Canon Llevule:"This is the person who helped me at the tomb, my lord." Archcanon Tarvus:"Lord Vivec, we don't need the help of this... Outlander." Vivec:"Oh hush, Archcanon Tarvus. Outlanders have their usefulness and this one intrigues me." Tarvus:"As you say, I'll be in my office if you need me." Vivec:"Step forward, friend of Llevule, and let us speak."
Upon speaking to Vivec, he says he will need your assistance to perform a divination ritual, and speak to Archcanon Tarvus about it. Upon obtaining the Blessing Stone and going to the palace, Tarvus and Vivec will initiate the ritual, only for it to end on an abrupt note. After speaking to Vivec, he will reveal that his divine essence is draining away, and he needs your assistance to discover the cause.
Vivec will request that you speak to Archcanon Tarvus about leads to investigate regarding the loss of his power.
Later, after speaking to the Archcanon, Vivec can be found inside his palace. He will be sitting down in a weakened state, leaning against his spear, and speaks to Llevule:
Canon Llevule:"My lord! Please! Let me send for aid. Perhaps one of the healers can help you." Vivec:""Pain is best tolerated in private," as I have written in the Thirty-Seventh Ballad." Llevule:"There must be something I can do." Vivec:"You can call the Archcanon. He should hear the news our friend brings us."
You are to speak with him about the recent events that have transpired. Once he is informed about Chodala's actions, he asks you to speak with Archcanon Tarvus.
"Canon Llevule says you helped him in his mission. As I have written, "the one who helps my ally becomes my friend." Despite the Archcanon's concerns, I greet you with sincerity and pose a simple question. Will you assist us further, Outlander?"
What kind of help do you need, Lord Vivec? "I have Ordinators and Armigers at my disposal, vast armies of followers and dedicated priests. What I don't have, however, is a fresh perspective. Will you set aside your personal goals for a time and become the eyes and ears of a god?"
Of course, Lord Vivec. I can provide a fresh perspective. "Good, I need assistance to investigate a... strange phenomenon that the ancestor confirmed may indeed be a problem. We'll start with a simple divination ritual. Archcanon Tarvus can tell you what we need to delve into this mystery."
I don't think Archcanon Tarvus wants my help. "The situation that troubles me has taken a toll on my Archcanon. But he's a faithful servant. Tarvus will do as I say, and I say that we need your assistance. Find the Archcanon in his office and he'll tell you how to proceed."
When I first arrived, I saw a vision of Azura. "The Daedric Prince? I suppose the same events that concern me might interest Azura, though she could just as easily be the source of these troubles. Red Mountain. Strange Daedra. And then there's... well, we'll talk more about that when you return."
Was what the ancestor said helpful? "Llevule's ancestor assured me that a source of power remains safe. As for the rest, "Let the guess ripen in the mind and only speak when the fruit grows certain." I require more information on these matters, hence the need for the divination ritual."
"Between the cryptic warnings of the ancestor spirit and the unexpected result of the divination ritual, I fear there may be more astir than I imagined. We solve the greatest mysteries by accident, I suspect. Hmm. I should write that down."
Something went wrong during the ritual. Did you learn what you had hoped? "We learn from every action we take. Failure or success, each result teaches us something, at least in the larger sense. To be more specific... no, not as much as I hoped."
But there were images in the ritual... "Images that suggest avenues to investigate, riddles to solve. Let me tell you a secret, Outlander. It concerns a Living God and energy that fades like daylight as dusk spreads across the land."
I don't understand, Lord Vivec. "Listen well and speak not a word! My divine energy, it drains away. Whether from illness or foul malady, I know not. You must travel the land and seek answers on my behalf. But first, "Gratitude before service," as I have written. So, thank you."
"The ritual confirms my worst fears―divine energy flows out of me for no reason that I can discern. I felt the power imbued within my Blessing Stone get wrenched away as soon as you added it to the ritual. I couldn't stop it."
You're losing divine energy? How is that possible? "To quote my own words as the Warrior-Poet, "No lock exists that the determined thief cannot open." Follow the trail of my missing energy and try to discover the identity of the enemy Llevule's ancestor warned us about."
You think an enemy is responsible for your energy loss? "Something drains my energy. Find Archcanon Tarvus in his office and ask if he gleaned anything useful from the ritual. If not, I know his earlier research indicated new avenues to investigate. Go where he tells you and learn what you can."
I'll talk to Archcanon Tarvus. "My divine energy diminishes with every passing moment, but the ritual confirmed my affliction is not natural. I regret that I could not reveal the full nature of these dire circumstances until your trustworthiness had been demonstrated."
