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Miscellaneous Quests

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Walkthrough and Guide

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Guide - Side Quests

Miscellaneous Quests

This side quest contains the following sections, just scroll down to read, or use the anchor links in the list below to jump straight to the section you are interested in.

The Battle for Castle Kvatch
Imperial Dragon Armor
Vampire Cure

The Battle for Castle Kvatch

Following the 'Breaking the Siege of Kvatch' quest in the main questline, you have the option of further assisting Salvian Matius and his guard. When you are ready to take on this quest, speak to Savlian Matius in the Chapel and tell him so.

Follow Matius out of the chapel and into the south plaza. Kvatch is still swarming with enemies. It is quite likely that the troop of guards fighting alongside you will die. Savlian Matius, however, is an 'important' character, which is denoted by the crown icon that appears when the crosshair hovers over him. As an important character, he won't die if his health falls to zero, he but only be knocked unconscious and rendered incapacitated for a short period of time.

Help Salvian Matius and the Kvatch guard secure the town square.

You'll have to fight your way to the castle gates. There are several enemies up on the castle walls, so be careful. When the area is clear, speak to Savlian Matius. He explains that the castle gate is locked from the inside and the only mechanism to open it is found within the castle. Next, you'll need to find Berich Inia and ask him for the key to the Guard House. Backtrack to the Chapel of Akatosh and locate Berich there. Berich is reluctant to hand over the Guard House Key, and instead insists on showing you the way.

Follow Berich to the Chapel Undercroft entrance and head through. There are enemies in this area, but you and your allies shouldn't have too much difficulty taking them down. Things will likely take a turn for the worst once you emerge from the Chapel Undercroft; this area of the city is swarming with enemies. Your allies will most likely fall here, too.

Berich still has the Guard House Key, so if he falls in the battle, you'll have to locate his corpse to retrieve it. The tower that leads to the tunnel entrance is located at the north end of the city, so you'll have to fight your way there. When you have made it to the interior of the tower, proceed through the 'Trap Door to Castle Kvatch Passageway.'

Avoid the flames as you move through the corridor here. At the end of the corridor, look for a ladder leading back up to Kvatch. Take the ladder up, and climb up the steps in front of you. Activate the Gate Lever to raise the city gate. Matius and his remaining men will charge through the gate to face the Daedra in the courtyard.

Fight your way to Castle Kvatch.

Once the enemies outside have been dealt with, follow Matius into Castle Kvatch to search for Ormellius Goldwine, who is the count of Kvatch. Clear the opening area of Daedra; Matius and any remaining guardsmen will hold the area while you move ahead in search of the count. It would be wise to save your game before entering the Kvatch Castle Great Hall, as there are many enemies inside. When you're prepared, head up the steps and enter the Great Hall.

There are plenty of enemies in the great hall. If you are getting swarmed, you can retreat back to the prior area to receive help from Matius. Fight your way to the Count's Quarters. If you've made it this far, it would be a good idea to save your game again before moving on.

Scour the Count's Quarters for Ormellius Goldwine' corpse. Search his corpse and remove the Signet Ring. Backtrack to the Kvatch Castle Great Hall. Before leaving the great hall, be sure to pick up the 'A Dance in Fire, v4' on the table by the door. Reading this skill book will raise your character's Acrobatics skill by one level.

Look for Ormellius Goldwine's corpse in the Count's Quarters.

Speak to Matius and tell him of the count's fate. He asks for the count's ring, which you should have removed from his corpse in the Count's Quarters. Hand it over to him, and in return for he'll give you his armour, which is a magically enchanted Kvatch Cuirass.

Imperial Dragon Armor

After you have completing 'Light the Dragonfires' in the main questline, speak to Chancellor Ocato. He will name you Champion of Cyrodiil, and order a full suit of Imperial Dragon Armor to be forged for you. It will take some time for this armour to be made, however. You'll have to wait two full in-game weeks before the armour will appear in the Armory. A good way to pass time by very quickly is to use the fast travel feature and travel a great distance each time. Time will pass by very quickly if you fast travel from one end of the map to the other.

Look for the Imperial Dragon Armor in the Armory once it's been forged.

