Dragonhold

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ON-qico-Zone Story.png Infiltrate the island of Dragonhold.
Zone: Southern Elsweyr
Zone StoryThis quest is part of the Zone Story
Faction: Dragonguard
Quest Giver: Sai Sahan, Sidura
Location(s): Dragonguard Sanctum, New Moon Fortress, Dragonhold
Prerequisite Quest: The Heir of Anequina
Previous Quest: The Dragonguard
Next Quest: New Moon Rising
Reward: Aeonstone Weave
1 Skill Point
High Leveled Gold
XP Gain: High XP
ID: 6393
Infiltrate Kaalgrontiid's base of operations
Sai Sahan received a letter from Abnur Tharn. It seems the old battlemage discovered something about a threat to Southern Elsweyr and needs our help.


Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Speak with Sai Sahan and Abnur Tharn in Nahfahlaar's Chamber.
  2. Go to the New Moon Fortress and find a way to access the island of Dragonhold.
  3. Explore Dragonhold with Abnur Tharn.
  4. Disrupt the two ritual sites and kill Joorahmaar.
  5. Escape Dragonhold and talk to your companions back in the sanctum.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

A troubling prophecy...

Sai Sahan has received a troubling letter from Abnur Tharn, an old acquaintance of his. He would like to see you in Nahfahlaar's Chamber. Sai tells you that Nahfahlaar has been acting strangely, and asks you to go speak with him. Nahfahlaar is unamused, having heard everything Sai said. Nahfahlaar confesses that he's felt something is off before warning you of an incoming portal. Investigate the portal. Lo and behold, none other than Queen Khamira and Abnur Tharn themselves come out of the other side. Speak with Abnur Tharn (if you'd like, you can catch up with Khamira as well). He tells you what you already know first: that he's been writing back and forth with Sai Sahan. He then tells you something you didn't know: he's knows about Kaalgrontiid's base of operations. He just needs your help getting there.

The island of Dragonhold is where Kaalgrontiid is leading the Order of the New Moon out of. The place is protected by powerful magic, so Abnur Tharn can't use a scrying spell to find the place. You mention the altar with the aeonstone that you and Caska interrupted a ritual at in the New Moon Fortress. You have the option of speaking with Caska about the fortress, but your next task is meeting Sai and Tharn in front of the complex. When you arrive, Sai hails you. Abnur looks exhausted. The entrance to the fortress has been put out of use (translation: the cultists have stopped using it and barricaded it from within after your little escapades in the fortress), so you'll need to find another way in. Follow the river west until you find another door. This one isn't locked from the inside. Head forward until you reach the hallway leading to the amphitheater, where the ritual you disrupted was. You can hear the voice of Kaalgrontiid booming from outside. Head on out into the amphitheater and confront him. He was commanding minions to enter a portal before you arrived, and he flies off before you can have any sort of substantial interaction.

Tharn takes a chance

The portal is gone, and Abnur lets it loose that the aeonstone in the courtyard has a special property. It absorbs life energy and holds a charge from said energy. He's drained, and suggests that you touch the three chunks of aeonstone so that he might use the empowered stones to open a portal to Dragonhold. Do as he says, and he miraculously manages to open a portal without throwing out his shoulder. Now exhausted again, Abnur tells Sai to get the Dragonguard ready back at the Sanctum while you and the battlemage investigate Dragonhold. Sai begrudgingly agrees. Enter the portal.

You end up in what appears to be an underground ruin. Tharn informs you of an exceptional magical presence in the ruins. He has reason to believe the island is protected by an aegis, a shielding spell of some kind. You should find the source of the aegis to lower the island's defenses. Explore the halls. You'll eventually come across a tapestry. Tharn studies it, and deduces that it depicts some sort of religious concept. He recognises it as a myth about some sort of "new moon". The Khajiit recognize more than one moon, but only two are named in mainstream Khajiiti culture: Jone and Jode. The tapestry suggests the rise of another moon, a new one.

