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Retaking The Fringe is a main quest in The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles, available after completing either "Ritual of Mania" or "Ritual of Dementia."

BackgroundEdit

After Lord Thadon or Lady Syl barges into the Sacellum during the Ritual and announce his or her defection to Jyggalag, they tell Sheogorath that the Fringe has been taken. Sheogorath is delighted, as this is a new turn of events, and sends the Hero to investigate.

Note: This walkthrough was written from a character who picked the path of Mania and overthrew Lord Thadon. The quest is nearly identical for those who picked the path of Dementia, except instead of fighting alongside Golden Saints one will be fighting alongside Dark Seducers.

WalkthroughEdit

PasswallEdit

Retaking the Fringe Passwall

Passwall with crystals growing

Travel to the Fringe. The giant silver crystals that usually accompany Priests of Order have grown all over and the Hero will find a group of Golden saints/Dark Seducers battling a group of Knights of Order. After a brief fight Aurig Desha, one of the Saints, will approach them and say that the Knights are "relentless" and appear as fast as the Saints can kill them. She believes that destroying The Spire in Passwall will rob them of their power, and she has an idea. Before she can tell them however, another wave of Knights approach and they are forced to fight.

Retaking the Fringe Fight

Command the troops

At this point, there is an option to allow Aurig to command the troops or taking charge themselves. If chosen to command the troops, they must approach each Saint and order him to flank with a sword, move to the back with a bow, or stand their ground with an axe. Distribute the troops over the field, emphasizing those areas they are weak in. If a marksman, send more in with an axe. If fighting with a sword or touch magic, order more Saints to snipe with a bow. If they tell Aurig to command the troops herself, she will set up a line of ax-wielding front line troops and at least one archer.

Once the battlefield is prepped, notify Aurig. Seconds later, three waves of three Knights will materialize in front of the Spire.

After defeating the Knights speak to Aurig. She will tell the Hero that her scouts have noticed increased activity around the ruins of Xeddefen, located in the southeast corner of the Fringe. As they make their way to Xeddefen, they may notice that the Fringe has become barren, and the giant silver crystals will grow rapidly in their path.

XeddefenEdit

Retaking the Fringe Xeddefen

Shelden fights Knights of Order

Xeddefen is a fairly large ruin. Look for buttons in walls, traps, and watch the map for the beginnings of hallways behind secret doors. Proceed to the Great Chamber where they will discover Shelden, the self-appointed mayor of Passwall, sneaking through the halls. He says that he escaped into the ruins after the Knights attacked and has been lost ever since. He asks them to protect him. If they agree, he will become a standard follower.

Note: If they do not take Sheldon as a follower he will subsequently be crushed by the collapse of the ruin.

Obelisk of Order

Giant Obelisk of Crystals

In the center of the next room is a large cluster of Knights of Order and a giant silver crystal with rivulets of light flowing down. One must place three Hearts of Order into the obelisk to overload it. At least one knight will appear after each Heart.

Immediately after overloading the obelisk, the ceiling will begin to collapse. Run north first, then back around to the southwest. Mayor Shelden is apparently incapable of jumping, and if a large section of the ceiling collapses in his way, he will be stuck. However, by just running at the rubble one can carve a path for him by pushing the rocks out of the way. Shelden is also essential, and if he gets crushed wait for a few seconds and he will stand up and follow again.

Follow the red arrow to Felles, a mixture of ruins and caves. The ceiling will not collapse in the root-like cave section, but will continue to fall in the ruins sections. Knights and Priests are scattered throughout Felles. At the final part of the level they will find a door that blocks the passageway west to the exit. The switch is on a pedestal in a room to the south.

As soon as they get through that gate it slams shut, locking Shelden behind. He scolds them and says he will find another way out. The next section - all the way to the exit - is best done at an all-out sprint whilst on skooma, as this greatly increases speed.

Shelden will be waiting outside. He rewards them with absolutely nothing so find Aurig and speak to her instead. She will be in Passwall, fighting off a final wave of Knights. She sends you back to Sheogorath. Note that you cannot fast-travel from the Fringe at this point - you will have to get through the Gates of Madness first.