When an in-game pop up informs you that the suit of Imperial Dragon armour is ready, visit the Imperial Legion Compound in the Imperial City's Prison District. Upon entering the district, turn right and hug the wall. Open the Iron Gate that you come to, and enter the Armory. The armour set is on the table straight ahead; be sure to collect every piece before leaving. The Imperial Dragon Armor will be classed as either light or heavy, depending on which skill was higher for your character at the time. Enjoy your new set of armour!

Vampire Cure Quest

If your character has been inflicted with Vampirism and you're growing tired of the effects, there is a cure. Start at the Arcane University in the Imperial City, and speak to Raminus Polus there. Raminus Polus will point you to the Count of Skingrad, who has done the most recent research on the subject of a cure. Since Raminus can't tell you anything, you'll have to go and see the Count.

After speaking to Raminus Polus, leave the Arcane University and fast travel to Castle Skingrad. In the Castle Skingrad Great Hall, speak to Hal-Liurz and tell her that you must see the Count at once. Wait in the Great Hall until Hal-Liurz returns with Janus Hassildor. Listen to Hassildor's story, and agree to help find a cure. You are to locate a witch, who has reportedly be seen in the wilderness along the Corbolo River, which is east of the Imperial City and south of Cheydinhal.

With 'Vampire Cure' set as your active quest, follow the arrow on your compass to Drakelowe. Once there, locate the farmhouse and step inside. Speak to Melisande inside, and select the 'Cure for Vampirism' dialogue option. Melisande won't help you until you bring her five empty Grand Soul Gems. Grand Soul Gems are not the easiest item to come by, and she wants five of them. This task will not be made easier by the fact that your character is a vampire, considering you are limited to traveling at night if you haven't been feeding.

The best place to find empty Grand Soul Gems is the Mystic Emporium in the Imperial City's Marketplace District. There is usually one empty Grand Soul Gem in stock at a time. However, you can use the wait menu while in the Mystic Emporium to pass 24 hours. Between each waiting session, check to see if the owner has re-stocked. If so, buy the empty Grand Soul Gem from him. Rinse and repeat until you have acquired five empty Grand Soul Gems. Keep in mind that it can take quite a few days to acquire five empty Grand Soul Gems this way (up to ten days between re-stocks). However when coupled with the wait feature, this is the quickest way to acquire Grand Soul Gems.

When you have obtained five empty Grand Soul Gems, return to the Drakelow settlement and speak to Melisande there. Present the five Grand Soul Gems to her. She agrees to fix you a cure, but first she will need you to gather some ingredients. She requires six cloves of Garlic, five Nightshade leaves, two shoots of Bloodgrass, the blood of an Argonian (any Argonian's blood will do), and the ashes of a powerful vampire. Ask Melisande about the Argonian Blood, and she'll hand over an enchanted dagger with a Bleed effect on strike. Ask about the Vampire Ashes, and she will tell you of a powerful vampire named Hindaril, who can be found near the North Panther River. Don't worry about him yet, and focus on gathering the easy stuff first.

Garlic, Nightshade and Blood Grass can all be purchased from the All Things Alchemical shop in Skingrad. Since Falanu only keeps a limited amount of alchemy supplies in stock at a time, you'll have to look for the rest of the required items elsewhere. She takes way too long to re-stock, so don't even bother waiting.

There are two cloves of Garlic hanging from the fireplace in the All Things Alchemical shop. You'll have to creep up behind the counter to steal them while Falanu is not looking. This is easier said than done, but if your character's Sneak skill is high enough, you should be able to crouch in the corner left of the fireplace and take them without her catching you (ensure that the sneak icon is faded before making the steal). You can try that, or you can lure her upstairs, then quickly run back down the stairs and snatch the Garlic while she slowly walks back to the counter. There are three more cloves of Garlic hanging from the fireplace in the Colovian Traders, which is also in Skingrad. Check 'A Warlock's Luck' in Bravil if you need more Garlic.

One thing to keep in mind is that certain shop keepers will refuse to have anything to do with vampires, so if your character happens to be quite far along in his or her Vampirism, you won't be able to barter with those shop keepers. If this happens, you can stave off the disease somewhat by feeding. Break into a person's house at night while they rest, sneak up to them, and feed.
Blood Grass can be easily found by traveling through an Oblivion Gate. You only need two shoots of Blood Grass, too. If you are unable to return to Oblivion, you can find some Blood Grass in Brittlerock Cave. Brittlerock Cave is northeast of Anvil, under the 'A' in the 'County Kvatch' text on the world map.

