Edges of Lake Poppad, east of
Muck Valley Cavern, southwest of Cheydinhal
| Offering: Black Soul Gem |
Req. Level: 5
Skull of Corruption
Vaermina's Shrine is a daedric shrine located next to Lake Poppad in the Nibenay Basin. The shrine is attended by Tenville, Aviera Nirol, and its priest, Aymar Douar. Plants are limited to some Lady's Smock around the statue of Vaermina.
Background Information Edit
Vaermina asks you to fetch Vaermina's Orb from Arkved, located in his tower, south-southwest of the shrine. After entering Arkved's Tower, start fighting your way through leveled daedra. In one of the rooms, there is a table set with food, cutlery and plates. However, after traversing the second corridor, you will enter a seemingly empty room apart from the daedra. However, if you look up, you will see an identical table on the ceiling. (An interesting effect can be produced here by firing a spell up at the objects on the table.) A lot of these odd features populate this dungeon.
Next area is Arkved's Void. Nothing worthy of note here, except don't fall off the bridges or islands and there are no enemies to worry about.
Enter the door into Arkved's Lost Halls. Try and face the daedra one at a time, otherwise you're guaranteed toast. Find your way through the numerous corridors until you find the door to Arkved's Hall of Changes. Don't enter the door to Arkved's Oasis, there's no point, as there's no loot and even more daedra.
Be careful in the Hall of Changes, as there are several powerful Dark Welkynd Stones along with numerous daedra. Follow your compass and map until you come to Arkved's Rending Halls. This section is even more heavily guarded than the last, so be on your guard at all times. Once you reach the end, enter the door to the final level, Arkved's Death Quarters.
Inside, you find Arkved himself, but he's lying on the bed, unconscious. Grab Vaermina's Orb and if you feel like it, you can read the Handwritten Note near it, which sheds some light on the nature of the orb. Get out through the trapdoor which wasn't there before and get back to the shrine. Note: You can't pickpocket Arkved, but you can kill him and loot the corpse for his White Mage's clothes and a small sum of Gold; this will not affect the quest and does not appear to count as a murder crime.
Return the orb to Vaermina, and he will present you with the unique staff called the Skull of Corruption.
After talking to Vaermina's followers:
Vaermina's followers have told me that an offering of a black soul gem is needed in order to summon the Daedra. [You must be level 5 go begin this quest.]
After offering the black soul gem to the shrine of Vaermina:
After I left an offering of a black soul gem, Vaermina's followers summoned the Daedra, who spoke to me. Vaermina told me of an orb that had been stolen by the wizard Arkved. I am to travel to his tower, retreve the Orb, and bring it back to Vaermina.
After retrieving Vaermina's Orb:
I have retrieved the Orb of Vaermina. I should now return it to the shrine.
After returning the Vaermina's Orb:
Vaermina was pleased that I returned the Orb of Vaermina. I have been rewarded with the Skull of Corruption.