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Morrowind:Mystery of the Dwarves

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Discover what really happened to the Dwemer.
Quest Giver: Trebonius Artorius in Vivec
Location(s): Vivec, Ald'ruhn, Gnisis, Bethamez, Nchuleftingth, Mzuleft, Balmora, Tel Fyr
Next Quest: Kill the Telvanni Councilors
Reward: None
Disposition: +25 (Trebonius Artorius)
Reputation Gain: +20 (Mages Guild),
+1 Reputation
ID: MG_Dwarves
Required Rank: None
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Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Talk to Trebonius Artorius at the Guild of Mages in Vivec for duties.
  2. Collect the three books: Hanging Gardens of Wasten Coridale, The Egg of Time, and Divine Metaphysics.
  3. Speak to Edwinna Elbert in Ald'ruhn.
  4. Speak to Hasphat Antabolis in Balmora.
  5. Speak to Baladas Demnevanni in Gnisis.
  6. (optional) Speak to Divayth Fyr in Tel Fyr.
  7. (optional) Speak to Yagrum Bagarn in the Corprusarium.
  8. Return to Trebonius Artorius with the information.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit


Trebonius Artorius in the Vivec Guild of Mages will first ask you to investigate the disappearance of the Dwemer (also known as Dwarves). He doesn't seem to have a good idea on how to do this, and he doesn't even seem to care very much about how you do this, though he suggests to speak with Edwinna Elbert at the Ald'ruhn guildhall.

Gathering the BooksEdit

In the last few Mages Guild quests given by Edwinna you may (and should have) picked up three different books related to the Dwemer: Hanging Gardens of Wasten Coridale, The Egg of Time, and Divine Metaphysics. You may have also already talked with Hasphat Antabolis at the bottom of the Balmora Fighters Guild or Senilias Cadiusus in Nchuleftingth who mention that Hanging Gardens of Wasten Coridale seems to be written in both Dwemeris and Aldmeris and may be a key to deciphering the other two books. You need to find someone who can read Aldmeris.

Finding a TranslatorEdit

Since you've done so many Dwemer-related quests for Edwinna, she's the logical starting point for anything further Dwemer-related. After discussing "The Egg of Time" with her, she will point you to a fellow scholar, Hasphat Antabolis, though neither one of them can fully understand the three texts. It seems Aldmeris is over their heads. They don't mention anyone by name but Baladas Demnevanni in Gnisis' Arvs-Drelen is the next stop. If you have joined House Telvanni you may have already encountered him, and will probably be aware that he's also something of a Dwemer historian, and fortunately he's more familiar with Aldmeris. Baladas will give you enough information to report back to Trebonius to finish the quest, but if you want a more complete story, you'll need to speak to someone even older. Possibly the oldest character in Morrowind is in Tel Fyr. Speak with Divayth Fyr and he'll mention that he has the last living Dwemer, by the name of Yagrum Bagarn, living in his Corprusarium. Yagrum, of course, can understand the books written in Dwemeris and will offer overviews of them along with his own theories.

Return to TreboniusEdit

Although you don't get any definitive, conclusive answers, discussing the Egg of Time with either Yagrum or Baladas while you also have Divine Metaphysics, constitutes successful completion of the quest (for Baladas you must also have Hanging Gardens). Trebonius will be shocked that someone actually completed one of his missions, and he'll try to play it off like he's not in way over his head. His Disposition will increase, and you'll get +1 Reputation.


  • Becoming Arch-Mage by force before completing this quest blocks you from completing the final step because you'll have killed Trebonius. Complete this quest before slaying your way to the top of the Mage's Guild.
  • You can take a shortcut and speak to Yagrum Bagarn straight away once you have The Egg of Time and Divine Metaphysics.

Quest StagesEdit

The following Quest_ID and Index codes can be used with the Journal Console command to manually update the quest to a certain point.

Mystery of the Dwarves (MG_Dwarves)
Index Finishes Quest Journal Entry
10 Arch-Mage Trebonius asked me to find out what happened to the Dwarves. Unfortunately, he didn't give me much information to go on. I'm not sure if he was serious.
70 I was able to get the Dwemer books "The Egg of Time" and "Divine Metaphysics Adapted to the Meanest of Intellects" translated. "Divine Metaphysics" seems to be a treatise explaining how to create a new god through sorcery. "The Egg of Time" seems to be a refutation of the idea that linking to a divine source of power can be dangerous if interrupted. Though "The Egg of Time" refutes this idea, perhaps the author was wrong, and this is what happened to the Dwarves.
100 Finishes quest  Arch-Mage Trebonius was pleased when I showed him the three Dwemer books. He said this was sufficient and thanked me for solving the mystery of the disappearance of the Dwarves.

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