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ON-qico-Zone Story.png Convince the Shadow Walkers to break their pact with Molag Bal.
Zone: Coldharbour
Zone StoryThis quest is part of the Zone Story
Objective: The Moonless Walk — Rescue the Fighters Guild from the Moonless Walk.
Quest Giver: Faraniel
Location(s): The Moonless Walk
Prerequisite Quest: Into the Woods
Next Quest: Light from the Darkness
Reward: Bow of Penumbra
564 Gold
Faraniel wants your help against the lamias
I decided to ask Faraniel for help getting into the tower. Before she shows me the secret, however, she wants me to help her convince the Wood Elves to leave the forest and stop working for Molag Bal.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to Faraniel at the bridge.
  2. Perform the honor deed.
  3. Talk to Faraniel.
  4. Ask four Wood Elves for advice.
  5. Talk to Faraniel.
  6. Convince the Elder Council to help by choosing the correct arguments for each of the four elders.
  7. Enter the ruined passage.
  8. Take the Light of Meridia.
  9. Talk to King Laloriaran Dynar.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Talk to Faraniel outside of the Moonless Walk, south of the Moonless Walk Wayshrine. She is uncomfortable discussing the details of the quest with the lamia nearby, so she has you meet her on a bridge to the east.

You will need to perform an "honor deed" to get the clan to trust you. You need to kill the lamias, burn their eggs and defeat their champion. You can persuade her, if you have the persuasion perk from the Mages Guild, to just kill the Lamia Champion.

The Lamia Champion[edit]

The lamia champion's cave is south of the bridge.

There are many caves in the area, but the lamia champion's cave is the one with Muiriana the Dark inside it. Kill her, then go to the center camp and talk to Faraniel. Faraniel will give the lamia's head to the council, while you talk to four wood elves at the camp.

Advice for the Council[edit]

You will have to intimidate Sanithil twice if you want her advice. She suggests you be tough on Elder Gluin and don't take no for answer. You have to persuade Idreloth twice if you want his help. He says to be compassionate when you see Elder Elsaril.

Mindirin says Elder Inril is the most likely to listen to you, but you have to let her speak. Eginthoril advices you to use humor when you talk to Elder Erthor.

After you talk to all four wood elves, Faraniel will appear and say the council has agreed to meet with you.

When you are ready, enter the portal and make your argument.

The Elder Council[edit]

The first elder you meet when you leave the portal is Elder Erthor. Choose the middle response: "I see how well that's worked out so far. What's a few hundred years when you're having fun, right?"

Elder Gluin is kneeling next to the tree behind Erthor. Choose the first option: "Lose the attitude and listen well. I've seen the anchors. They're destroying Nirn!"

Elder Inril is behind the tree. Choose the middle option: "My lady, Coldharbour's chains rip through Nirn. Valenwood will be destroyed unless we do something."

Elder Elsaril is to the left of the portal's exit. Choose the last option: "I'm so sorry, but I've seen the daedric anchors.Thousands have already died. You must believe me."

Talk to Faraniel at the camp once you have convinced all four elders. After you finish talking to her, Erthor will step through the portal and tell you the council's decision. If you have persuaded at least three of the elders to help, the council will send runners to unlock the passage to the tower and give you soldiers to fight Molag Bal. Talk to Faraniel again, then go to the ruined passage.

If you fail to convince enough of the council, they will not assist you, and state that anyone who decides to help you will be exiled from their clan. Faraniel says she will not give up, and gives you a key to the ruined passage anyway.

The Lightless Oubliette[edit]

The passage will take you to the Lightless Oubliette. Examine the ancient branch to the left and take the Light of Meridia, a blue crystal.

Talk to King Laloriaran Dynar on the stairs to complete the quest.

Quest Stages[edit]

The Shadow's Embrace
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Faraniel doesn't want to talk in front of Tzik'nith. She wants me to meet her at the bridge east of where I encountered her and Sergeant Kamu. Then we can discuss the honor deed I need to perform before the Wood Elves will talk to me.
Objective: Meet Faraniel at the Bridge
As I reached the bridge, Faraniel came running out of the woods. I should speak to her.
Objective: Talk to Faraniel
The honor deed that Faraniel has suggested I accomplish involves inflicting pain and suffering upon the hated enemy of the Wood Elves-the lamias.
Objective: Cause Chaos In the Lamia Camps: x/12
Faraniel thinks we've caused enough chaos to get me noticed by her clan. To punctuate my honor deed, she wants me to defeat the lamia champion and bring its head to the Shadow Walkers.
Objective: Defeat the Lamia Champion
Now that I've caused chaos in the lamia camps and defeated their champion, Faraniel suggests that we return to the campfire where we found Captain Alphaury's body. She says there's a portal stone there that we can use to go see the council of elders.
Objective: Return to the Center Camp
There are more Shadow Walkers at the camp and they haven't attacked me yet. That's a good sign. I should talk to Faraniel and see what I need to do next.
Objective: Talk to Faraniel
Faraniel used the portal stone to go set up a meeting with her council of elders. She told me to wait here and see if I could learn anything useful from the Wood Elves in the camp.
Objective: Talk to the Wood Elves: x/4
Faraniel has returned and apparently has good news. I should speak to her.
Objective: Talk to Faraniel
I used the portal to reach the floating platform above the Moonless Walk where the council of elders meets. Now I have talk to the council members and convince them to break their agreement with Molag Bal.
Objective: Convince the Council to Break Its Vow
Hidden Objective: Talk to Elder Inril
Hidden Objective: Talk to Elder Gluin
Hidden Objective: Talk to Elder Elsaril
Hidden Objective: Talk to Elder Erthor
I spoke to each of the elders. Now I should use the portal and return to Faraniel down in the Moonless Walk.
Objective: Use the Portal to Return to Faraniel
I should talk to Faraniel and tell her how things went with the council of elders.
Objective: Talk to Faraniel
Elder Erthor has just stepped through the portal. I should speak to him and find out what the council has decided.
Objective: Talk to Elder Erthor
should discuss the council's decision with Faraniel.
Objective: Talk to Faraniel
Now I can get into the tower. I should head over and look for the door to the ruined passage.
Objective: Enter the Ruined Passage
A projection of King Laloriaran Dynar greeted me as I emerged from the ruined passage. He wants me to collect the Light of Meridia, which he claims can be used to set him free.
Objective: Collect Light of Meridia
☑Finishes quest I collected the Light of Meridia. Now I should speak to the projection of the Ayleid King and see what I should do next.
Objective: Talk to the Projection of King Laloriaran Dynar