For other uses, see Stonekeep.

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.



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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.

Quick walkthroughEdit

  • 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.


Dream BridgeEdit

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.

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 incurs, for the game to load the rest of its assets for the dream bridge.

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 Fang lair's location. The Champion is then told that there is an event in Hammerfell (This event can vary from people telling you of a break-in at Rihad Palace to a new discovery in Hammerfell.), and is encouraged to go to the city of Rihad, where they are to meet Queen Blubamka in the Rihad Palace.

Stolen ParchmentEdit

Stonekeep Map

Stonekeep. The black line shows an easy way to reach the parchment.

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.


The Parchment

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.


Arena Main Quest
Escape From PrisonStonekeepFang LairFortress of IceLabyrinthianSelene's WebElden GroveTemple of AgamanusHalls of ColossusTemple of the Mad GodCrystal TowerMines of KhurasCrypt of HeartsVaults of GeminMurkwoodBlack GateDagoth-UrImperial Palace