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Sai Sahan
(lore page)
Location Halls of Torment
The Harborage
Race Redguard Gender Male
Reaction Friendly
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Faction(s) The Five Companions; Dragonguard
Sai Sahan
Sai Sahan with the reformed Dragonguard

Sai Sahan is a Redguard noble martial artist and master swordsman. A member of the Five Companions, he was the leader of the Imperial Dragonguard and harbors feelings towards Lyris Titanborn, whom he calls Snow Lily. He was imprisoned in the Halls of Torment by Molag Bal in an attempt to find out where he hid the Amulet of Kings, and you will need to rescue him. He will thereafter regroup with his fellow companions in The Harborage, reuniting them at last.

He will return in the upcoming Dragonhold expansion.

Related Quests[edit]

Quest-Related Events[edit]

Main Quest[edit]

The Harborage[edit]

Sai and the other companions
Sai is helpless to watch as Mannimarco betrays the Emperor

In flashback visions, Sai Sahan can be seen facing Lyris Titanborn as they stand in front of Varen's table in a tableau state. Later on, he will appear in a vision showing what led up to the Soulburst:

Varen Aquilarios: "There it is. The Dragonfire brazier. Mannimarco, you're certain this will work?"
Mannimarco: "It will work, my liege. The Amulet of Kings will rekindle the Dragonfires, and ensure your rightful place as Emperor. You have my word."
Lyris Titanborn: "It better work, Mannimarco, or you'll find your neck at the business end of my axe."
Abnur Tharn: "My Lord, I wonder if you'd muzzle your half-giant pet? She really is annoying."
Sai Sahan: "Enough, both of you! We are here to ensure My Lord's rightful claim to the Ruby Throne."
Varen Aquilarios: "Abnur, begin the ritual. I have a destiny to fulfill." [The Dragonfire lights up]
Varen Aquilarios: "By the lighting of the Dragonfires, I claim my rightful lineage! By the fires of creation, let me be reborn! By the will of Akatosh, I proclaim myself ... Dragonborn!"
Mannimarco: "Varen Aquilarios, you are no heir to Alessia! You will pay for your sacrilege! The veil between Tamriel and Oblivion tears and splits asunder!"
Abnur Tharn: "What's happening? The sky is opening up! This is bad! This is very bad!"
Varen Aquilarios: "This isn't supposed to happen! What's the meaning of this? Mannimarco, what have you done?"
Mannimarco: "Gullible fools! The veil between Oblivion and this world has been torn! My master, Molag Bal, is free to claim Tamriel for his own!"
Varen Aquilarios: "Akatosh! Forgive me! Have mercy on our souls!"

Mannimarco levitates above the brazier and immobilizes Varen and soon the other three companions, using the power of the ritual to tear open a veil between two worlds, causing the Soulburst. The vision then fades out.

Daughter of Giants[edit]

You first see Sai in a projection while rescuing Lyris:

Lyris Titanborn: "Sai! What's happened to you? What have they done?"
Sai Sahan: "Lyris! Lyris, I can see you! Are you really there?"
Lyris Titanborn: "Sai, it's me! We're seeing some kind of vision of you. Do you know where you are?"
Sai Sahan: "I... I don't know. They're torturing me. They... want the Amulet of Kings. Want me to tell them where it's hidden. But I haven't broken. Not yet."
Lyris Titanborn: "We'll find you! Somehow, we'll get you out of there! Sai? Sai! No! Bring him back, you bastards!"

The Tharn Speaks[edit]

Projection of Sai at Knife Ear Grotto:

Sai Sahan: "You will not break me, King of Worms!"
Manimarco: "I can, and I shall! Where is the Amulet of Kings?"
Sai Sahan: "You cannot break the will of a son of Yokuda! I spit on you!"

Halls of Torment[edit]

Sai Sahan in the Halls of Torment
Sai Sahan: "Have I been here two years, or two thousand years? I can no longer tell. But I will never break! Never!"

Meeting Sai in person for the first time:

"I do not know you. Why are you here? Who sent you?"
Varen sent me. I'm a friend.
"The Emperor? He lives? This day is filled with wonders."
Did they force you to reveal the location of the Amulet of Kings?
"They tortured me for many months―years, perhaps―but I did not break my vow. The amulet is hidden, and safe."
Can you walk? We need to get out of here.
"My strength is returning. Lead on."

After his rescue:

"I owe you my life. My Lord calls you Vestige? A strange name. Is it true your soul was taken from you?"
Yes, it's true.
"Stranger still. My people say that bravery and honor are the hallmarks of a great soul, yet you have both of those things in great measure.
I had begun to think that honor was a relic of the past. You give me hope."
How are you feeling?
"I hid the Amulet in a sacred catacomb, protected by magical wards. The means of lifting these wards are in the keeping of my old mentor, Kasura.
As soon as I am able, we must meet with her."
We will, as soon as you're well. You should rest now.
"I will try to rest, but I am a warrior. We cannot sit still for very long.
And I should certainly bathe before we meet with Kasura. I am unpleasantly fragrant, and if she happened to be downwind of me, I would never hear the end of it."
As you say, Sai.
"The path ahead of us is a dark one, but it pleases me to know that I shall walk that path with friends. May we all rest a little easier tonight. I know I shall."

Valley of Blades[edit]

Sai Sahan in the Valley of Blades

In the Harborage:

"Honor and faith to you, my friend. We are nearly ready to depart. My Lord Varen requested that Tharn and Snow Lily join us, for safety's sake, though I have seen fewer places as tranquil as the Valley of Blades."
Why do we need to go to the Valley of Blades?
"An old friend, Kasura, dwells there. Before I was captured I placed an enchanted ring in her keeping.
The ring is a key of sorts. Without it, we will not be able to open the secret chamber where the Amulet of Kings lies hidden."
Tell me about Kasura.
"She was my first mentor and instructor, a true master of blades. She still trains young swordsmen in the valley. Those she deems worthy of her instruction."
What does she teach?
"Swordsmanship, but much more than that. Her teachings revolve around a trinity of body, blade, and brilliance. The sword-singers of old were said to be masters of all three.
Look, there will be time for questions later. Are you ready to depart?"
I'm ready to travel to the Valley of the Blades./Yes, I'm ready. (Ends the conversation and Varen will open the portal)

At the Valley, you can speak to Sai.

