A Mage's Staff is a quest in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This is the first quest after the Hero's full initiation into the Arcane University. Apprentices travel to Wellspring Cave, upon becoming full-fledged members of the guild to craft a staff as a customary rite.
After entering the cave, the Hero discovers that the people they were supposed to meet have been overtaken by Necromancers. Make sure to search Zahrasha's body on the floor for the key as soon as entering to unlock the door once reaching the end.
The Hero will have to fight several necromancers in the small cave, and then come out on the otherwise impassable island just east of the city. There are a few more necromancers, in particular Noveni Othran. Defeat them all and then collect the Unfinished Staff in the stone chest between the urns. If the Hero cannot defeat them, escape to the city and when they follow the guards will attack them.
In each of these areas, there are three spell choices:
- Destruction: Fire Damage, Frost Damage, or Shock Damage
- Illusion: Charm, Paralyze, or Silence. Poisons of Paralyze are easy enough to craft, but Paralyze cannot be added to items with Enchanting.
- Mysticism: Soul Trap, Telekinesis, or Dispel
The power of the staff's spell will depend on the Hero's level and will always have 40 uses. After choosing, Delmar asks the Hero to return the next day for the completed staff. He will then tell them to get it from the cupboard behind him.
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I need to find the grove near Wellspring Cave, northeast of the Imperial City, to acquire wood for my Mage's Staff.
I have arrived at Wellspring Cave. I should speak with Eletta or Zahrasha.
I have found Zahrasha, who is dead. I should investigate what happened to her.
I have found Eletta, who is dead.
The necromancers that ambushed me have been defeated. I need to get wood for a staff and get back to Raminus Polus to tell him what's happened.
I have checked in with Raminus Polus. I now need to find Delmar in the Arcane University.
I've chosen a staff, and need to speak to Delmar when it is complete.
My Mage's Staff is complete.