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Wisdom of the Ages is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls IV: Knights of the Nine. The Hero has answered the call and has set forth to find the remaining Relics of the Crusader. At the Priory of the Nine, they have discovered from Sir Henrik that the Shield is located in the Fort Bulwark which is along the Cyrodiil-Black Marsh border, a distant east of the Shrine of Nocturnal.


First sectionEdit

Fort Bulwark

Fort Bulwark

The Fort is inhabited by conjurers who summon a wide variety of Daedra. There are two turn-handles to find, which are easy to find when the fort is properly explored.

There is also a puzzle that consists of four rows of three floor-tiles. The clue to solving this is found in a Conjurer's Note, which is found on the body of one of the conjurers. The relevant section reads: "Make note of the candles along the walls if you would pass through." Each of the four rows has one, two or three candles at one end. The number of candles is the solution to the row - in order, these are: 1-2-3-1.

Apply this by mentally numbering the tiles in each row from left to right (facing north) as one to three, and standing on one tile from each row, where the tile number corresponds to the code. In other words, stand on the left tile in the first row, the middle tile in the second row, the right tile in the third row, and the left tile in the fourth row.

The correct tiles have a distinct click noise when activated; the incorrect tiles sound different when stepped upon. Do not stand on any other tiles in between - there should be adequate space to walk between the tiles rather than jumping. If done correctly, the gate ahead will then open.

Second sectionEdit

After passing into the second area of the Fort, there is a prisoner in a cell on the right. Release the prisoner, who is named Sir Thedret, and he will tell them "When the eyes of the Guardians are upon you, Julianos will show you favor." He will then head to the Priory of the Nine while they continue searching the fort.

Drawbridges of DeathEdit

There are two draw bridges that must be crossed, the handles to open them are next to the bridge itself, however there are several dart traps that can easily kill the Hero if they time things wrong. Assuming stocked up on the health potions dropped by the conjurers, lower the first draw bridge and time their run all the way to the handle for the second bridge, if they stand close enough to it they will be safe while to regain their health. Lower the second draw bridge and run through to safety on the other side when the darts stop.

Puzzle one: Turning the statuesEdit

Wisdom of the Ages StatueRoom

Turning the statues

Head into a large room with several conjurers and several guardian statues. Eliminate the conjurers and turn a switch on each side of the statues to get them all facing the center.

Stand in the center of the statues and the door to the left of the room will unlock. They will have to turn the two statues closest to the scolar's statue multiple times to get them facing the center.

Puzzle two: Matching the itemsEdit

Wisdom of the Ages MatchingItems

Matching the items

Go through it and follow the passage to another puzzle room. This simple puzzle involves matching the right item to the right chest. To start, stand on the switch in the center and take the item in the box (it's random).

While standing on the switch, look around. One of the statues along the wall will have an image of an item from the box in front of it. If one do not know which statue the item you have goes to, guess while keeping in mind which item should go to which chest. When the right item is placed in the appropriate chests, the chest's statue will turn around.

Wisdom of the Ages TheShield

Shield of the Crusader

After completing the second puzzle, the lights dim and a door in the center opens, allowing them into the next room to claim the shield. Grab it and head back to the priory.

Item Positions
Goblet Sword   Book Hammer
Helm Skull
Stone Switch Gem

Journal entriesEdit

Journal Entry
  • Update: Upon speaking with the Knights:

I need to find Fort Bulwark, and locate the Shield of the Crusader inside..

  • Update: Upon arrival at Fort Bulwark:

I've found Fort Bulwark. I need to get inside and find the Shield.

  • Update: After freeing Sir Thedret from his cage:

I've rescued Sir Thedret, a knight imprisoned within the Fort. I need to watch out for traps in the lower levels, and remember the phrase "When the eyes of the Guardians are upon you, Julianos will show you favor."

  • Update: After arriving at the item-matching puzzle:

I've found some sort of puzzle or trap deep inside Fort Bulwark. I'll need to figure out what it means in order to acquire the Shield of the Crusader.

  • Update: After recovering the Shield:

I've recovered the Shield of the Crusader.

  • Quest complete

Gallery with room mapsEdit


This section contains bugs related to Wisdom of the Ages (Knights of the Nine). 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.
  • It is possible that the script for the opening of the door into puzzle room two may not work.
    •  PC   Use tcl, to go through the stone wall.
  •  PS3   There is an area in a room behind an old wooden door that is raised with two barrels and a crate - Do not attempt to loot these! If the little platform is reached, it is impossible to get off it and the game must be reloaded from an earlier save.
  • In the puzzle room the skull might be impossible to get.

Knights of the Nine Quests
PilgrimageThe Shrine of the CrusaderPriory of the NineNature's FuryThe Path of the RighteousWisdom of the AgesStendarr's MercyThe Faithful SquireThe Sword of the CrusaderThe Blessing of TalosUmaril the Unfeathered

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