Breaking the Siege of Kvatch is a quest in The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This quest must be completed to be able to go further in the main quest. The Hero learns they have to go into the Oblivion gate and shut it down in order to rescue Martin and the others.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Reaching Kvatch[edit | edit source]

At the base of the hill of Kvatch, speak to one of the survivors. The Hero learns that the few remaining guards are still fighting near the city gate. Head up the path to eventually reach three guards and their captain, Savlian Matius. He will say that Martin, the heir the Hero is looking for, is trapped inside the city, but he can't come out until the Oblivion Gate has been shut and the courtyard cleared of Daedra.

Oblivion Gate[edit | edit source]

Inside the gate

Enter the Kvatch Gate to a hellish world filled by lava. At this point, two or three Scamps (or other level-dependent creatures) will start attacking, but you will get some assistance from Ilend Vonius, one of the surviving guards, who went in before. He can be told to stay or leave the choice is entirely optional, at lower levels he will provide some help, but at higher levels (10+) he will die quite quickly.

Start out by following the path west. The objective will be the large tower in the middle. Along the way several more level-dependent monsters will be encountered. Watch out for the red Harrada plants and other small flora on the ground as these are capable of attacking and hurting the Hero or Ilend, if they chose to bring him.

Spike elevator

Once inside the tower, kill the monsters and head upstairs. In the room with a spike trap on left side of the wall, take the west door. This will bring them to a walkway that leads to a second tower. Once inside, move upstairs and kill the Dremora. They will see another survivor named Menien Goneld in a cage. He will explain how to shut the gate. He explains that the nearby Sigil Keeper has a key to open the door to the Sigilium Sanguis, in which the Sigil Stone resides that keeps the gate open. If the Sigil Stone is removed, then the gate will close.

Sigil Stone

Head back into the first tower and go through the door to left by using the key. Head up the ramp and enter the door guarded by the Dremora. From here on, it is simply a matter of fighting upwards through the Daedra and Scamps in the way. At the top of the tower, take the Sigil Stone to close the first Oblivion gate. Once done, the building will start to collapse, but the Hero will be safely teleported outside the now-ruined gate.

Map of the Gate[edit | edit source]

Local map with locations marked.

  1. Entrance
  2. Ilend Vonius
  3. Closed War Gates, bodies of Kvatch troops.
  4. Blood Well Tower, has lever to war open gates at #3.
  5. Main Tower
  6. Reapers Sprawl
  7. Sump of Misery cave
  8. Desolate Well, can only be reached through the sump of misery.
  9. Meat Harbor (See detour #2 above)
  10. Sealed War Gate, Cannot be opened.

Detours[edit | edit source]

  1. When facing the door to the walkway, turn left to see a small ramp leading up to two boss level containers.
  2. After defeating the Dremora guarding the door continue heading North-East, follow the ramp down to another Dremora and a door to a walkway. Follow the walkway to the Meat Harbor tower, which has a few foes & containers.

Back at Kvatch[edit | edit source]

The Hero must go back to the Captain and speak to him. He will congratulate them and then ask them to enter the burned-out city on a rescue mission. There will be a few more Daedra in the square beyond the gates which the Hero and their companions must kill. Once all enemies are slain, enter the church where the captain will evacuate the survivors.

Next step[edit | edit source]

At this point, the Hero can speak to Martin Septim to continue with the main quest by taking Martin to Weynon Priory, or continue with the optional second part of "The Battle for Castle Kvatch" by speaking to the Captain.

Journal[edit | edit source]

Breaking the Siege of Kvatch – MS48
ID Journal Entry
0 Hirtel speaks to the player.
5 Player first speaks to Savlian Matius.
8 Savlian Matius asked me to help close the Oblivion Gate outside the ruins of Kvatch. He sent some of his men into it, but they never came back. I should let him know when I'm ready to help.
10 I have agreed to help Savlian Matius of the Kvatch Town Guard and his men as they attempt to reach some survivors trapped in the Chapel of Akatosh inside the city. He is willing to lead his guardsmen back into the city to attempt a rescue, but the enemy have opened an Oblivion Gate across the entry to the city.
I need to go into the Oblivion Gate and figure out how to close it.
20 Ilend Vonius, one of the Kvatch Guardsmen who entered the Oblivion Gate to try to close it, told me that at least one other survivor of the assault on the Gate has been taken to the large tower within Oblivion. I should search for him there.
At least one survivor of the assault on the Oblivion Gate has been taken to the large tower within Oblivion. I need to search for him there.
25 Player asks Iland Vonius to assist.
30 I found the prisoner in Oblivion. He told me I need to reach the top of the largest tower and look for the Sigil Stone. But I will need the Sigil Keeper's key to gain entry into the Sigil Keep.
40 I have the key to the Sigil Keep.
Now I must reach the Sigil Stone and remove it from the Sigil Keep to close the Oblivion Gate that it anchors.
50 I have closed the Gate by taking the Sigil Stone that anchors it within Oblivion. I should tell Savlian Matius that the way into Kvatch is now open.
60 Savlian Matius of the Kvatch Town Guard has asked me to aid him as he and his men attempt to re-take the city of Kvatch. They're pushing in now; I'll need to follow closely and make sure Savlian survives.
65 Savlian Matius reaches the plaza.
70 I have entered the ruined city of Kvatch with Savlian Matius and his men. We must clear the southern plaza before the survivors in the Chapel can be rescued.
80 I have helped Savlian Matius and his men retake the southern plaza. I should talk to him about our next move.
90 It is now safe for the survivors of the attack on Kvatch to leave the Chapel for safety in the camp south of the city. Savlian has asked me to help him further. I should let him know when I am ready.
95 Tierra reaches Kvatch encampment.
  • Quest complete
200 Savlian Matius has been killed.
  • Quest complete

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • This quest can be marked as finished once Savlian Matius has been killed, but as that isn't possible, the journal entry never appears.
  • It is best attempted at a lower level (1–5) and should be one of the main priorities when starting a game. Though not impossible at higher levels, it is considerably harder as allies wear the same armor regardless of level, and the enemies are stronger and can easily kill the guards.
  • Scamp are a lot easier to face here than Spider Daedra and Daedroth, due to the Hero and their allies' vulnerability at certain stages of the quest.

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Main Quest (The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion)
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TutorialDeliver the AmuletFind the HeirBreaking the Siege of KvatchWeynon PrioryThe Path of DawnDagon ShrineBlood of the DaedraSpiesBruma GateAllies for BrumaBlood of the DivinesMiscarcandDefense of BrumaGreat GateParadiseLight the DragonfiresImperial Dragon Armor
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