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Stonekeep is the first part of the second main quest of The Elder Scrolls: Arena. Following the escape from the Imperial City's dungeons, the Eternal Champion finds themself doing a favor for Queen Blubamka of Rihad: to retrieve a Parchment stolen by Golthog the Dark for the Rihad Palace, to decipher the Elder Scrolls and the legendary Fang Lair's location.

BackgroundEdit

JournalEdit

(Day), (Day) of (Month), in the year (Era) (Year) (The date in-game is dynamic, and will vary on when the quest is taken.)
The ruler of Rihad has marked Stonekeep on your map of the province of Hammerfell...

StoryEdit

The first part of the second quest of Arena. Following the escape from the Imperial City's dungeons, the Eternal Champion is given a quest from Rihad's Queen, Blubamka: to recover a stolen Parchment from Stonekeep, which will help reveal the location of the Fang Lair, in turn the location of the first piece of the Staff of Chaos. The Champion is also to assassinate Golthog the Dark and his gang of Goblins.

ObjectivesEdit

  • Receive Ria Silmane's dream bridge.
  • Travel to the city-state of Rihad, in Hammerfell.
  • Enter the palace, and receive the task from Queen Blubamka.
  • Retrieve the parchment from Stonekeep.
  • Return to Blubamka, and decipher the Fang Lair's location.

WalkthroughEdit

Dream BridgeEdit

After gaining experience from the world, and resting on that knowledge (Leveling up to level 2+), Ria Silmane approaches the Eternal Champion in their dreams to enlighten them about what she's divined on the Staff of Chaos, the Fang Lair, and the Dwarves of Kragen:

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Staff of Chaos Mugshot (Arena)

The Staff of Chaos.

I see you have strengthened your arm, and your mind, (Player's name). It is time we began this journey.

This is the Staff of Chaos, the one item that can open the door between this world, and the dimension to which the Emperor has been banished. Tharn used this item to destroy my corporeal form when I tried to warn the Council. He knew that the Staff of Chaos was nigh indestructible, having been made from the essence of the Land itself. But in that he found the key.

As the land split, so did he shatter the Staff into eight perfectly formed pieces. These he scattered across the realm. I have been able to divine the location of the first piece, a place called Fang lair."
―Ria Silmane[src]
Ria Silmane (Fang Lair) vision

A pause occurs to change scenes to Ria's face:

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Ria Silmane (Arena)

Ria Silmane.

It is said that the Fang Lair was originally built by the Dwarves of Kragen. Legend has it that a Great Wyrm drove the Dwarves from their home in the Dragon's Teeth, and took the Lair for itself. I only wish I knew the exact location.

Perhaps that are sages, or scholars who would know of this place. Somewhere in its dank depths lies the first piece of the Staff of Chaos. I wish you well, (Player's name).

I do not think Tharn knows of your escape, but I can do little else in this form. I have tried to obscure your identity with a spell, but I do not know how well it will hide you. Take care for Tharn may be searching.

Go forth with the blessings of the true Emperor, and myself..."
―Ria Silmane[src]
Ria Silmane (Fang Lair) vision2

After Ria delivers her message, the Champion is encouraged to talk to pedestrians, mages and priests to learn any information on the whereabouts of the Fang Lair. While searching, the Champion may be told that there is an new event in Hammerfell (This event can vary from people telling you of a break-in at Rihad Palace, a new discovery in Hammerfell. The Champion may also be directed to Rihad.), and is encouraged to go to a random city within Hammerfell and ask the civilians there the rumors of Hammerfell and the Fang Lair. The Champion is directed to the city of Rihad, where they are to hold an audience with Queen Blubamka in the Rihad Palace.

Rihad PalaceEdit

When the Champion seeks audience with Blubamka, she greets the Champion with a task:

"Welcome to Rihad, (Player's name). I am Queen Blubamka, and I agree to tell you about Fang Lair, for a favor. You see, not too long ago a band of goblins, led by Golthog the Dark attacked this stronghold. They carried away with them much treasure, including a parchment which held within its writings clues to decipher the part of the Elder Scrolls which spoke of the location of the legendary Fang Lair. Golthog and his goblins fled to an ancient and ruined fortress called Stonekeep, outside the city. I fear that a large band of mercenaries or soldiers will be unable to find them. A single person however, would be much more successful. Perhaps your arrival is fortuitous. If you would agree to try and recover this parchment, I will inscribe the location of the Stonekeep onto your map. If you are successful and return with the parchment, I will be able to decipher the location of Fang Lair. I promise to give you that location as reward for your help. Do you agree?"

The Eternal Champion should accept her request, and Blubamka speaks again:

"Excellent. Stonekeep lies near Rihad. Be careful, Golthog is crafty and evil. It is even rumored that he is a necromancer serving the Underking. When you have the parchment, return with it here and I will find out the location of the Fang Lair for you..." Queen Blubamka smiles broadly and motions for you to take your leave...

After leaving, it's recommended that the Champion stocks up on supplies at the various guilds.

