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"There was once a great maze, built by the Archmagus Shalidor to guard what he called Glamorill, the elven term for 'The Secret of Life'. I know not the location of the great maze, which was called the Labyrinthian, but somewhere in its twisted corridors lies the second piece of the Staff of Chaos."
Ria Silmane[src]

Labyrinthian is the third main quest of The Elder Scrolls: Arena. The second piece of the Staff of Chaos is found in the deep, dark, unforgiving depths of the Labyrinth.

Quick walkthroughEdit

  • Travel to Labyrinthian
  • Obtain the Diamond Key from Domain of Mogrus
  • Obtain the Sapphire Key from Domain of Kanen
  • Open the last room with the keys and collect the Second Piece of the Staff of Chaos



Labyrinthian First Level

Labyrinthian, First Level.

Labyrinthian is an enormous dungeon built by the Arch Mage Shalidor, as says its name. It is much more complex and bigger than the Fortress of Ice, being divided into three areas:

  • The Center Area is where the second piece resides, however to open the doors, the Eternal Champion must get the keys from the left and right area.
  • The Left Area is the Domain of Mongrus, where the Diamond key is found.
  • The Right Area is the Domain of Kanen, where the Sapphire Key is found.

No matter where the Champion goes, Spiders, Goblins, Ghouls, Ghosts, Wolves, and Hell Hounds are the creatures which roam the corridors of Labyrinthian. They can be quite easy to defeat if the Champion has a decent weapon.

After entering on the Labyrinthian, there will be three doors; the left one will lead to Domain of Kanen, which guards the Sapphire Key; the right one will lead to Domain of Mogrus, which guards the Diamond Key; the central one will lead to the room where the Second Piece remains. The order in which the key are obtained has no importance, even though in-game messages tell the Champion to go through the Domain of Mongrus first.

Domain of MogrusEdit

The Domain of Mogrus has lava, the key being located northeast of the area. It is possible to use underground passages to reach the key more safely. However, the Key is guarded by the Wrath of Mogrus—to open the cell door, a riddle must be answered to his spirit. If the answer is incorrect, the Wrath will attack.

Domain of Mogrus

Labyrinthian, Domain of Mogrus. Tha black line shows an easy way to reach the Diamond Key.


I am brother Mogrus, the shade of this hall
Cursed to its lengths, from beginning to end.
Find me the answer, and a door will I call
Fail me but once, and your heart will I rend...

More beautiful than the face of your God,
Yet more wicked than a Daemon's forked tongue?
Dead men eat it all the time,
Live men who eat it die slow...

What is the correct answer, mortal?

The answer is "Nothing."

The Wrath of Mogrus will open the cell door which contains the Diamond Key, as he is freed from his curse.

I have been a fool,
Perhaps a mad wizard's tool
Yet after untold ages,
I am at least free.
In the cell next to this
Lies your reward, the Diamond Key...

Domain of KanenEdit

The Domain of Kanen is also very large, however it has more underground passages which can be used to reach the Sapphire Key faster. Upon reaching the room where the Key remains, the Wrath of Kanen will give another riddle. If answered correctly, the cell shall open; if not, the Wrath of Kanen will attack.

Domain of Kanen

Labyrinthian, Domain of Kanen. The black line shows an easy way to reach the Sapphire Key.


I am brother Kanen, who holds the secret of life
Not a more cunning riddler, 'twixt ocean and fief
Answer me this question, o' foolish mortal from above,
Or join my eternal task, borne of duty and love...

Two bodies have I,
Though both joined in one.
The more still I stand,
The quicker I run

What is thy answer

The answer is "Hourglass."

The Wrath of Kanen will open the cell door, giving the Sapphire Key to the Eternal Champion as a reward for freeing him.

I am free to fly the wind,
after an eternity of sickness and sin!
As a reward for setting me free,
The cell next to this holds your Sapphire Key...

The Second PieceEdit

After obtaining both Sapphire and Diamond Keys, it is now possible to unlock the two doors on the room which contains the Second Piece of the Staff of Chaos. Back on the First Level of Labyrinthian, walking in the corridor which leads to the room will show the story of the two brothers, Kanen and Mogrus, who tried to conquest the "secret of life" from Labyrinthian.

This is the tale of two brother,
Who sought the secret of life.
They ventured into this Labyrinthian,
Weary from war and strife...

The first was Kanen the Elder,
a strong and cunning man.
He quested for riches and jewels,
yet found fate had other plans...

The second was Mogrus the Dim,
and few knew what he was worth.
They saw only the lumbering giant,
not the child who was blessed at birth...

The few they told of their plans,
begged them to desist at their feet.
But the brothers would test this puzzle of the North
for till then they had known no defeat...

This is the tale of two brothers,
who failed the secret of life.
Forever held by two riddles which lead to the prize,
and a wit as cunning, and sharp as knife.

Open the first door with the Sapphire Key, the second door will be unlocked by the Diamond Key. The last door will give a riddle to be answered.

Second Piece of Staff of Chaos

The Second Piece of the Staff of Chaos


What force and strength,
cannot get through,
I, with a gentle touch, can do;
And many in these twisted halls would stand,
Were I not, as a friend, at hand...

The answer is "Key."

The last door will open, and the Second Piece of the Staff of Chaos can now be collected. Beware of the two Ghosts guarding the piece.


"You have survived the tests most dire. Continue along this path however and you will face such things as to make your very heart freeze. I will save you the ordeal for my servants approach you even now. From your mangled corpse I will take what is mine..."
―Jagar Tharn[src]
Jagar Tharn (Labyrinthian) ambush

After obtaining the Second Piece, Jagar Tharn will send his servants to kill the Eternal Champion and retake the Second Piece.

Ria Silmane will contact the Eternal Champion again in their sleep to inform the location of the Third Piece.


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