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Tears of the Two Moons

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Tears of the Two Moons
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Uldor's Tomb.png
Faction
Aldmeri Dominion
Quest giver
Gathwen
Journal region
Khenarthi's Roost
Reward(s)
Mourning Bow
170 Gold.png
Required level
4
Quest objectives


Objectives[edit | edit source]

Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]

Please, I need your help. My master's life is in danger!

What happened?
I'm part of an expedition from Eagle's Strand. While we were exploring the Temple of the Mourning Springs, the dead began to rise. The others fled, but my master never emerged.
Rurelion taught me to know when I should ask for help. Well, I'm asking.
What do you want me to do?
Two magical wards seal the temple, marked by emblems of a scorpion and a spider. If you can keep the undead away while I disrupt the wards, we can search for Rurelion together.
How about it?
All right. I'll help you disrupt the wards.
I have no doubt Rurelion can protect himself, but if he's trapped inside we need to get him out.
Why were you in the temple?
My master and I had little to do after the shipwreck. When the locals mentioned a temple where the fountains never run dry, we leapt at the chance to investigate. Ealcil insisted on leading, of course.
——If character does not have Storm on the Horizon in their journal.
Who is Ealcil?
A contemporary of my master. A rival, really.
Ealcil found a strange artifact inside the temple called aa "Mourning Stone". He was barely able to remove it before the undead struck. I think he brought it to Eagle's Strand.
——If character does have Storm on the Horizon in their journal.
Ealcil was studying a Mourning Stone at Eagle's Strand.
Ah, so you've met him. My master calls him "Eel-kill." Something about an experiment gone wrong, many years ago.
The Mourning Stone you saw came from this temple, Ealcil was barely able to remove it before the undead fell upon us.
——Both cases.
Did you learn anything about the Mourning Stone?
Rurelion thought it could be used to control the weather, perhaps prevent another hurricane. Ealcil disagreed, of course. He insisted on studying it further at Eagle's Strand.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


A powerful mage named Rurelion went missing in the Temple of the Mourning Springs. I agreed to help his apprentice Gathwen search the temple for signs of her master.
We should enter the temple courtyard and see what we can find of Rurelion.

Enter the Temple Courtyard.

A skeleton spoke to us as we approached the temple courtyard.

Talk to the skeleton.

— game journal

Dialogue with the Skeleton[edit | edit source]

—— Hmmm, you have such intricate stitching .... ——

Turn back. You aren't welcome here.

What are you?
I'm whatever I wish to be. I change bodies like High Elves change clothes, though the corpses in this temple limit my wardrobe.
What does it matter to you? Why do you trespass?
We're looking for a man named Rurelion.
Ah, the name for my newest outfit.
His flesh sags a bit, though the power in his bones reminds me of my youth. And the robes ... I'd forgotten the feel of silk upon newly won flesh.
What did you do to Rurelion?
Set foot in this temple and see for yourself. Such commendable posture! I could definitely wear you in the autumn.
As for Rurelion ... he's fit for display under full moons or new.
Release Rurelion immediately.
——I tire of this. Leave or die, it matters not.——
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


The skeleton warned us away, claiming Rurelion is being held inside the temple. Gathwen told me magical wards block the temple entrance. I should look for spider and scorpion emblems marking the wards so she can disrupt them.

Disrupt the Temple Wards.

Hints:
  • Scorpion Ward
  • Spider Ward

— game journal

—— Gathwen:This can't be good. We need to get those wards down fast! ——

—— Unseen Voice:Spider weaves the web around its prey ... ——
—— Gathwen:This ward won't keep us out for long! ——
—— Unseen Voice:Scorpion's poison course through its prey ... —— —— Gathwen:This ward won't keep us out for long! ——

Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]

The wards blocking the temple doors are located on opposite sides of the courtyard, We should hurry.

Why were you in the temple? (as above)
Goodbye.


Gathwen destroyed the wards blocking entrance[sic] to the temple. We need to enter the temple's catacombs to search for her master.