PreparationEdit

Proceeding the audience with Blubamka, the Champion can stock up on supplies, though for now it isn't recommended. Stonekeep is a relatively easy dungeon if taken slowly, with many niches and raised platforms that can be used for resting if need be; the main cripple of the dungeon is the powerful enemies that can swarm early leveled players. It's still recommended to save gold, and spend it more wisely later.

Rihad Weapon Shop (Arena)

An equipment store in Rihad, "Baban's Provisions."

It's recommended the Champion sell what they collected from their adventure in the Imperial dungeons. Hefty amounts of gold can be collected from selling useless or extra weaponry, and combined with the loot possible in Stonekeep, there's much money to be made and spent for later.

Rihad Inn (Arena)

An inn, the "White Mug."

If the Champions is very keen on buying supplies, the weapons and armor found should be, if possible, upgraded at equipment stores. At a Mages Guild, the Champion should buy Potions of Healing, and possibly Potions of Strength and Potions of Cure Disease. Anything else is left to the Champion's decision.

If the Champion is diseased at any point, and requires curing but has no potions at hand, a Church will provide curing, healing and blessing services for hefty amounts of gold. Their shop sign is that of a golden chalice pouring wine.

When finished preparing, the Champion should travel to Stonekeep.

Stolen ParchmentEdit

Stonekeep Walkthrough (Arena)

Stonekeep's map. The pink line shows the fastest way to reach the parchment (neon green dot).

Stonekeep is located north of Rihad, the closest village being Chaseguard. The dungeon isn't small, however the parchment is luckily near the entrance and can be reached quite easily. The Champion should go and follow the wall to the right, and to the second door.

Stonekeep Entrance (Arena)

The entrance to Stonekeep, with the throne in the background.

The Champion will likely be greeted by a couple Goblins, Rats and even Wolves. After they dispose of the creatures, the Champion should then proceed to go to the last room on the right where they will find a blue platform along with a hole in the wall. They can choose whether to sleep or keep going.

The Eternal Champion must leap into the hole to access the room where the parchment is held. After they have reached the platform, there is a group of up to ten Skeletons that the Champion can kill for quite a bit of experience. Skeletons, however, are very tough opponents at a low level and low quality armor/weapons, and should be fought with caution. After this, the Champion should then proceed to swim their way to the central island where the parchment resides.

Blubamka's Parchment (Arena)

Blubamka's parchment.

Caution should be taken as the parchment is guarded by a number of Ghouls. Ghouls can kill a low-leveled opponent in very few hits. It's also recommended to kill all the enemies in the perimeter of the island to avoid later complications.

The Eternal Champion should then go to the center section on the island where there is some treasure chests with some decent loot (some may need to be lockpicked to open), and the parchment that Blubamka requires. After they acquire the Parchment, a prompt will appear, restating what the Parchment was required for:

"You have found the Parchment the court at Rihad can use to discover the location of the Fang Lair..."

The Champion can proceed to leave Stonekeep and return to Rihad, about a three-day journey.

The Champion can also choose to stay in Stonekeep, and earn vary valuable and worthwhile loot and levels. The top level of Stonekeep is relatively easy for a level 2-3 or higher as there are only goblins, Orcs, and sometimes even Lizard Men in the main sections.

There is an iron key on the middle island near the entrance that can be used to open several locked doors. If they choose to go farther into Stonekeep, caution is advised as there are Ghouls, Skeletons, and large groups of Spiders. The Champion should eventually find their way out and will head back to Rihad, where Blubamka will celebrate and reveal the Fang Lair's location.

The Elder ScrollEdit

Upon returning to Rihad Palace and seeking Blubamka's audience, she greets the Champion:

"You have recovered the parchment! I hope you put Golthog into an early grave as well. Still, I will complete my end of the bargain..." Queen Blubamka motions to a courtier who respectfully bows and brings forward a pen. Staring intently at the parchment, the Queen takes a few moments and then inscribes the location of Fang Lair, somewhere in the province of Hammerfell, onto your map...

Speaking to Blubamka afterward will force her to promptly announce:

"I have nothing further to discuss!"

Signalling the Champion to take their leave, they should continue to the Fang Lair, and the first piece of the Staff of Chaos.

TriviaEdit

  • During the first part of Ria's dream bridge with the floating Staff of Chaos, the captions beneath appear dark blue, instead of the normal light blue when the Champion speaks to Ria.
    • The color resets to light blue after that part of the bridge is over.
  • This is the first quest in which the Eternal Champion may encounter scripted deaths.
    • This death includes being paralyzed in water after being hit by a Spider. The Champion drowns subsequently afterwards.
    • The Champion may also die on the three-day journey back to Rihad if they're Diseased (as that causes constant damage, even through traveling), and may be greeted by Ria Silmane in the afterlife instead of arriving at the city-state. A way to counter this would be to go to Chaseguard instead, and try to find a Church to cure their Disease.
  • While Golthog the Dark does not appear in Stonekeep, Queen Blubamka still celebrates his death upon returning the parchment.
    • It is possible that one of the generic goblins the Champion kills could be Golthog.
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