You can purchase Nightshade from The Gilded Carafe in the Imperial City's Market District. Tertullian Verus of the Three Brothers' Trade Goods store may also carry Nightshade. Check The Main Ingredient in the Imperial City's Market District as well.

Once you have two shoots of Blood Grass, six cloves of Garlic, and five Nightshade leaves, all that needs to be gathered is the blood of an Argonian and the ashes of a powerful vampire. The Argonian blood won't problem, since it can be from any Argonian. A good place to find an Argonian is Leyawiin. Or, you can try and find an enemy Marauder that is Argonian. In Leyawiin, try to find the beggar Dech the Scalawag. You do not need to kill him, just deal some damage with the enchanted dagger that Melisande gave you. If the guards catch you, do not agree to go to jail or pay the fine, especially if you have stolen ingredients with you. Just run away from the city and travel to the area marked on your map so you can face the vampire. Redwater Slough is not too far from Leyawiin.

In Redwater Slough, Hindaril is behind a door with a Very Hard quality lock, so unless you have plenty of lockpicks, Nocturnal's Skeleton Key, or a high Security skill, you'll have to look for the key. Refer to the local area map; the key is down the south tunnel, leading into the south chamber. After emerging from the water, open the chest next to the Zombie and remove the key. Now, simply follow your compass to Hindaril. There are other vampires about, so take them out before facing Hindaril. When you have killed Hindaril, take the ashes from his corpse.

If you have everything, it's time to return to Melisande. Return to Drakelowe once you have all of the ingredients and present them to Melisande. She'll need 24 hours to brew the potion. Wait for 24 hours, and then speak to Melisande once more and ask about the cure to be given the potions.

With the Vampirism Cure Potions in hand, return to Castle Skingrad and request an audience with the Count. Follow Hal-Liurz out to the courtyard and to the Count's resting place. After the scene, do as the Count says and speak to Hal-Liurz after 24 hours have passed. Wait for the Count to approach you, and then ask him about your 'Reward' to be given some money. Go ahead and drink that Vampirism Cure Potion, you've earned it. Keep in mind that, by drinking the cure potion, your character can never become a vampire again.

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Comments for Miscellaneous Quests

8 comments, latest first.
Nov 12th 2012 mathew33
ID #208113
Jul 23rd 2012 Guest
I went throught all of this and got to redwater slough killing everything in sight bit hinderil is nowhere to be found. i went through the door where he was supposed to be. had the green map marker and all. killed ra vamp archer and vamp sorcerer but he isnt there. Wtf?
ID #167547
May 24th 2012 Guest
if you have the game of the year edition on PS3, there is a glitch with the bloodgrass for some reason, you can give her the items in any order it doesnt matter, but if she wont take the blood grass, save the game, quit, change your language settings to a different language ( i changed it to dansk) go reload the game give her the bloodgrass save go back change back to english and go reload the game and wait 24 hours.
ID #144927
Apr 22nd 2012 Guest
I have the same issue with not being able to give the witch the bloodgrass. I have the Game of the Year for PS3 so I'm not sure if this is a glitch. I have tried different orders of the ingredients and no different result. The tab for bloodgrass in the conversation just stays gray no matter what I do. Does anyone have any suggestions? I really don't want to start the game over and not do the Vampirism quest.
ID #136151
Jan 25th 2012 Guest
Hal-Liurz lead me on a wild goose chase around the castle. Now she's in the lobby saying "The count awaits within. Please don't delay." I've searched the castle left and right. Does count hasldor naturally appear?
ID #109216
Nov 25th 2011 Guest
GIVE her the ingredients in the EXACT ORDER that SHE ASKED FOR THEM!
ID #90185
Nov 7th 2011 Guest
I ha e all the ingrediants for the witch lady, but she won't take the bloodgrass from me?? WTF!!!???
ID #85918
Jun 23rd 2011 Guest
don't eat the mandrake roots cuz it doesnt work. i ate 10 of them n nuthin happened plus the potions don't work either!!!
ID #51580
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