Enter the Temple Catacombs.

— game journal

Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]

I have no doubt Rurelion can protect himself, but if he's trapped inside we need to get him out.

Why were you in the temple? (as above)
Goodbye.

A strange barrier seals the door leading into the temple. Gathwen thinks the cycle of both moons is a key to breaking the seal.

Disrupt the Barrier.

Hints:
  • Solve the Puzzle

— game journal

——Gathwen: That door has a barrier? It didn't when I last came through here. Let's look around.——

Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]

The barrier must have activated when the dead began to rise.
It looks like the cycle of the two moons is important, somehow. Perhaps that's the key to disrupting the barrier!

Why were you in the temple? (as above)
Goodbye.


I broke the barrier leading further into the temple, but Gathwen wants to speak with me before we proceed.

Talk to Gathwen.

— game journal

Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]

When we enter the temple, that skeleton made it sound as though Rurelion was in grave danger.
I won't let vague threats keep us from my master, but Rurelion is too important to lose. Perhaps we should think before we act.

Why is Rurelion so important?
The Dominion relies on Rurelion for his sound judgement. He's taught countless students the ways of magicka, including some of the Queen's own advisors. His role in the invasion is paramount for our future success.
If anything were to happen to him ...
I'll do what I can to protect Rurelion.
Thank you. We should keep moving.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


Gathwen fears her master is in grave danger. She urges caution as we proceed to the temple's central ruins.

Find Rurelion.

— game journal

Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]

If Rurelion is truly in danger, we should tread carefully.

Why were you in the temple? (as above)
Goodbye.

—— Gathwen:We found the Mourning Stone on that pedestal. Wait, that's Rurelion! What's he doing up there? ——

Dialogue with Uldor (using Rurelion's body)[edit | edit source]

Ears that large and you still don't listen? Perhaps you need a few alterations.
There was a time when the sound of Uldor's voice commanded the terror of thousands.

Who is Uldor?
Why, I am. I'm Uldor! I see your "Dominion" teaches you nothing of my people.
I shouldn't bemoan your ignorance. You fools ended centuries of captivity when you removed the Mourning Stone.
What is the Mourning Stone, exactly?
Never mind that accursed blue rock. I'm about to restore my wardrobe to its full glory.
Behold this Rurelion fellow. Such vibrancy! I could use more like him, but one must be willing to run through a bolt of silk for the finest coat.
Free Rurelion, right now.
Oh, I believe I'll keep him. At least until my summoning ritual wears him through.
You see, undead are all so ... beige. But I'm willing to adorn myself with hundreds of tawdry outfits in order to collect the more colorful garb at Eagle's Strand.
I can't let you do that.
Then drown in a sea of bones!
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.


Rurelion appears to be possessed by a spirit named Uldor, who plans to raise an undead army. Harming Uldor would harm Rurelion. To avoid this, Gathwen and I must stop Uldor's summoning ritual.

Disrupt Uldor's Summoning Ritual.

— game journal

—— Gathwen: Leave Rurelion for now. We have to disrupt the summoning ritual! I'll destroy the bone piles if you keep the undead at bay. ——
—— Gathwen: It'll take a moment to weaken the circle. Keep the undead away form me! ——
—— Gathwen: It's working! I'll weaken the next circle. ——
—— Gathwen: One last circle! We can do this. We mist do this! ——

—— Gathwen: Go, help my master! I'm right behind you. ——
—— Uldor: Stay back! ——
—— Rurelion: Uldor! Get out of my body, now! ——
—— Uldor: Silence! None command Uldor! ——


We stopped the summoning ritual, but Uldor fled with Rurelion's body. I should chase him while Gathwen recovers from her exertions.

Confront Uldor.

— game journal

—— Rurelion: Uldor, I command you! By the Tears of the Two Moons, return to your prison!——
—— Uldor: Ahh! That won't hold me for long!——
—— Rurelion: You're Gathwen's ally, yes? Please, disable these traps so she can make it to us safely.——

I followed Rurelion into the temple's great hall, which is lined with deadly traps. I should find a way to disable the traps.

