The Ritual of Water is one of the quests in the main questline of The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon needed to complete the quest "The Skaal Test of Loyalty."


As part of the main quest, "The Skaal Test of Loyalty," this quest requires the Nerevarine to find and activate the Water Stone in the Moesring Mountains, with the help of The Story of Aevar Stone-Singer and the map.

The Story of Aevar Stone-SingerEdit

Main article: The Story of Aevar Stone-Singer

This is the extract of the book The Story of Aevar Stone-Singer that is relevant to this quest:

Aevar first set out to retrieve the Gift of Water, so he traveled to the Water Stone. It was there the All-Maker first spoke to him.

"Travel west to the sea and follow the Swimmer to the Waters of Life."

So Aevar walked to the edge of the ocean, and there was the Swimmer, a Black Horker, sent from the All-Maker. The Swimmer dove into the waters and swam very far, and far again. Aevar was strong, though, and he swam hard. He followed the Swimmer to a cave, swimming deeper and deeper, his lungs burning and his limbs exhausted. At last, he found a pocket of air, and there, in the dark, he found the Waters of Life. Gathering his strength, he took the Waters and swam back to the shore. Upon returning to the Water Stone, the All-Maker spoke.

"You have returned the Gift of Water to the Skaal. The Oceans again will bear fruit, and their thirst will be quenched."



TES3 Bloodmoon - Map - Locations of the Stones

The map with all the stones

The Water StoneEdit

The Water Stone can be found on the west side of the island, between Hvitkald Peak and Thormoor's Watch. The Water Stone is a dark grey and tall pillar and is found directly south of the entrance of Varstaad Caves. Once the stone has been activated, a message appears: "Travel west to a small island off the coast, and follow the Swimmer to seek the Water of Life.". The Nerevarine must, now, find and follow The Swimmer, a unique black horker, it is located directly northwest of the stone, on a small island off the coast. The Swimmer will swim north from the island. Until it stops above the cavern Stahlman's Gorge.

Stahlman's GorgeEdit

Note: A Water Breathing spell or potion may be needed at lower levels to reach the cavern. At higher levels it is possible to hold their breath long enough.

The entrance to Stahlman's Gorge is on the bottom of the sea. Inside the cave, at the end of the tunnel, a skeleton is guarding the Waters of Life.

Restoring the Waters of LifeEdit

Once retrieved, the Nerevarine must travel back to the Water Stone and activate it once again.


The Ritual of Water – BM_Water
ID Journal Entry
10As I looked at the the [sic] [Do not change this to . This misspelled word is how it appears in-game.] Water Stone, I saw words appear on it. It said, "Travel west to a small island off the coast, and follow the Swimmer to seek the Water of Life."
  • Quest accepted
50I have found the Swimmer, a black horker. I believe I should follow it.
60The Swimmer has led me to the entrance of an underwater cave.
70After a long, dangerous swim, I have retrieved the Waters of Life. I should return with them to the Water Stone.
100When I returned to the Water Stone with the Waters of Life, the stone glowed with a magical fire.
  • Quest complete

Bloodmoon Main Quest
Main Quest An Island to the NorthRebellion at FrostmothFrostmoth SmugglersThe Disappearance of Captain CariusThe Skaal Test of LoyaltyThe Skaal Test of WisdomThe Skaal Test of StrengthSiege of the Skaal Village
Ritual Quests The Ritual of WaterThe Ritual of EarthThe Ritual of BeastsThe Ritual of TreesThe Ritual of the SunThe Ritual of the Winds
Skaal Quests The Totem of Claw and FangThe RistaagThe Castle Karstaag
Werewolf Quests Dream of HircineDisrupt the Skaal HuntSiege of Castle Karstaag
Final Quest Hircine's Hunt
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