"Do you smell the scent of burning embers in the air? We may be in for a treat if Kasura is teaching the firewalk!"
Do all Redguard swordsmen shave their heads?
"It is tradition for Redguard men to shave their heads following a time of great trials. I shaved mine long ago, when I failed in the task to restore the lost tradition of the sword-singers.
Also, long hair gets in the way during battle."
But you didn't shave your beard.
"There is an old Redguard proverb. A man is only as great as the beard that wears him.
A full and healthy beard carries with it a sense of great honor and wisdom. Also crumbs."
Couldn't it be grabbed in battle?
"Oh, a few have tried, but a fool and his fingers are quickly parted."
Which way are we heading? (Advances quest)
"The abbey is just down the path.
We're fortunate that my Lord Varen opened a portal for us. This landslide appears to have blocked the valley's only approach."
What could have caused it?
"I cannot say. I've never known these mountains to experience earthquakes. Strange."
Let's go
Sai Sahan: "It is strange to return to these mountains. Memories of youth flood my mind, each one bringing its own sorrow, or its own smile."
Abnur Tharn: "Oh, joy. We've been here less than five minutes and Sahan is already getting maudlin and weepy."
Lyris Titanborn: "Shut up, Tharn! Don't let him get to you, Sai. Let him roll his yes. Maybe he'll find a brain back there."
Sai Sahan: "Kasura often said that rudeness is a weak man's imitation of strength. She is wise beyond her years. You will like her, Snow Lily."

When you arrive at the Abbey, you will find it on fire.

Sai Sahan: "What is this? The abbey burns!"
Lyris Titanborn: "So much destruction! What could have done this?"
Abnur Tharn: "I'm afraid I've seen this before. Keep an eye skyward, Titanborn!"

After you find the injured Kasura.

Sai Sahan: "Kasura! There!"
<He runs to her side.>
Sai Sahan: "Kasura! Are you injured? What happened?"
Kasura: "Sai Sahan! Intruders … cultists … they attacked the abbey. So many of my students have fallen …."
Sai Sahan: "The abbey is in ruins, Kasura! How could they …?"
Kasura: "A gigantic beast … like nothing I've ever seen! The cultists … they're opening rifts to Oblivion!"
Sai Sahan: "Save your strength, Kasura. We will make them pay, I promise you!"
Lyris Titanborn: "What do you think? Trap?"
Abnur Tharn: "It's only a trap if you don't know about it. I assume everything is a trap. Therefore, it's a challenge."

If you talk to him while hunting for sigils:

"They will pay for the innocent lives they have taken!"

After defeating the Daedric Titan summoned by Mannimarco. Kasura will lead you to the ring's hiding spot.

Kasura: "Follow me. The hidden entrance will not be obvious."
Lyris Titanborn: "Why would a crypt need a secret entrance?"
Abnur Tharn: "It's a wonder there's an unplundered crypt in all of Skyrim! You Nords could learn a thing or two from the builders of Hammerfell."
Sai Sahan: "Perhaps Hammerfell could also teach Nibenay the virtue of good manners."
Kasura: "Here we are. Watch your step as you descend."

Within the crypt:

Sai Sahan: "Tread lightly. Few living have been permitted to walk among these honored dead."

Speaking with Sai here:

"I can feel the presence of my ancestors whenever I come here. I am burdened with a great responsibility to honor their sacrifice and uphold their legacy."
Your ancestors are interred here?
"Aye. Along with some of the most renowned sword-singers who ever lived. We must tread carefully and with great respect."
Why did Kasura hide the ring here?
"We both thought it would be well protected in the Valley of Blades. The most gifted young swordmasters of Hammerfell are invited to train with Kasura. The town was bristling with strength and steel before the Titan showed up."
How did Mannimarco find out about this valley?
"I cannot say. Perhaps someone told him of my past. Perhaps he pried the memory from me during my time in the Halls of Torment.
Either way, I am to blame for the valley's destruction. No one I love will be safe until Mannimarco has been dealt with."
We'll stop Mannimarco.
"Then I shall need a proper weapon.
Kasura said that my father's greatsword lies with the ring. It seems proper that I should wield it in his honor."
Let's go.

If you approach the various statues of his ancestors, Sai will talk to you about them.

Sai Sahan: "Divad Hunding, son of Frandar do Hunding Hel Ansei No Shira, the greatest of the Sword Saints. The hearth of every household in Hammerfell has small alcove containing a copy of his father's greatest work, The Book of Circles."
Sai Sahan: "Ra Abah was a warrior of great renown. He fought alongside Frandar Hunding in the seven great battles against the Armies of Hira, and survived. At the final battle at Hattu Mountain, more than three hundred thousand gave their lives."
Sai Sahan: "The twins of sword and spear, Ra Hasa and Ra Huzar, and their mother, Ansei Satameh the Tigress of Dragonstar."
Sai Sahan: "It seems fitting that the Ring of Stendarr's Mercy lies with my father's greatsword. We will need both for the battles that lay before us."

If you talk to him during this, he will tell you, "The ring, and my father's sword, lie at the back of the crypt. We must hurry."

Sai Sahan: "It seems fitting that the Ring of Stendarr's Mercy lies with my father's greatsword. We will need both for the battles that lay before us."

Sai takes his father's greatsword.

Sai Sahan: "By the sword of my father, Nazir Itaf Sahan, I pledge myself to the destruction of Mannimarco and the liberation of Tamriel from the tyranny of the God of Schemes, Molag Bal!"

If you somehow talk to him afterwards he will comment on the greatsword, "My father's blade. It's strange to see it again after so many years. I will use it to strike down our enemies, in his name."

After you talk with Kasura, a projection of Mannimarco will appear.

