For other uses, see Stonekeep.
"Welcome to Stonekeep. Surrender all weapons to the guards, for we are the keepers of peace."
―Stonekeep's Motto[src]

Stonekeep is a large palace-turned-dungeon located to the north of the city-state of Rihad, in southern Hammerfell.

Description[edit | edit source]

The palace is one floor, but is quite extensive. Among the rooms included is a throne room, office hall, royal bed-chamber, residential area, dining room, kitchen, and a prison.

At the time of Eternal Champion's arrival in the Third Era, beginning their journey to rebuild the Staff of Chaos, Stonekeep was in shambles. There were numerous passages in the walls to the south, and tunnels dug through the ground (most which have flooded).

Large amounts of flooding in the main section of the prison suggest Stonekeep was built next to a river, or lake.

History[edit | edit source]

Stonekeep was originally a palace run by a group of peace-keeping knights, led by a king. It was required to surrender all weapons to the guards upon entering, for the protectors of Stonekeep were the "keepers of the peace."[1]

Stonekeep's entrance hallway.

At an unknown point in time, Stonekeep was attacked by Golthog the Dark and his band of goblins who tunneled their way into the fortress. After the goblins had killed the king with a bronze-colored dagger through the chest, the remaining survivors tried to escape through the goblins' caves to the south, etching their statuses onto the walls:

"An old faded sign reads "The king and palace are lost. We, the last survivors of the court of Stonekeep, are heading south through the goblins' caves.""

Failing, however, the survivors followed the tunnels back to the north to make their last stand, where they were wiped out, their corpses littering the dungeon:[1]

"An old faded sign reads "We are following the goblins' tunnels to the north to make our last stand.""

Afterward, the fortress became the home to numerous creatures: Rats, Wolves, Orcs, Skeletons, Minotaurs, giant Spiders and Ghouls, as well as Golthog the Dark and his band of Goblins. Golthog's infestation set the stage for the invasion of Rihad Palace, in turn stealing a document said to reveal part of the Elder Scrolls from Queen Blubamka of Rihad.[1]

Quests[edit | edit source]

Stonekeep[edit | edit source]

The first part to the second quest of Arena. Now free of the Imperial sewers, the Eternal Champion must complete a favor for Queen Blubamka: they must recover a parchment, which will decipher the Elder Scrolls' location for the Fang Lair. Blubamka also demands the assassination of Golthog the Dark.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Appearances[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Events of "Stonekeep"

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