Oblivion:Origin of the Gray Prince

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Agronak gro-Malog, the Imperial Arena Grand Champion asks you to find proof of his noble birthright.
Quest Giver: Agronak gro-Malog at the Arena District Bloodworks
Location(s): Imperial City, Crowhaven
Reward: Permanent +3 to Blade, Block and Athletics
ID: MS52
What dark secret lies in Crowhaven?

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Speak with Agronak gro-Malog about the Gray Prince.
  2. Journey to and through Crowhaven until you find Lord Lovidicus.
  3. Defeat or evade Lord Lovidicus, and find his journal.
  4. Return to Agronak with the journal.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

The Origin[edit]

Speak to Agronak gro-Malog in the Arena Bloodworks about "The Gray Prince" to begin the quest. He asks you to find proof of his noble birth, marks the location of Crowhaven on your map and gives you a mysterious key, but he is unsure what it opens. Journey to Crowhaven (northwest of Anvil) to begin your search. Bring cure disease potions or spells if possible as you may catch something from one of the denizens of this forlorn place.

Enter Crowhaven—the presence of evil is unmistakable—and explore, killing all in your path until you find the locked "Old Wooden Door" (gro-Malogs' mysterious key will open it) and continue inside. You'll eventually find Lord Lovidicus who will attack you on sight. Dispose of him and continue on, exploring the area to find several chests, various small treasures, and the journal of the recently departed Lord Lovidicus on a table. If you sneak, no fighting is necessary. Only the journal is needed; take it, and leave if you choose.


Return with the journal to Agronak gro-Malog in the Arena Bloodworks, and receive the Gray Prince's Training (permanent +3 to Blade, Block and Athletics) as your reward. Note that this training is treated as a permanent ability by the game and does not count toward leveling up, unlike most other free skill boosts.

After Agronak trains you he will read the journal. He will be totally horrified at his vampire origins, so much in fact, that he will be completely convinced that he is a spawn of evil and does not deserve to live. As a result, he will not fight back when you fight him at the end of the Arena Quest.


  • If you plan on completing this quest, be careful not to say that you wish to challenge Agronak for his title of Grand Champion, as you will no longer be able to talk to him. Doing this will result in having to kill him and thus failing the quest.


  • Killing Agronak in the Arena after completing this quest will be counted as a murder by the game as he is a non-evil NPC who does not attack you (though this will not result in a bounty only because there are no other actual NPCs in the Arena at the time) so if you have not murdered anyone before completing this questline, it will attract the attention of the Dark Brotherhood. However, killing him in the Arena without completing this questline will not attract the Brotherhood's attention.
  • Lord Lovidicus is a vampire (he has all of a vampire's bonuses and abilities); however, it is not possible to catch Porphyric Hemophilia from him. He does not leave Vampire Dust on his dead body.
  • The journal of Lord Lovidicus is a quest item, and will become stuck in your inventory if the quest is terminated before completion by Agronak gro-Malog's death.
  • This quest was supposed to add a point to your fame upon talking to Agronak after finding the journal. An improper script command was used to modify your fame player.modav fame 1, so the fame statistic is not incremented correctly (it should be modpcfame 1).

Journal Entries[edit]

Origin of the Gray Prince (MS52)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 Agronak gro-Malog, the Imperial Arena Grand Champion, has sent me on a quest to find proof of his noble birthright. I must journey now to the west, to a place called Crowhaven, and begin my search. Gro-Malog has provided me with a key I will surely need, but even he is unsure what it opens.
20 I have entered Crowhaven. Somewhere inside I will unlock the truth that Agronak gro-Malog is searching for. I should be cautious, however. The fort has long since lost its noble trappings, and the presence of evil is unmistakable...
30 I have discovered the Journal of the Lord Lovidicus. It does indeed contain information about Agronak gro-Malog's birth, but proves he was the spawn of a vampire! Agronak won't be happy to hear this, but it is the proof he wanted. I must take the journal to him at the Imperial City Arena Bloodworks.
100 Yes☑ I have given the Journal of the Lord Lovidicus to Agronak gro-Malog. In return for my assistance, he has shared some of his combat knowledge.
115 Yes☑ Agronak gro-Malog has been killed, and my quest to discover his true identity can never be completed.
  • 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 MS52 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.