Your master sent me. He told me to collect a map, some Psijic Seals, and the Augur of the Obscure."Right. You're the Order's new initiate. I didn't expect you so soon. Things here on Artaeum are normally, you know ... snail-ish. I transcribed our seers' visions onto the map there and collected these Psijic Seals. The Augur, however ...."
Do you have it?"I don't. Please, don't tell the Loremaster! It tricked me into dismissing the binding charms that keep it here in the Athenaeum—then it popped like a bubble and vanished! It's escaped before, but never on my watch."
Do you have any idea where the Augur went?"Mercifully, yes. I just scryed its location. It looks like it reappeared somewhere on the shores of Wasten Coraldale. Didn't take long for some Sea Elves to scoop it up and squirrel it away. You'll have to steal it back. I am sorry, truly."
All right. I'll go to Wasten Coraldale and recover it."I'm indebted. You'll definitely need the Augur on your quest. Without it, you'll never find those time breaches."
'What exactly is this Augur of the Obscure, anyway?The Loremaster didn't tell you? All right. How to explain it .... The Augur is a skull. Sort of. It's really a crystalline entity that resembles a skull. Some think it's from the head of an ancient mage, but I don't believe that for a minute."
'Why not?It's hard to say. Once you have a few conversations with it, you'll see what I mean."
Wait, the skull talks?"Yes. Incessantly. I think that's why Loremaster Celarus made me its caretaker—no one else wants to listen to it. You should know that it lies constantly, unless you ask it a direct question. If you do that, it's compelled to always tell the truth."
Good to know. Now, you're sure it will show me these time breaches?"It will! Stirring up the Augur's power will give you a second sight. The skull sees the time differently. Well, it sees practically everything differently—but time most of all. I think it's fascinating! I just wish the little bugger wasn't so sneaky."
I'll be careful. What can you tell me about these Psijic Seals?
What can you tell me about these Psijic Seals?"The Seals are one of the Order's oldest tools. They act as a sort of an anchor—shoring up any wayward spirits or forces in a given place. When Nirn was still young, the veil was much looser. More unpredictable, you know? So the Aldmer made these."
Is there a trick to using them?"None at all. We've been refining them for thousands of years, remember? Just take one in your hand when you reach a tear, and the seal will do the rest."
So you're Celarus's apprentice?"I am. You look surprised."
I just haven't seen many non-elves in here."Right, of course. It's not racial bias. The Psijic Order doesn't have any axes to grind. It's just a matter of circumstance. Psijic study is an Aldmeri tradition for one thing. High Elves also live a long time and have more natural aptitude."
How did you wind up here on Artaeum?"It's a long story. I was the heiress to a Crown magnifica. Our house was prosperous, well-respected .... When Celarus offered to take me to Artaeum, I cast off my duties immediately and left the family's fortunes in the hands of my brother."
And?"He drove our family into shame and poverty—pretty much immediately. I try not to think about it. Let's change the subject, all right? You have lots to do and very little time to do it!"
After talking to Loremaster Celarus:
"Thank goodness, you're back. I hope the Augur didn't give you too much trouble. I know it can be a handful. Now, the Loremaster asked me to give you something. The first of many gifts."
What is it?"The most valuable gift—knowledge! Please, use it carefully. When I learned my first spell, I accidentally banished a toad to the far ends of time! At least I think I did. It hasn't come back yet. Congratulations! You've earned it—and my thanks."
Breaches on the Bay
"First rate work in Summerset. Really, first rate. Unfortunately, we have another problem. Are you ready to set out again?"
Yes. What's the problem?"Our seers detected more of these time breaches. This time, in the Iliac Bay region. My homeland. The Loremaster and I will keep searching for the cause of the disturbances. In the meantime, we need you to seal them."
All right. Should I use the same gear as last time?"Yes. Take this map of the region, more Psijic Seals, and the Augur. I hope the breaches haven't grown more powerful. Stay safe. And ... just make sure Alik'r weathers this, all right? I know I shouldn't ... I have to stay detached. Never mind."
Don't worry, I'll seal these time breaches."May the Old Way guide your steps. The Loremaster was very impressed by your work in Summerset. He's a hard mer to know, but he's always been generour with his praise. I just wish I could be a better student."
You think you're a poor student?"Well, not in the traditional sense. Don't get me wrong—I'm a very proficient mage. That's what caught the Loremaster's eye when he found me in the Alik'r. I just struggle with some of the deeper lessons. The philosophy."
What lessons are you talking about?"The Psijic Order isn't just a collection of wizards. It's world-view, you know? A state of mind. It's not enough to be a talented mage. You have to learn to see things in a different way. To cultivate a detached and virtuous perspective."