Mannimarco: "I knew you would lead me to the ring, eventually. Give it to me!"
Sai Sahan: "Your presence defiles this place, Mannimarco!"
Mannimarco: "Give me the ring and I might spare your pathetic lives!"
Lyris Titanborn: "We struck down your Titan and we'll strike you down soon enough!"
Mannimarco: "The Titan was a prelude of what's to come if you continue to defy me!"
Abnur Tharn: "Defy you? Your delusions of godhood are laughable, your ignominious corpse-herder!"
Mannimarco: "Very well, then. I'll simply take the ring from your corpses."
Sai Sahan: "Blasphemy! How dare you raise the honored dead to fight your battle!"

After defeating Ansei Kalam an Ra Adia:

Sai Sahan: "Hold the line! They must not get the ring!"

After successfully defeating the last of the honored dead:

Sai Sahan: "Rest in peace, honored dead."
Kasura: "I swear on the souls of my ancesters [sic], will avenge Mannimarco's blasphemy!"

Speaking with Sai after defeating the undead:

"The ring is ours for the time being. Guard it well."
I'll guard it with my life.
"You must return to the Harborage and give it to Lord Varen. It will remain safe in his keeping until it is time to travel to Sancre Tor.
Lyris, Abnur and I will remain here, to help Kasura bury the dead, and tend to the injured."
How will I return?
"Lord Varen has been observing our progress. He will open a portal for you to return.
There it is, at the top of the stairs. Go, quickly!"
I'll tell him what happened.

While you deliver the ring, the trio will stay behind to help the Abbey.

Kasara: "The damage is great, but if you had not arrived when you did, there would be nothing left to rebuild. Be safe in the coming days, my friends. I look forward to your return."
Sai Sahan: "The Abbey of Blades will rise from these ashes. If I survive the dark path we must walk, I will return to help Kasura shape a new generation of blademasters."
Lyris Titanborn: "A noble goal, Sai. Perhaps I'll join you. For now, we should see to the survivors."
Abnur Tharn: "You continue to surprise me, Sahan. And just when I thought I had you figured out."
Sai Sahan: "You can never know me, Tharn. In the Book of Circles, Divad wrote that the greatest warriors suffers his pain in silence, for he knows that an open oven bakes no bread."
Abnur Tharn: "My great grandfather Knavus Tharn put it another way: better to keep your silence and be thought an imbecile, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt!"

Shadow of Sancre Tor[edit]

In the Harborage, if you talk to him before Varen he will give you an update on the Valley of Blades.

"Honor and faith to you, my friend. Kasura sends her regards. She is recovering quickly, and reconstruction on the Abbey of Blades has already begun."

After talking with Varen, Sai will brief you on Sancre Tor.

"The time has come for us to enter the catacombs of Sancre Tor. Do not underestimate the dangers that await us.
In ages past, Sancre Tor was a place of light, but I fear that is no longer the case. We must be prepared for anything."
Have you fully recovered from your wounds?
"I have been through much, but this body is tougher than the great oaks of Valenwood. I go with neither hope, nor fear. It is useless to guess at a future that has yet to be written.
You may hope if you wish, my friend. I will not judge."
What's our plan?
"My Lord Varen will open a gateway to Sancre Tor. The amulet lies in a vault protected by powerful magic: a ward of Stendarr, the God of Justice and Mercy.
Also, a God of Well-Earned Luck. I thought this could not hurt."
How do we break the ward?
"The catacombs contain two shrines dedicated to the Divines. We must consecrate them in Stendarr's name. When that is done, the Ring of Stendarr's Mercy should open the vault doors."
Tell me more about Sancre Tor.
"It is written that Alessia received the divine inspiration for her slave rebellion at Sancre Tor, and so, built her holy city there. But that was long ago. The city is a ruin, now.
It has become a dark place, with areas best left undisturbed."
What sort of areas?
"We should avoid the Crypt of Heroes. I saw enough angry dead there to fill nine lifetimes. Kasura and I barely escaped with our lives. We will enter through the inner courtyard and avoid it entirely.
Now, come. Time waits for no man."
Let's go!

Once you arrive in Sancre Tor:

"Sancre Tor. Seeing these walls again brings a flood of memories. I do not even know how long it has been. Two years? Three years? Time had no meaning in the Halls of Torment."

Lyris will then question Sai about his dubious choice of hiding places:

Lyris Titanborn: "You could have hidden that amulet anywhere in Tamriel, and this was your first choice?"
Sai Sahan: "It seemed like a good idea at the time."
Abnur Tharn: "Brilliant. Why is it that the people with the most ridiculous ideas are always the ones who are most certain of them?"
Sai Sahan and Lyris Titanborn, simultaneously: "Shut up, Tharn."

Mannimarco appears:

Mannimarco: "What brings you to Sancre Tor, old friends? Looking for an amulet, perhaps?"
Sai Sahan: "Mannimarco? How did you find this place?"
Mannimarco: "Do you really think I'd allow you to escape the Halls of Torment if I couldn't track your every movement?"
<Sai Sahan is lifted into the air with magic.>
Lyris Titanborn: "Sai, no! Mannimarco, stop! You're killing him!"
Mannimarco: "Where is the Amulet of Kings? My master, Molag Bal, demands it!"
Abnur Tharn: "Your master. Please! You would use the amulet to betray Molag Bal!"
Mannimarco: "Fool! When I ascended, you could have been at my right hand, Tharn. Instead you chose to allign yourself with mongrels and imbeciles. Now you'll die with them!"
Abnur Tharn: "You won't get away with this. Do you really think you can betray a Daedric Prince?"
Mannimarco: "With the Amulet of Kings, all things are possible! Nations will tremble and bow before me! I will be a god!"
Sai Sahan: "The Amulet of Kings will never be yours! It is protected by a ward of the Divines!"
Mannimarco: "You mean your ward of Stendarr, God of Merciful Forbearance, patron of gutless, law-abiding dimwits? It won't even slow me down!"

After listening to Mannimarco's projection you can talk with Sai.