Disable the Traps.

— game journal

Dialogue with Rurelion[edit | edit source]

Thank you, friend. I need a moment to recover. If you wouldn't mind disabling the traps, Gathwen can make it through without fear of perforation.

Goodbye.

Rurelion forced Uldor out of his body and into a nearby tomb, but the solution seems temporary. I should speak with Rurelion about making it permanent.

Talk to Rurelion.

— game journal

Dialogue with Rurelion[edit | edit source]

Despite all my knowledge, Uldor's influence over me was absolute. I'd be little more than a puppet without your timely intervention.

Are you hurt?
Only my pride. But we have a more pressing matter.
As Uldor sensed my thoughts, I could sense his. He plans to overwhelm and enslave Khenarthi's Roost with an undead horde by the next dawn!
How is that possible?
Uldor was a powerful Maormer wizard who learned to separate his spirit from his body, even in death. He can "wear" hundreds of mindless forms at a time.
Thankfully, I know his weakness.
What weakness?
The Mourning Stone's endless water supply tied Uldor's spirit to his body. When Ealcil removed the Mourning Stone from the temple, he set Uldor free.
Once again, Ealcil's sloppy methods nearly cause the death of me.
How do we restore Uldor's prison?
These gems focus the Mourning Stone's power. Uldor had me remove them from his tomb.
I propose Gathwen recovers the Mourning Stone from Eagle's Strand. Meanwhile, we restore Uldor's prison. Simple enough.
What does the Mourning Stone do?
The centerpiece of this old Khajiit temple. After Uldor's reign of terror, the Sea Elves gave it to the Khajiit so it'd become the key to his prison.
Am I in danger of being "worn"?
No, which is why we must be the ones to enter the tomb. After he saw you through my eyes, he seemed convinced that to "wear" you would destroy him.
For some reason he feared you.
If he can't affect me, I should enter the tomb alone.
No, we must enter the tomb together. Though he can't "wear" you, he could quite easily obliterate you with his magic. Only by splitting his attention can we hope to defeat him.
What does the Mourning Stone do? (as before)
I'm ready to face Uldor. (end dialogue and Gathwen arrives)
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
I'm ready to face Uldor. (as before)
Goodbye.
Am I in danger of being "worn"?(as before)
I'm ready to face Uldor.(as before)
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.

The water crystal once residing in the temple – the "Mourning Stone" – is the key to sealing Uldor back in his tomb. Rurelion thinks the only solution is to seal himself in the tomb, but Gathwen disagrees. I should ask her for her alternative.

Talk to Gathwen.

— game journal

Dialogue with Rurelion - if not talked to Gathwen[edit | edit source]

Gathwen clearly has an opinion about my plan. I've learned it's best to hear her out.

Goodbye.

Gathwen volunteered to seal herself in the tomb with Uldor in place of her master. With little time before the spirit frees itself, I must decide who will be locked away with Uldor forever.

Complete one:
*Let Uldor Claim Gathwen.
*Let Uldor Claim Rurelion.

— game journal

Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]

—— Master, I know what you're planning. I won't let you throw your life away. ——
Rurelion's plan is to let Uldor possess him! They'll both be sealed in the tomb, forever.
But it doesn't need to be this way. Seal me inside.

Why should you take your master's place?
Rurelion is too important for the Dominion to lose. Besides, we both saw how the summoning ritual weakened my master.
I don't know about this.
Please, help me convince Rurelion! I will gladly seal myself in the tomb to spare my master. Uldor is a threat to all on this island.
I need to hear Rurelion's thoughts before making a decision.
All right. I'll seal you in the tomb to spare your master. Choice 1
Thank you. I should prepare myself.
I'm ready when you are. Choice 1 commit
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye
Dialogue with Rurelion[edit | edit source]

We should hurry. Uldor won't be trapped for long.

