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.
The ruler of Rihad has marked Stonekeep on your map of the province of Hammerfell...
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.
- 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.
A pause occurs to change scenes to Ria's face:
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, 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.
When the Champion seeks audience with Blubamka, she greets the Champion with a task:
The Eternal Champion should accept her request, and Blubamka speaks again:
After leaving, it's recommended that the Champion stocks up on supplies at the various guilds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
Speaking to Blubamka afterward will force her to promptly announce:
Signalling the Champion to take their leave, they should continue to the Fang Lair, and the first piece of the Staff of Chaos.
- 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.