Online:Chief Archivist Sergianus
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|Chief Archivist Sergianus|
|Location||Imperial City, Arboretum|
While he is chained up near the southern wall of the Arboretum, he can be heard yelling at the Daedra burning books.
- Chief Archivist Sergianus: "Not the archives! There's centuries of history in those pages!"
- Chief Archivist Sergianus: "Don't! Those are priceless! You don't know what you're destroying!"
- Chief Archivist Sergianus: "You monsters! Why? They're books, there's no harm in books!"
When you free him:
- "Ugh ... my thanks. You need to get that book to the Drake. I managed to mask its contents with a magical cipher."
- "Find the ciphers. There should be four of them. Bring them to me in the Archives east of here, and I will use them to translate the book. Hurry!"
Meet him in the Ruined Archive.
- "Thank the Eight, you've made it. Barely got past the Daedra myself, but this place seems safe enough for now."
- What is this book anyway?
- "It's called "The Sublime Brazier," written by a Moth Priest just a few years after St. Alessia passed. Of course, this is just a copy of the original text, which was damaged during the Colovian secession in the twenty-fourth century ...."
- Why would the Daedra want it?
- "Oh, right. I'm sorry.Your guess is as good as mine. When they came to the library looking for it, it was all I could do to garble the text with a distortion spell before they got through the door. But now with the ciphers, I can undo the spell."
- You mean you don't know what's in it?
- "Here now! I'm an archivist, not a .... Look, all I know is it has something to do with the Dragonfires. I didn't have time to read more before I had to cast the spell.
Are you ready to help me translate it?"
- I'm ready.
When he's finished his spell:
- Chief Archivist Sergianus: "There, it is done. Gods, how exhausting. Glad I never joined the Mages Guild—I just don't have the talent for this."
Speaking with him again:
- "Bring that book back to the Drake, and give her my regards. She'll probably have a better idea of what to do with it than I do.
Don't worry about me, I can find my way out from here. I hope."