Stonekeep is a palace-turned-dungeon in the province of Hammerfell, just north of Rihad in the city-state of the latter name. It is the first of several locations that the Eternal Champion visited in The Elder Scrolls: Arena, on the journey to rebuild the Staff of Chaos.
The ruler of Rihad has marked Stonekeep on your map of the province of Hammerfell...
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.
- Sleep, and receive Ria Silmane's dream bridge.
- Travel to the city of Rihad.
- Go to the palace, and receive the task from Queen Blubamka.
- Enter Stonekeep and retrieve the parchment.
- Return to Blubamka to learn the location of the Fang Lair.
After gaining experience from the world and resting on that knowledge, Ria Silmane comes to the Eternal Champion in his sleep, and tells them about the Fang Lair, the Dwarves of Kragen, and the Staff of Chaos.
A pause incurs, for the game to load the rest of its assets for the dream bridge.
After Ria delivers her message, the Champion is encouraged to talk to pedestrians, mages and priests to learn Fang lair's location. The Champion is then told that Rihad Palace., and is encouraged to go to the city of Rihad, where they are to meet Queen Blubamka in the
Stonekeep is located north of Rihad. The dungeon is not small, however the parchment is luckily near the entrance and can be reached quite easily. After the Champion enters Stonekeep, they should go to the second door on the east side. They will likely be greeted by a couple goblins or even some 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. To jump, the Eternal Champion will have to stand on the blue platform (the bed), face the other platform and press Shift + J to do a long jump. After they have reached the platform, there is a group of up to 10 skeletons that the Champion can kill for quite a bit of XP. It should be noted, however, that skeletons are tough opponents at a low level and should be fought with caution. After this, the Champion should then proceed to swim their way to the 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 a few hits so it is recommended to have a decent weapon to dispatch them. It is also recommended to kill all the enemies in the perimeter of the island to avoid later complications. Regardless, the Eternal Champion will then go to the center room on the island where there is some treasure chests with some decent loot, and the parchment that the Queen needs. After they get the parchment, they can proceed to simply leave the Dungeon and return to Rihad.
The Champion can also choose to stay in Stonekeep and get some worthwhile loot and levels. The top level of Stonekeep is relatively easy for a level 6 or higher as there are only goblins, Orcs, and sometimes even Lizard Men. 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 to the lower depths of Stonekeep, caution is advised as there are Lizard Men, Ghouls, and Skeletons which will often appear in groups. Eventually, the Champion will find their way out and will head back to Rihad.
- This is the first quest in which the Eternal Champion may encounter a scripted death.
- This death includes being paralyzed in water after being hit by a spider. The Champion drowns subsequently afterwards.
- While Golthog the Dark does not appear in Stonekeep, Queen Blubamka still celebrates his death.
- It is possible that one of the generic goblins the Champion kills could be Golthog.