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ON-qico-Zone Story.png Rescue the Thief from the Serpent's corruption.
Zone: Craglorn
Zone StoryThis quest is part of the Zone Story
Objective: Celestial Investigator — Thwart the Serpent's plan to undo the Star-Gazers.
Quest Giver: Cursare, Nazdura
Location(s): Star-Gazers' Observatory, Reinhold's Retreat
Prerequisite Quest: The Warrior's Call, Elemental Army
Previous Quest: The Corrupted Stone, The Warrior's Call, Elemental Army, The Shattered and the Lost
Next Quest: Slithering Brood
Reward: Pendant of the Sundered of the Air
Average Leveled Gold
XP Gain: Standard
The Serpent attempts to corrupt the Thief's Apex Stone
Hara has decided it's time to do something about the third guardian, the Thief. The Thief has been mysteriously absent except for when she appears to speak to me in private.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to Nazdura at the Star-Gazers' Observatory.
  2. Go upstairs to check on Hara.
  3. Talk to Titus Valerius.
  4. Talk to Kelmen Locke at the lake near Belkarth.
    Breaching the Ruins — Solve the riddle of the entrance to Reinhold's Retreat.
  5. Open the hidden entrance to Reinhold's Retreat.
  6. Search through the ruins.
    Rescue Hara — Drive back the Serpent's corruption and save Hara.
  7. Defeat the Serpent's Corruption.
  8. Talk to Hara.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

At the Observatory[edit]

After you've completed The Warrior's Call and Elemental Army, a Star-Gazer named Cursare will run up to you. She informs you that Hara, Kelmen Locke, and Titus Valerius disappeared into Hara's private chambers to discuss the Celestial Thief and haven't been seen since. She directs you to Nazdura at the Star-Gazers' Observatory to learn more.

A mysterious force abducts Hara

When you arrive, Nazdura will tell you that Hara has been feeling exhausted and is upstairs resting with Titus and Locke. Go upstairs to the Private Quarters, and you will witness Hara being consumed by some unknown magic.

Hara: "Time is not on our—"
Titus Valerius: "Hara! What's wrong?"
Nazdura: "Hara! What have you done to her?"
Titus Valerius: "Nothing! Something just came over her. Hara, what can we do?"
Hara: "He found me... you must..."
Nazdura: "Who found you? Who is doing this to you?"
Hara: "Find the ruins... Reinhold's Retreat... Hidden there... you must..." (Disappears)
Nazura: "No!" (Proceeds to drop to her knees)

Before she disappears, she mentions the ruins of Reinhold's Retreat. Titus will say "She's gone... just... gone. A word, if you will, my friend. I believe I can be of help."

Titus will be surprised by her knowledge of the ancient city, as it was an all-but-forgotten ruin even during his time. It was buried by his liege Emperor Tarish-Zi after he failed to find the treasure the ruins supposedly once held, and Titus will reveal that the city of Belkarth was built right on top of it. He will say "I'll find Kelmen and meet you at the lake. Nazdura, come. There's nothing more we can do for Hara here." and leave with Nazdura. He and Kelmen will agree to help explore the ruins and rescue Hara. The ruin's entrance is located in the lake just south of town. Talk to Kelmen when you arrive.

New Task: Breaching the Ruins — Solve the riddle of the entrance to Reinhold's Retreat.

The entrance is sealed by a puzzle, requiring you to activate the sconces around the ruins in the lake. Locke mentions there is a possibility that the lock was designed to be impossible to open alone, but it will also work if you activate each sconce in sequence. A whirlpool will appear in the center of the lake when it is done successfully, allowing you to enter Reinhold's Retreat.

Task Completed — You opened the hidden passage into Reinhold's Retreat.

The Scaled Court[edit]

Once you enter the ruins, you will be confronted by large groups of enemies from the Scaled Court. They are mortals who have been manipulated into serving the Serpent, and your group will need to fight its way through them. Reinhold's Retreat is a linear dungeon, although you will need to defeat a champion of the Scaled Court to continue further in. In the final room you will discover a giant ethereal snake wrapped around a large stone, which Kelmen will confirm to be the Thief's Apex Stone, hidden beneath Belkarth all along.

Kelmen Locke: "There! The Apex Stone! What are they doing to it? Is this how they corrupt the stones and enslave the Guardians?"
Titus Valerius: "Look! It's Hara! Why would they have her here? We have to find a way to free her!"
Hara turns into the Celestial Thief while Titus and Kelmen help battle the Serpent
New Task: Rescue Hara — Drive back the Serpent's corruption and save Hara.

