Years ago, the fortress of Vitharn was attacked and overrun by invading fanatics. Upon his death, Count Cirion was visited by Sheogorath who cursed him and the rest of the fort's inhabitants for their cowardice and miserably poor defense. Lord Sheogorath forced them to relive their last moments forever.


When the Hero arrives at the fort, they will find the Vitharn ghost defenders and the ghost Fanatics fighting each other. The door to the Keep is magically sealed. Working around to the left they will see a huge tree lit with Withering Moon plants. At the base of this tree is the Root Door to Vitharn Sump, which will allow entry.

At the end of this tunnel is an underwater door to the Vitharn Reservoir. Continue to the end of this to reach the Vitharn Keep. With further exploring they will come across the Great Hall and a feast taking place while the fighting is taking place outside. They will then be greeted by the Count, who if politely greeted will explain the situation. They will be told that the failed defense was due to the short-comings of four people, and that if the troops are able to hold the Fanatics back the curse will be lifted and their spirits allowed to rest.

The ArcherEdit


Althel The Archer

Proceed to the Bailey where the battle takes place over and over. The first person to fail was Althel, a scout and archer whose job was to defend the gate wheel. Her main problem was that the armorer, Bat gro-Orkul, was protective of his weapons and armor and wouldn't release them to the soldiers out of fear of his goods being destroyed or lost. Because he refused to give Althel any arrows and she was unable to leave her post to get any, her ledge was quickly over-run and the gate was opened.

In order to fix her mistakes, the Hero must get hold of the set of ghostly Steel Arrows from the armory and give them to her so she can defend her post. Bat gro-Orkul will refuse to hand them over, forcing the one to sneak in and get the arrows. The door to the armory is locked with a hard lock, but a key can be found in the west wing near a set of bookcases. They must sneak in and take the arrows before Bat gro-Orkul sees them and kicks them out. Once they have the arrows they need to give them to Althel. She will thank the Hero and will fight the enemy.

The MageEdit

Hloval Dreth

Hloval Dreth The Mage

The next to fail was a Dunmer mage named Hloval Dreth. Hloval was born with Stunted Magicka and can't regenerate magicka because of this. This means he can't fight the fanatics or heal his comrades. When asking around the Hero will discover that while his magicka is stunted, his ego is not; this leads Hloval to be edgy with others. In order to fix Hloval's problem the Hero must find a way to regenerate his magicka.

There are two ways to fix Hloval's problem. The first is to find a set of Welkynd Stones in the mausoleum. Giving him the stones will anger him because the Hero has now "defiled them." He will, however, use the stones and recharge his Magicka.

The other method is to find the Dagger of Depletion in the hidden study in the chapel. This is accessed by pressing the stone button in the back corner. When he is given the dagger he will use the Hero to recharge his magicka and head to Vitharn's defense.

The SoldierEdit

Desideratus Annius

Desideratus Annius The Soldier

The third person to have failed on the battlefield is a soldier named Desideratus Annius. During the battle, Desideratus flees to protect his betrothed, who turns out to be a toy doll. Asking around the Hero will discover that the doll is all that Desideratus has left after his entire family was killed. There are two ways to get him to fight. Both ways involve taking his "betrothed" and using her to get him to stay. However, giving him the doll will cause him to leave the field and put the doll back.

The first way is to take the doll from the barracks and destroy it by placing it in one of the braziers scattered throughout the city. Go back to him and tell him the doll is destroyed and this will cause Desideratus to become overcome with grief and charge into battle to take as many fanatics with him as possible.

The alternative way to handle this is by taking the doll and giving it to the fanatics. When he hears that his betrothed is in the hands of one of the fanatics he will become enraged and storm into battle to rescue her.

The CountEdit

Count Cirion

The Count Cirion

Despite helping the three soldiers to stand and fight, fanatics will still make it into the fort. The Hero will be told to return to the Count and find out why this is happening. Count Cirion will then confess to being the fourth person responsible for the sacking of Vitharn. He states that it was his duty to stand on the field and lead the troops in battle, but he was too afraid of death so left his troops to handle all of the fighting.

Devoted Ghost Fanatic

Devoted Ghost Fanatic

The only way to break the curse is Cirion entering the battle and killing the fanatic leading the siege, However, Count Cirion can not exit the great hall because that is where he was when he died. He will ask the Hero to take his helmet and fight in his place. Once they put on the helm, he or she must either kill the Fanatics' leader or remain trapped in Vitharn.