Gathwen wants to take your place.
That's madness. I've experienced so many summers. My greatest accomplishment was watching Gathwen blossom into someone who'll far surpass my own deeds.
No, she must recover the Mourning Stone. You and I should confront Uldor.
I'll seal you in the tomb with Uldor. Choice 2
Then we should waste no more time.
I'm ready. Choice 2 commit
Goodbye.
I agree with Gathwen. She'll take your place. Choice 1
Then I'll respect he choice, no matter how much I disagree with it.
We should hurry. Choice 1 commit
Goodbye.
I need a moment to consider this.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]
Rurelion is too important for the Dominion to lose. Besides, we both saw how the summoning ritual weakened my master.
I don't know about this.
Please, help me convince Rurelion! I will gladly seal myself in the tomb to spare my master. Uldor is a threat to all on this island.
I need to hear Rurelion's thoughts before making a decision.
All right. I'll seal you in the tomb to spare your master. Choice 1
Thank you. I should prepare myself.
I'm ready when you are. Choice 1 commit
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye
Further Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]

Nothing you can say will convince me, I'm sealing myself in the tomb.

If that's what you want, I'll seal you in the tomb with Uldor Choice 1
Then it's decided.
I'm ready. Choice 1 commit
Goodbye.
I'll seal Rurelion in the tomb, as he wishes. Choice 2
And he calls me stubborn.
All right,
We should hurry. Choice 2 commit
Goodbye.
Goodbye.

If Choice 1[edit | edit source]

—— Rurelion:Gathwen, I beg you to reconsider.——
—— Gathwen:You're to important, Rurelion. If the Dominion lost you, we would be lost.——
—— Rurelion:Then I'll recover the Mourning Stone. Farewell, my dearest friend.——
—— Gathwen:Farewell, Rurelion.——

Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]

Give me a moment to collect myself. I'll be right behind you.

Goodbye.

I decided to bring Gathwen with me to Uldor's tomb. While the spirit is distracted, I will seal them both away forever.

HINT:
Once Uldor attempts to claim Gathwen as a puppet, I need to place the Tears of the Two Moons in pedestals around the tomb. Placing all four will seal them both in the tomb.

Seal Uldor's tomb.

Hint:
  • Let Uldor claim Gathwen.

— game journal

—— Uldor:You! I won't wear a poisoned outfit.——
—— Gathwen:Uldor, my master was a fool to doubt your power. I'll help you wreak the vengeance you seek, if you allow me.——
—— Uldor:Such a spectacular, willing garment! Very well.——
—— Gathwen:I can't hold him for long! Quickly, place the Tears of the Two Moons in the pedestals!——
—— Uldor:Wretched fool! I'll turn your friend to ash!——
—— Uldor:Stay away from those pedestals!——
—— Uldor:You worthless rag! This tomb can't hold me forever!——


Dialogue with Gathwen=[edit | edit source]

The water weakens Uldor, but I can't hold him for long. Quickly, go to Rurelion. Tell him I did what must be done.

What about you?
I know Uldor will keep me alive. He far prefers a living form to the dead. Strange, how can I know this?
I can feel him stirring within me. Help Rurelion restore the Mourning Stone. Go, while you still can!
Farewell, Gathwen.
Goodbye.
Goodbye
Further Dialogue with Gathwen[edit | edit source]

I can't hold him for long. Go, before he overtakes me. tell my master we were successful.

Goodbye

Uldor and Gathwen are now sealed in the Tomb of the Waning Moons, I should speak to Rurelion before I depart.

Talk to Rurelion at the Central Ruins.

— game journal

Dialogue with Rurelion[edit | edit source]

We've restored the Mourning Stone, But if you're here, then Gathwen is lost to that monster.

