Main article: Shalidor

Arch-Mage Shalidor is the Arch-Mage for the Mages Guild appearing in all three factions during the Mages Guild quest line.

Background[edit | edit source]

Shalidor previously made a deal with Sheogorath to acquire the Folium Discognitum in exchange for his island, Eyevea. However, Shalidor later came to regret this deal and blamed the outcome on Sheogorath's manipulation. In one of his earliest efforts to reclaim Eyevea, Shalidor spent countless hours writing notes to the point of neglecting his wife, Ulfsild.

When the Three Banners War began, Shalidor returned from Aetherius intent on reclaiming Eyevea to assist and protect mages during the war. He considers this to be his "final task."

Interactions[edit | edit source]

Long Lost Lore[edit | edit source]

A high-ranking member of the Mages Guild, Valaste, wants the Vestige to perform a task for him.

Simply Misplaced[edit | edit source]

The Vestige is asked to retrieve two artifacts, the Fork of Horripilation and the Wabbajack, belonging to Sheogorath. [?]

Circus of the Cheerful Slaughter[edit | edit source]

The Vestige is forced to partake in a play about the Mages Guild and the alliances. [?]

Chateau of the Ravenous Rodent[edit | edit source]

In the final test, Sheogorath wants the Vestige to take a vacation in his family's chateau. [?]

The Mad God's Bargain[edit | edit source]

Sheogorath has been turning Valaste slowly insane and has offered to take her to the Shivering Isles with him.

The Arch-Mage's Boon[edit | edit source]

Shalidor wants to offer the Vestige a kind of memory boon. [?]

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Show: Long Lost Lore

"I can sense... yes. The aura around you glows with good fortune. You will be the one to help me complete my final task"

Why me? "What I hope to accomplish is difficult. Perhaps impossible. It will require great strength of spirit! I sense this strength in you. That is what drew us together in the ruins."
What is this task? "A storm rages towards us, Adept. War has come to Tamriel, and the Mages of this great guild must have quarter. I intend to offer them a safe haven. A sanctuary where they may study in peace."
How do we create this sanctuary? "I created that sanctuary, centuries ago! It was stolen from me by an agent of chaos, and magically transported to the Shivering Isles. To recover the island we must located four hidden tomes. This is the task of which I speak."
Where are these tomes?: "They're being held in a place known as ... Cheesemonger's Hollow. It is a realm of the Mad God, Sheogorath. Stand by my side, and I will open a portal."
I'll stand with you, Shalidor. "Be careful. Sheogorath is not to be taken lightly. I lost the sanctuary because of his nimble tongue and mad stare."
Who is Sheogorath? "I won't waste my time recounting his antics. Suffice it to say, he got the better of me. Bets were made, wagers lost. And my sanctuary, Eyevea, was pulled into his realm... my apprentices screaming all the while"
Why have you returned? "To protect my legacy. While this Guild was... after my time, I accomplished much on Tamriel. I founded schools of magic, and oversaw construction of the Great Maze, and bore my Spellmirror into battle."
And you think the war could undo that? "I know it. I laid powerful enchantments onto my final resting place. When my legacy is threatened, I'm drawn back from Aetherius. My presence here is proof enough: The Three Banners War is a threat to every Mage in Tamriel."
Who is Sheogorath? "He's known as the Daedric Prince of Madness: The Mad God. The Dunmer call him one of their Four Corners of the House of Troubles. And he's earned the title a thousand-fold."
Is he really a threat? He sounds like a joke: "Don't take him too lightly. Madness comes in many forms. Sheogorath encompasses them all. He rules the Shivering Isles, but often takes an active interest in our world. That ... usually doesn't end very well."
Am I really going to a place called Cheesemonger's Hollow? "Yes. An example of Sheogorath's "humor." There are those that find his madness amusing. I am not one of those people. The Mad God would just as soon serve you an aged chedder [sic] [Do not change this to cheddar. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] as he would flay the skin from your bones. Remember that."
Show: Simply Misplaced

"I'd hoped to find you here, Adept."

What can I help you with, Shalidor? "Valaste has finished translating the tome. Once you're ready, join us at the Mages Guild. Speak to Valaste when you arrive. I'll be making preparations for your first trial."
Where can I find her? "Valaste will be expecting you at the [city] (Location is alliance specific: Elden Root for the Aldmeri Dominion, Wayrest for the Daggerfall Covenant, and Mournhold for the Ebonheart Pact) Guildhall. I'll see you there, Adept."
What has she discovered? "She did most of the hard work. I'll leave the explanation to her. Just know that Sheogorath is nowhere near as clever as he thinks. She was able to unravel his nonsense, and determine where you need to go. Hah!"
Show: The Mad God's Bargain
First encounter:

"I have great news for you, Adept!"

What's the news? "Valaste has finished final analysis of the tomes! We're ready to get my island back!"
Where can I find her? "She's preparing a ritual space at the Rawl'kha Guildhall in Reaper's March. I'll see you there, Adept. We're so close!"
You seem excited, Shalidor. "Of course! This is what we've worked for, all this time. Putting up with the mocking and insults, Sheogorath's poor attempts at humor. We'll recover the isle, and the Guild will have a safe haven from the war!"

Inside the Guildhall:

"Adept, you cannot listen to this offer. This is the exact same offer Sheogorath made me when I first lost Eyevea!"

What happened? "Life for an Arch-Mage is measured in decades, not years. The rituals I performed extended my life, allowed me to continue my work ... but eventually even I began to slow down."
And he offered you this Folium? "I began to work on a powerful artifact, a key to the inner workings of life itself. Glamoril ... but that's nether here nor there. The point is I reached a critical juncture where even my knowledge and power failed me. I needed more."
And in the bargain you lost Eyevea. "Yes. I'd read all of the Accords of Madness. I knew the lessons of King Lyrandir, Leopold Arsenault, Darius Shano ... and still I failed. Don't make the mistakes we did, adept. Reject this madman's offer."

See also[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During "The Mad God's Bargain," Shalidor reveals he had read all of the volumes of the Accords of Madness. Notably, only three volumes have ever been available to the Vestige.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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