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"Have you heard about the Temple of the Mourning Springs? Ancient, it is, but not visited by the people of the Roost. Avoid it, they do, with superstitious dread"."
Priestess Ensa-ko[src]

Temple of Mourning Springs is a temple found on the eastern side of Khenarthi's Roost, southeast of Hazak's Hollow. It is currently infested by enemy skeletons, and is one of the locations that Razum-dar wants the Vestige to investigate after arriving on the island.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Temple of the Mourning Springs was created to house the Mourning Stone, which powers the fountain in the courtyard with its unending reserves.[2][3] Unbeknownst to all, however, is that the temple also serves as a prison for the Maormer wizard, Uldor, and that the Mourning Stone serves to keep him trapped.[4]

Just prior to the Vestige's arrival on Khenarthi's Roost, Ealcil, an Aldmeri Dominion scholar, Rurelion, a Dominion mage, and Gathwen, Rurelion's apprentice, embarked on an expedition into the Temple of the Mourning Springs. After removing the Mourning stone, the group was attacked by undead,[2][5][6] who, unbeknownst to them, were controlled by Uldor.[4] As the undead captured Rurelion, Ealcil successfully retreated with the Mourning Stone to Eagle's Strand,[2][7][8] while Gathwen remained outside the temple, looking for someone to help get her master back.[5][9]

SublocationsEdit

The Temple of the Mourning Springs possesses both an elaborate exterior and a multi-roomed interior. Both are patrolled by enemies prior to completing "Tears of the Two Moons."

ExteriorEdit

On the path toward the front gate, a campsite can be found, set up by the expedition group.[8] On the table in the tent closest to the temple, there will be a leveled weapon on the table, as well as some supplies, food, and a Rat. Also on the table is Khenarthi's Roost: Interim Orders. An Alit will be in the area from time to time, so anyone staying in the area will have to kill it or flee.

To get to the back of the temple, follow the path toward the north, which goes near Hazak's Hollow; it may be occupied by Crosstree Bandits. Behind the temple is a leveled chest, which must be lock-picked, although dispatching the numerous Harpies in the area will have to be done first.

The outside courtyard, which is located between the walls, can be entered in any of three locations. Skeletal Archers, Skeletal Warriors, and Skeletal Cryomancers will patrol this area in great numbers. At the top of two opposing sets of stairs are where the two wards seal the temple entrance in "Tears of the Two Moons," which are marked by either a spider or a scorpion sigil; each will have a Revenant nearby. Once the wards are down, there are multiple ways to enter the temple catacombs; each room will have a nightstand, which can be looted to find a recipe or book. After Uldor has been defeated, the courtyard will be filled with friendly ghosts.[9] Although some can be interacted with, none give any additional rewards or services.

CatacombsEdit

The catacombs are the only place in the temple where enemies do not spawn. The room is quite large, and is filled with the remains of numerous non-Khajiit, which appear to have been placed with care.[10] Rurelion's Observation No. 1 can be found in this room, near the stairway, on the side closest to the combination puzzle.

The puzzle can be solved by following the phases of the two moons.[5] First, activate the farthest one to the left, which shows two new moons with the larger one, Masser, on top. Next, hit the second farthest to the right, which shows the same setup but with two crescents; then, the farthest right, which is two full moons; and finally, the second farthest to the left, which is two crescents, but with the smaller moon—Secunda—on top. Entering this code will lower the barrier to the ritual room.[9]

Ritual RoomEdit

The ritual room is the Mourning Stone originally was located, prior to its removal.[3] The center of the room is paved, but the outer edges are filled with water, presumably from the Mourning Stone; four bone piles sit in them as well. Frogs will hop in the water, and can be looted for Guts. Rurelion's Observation No. 2 can be found in the room, toward the bridge that stands over the entrance to the Great Hall.

Once Uldor reveals himself to be controlling Rurelion's body,[4] he will summon more skeletons to attack anyone else inside. These enemies are only temporary, for once Gathwen dispels the bone piles, they will stop appearing.[9]

Great HallEdit

Still more water from the Mourning Stone appears in the Great hall, which is filled with hazards: Giant Bats patrol the area, and spike traps protrude from the ground. One must "step lightly" in order to get through the entire room,[11] which can be done by either going to the left or to the right.

Both corners near the stairs to the ritual room have some loot-able urns, although the area to the right also has an extra Giant Bat to deal with; also near the stairs is Rurelion's Observation No. 3. Both sides have a side room, with nightstands in each; they can provide respite from the enemies and traps if needed. To the right of the stairwell to Uldor's tomb lies the Lost and Dusty Journal.

Uldor's TombEdit

The opening to Uldor's tomb is simply a square hallway, which goes around a center wall. Uldor will be waiting for whoever the Vestige chose to sacrifice, and so looting the area near the door may not be as easy until after his defeat, for Uldor will blast the area with shock spells.[9] In the larger of the two areas, four pedestals sit in each corner, and the Moarmer's body can be found in the center of the room, surrounded by candles and a rut filled with water.

QuestsEdit

Tears of the Two MoonsEdit

The entirety of the quest takes place in or around the Temple of the Mourning Springs. Gathwen will lead the Vestige to the temple; the pair is halted by Uldor, but only briefly, making their way through the courtyard. The wards guard the entrance, and are taken down by the two before progressing through. Uldor will attempt to attack with more of his undead minions, but is fought off by Rurelion. Once the Vestige finds him, he or she must decide whether to lock him with the Moarmer wizard or to use Gathwen instead. The Mourning Stone is retrieved by whoever was not chosen, and put back where it belongs, turning on the fountain again, and freeing the souls under Uldor's control.

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TriviaEdit

  • Dirsherr is a shepherd located to the west of the temple, watching over a number of sheep.
  • Both the Giant Bats and the Harpies spawn incredibly fast. It is advised to move quickly if a player wishes to avoid repeated battles.
  • Lost and Dusty Journal tells that someone accepted a dare to enter the temple. A single skeleton lays in the middle of the room, which is most likely his or her body.

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