"Mannimarco has been watching our every move. We led him right to the amulet!"
We must reach the Amulet of Kings first.
"Mannimarco may be powerful enough to break through Stendarr's ward eventually. If we can get to the shrines quickly and receive Stendarr's blessing, we can pass through the ward, but leave it in place. He may not be able to follow for some time."
How do we get to the shrines?
"We must make our way to the Inner Courtyard. From there we can access the chambers where the shrines are located."
Let's go.
Lyris Titanborn: "Sai, are you well enough to continue?"
Sai Sahan: "Have no fear, Snow Lily. I am Redguard. We are like mountain bamboo: far stronger and more flexible than we might appear."
Abnur Tharn: "I find it hilarious that Mannimarco chose such a massive projected appearance. He's obviously overcompensating for something."

If you talk with him then, he will just say:

"We must keep moving. The Inner Courtyard is just ahead."

When you arrive at the entrance to the Crypt of Heroes:

Sai Sahan: "Through that gate lies the Crypt of Heroes. We can enter, if you wish. But it is a foul place, where the dead are restless and angry."

When you enter Mannimarco's projection will appear again and he will explain his ambitions to replace Molag Bal.

Mannimarco: "Persistent, aren't you? Do you really think you can keep me from acquiring the amulet?"
Sai Sahan: "The Amulet of Kings is under the protection of Stendarr's ward! It will never be yours!"
Mannimarco: "Ah, Sai. You still don't understand, do you? My plan will succeed because of your ward of Stendarr! It will prevent Molag Bal from observing or interfering. By the time the ward is down and the amulet is mine, it will already be too late!"
Lyris Titanborn: "You're insane if you think you can betray the God of Schemes!"
Mannimarco: "Naive child! You know nothing! Chim-el Adabal, the red diamond at the center of the Amulet of Kings, is the most powerful Soul Gem ever created!"
Mannimarco: "With the amulet in my possession, I will absorb Molag Bal's power, reducing him to an empty husk of ethereal flesh. Then I will trap his essence within the gem!"
Mannimarco: "In time, the name Molag Bal will be forgotten! In time, all of Tamriel will bow down before me! Soon, the God of Schemes will have a new name: Mannimarco!"

The projection disappears and a bunch of undead minions attack you.

Sai Sahan: "I do not like Mannimarco as a mortal. I think I will like him even less as a god."

If you talk to him again:

"We are almost at the Inner Courtyard. Make haste!"

Once you reach the Inner Courtyard, Sai will need a break:

Sai Sahan: "Please. A moment, my friends. I … I must rest before we continue."
Lyris Titanborn: "Sai? Are you all right? That bastard really hurt you, didn't he? I swear to the gods I'll take his head off!"
Sai Sahan: "I'll be fine, Snow Lily. I just need a moment to catch my breath."
Lyris Titanborn: "Take all the time you need. I'll keep watch. If there's anything I can do, just name it."
Abnur Tharn: "An enchanting moment. I'll be over here, bringing up my lunch."

Speaking with Sai here:

"Zeht's tears, I thought I could handle this! Mannimarco's sorcery brought back all of the pain and doubt I felt inside the Halls of Torment."
Are you going to be all right?
"I have pushed my body much further than this. It is my mind that pains me. Mannimarco filled my head with shattered memories. They are like broken glass. With every beat of my heart, they stab into me."
Take a moment. Catch your breath.
"That voice … Mannimarco's voice … it taunted me over and over in an endless cycle, for years on end. He never broke my will, but he broke … something."
Will you be able to make it through this, Sai?
"I will make it through this, my friend. I did not endure years of torture in the Halls of Torment, only to give up now!
My pain has subsided. Let us make haste, and finish this."
Where do we go from here?
"We must consecrate the two shrines with Stendarr's blessing before the vault can be opened.
The first shrine rests in the Dragonguard Tomb, where so many of my fallen comrades were interred. We must take care to respect their resting place."
Let's go.

When you arrive at the Dragonguard Tomb, Mannimarco will have a surprise for Sai Sahan.

Sai Sahan: "The shrine is on the far side of the room. Quickly, we must find our way across!"
Mannimarco: "I've a surprise for you, Sai. Do you remember your fallen comrades from the Dragonguard? I've taken the liberty of raising them, and they're quite anxious to see you."
Sai Sahan: "Again, the King of Worms defiles the memory of the honored dead! I have no wish to disfigure the corpses of my old comrades of the Dragonguard, but we must consecrate the shrine."

If you talk to him:

"The shrine is on the far side of the room. Quickly, we must find our way across!"

Once you start the ritual, Sai Sahan will recite the prayer at the shrine within the Dragonguard Tomb:

Sai Sahan: "Stendarr—God of Mercy, Charity, and Justice—empower us with your wisdom and vision. Help us to right the wrongs of this world through your grace and with your guidance. Encourage us as we smite the wicked and punish the unjust!"
Sai Sahan: "Now, we have only to consecrate the second shrine before we can enter the vault."
Lyris Titanborn: "You certainly did a thorough job hiding the amulet, Sai. Couldn't you have just stuffed it in a mattress or something?"

If you talk to him:

"We have one more shrine to consecrate. Onward!"

Upon entering the Reman Tomb, Sai Sahan will mention the puzzle.

Sai Sahan: "The second shrine is in the chamber beyond. There is a trick to reaching it, a puzzle of sorts, but I do not recall its solution.
The altar is on the far side, but to reach it, the drawbridge must be lowered."

Praying at the Reman Tomb shrine:

Sai Sahan: "Stendarr, God of Mercy, Charity and Justice, by your grace and through these consecrations, we beseech you to lower your wards and grant us safe passage into the Vault of Kings."

As you head towards the Vault Antechamber you will listen to an enchanting conversation:

Abnur Tharn: "Dank corridors, crumbling walls, nauseating smells. This place has all the charm of a Riften brothel. It must feel very much like home to you, Titanborn."
Lyris Titanborn: "You mean a crypt filled with the rotting corpses of inbred kings and failed statesmen. Must be what it's like at a Tharn family reunion."
Sai Sahan: "It is more pleasant in the summer months."

If you talk with him, he will mention that you are near the door.

"We have received the blessings of Stendarr. The door to the Vault of Kings is the only thing that stands between us and the amulet!"

Unfortunately a projection of Mannimarco will interrupt.

