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"Not everyone has the stomach required to entreat my Lord. But Kesh likes you, friend. There is a way Peryite may speak to us who will take Him in. If you wish to commune with Him, we'll need the incense."

The Only Cure is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in which the Dragonborn must perform a task for the Daedric prince Peryite to gain his favor and be rewarded.


A Khajiit named Kesh has offered to help me commune with Peryite. He asked me to acquire a deathbell flower, flawless ruby, silver ingot and some vampire dust.


  1. Find Kesh at the Peryite shrine
  2. Obtain some vampire dust
  3. Obtain a deathbell flower
  4. Obtain a silver ingot
  5. Obtain a flawless ruby
  6. Deliver the ingredients
  7. Inhale the fumes
  8. Kill Orchendor
  9. Report Orchendor's death to Peryite


The quest is obtained in a random encounter with one of the Afflicted or by approaching Kesh at the Shrine to Peryite, located near Karthwasten in the Reach. The Dragonborn must be level 10 or above to get the quest from the Afflicted, and level 12 to get the quest from Kesh.

Kesh tells the Dragonborn that in order to speak to Peryite, they must:

After doing so, Peryite will appear to the Dragonborn as a spectral apparition, usually as some skeevers, and entreat their aid in cleansing the Afflicted, who are being led by Peryite's current champion Orchendor. According to the Daedric Prince, Orchendor has "strayed from the path," displeasing Peryite, who will command the Dragonborn to:

  • Kill Orchendor
  • Report Orchendor's death to Peryite

The quest can also be triggered by simply collecting the items needed (listed above) and going to the cauldron and activating it. This will start the quest.

Ingredient collection[]

Flawless ruby[]

Collecting the flawless ruby can be the hardest part of the initial task. There are a few methods to be tried in order to get one for this quest:

  • Upon entering either the Hall of Countenance or the Hall of Attainment on the left and right side of the courtyard of the College of Winterhold, a ruby can be found on one of the shelves in the rooms.
  • In Mistveil Keep in Riften, the Dragonborn can talk to Harrald, who will ask the Dragonborn to retrieve his sword from Balimund. Once complete, saving the game is suggested just before speaking with him again. He will provide a random gem combination as a reward. If a flawless ruby is not part of that collection, reloading from the save and repeating the process will eventually result in a ruby.
  • Mining various ore veins may produce a flawless ruby.
  • They may be found when looting dead dragons (a higher character level may be required)
  • Up to three can be found in Avanchnzel during the side quest "Unfathomable Depths." A higher character level (level 31) is required.
  • In Shriekwind Bastion, the quickest way is to enter through the south entrance and keep sticking on left paths until a single throne in a blood-splattered room is accessed. The floor near the unlit fire pit on the right should be examined closely for the ruby. This ruby may not necessarily be flawless.
  • Near Reachwater Rock, the stream that exits the cave should be followed, and eventually a rowboat will be encountered. In that boat, amongst other things, there may be a chance a flawless ruby can be found.
  • The Prowler's Profit perk makes obtaining flawless gems of every type somewhat easier than normal.
  • During the Dark Brotherhood quest "Hail Sithis!," on the Katariah, one can be found in the Emperor's room, on the table in front of his bed.
  • In the Thieves Guild, some fishing jobs from Delvin, and/or shill jobs from Vex, may yield one.
  • Hidden chests in Dawnstar, Whiterun, and Windhelm may contain one if the Dragonborn is at a sufficiently high level.
  • The Thieves Guild tribute chest may contain one.
  • Mjoll the Lioness may have one for trade.
  • In the arch-mage's quarters at the College of Winterhold, there may be a chance one can be found in the safe.
  • Depending on the Dragonborn's level, giants may rarely drop flawless gems.
  • A gem can be found on Mercer Frey during the Thieves Guild mission "Blindsighted."
  • The confiscated goods chests in the guard towers near the Riften Stables always feature a random gem, and metal ingot.
  • If Dawnguard is installed, a flawless ruby can be found just to the left of the inner sanctum in the Forgotten Vale, on a skeleton. This requires careful handling as the skeleton is located very close to the edge, causing it to fall off and into the valley if the wrong gem is picked up first.
  • In Dragonborn, ruby geodes provide flawless rubies.


