"Balreth is too powerful. Portals everywhere. We're doomed. Who are you? Where did you come from?"
Never mind that. What's going on?
"We're trying to restrain Balreth but Daedric portals keep opening. Those of us who've survived Balreth are being pulled down by cursed scamps."
How can the portals be closed?
"Take what's in this pouch, throw it in the portals. I was supposed to but my coming death prevents me. Find Magister Enuse when you're done. She should be north of here."