Mannimarco: "Your pathetic efforts will not succeed! The Amulet of Kings will be mine!"
Sai Sahan: "I swear by Stendarr's grace and the sword of my father, you will not win, Mannimarco!"
Mannimarco: "Soon, you will know the extent of my power and bow before me!"
Mannimarco: "Through the power of the Amulet of Kings, I will be transformed!"
<Ghostly figures of the various national leaders will appear in a circle surrounding you.>
Mannimarco: "All the nations of Tamriel will bow before me! They will worship me and beg for my mercy! All will know the name of Mannimarco as their one, true god!"
Lyris Titanborn: "You'll never get away with it, Mannimarco! We'll fight you to our last breath!"
Mannimarco: "By all means, my old friends. Try and stop me!"

Once you reach the warded door, you can ask Sai Sahan what to do.

"There it is. The door to the Vault of Kings."
What do I need to do?
"The shrines have been consecrated in Stendarr's name. Now, you must use the Ring of Stendarr's Mercy to open the vault doors!"
How?
"Stand in the casting circle and direct the ring at the doors to life the ward. The doors should open wide!"
I'm ready.

Having opened the Vault door:

Sai Sahan: "Look! The Amulet! I can see it from here!"

Mannimarco will also be waiting for you in the Vault. During the fight, Sai Sahan will hold off one of the monster producing portals.

Sai Sahan: "I will hold them at the portal! Focus on Mannimarco!"

After killing Mannimarco and witnessing Molag Bal curtailing his plans:

"It is finished. Mannimarco's fate is well deserved.
It's time to take the Amulet of Kings and leave this befouled place."

Once you take the Amulet of Kings, the trio will have a conversation.

Lyris Titanborn: "Everything Mannimarco did was designed to pit us against each other. We can't let that happen. Look what we can accomplish when we work together."
Abnur Tharn: "How uncharacteristically optimistic of you, Titanborn. I may have that embroidered on a pillow."
Lyris Titanborn: "The Divines gave you a nose for a reason, Tharn. So you can keep your mouth shut and still keep breathing."
Abnur Tharn: "Well played, Titanborn. Well played."
Sai Sahan: "We are finished here. It is time to go home."

Back at the Harborage with the Amulet in hand.

"You have outdone yourself, my friend. Mannimarco is defeated and the Amulet of Kings is ours.
My Lord Varen awaits. Speak with him and tell him of our victory."

After you talk with Varen:

"The Amulet of Kings is in our possession and the traitor Mannimarco has been defeated. But we are not yet finished. The blessings of Akatosh must be restored if Nirn is to remain safe.
But tonight, we rest."

Council of the Five Companions[edit]

"The greatest of the Sword-Saints, Divad, tells us that destiny is a chain, forged one link at a time. Our chain is nearly complete. There is but one link remaining."
What is this link?
"It is you, my friend. You are the link.
I will not bore you with effusive praise, but state it plainly. You are a great warrior and a trusted friend and we would like to extend you an offer."
What offer?
"When Emperor Varen first brought the Five Companions together, he did so in the hope of creating a Tamriel where all men could live freely and safely beneath one banner."
Go on.
"The Five Companions failed, betrayed from within by one of our own: The Worm King Mannimarco. All that came after was the result of one man's treachery.
Now four of the five are reunited to right that great wrong. But destiny requires a fifth."
What are you suggesting?
"We want you to join us as our fifth member. You are the champion we should have had with us back then.
Don't look so grave. This is largely symbolic. But please... humor an old soldier."
I am honored to join you as the last member of the Five Companions.
The Five Companions failed. Let's not risk repeating history.

Sai will then reestablish the Five Companions.

Sai Sahan: "My lord, with your permission."
Varen Aquilarios: "You needn't call me that anymore, Sai Sahan. We are equals now."
Sai Sahan: "All those years ago, when we fought beneath our lord's banner to free the Empure from the Longhouse Emperors, we did so with a dream of freedom and peace in mind- not just for the Empire, but for all of Tamriel."
Sai Sahan: "Together we forged a fellowship stronger than any blade, only to see it shattered upon the rocks of deceit by one of our own."
Sai Sahan: "The fellowship is no more, yet we four have assembled here, united by a single purpose. It is not vengeance that drives us, but truth and loyalty and justice."
Sai Sahan: "I, Sai Sahan, steward of the Abbey of Blades, call for the Five Companions to be reforged this day."
Sai Sahan: "By the light of Stendarr, and the heart of Lorkhan, may our blade of fellowship be forged anew. And may the Vestige, our mutual friend and ally, become its tip, that we may thrust it straight into the heart of a Daedric Prince."
Lyris Titanborn: "Sai Sahan is right. You are the member that we should have had all those years ago."
Varen Aquilarios: "It is as the Scrolls foretold. The soulless one will become the brightest of five stars, and they shall guide us to the coming dawn."
Abnur Tharn: "Oh, please. You melodramatic sots! Fine, fine. If seeing one of your foolish prophecies com true will help to ensure the safety of the Empire, I'll play along."
Sai Sahan: "We stand united once more—the Five Companions are reforged, and together we will strike down the God of Schemes!"

After the conversation with Tharn, the rest of the group will argue about the needed sacrifice.

Abnur Tharn: "Of course it is. The fact of the matter stands, however. One of the Five will need to give their life to fuel this attack, when the time comes."
Lyris Titanborn: "So you said before the Vestige arrived. And I've already thought it over. I'll do it."
Sai Sahan: "Snow Lily, no! You should not need to give your life this way. This is my duty- penance for my numerous failures. This is my chance to make things right."
Varen Aquilarios: "The Scrolls said nothing of this moment, and so I am not bound to their dictates. Vestige, I ask that you let me do this one thing. All that has happened was because of my hubris. I shall be the one."
Lyris Titanborn: "Sire, you've done enough. This was Mannimarco's doing, not yours."
Lyris Titanborn: "I don't see you leaping to volunteer, Tharn. Saving your own backside again?"
Abnur Tharn: "Had as it may be, Lyris, don't be an idiot. I am the only one who knows the ritual and we don't have time to teach anyone else."
Varen Aquilarios: "That's enough. It won't be decided here and now. Vestige, come here. I have some final words for you."

