Online:A Bargain With Shadows

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Join forces with Estre to win the Battle of the Cliffs.
Zone: Coldharbour
Objective: Cliffs of Failure — Win the Battle of the Cliffs and set the mages free.
Quest Giver: The Observer
Location(s): Cliffs of Failure
Prerequisite Quest: The Endless War
Reward: The Observer's Battle Helm
362 Gold
ID: 4370
To save the Mages Guild members that were forced to compete in the Observer's game, I decided to side with Kinlady Estre. Now I just need to find a way to win the game.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to High Kinlady Estre.
  2. Defeat Angof's Champion.
  3. Defeat Thallik's Champion.
  4. Return to the Cave Entrance.
  5. Talk to Relmus.
  6. Enter the Observer's Watch.
  7. Survive the Observer's Challenge.
  8. Defeat the Observer.
  9. Find the Mages.
  10. Talk to Estre.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]


  • Killing NPCs of the side you picked who are now neutral has no bad effect on the progress of the quest.
  • After defeating the champions, as the portals become shut off to streamline the rest of the quest, the only way to leave prematurely is to use wayshrines.
  • The watchers fought in the cave are the same seen as friendly earlier on. They are given an elite ranking during the fight but retain the same lower amount of health they had previously.
  • With the Fighters Guild Intimidating Presence perk, you can leave the game with Kinlady Estre and all three mages.
  • Despite the Observer stating you won't be allowed to participate in the games anymore, after you are booted out of the Cliffs of Failure, the portals to access them and the battlegrounds remain accessible.
  • After completing this quest, the House of Darkness in The Hollow City will unlock. If you saved Kinlady Estre, she will be found there, as well as at The Shining Star. If you saved the mages, they will be found at the Library.


  • The enthralled mages disappear out of thin air instead of running away as later mentioned after defeating the champions. ?

Quest Stages[edit]

A Bargain With Shadows
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Latest start I should find Kinlady Estre in the battlegrounds. Maybe she has a plan on how we can win the game.
Objective: Talk to High Kinlady Estre
To win this contest, I need to defeat the champions of the other two leaders. Lady Estre gave me her mask of shadows. I can use it to call forth allies in this battle.
Objective: Defeat Angof's Champion
Objective: Defeat Thallik's Champion
I defeated the other champions. Now the Observer wants to meet me at the cave entrance that leads to the watch portal.
Objective: Return to the Cave Entrance
As I reached the entrance to the Observer's watch, I spotted Relmus waiting for me. I should speak to him.
Objective: Talk to Relmus
The Observer wasn't at the entrance to the watch. I should enter the cave and use the portal so I can find him.
Objective: Enter the Observer's Watch
The Observer has changed the rules of the game and thrown another challenge in my way. I need to run the gauntlet in this cave to reach the portal and confront the Observer.
Objective: Survive the Observer's Challenge
I reached the Observer's watch. The Observer has challenged me to a final battle. The mages have arrived to help me. Now it's time to end this!
Objective: Defeat the Observer
The Observer is dead and this twisted game is finally over. However, he teleported the mages away before he died. I need to use the portal and try to find them.
Objective: Find the Mages
What? I killed the Observer, but there he is, standing right in front of me. I should speak to him and find out what else he has in store for me.
Objective: Talk to the Observer
Finishes quest☑ (If you chose to save the mages)
I decided to save the Mages Guild members from the Observer's game. I should talk to Relmus and send them to the Hollow City.
Objective: Talk to Relmus
Finishes quest☑ (If you chose to save Estre)
I decided to save Lady Estre from the Observer's game. It was the only real choice if I want to defeat Molag Bal. I should talk to Estre and send her to the Hollow City.
Objective: Talk to Estre
Finishes quest☑ (If you used the Intimidating Presence Perk to save everyone)
I decided to push back against the Observer and take everyone out of the game. Now I have Estre and the mages at my side. I should speak to Estre and send them all to the Hollow City.
Objective: Talk to Estre
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  • 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 any order. Some stages may therefore repeat objectives seen in other stages.
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