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The Online Quest Project or ONQP is a project to create pages for all quests in The Elder Scrolls Online.

Project Overview[edit]

Many of the quests in The Elder Scrolls Online have little to no documentation on this wiki, especially the newer DLC quests. Generally, there's information on the quest stages and rewards, and a quick walkthrough, but not much else. Due to the staggering amount of quests in the game, this undertaking will require a large contribution from the community in order to complete it.

Participation[edit]

Participating in the ONQP is simple. Firstly, you have to own ESO for the most part. The exception to this is quest IDs, which can be entered by anyone (as detailed below). If you wish to participate, add your name to the Project Members section below, also putting what you will be working on. While we don't have a project ribbon yet, we will hopefully get one in the near future.

There are three different parts of the project:

  • Quick Summary: Writing out the header and quick walkthrough for pages, as well as the footer if needed
  • Detailed Walkthrough: Writing out the detailed walkthrough
  • Quest Stages: Adding the quest stages for the quest

Each of these parts needs to be both written and checked. If you want to write pages, look through the Categories section below to find the right category for your desired part of the project to work on, and find a quest that you want to work on. As mentioned below, I recommend recording yourself playing through the quest in-game so that you can look at it later when you create the page. If you want, you can write all three parts of the project at once.

Note that, if you're having trouble deciding, it's probably better to work on the quick summaries before the detailed walkthrough and quest stages; but that's up to you.

If you want to check pages, look through the Categories section below to find the right category, and find a quest that you want to work on. The best way to check a quest is to simply play through it in-game, following the walkthrough and ensuring that all the information given in it is correct. Also, make sure to proof-read the page for any spelling or grammatical errors. Note that you can check all three parts of the project in one if you wish, if they've all been written. Checking pages can only be done in-game, since it needs to be ensured that all the information is up to date.

Project Header[edit]

The template {{ONQP Header}} has been created for this project. While this should soon be inserted at the top of all quest pages, if it is not there please add it. When you write or check a page, please add your name to the header as detailed in the template documentation. Note that currently many project pages have the OQP Header instead of the ONQP Header; this is because the project was renamed. If this is the case, you can rename the header to ONQP Header. Additionally, you'll have to delete the pre-existing parameters that are there (which are outdated) and instead add the ones on the ONQP Header template page.

Quick Summary Guidelines[edit]

Most of the guidelines for writing quest pages are outlined on Quest Layout page. However, some things differ for writing for ESO.

Header[edit]

Firstly, the Online Quest Header template must be used. Details on that template can be found on the template page. Most of the parameters are quite self-explanatory, but some of them must be clarified:

  • description: This should be a simple description of what must be done in the quest, without spoiling anything. Keep this as just one sentence.
  • Obj: Make sure to only include this if the quest is required for the location objective. Some quests, despite being in the location, are not actually required to complete the location, and therefore this shouldn't be used.
  • Giver: Give the name of the quest-giver, linking to their NPC page (whether or not it exists), as well as their location.
  • Loc: This should contain all locations visited in the quest, with the exception of the quest-giver's. As a general rule, only give locations that are given names in-game; this includes both locations marked on the map and smaller locations like caves that still have names when you enter them. Again, link to these, even if the page doesn't exist.
  • Reward: Put these in the same order they are in-game, if there are multiple. For gold, use the {{ESO Gold}} template followed by "Gold". For items or collectibles, use the {{Item Link}} template. For skill points, simply enter these in as they are in-game. For achievements, type "Achievement: " followed by a link to the achievement's page. Make sure to insert a line break between all rewards.
  • XP: Simply use the {{ESO XP}} template for this. There's no need to add "XP" onto the end.
  • ID: This can only be done through the UESPLog addon output here. Search the name of the quest in the search bar, and note the new ID.
  • image and imgdesc: If possible, include something unique to the quest; otherwise, put a picture of a major NPC or place.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

This section is very simple and easy. Simply describe the basic steps required to complete the quest, putting a # symbol before each line to number them. Make sure not to include spoilers in this section if possible. A good general rule to follow is to have one step here for each quest objective, although some objectives are too short to include here.

Quest Footer[edit]

The {{Quest Footer}} template should only be included in the pages for main quests, alliance story quests, or story quests for DLCs and Chapters. The "up" parameter should link to whatever page lists all the quests for that series; for example, Main Quest, Daggerfall Covenant, or Thieves Guild. Insert this at the very bottom of the page.

