Online:Amputating the Hand

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ON-qico-Zone Story.png End the threat of the Withered Hand in Alik'r.
Zone: Alik'r Desert
Zone StoryThis quest is part of the Zone Story
Faction: Daggerfall Covenant
Objective: Required for Cadwell's Almanac Motalion Necropolis — Defeat Shiri and reclaim the final Ansei Ward.
Quest Giver: General Thoda, Talia at-Marimah
Location(s): Motalion Necropolis
Prerequisite Quest: Alasan's Plot
Previous Quest: Imperial Incursion
Next Quest: Restoring the Ansei Wards
Reward: Suturah's Hubris
1 Skill Point
High Leveled Gold
Shiri is planning to resurrect her father, the necromancer Suturah
The final Ansei Ward has been tracked to the Motalion Necropolis. I must help Prince Azah recover the Ward and put an end to the Withered Hand's plot.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to Talia at-Marimah.
  2. Search for Prince Azah and Ansei Maja's Ward.
  3. Find Throne Keeper Farvad and Ansei Radan's Ward.
  4. Meet everyone at the central tomb.
  5. Confront Shiri and recover Ansei Halelah's Ward.
  6. Talk to Ansei Halelah outside.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

  • Meeting Talia at the entrance to the Motalion Necropolis brings bad news: Prince Azah and Throne Keeper Farvad have both been captured, and with them, the two Ansei Wards you already recovered. You'll have to go in after them and stop Shiri.
  • Fighting your way through the necropolis - and hordes of Ra-Netu and Withered Hand bandits - reveals two small side tombs, each consisting of two small chambers. In the first of them, Prince Azah is tied up: untie him, go through to the next chamber, and discover that Shiri has managed to release the now-undead Alasan (whom you defeated in Tava's Blessing by imprisoning him within the sword) from Ansei Maja's ward. Defeat him and recover the Ward - which is, this time, conveniently undamaged.
  • In the second one, Throne Keeper Farvad is also tied up - a thing which bothers him less than the fact that he apparently struck down one of the undead himself, which is of course supposedly taboo for all Redguards. Nevertheless, he must come with you into the next chamber, because the Ward of Ansei Radan has been corrupted and he is needed to purge the corruption, while you keep several waves of undead enemies off his back. (It may come as a surprise to discover, having had a second confrontation with Alasan, that there is *not* a second confrontation with Uwafa.) The fact that Farvad is able to purge the curse on the sword suggests that he himself is not cursed by his own breach of the taboo: at the least, he never mentions it again.
  • Then finally you have to make your way down to the great central tomb. You now have three friends with you - Throne Keeper Farvad, Prince Azah, and Talia at-Marimah. Two of them will have to perform some magic to dispel a barrier that Shiri has placed there, allowing you to take the third with you as a companion. Azah is a sword-wielding warrior who will tank for you: Talia is an archer: and Farvad doesn't fight much but is a healer whose business is to keep you alive. Take your pick and head into the tomb.
  • After a last few bandits you'll have a fight with Shiri - who herself has transformed into a powerful necromancer and is hell-bent on resurrecting her father Suturah, leader of the original Withered Hand insurrection of some decades ago. As you come close to killing her, she will give the rest of her life and die to resurrect Suturah as a lich, he is a more powerful necromancer than Shiri. Beat him down and the threat of the Withered Hand is finally over: you can collect the third and final Ward, and talk to Ansei Halelah, first inside and then outside the tomb. She will create a portal back to the Impervious Tomb for you, to end this quest and start the mini-quest Restoring the Ansei Wards.
Throne Keeper Farvad performs a cleansing ritual
Farvad and Azah wait in the Necropolis
"To all things, there is a beginning and an end. Remember this."


  • Shiri may become stuck at low health without raising Suturah, but invulnerable and unresponsive ?
    • Exiting and reentering the tomb may fix this

Quest Stages[edit]

Amputating the Hand
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective: Find the Necropolis
Objective: Talk to Talia
Objective: Enter Motalion
Objective: Search for Prince Azah
Objective: Rescue Prince Azah
Objective: Reclaim Ansei Maja's Ward
Objective: Find Throne Keeper Farvad
Objective: Rescue Farvad
Objective: Help Farvad Cleanse the Ward
Objective: Exit Ward Chamber
Objective: Meet Throne Keeper Farvad at the Central Tomb
Objective: Talk to Throne Keeper Farvad
Objective: Choose Your Companion
Objective: Wait for Door to Unseal
Objective: Enter the Final Tomb
Objective: Defeat Shiri
Objective: Collect the Final Ward
Objective: Meet Your Friends Outside
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