I'm not sure Archcanon Tarvus shares your assessment of me. "Yes, well, Archcanon Tarvus has always been very cautious about ideas and ideologies that didn't originate within the Tribunal. And recently, that prudence has grown a thousandfold. He's a faithful servant, however, despite his narrow-mindedness."
What do you mean that your divine energy has diminished? "I've always used my power freely and without detriment. I create the Blessing Stones, hold the moonlet above the city, and perform a hundred miracles a day to benefit my people. I begin to feel the toll this liberal application divinity costs me."
Do you think you're in danger? "I care little for my own safety, but my people are another matter. Without my power to stop it, the moonlet will crash into the city and kill hundreds―perhaps thousands―of innocents. And that would just be the start of Vvardenfell's woes."
Why do you suspect the affliction isn't natural? "At first, I barely noticed the loss of energy. But as I continue to grow weaker, the more it feels like an attack against my person. Besides, the ancestor spirit confirmed that an ancient enemy was to blame. We just need to determine who before..."
Before...? "Let us not dwell on disasters to come when we have problems to deal with in the here and now. Consult with Archcanon Tarvus and discover the source of this attack. Then we can put an end to it and not worry about what might have been."
What does the rest of the Tribunal think about all this? "They always chide me about my flagrant displays of divinity. But so far, I am the only one of the Living Gods whose power is fading. Almalexia hordes her energy and has barricaded her temple against attack. As for Sotha Sil..."
What about Sotha Sil? "My brother... travels. We have not heard from him for quite some time, but I sense that he remains safe and in possession of his full power. Funny. He always wanted to discover the limits of our divinity. Perhaps I will solve that mystery for him."
""The river drains into the sea, as my divinity flows out of me." Hmm. Needs some work. As you can see, I continue to lose energy, and it has made me somewhat agitated. Have you made any progress toward discovering the source of my discomfort?"
I think that an Ashlander named Chodala might be responsible for your condition. "An Ashlander? That seems unlikely, but I trust your instincts. We need to find out more about this Chodala and the ancient enemy that aids him. Take this. Another token of my appreciation. And look, here comes the Archcanon now."
"When a god knows loss, mortals suffer. As is often the case, dark thoughts form the most poignant phrases. I must concentrate lest the moonlet plunge or some other disaster befalls us. Talk to the Archcanon. See how he thinks we should proceed."
"The wary warrior weakens and withers, despite his dashing exuberance of expression. Do as the Archcanon directs while I conserve my remaining energy and do what I can to stave off this attack―if attack it truly is."
"As a god weakens, so too does his city suffer. I know my people grow fearful. Even the Archcanon is distressed. But the energy that remains to me holds the moonlet in the sky—at least for now. So, what news does my eyes and ears bring me?"
We discredited Chodala as the Nerevarine, but he escaped with Sunna'rah. "How this upstart Ashlander learned to attune Sotha Sil's tool confounds my understanding. And he dares use my power? Still, your help is appreciated. Every strike and parry takes us one step closer to ending this threat and restoring my vitality."
"Consult with the Archcanon to decide our next course of action. This Ashlander thief must be dealt with before my condition dooms my people. Now leave me. If my concentration wavers, Vvardenfell is doomed."
"Azura's champion... is correct. That was Barbas, faithful hound of Clavicus Vile. A shapeshifter. He killed the Archcanon... took his place. Chodala... Sotha Sil's device... impersonating Tarvus... it was all part of some elaborate plan."
Plan? They tried to kill you! "That was simply a consequence. They needed Tribunal energy to locate the Clockwork City.. I was the easiest target. If Barbas enters Sotha Sil's city... disaster will follow. I appreciate your help, but I must conserve what remains of my energy."
"Clarity emerges... like sunlight breaking through the clouds... Barbas must have replaced the Archcanon weeks ago... all to set the wheels in motion to steal my divine energy..."
He went to a lot of trouble just to steal your divine energy. "Every move... has a purpose. Stealing my energy sowed discord and disaster... throughout the land... and ultimately revealed the location of... the Clockwork City. If Barbas and his master can bypass the wards and enter Sotha Sil’s domain..."
This has all been a ploy to find the Clockwork City? "Clavicus Vile distracted me, weakened me... all to locate the Clockwork City. Perhaps we require a Daedra... to fight a Daedra. Azura’s champion, Seryn... in the Archcanon’s office. Seek guidance from her patron. But hurry, my time grows short..."
