For other uses, see Stonekeep.

Stonekeep is the first part to the second main quest of The Elder Scrolls: 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.

Background[edit | edit source]

(Day), (Day Number) of (Month) in the year (Era) (Year) (The in-game date is dynamic, and varies on when the quest is taken.)
The ruler of Rihad has marked Stonekeep on your map of the province of Hammerfell...

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  1. Receive Ria Silmane's dream bridge.
  2. Travel to the city-state of Rihad, in Hammerfell.
  3. Enter Rihad palace, and speak to Queen Blubamka.
  4. Retrieve the parchment from Stonekeep.
  5. Return to Blubamka, and learn the Fang Lair's location.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Dream Bridge[edit | edit source]

When contacted, Silmane divulges information about the Staff of Chaos, the Dwarves of Kragen, and her divination of the Fang Lair:


The Staff of Chaos.

I see you have strengthened your arm, and your mind, (Player's name). It is time we began this journey. This is the Staff of Chaos, the one item that can open the door between this world, and the dimension to which the Emperor has been banished. Tharn used this item to destroy my corporeal form when I tried to warn the Council. He knew that the Staff of Chaos was nigh indestructible, having been made from the essence of the Land itself. But in that he found the key. As the land split, so did he shatter the Staff into eight perfectly formed pieces. These he scattered across the realm. I have been able to divine the location of the first piece, a place called Fang lair [sic] [Do not change this to
. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.]
―Ria Silmane[src]

The scene changes to Ria's face:


Ria Silmane, dream bridging with the Champion.

It is said that the Fang Lair was originally built by the Dwarves of Kragen. Legend has it that a Great Wyrm drove the Dwarves from their home in the Dragon's Teeth, and took the Lair for itself. I only wish I knew the exact location. Perhaps that are sages, or scholars who would know of this place. Somewhere in its dank depths lies the first piece of the Staff of Chaos. I wish you well, (Player's name). I do not think Tharn knows of your escape, but I can do little else in this form. I have tried to obscure your identity with a spell, but I do not know how well it will hide you. Take care for Tharn may be searching. Go forth with the blessings of the true Emperor [sic] [Do not change this to
. This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.]
, and myself..."
―Ria Silmane[src]

Post-contact, the Champion must converse with pedestrians, mages and priests on the whereabouts of the Fang Lair.

During search, the Champion will be told of the province of Hammerfell, and some connection between it and the Lair. (This may vary from being told of a break-in at Rihad Palace, or a new discovery in Hammerfell.) Further directed to the city-state of Rihad, the Champion is to hold audience with Queen Blubamka.

Rihad Palace[edit | edit source]

When seeking audience with Blubamka, she greets the Champion with a task:

Queen Blubamka.png
"Welcome to Rihad, (Player's name). I am Queen Blubamka, and I agree to tell you about Fang Lair, for a favor. You see, not too long ago a band of goblins, led by Golthog the Dark attacked this stronghold. They carried away with them much treasure, including a parchment which held within its writings clues to decipher the part of the Elder Scrolls which spoke of the location of the legendary Fang Lair. Golthog and his goblins fled to an ancient and ruined fortress called Stonekeep, outside the city. I fear that a large band of mercenaries or soldiers will be unable to find them. A single person however, would be much more successful. Perhaps your arrival is fortuitous. If you would agree to try and recover this parchment, I will inscribe the location of the Stonekeep onto your map. If you are successful and return with the parchment, I will be able to decipher the location of Fang Lair. I promise to give you that location as reward for your help. Do you agree?"

The Champion should accept:

"Excellent. Stonekeep lies near Rihad. Be careful, Golthog is crafty and evil. It is even rumored that he is a necromancer serving the Underking. When you have the parchment, return with it here and I will find out the location of the Fang Lair for you..." Queen Blubamka smiles broadly and motions for you to take your leave...

Preparation[edit | edit source]

Post-audience, the Champion should buy supplies, and sell what they've collected from the Imperial sewers. Arms and armor are found at Blacksmiths. Potions, magical items and spells are available at the Mages Guild. Potions of Healing and Heal True are extremely useful where rest isn't available, albeit being costly.

The Champion should then travel to Stonekeep.

Stonekeep – Stolen Parchment[edit | edit source]

Stonekeep's map. The pink line shows the fastest way to reach the parchment (neon green dot).

Stonekeep is located three days north of Rihad. The closest village is Chaseguard, a one day trip.

Stonekeep is not small, however the parchment is luckily near the entrance. The adjacent map displays the most efficient path, but is not beneficial in loot or experience.

The entrance to Stonekeep, with the throne in the background.

Follow the right-hand wall, and enter the last door. Again entering the last door on that side in the new hallway. Enter the room, and jump through the passage in the room's west wall. Descending, there is a group of up to ten Skeletons to be dispatched. The Champion should then swim to the central island, where the parchment resides.

The parchment.

The island is guarded by a number of Ghouls, who cause Disease frequently, more so than rats.

At the center of the island, there are treasure chests with Luck-based loot, which may need to be lockpicked. The parchment lies in the back. After claiming the parchment, a prompt will appear, restating its purpose:

"You have found the Parchment the court at Rihad can use to discover the location of the Fang Lair..."

The Champion can then proceed to leave and return to Rihad, or choose to explore Stonekeep further. Stonekeep is relatively low-level, as there are only goblins, Orcs, and sometimes even Lizard Men in the main sections.

Arena - Stone Keep - Iron Key.png

There is an iron key on the middle island due south of the entrance that can be used to open a locked door the farthest back of the conference room that is south of the island. If they choose to go further south into Stonekeep, the Champion will encounter large groups of Spiders.

The Champion should eventually find their way out and will head back to Rihad, where Blubamka will celebrate and reveal the Fang Lair's location.

The Elder Scroll[edit | edit source]

Upon returning to Rihad Palace and seeking Blubamka's audience, she greets the Champion:

"You have recovered the parchment! I hope you put Golthog into an early grave as well. Still, I will complete my end of the bargain..." Queen Blubamka motions to a courtier who respectfully bows and brings forward a pen. Staring intently at the parchment, the Queen takes a few moments and then inscribes the location of Fang Lair, somewhere in the province of Hammerfell, onto your map...

Signalling the Champion to take their leave, they should continue to the Fang Lair, and to the first piece of the Staff of Chaos.

Journal[edit | edit source]

Journal Entry
(Day), (Day Number) of (Month) in the year (Era) (Year) (The in-game date is dynamic, and varies on when the quest is taken.)
The ruler of Rihad has marked Stonekeep on your map of the province of Hammerfell...

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During Ria's dream bridge with the Staff of Chaos, the captions appear dark blue, instead of the normal light blue when the Champion speaks to Ria.
    • The color resets to light blue when the scene changes.
  • This is the first quest in which the Eternal Champion may encounter scripted deaths.
    • This includes being paralyzed in water after being hit by a Spider. The Champion drowns subsequently.
  • While Golthog the Dark does not appear in Stonekeep, Queen Blubamka celebrates his death upon returning the parchment.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

This section contains bugs related to Stonekeep (Quest). 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.
  •  PC   The first segment of the dream bridge with the Staff of Chaos may not appear, and skip directly to Ria. This does not affect the main quest.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Arena Main Quest
Escape From PrisonStonekeepFang LairFortress of IceLabyrinthianSelene's WebElden GroveTemple of AgamanusHalls of ColossusTemple of the Mad GodCrystal TowerMines of KhurasCrypt of HeartsVaults of GeminMurkwoodBlack GateDagoth-UrImperial Palace
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