Vile Lair

Oblivion:Deepscorn Hollow (quest)

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Deepscorn Hollow is an asylum for the wicked, a refuge from the persecution of the virtuous.
Quest Giver: Automatically added after purchasing the Vile Lair official plug-in
Location(s): Deepscorn Hollow
Reward: Numerous, primarily evil
ID: DLCDeepscorn
A world under the sun

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. After installing the plug-in and loading the game, you receive a key and a note that says you inherited Deepscorn Hollow.
  2. Travel to your new hideout, which is located southeast of Leyawiin. Once you arrive, read Greywyn's Journal.
  3. You will be directed to Rowley Eardwulf at the Wawnet Inn to furnish your cave. Once you purchase all seven upgrades and the Ichor of Sithis (used to enable the shrine), the quest is completed. Note: The upgrades are only in his inventory during the night, when he sits inside the Inn on the stairs. When his shop is open outside while he sits on the crate, the upgrades will not be available for purchase.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

The Crimson Scars[edit]

When you load your game you will receive a quest message telling you that you are the new owner of Deepscorn Hollow, located at the far south end of Cyrodiil. Along with the message you get a bloodstained note.

If you start a new game with this plug-in loaded, the deed and quest will be given to you right after you enter the sewers from the sanctum in the tutorial level.

Decorum Macabre[edit]

Travel towards the marker shown on your map. You will come to a bridge leading across to a small island with a long-destroyed house. If this is your first trip, ensure you walk around the island rim until you receive the quest update I've arrived at Deepscorn Hollow; I should make my way inside this hidden lair to workaround a quest bug mentioned below.

Just south of the island hidden underwater among the half submerged remnants of the house is a large tree trunk with the door to Deepscorn Hollow in the middle. If you have trouble finding the location of the underwater entrance door, use the close-up minimap to locate the marker location.

When you enter you will see Greywyn's Journal lying immediately in front of you on a stool. Read the journal for some historical information on the Crimson Scars and the origin of Deepscorn Hollow. Afterwards you will get a quest update informing you that you can purchase the upgrades needed for the Lair from Rowley Eardwulf at the Wawnet Inn.

A few features of Deepscorn Hollow can be used without purchasing any upgrades:

  • The Font of Renewal
  • Greywyn's four caches (useful if you need gold to buy the upgrades)
  • The bucket of gold
  • The Unusual Box containing the Crimson Eviscerator
  • A bed (the bed is later replaced by the Coffin Bed if you purchase the Bedroom Area upgrade)
  • One pair of wrist irons are in the cattle cell area
  • 6 Nightshade flowers are floating above the water at the base of the Shrine of Sithis
  • Unlimited Purgeblood Salts – a zero-gold cash value individually, but a potentially unlimited source of income from potions
  • A Trap Door to Topal Bay allows easy exit from the Cloister and an alternative to the tree trunk access for future visits

Home is Where the Blood Spills[edit]

The Wawnet Inn lies just west of the Imperial City at the end of the main bridge. Rowley Eardwulf will be inside but only sells merchandise during certain times of the day or night. Purchase all the Deepscorn upgrades from him including the Ichor of Sithis. The quest will be complete at this point, but to truly finish travel back to Deepscorn Hollow and pour the Ichor of Sithis into the Shrine of Sithis.


  • Rowley Eardwulf may not have the Deepscorn upgrade items for sale due to a quest bug (see the talk page for details.) The quest checks for the player's arrival at the Deepscorn Hollow island to enable the upgrade items, but the distance check is too small, so it is possible for the player to enter Deepscorn Hollow without triggering this quest stage, at which point the quest will advance again when the player picks up the journal and the stage that gives Rowley the items will never reoccur. To avoid this, wander around the island on first arrival until the quest update appears. If you walk straight to the location of the Nirnroot on the south side of the well, you'll receive the quest update. Fast traveling again to the island may work as well. Note that if you have the bug, Rowley will offer to barter items, but will not have any upgrades in his inventory. If Rowley is simply not offering to barter, you do not necessarily have this bug. As with many NPCs, he only offers services during certain hours of the day (see Rowley's page for details).
    • PC Only The Unofficial Oblivion DLC Patches fixes this bug.
    • On PC If you have this bug, enter the following into the console: setstage DLCDeepscorn 20.
    • On Xbox You will have to uninstall/reinstall the plug-in or load a previous save and do the quest again, making sure that the arrival popup appears.
  • If you sell him too many items, the Deepscorn Hollow upgrades may not be listed in his inventory. Go upstairs and sleep for 24 hrs to give him a chance to clear all that inventory, which will fix the problem. ?
  • If you give away the upgrades before exiting the barter screen, Rowley will keep the upgrade titles but you won't receive the respective upgrades and you won't be able to buy them back.
    • You can save, quit the game, remove the plugin, start the game again and reload the save (ignoring the warning about missing content, save again, reinstall the plugin, and load the last save. You will have to redo the quest, however.
  • On Xbox On the Xbox 360, you can download this plug-in and find that your system may not load it. Transferring it from your hard drive to a memory card fixes it. ?
    • If the items are not showing up when Rowley Eardwulf is sitting outside, try trading him when he is inside the inn sitting on the stairs at around 11:00PM.

Journal Entries[edit]

Deepscorn Hollow (DLCDeepscorn)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 According to a mysterious message that's been delivered to me, I've inherited an underground lair called Deepscorn Hollow from a long-lost relative. It's situated at the southernmost point of Cyrodiil, south of Leyawiin. I've marked its location on my map. At the next opportunity, I should make my way out there and inspect my new acquisition.
20 I've arrived at Deepscorn Hollow. I should make my way inside this hidden lair.
30 I've discovered a long forgotten journal within Deepscorn Lair. I should read it to learn more about this unusual structure.
40 After reading the journal, I've learned that I can acquire everything I need to restore this place to its original state from Rowley Eardwulf at the Wawnet Inn just outside the Imperial City.
50 Finishes quest☑ I've now purchased everything Rowley Eardwulf had available for Deepscorn Hollow.
  • Not all Journal Entries may appear in your journal; which entries appear and which entries do not depends on the manner in which the quest is done.
  • Stages are not always in order of progress. This is usually the case with quests that have multiple possible outcomes or quests where certain tasks may be done in random order.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On PC It is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage DLCDeepscorn stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages. See SetStage for more information.