I’ll find Seryn and see if Azura can help us. "Azura's champion... went to the Archcanon's office... to investigate Barbas's activities. Imagine... the Tribunal seeking aid... from an Ashlander... and a servant of Azura. Now I must concentrate. Llevule can answer any questions you have..."
"My time... draws to a close... Were you... successful? Can you restore... my energy?"
I have the staff, but the last time it nearly killed you. "So you retrieved my... stolen energy. You... stopped Barbas... Now... return what is rightfully mine..."
But how can we be certain the staff won't harm you again? "To quote my... seventy-fifth exhortation... "certainty is the brother of fear." Nothing is certain, but I have confidence... in you... in what you have done. Use the staff... return my energy. Or not. In a little while... it won’t matter."
All right, I’ll use the staff.
"Remarkable! No ordinator or armiger could have done any better! You uncovered a Daedric spy in our midst, brought a Living God back from the brink of death, and saved all of Vvardenfell.
Well done, my friend!"
I did what I could. "As my next sermon shall proclaim, "Modesty is the false cloak off a flatterer or the sincere garment of the humble." Again, you have my gratitude, and that of all my people. Indeed, even those who rail against the Tribunal owe you their lives."
"You have done much for me and for Vvardenfell. But as the warrior says, "Do not think the battle is over when the enemy is dead. The hearts and minds of the people must also be won." I must ask you for one more service."
What do you need me to do? ""Gratitude is its own reward," I once told the crowds in Ebonheart. But I’ve found that some of my followers appreciate something more tangible. Help me reward those who aided in the saving of Vvardenfell so we can reassure my people."
How can I help you reward people? "To start, retrieve the Archcanon’s Signet from the Hall of Wisdom. It is time to appoint a new head priest. I shall gather my people and meet you at my statue on the central canton. It shall be a glorious ceremony, my friend!"
All right, I'll get the signet and meet you at the central canton. "I'll send word to all the people of Vvardenfell. Once you've retrieved the signet, we'll meet again in Vivec City."
"The eyes and ears of the Warrior-Poet returns! And just in time for the gathering crowd! Were you able to locate the Archcanon’s Signet?"
Yes, I have the signet right here. "Continue to guard it, for it represents not only my loyal servant Tarvus but also the past and future of my priesthood. And take this as well. To aid you in your next task."
What’s in this bag? "You have been my eyes and ears in the world. Now be my hands. Within that modest sack resides gifts for my faithful servants. Blessings from me, though I would have you deliver them. You served me in adversity. Now join me in celebration!"
What do you want me to do? "As I call forth my faithful, reach into the sack and give them the first thing you find. They shall hear my words of praise and gratitude, while it shall be your hand that rewards them. Are you ready, friend of Vivec?"
"You come before me with an empty sack, but have no fear. As I have written, "treat your enemies well and your friends even better." Know that I consider you to be a very good friend.
Will you accept the honor I am about to bestow upon you?"
I accept, Lord Vivec. "Then let it be known that from this moment forth, you shall be called Champion of Vivec! And along with my thanks, take this modest reward. I foresee even greater achievements in your future, but for now be content to be the hero of Morrowind!"
"The Warrior-Poet shall write of your deeds in story and song, my friend. You will be remembered for your service to Vvardenfell. Now go, see the wonders of our great land. There are others who need your help, of that I'm certain."
If you speak to Vivec in his Palace after finishing the quest, he will say the following things:
"I thought you might be Archcanon Llevule. He's been very busy since we last spoke. I'm afraid Barbas's impersonation of our poor Tarvus did not extend to keeping the temple books in order. Our records are in shambles!"
"One crisis ends and another begins. Such is life on this rock we call Nirn. Nothing to concern yourself with, my friend. At least, not at the moment."
"I usually don't discuss my works-in-progress, but I know I can trust your discretion. I am currently composing a poem about how friendship endures through hardship. With so many songs about war and betrayal, we need more that speak to compassion."
"Did you notice that I haven't moved Baar Dau back to its original position. It's in no danger of falling, thanks to you, but as I wrote in the Ballad of Red Mountain, "All actions have consequences and pose some risk." Best to leave it alone."
"What do you ask of me assassin? Hmmm... granted. Kill him somewhere out of the way to avoid questions. Return swiftly, Morag Tong, and bring any allies you meet. Morrowind has need of you all." (To Naryu Virian)
When asked about the absence of Vivec in the Ask Us Anything Variety Pack 4 and the Zenimax Writer's AMA, Zenimax commented that Vivec "has his hands full" and is occupied with "other matters", and it will eventually be revealed what those matters are.