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The Blacksap's Hold is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls Online.


The Vinedusk Rangers want me to help quash the remnants of the Blacksap Rebellion, the Wood Elf civil war that ended with the Dominions formation. Forinor, one of the Vinedusk, appeared out of a portal. He asked me to step through to their base of operations.

Quick walkthroughEdit

  • Enter the portal


Dialogue with Forinor at the start of the quest:

"Our eyes are everywhere in Grahtwood. We've fixed them upon you for some time. We're in need of an outsider, unknown in Cormount. Someone with... versatility."

Who are you? "I'm privileged to be a Vinedusk Ranger. We report directly to King Camoran Aeradan, ruler of the Wood Elves. We protect his rule against all threats, without or within."

What kind of threats? "The Blacksap Rebellion, for one. Though nearly broken at the Dominion's formation, its last remnants plague Cormount. With your help we can finally end our civil war. If you're agreeable, I'll open a portal to our base of operations."
All right. Open the portal.

Dialogue with Maeroth at the start of the quest:

"Cormount is where the Blacksap Rebellion began. With your help, Cormount will be where it ends. The Vinedusk Rangers need you to flush out the Blacksap leaders. Killing them will only fuel the flames of rebellion. They must be brought into custody."

Why do you need me to do this? "After General Endare broke their backs, we pacified the remnants of the Blacksap. Every rebel in Grahtwood knows our faces. But not yours. Your anonymity allows you to get close and capture their leaders."
This is a local rebellion. Why should I get involved? "The Blacksap hate the king, but they have less love for the Dominion. We know they're planning something. Given their methods, it'll be loud and bloody. We can't allow this to fester. But if we capture its leaders, the rebellion ends overnight."
Tell me about the rebellion's leaders. "Gorinir is strong as an ox and just as proud. His brother Lorchon seems to have more eyes in Grahtwood than we do. Both are sons of Gelthior—cousin to King Camoran Aeradan, traitor to his people, and the prisoner for whom this place was built."
Has Gelthior told you anything about his sons? "Nothing we didn't know already. Gelthior is the king's cousin, so we're forbidden from using harsher methods. More's the pity. If you care to question him yourself, do so before you leave. You won't return here unless his sons are in hand."
How am I supposed to track down Gelthior's sons? "Meet with Treethane lirdel, our agent in Cormount. It took months, but she identified locals connected to the Blacksap. She'll get you started."
I'll find her in Cormount. "Once you've departed, Forinor will seal the portal. None must know we're holding Gelthior at this location. Or that he's alive, for that matter."
I have a few questions. "I've spent much of the past year as caretaker here, but I'll answer as best I can."
Where are we exactly? "We needed a place where none could find Gelthior, so we dug out a remote Ayleid ruin, set up this prison, and then caved in the entrance. The only way in or out is through Forinor's portals. So to answer your question ... we're nowhere."
Why are you holding Gelthior here? "We barely won the civil war. Gelthior would sit the throne if Queen Ayrenn hadn't answered our call for aid. Once we'd captured the leader of the Blacksap, we knew we couldn't risk his escape. So we brought him here, to this hole in the ground."
What do you plan to do with Gelthior and his sons? "We'll hold them here until King Camoran Aeradan says otherwise. If the heroes of the Blacksap vanish forever, their followers have nothing to rally behind. Then rebellion fades to memory, and we all get to live on with our lives."
Why can't the Dominion handle this? "The king is responsible for his own people, so it falls to the king's soldiers to handle all local matters. But just in case the Blacksap get any ideas. Dominion camps are stationed just outside of Cormount. "Training maneuvers," they call it."


This section contains bugs related to The Blacksap's Hold. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person-anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   This quest sometimes become glitched during the last portion of this quest.

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