Online:Gates of Oblivion
The Gates of Oblivion is the fifth main story arc of Elder Scrolls Online, following on from the Dark Heart of Skyrim. It is an overarching story which spans multiple content updates in the form of DLC, Chapters, and free quests, covering the entirety of 2021's content releases. Details of the plot were officially announced on January 26, 2021. It takes place in Cyrodiil and the Deadlands and involves a threat from Mehrunes Dagon.
On December 10, a teaser trailer was released showing Eveli Sharp-Arrow, an Argonian, and Mehrunes Dagon.
It was succeeded by the Legacy of the Bretons.
Due to the multiple content releases involved in the Gates of Oblivion, there are no prerequisites for completing these quests (outside of the epilogue) and they can be done in any order. However, they do follow a chronological order as listed here.
- Flames of Ambition Storyline — Quests relating to a forgotten secret of the Longhouse Emperors
- Burning Secrets: Recover a book from an abandoned villa before it is burned to the ground.
- Into the Deep: Help Lyranth recover a map from a group of cultists.
- Blackwood Chapter Prologues
- A Mortal's Touch: Help Lyranth investigate a cult.
- The Emperor's Secret: Look into Emperor Leovic's secret.
- Blackwood Storyline — Quests to stop Mehrunes Dagon's machinations in Blackwood
- A Deadly Secret: Find and warn former Elder Council members in Blackwood.
- An Unexpected Adversary: Unmask the mysterious faction behind the deaths of former Elder Councilors in Blackwood.
- A Hidden Vault: Find out just what lies within the Daedric vault at Ojel-Bak.
- A Mysterious Event: Crash an exclusive Waking Flame event and find an Ambition.
- Weapons of Destruction: Help the twins gain control of their powers by meeting Sombren's mentor.
- Pyre of Ambition: Defend Fort Redmane against the forces of Mehrunes Dagon.
- Heroes of Blackwood: Attend the celebration thrown for you.
- Waking Flame Storyline — Quests to investigate further Waking Flame activity
- A Rose of Many Thorns: A knightly order has been hoarding dangerous relics, and Lyranth wishes to claim one.
- Quaking Dread: Assist a contingent of Imperial Battlemages sent to investigate Daedric activity within an abandoned prison.
- The Deadlands DLC Prologues
- An Apocalyptic Situation: The Waking Flame have taken a dangerous relic from Lyranth the Dremora.
- The Key and the Cataclyst: Infiltrate the Waking Flame base in Fargrave.
- The Deadlands Storyline — Quests to defend Fargrave and Nirn from invasion
- The Celestial Palanquin: You have been summoned to Fargrave, a strange city in Oblivion.
- Destruction Incarnate: Investigate the purpose of the Waking Flame's Cataclyst devices.
- The Durance Vile: The Waking Flame have been kidnapping unaligned Dremora for a nefarious purpose.
- Born of Grief: Ascend Annihilarch's Summit to locate the Waking Flame's hidden base.
- Deadlight: Invade a lost realm of Oblivion that serves as Sister Celdina's headquarters.
- Against All Hope: Launch an attack on the citadel of Ardent Hope and take on Valkynaz Nokvroz.
- Epilogue — The final arc surrounding the secret power of the Four Ambitions (requires completion of Blackwood and The Deadlands storylines)
- The Last Ambition: Locate the Fourth Ambition.
- Ambition's End: Assemble your allies and launch an assault on Mehrunes Dagon's capital.
- Hope Springs Eternal: Return to Leyawiin for a celebration in your honor.
Around December 30th, influencers received ornate coins and a letter from Lyranth saying that the coins were associated with the Order of the Waking Flame. There were three different versions of the coins sent out. Every version had a face depicting a rising sun, the dawn, a common symbol associated with Mehrunes Dagon. The other face of the coins depicted a fox, a boar, and a ram.
Daedric text was featured on each coin face, which read:
- Dawn Face:
- Top: MEHRUNES DAGON
- Bottom: DESTRUCTION CHANGE AMBITION
- Boar Face:
- Top: AMBITION ONE POWER
- Bottom: STRENGTH HONOR REVOLUTION
- Ram Face:
- Top: AMBITIONS KNOWLEDGE FREEDOM
- Bottom: WISDOM ENERG(Y) ADVENTURE
- Fox Face:
- AMBITION FOUL CUNNING (or CULLING)
- JUSTICE HOPE COURAGE
- The Jubilee Cake 2021 is Deadlands-themed in reference to the Gates of Oblivion storyline.