God of Schemes[edit]

When you speak to him inside the Harborage:

"When Lord Varen revealed his true identity, you felt betrayed, and rightly so. In The Book of Circles it is written that when you forgive, you set a prisoner free, and quickly discover that the prisoner was you. Consider that, Vestige."
Sai Sahan fighting with Lyris at Heart's Grief

When spoken to without need at Heart's Grief:

"Courage, my friend. That is the most important of all virtues. Courage is not a lack of fear, rather, it is the realization that there are things more important than fear."

Inside the Vestibule, if you have spoken to the Duchess of Anguish:

Duchess of Anguish: "You! You did this to me! Sai Sahan, my love... let me out, would you? I promise you an eternity of delights..."
Sai Sahan: "Vile seductress! You have earned your place here!"

Arriving at the Seat of Tyranny:

Varen Aquilarios: "Molag Bal is here. I can feel his presence. Sense his foul breath upon the wind."
Varen Aquilarios: "There. That place should serve us well. Let us assemble and prepare the ritual."
Lyris Titanborn: "What do you suppose this place was?"
Sai Sahan: "A temple of some kind. The Dark Anchors may have pulled it into Coldharbour. Or, perhaps it was created by the Daedra to mock the Divines."
Abnur Tharn: "What does it matter? We can't wait any longer. We must perform the ritual. Vestige, it is time for you to make your decision."

You can then speak to Sai, and have the option to choose him as the sacrifice:

"I see that look in your eye, Vestige, and I wonder―am I to be the one? Know that I would consider it a great honor. It would be a fine death."
You sound very confident.
"When you live each day as if it were your last, as I have, eventually you will be right.
I was born to die a hero's death. I have always known this, and I have always been prepared for it."
Do you really want me to choose you?
"I once swore to protect my Emperor and failed. I cannot allow him to sacrifice his life in my place. Nor can I ask this of Lyris, my Snow Lily. She is more important to me than she will ever know.
Please. Give me this honor."
Very well. I choose you, Sai Sahan. (Sai Sahan is sacrificed in the ritual)
I need more time to decide. (You exit dialogue and can speak to him again, or to others)

Once you have made your decision on how to sacrifice, Abnur Tharn will bring out the Amulet of Kings and say:

Abnur Tharn: "Position yourself over there, Vestige. And brace yourself."
Sai being sacrificed for the ritual

If you have chosen to sacrifice Sai Sahan:

Lyris Titanborn: "Sai, I... I'll never forget you. And we'll finish this, I swear it."
Sai Sahan: "I am honored to make this sacrifice. When you think of me, I hope you remember me fondly, and sing songs of this day while you toast to my memory."

If you have chosen to sacrifice Lyris Titanborn:

Sai Sahan: "Snow Lily, no... don't do this. Please."
Lyris Titanborn: "Death is simply life's next great adventure, and I am prepared to make the journey. I hope to see you all again one day, in Sovngarde. Until then, it has been my greatest honor."

If you did not choose to sacrifice Sai and speak to him, he will say:

"No time for words now! Get moving!"

Back at the Harborage, events will turn out differently depending on the sacrifice that was made:

If Varen was sacrificed:

Lyris Titanborn: "What... what happened? How did we get here? I remember being overwhelmed, but then..."
Cadwell: "Right. Sorry about that. I called in a bit of help to pull you out of there. I do hope I didn't overstep my bounds."
Sai Sahan: "Snow Lily, I..."
Lyris Titanborn: "I know, Sai. It's over. It's all over."
Cadwell: "Well then! Happy endings all around! Smashing! Who's got the brandy?"
Sai Sahan: "Wait, where is Tharn? Did he survive?"
Cadwell: "He vanished. Ran off, I think. And he took the amulet you chaps found, with him."

You can then talk to him.

"So, this is where our roads diverge."
You and Lyris are going back to the Abbey?
"For a time. There is much to rebuild there, and I owe it to Kasura to bring her the news of our victory personally.
Snow Lily and I, well … maybe we shall finally have some time to ourselves."
Aren't you going to chase after Tharn?
"To what end? No, let him return to his Imperial City. He played his role, and that is enough. Grudges are like poison to the spirit.
But perhaps, once the Abbey of Blades has been rebuilt..."
Yes?
"I have never been content to remain in one place for too long. It is not my nature. Eventually I am overcome by the need to endanger myself. Between comfort and adventure, I always choose adventure."
Then perhaps we'll meet on the road, some day.
"I would like that. It has been a singular honor, Vestige. Although I suppose that name is no longer appropriate, is it?
Varen would be proud of you. I know we are."
Farewell, Sai Sahan.

If Lyris was sacrificed:

Sai Sahan: "How have we returned? The last hing I remember was being overwhelmed!"
Cadwell: "Right. Sorry about that. I called in a bit of help to pull you out of there. I do hope I didn't overstep my bounds."
Varen Aquilarios: "He is gone! Molag Bal no longer touches my mind! I am finally free of him!"
Sai Sahan: "My Lord Varen, are you injured?"
Varen Aquilarios: "I'm fine, Sai. But where is Tharn? I do not hear his steps nor his breath."
Cadwell: "He vanished. Ran off, I think. And he took the amulet you chaps found, with him."
Sai Sahan: "I cannot believe Snow Lily is gone. Why did she do it, My Lord?"
Cadwell: "Here now, my good man! Lyris Titanborn is a good hero! She gave her life for a noble cause!"
Varen Aquilarios: "Sir Cadwell is right, Sai. We will all mourn her, but it was her choice. her sacrifice to make."

You can then talk to him, though he will you blame you for Lyris' death.

"Honor and faith to you always, my friend. My part in this is over."
What will you do now?
"Snow Lily is gone, and I will mourn her passing, but my duties are not yet finished.
My Lord Varen and I will travel to the Abbey of Blades to help rebuild. Then I will devote myself to the creation of a new generation of blademasters."
Will we meet again?
"Who can say? I do know that I need time to heal. I cannot help but blame you for Snow Lily's death. Perhaps that is unfair—it was her decision as much as yours—but it is the truth."
I'm sorry. Things will be all right, in time.