You haven't done that?"Some days I think I'm making progress. Then other days—days like today—I see how far I have to go. A true Psijic would see all people and regions as equals. But for me ... part of me never left the Alik'r. My heart's still in the desert."
So you're more troubled by this happening in your homeland?"Yes. I would never admit it to the Loremaster, but yes. I'm sorry—I don't mean to bother you with this. You're just starting out after all. Just forget I said anything. Be safe."
After sealing the breaches:
"Welcome back, initiate. I hope the Augur didn't give you too much trouble. So? Was your journey a success? Is Alik'r safe?"
Yes. I closed all the time breaches around the Iliac Bay."Well, that's a relief. For now, at least. I'm afraid the situation has grown more ... complicated. But we can discuss that later. For now, you've done the Order proud. You're clearly ready to take your next steps. Use this wisely."
Breaches of Frost and Fire
"Are you prepared for your next task? I'm afraid we need to quicken the pace. Was that too pushy? Sorry, I'm just a bit anxious you know?"
Yes, I'm prepared. What do I need to do?"Our seers detected a new cluster of breaches in the lands of Morrowind and Skyrim. The elder members of the Order don't want to admit it, but I'm afraid these distortions are growing stronger. But there's good news! We think we found the cause."
We?"The Loremaster and I. While you made your way across Alik'r, we reached out with projections—looking for objects of power. We found one. The Staff of Towers. The Loremaster's confident we can find it. You should speak with him when you return."
All right. I'll travel to Skyrim and Morrowind and seal these time breaches."Thank you, initiate. I honestly don't know what we'd do without your help. I keep telling Loremaster I can assist you. I mean, I did spend my entire childhood on the continent after all. I suppose he knows best."
You mentioned the Staff of Towers?"Yes! The actual staff, created by the arch-mage Anumaril in the first era. If we're right, this could be the greatest discovery in millennia! According to the Psijic histories, the staff could bend and shape time itself."
And you think that's what's stirring up these time breaches?"We can't say for certain. Yet. I should warn you—the Loremaster finds this all very troubling. Magical artifacts always present a destabilizing influence. You know by now that a lack of stability does not sit well with our Order."
You're not concerned about it?"I'm very concerned! An artifact left out in the wild for any hedge-mage to find ... the results could be disastrous! It should be here on Artaeum. I need to get back to our research. We should have more answers when you return."
The Shattered Staff
"You spoke to the Loremaster, right? You should be setting out for Tamriel. What brings you?"
Loremaster Celarus sent me to speak with you."Hmm. Checking on me, no doubt. I'm fine, really. The Loremaster and I had a brief disagreement. But it's fine. I'm sure he's right ... I just need a moment to think on it."
He's right about what?"The Staff of Towers. I discovered that each piece emits a unique temporal wave—almost like an artist's signature. I ran to the Loremaster to show him. Nearly tripped over my robe on the way! I thought he'd be proud, but he just went pale."
He said he was proud of you. He just thinks the staff is to dangerous to wield."I know. But just between the two of us, don't you think we could put an item like that to good use? Imagine being able to shift time to avoid the Planemeld, or cure the Knahaten Flu before it took hold. It's worth at least discussing, right?"
Yes. A powerful artifact like that should be put to good use.[?]
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No. The Loremaster is right. The staff is dangerous."Yes ... yes, I guess you're right. It's just that when things happen to you ... to your family—things you can't fix—the power to set things right can be very tempting. Anyway, I've talked enough. Don't worry about me. Just find those fragments."
Celarus told me that the Augur will light a path to the fragments. What does that mean?"Ah, right. Finding these pieces of the staff wil require a bit more legwork. As I said, each of the fragments emits a unique temporal wave, but the point of origin remains hidden. We were only able to locate points where those waves crash."
So I'm looking for these places where the waves wash up? More breaches?"Exactly. Once you find a breach, you can use the Augur to track the waves back to their source—the staff fragment. The trail should manifest as a series of lights. Just follow the lights and you'll find what we're looking for."
A Breach Amid the Trees
"It's good to see you again, initiate. The Loremaster told you about the breaches in Valenwood, right? I have your equipment here."
Are you all right, Josajeh? Celarus is worried about you."I'm fine. I wish he'd stop, I don't know ... hovering. I won't lie to you. I'm dissapointed that we won't have the opportunity to study the staff and its time-distorting properties, but that's ultimately his decision. I will abide by it."
