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Protect the scryers of the Order of the Eye from their own shadows.
Zone: Deshaan
Quest Giver: Order of the Eye Dispatch at any Mages Guild hall
Location(s): Mournhold (Deshaan); Shornhelm (Rivenspire); Marbruk (Greenshade); Stormhold (Shadowfen); Eagle's Strand, Hazak's Hollow (Khenarthi's Roost); The Howling Sepulchers (Craglorn); Vulkhel Guard (Auridon); Dranil Kir
Next Quest: To The Clockwork CityClockwork City
Reward: Clockwork Obscuros
Average Leveled Gold
XP Gain: Standard
An obscure device and its secretive guardian
A junior member of the Mages Guild named Skaldir insists that he and his associates have made a significant magical discovery—one that could prove disastrous if left uninvestigated.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Read the Order of the Eye Dispatch at any Mages Guild hall.
  2. Find Skaldir at the Mages Guild in Mournhold.
  3. Locate and warn the other scryers in Shornhelm, Marbruk, and Stormhold.
  4. Talk to Lilatha.
  5. Recover the Anuic Lantern from Khenarthi's Roost and the Liminal Lens from the Howling Sepulchers.
  6. Find Lilatha's boat in Vulkhel Guard.
  7. Talk to Bonafryd.
  8. Travel to Dranil Kir and find Lilatha.
  9. Reassemble and activate the Obscuros.
  10. Talk to Lilatha.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

A Vision of Obscurity[edit]

Skaldir, stabbed to death by his own shadow

To begin this quest, locate the Order of the Eye Dispatch at any Mages Guild hall. It hints at a shocking discovery made by scryers of the Order of the Eye, but fails to go into much more detail. To find out more, you must seek out Skaldir at the Mournhold Mages Guild.

When you arrive, he is busy examining a bookshelf, but turns as you approach:

"You read my letter? Oh, I'm so grateful you've come! We found something powerful. A Daedric—wait, what's happening?"

Unfortunately his explanation is cut off, as at that moment, his shadow comes to life and stabs him to death. Bonafryd runs over, and now you must talk to her to ascertain what is going on.

Apparently a number of the scryers have been having visions of some obscure Daedric artifact. Bonafryd wants you to warn the other scryers before they suffer the same fate as Skaldir. Adeber Loumont can be found in Shornhelm, Wenridil is in Marbruk, and Neelo can be found in Stormhold.

Warning the Scryers[edit]

At the Shornhelm Mages Guild, you come across Eloic Montieu, who informs you that Adeber has stepped outside. You can find him behind Merethrin's House, slumped against a barrel, already dead. Collect his journal to learn more about his scrying techniques. At this point, you have the opportunity to return to Eloic Montieu to deliver the sad news. Once that is done, you can move on.

In Marbruk, Wenridil can be found on the patio behind the Queen's Residence. She moves off as you approach, accusing you of leering at her. At the same time, her shadow comes to life and starts attacking, but she manages to escape. You will need to defeat the shadow and catch up with her. Inside the Marbruk Mages Guild, Wenridil can be found hiding behind a plant pot. She thinks that the shadow may have ripped off part of her animus, but nonetheless is grateful for your help. She directs you to another planter, where you can find her logbook.

Neelo is down by the river just to the east of Stormhold Wayshrine. He warns you away, saying he will not die like the others. You can either Intimidate him into lowering his wards, or locate his sister Xarei, who may be able to convince him. She can be found by the market stalls in the center of the city. Once Neelo has been convinced one way or another to lower his wards, he will direct you to his journal, located at the root of a nearby tree.

The Psijic Obscuros[edit]

Once you have found all three scryers, a projection of an Altmer named Lilatha appears, asking for you to speak with her. She explains that she is a member of the Psijic Order, and has also been looking into the same Daedric artifact that the scryers have seen. In order to find out where the artifact is located, she explains that you need to reconstruct the Psijic Obscuros, by collecting a Liminal Lens from the Howling Sepulchers in Craglorn, and an Anuic Lantern from a shipwreck south of Eagle's Strand on Khenarthi's Roost.

When you arrive at the shipwreck, you find that bandits have already looted the Anuic Lantern, and have taken it to Hazak's Hollow on the other side of the island. The lantern can be found in a freshly-packed crate in the back of the cave. The Liminal Lens is located inside the Ancient Priest's Coffer in the Dragon Priest's Burial Chamber at the far end of the Howling Sepulchers. You must criss-cross the ravine from the south side, around the northwest side, to the east side in order to reach it.

Once you have collected both items, head to Vulkhel Guard where Lilatha's boat is waiting. It can be found on the far side of the outer harbor wall, but Bonafryd is already there. Talk to her and find out what she wants.

The Isle of Dranil Kir[edit]

A projection of Sotha Sil's Clockwork City

Apparently Bonafryd has been tracking you since you left Mournhold, and now wants to come with you. You need to decide whether or not to bring her along.