Detailed Walkthrough Guidelines[edit]

This should be the most detailed section of the page. It should describe everything that must be done to complete the quest in detail. It should firstly include the quest-giver's location, and then how to complete each step of the quest. It can contain as many spoilers as necessary. However, it should not include full walkthroughs for locations visited during the quest; these will be on the actual location pages instead. Use subsection headers (=== Header ===) if they are useful. Here are some more general guidelines to follow, which are based off those on the Quest Layout page:

  • Choices. The detailed walkthrough should detail any choices that can be made in the quest. In ESO, such choices are denoted either by red text on dialogue selections (implying that each selection has a different outcome) or a "Choose One" quest step. If you only know one outcome of the choice, insert the {{huh}} template with a description of what choice is missing. Make sure to detail what happens after the choice, and what different steps must be taken after each choice. Using subsection headers like this: === Header === can be useful if each choice significantly changes the quest.
  • Dialogue. In ESO, there are generally a few paragraphs of dialogue that must be gone through to advance the quest. While there is often other optional dialogue that can be read afterwards, only the dialogue needed to advance the quest should be detailed. Generally, this is how the dialogue should be laid out:
:'''Player Dialogue Selection'''
:''"NPC dialogue, with line breaks as they are included in the game"''
:'''Player Dialogue Selection'''
:''"More NPC dialogue"''
  • Locations. Locations should not be the focus of a quest walkthrough. All that needs to be described is how to get through a location (using cardinal directions like east or west) as the quest requires, and get all quest-related items. The walkthrough should not include anything about types of enemies encountered (except for quest bosses), possible chest locations, provisioning containers, or anything else that is not related to the quest.
  • Persuasion/Intimidation. The walkthrough should include both what needs to be done if these dialogue options are not available (due to not having the passives) as well as what can be skipped by using the dialogue options.
  • Item Links. Whenever an item is picked up in a quest, make sure to link that item using the quest item linking method described on the {{Template:Item Link}} template page.
  • Images. If the detailed walkthrough is long, you may wish to add a few images. If you choose to do so, make sure to upload them according to the help page and add them as a thumbnail on the right side of the page. As mentioned above, it's best to take pictures of unique things specific to the quest, but you can also use images of the quest location, or important NPCs.

Notes and Bugs[edit]

These sections should only be included if there is anything that needs to be in them.

Quest Stages Guidelines[edit]

This can be one of the more annoying sections to fill out. For this section, use the {{Online Journal Entries}} template. While more or less simple to enter in, the more difficult part is getting all of the objective descriptions. The easiest way to do this is to open the journal and take note of the second paragraph (the one that changes) in-game, every time you get a new quest objective. A good idea is to record yourself playing the quest using a screen recorder so that you can look through it later. If you miss one, it doesn't matter; whoever checks the walkthrough can add it. However, make sure to use the {{huh}} template on any objectives you miss. Make sure to include the {{Online Quest Stages Notes}} template underneath it if it is not already there.

The template can be hard to use, so here are some guidelines on using it. Firstly, each row in the template should correspond to one "step" in the quest. Each of these steps will have one or more objectives, as well as a description in the journal. In the journal there are two descriptions; the first is for the whole quest and never changes, and the second is for each step. Normally, every time you get a new quest objective, the description will update and this will be a new step. Additionally, you'll also have to note which step ends the quest. In almost all cases, this will be the last step. Additionally, some quests can have multiple starting points, and the latest start must be noted by adding "start" as detailed in the template documentation.

Additionally, as well as adding the description for the quest, you will also have to add the objectives using the {{Online Quest Objective}} template. There are multiple choices for the type of objective, if it is not the normal one. Optional objectives are seen in-game as "Optional: Quest Step". Hints are seen in-game as "Hint: Quest Hint". Choose one objectives are seen in-game when two objectives are proceeded by "Choose one". Hidden objectives, however, are harder to find. You can find them in the journal after you complete a hidden step, and you should check the journal often for them.

Categories[edit]

There are multiple categories that have been created for the project.

Writing[edit]

Checking[edit]

  • Summaries not checked — These pages have the summaries written, but not checked.
  • Summaries checked — These pages have the summaries written and checked.
  • Walkthroughs not checked — These pages have the walkthroughs written, but not checked.
  • Walkthroughs checked — These pages have the walkthroughs written and checked.
  • Stages not checked — These pages have the stages written, but not checked.
  • Stages checked — These pages have the stages written and checked.
  • Final review — These pages require final review. Once the project is mostly complete, these will be checked; for now, they'll be left alone as they're nearly done.

Project Members[edit]

If you are participating in the project, please add your name here in alphabetical order (keep Project Leaders at the top)

  • AlphaAbsol - Project Leader, writing and checking pages
  • Fullerton — Writing pages (once in a while)

Project Ribbon[edit]

If you have contributed to the ONQP actively, you can add this {{Ribbon}} to your userpage:

This user performed with distinction in the Online Quest Project