Silver ingots[]

  • Silver ingots and vampire dust can be obtained during the Companions questline, as members of the Silver Hand often carry these.
  • Can be purchased in shops throughout Skyrim, along with the Deathbell.
  • The Transmute Mineral Ore spell converts iron ore into silver ore.
  • There is a silver ore vein on the western base of the shrine's mountain (although a smelter will need to be found to convert the ore to an ingot).
  • There are silver ore mines and a smelter in Karthwasten to the southeast of the shrine.
  • There are two respawning silver ingots in a box at Ghorza's forge in Markarth.

Vampire dust[]

  • Vampire dust can be obtained from any vampire, one such location being Movarth's Lair near Morthal.

Speaking to Peryite[]

"Breathe deep, mortal. I would have you hear me well, so let these vapors fill your lungs."

What is this? Have I been poisoned? "In a sense, but no more poisoned than a fool after too much wine."
What do you want with me? "I have watched you for some time, you know. The decisions you've made intrigue me, and I wonder if you are a proper agent for a task of mine."
What task? "I sent a blessing to Mundus, a wasting plague that infected a scattering of Breton villages. One of my monks, the elf Orchendor, was sent to gather these Afflicted. He shepherded them into Bthardamz for me, but has since lost his way. I will not stand for betrayal. I want you to go to Bthardamz and Kill Orchendor, in my name."
What would I gain from this? "The pettiness of mortals. I had almost forgotten. I can grant you a powerful token for this task. An escutcheon of Dwemer make, capable of shielding you from both the spell and sword. Return when the elf lies dead and it will be yours."
Why does Orchendor deserve to die? "An impertinent question. The elf must die. Either carry out my will or do not. You are not the only mortal agent I could choose."
I've heard your request. Release me. "So you have, mortal. Go now. Kill Orchendor."

Once all necessary ingredients have been gathered, they should be brought back to Kesh at the Shrine. Upon inhaling the fumes, Peryite will begin a conversation with the Dragonborn. He will give a task to kill his current overseer, Orchendor, who has forgotten his duty to Peryite.

Kill Orchendor[]

Orchendor is a powerful mage, mainly employing fire and ice spells, who resides deep within the Dwemer underground fortress called Bthardamz. It will be quite a challenge to find him there because the area consists of several areas filled with afflicted (minions of Peryite that Orchendor guides) and Dwemer automatons. The article on Bthardamz provides a good guide to navigating the dungeon.

On the way to Orchendor, the Dragonborn may find the Afflicted's Note, stating that Orchendor has gone down to the "Aerdrome." There is no place named Aerdrome in Bthardamz. Rather, what is meant is the Bthardamz Arcanex. At the Arcanex, Orchendor is guarded by numerous Dwemer Automatons, including a Dwarven centurion; they can either be fought or sneaked past. Orchendor is in the large room past the centurion. He deals considerable Destruction damage and is completely immune to fire, frost, and shock spells, as well as absorption effects. He can even teleport and will often do so up to the upper tiers of the room. Physical weapons are recommended to slay him, and archery is useful for being able to continue attacking him as he teleports.

Alternatively, one with the Assassin's Blade perk, a decent dagger, an invisibility potion/spell and possibly the shrouded gloves should be able to kill him with a successful sneak attack. Using Fortify Archery and high sneak gear along with potent poisons could allow the Dragonborn to constantly hide and 'snipe' him using a bow or a crossbow - relevant perks such as increased damage in the Archery tree and also similar perks in the Sneak skill will heavily multiply the damage output.

If one is either a werewolf via the Companions questline or a Vampire Lord from the Dawnguard expansion, it will immensely simplify the fight with him, as will a pair of Dead Thralls, especially if one has reanimated two other magicians. The Caller and Sild the Warlock are strongly recommended for they can counter Orchendor's teleportation skills with their own magical aptitude. Conjured Dremora Lords using the Sanguine Rose are also very effective against him, because they distract him from attacking the Dragonborn and they can be continuously re-spawned if the Dragonborn possesses gear that minimises the cost of summoning them.

As for followers, essential characters such as Frea, Serana, Mjoll, Erandur, Derkeethus, Cicero or the Dark Brotherhood assassins can be formidable companions to keep Orchendor at bay. If the Dragonborn has not yet completed "A Daedra's Best Friend", then Barbas can also distract Orchendor or even slay him outright due to the dog being a Daedra, and thus, invulnerable. Otherwise, beginning but not finishing "Lost to the Ages" features Katria who is also invincible as a spectral entity. Alternate summoned characters could include the spectral assassin, or even Kaarstag from Solstheim.