The Dark Aeon

Move forward into the courtyard. Beyond the door lies Joorahmaar, who instructs a group of cultists to sacrifice themselves in a ritual in the name of the New Moon. Tharn suggests that you stop said ritual. Enter the halls to your left or right. At the end of each hallway is an aeonstone focal point, guarded by Dark Aeon Penitents. Defeat the enemies by each ritual site and destroy each focal point. Tharn tells you that he'd like to try absorbing the power from the aeonstones. He does so, and destroys the aeonstone formations in the process. Hopefully, he can use this energy to summon a portal in the case an emergency arises, or perhaps use it to confront the cult and its Dragon overlords in a pinch. Continue to search for the aegis. You'll end up back on the balcony where you saw Joorahmaar command the cultists. He approaches you, and Abnur Tharn uses the energy he absorbed from the aeonstones to blast Joorahmaar with his magic. Joorahmaar recoils, then retreats. Tharn suggests finding him, as he's likely gone to a protected location to nurse his wounds. What place would be more protected than the source of the magic providing the island its aegis? Head into the door beside the southern tunnel. Exploring further grants you the sight of another tapestry. This one actually has a Dragon on it. Tharn speculates that the Dragon is Kaalgrontiid, and that he seeks to become the New Moon depicted in the other tapestry. He comes to the conclusion that the tapestries aren't just illustrating a myth, they're showing what the Order of the New Moon believes to be a prophecy; one that Kaalgrontiid seeks to fulfill.

Abnur Tharn steps up

Keep moving forward and you'll reach Joorahmaar's location. Kaalgrontiid is here. Abnur Tharn channels his magic to destroy the aegis. Fight off Joorahmaar as he does this, and kill the Dragon. Tharn destroys the island's protective shield and Kaalgrontiid flies off, insisting that his prophecy will come to fruition. The tremors the island has been experiencing intensify greatly. You need to find some way to escape. As you run back through the ruins, it becomes apparent that the island is somehow in the air. It's a dead end. Abnur Tharn decides to use what little strength he can muster to send you back to the mainland. He tells you not to worry about him. With the aegis destroyed, the Dragonguard can now assault the island. Tharn tells you to gather the Dragonguard for this purpose. Head through the portal and speak with Khamira. Tell her and Sai what transpired on the island, then regroup back in the Sanctum. Speak with Sai Sahan in Nahfahlaar's Chamber for the next step in your grand plan.

Quest Stages[edit]

