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ON-qico-Zone Story.png Defeat the Skin-Stealer impostor.
Zone: Shadowfen
Zone StoryThis quest is part of the Zone Story
Faction: Ebonheart Pact
Objective: Required for Cadwell's Almanac Ten-Maur-Wolk — Investigate Dominion activity at Ten-Maur-Wolk.
Quest Giver: Ukatsei
Location(s): Ruins of Ten-Maur-Wolk, Lair of the Skin Stealer
Prerequisite Quest: Trail of the Skin-Stealer
Next Quest: Cracking the Egg
Reward: Wrap of My Enemy's Skin
1 Skill Point
Very High Leveled Gold
XP Gain: Very High
Lyranth is held captive
Vicecanon Hrondar was replaced by a Dominion skin-stealer. I need to find the imposter and stop the remaining skin-stealers in Ten-Maur-Wolk.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Enter the Lair of the Skin Stealer.
  2. Choose whom to aid.
  3. Enter the vault.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Ukatsei thinks he knows where the fake Vicecanon Hrondar is hiding. Earlier, Vicecanon Hrondar ordered his troops to stay away from a nearby hill. There must be an entrance to the temple there. Ukatsei warns the vicecanons while you investigate.

The entrance to the temple is to the south. It is a Daedric portal guarded by Dominion soldiers on a large pavilion at the top of the hill.

Explore the Ruins of Ten-Maur-Wolk[edit]

Inside the ruins of Ten-Maur-Wolk and to the right is a Dremora named Lyranth, who is held in place by magical blue chains. She claims she is behind the skin-stealers' abilities. The Dominion summoned her from Oblivion and are siphoning her power.

She offers to tell you the plans of the Dominion alchemist, Ruuvitar, if you set her free. You can agree or refuse.

If you agree, she sends you to find two altars. You need to touch them to remove her bonds.

Release Lyranth[edit]

Your first step to free Lyranth is to find the inner altar. However, you can choose to talk to Bijot along the way. He and his friends came to the ruin to look for Daedric artifacts to sell to mages. The Dominion caught and killed his friends, so Bijot is the only one left. He suggests helping each other escape and says that Lyranth cannot be trusted. You can decide to help him by freeing his friends, or you can continue with the Dremora's plan.

Rescue Bijot's Friends[edit]

The Dominion captured Bijot's friends' souls in Animus Geodes. You need to destroy three of the geodes to save his friends.

The geodes look like purple crystals surrounded by blue mist and black chains. There is one in an alcove you passed on your way to Bijot, one to the right of the inner altar, and one at the south end of the ruins.

After all the geodes have been destroyed, you talk to Bijot near the inner altar. He says there is a door behind Lyranth where the Dominion are keeping Hist sap. They use the Hist sap to steal skins, but if you burn it you will be able to stop them. Bijot suggests you distract Lyranth while he opens the door to the Vault.

Lyranth reveals that the Hist sap combined with her essence allows the Dominion to create skin-stealers. The Hist sap steals the victim's memories. Ruuvitar's goal is to acquire the Mnemic Egg, along with all of Black Marsh.

The Lair of the Skin-Stealer[edit]

Inside the Lair of the Skin-Stealer, you set fire to four vats of Hist sap by interacting with the coals beneath each of them. If you chose to help Bijot, you can talk to him before attacking Vicecanon Hrondar's impostor. Bijot offers to free the impostor's prisoners, as the fake vicecanon will kill them when you approach and gain power from their deaths. Alternatively, Lyranth will offer to capture their souls, thereby killing them before the imposter can utilize them.

You kill Vicecanon Hrondar's impostor, who turns out to be a Khajiit named Sarshar. If you can avoid the deaths of the four prisoners around him by killing him quickly enough, Bijot will stay in the ruins to free the prisoners. He tells you Ruuvitar left to find a place of power where he could use the Mnemic Egg and that the Daedric portal will take you beyond the ruins.

Report to Vicecanon Servyna[edit]

Vicecanon Servyna is at the bottom of the steps after you exit the portal. Your actions in Ten-Maur-Wolk allowed the vicecanons to organize an escape from the cave.

Quest Stages[edit]

The Skin-Stealer's Lair
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Ukatsei believes the Dominion's forces are underground. He asked me to look for an entrance while he brings the remaining vicecanons up to speed.
Objective: Find the Temple Complex Entrance
I found the Dominion's secret outpost in the Daedric ruins. I need to stay alert—there's no telling what's in these halls.
Objective: Explore the Temple Complex
I found a captive Dremora in the Dominion's underground lair. She wants me to speak with her. Perhaps she knows the skin-stealer's plans
Objective: Talk to Lyranth
Lyranth, an imprisoned Dremora, wants me to break her bonds. In return, she says she will help me defeat the skin-stealers. I should make my way through the ruins and get to the inner altar. Once I'm there, I can break Lyranth's bonds.
Objective: Find the Inner Altar
Optional Step: I heard a voice call out to me from one of the corridors in Ten-Maur-Wolk. I should investigate its source.
Optional Step: Talk to Bijot
I chose not to release Lyranth. I'm helping an Argonian named Bijot instead. He said he'd give me information on the Dominion's plans if I freed his friends' souls from enslavement.
Complete one: Destroy the Animus Geodes Holding Bijot's Friends: 0/3 or Disrupt Lyranth's Bindings
I should find Bijot near the inner altar. He said the leader of the skin-stealers spends most of his time there.
Objective: Talk to Bijot at the Inner Altar
If I'm going to put an end to the skin-stealers' plans, I'll need to speak with Lyranth
Objective: Talk to Lyranth
I removed the seal on the vault doors. Vicecanon Hrondar's imposter is inside. It's time to face him and uncover the Dominion's true plans.
Objective: Talk to Lyranth
I entered the Dominion's vault, a laboratory filled with noxious fumes and the stink of death. I need to destroy the stolen Hist sap, the key to their skin-stealing magic.
Objective: Destroy the Hist Vats: 0/4
I destroyed the vats of Hist sap in the Dominion's vault. The chaos attracted the attention of Vicecanon Hrondar's imposter. Now is my chance to stop him and end the skin-stealer threat in Ten-Maur-Wolk.
Objective: Kill Vicecanon Hrondar's Imposter
I defeated the skin-stealer responsible for Vicecanon Hrondar's death. I should speak to Bijot before I leave.
Objective: Talk to Bijot
I discovered the Dominion's theft of an artifact known as the Mnemic Egg. I should speak with Vicecanon Servyna about the Dominion's intentions with this Hist artifact.
Objective: Talk to Vicecanon Servyna
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