The Serpent's spectral avatar will attempt to stop you by spawning continual waves of Scaled Court enemies and spewing large area of effect poison projectiles which linger on the ground. To damage him, you need to defeat both Lamia Curares within quick succession, which will light up the Aetherial stones on either side of the arena. Activate them to shock the Serpent. If you don't defeat them quickly, the beaten lamia will regain its health and begin fighting again after a short stun period. After the stones are activated three times, the snake will descend and you will need to fight the Serpent's Corruption directly.

Hara: "You always underestimated the will of the true heroes of this world, Malazar! Witness the foreshadowing of your doom! These mortals will see to it that your chaos is undone. We will reunite the Guardians, and you will be banished once more!"
Task Completed — You stopped the Serpent's corruption and saved Hara.
Hara addresses her mortal assistants

Once you've defeated it, Hara will descend from her prison and take on a more familiar form.

Kelmen Locke: "Could it really be…?"
Titus Valerius: "Hara… You? All along?"
Hara: "It had to be this way. But the time for deception is ended. Now is the time for action."

She will reveal herself as The Thief, who has been hiding in plain sight the entire time. She will open a portal to the center of Belkarth for your group, and requests that you return to the observatory to speak of what is to come after she has revealed herself to the Star-Gazers. Once at the observatory, she will give you your reward: the Pendant of the Sundered and leveled gold.

Serpents and Secrets[edit]

As you leave the Observatory, you are called over by Thaenaneth. She informs you that her patron, Regent Cassipia, has plans for the Scaled Court that differ from those of the Serpent. Cassipia can be found near Dragonstar Wayshrine. This will start the quest Slithering Brood.

After this, the Undaunted will appear at the Crossroads Tavern and offer you the two trial quests in Lower Craglorn, Assaulting the Citadel and The Mage's Tower.


  • Completing this quest is required before you can begin Dawn of the Exalted Viper, the final story quest of Upper Craglorn.
  • After Hara transforms into The Thief during the fight, you will temporarily receive the passive effect "Celestial Might" described as "The blessing of the Celestial Thief flows through you, increasing all damage dealt versus the Serpent's Corruption." and will surround you with a nebula-like aura.
  • Before the One Tamriel update, all four Lower Craglorn story quests were required to be completed before this quest was available.
  • Before the One Tamriel update, the entrance puzzle to Reinhold's Retreat required four players to open.

Quest Stages[edit]

The Missing Guardian
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
I should speak with Nazdura in Belkarth. She should know what's going on.
Objective: Talk to Nazdura
An unseen force seems to have attacked and abducted Hara, who cryptically mentioned something called Reinhold's Retreat before she vanished. I should speak to Titus and see if he knows anything about it.
Objective: Talk to Titus Valerius
Titus Valerius was familiar with the name Reinhold's Retreat, and even told me that the ruin lies beneath the city of Belkarth. I need to meet Titus and Kelmen at the lake just south of Belkarth to see if we can work out a way to get inside.
Objective: Meet Titus and Kelmen at the Lake
I met up with Titus and Kelmen at the lake. I should see what Kelmen has to say about figuring out a way inside this ruin.
Objective: Talk to Kelmen Locke
Kelmen senses some sort of residual energy emanating from specific parts of the ruins. He suggested I look around and see if I can work out a way to manipulate the stones to reveal a passage inside.
Objective: Find a Way Inside Reinhold's Retreat
We managed to work out the riddle of the guidestones and unlock the pathway into Reinhold's Retreat just below the surface of the lake. I should head inside and see what Hara wanted us to find here.
Objective: Enter Reinhold's Retreat
We entered Reinhold's Retreat, the mysterious Ruin Hara mentioned before she disappeared. I don't know exactly what Hara wanted me to find here, but I should search for anything that might provide a clue.
Objective: Search the Ruins
The Scaled Court infiltrated Reinhold's Retreat before we arrived and are present in great number. I discovered one of their leaders deep within the ruin. I should put a stop to whatever it is she plans to do.
Objective: Defeat Madleena Blackvein
Madleena mentioned the Thief's Apex Stone when she attacked us. Kelmen believes it's possible the stone has been hidden here all this time, which suggests the Scaled Court are here to corrupt it. I should find the stone and stop them.
Objective: Search for the Apex Stone
I located the Thief's Apex Stone. It's under attack by the magic of the Serpent's Corruption. Not only that, but Hara appears to be captive, along with the stone. I need to stop whatever is happening here and save Hara before it's too late.
Objective: Stop the Serpent and Free the Thief's Apex Stone
After successfully thwarting the Serpent's attempts to take the Apex Stone, I discovered that Hara was the Celestial Thief all along. I should speak to her to see what she has to say.
Objective: Talk to Hara
☑Finishes quest I need to return to the Star-Gazer Observatory and speak with Hara once more to see what we need to do next.
Objective: Meet Hara at the Star-Gazer Observatory