Sheogorath's PalaceEdit

Retaking the Fringe Sheogorath

The next task is...

Once back at Sheogorath's Palace, he will say that their next task will be to restore the Gatekeeper, who they killed in the quest "Through the Fringe of Madness." Restoring the Gatekeeper will keep the rest of the Shivering Isles safer from another invasion.

This will end the current quest and begin the next, "Rebuilding the Gatekeeper."

JournalEdit

Retaking The Fringe – SE08
IDJournal Entry
5Angry over Syl's replacement as the Duchess of Dementia, Thadon has betrayed Sheogorath and joined with the forces of Order. According to Thadon, Order has already taken the Fringe. I should travel to the Fringe and investigate his claims.
Angry over Thadon's replacement as the Duke of Mania, Syl has betrayed Sheogorath and joined with the forces of Order. According to Syl, Order has already taken the Fringe. I should travel to the Fringe and investigate her claims.
10I've arrived in the Fringe to find that it has been completely conquered by the forces of Order. Passwall may have been attacked. I should take a closer look.
25I've talked to Grakendo Udico about what has happened in Passwall. Order has been attacking the town non-stop. She's asked for my help in protecting the Passwall. I must place the Dark Seducers in the best positions possible to prepare for the attack. When I am satisfied, I should speak to the Grekendo.
I've talked to Grakendo Udico about what has happened in Passwall. Order has been attacking the town non-stop. She's asked for my help in protecting the Passwall. I should provide what aid I can and speak to her when I'm ready.
I've talked to Aurig Desha about what has happened in Passwall. Order has been attacking the town non-stop. She's asked for my help in protecting the Passwall. I must place the Golden Saints in the best positions possible to prepare for the attack. When I am satisfied, I should speak to the Aurig.
I've talked to Aurig Desha about what has happened in Passwall. Order has been attacking the town non-stop. She's asked for my help in protecting the Passwall. I should provide what aid I can and speak to her when I'm ready.
26The forces of Order are advancing on Passwall. We must defeat them all.
30The force of Knights attacking Passwall have been eliminated. I should speak to Grakendo Udico about the situation.
The force of Knights attacking Passwall have been eliminated. I should speak to Aurig Desha about the situation.
35The Dark Seducer commander Grakendo Udico has a plan to retake Passwall. I need to slip through the gate into the ruins of Xeddefen while her Dark Seducers distract the knights. They will continue to hold the line at Passwall. I have to use this opportunity to slip into Xeddefen and find Order's source of power.
The Golden Saint commander Aurig Desha has a plan to retake Passwall. I need to slip through the gate into the ruins of Xeddefen while her Golden Saints distract the knights. They will continue to hold the line at Passwall. I have to use this opportunity to slip into Xeddefen and find Order's source of power.
40The counterattack on Xeddefen has begun. Kiskella Udico and her Dark Seducers will distract the knights. While the Dark Seducers fight, I need to slip past the gates of Xeddefen and locate the source of the Spire's power.
The counterattack on Xeddefen has begun. Aureg Desha and her Golden Saints will distract the knights. While the Golden Saints fight, I need to slip past the gates of Xeddefen and locate the source of the Spire's power.
45I've made my way into the ruins of Xeddefen. I must seek out the spire's source of power and find a way to deactivate it.
50I've discovered the source of Order's power -- an obelisk is having its power amplified by the spire that leads to the center of Passwall. I must find a way to shut down the obelisk.
70I've overloaded the obelisk and collapsed the spire. The caverns are now coming down around me and I must escape before I'm trapped.
80I've survived the collapsing ruins of Xeddefen. I should seek out Grakendo Udico and ask her how the battle above ground went.
I've survived the collapsing ruins of Xeddefen. I should seek out Aurig Desha and ask her how the battle above ground went.
100Passwall has been liberated and the forces of Order have been defeated. I should speak with Sheogorath.
200
  • Quest complete

TriviaEdit

  • Once this quest has started, it is no longer possible to directly fast travel between areas inside and outside of The Fringe, but rather the Hero must walk physically through the Gates of Madness in either direction. Similarly, the fast travel marker for the Door to Cyrodiil is gone, but the Hero can still walk there and use the Door in both directions.