The Dark Aeon
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
I need to return to the Dragonguard Sanctum and talk to Sai Sahan.
Objective: Talk to Sai Sahan
Latest start Nahfahlaar has been on edge lately. Sai Sahan wants me to learn what's wrong with him.
Objective: Talk to Nahfahlaar
Sai Sahan asked me to investigate the strange portal that appeared in the Dragonguard Sanctum.
Objective: Investigate the Portal
Abnur Tharn and Khamira emerged from the portal. I should talk to Abnur and find out why he brought us all together.
Objective: Talk to Abnur Tharn
Optional Step: Talk to Khamira
Abnur Tharn believes Kaalgrontiid is preparing to ascend to godhood on an island off Elweyr's southern coast, but powerful magic protects the place. We need to go to the New Moon Fortress and determine how the cultists travel to and from the island.
Objective: Go to the New Moon Fortress
Optional Step: Talk to Caska
Sai Sahan and Abnur Tharn arrived before me, but Tharn doesn't look well. I should talk to Sai.
Objective: Talk to Sai Sahan
We think the amphitheater where the cult collects the aeonstone might contain a clue as to how they reach the island, but the entrance we used last time is sealed. We need to find another way inside.
Objective: Find a Way Inside
Sai Sahan and I discovered a second entrance into the New Moon Fortress. I should see if it leads to the amphitheater.
Objective: Enter the New Moon Fortress
We entered the New Moon Fortress. I should head for the amphitheater and determine if the cultists possess a method for reaching Kaalgrontiid's island.
Objective: Go to the Amphitheater
While searching for the amphitheater, we heard Kaalgrontiid address his followers. We should attempt to locate the Dragon before he escapes.
Objective: Find Kaalgrontiid
We found Kaalgrontiid in the New Moon Fortress. We should confront him.
Objective: Confront Kaalgrontiid
Kaalgrontiid flew off before we could confront him, but he used a portal to send his cultists to the island. I should speak to Abnur Tharn and see if he can open the portal.
Objective: Talk to Abnur Tharn
Abnur Tharn wants me to approach the aeonstones and allow them to absorb some of my life energy. That should provide the power he needs to activate the portal to Dragonhold.
Objective: Approach the Aeonstones: 0/3
I should wait while Tharn uses the energized aeonstones to open the portal to Kaalgrontiid's island, Dragonhold.
Objective: Wait for Tharn to Open the Portal
Abnur Tharn opened the portal to Dragonhold. We need to enter the portal and find a way to lower the island's defenses so that the rest of the Dragonguard can join us there.
Objective: Enter the Portal to Dragonhold
The portal that Abnur Tharn opened deposited us in an ancient structure of some sort. I should speak to Tharn and see how he wants us to proceed.
Objective: Talk to Abnur Tharn
We need to explore these ancient ruins and find a way to lower the aegis, the magical defenses that protect the island of Dragonhold.
Objective: Explore the Ancient Ruins
We found a tapestry within the ancient ruins and Tharn wants to examine it. I should ask him if his examination yielded any important information.
Objective: Talk to Abnur Tharn
We need to continue to explore these ancient ruins and find the aegis, the source of the magic that's protecting this island.
Objective: Explore the Ancient Ruins
The Dragon Joorahmaar ordered the cultists to keep feeding the ritual sites. Finding the source of the magic protecting the island needs to wait. The ritual sites must be destroyed.
Objective: Disrupt the Ritual Sites: 0/2
Objective Hint: Disrupt the Ritual Sites
Objective Hint: Fight the Ritual Event
I destroyed the ritual sites. Now I need to continue my search for the aegis, the source of the magic that protects Dragonhold.
Objective: Explore the Ancient Ruins
Abnur Tharn and I attracted the attention of one of Kaalgrontiid's Dragons. I should protect Tharn while he deals with the Dragon Joorahmaar.
Objective: Wait for Abnur Tharn
Tharn used the energy he absorbed to drive off the Dragon Joorahmaar. I should find out if he's all right and see what he thinks we should do next.
Objective: Talk to Abnur Tharn
Tharn thinks the wounded Dragon will lead us to the aegis, the source of Dragonhold's defenses. We should follow it and see where it leads.
Objective: Find the Aegis
We discovered another tapestry. I should talk to Abnur Tharn and see what he makes of the images it depicts.
Objective: Talk to Abnur Tharn
Something is happening to Dragonhold. The tremors strike with more regularity and intensity. We need to find the aegis, the source of the island's defenses, and destroy it while we still can.
Objective: Find the Aegis
The wounded Dragon Joorahmaar guards the aegis. I need to deal with the Dragon while Tharn attempts to destroy the aegis and lower the island's defenses. Then we can worry about Kaalgrontiid.
Objective: Kill Joorahmaar
I killed the wounded Dragon while Tharn destroyed the aegis and removed the magic that protected the island. Kaalgrontiid, meanwhile, caused the island to start to rise into the sky. We need to find a way off Dragonhold before it shakes itself apart.
Objective: Escape Dragonhold
Abnur Tharn created a portal to get me off the island, but he remained behind. Dragonhold has risen into the sky. I need to find Khamira and Sai Sahan and let them know what happened.
Objective: Find Khamira and Sai Sahan
Tharn's portal deposited me on the coast of Southern Elsweyr, where I met up with Khamira and Sai Sahan. I should tell Khamira what happened.
Objective: Talk to Khamira
Sai Sahan and Khamira want to regroup at the Dragonguard Sanctum to gather our forces and make plans to assault Dragonhold.
Objective: Go to Nahfahlaar's Chamber
☑Finishes quest Sai Sahan and Khamira seem at a loss for how to get the Dragonguard to the island. I should talk to Sai and see if I can help.
Objective: Talk to Sai Sahan
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