Skink-in-Tree's-Shade is an Argonian Sorcerer, and member of the Mages Guild.

Background[edit | edit source]

He offers a number of different quests, and can also train in Speechcraft (up to 100), Mysticism (up to 68), and Enchant (up to 63), although the Nerevarine must be of at least the Magician rank to request his services. His quests cannot be received until completing the quest "A Potion from Skink-in-Tree's-Shade" from Edwinna in the Ald'ruhn Mages Guild.

Interactions[edit | edit source]

A Potion from Skink-in-Tree's-Shade[edit | edit source]

Edwinna Elbert of the Ald'ruhn guildhall wants a Potion of Detect Creatures retrieved from Skink-in-Tree's-Shade for her. Upon asking for the potion, the Argonian asks for the Nerevarine to return for some duties, after which his first quest becomes available.

Escort Tenyeminwe[edit | edit source]

Guard Tenyeminwe, a fellow Mages Guild member, out of Sadrith Mora, as she has been involved in a quarry with a House Telvanni member and asks for additional protection.

Vampires of Vvardenfell, Vol II[edit | edit source]

Acquire the rare book, Vampires of Vvardenfell, Book II, for Skink-in-Tree's-Shade.

Meeting with a Wise Woman[edit | edit source]

Skink-in-Tree's-Shade asks the Nerevarine to arrange a meeting with an Ashlanders wise woman. All of the wise women will decline the request, with the exception of Minabibi Assardarainat, although she will request that the spirit of Kanit Ashurnisammis be slain at the Favel Ancestral Tomb. Once the spirit is defeated, the Nerevarine has to ask Sinnammu Mirpal for Minabibi's permission to attend the meeting.

Kill Necromancer Telura Ulver[edit | edit source]

Skink-in-Tree's-Shade requests the death of a former Mages Guild member, now a necromancer, called Telura Ulver, in the cave Shal.

Ash Ghoul Soul[edit | edit source]

The Argonian mage now requires an Ash Ghoul's soul for his studies, and suggests the Nerevarine go to Yakin, a Sixth House base, to find one.

Galur Rithari's Papers[edit | edit source]

Skink-in-Tree's-Shade now requests for the Nerevarine to retrieve Galur Rithari's Papers, a book which supposedly tells the account of a Buoyant Armiger turned vampire and then cured. He suggests that booksellers be spoken to in order to have a possible location of a copy.

Catch a Spy[edit | edit source]

Ranis Athrys suspects House Telvanni has gotten a spy into the guild, and sends the Nerevarine across the guildhalls to investigate. Upon arriving at the Sadrith Mora branch, Skink-in-Tree's-Shade will say he also suspects of a possible spy, but suggests that the Vivec branch be visited, which is where most of the decisions are made. Eventually, Tiram Gadar is found to be the spy after his falsified credentials are investigated.

A Wizard's Staff[edit | edit source]

Speaking to any member of Master Wizard rank or higher will inform the Nerevarine that, in order to advance to Wizard level, they must have a Wizard's Staff. The staff can either be bought for 5,000 gold or retrieved from former Mages Guild member Anirne at Sud.

Arch-Mage[edit | edit source]

In order to become Arch-Mage in a peaceful way (which would be by not killing the previous Arch-Mage), Skink-in-Tree's-Shade must be spoken to, after which he handles out a letter from Ocato that requests Trebonius Artorius to advance the Nerevarine to Arch-Mage rank.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

Show: A Potion from Skink-in-Tree's-Shade

"I'm at your service. Are you here for duties or advancement?"

duties "I may have duties for you later, Nerevarine (Player name). Right now I am busy making a Detect Creatures potion for Edwinna in Ald'ruhn."
Detect Creatures potion "Yes, of course, soft-skin. Take this potion back to Edwinna, along with my apologies. Speak with me again next time you are here. I may have some duties for you, Warlock (Rank)."
Show: Escort Tenyeminwe

"I'm at your service. Are you here for duties or advancement?"

duties "I need someone to escort the scholar Tenyeminwe."
Tenyeminwe "Tenyeminwe is staying at Muriel's Cornerclub. She is concerned about some trouble she had with a Telvanni last night. She wants to leave Sadrith Mora on the Elf-Skerring but is afraid to go to the docks. If you escort her to Gals Arethi's ship, I would be grateful."

After escorting Tenyeminwe:

"Did Tenyeminwe make it safely to the ship?"

Tenyeminwe "I am glad to hear that Tenyeminwe made it to the Elf-Skerring safely. You have my thanks."
Show: Vampires of Vvardenfell, Vol II

"I'm at your service. Are you here for duties or advancement?"

duties "I am looking for a rare book, Vampires of Vvardenfell."
Vampires of Vvardenfell "There are two books in this series. The first is common in Morrowind. Most rare booksellers have a copy. The second volume is rare. If you can find a copy of volume two, I would be grateful. You might try a rare bookseller."
Vampires of Vvardenfell "Have you found the second volume yet?"
Yes, here it is. "Oh? You have a copy? Bring it to me."
No, not yet. "Do not be discouraged. I fear it may take weeks or even months to find a copy."