He said you suffered a trauma that might cloud your judgement."He's referring to my family's fall, no doubt. My family dealt in trade—ferrying goods from Sentinel to remote Imperial holdings. My father was always selective when it came to contracts. My brother, Afarh, never took those lessons to heart."
So he made a bad deal?"Yes. A disastrous deal. Shortly after I left, the Longhouse Emperor, Leovic, put out a call for an Alik'ri trader to transport a shipment of arms across the desert. Afarh leapt at the opportunity. He used our entire estate as collateral."
What happened?"Exactly what you'd think. The caravan was waylaid by bandits, and the Empire seized our lands, our businesses, everything. My family fell into abject poverty—some turned to begging, theft ... or worse. So now you know. You should get going."
All right. I'm sorry about what happened.
After sealing the breaches:
"There you are. I was wondering when you'd return. Did all go well in Valenwood?"
Yes, I closed all the time breaches."Excellent. And by the way, I'm sorry about how I've been acting. You've done nothing but help the Order. I had no right to take my frustrations out on you."
It's all right."It isn't but thank you all the same. Honestly, it was good to speak about my family again. The Psijics code makes the conversations like that ... difficult. Thank you."
You're welcome. What's next?"The scryers are already clamoring about all the information coming back from the Psijic Seals you placed. We'll locate the last four pieces of the staff soon, I know it. In the meantime, take this. I'm sure you will put it to good use."
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A Time for Mud and Mushrooms
"From what the Loremaster tells me, the scryers are nearly halfway to locating the last four pieces of the staff. Placing another batch of Psijic Seals should give them all the information they need. Are you ready for another trip to the continent?"
Yes. Where am I headed this time?"A new cluster of time distortions appeared in the swaps and fields north of Black Marsh—Shadowfen and Deshaan specifically. Take the Augur, the seals, and this map of the region. At this point, I'm sure you know what to do with them."
I'll seal these new time breaches. Do you need anything else?"It might be worth talking to the Loremaster. He would never admit it, but I think something is bothering him. Something about the staff fragments."
All right. I'll set out for Black Marsh after I speak with Celarus.
After sealing the breaches:
"Welcome back, initiate! No shortage of mud on your feet, I see. Did you manage to seal all the time breaches in the swamp?"
Yes, I placed all the Psijic Seals and closed the breaches."Well done! With those seals in place, we should have a much better idea of where the remaining staff fragments are hidden. I can't wait to see them!"
Wait, I thought Loremaster Celarus was sealing the fragments away."That was the plan, yes. But as he may have told you, separating the pieces proved difficult—even for our most powerful monks. It looks like we'll have to study the staff after all. I'm sure I don't need to tell you how exciting that is!"
You think you'll find a way to keep the pieces apart?"Maybe. The leadership seems confident enough. As for me, I'm just happy to have the opportunity to see it! Now, you should probably check in with the Loremaster. With any luck, our scryers have found the remaining fragments already."
Time in Doomcrag's Shadow
"Ah, welcomeback initiate[sic] [Do not change this to back, initiate. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.]. I can't believe you collected all eight fragments of the staff! I know that we intend to render it inert … but there's no harm in learning more along the way, right? Now. I hear you're setting out for Rivenspire?"
Yes. The Loremaster sent me to collect my gear."Of course! Do I sound giddy? Sorry. I just never imagined we'd have a chance to actually study the staff! This promises to be very illuminating! At least for now …."
Are you prepared to let this go when the time comes?"Of course. I mean … it will probably be some time before we discover the secret of keeping it fragmented, anyway. You still doubt my intentions? I guess that's not surprising. I would not betray the Order, initiate—not even for my family's name."
All right. I will see you when I return."Yes, you will. Safe travels, initiate."
A Breach Beyond the Crags
"Oh, it's you. I assume the Loremaster sent you to collect your things for the trip to Craglorn?"
Yes. Are you all right, Josajeh?"No, I'm not. Do I look—? It's … it's not your fault. I'm sorry. I'm not proud of what I did. But … I was so close. I found Anumaril's journals in the stacks. There was a binding ritual in there. If I could get to the White-Gold Tower …."
You'd have used the staff, despite the Loremaster's warnings?"It's just a tool! Can you imagine all the good we could do? Khanaten flu—never happened. Planemeld—never happened. My father's death—never happened. My family's lives destroyed! Never happened. Just … just tell me you understand."
I understand."I know it's not right. I know it's oegnithir. I'm sorry. I'm sorry for all of this. Be careful in Craglorn. We'll meet again soon. I promise."
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The Towers' Fall
"Is it …? I'm sorry. I'm so sorry! Was anyone hurt? I will never forgive myself if someone …."
