Out of Balance is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn is tasked by Drevis Neloren with tuning various focal points for magical energy around the College of Winterhold that have become polluted over time.
- Cleanse the focal points for magical energies around the College
- Return to Drevis Neloren
Ask Drevis Neloren about College business, and he tells the Dragonborn that the various points of focus for magic energies around the College have become polluted. Agree to help with their cleansing, and he hands off the Mystic Tuning Gloves which allow the Dragonborn to delve into these focal points. These gloves will be removed once the quest is finished.
The Mystic Focal Points are the pillars of light with a strange blue glow that were visible before taking the quest. There is one in the courtyard’s center in front of the mage statue, one in the middle of the Hall of Attainment, and one in the middle of the Hall of Countenance. Just approach the beam of light wearing the gloves, and cleanse them.
After each one is purified, the Dragonborn will receive a random empty Soul Gem, a magic boosting buff, or a minor harmful discharge. Return to Drevis Neloren to complete the quest and have the gloves removed.
|Out of Balance – MGR02|
|10||Devron Neloren has asked for my help in purifying the focus points for magical energy around the College. I've been given special Tuning gloves that I'll need to wear in order to cleanse the focal points. Drevis has warned that there may be side-effects to performed this task.
|20||I've finished cleansing the focal points around the College, and should take the gloves back to Drevis.
|200||I've successfully helped Drevis by cleaning the focal points around the College.
Note: Because this is a miscellaneous quest, journal entries will not be displayed.
- When cleaning the focal points, a bugged two-hour buff may be placed on the Dragonborn that increases magicka regeneration immensely. It is possible to get multiples of this buff during the quest. In the active effects category, it appears as "Fortify Magicka." Selecting it reveals it as "+100 Fortify Magicka 2 hours." It regenerates magicka almost instantly and makes it possible to cast some spells indefinitely. This also makes it very easy to level up one's magic e.g. Telekinesis can be used on an object and held until one's Alteration skill is level 100, or constantly cast Muffle, to level up Illusion quickly, as the magicka regenerates faster than it depletes.
- In this case, the buff(s) may be removed by opening the character editor with the "showracemenu" console command (on PC) and closing it again. This will also remove other temporary buffs, such as blessings.
- If a save is made before activating the focal points, and then the point is activated, it is possible to reload the save and have that count as one of the focal points activated. By repeatedly doing this, one can complete the quest by activating only one point.
|College of Winterhold Quests|
|Main Quest||First Lessons • Under Saarthal • Hitting the Books • Good Intentions|
Revealing the Unseen • Containment • The Staff of Magnus • The Eye of Magnus
|Side Quests||Arniel's Endeavor • J'zargo's Experiment • Brelyna's Practice|
Onmund's Request • Out of Balance • Rejoining the College
|Master Spell Quests||Alteration Ritual Spell • Destruction Ritual Spell • Conjuration Ritual Spell|
Illusion Ritual Spell • Restoration Ritual Spell
|Radiant Quests||Aftershock • Tolfdir the Absent-Minded • Fetch Me That Book!|
Shalidor's Insights • Enchanting Pick-Up • Restocking Soul Gems
|Other Quests||The Missing Apprentices • Forgotten Names|