Online:What Waits Beneath

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ON-qico-Zone Story.png Defeat the necromancer in Skyshroud Barrow.
Zone: Bleakrock Isle
Zone StoryThis quest is part of the Zone Story
Faction: Ebonheart Pact
Objective: Skyshroud Barrow — Stop the tide of undead streaming out of Skyshroud Barrow.
Quest Giver: Darj the Hunter
Location(s): Skyshroud Barrow
Previous Quest: A Beginning at Bleakrock
Next Quest: The Missing of Bleakrock
Concurrent Quest: The Frozen Man and Hozzin's Folly
Reward: Darj's Shield
Average Leveled Gold
XP Gain: Standard Experience XP
ID: 3992
"Maggot. You dare summon me?"
I caught up with Darj near Skyshroud Barrow. Skeletons attacked and wounded him before he could find a way to get its door open.

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Speak with Darj the Hunter and use the incense to summon Haldriin.
  2. Retrieve the three runestones scattered among the ruins.
  3. Enter the ruin's interior to defeat the necromancer and sanctify Haldriin's corpse.
  4. Retrieve evidence of a planned Daggerfall Covenant attack.
  5. Talk to Darj for your reward.
Collect three runestones and place them to open the door

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

An Undead Menace[edit]

On the orders of Captain Rana, head over to Skyshroud Barrow to find Darj the Hunter. Upon approaching the ruins, an injured Darj will approach you. He was injured by undead skeletons, who have recently begun to pour out of the barrow. He believes it to be the work of a necromancer, and he gives you some incense to summon the ghost of Haldriin, the barrow's guardian dragon priest.

Fight your way past the skeletons to get to Haldriin's altar. His ghost will appear and inform you that the skeleton problem is indeed the work of a necromancer, who plans to reanimate Haldriin's own corpse. The dragon priest will then request that you enter the ruins to defeat the necromancer and sanctify his body. In order to do this, you must retrieve three runestones to unseal the barrow.

"I am a spectre, a mere shade, forced to watch as a necromancer defiles my body."

Cleanse the Barrow[edit]

The three runestones are found on the respective platforms inside the ruins, with a great many skeletons blocking the pathways in between. Each of the runestones is guarded by a named skeleton, who may be difficult to take on single-handed for new players. The Eagle Runestone is found in the northern part, guarded by Gadling Eagle-Talons. Asvard Whale-Heart guards the Whale Runestone to the south. The Snake Runestone is found on a middle platform, just above the shrine where you summon Haldriin. It is guarded by Autra Snake-Tongue. After retrieving the Whale, Snake and Eagle Runestones, place them on the pedestals near the barrow's entrance.

Enter the barrow and speak with Haldriin's ghost in the first room. The necromancer—Severin Charnis—is in the main chamber, and must be killed. After doing so, sanctify the priest's body. You must then search around for information on the necromancer; a nearby letter will reveal that he was sent by the Daggerfall Covenant, who plan to attack as Rana feared. Exit the ruin after searching the book cases and urns for loot, and speak to Darj for your reward.


  • The necromancer may already be dead upon entering the barrow if many players are doing this quest.
  • The various skeletal NPCs become neutral upon completing the quest and will not attack you.


  • If you are in the area south of the site before activating the quest, Darj the Hunter will approach, but will have only a "Goodbye" dialogue option. He will follow you but will have no other interactions. ?

Quest Stages[edit]

What Waits Beneath
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Darj believes the ancient dragon priest that once tended this shrine might be able to tell us how to get inside it. I should use the shrine to summon his spirit.
Objective: Summon the Dragon Priest
I've summoned the dragon priest's spirit. I must speak with it to learn how to enter the barrow.
Objective: Talk to Dragon Priest Haldriin
The priest told me about three runestones placed around the barrow. I need to collect them.
Objective: Collect the Whale Runestone
Objective: Collect the Snake Runestone
Objective: Collect the Eagle Runestone
Now that I've collected three runestones, I should be able to place them in their proper locations. Then I can enter Skyshroud Barrow.
Objective: Place the Whale Runestone
Objective: Place the Snake Runestone
Objective: Place the Eagle Runestone
The way into shrine is open. I should enter and learn what has disturbed the dead.
Objective: Enter Skyshroud Barrow
A necromancer dressed in the colors of the Daggerfall Covenant is working to corrupt and control the dragon priest. I must sanctify the priest's body to make sure this can't happen again.
Objective: Sanctify the Priest's Body
I've sanctified the priest's body and discovered the presence of a Breton necromancer. Why was a Breton in Bleakrock? I should search the barrow for clues.
Objective: Search for Evidence
Finishes quest☑ I should return to Darj the Hunter and tell him of my victory.
Objective: Talk to Darj the Hunter
* 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.