No one[sic] [Do not change this to Noone. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.]was hurt. Why did you do it, Josajeh?"You know why, initiate. Everyone knows why. I looked at the Staff of Towers and saw a world without consequences. A world where no sin, small or large, would go unpunished. Where nothing broken was beyond repair. I … I was wrong."
You could have destroyed time."I know. But some pain … some pain runs so deep that it blinds you. Weakens your senses. Makes you believe in the impossible. Have you ever felt a pain like that? What's time compared to all the people you love? It doesn't make sense, I know."
Do you think the Order will take you back?"No. And they shouldn't. I betrayed the Loremaster's confidence. Betrayed the Old Ways—everything the Psijics stand for. No, I will face my justice. I will accept the punishment, whatever it is."
During her preparations for the exile:
"It's beautiful, isn't it? Even after all these years, I'm still in awe of this place. And now I'll never see it again. Forgive me. We both know this is a fate I brought upon myself. Is there something you need, initiate?"
Celarus agreed to let the Augur leave the island … under your supervision."He … he'd entrust this to me? After all I did? How I dissapointed him? I don't know what to say. Actually, come to think of it, I do. I will never dissapoint my mentor again. I may be exiled, but the Augur and I will make a better world."
Here it is."You don't know what this means to me—to have a friend on such a lonely journey. Thank you. I hope you'll see me off. I'm to meet the Loremaster at the portal to Tamriel."
I have an errand to run, but I'll be there shortly."I think I'll stay here just a few moments longer. I never knew how difficult it would be to say goodbye …."
Near the portal to Tamriel:
Josajeh "I'm so sorry for disappointing you, loremaster [sic] [Do not change this to Loremaster. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.]." Loremaster Celarus "It is as I always said, Josajeh. Failure is an opportunity for growth. I hope this exile will lead you to better things."
"Well, I guess this is goodbye. I'll take good care of the Augur, you have my word. Thank you … for everything. I deserve this exile, but I don't think I will ever deserve a friend like you. Take care of the Order for me, all right?"
Do you have any idea where will you'll go?First? I think I'll go home. To the Alik'r. I have a lot of ghosts to confront—choices to make peace with. Changing the past was always a mirage. All we can do is face it and persevere."
And then?"I'll do what I can to ease my family's burdens. To rebuild a sense of hope and set them back on the path of happiness. Then? Travel. Definitely travel. As much as I love this place, there's a whole world to explore out there."
Safe travels, Josajeh."Nothing else to prepare, I guess. Time to bid this island farewell."
"Welcome back, initiate. The Loremaster has news you should hear. Go speak to him, all right?" – After sealing the breaches during "Breaches of Frost and Fire"
"Have you spoken with Loremaster Celarus? I'm certain he has a task prepared for you." – Before starting "The Shattered Staff"
"May the Old Ways guide your steps, initiate. And have a care around those fragments of the staff, all right? Items of power often draw dangerous creatures." – After speaking with her during "The Shattered Staff"
"You're back! And you have the staff fragments? Well done! You should take them to the Loremaster at once. Go! Go!" – After finding the first four fragments
"Did the Loremaster give you your next task? You should probably go speak with him." – Before starting "A Breach Amid the Trees"
"I'm fine, initiate. You should set out soon." – After speaking with her during "A Breach Amid the Trees"
"Old Ways protect you, initiate. Those swamps look very forbidding—but I'm sure it's nothing you hven't faced before." – After speaking with her during "A Time for Mud and Mushrooms"
"Don't just stand there, initiate! Go speak to the Loremaster. I'm anxious to see these new fragments!" – After speaking after sealing the breaches during "A Time for Mud and Mushrooms"
"Good luck finding those fragments!Con[sic] [Do not change this to Can. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.]you believe we'll have all eight soon? Remarkable!" – Before starting "The Towers' Remains"
"Were you succesful? You were, weren't you? Go tell the Loremaster, quick!" – After sealing the breaches during "The Towers' Remains"
"Be cautious in Rivenspire. I hear there are more vampires than people out there." – After speaking with her during "Time in Doomcrag's Shadow"
"I'm sorry, I can't talk right now …. You should go speak to the Loremaster." – After sealing the breaches during "Time in Doomcrag's Shadow"
"I just need some time, initiate. To think. Be safe, all right?" – After speaking with her during "A Breach Beyond the Crags"
"I will surrender myself to the Psijic Order and face my punishment. Without your intervention, I shudder to think what my recklessness could have done to the fabric of time. I know you don't want to hear this, but … thank you." – After speaking with her in Time-Lost Throne Room