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Tears of the Savior
Tears of the Savior Door To Glade
Quest Giver S'drassa
Location Leyawiin Mages Guild
Frostfire Cave
Reward Leveled GoldIcon See below
Faction Mages Guild
Type Misc quest
Tears of the Savior is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. A Khajiit named S'drassa asks the Hero of Kvatch to find Garridan's Tears. S'drassa enjoys collecting crystals, especially those of a magical nature, and is willing to pay a handsome amount of gold for each Tear recovered.

Background

S'drassa describes a bit about Garridan's Tears. Apparently, they're literally tears of a knight named Garridan who was killed and frozen while battling a Frost Atronach ages ago. To find where they may be located, he suggests speaking to Julienne Fanis at Arcane University in the Imperial City.

Walkthrough

Imperial City

First Edition

First Edition bookstore in the Imperial City

After talking to S'drassa about Garridian's Tears, go to the Arcane University in the Imperial City and ask Julienne Fanis about the Tears. She refers the Hero to a book, Knightfall, available at the First Edition bookstore in the Imperial City, Market District, if they want to learn more about possible locations of Garridan's Tears.

Go to the First Edition bookstore in the Market District and buy Knightfall from Phintias, then read the book.

Knightfall tells the tale of Garridan and the quest for Everflow Ewer at a place known as Frostfire Glade. It is supposedly located in the mountains near Bruma. The book also mentions needing special Refined Frost Salts to get into the Glade, which can be bought from Julienne Fanis.

If the Hero talks to S'drassa again, he will give them five Philter of Frostward potions that will protect against frost damage.

Out to Frostfire Cave

Tears of the Savior Glade

Frostfire Glade

Head to Frostfire Cave and fight through. It's mostly occupied by rats, wolves, mountain lions, and/or bears. Once finding the door to the actual Frostfire Glade, enter. Frost Atronachs will be encountered within the glade.

The entire area seems filled with a swirling, freezing mist. The extreme cold in this place is unbearable without magical protection. The glade is true to its namesake: the frost burns as if it was fire.

Tears of the Savior Inside Ice

Garridan frozen inside the ice

In the center of Frostfire Glade, the Hero will discover an astonishing sight: Garridan himself locked in an eternal frozen struggle with a huge Frost Atronach. The journal entry reads as follows --

"It appears that Garridan had dropped his weapon and was using the Ewer to protect himself. The Atronach smashed the Ewer, which must have reacted with the magical waters and froze everything solid. A sad end for such a noble knight."

Retrieving Garridan's tears

TearLocations

The tears are located at the tip of each triangle

Search the ground surrounding Garridan for Garridan's Tears; there are five of them. Four will be scattered on the ground around the frozen warrior. A fifth tear is up on top of the rock hosting the ice sculpture, on the opposite side from the tree-bridge.

Be careful, as they are extremely tiny and hard to find. If the Hero happens to hit one of the Tears with their foot while walking, it could get bumped under a rock or plant, making it nearly impossible to find. Walk slowly when searching for the Tears. The Tears are easier to spot when on one of the surrounding rocks.

Once they have recovered the five Tears, return to S'drassa for a reward of gold.

Rewards

  • Levels 1-4: 500 GoldIcon
  • Levels 5-9: 800 GoldIcon
  • Levels 10-14: 1200 GoldIcon
  • Levels 15-19: 1600 GoldIcon
  • Levels 20-24: 2000 GoldIcon
  • Levels 25+: 2500 GoldIcon

Journal

Journal Entry
  • Update: Upon receiving quest from S'drassa:

S'drassa of the Mage's Guild in Leyawiin has tasked me to find Garridan's Tears. S'drassa enjoys collecting crystals of a magical nature, and is willing to pay a handsome amount gold for each Tear I recover. I should continue to speak to him about these unique formations.

  • Update: Speaking to S'drassa further:

S'drassa described a bit about Garridan's Tears to me. Apparently, they're literally tears of a knight who was somehow frozen long ago. To find where they may be located, he suggested I speak to a colleague of his at the Arcane University in the Imperial City, Julienne Fanis.

  • Update: After having spoken with Julienne:

Julienne Fanis referred me to a book, "Knightfall", available at the First Edition bookshop in the Market District if I wanted to learn more about the possible location of Garridan's Tears.

  • Update: Once the Hero has purchased Knightfall:

I've purchased Knightfall from Phinitas at the First Edition Bookshop in the Market District. I should read it to find out more about Garridan's Tears.

  • Update: After reading the book:

Knightfall tells the tale of Garridan and the quest for the Everflow Ewer at a place known as Frostfire Glade. It is supposedly located in the mountains near Bruma. Using some of the references from the story, I was able to pinpoint it on my map. The book also mentions needing special refined frost salts to get into the Glade. I should speak to Julienne Fanis about this.

  • Update: Once the refined frost salts have been acquired from Julienne:

I've acquired refined frost salts from Julienne. I should now make my way to Frostfire Glade.

  • Update: Upon arrival at Frostfire Glade:

I've arrived at the entrance to Frostfire Glade. Like the book describes, the refined frost salts are in my hand; all I must do is open the seal by touching it.

  • Update: Upon entering Frostfire Glade:

I've entered Frostfire Glade. The entire area seems filled with a swirling, freezing mist. The extreme cold in this place is unbearable without magical protection. The glade is true to its namesake; the frost burns as if it was fire. I should now carefully begin searching it for Garridan's Tears.

  • Update: Once the Hero has reached the center of the Glade:

In the center of Frostfire Glade, I've discovered an astonishing sight. Garridan himself locked in an eternal frozen struggle with a huge Frost Atronach. It appears that Garridan had dropped his weapon and was using the Ewer to protect himself. The Atronach smashed the Ewer, which must have reacted with the magical waters and froze everything solid. A sad end for such a noble knight.

  • Update: Upon finding a tear:

I've found one of Garridan's Tears. I should continue searching, as there may be more.

  • Update: Once all five tears have been found:

I've found the fifth and final one of Garridan's Tears. I can now return to S'drassa in Leyawiin for my hard-earned reward, and perhaps a warm fire.

  • Update: After giving the tears to S'drassa:

I've given Garridan's Tears to S'drassa. He rewarded me with a fair amount of gold for each of them, plus a bonus for finding more than he had expected.

  • Quest complete

Gallery

Trivia

  • Being present in the part of the glade where the Tears are found causes a steady amount of (resistible) frost damage.
  • When the frost damage from the Glade is absorbed, it refills a large amount of magicka, much more than most spells cast at the Hero would.
  • Garridan is also mentioned as the one who helped Lord Jaren seal Lord Kain and Arielle Jurard in Battlehorn Castle.
  • Apparently the Tears are useful in making a cure for Skooma addiction. One can find some vials of skooma in a chest near S'drassa in the Mages Guild in Leyawiin.
  • It is easier to spot Garridan's tears when one takes on a third-person perspective and tilts the camera so that it is directly above themselves. Placing the Hero in sneak mode while doing this to assure they do not hit the Tears.
  • Another thing you could do to spot the tears easier is use a night-eye potion or a torch.


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