Online:Sever All Ties

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Help save Auridon from the Veiled Heritance and their Daedric allies.
Zone: Auridon
Faction: Aldmeri Dominion
Objective: Required for Cadwell's Almanac Firsthold — Save Firsthold from the Veiled Queen.
Quest Giver: Razum-dar
Location(s): Firsthold, The Refuge of Dread
Prerequisite Quest: Breaking the Barrier
Next Quest: The Great Tree
Reward: Estre's Dreadstaff
1 Skill Point
High Leveled Gold
XP Gain: High
Close the portals


In order to save Firsthold and all of Auridon from High Kinlady Estre, the Oblivion portals must be closed and Estre defeated for good.


Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Enter the first portal and destroy the sigil stone.
  2. Enter the next two portals and destroy the remaining two stones.
  3. Find and talk to Razum-dar.
  4. Enter the final portal.
  5. Defeat Estre.
  6. Talk to Razum-dar.
  7. Talk to Ayrenn.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

After you destroy the wards in Breaking the Barrier, Razum-dar will tell you that you must defeat Estre:

"Estre is vulnerable. But Tamriel is still open to the Deadlands. This must not be.
We must close her gates. End the threat of the Daedra."
How do we close the gates?
"Each gate is maintained by a sigil stone. Enter the portal, find the stone, and destroy it.
Raz is going to guess they will be guarded."
So I should be careful?
"Just so, my friend. Good luck in there.
Raz will rejoin Urcelmo and the others. Ensure Firsthold is still here when you get back."
Good luck, Razum-dar.
Destroy the Sigil Stones

Closing the gates[edit]

North of you will be an Oblivion gate to south entrance of The Refuge of Dread. Follow the tight path, defeating Dremora along the way until you reach four braziers on the corners of a ritual circle. Light these to remove the barrier preventing you from progressing further. Behind it is a Sigil Stone. Destroy it to close the portal. You will find yourself in the closed gate. Go north into the Firsthold Courtyard to find Dremora and marines fighting. There are two more portals to the northwest and northeast, also leading the the Refuge of Dread.

The Northwestern Gate enters the Refuge of Dread, perhaps unsurprisingly, at the northwest. Again, you will follow a tight path, defeating Dremora. The obstacle to the Sigil Stone this time will be a Clannfear minor boss called Marrow.

The Northeastern Gate enters the Refuge of Dread at the northernmost entrance. Yet again will you follow a tight path and fighting Dremora. The Sigil Stone is guarded by Mezelukhebruz, a Spider Daedra.

Conclusion[edit]

You will then have to find Razum-dar, who will be south of the entrance to Castle Firsthold. He will invite you to finish Estre off:

"The gates are closed. And Tamriel is just a little bit safer.
What do you say we put an end to Estre?"
Where's the Battlereeve?
"He and Sinien are already inside. We have one more portal to close.
The High Kinlady Estre clutches to Dagon's robes. Hides within the Deadlands."
Will you come with me, Raz?
"It would be Razum-dar's pleasure to fight by your side.
Follow. He shall lead the way."
Right behind you.

Razum-dar will then open and enter Castle Firsthold, where he, Urcelmo, and Sinien enter the final gate to the Refuge of Dread. You will find yourself at the eastern entrance. This is the only section of the Refuge of Dread that is not a tight passage, and you will be walking on an island in the middle of a lake of lava. Go west to fight Kinlady Estre, who will twice summon flame atronachs to cast a protective shield around her. Razum-dar, Sinien, and Urcelmo will walk into a portal, leaving you to destroy the stone. In Castle Firsthold, talk to Razum-dar:

"Estre dead. Rilis found. Razum-dar couldn't have asked for more.
Even this one must admit: you do good work. Without you leading the charge, today could have gone very differently."
What now, Raz?
"Queen Ayrenn has arrived. She is just outside, with her retinue. This one is certain she'll want to hear your report.
Go. We will speak again soon."
As you say.

Ayrenn is south of the castle and surrounded by First Auridon Marines.

"The Battlereeve tells me Estre is dead. I mourn her loss.
She is the past. And you, our future. Your service to our people has been exemplary. You have proven yourself a valuable asset to the Aldmeri Dominion."
Thank you, your Grace.
"Among those who heed my voice, you will be honored and welcome. Our alliance of three peoples is fragile but beautiful.
With you at its heart, I'm certain the Covenant and the Pact will learn to fear the eagle's cry."

Quest Stages[edit]

Sever All Ties
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
I should enter the Oblivion portals and find the sigil stones that power each one. Once I find a stone, I will need to destroy it in order to close that portal for good.
Objective: Close the Portals: 0/3
Objective Hint: Enter a Portal to Destroy Its Sigil Stone
Objective Hint: Light the Braziers to Dissolve the Barrier
Objective Hint: Destroy the Sigil Stone
Hidden Objective: Daedric Portal
I've closed the portals. I should speak to Razum-dar.
Objective: Find Razum-dar
I should enter the castle.
Objective: Enter the Castle
I should enter the portal to the Refuge of Dread.
Objective: Enter the Portal
I should defeat High Kinlady Estre and end this madness.
Objective: Defeat High Kinlady Estre
I should speak to Razum-dar and let him know what happened.
Objective: Talk to Razum-dar
Finishes quest I should speak to Queen Ayrenn.
Objective: Talk to Queen Ayrenn