If Sai Sahan was sacrificed:

Varen Aquilarios: "The scents of the Harborage fill the air. But what happened? How did we return? Lyris? Lyris, are you there?"
Cadwell: "Not to worry, not to worry! Lyris is fit as a fiddle, and you all seem quite intact, as well."
Lyris Titanborn: "I'm here, sire. But where's Tharn?"
Cadwell: "He vanished. Ran off, I think. And he took the amulet you chaps found, with him."
Lyris Titanborn: "That bastard! Sai died for that Amulet!"
(?) "The Amulet's power is expended for generations to come. It will be of no use to him, now."
Varen Aquilarios: "Things feel different. Molag Bal's hold on my mind has been lifted. I am finally free of him!"

Afterwards, when you talk with Cadwell, he will deliver a eulogy and you will catch a glimpse of Sai's spirit.

Cadwell: "I don't know that this world will ever see the like of Sai Sahan again. He was the embodiment of loyalty and discipline—qualities that he tried to share, not by word, but by deed.
You can make use of that. He's part of you now, you know."
Cadwell: "Our noble Redguard friend may have shuffled off this mortal coil, but his spirit will live on, through you.
That's all well and done, then. There's just one bit of business left."

Dragonhold Prologue[edit]

The Dragonguard's Legacy[edit]

Sai Sahan in the Valley of the Blades.

Sai Sahan's dialogue when you speak to him varies on whether you have started the Main Quest and who was sacrificed during God of Schemes.
If you have never met him before, he'll greet you with:

"Ah, Kasura sent word to expect you. Come, let us speak."
"Greetings, warrior. I am Sai Sahan, former captain of the Imperial Dragonguard."
You were the captain of the Dragonguard? So you know how to hunt Dragons?
"No, but I am trying to learn. The ancient Dragonguard were the Dragon slayers. My order simply served to protect the emperor.
Since the return of the Dragons, I have dedicated myself to discovering the old ways of the Dragonguard."
Perhaps these maps will help. They show the location of two Dragonguard sanctuaries.
"Yes, yes. The maps appear to be the right age. The sanctuaries they lead to may well contain the knowledge and relics I seek. We must visit these sites as soon as possible.
I just need a little time to study them and determine their orientation."

If you have met him before:

"My old friend! Kasura sent word of your imminent arrival. Welcome back to the Abbey of Blades."
"It's good to see you again, Vestige. Ready to once again answer Tamriel's latest cry for help?"
Of course. What have you been doing since we last met, Sai?
"I returned to the abbey to help Kasura rebuild. I'm not much of a carpenter, but I do what I can.
When the Dragons invaded Elsweyr, I knew my duty was to fight against them, and I began to search for the wisdom of the ancient Dragonguard."

If you sacrificed him during God of Schemes:

"It's good to see you again, Vestige. By the look on your face, I suspect you never expected to encounter your friend Sai Sahan again."
You sacrificed yourself to empower the Amulet of Kings. You should be dead!
"Yet here I am. I wish I had an answer, my friend.
I remember that fateful day in Coldharbour. Death dragged me down into darkness, but then I awoke here, at the Abbey of Blades. The rising sun never looked so good to my battle-weary eyes."
You've been here ever since?
"I needed to rest, rebuild my strength. Besides, Kasura required help with the abbey. When the Dragons invaded Elsweyr, I knew it was my duty to fight against them.
I've been searching for the wisdom of the ancient Dragonguard ever since."

Perhaps these maps will help. They show the locations of two Dragonguard sanctuaries.
"Yes, yes. The maps appear to be the right age. The sanctuaries they lead to may well contain the knowledge and relics I seek. We must visit these sites as soon as possible.
I just need a little time to study them and determine their orientation.."
What do you want me to do in the meantime?
"Speak to Kasura. She uncovered an ancient Dragonguard tool known as a grappling bow. Such a device may prove useful in our journey to come. Why don't you try to figure out how to best utilize it?"
Can I ask you some questions before I go?
"Speak quickly, for the sand in the hourglass never stops falling."
Why do you want to find a way to battle the Dragons?
"As far as I know, I'm the last of the Dragonguard. Once, my duty was to protect the emperor and defend the empire. Now... now I must carve a new path from the legends of old.
Now I prepare to hunt Dragons."
Seems like you're putting a lot of faith in old legends.
"Someone needs to take up the mantle. Besides, faith and legends go hand in hand. They are the whetstone that sharpens my blade.
Let us see where my faith in old legends takes us before we dismiss the notion that my predecessors were Dragon slayers."

Depending on your actions and progress in the main story, you'll unlock the following dialogues:
If you choose to sacrifice Sai Sahan in the quest God of Schemes:

I still can't believe you're alive. How did you survive the sacrifice?
"I remember closing my eyes as death embraced me … and then opening them to see the sun rising over the Dragontail Mountains. Beyond that, it's all a blank slate.
Believe me, Vestige, I would not keep such a secret from you."

If you choose to sacrifice any other:

What have you been up to since Coldharbour?
"Ah, our grand battle within the Daedric realm …. I was ready to lay down my life to protect Tamriel from Molag Bal's dark schemes. Then the battle was done.
I was looking for a new purpose when I heard that Dragons had returned to Elsweyr."
So you new purpose is to stop the Dragons?
"A noble goal, wouldn't you agree, Vestige? Evil must be defeated, innocents must be protected. And so we continue to fight.
At this point in time, I know of no greater evil than the Dragons that rampage over Elsweyr."

If spoken to again, he'll say:

"Find Kasura near the entrance to the training hall, just north of here. She has a grappling bow that you can train with.
Meanwhile, I'll study the maps you found and make ready for our journey."

After you finish talking to him, he'll walk away:

"Meet with me by the stables after you speak with Kasura."

