained the blood of Hevnoraak. I used the blood to weaken and awaken Hevnoraak, and defeated him. Valdar told me to take his iron mask and faded away.

  • Quest complete

TriviaEdit

  • If a follower is commanded to sit on the throne, Valdar will release Hevnoraak as normal allowing the Dragonborn to choose a better location to attack Hevnoraak from.
  • The title is a reference to Bethesda Softwork's game The Evil Within which was in development 1 year prior to the release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and released 3 years after.

BugsEdit

This section contains bugs related to Evil in Waiting. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • If the epilogue in the journal is read after completing the quest, the title will be misspelled as "Vader" (rather than "Valdar").
  • The second vessel may be knocked behind the wall by Unrelenting Force, leaving the quest impossible to complete.
    • Occasionally, using Unrelenting Force on and around the vessel enough times will put it in an obtainable position. This may be extremely difficult to accomplish, however.
  •  PC   360   The puzzle door needing the dragon claw to open may sometimes freeze, rendering it impossible to use.
    •  PC(Fix)   Enter the console code setstage dunValthumeQST 10 and return to where Hevnoraak lies (in Valthume). If the Dragonborn returns to the door after defeating Hevnoraak, it will begin to function properly and the word of power can then be received.
    •  360(Fix)   Save at the door and reload the game to fix the bug. If this does not work, it may be necessary to reload the game to a save made prior to entering the ruins.
  • The spikes blocking the word wall may reactivate. This will leave the Dragonborn trapped. A fix can be to either load to an earlier save, or open the spikes by shooting arrows at the pedestal, upon which the Opaque Vessel was previously placed. Using the Unrelenting Force shout on the pedestal will also work, provided at least two words of the shout have already been attained. (Otherwise, simply jump on the activation block to lower the spikes).
  • The quest may not be marked as completed when Hevnoraak is defeated. Speak to Valdar to fix this issue.

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    • I beat hevnoraak and later died in another quest...my last save took me back to adding blood to sconce but only have two vessels went back thro...
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