After obtaining the book:

"Have you found a copy of Vampires of Vvardenfell?"

Vampires of Vvardenfell "Have you found the second volume yet?"
Yes, here it is. "Yes, this is exactly what I was looking for... And it is in good condition, too. I hope 1000 drakes will cover your expenses."
Show: Meeting with a Wise Woman

"I'm at your service. Are you here for duties or advancement?"

duties "You may be able to assist me, Nerevarine (Player name). I would like to speak with one of the Wise Women of the Ashlanders. Perhaps you could arrange a meeting."
arrange a meeting "Speak with the Wise Women of the Ashlander tribes. From what I've heard, I doubt the Erabenimsun or the Urshilaku would agree. The Zainab might agree, but I would speak with the Ahemmusa first."
Ahemmusa "The Ahemussa camp is on the northeast corner of Vvardenfell. Take a ship to Tel Vos and go north up the coast. If you reach the sea, you have gone too far."

After arranging the meeting:

"Were you able to arrange a meeting?"

arrange a meeting "Ah, thank you Nerevarine (Player name). Minabibi has already answered many of my questions."
Show: Kill Necromancer Telura Ulver

"I'm at your service. Are you here for duties or advancement?"

duties "When any mage turns to Necromancy, it casts a pale shadow over the whole guild."
necromancy "The Necromancer is Telura Ulver, a former Mages Guild member. She may be found in Shal."
Shal "It may be hard to find. Go to Hla Oad and head north along the road. When you cross the wooden bridge, stay left along the coast until you come to another bridge to an island. Shal is on that island. The door faces the swamp, just north of a Daedric ruin."

After killing Telura:

"Did you put a stop to Telura Ulver's necromancy?"

necromancy "While killing is never pleasant, it is sometimes necessary. Telura Ulver is dead. You have proven yourself to the Guild, Nerevarine (Player name)."
Show: Ash Ghoul Soul

"I'm at your service. Are you here for duties or advancement?"

duties "I am concerned about the continuing problem with these strange Ash creatures. Perhaps if I had a soul of one of these creatures to study... Would you bring me the soul of an Ash Ghoul?"
ash ghoul "The soul of any ash ghoul should be suitable. I believe the nearest ash ghoul is in Yakin. Scrolls are more reliable than spells, so take these scrolls, and these two soul gems."
Yakin "It is a cavern on the mainland just northwest of Tel Aruhn. Swim or fly northwest, cross one island, and you should see the cave entrance ahead on the mainland. It has been taken over by the Sixth House, so be careful."
ash ghoul "Well, have you found one?"
Yes, here it is. "No, you cannot fool me. You are not carrying any suitable soul gems."
No, not yet. "I hope you didn't use the scrolls and gems I gave you. I do not have any more."

After obtaining the soul:

"Have you found the soul of an Ash Ghoul?"

ash ghoul ""Well, have you found one?"
Yes, here it is. "Yes, this will do nicely. I hope it wasn't too difficult."
Show: Galur Rithari's Papers

"I'm at your service. Are you here for duties or advancement?"

duties "I have another task for you, Master Wizard (Rank), but it is a difficult one. I believe there is another book on Vampires, Galur Rithari's papers."
Galur Rithari's papers "Yes, these papers allegedly describe how an Ordinator from Bal Ur became a vampire and was cured. I would be most interested in a copy of this book. Ask booksellers and scholars. Someone surely knows where a copy is."
Galur Rithari's papers "Have you found Galur Rithari's papers?"
Yes, here they are. "I am impressed, Nerevarine (Player name). But did you not bring the papers with you?"
No, not yet. "Please keep looking, Nerevarine (Player name)."

After obtaining the book:

"Have you found a copy of Galur Rithari's papers?"

Galur Rithari's papers "Have you found Galur Rithari's papers?"
Yes, here they are. "Yes, this is excellent, Nerevarine (Player name). A most interesting account. Please take this amulet with my gratitude."
Show: Arch-Mage

"You have performed all my duties honorably. I have one more thing to ask of you..."

duties "I am honored to have worked with you, Nerevarine (Player name), and I have one more task. Take this letter to Arch-Mage Trebonius in Vivec."
Trebonius "Ah, the current Guildmaster. It is rumored that he was promoted to his current position to get him out of Cyrodiil. It is a shame that men can have power without wisdom. It is different for us lizards."
Advancement "As long as he holds the title, only Arch-Mage Trebonius in Vivec can grant you the title of Arch-Mage."

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • "Telvanni spies? Yes, I suspect there is at least one. I do not know who or where. While Sadrith Mora may be the obvious target, I would try looking in Vivec. That's where Guild decisions are actually made." – After mentioning "Telvanni spy" during the quest "Catch a Spy"

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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