If you decide against it, she sends you on your way and you arrive at Dranil Kir alone and in the rain.

If you agree to bring Bonafryd on the boat, she arrives with you but gets sea sick and tells you to go on ahead.

Head up the path to find Lilatha, then follow her inside the nearby ruin.

Lilatha heads towards the Obscuros, and is suddenly attacked by her shadow. After the shadow has been defeated, Bonafryd reappears and attacks as well. It turns out she is behind the shadow attacks, and summons another copy of Lilatha's Shadow. You must defeat her in order to save both Lilatha and the device.

Finally, you are able to reassemble and activate the Obscuros. It shows you a projection of a fabricant, Sotha Sil's Clockwork City, and an unknown Daedra. Talk to Lilatha for further interpretation, and a reward for your assistance.


  • As with The Missing Prophecy, the events of this quest appear to foreshadow future content for ESO. In this case, the events of the Clockwork City DLC.
  • Once this quest is completed, Lilatha will be available to give the quest To The Clockwork City, although she will not start it automatically.
  • If you complete the quest without the book being read, a copy can be found in the Bangkorai Garrison in Bangkorai.
  • If you have a quest which requires you to kill a number of daedra, the shadows will count... as will Bonafryd.

Quest Stages[edit]

Of Knives and Long Shadows
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
I should travel to the Mages Guild hall in Mournhold. Perhaps I can learn more from Skaldir himself.
Objective: Talk to Skaldir
As soon as I arrived in the Mournhold guild hall, Skaldir's shadow came to life and stabbed him to death. A Nord woman arrived shortly thereafter, demanding answers. I should talk to her.
Objective: Talk to Bonafryd
Three of Skaldir's associates are in danger. Accoding to Bonafryd, Adeber is studying in Shornhelm, Rivenspire. Wenridil can be found in the city of Marbruk, Greenshade. And Neelo resides in Stormhold, Shadowfen. I must warn these mages.
Objective: Warn Adeber
Objective Hint: Collect Adeber's Notes
Objective: Warn Wenridil
Objective Hint: Defeat Wenridil's Shadow
Objective Hint: Talk to Wenridil
Objective Hint: Collect Wenridil's Logbook
Objective: Warn Neelo
Objective Hint: Find Xarei
Objective Hint: Talk to Xarei
Objective Hint: Take Xarei to Neelo
Objective Hint: Talk to Neelo
Objective Hint: Collect Neelo's Notes
A projection of a High Elf woman has appeared. I should speak to her.
Objective: Talk to Lilatha
Lilatha, a Psijic mage, believes she can discover the location of the Daedric artifact, but ahe needs two powerful objects to do so. I can find the Anuic Lantern in Khenarthi's Roost, and the Liminal Lens in Craglorn's Howling Sepulchers.
Objective: Collect the Anuic Lantern
Objective Hint: Search for Clues
Objective Hint: Find Hazak's Hollow
Objective Hint: Search Hazak's Hollow
Objective: Collect the Liminal Lens
I collected the items Lilatha requested, now I must find the boat she promised. It should be moored somewhere just outside Vulkhel Guard.
Objective: Find Lilatha's Boat
Bonafryd appeared as soon as I arrived at Lilatha's boat. I should talk to her to figure out what this is about.
Objective: Talk to Bonafryd
Bonafryd admitted that she's been following me. Now she wants to accompany me in Lilatha's boat. I must decide whether or not to bring her along.
Complete one: Bring Bonafryd Along or Leave Bonafryd Behind
I've found Lilatha's enchanted boat. Hopefully it will take me to her current location.
Objective: Travel to Lilatha's Island
I arrived on a gloomy island off the coast of Auridon. I should search for Lilatha.
Objective: Find Lilatha
I found Lilatha outside an ancient ruin on Dranil Kir. I should follow her inside.
Objective: Follow Lilatha
Lilatha's shadow came to life. It no doubt seeks to kill her. I must defeat this creature to defend Lilatha and the Obscuros.
Objective: Defeat Lilatha's Shadow
It appears that my former ally, Bonafryd, is responsible for the shadow murders. I must defeat her and the shadow if Lilatha and I plan to make it out of this ruin alive.
Objective: Defeat Bonafryd
Lilatha and I managed to defeat Bonafryd and her shadowy minion. Now that Lilatha is safe, I should reassemble the Obscuros device.
Objective: Reassemble the Obscuros
I reassembled the Obscuros. Now we can activate it and see if it shows us the location of the Daedric artifact.
Objective: Activate the Obscuros
The Obscuros is working! The device appears to be showing us the location of the Daedric artifact.
Objective: Watch the Projection
Objective: Talk to Lilatha
☑Finishes quest I told Lilatha about my adventures in the Clockwork City, and the Daedric plot brewing there. We should discuss our next move.
Objective: Talk to Lilatha
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