The Devoted FanaticEdit

Once they put on Count Cirion's Helmet the Fanatics will acknowledge the Hero and attack. They must now face the last Fanatic and kill him in order to break the curse.

Once the battle is over and won, Count Cirion will appear and thank the Hero for all their help and award them with the helmet. Once Cirion is through speaking, he and the rest of the ghosts will vanish and the gates will unseal forever.

Journal entriesEdit

Journal Entry
  • Update: Upon receiving the quest:

There are ghostly warriers fighting in this this place. Their battle cries lead me to believe this place is named Vitharn. Something strange is going on here. I can see the fortress keep, but there is no obvious entrance. I'll have to search around for a hidden way in. Even then, I'm not sure what I'll find.

  • Update: After meeting the ghost of Count Cirion:

The ghost of Count Cirion has told me a tale of tragedy. The people of Vitharn were overrun by invaders centuries ago. Four defenders in the bailey failed in their duties. Now cursed to relive the last moments of the invasion over and over. Count Cirion has begged me to put the shades of his people to rest. I have no idea how to do this. Maybe the ghosts themselves can tell me.

  • Update: After locating Althel:

Althel the archer on the parapet has no arrows. She won't accept normal arrows. She is perfectly positioned to fire into the Fanatic raiders.

  • Update: After finding Ghostly Arrows:

These ghostly arrows are quite strange. I am unable to nock them though.

  • Update: After giving the arrows to Althel:

Althel was grateful for the arrows. She is sure to bring down some of the invaders with them.

  • Update: After seeing Althel shot the ghostly arrows:

I have eliminated one of the four Fanatic raiders that came in from the dungeons. Only three to go.

  • Update: After finding the Dagger of Depletion:

I've found a ghostly Dagger of Depletion. For some reason I am unable to wield it though.

  • Update: After locating Hloval Dreth and giving him the Dagger:

Hloval Dreth was grateful for the help. He is able to attack the Fanatic raiders now.

  • Update: After watching Hloval Dreth with the Dagger:

I have eliminated two of the four Fanatic raiders that came in from the dungeons. Only two more to go.

  • Update: After finding a Ghostly Doll:

This ghostly doll is very odd. I have a feeling I should keep it with me for a while.

  • Update: After burning the Doll in the flames:

I've burned the doll in the ghostly flames. I don't know why I was able to do that, but there must have been some purpose.

  • Update: After talking to the ghost Desideratus:

Desideratus did not take it well when I told him what I did to his betrothed. However, he is now motivated to stay at his post and fight the invading Fanatics.

  • Update: After watching Desideratus fight:

I have changed the actions of three of the defenders. Yet one of the Fanatics still gets past the defenders. There is nothing more I can do here. Maybe Count Cirion can help me.

  • Update: After talking to Count Cirion:

Count Cirion has given me his helm. With it, I can take his place and do battle with Devoted Fanatic. Only then will the curse be lifted

  • Update: After defeating the Devoted Fanatic:

I have defeated the Devoted Fanatic. The curse of Vitharn has been lifted

  • Update: After watching the ghosts disappear:

The ghosts of Vitharn have been laid to rest

  • Quest complete


  • The first three soldiers can be helped in any order.
  • Althel will sometimes miss her target. If this happens the Hero can pick up and use the arrows. They have the same weight and strength of steel arrows but remain in their ghost forms.
  • Once the quest is complete, the doors to the Mausoleum lock and cannot be opened.
  • If Hloval Dreth is given the dagger, a unique ring called Ghostly Immobility is placed in the Hero's inventory. The ring adds 1000 pounds of weight and is removed once the Hero is struck by the dagger.


This section contains bugs related to Ghosts of Vitharn. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  • Picking up any of the ghostly quest items (like Desideratus' doll), may cause them to be permanently stuck in the Hero's inventory. Only the use of console commands can fix this.
  •  PC   360   PS3   Sometimes the fanatics will not attack, reloading the game or exiting and returning to the courtyard will fix this.
  • Sometimes the Hero can activate the brazier in the mausoleum before having the doll in their inventory, and will complete a stage of the quest.

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