Mages Guild Quests
Join the Mages Guild
Anvil Recommendation
Bravil Recommendation
Bruma Recommendation
Cheydinhal Recommendation
Chorrol Recommendation
Leyawiin Recommendation
Skingrad Recommendation
The recommendation quests can be done in any order.
Raminus Polus Quests
A Mage's Staff
Ulterior Motives
Vahtacen's Secret
Necromancer's Moon
Alchemy Acquisitions
Hannibal Traven Quests
Liberation or Apprehension?
Information at a Price
A Plot Revealed
The Bloodworm Helm and
the Necromancer's Amulet
Confront the King


Faction: Mages Guild
Quest giver: Falcar, and later Deetsan in the Cheydinhal Mages Guild
Reward: Cheydinhal recommendation and a glimpse of Necromancy and Black Soul Gem

Background InformationEdit

As part of Join the Mages Guild, you must get a recommendation from each city's Mages Guild Hall. You will then be granted admission into the Arcane University and the Chironasium and Praxographical Center respectively. These two rooms of the Arcane University allow you to Enchant clothing, jewelry, and weapons, and Spellcrafting


  • Important note: If Falcar does not come out of his room ever, simply go to a bed downstairs and have a nap (1 hour will do). When you wake, Falcar will be just exiting his room.

Falcar, the head of the Cheydinhal Mages Guild, will send you to find a Ring of Burden in a well behind the Cheydinhal Mages Guild. He tells you to talk to Deetsan first for the key to the well. If Falcar is not around, Deetsan tells you of a prior associate, Vidkur, sent to fulfill the same task, who never returned. When you enter the well, you will be submerged in water the entire time, so you will need to be quick about it, cast Water Breathing, use the spell Buoyancy (provided by Deetsan), or simply wear the Jewel of the Rumare or Fin Gleam, or some other article of clothing enchanted with water breathing. Off to the right will be the former associate's floating body. Search it and the Ring of Burden will be in his possession. It is recommended that you go to a merchant first or bring along a spell of feather as the ring is 150 weight, so you may easily become encumbered beneath the water. Another proven method is to dump the majority of your pack outside the well and come back for it later. However, be sure not to lose precious potions, ingredients, or anything else dark or small. On a side note, a Nirnroot can be found inside the same well, which, if you haven't already started the quest Seeking Your Roots, will trigger by giving you the topic of nirnroot while in dialogue with certain characters.

When you go to return the ring, Falcar will be gone and Deetsan will tell you of a confrontation she had with him. She will give you a chance to investigate his room to check whether he really did write a recommendation for you. Upon searching Falcar's drawers in the living quarters, you will find two special Black Soul Gems (these can't be used in quest "Vaermina"), one of the tools of the dark arts: necromancy. Return those to Deetsan, while keeping any loot you may find (nobody is around to see you steal, so that gives you even more incentive to do what you want to do so badly.), and she will write your recommendation for you, and mysteriously claim that "things are far worse then I thought."

Alternative method to get the ringEdit

Another way to get the ring out of the well regardless of your ability to carry it, is by using a slight exploit of the grab function. Once you find the ring on the body, drop it. Now, instead of picking up the ring, grab it (default key on PC is Z and on X360 is the left bumper) and swim over to the exit ladder. If you go too quickly, you might lose your grip on the ring. Once you get to the ladder, actually pick up the ring into your inventory. With the ring in your inventory, use the exit ladder; it doesn't matter if you're over-encumbered. Once outside, repeat the process of dropping, grabbing, moving to where you need to go, picking up the ring, and using the door. (Note this method can be used for absolutely anything.)

An Alternative methodEdit

The Ring of Burden is actually very rare and unique, as there is no other rings of Burden in the entire game. So keep the ring as you will not find another ring like it. If you have a house you can put it in one of the containers, or in a display case, if you would like to show it off, if your house has one. Alternatively if you would rather keep it to yourself put it in a container where it cannot be seen.

Very Important NoteEdit

Because the game removes corpses after 3 days, the corpse in the well will be gone after this time. It is therefore very important that you do this quest within 3 game days after you are given it, as once the corpse is removed you will not be able to complete it (This bug has been fixed by the current patch).

Fun factEdit

Humorously, you may hear two members of the Cheydinhal Mages Guild discussing how the well water "tastes strange". Slightly gross, but entertaining none the less.

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