She saved everyone on the island from Uldor.
You speak truth, and yet the young should never die for the old. It is the singular travesty of war.
What will you do now?
I need to record everything that happened here. Uldor's skill troubles me. Without further study, the Dominion will bear no defense against strange capabilities.
What about Gathwen?
I've rarely encountered a creature of Uldor's power. There may be a way to separate him from Gathwen, but it will take much time and study.
She's not just an apprentice, she's my friend. If there's a way to free her, I swear I'll find it.
Complete Quest.
Please don't think me ungracious, Without your aid, I'd still be under Uldor's influence. I won't forget.
I can open a portal to the temple courtyard, if you wish.
I'd appreciate that.
There you are. I'm afraid it won't remain open for long.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Never mind.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.

If Choice 2[edit | edit source]

—— Gathwen:You can't do this master.——
—— Rurelion:The Dominion will thrive without me. It's far stronger than it knows.——
—— Gathwen:Then I should recover the Mourning Stone. Farewell Rurelion. I ....——
—— Rurelion:I know, Gathwen, I know.——

Dialogue with Rurelion[edit | edit source]

Give me a moment to collect myself. I'll be right behind you.

Goodbye.

—— Uldor:You! I won't wear a poisoned outfit.——


I decided to bring Rurelion with me to Uldor's tomb. While the spirit is distracted, I will seal them both away forever.

HINT:
Once Uldor attempts to claim Rurelion as a puppet, I need to place the Tears of the Two Moons in pedestals around the tomb. Placing all four will seal them both in the tomb.

Seal Uldor's tomb.

Hint:
  • Let Uldor claim Rurelion.

— game journal

—— Uldor:You! I won't wear a poisoned outfit.——
—— Rurelion:I've reconsidered what our combined powers could do, Uldor. I'll willingly give myself over.——
—— Uldor:I knew such power would tempt you! Very well.——
—— Rurelion:Hurry! Place the Tears of the Two Moons in the pedestals!——
—— Uldor:Wretched fool! I'll turn your friend to ash!——
—— Uldor:You'll not leave this tomb alive!——
—— Uldor:You worthless rag! This tomb can't hold me forever!——


I placed the Tears of the Two Moons in their pedestals, sealing Uldor in his tomb. I should say goodbye to Rurelion before I depart.

Talk to Rurelion.

— game journal

Dialogue with Rurelion=[edit | edit source]

Go, quickly. I feel Uldor's weakness fade. Hurry, tell Gathwen of the plan's success. But don't mourn for me, friend. I earned a useful fate. Few can say the same.

What will happen to you?
Uldor will sustain me, Better a living form then[sic] a dusty old skeleton, I suppose. I'd hoped for more time to meditate, but this wasn't what I had in mind.
Goodbye, my friend. You're what all the Dominion should aspire to be.
Farewell, Rurelion.
Goodbye.
Goodbye
Further Dialogue with Rurelion=[edit | edit source]

`Quickly, return to the courtyard. Gathwen must know of out success success.


Uldor and Rurelion are now sealed in the Tomb of the Waning Moons. I should speak to Gathwen before I depart.

Talk to Gathwen at the central ruins.

— game journal

Dialogue with Gathwen=[edit | edit source]

It's done,isn't it? Rurelion is sealed inside with that monster.

Rurelion saved everyone on the island
Forgive me. Uldor couldn't be allowed to roam free. Something had to be done, and you had the strength to see what I could not.
What will you do now?
I'll ensure the Mourning Stone remains guarded at all times. I should make a full report so the Dominion understands the danger of Uldor's capabilities.
What about Rurelion?
No good comes from dwelling on the past. Rurelion lives, which means there's hope.
He's a great man, a good man. I don't care how long it takes. I'll find a way to free him from that monster.
Complete Quest.
Forgive me. You did so much to help a stranger. I won't forget.
I can open a portal to the temple courtyard, if you wish.
I'd appreciate that.
There you go. Hurry, it won't remain open for long.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Never mind.
Goodbye.
Goodbye.
Goodbye

Characters linked with this quest[edit | edit source]

Allies[edit | edit source]

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Note[edit | edit source]

Although this quest can be done without Storm on the Horizon, it is the Investigate Temple of the Mourning Springs section of that quest and, should you acquire the quest later, that branch will be marked as complete.