For other uses, see Stonekeep.

Stonekeep is a large palace-turned-dungeon located to the north of the city of Rihad, and in the northern regions of the city-state of Rihad, in Hammerfell.


The palace is one floor, but is quite extensive. Among the rooms included is a throne room, an office hall, a royal bed chamber, a residential area, a dining room, a kitchen, and a large prison.

At the time of Eternal Champion's arrival, there are numerous caves breaking through the walls to the south and, tunnels digging through the ground (most which have flooded), as well as large amounts of flooding in the prison, suggesting that Stonekeep was built next to a river, or lake.


Stonekeep was run by a group of peace keeping knights, led by a king. It was required to surrender all weapons to the guards upon entering Stonekeep.[1]

It was attacked by goblins who have tunneled their way into the fortress. After the goblins had killed the king with a bronze-colored dagger through the chest,[1] the remaining survivors tried to escape through the goblins' caves to the south. However, failing this, they followed the tunnels back to the north to make their last stand, where they were presumably wiped out.[1]

After the original inhabitants were killed, the fortress became the home to numerous creatures, including rats, wolves, orcs, skeletons, minotaurs, giant spiders and ghouls, as well as Golthog the Dark and his band of goblins, though Golthog himself never appears, apparently fleeing.[1]



The second quest of Arena. Following the escape from the Imperial Dungeons in the Imperial City, the Eternal Champion, after traveling to Hammerfell, is given a quest from Queen Blubamka: to recover a stolen parchment said to reveal part of the Elder Scrolls from Stonekeep, which contains the location of the Fang Lair, which in turn holds the location of the first piece of the Staff of Chaos. The champion is also to assassinate Golthog the Dark in Stonekeep.