Online:Old Life Observance

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Participate in the Old Life remembrance ceremony.
Quest Giver: Petronius Galenus
Location(s): Auridon, Bangkorai, Eastmarch, Reaper's March, Stonefalls The Rift
Prerequisite Quest: The New Life Festival
Reward: New Life Gift Box
Low Leveled Gold
XP Gain: High Experience XP
ID: 6588
RepeatableRepeatable: Daily
An Old Life shrine
This quest is only available during the New Life Festival
(First Time)
Petronius Galenus told me about the Old Life tradition in which people write messages to those that have passed on and burn them at special shrines.
(Subsequent Times)
Petronius Galenus has learned of another Old Life shrine I can perform the ceremony at.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to Petronius Galenus.
  2. Travel to the mentioned zone and find the Old Life shrine.
  3. Perform the Old Life Ceremony.
  4. Return to Petronius Galenus.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

After agreeing to participate in the Old Life remembrance ritual, you can continue speaking with Petronius Galenus about the tradition. During this he will ask if you can take a Bundle of Old Life Messages from Imperial refugees and burn them at the Old Life shrine. It is up to you whether you agree to this or not. You can then travel to the shrine Petronius marked out on your map, the zone picked will be randomized. The following table shows the shrine locations within their zone:

Zone Area Notes
Auridon South of Wreck of the Raptor
Bangkorai North of Viridian Woods
Reaper's March West of Little Ozur's Camp
Stonefalls Northwest of Fort Virak, near the border with The Rift (map) Accessible through the southern zone exit in the Rift or by going counterclockwise around Fort Virak in Stonefalls.
The Rift East of Fullhelm Fort In the southeast corner of the map, within the rocks.
Glenumbra Northeast of the southern end of the Cambray Pass (map) The North Hag Fen Wayshrine is closest to this shrine

The shrine will be shaped like a small obelisk and there you can perform the remembrance ceremony. Light the candle and write a message to someone deceased, once both are done you can burn the Message of Remembrance over the flame. You may witness a spirit manifesting next to the shrine for a moment. With the ceremony completed, you can return to Petronius Galenus at the New Life pavilion in Eastmarch.

"Ah, you've returned! Did you find the shrine and take part in the ceremony?"
I found the shrine and participated in the Old Life ceremony.
"Then may your message reach Aetherius, traveler. I'm glad to have been a part of your celebration of the Old Life.
Take this. It's my gift to you, in the spirit of the tradition. Something special, so you can remember this Old Life day."

Petronius will then hand you some gold and a New Life Festival Box.

Possible Spirits[edit]

The following spirits may appear at the Old Life shrine after performing the ceremony:

Character Quest Required
Captain Nala-do Cadwell the Betrayer
Destron Pyre of Ambition
Earl Leythen The Crystal Tower
High Priestess Solgra Long Live the King
Kassandra The Remnant of Argon
Khali or Shazah The Den of Lorkhaj
King Kurog Long Live the King
King Laloriaran Dynar The Final Assault
Little Leaf Dawn of the Exalted Viper
Prince Naemon Striking at the Heart
Queen Gerhyld Dark Clouds Over Solitude
Ritemaster Iachesis Lost in Translation
Sombren Ambition's End
Varen Aquilarios God of Schemes[verification needed — is Long Live the King required if you don't sacrifice him?]
Veya Releth The Crystal Tower
Indistinct Spirit None


The following images show the various Old Life shrines around Tamriel:


  • The Indistinct Spirit, Queen Gerhyld, Destron, and Sombren were added in 2021 to the list of possible spirits that can appear.
  • After Petronius gives you the quest and a location, you can abandon the quest, start it again, and a new location will be randomly selected.

Quest Stages[edit]

Old Life Observance
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
(First Time Completing Quest)
I'm interested in this Old Life ceremony, I should talk to Petronius Galenus for more information.
Objective: Talk to Petronius Galenus
(Subsequent Times Completing Quest this stage will appear instead)
I should talk to Petronius Galenus to find out where this new Old Life shrine is located.
Objective: Talk to Petronius Galenus
Latest start I need to perform the Old Life remembrance ceremony at an Old Life shrine. Petronius Galenus marked one on my map of [Zone Name].
Objective: Find the Old Life Shrine in [Zone Name]
I can perform the Remembrance ceremony at the shrine by writing a message to someone deceased, lighting a candle, and then burning the message in the candle's flame.
Objective: Perform the Old Life Ceremony
Objective Hint: Write a Message of Remembrance
Objective Hint: Light a Candle
(Unknown Trigger for this Stage to Occur)
Objective Hint: Gather the Bundle of Messages
(Stage appears after writing a message and lighting the Shrine candle)
Objective Hint: Burn Note of Remembrance
Finishes quest☑ I participated in the Old Life ceremony. I should return to Petronius Galenus.
Objective: Talk to Petronius Galenus
* Any text displayed in angle brackets (e.g., <Alias=LocationHold>) is dynamically set by the game and will be filled in with the appropriate word(s) when seen in game.
  • 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.