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Return the Chalice of Reversal to Thadon, the Duke of Mania.
Quest Giver: Thadon in the House of Mania
Location(s): House of Mania, Dunroot Burrow
Prerequisite Quest: Understanding Madness
Next Quest: The Cold Flame of Agnon
Concurrent Quest: The Lady of Paranoia
Reward: Membership of the Court of Mania
ID: SE04
The Chalice of Reversal

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Speak with Thadon and receive instructions concerning the Chalice of Reversal.
  2. Travel to Dunroot Burrow and consume Felldew to enter.
  3. Make your way through the root tunnel and retrieve the Chalice.
  4. Return the Chalice to Thadon and receive membership in his court.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

What It's Like[edit]

A green glowing Elytra

Make your way to the House of Mania and speak with the Duke, Thadon. He requests, in a round-about way, that you retrieve the Chalice of Reversal for him. Thadon seems to be too inebriated to coherently tell you where to find it, so speak with his steward Wide-Eye, who will be standing close by.

A Felldew Addiction[edit]

She informs you that the Chalice is kept in Dunroot Burrow and notes that it is curious Thadon should require it. Suddenly, she comes to the vivid realization that this is a quest for you as much as it is for Thadon: you must ingest Felldew to enter the Burrow. If you persuade her to a disposition of 70 or greater, she will tell you that Felldew is a highly addictive drug, produced by a particular variety of Elytra that inhabit the Burrow. Kithlan, of the House of Dementia, can also provide some background lore behind both the Chalice and Thadon.

The Dangers of a Drug[edit]

Travel to Dunroot Burrow, which is located near the northern-most section of the Overlook Road. Kill the Elytra at the root door entrance and take the Felldew from its corpse. All Elytra that carry Felldew have a green-glowing, shimmering effect. Ingest the Felldew and you will receive a temporary stat boost, as well as the ability to open the 'Barrier Membranes' that protect Dunroot Burrow. You will also instantly become "addicted" to Felldew and, shortly after each dose, the effects will wear off and you will suffer from "withdrawals" if you don't consume it regularly. For full details, see this page.

What A Long Strange Trip[edit]

Make your way through the first four zones of Dunroot Burrow, eliminating any Elytra along the way. While it is possible to sneak past the Elytra, killing them will yield additional sources of Felldew, lessening the effects of the Felldew withdrawal. The Burrow itself appears to be an Elytra hive that continually descends into the ground until reaching the fifth zone: The Sanctum of Decadence, a single massive room reminiscent of a temple-like ruin. Proceed into the Sanctum, where the Chalice is located sitting atop a pedestal in the middle of the room.

The Sanctum is inhabited by two 'Felldew Addicts' and a named NPC, Joofy the Brown. All three are unarmed but hostile. It is possible to avoid all three NPCs and take the Chalice. However, this is difficult, and further compounded by high light levels within the room and the constant moving of the Addicts. Try waiting until late morning, since the addicts sleep between 8am to noon. Otherwise, simply kill them and retrieve the chalice from its pedestal. Exit by using the door to the right of the bedroom area. This leads directly outside, at the bottom of the Jester's Spine Mountains. Taking the Chalice will remove your Felldew Addiction and restore any lost attributes.

An Obelisk in the Way[edit]

Shortly after exiting the Burrow, an Obelisk of Order will activate a short distance away. While it is not necessary to shut down the Obelisk, doing so may yield some loot, as well as provide some experience for later quests.

If you opt to shut down the Obelisk, place three Hearts of Order in the Obelisk to deactivate it. These can be obtained either by killing the Knights near the Obelisk, or if you still have them from a previous quest. The Priest of Order attending the Obelisk must be killed prior to placing the third Heart or he will simply reactivate the Obelisk again.

Return to New Sheoth and present the Chalice to Thadon, who will grant you membership in the Court of Mania, thus completing the quest.


  • After the completion of this quest, Thadon can be found in Halcyon Conservatory in the House of Mania during the morning and occasionally "tripping out" on Felldew. He will be dancing a unique and ludicrous sequence of movements, speaking about enjoying the Chalice, and other amusing oddities, although it is possible he did some of these prior to the quest.
  • If you are suffering from severe Felldew withdrawal, and you have reached the final area, fighting the addicts can be tricky, as they use their fists to attack, which lowers your already waning fatigue levels, meaning that you will probably find yourself collapsing regularly during the fight. Consider grabbing the Chalice before fighting them if severe withdrawal is a problem.
  • Upon successfully completing the quest, a trophy of the Chalice of Reversal will appear on a pedestal in Sheogorath's Palace. Oddly enough, the trophy version is a little over twice as large as the one in Dunroot Burrow.
  • The special Elytra Hatchling that carries Felldew outside the Dunroot Burrow entrance respawns after a short while. This allows you to stock up on Felldew before entering Dunroot Burrow, making it easier to avoid the effects of Felldew withdrawal.


  • The special Elytra Hatchling that carries the Felldew required to access Dunroot Burrow may be missing and never reappear, making it impossible to enter and complete the quest.
    • PC Only The Unofficial Shivering Isles Patch fixes this bug.
    • Xbox and PS3 players will have to load a previous save.
    • On PC Entering the following into the command console to spawn the Elytra:
      player.placeatme 1E437 1
      or alternatively, to just add the Felldew into player inventory:
      player.additem 13186 1

Journal Entries[edit]

Addiction (SE04)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
5 I need to speak with Thadon in order to learn more about the realm of Mania.
10 Thadon has asked that I retrieve for him the Chalice of Reversal. I need to find someone in his court, or in Syl's, who knows where it might be.
20 Wide-Eye has told me that the Chalice of Reversal is locked away in Dunroot Burrow. I'll need to ingest Felldew to enter the Burrow, and pass through to reach the Chalice.
30 Kithlan has told me that the Chalice of Reversal is locked away in Dunroot Burrow. I'll need to ingest Felldew to enter the Burrow, and pass through to reach the tower.
40 I've taken Felldew in order to enter Dunroot Burrow. I shall have to be careful as I proceed through the Burrow.
45 The effects of Felldew have worn off, and withdrawal is setting in. I need to either reach the Chalice of Reversal quickly, or find more Felldew as I make my way through the Burrow.
50 I have survived Dunroot Burrow. Now I need to search the tower above for the Chalice of Reversal.
60 I have the Chalice of Reversal. It should be delivered to Thadon as soon as possible.
100 Finishes quest☑ I have delivered the Chalice of Reversal to Thadon, and he has granted me a place in his court.
200 Finishes quest☑ I have delivered the Chalice of Reversal to Thadon, and he has granted me a place in his court.
  • 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 random order.
  • If an entry is marked as "Finishes Quest" it means the quest disappears from the Active Quest list, but you may still receive new entries for that quest.
  • On PC It is possible to use the console to advance through the quest by entering setstage SE04 stage, where stage is the number of the stage you wish to complete. It is not possible to un-complete (i.e. go back) quest stages. See SetStage for more information.
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