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ON-qico-Zone Story.png Protect the Queen as she performs an ancient ritual.
Zone: Auridon
Zone StoryThis quest is part of the Zone Story
Faction: Aldmeri Dominion
Objective: Required for Cadwell's Almanac Tanzelwil — Help the Queen uphold High Elf traditions.
Quest Giver: Queen Ayrenn
Location(s): Inner Tanzelwil
Prerequisite Quest: In the Name of the Queen
Next Quest: To Mathiisen
Reward: Eaglebanner Longbow
1 Skill Point
Average Leveled Gold
ON-icon-Achievements.png Sunder the First Veil
XP Gain: Standard Experience XP
ID: 4222
Help Queen Ayrenn fight her way to the Ancestral Chamber
Queen Ayrenn must perform the final ritual at Tanzelwil in the ancestral crypts. Malicious spirits plague this holy shrine and the traitorous Norion lurks somewhere in the shadows.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to Queen Ayrenn.
  2. Escort Ayrenn through the passages of Inner Tanzelwil.
  3. Defeat the traitor.
  4. Watch the final ritual.
  5. Talk to Queen Ayrenn.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Accompanying the Queen[edit]

After assisting with the other rituals in Tanzelwil, Queen Ayrenn will need to complete the final ritual.

"I'm afraid we're not finished here. Not yet."
Why risk your life? Is it that important?
"If I am to be Queen, I must look fear in the face and conquer it. How can I ask my people to have faith in me if I don't have faith in myself?"
Then my place is at your side.

At this, Battlereeve Urcelmo will protest:

"Your Majesty! Let me come with you!"

Queen Ayrenn will be waiting for you at the entrance, and you will need to talk to her first to get more details about what hazards you may face.

"I should warn you. Three coins say Norion is down in the crypts."
You're sure?
"Well, no. But to control these spirits so completely, he'd have to be close.
The crypt is a winding complex, with plenty of places for quiet spellcasting."
Are you ready to face him?
"I'm prepared for anything. If he's sided with this Veiled Queen, he's a traitor. That means we end him, here and now.
Are you with me?"

As Norion is likely inside, it is probable that he will send many spirits against you.

Inner Tanzelwil[edit]

It will be your job to escort Ayrenn to the Ancestral Chamber. Once inside Inner Tanzelwil, Norion will periodically appear to taunt Ayrenn.

Norion: "You are no queen, Ayrenn. You are a spoiled child. Give up this charade and let the Veiled Queen lead our people to glory!"

Norion will also summon Ancestral Spirits (Icemasters, Tempests, and Blademasters) to attack you both. In order to open the first door, Queen Ayrenn destroys the dark crystal by the door, while you destroy the guardian crystal to the east (see bugs below).

The Ancestral Chamber[edit]

Ayrenn fights Norion

Inside the Ancestral Chamber, you help Queen Ayrenn defeat Norion. Ayrenn cannot die, but she can be wounded and stop fighting for a short time. Norion fights with a maul and lightning magic, as well as summoning spirits to his side, who will denigrate the Queen.

Norion "Foolish girl! I serve the Veiled Queen! She is our true leader!"
Ancestral Sentinel: "You have betrayed your people!"
Ancestral Blademaster: "True Altmer do not consort with savages and beasts!"
Ancestral Tempest: "Mercy and civility are for the weak!"

After he is slain, Queen Ayrenn will walk up to the altar to complete the last ritual.

Queen Ayrenn: "Norion got what he deserved. Time this ritual was ended."
Queen Ayrenn performing the ritual

She will begin to pray and the Ancient Spirits will appear and approve of her.

Queen Ayrenn: "May the ancestors bless us with their wisdom and protection."
Ancient Spirit: "The ancestors honor your prayers."
Ancient Spirit: "May the light of the Eight bless you and guide you."
Ancient Spirit: "Let your reign be long and peaceful."
Queen Ayrenn: "It's finished. Let's get out of this dark place. Follow me."

You can follow her outside, where she will be waiting for you.

"You risked everything to help me. I won't forget it."
Any time, my Queen.
"You're too modest. Thank you, my brave and noble friend.
Until we meet again, wherever the road may take us."

She thanks you and gives you your reward. Nearby, Battlereeve Urcelmo will have a task for you.


  • Destroying the corruption stones above ground to pacify the spirits in a previous quest has no impact on the spirits encountered within the ruins, who will remain Hostile.
  • Although you exit the ruins from a different point, you will arrive at the doors you entered them from regardless.
  • After completing the quest, you can hear random Altmer commenting, "Bet the dead at Tanzelwil had a lot to say about Ayrenn."


  • The quest step to destroy the Guardian Crystal may complete itself (or not trigger at all) without you ever getting near the crystal if you take too long or get too far away from Queen Ayrenn while on the preceding step.
    • The quest will still advance to the next step.
  • Queen Ayrenn may disappear as you are following her through the first or second sections of the interior. ?
    • The quest will still advance to the next step.

Quest Stages[edit]

Rites of the Queen
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Queen Ayrenn and I need to enter the crypts. I should speak with her first, to learn more about what we might face.
Objective: Talk to Queen Ayrenn
I should follow the Queen into the ancestral chambers.
Objective: Enter Inner Tanzelwil
I followed Queen Ayrenn into the ancient chambers. I must protect her until she completes the final ritual below.
Objective: Follow Queen Ayrenn
The Queen and I discovered a set of crystals blocking one of the doors. We'll each need to destroy one before we can enter the holy site.
Objective: Destroy the Crystal to Open the Door
The Queen continues to lead the way. I should follow her.
Objective: Continue to Follow Queen Ayrenn
We made it to the final chamber. We must enter the chamber and face whatever awaits the Queen.
Objective: Enter the Ancestral Chamber
The traitor Norion appeared and attacked the Queen! I must protect her.
Objective: Defeat Norion
The Queen and I have defeated Norion. Now she can complete her ritual. I should stand back and observe Her Majesty in action.
Objective: Observe the Queen's Ritual
Finishes quest☑ Queen Ayrenn completed the ritual at Tanzelwil. I should meet her outside the tombs.
Objective: Talk to Queen Ayrenn
* 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.