Orchendor is a Bosmer mage and the primary antagonist of the quest "The Only Cure," having taken up residence deep within Bthardamz. He is also mentioned in the Afflicted's Note found in the upper portion of Bthardamz.
Orchendor was a priest of Peryite, aiding him in spreading disease and creating the Afflicted. He eventually decided to cease working for the Daedric Prince, which prompted Peryite to seek the Dragonborn's help in ridding Nirn of the unfaithful priest.
Orchendor utilizes standard Destruction spells, favoring frost, and has a great deal of staying power. When cornered or sufficiently injured, he will teleport (becoming temporarily invulnerable) to a nearby space or even to another tier of the same room. In addition, Orchendor is completely immune to fire, frost, and shock spells, as well as absorption effects; physical weapons are recommended. Beast Form is also quite strong against him, however he may die while teleporting, which will cause him to disappear.
He is immune to Ice Form and Paralyze, which would stop him from teleporting around the room. He can also kill Atronachs very quickly, but could be advantageous to gain some resting time. It can be useful to Summon Arniel's Shade in this situation.
If the Dragonborn has an invisibility potion and the Assassin's Blade perk, sneak behind Orchendor and use a strong dagger, or dual wield two daggers and power swing with both of them. If you don't have two daggers, they can be substituted with a sword and one dagger. If the Dragonborn has the Shrouded Gloves, a successful sneak attack with one dagger (assuming you also have the Assassin's Blade perk and a decent dagger) will likely kill him instantly.
If the Dragonborn can make use of the Dead Thrall spell, Orchendor is an excellent reanimation candidate and one of a few very powerful Thrall options.
If it is too difficult to beat him conventionally due to him being a destruction mage, simply lead him back through the dungeon until the study area is reached, where he can be killed using the floor traps. However, this area is two subsections away from the room where he is first found and it is possible that Orchendor will kill the Dragonborn before reaching it.
Using the Conjuration spell to summon 2 Dremora Lords is the most effective way for a mage. Summon them, then hide behind the wall and wait for him to be killed.
This section contains bugs related to Orchendor. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:
- If Orchendor is one of your Dead Thralls, casting Call to Arms will cause him to become hostile.confirmation needed
- Fight in another room and he will not teleport.
- If you use Dead Thrall on Orchendor, he is sometimes able to be killed with Destruction magic.
- If a Ring of Peerless Destruction is taken off Orchendor, there may be a typo reading: Ring of Peeless Destruction.
- If you are sneaking and perform a successful sneak attack, he may become friendly.