Once he is defeated, his valuables and loot should be taken, including the key to the Bthardamz Elevator. Exiting using the elevator will avoid retracing the long journey through Bthardamz.

"Well done, mortal. All things are in their order, and Orchendor roams the Pits. His betrayal will be punished, and your obedience is rewarded."

What will become of the Afflicted? "Did you leave any alive? The Afflicted are mere vessels for my Blessing. It will spread to others through their touch and my own. Another Overseer will replace Orchendor, when the time comes. For now all is cleansed and ordered."
What happens now? "Go, seek your fate. I will be watching, and perhaps we will meet again - afterwards."
I don't relish being a Daedra's puppet. "And yet you have done my bidding. Why, I wonder?"
Very well. Goodbye. "Embrace order and hard truth, mortal. Good bye."

Upon return, Peryite will reward the Dragonborn with the Spellbreaker shield.


Introduction – DA13Intro
ID Journal Entry
  • Objective 0: Find Kesh at the Peryite Shrine
The Only Cure – DA13
10 A Khajiit named Kesh has offered to help me commune with Peryite. He asked me to acquire a deathbell flower, flawless ruby, silver ingot and some vampire dust.
  • Objective 11: Obtain some Vampire Dust
  • Objective 12: Obtain a Deathbell Flower
  • Objective 13: Obtain a Silver Ingot
  • Objective 14: Obtain a Flawless Ruby
  • Objective 15: Deliver the Ingredients
21 There is a fuming incense at the wilderness shrine to Peryite. Inhaling this is supposed to help me commune with the Daedric Prince.
  • Objective 20: Inhale the fumes

The Daedric Prince Peryite has solicited me to kill an elf named Orchendor.

  • Objective 40: Kill Orchendor
75 I have killed Ochendor, as instructed by Peryite.
  • Objective 75: Report Ochendor's death to Peryite
  • Quest complete



  • After completing this quest, afflicted remnants may be found wandering Skyrim.
  • The incense that the Dragonborn inhales to speak to Peryite is identical in appearance to the vats of ichor in Bthardamz and the spew that the afflicted use against the Dragonborn.
  • The colors of the world are much more vibrant when speaking to Peryite than they are before and afterward. There is also a slight blurring when under the effects of the "incense."
  • The sickly green plant orbs in the Bthardamz ruin can be popped with an arrow.


This section contains bugs related to The Only Cure. 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  /  PS5  ,  XS  , 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.
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  •  360   If the Dragonborn manages to glitch through the door leading to the elevator to the Arcanex and kill Orchendor ahead of time, the quest cannot be completed.
  • The lever next to the iron bars may not appear.
    • Solution: Fast travel to a nearby city, then fast travel back.
  • After all the acquired items are given to Kesh, his pocket can be picked to get all the items back before he creates the fumes. This does not interrupt the quest, as creating the fumes is a scripted event.
  •  360   The room before the encounter with Orchendor may have a bugged floor in which the Dragonborn may fall to the door leading into the lower parts of the dungeon. The Whirlwind Sprint shout can be used to get to the other side.
    •  360   Any follower can fall through, rendering them lost.
  •  360   PS3   If the Dragonborn talks to Kesh while he is creating the fumes, the quest will not be updated. This may cause the trophy/achievement "Oblivion Walker" to be unobtainable, since the Dragonborn cannot obtain Spellbreaker.
    • Solution: kill Kesh, take the ingredients, and then activate the cauldron personally.
  •  PC   360   PS3   The Spellbreaker is often added without the echo-text saying it has been added to the player's inventory. It should be noted that Spellbreaker is a shield, and therefore will appear in the "Armor" tab of the inventory.
  •  PC   If the required items are given to Kesh while he is at the alchemy table or cooking pot, sometimes the quest will not update.
    • Solutions: either load a previous save and try again; or kill Kesh and put the ingredients in the cauldron personally.
  •  360   PS3   The Spellbreaker may not be given after the quest is completed. Reloading an earlier save may fix this. This will obviously prevent acquisition of the "Oblivion Walker" trophy/achievement.