Once you've completed Kasura's training:

"This old warrior has deciphered the first map. It leads to the Wind Scour Temple, hidden atop the ruins of HoonDing's Watch.
I saw the light of the brazier. I take it you were able to utilize the grappling bow?"
Yes, I used it to reach the roof of the training hall.
"Excellent. As the saying goes, a weapon is only as reliable as the soldier who wields it. With that being said, it would be best not to drop the device. It's incredibly old.
Now, are you ready to depart for Wind Scour Temple?"
What are we looking for in the Wind Scour Temple?
"Anything we can use against the Dragons. Tomes describing hunting techniques and strategies, weapons... honestly, whatever appears to be useful.
If you spot something of value, let me know."
I'm ready to depart for Wind Scour Temple.
"Let's be on our way, then. Kasura has agreed to let us borrow her horses.
The sooner we search these Dragonguard sanctuaries, the sooner we can uncover their secrets."

Once you've made your way to the Alik'r Desert, before you continue towards the temple, Sai will say:

"I'll secure the horses while you go on ahead."

After entering the Wind Scour Temple, Sai will meet you there:

"To think that a Dragonguard sanctuary was hidden beneath HoonDing's Watch all this time!"

If spoken, he'll say:

"Though we may search for the Dragonguard's secrets, we must be careful not to disrespect their sanctuary. Take only what you believe will be useful to our cause."

As you go deeper into the sanctuary, Sai will say:

"It seems this sanctuary won't easily give up its secrets. Come, let us speak."
"It appears the sanctuary's archives are out of reach. There doesn't even appear to be a place to use the grappling bow.
I...I don't know how to proceed."
There must have been a way for the Dragonguard to reach it.
"I agree. After all, with the proper application of will, the way always opens.
Hmm. Perhaps the answer lies in these statues."
Do you know anything about these statues?
"I am familiar with these personages.
The statues represent the four greatest Grandmasters the Dragonguard have ever known. Ghelin-Brol who helped establish the order, Ettiene Volusus who chronicled their history, and so forth."
And how do these Grandmasters help us reach that ledge?
"A brazier stands before each. Perhaps if we were to light them, they would reveal a way forward. Though I also suspect there's a proper order to it all.
Read each statue's plaque and see if they contain any clues."
All right, I'll read the plaques and try lighting the braziers.
"We honor you, Grandmasters of old. May your flames burn eternal."

You can speak to him for a clue if needed:

"I suspect we must light the braziers in a specific order.
Have you a chance to read the plaques? "First of the Grandmasters, laid to rest." That describes Ghelin-Brol, the Akaviri warrior who helped Reman establish the Dragonguard."

Once all braziers have been lit, a grappling post will appear and Sai will say:

"That did it! Look, a grapple point has appeared on the platform above!"

If spoken:

"It seems that we have use for that grappling bow, after all.
You should search the archives above. Gather anything you believe may prove useful to our efforts."

As you make your way to the archives:

"What an archive! If the Empire knew anything, it was the value of keeping good records."

Once you found the clue you were looking for:

"How goes the search? Come, tell me what you discovered so far."
"Have you found anything useful? Dragon hunting techniques, perhaps? Maybe even a weapon?"
I found a journal. The Dragonguard came here in search of the Horn of Ja'darri.
"The Horn of Ja'darri? This journal claims... it's a Dragonhorn of great power! And the last of the original Dragonguard went in search of it.
Incredible. I thought Dragonhorns were merely legends, but according to this, at least one exists."

If you've completed Elsweyr storyline: Or what quest exactly? Tutorial horn counts?

I used a Dragonhorn in Elsweyr.
"Truly? That makes your experience invaluable to our efforts.
Tell me, what does a Dragonhorn look like? How is it used?"
Well, it looks like a big horn. The one I used sounded and knocked Dragons out of the sky.
"So the legends are true. Incredible.
A Dragonhorn would give us the edge we desperately need to combat the Dragon invasion of Elsweyr. After all, a Dragon is far easier to fight on the ground than in the sky."

If you haven't done Elsweyr's storyline:

This seems like the sort of relic you were searching for.
"Indeed! A Dragonhorn would give us the edge we desperately need to combat the Dragon invasion of Elsweyr.
Provided this horn is as powerful as the journal indicates."

After this, the dialogue will be the same:

They didn't find the Dragonhorn here, but they were going to search Storm Talon Temple next.
"Storm Talon Temple? That's the location revealed by the second map. It's near the entrance to Aphren's Hold in Stormhaven. We should head there at once and see what we can find."
I'd like to look around a bit more before I leave. (Do Not Fast Travel)
"I recommend you show your respects to the Grandmasters before you depart. We owe them all a great deal."
I'll head to Storm Talon Temple and meet you there. (Fast Travel to Stormhaven)

"So this is Storm Talon Temple. Seems more like a maze than a sanctuary."
"It appears this sanctuary has fallen into ruin, blocking our path to the archives.
As the Dragonguard say, every path is worthy of pursuit. Though it seems the path we seek is a rather tricky one. Hmm."
Do you have any ideas?
"Why don't you try using your grappling bow? There may be a path forward that we just can't see from this vantage point.
I suggest you pick a direction and see where it takes you. If you become stuck, feel free to return here and try again."
All right, I'll try to grapple to the archives.

If spoken again, he'll say:

"You must try to find a pathway to the archives. If you fail, return to me and try again."

When you finally reach the archives, Sai, despite the really long distance between the two of you, will somehow say:

"Excellent work! Now see what you can find in the archives!"

Once you've retrieved the information:

"Any luck over there?"
"Were you able to find the Horn of Ja'darri?'
No, but I found another journal. It says that the Dragonhorn resides in Dark Water Temple.
"Interesting. We should prepare to face further challenges. Neither Wind Scour nor Storm Talon were easy to navigate. I suspect this next sanctuary will prove similarly difficult.
Does the book indicate where this Dark Water is located?"
The sanctuary's in Eastmarch, south of Windhelm.
"We can take the horses to Windhelm, and then search on foot from there."
You should go on ahead. I'll join you soon. (Do Not Fast Travel)
Let's head for Dark Water Temple right now. (Fast Travel to Eastmarch)

If you choose the first option, Sai will just walk away after saying:

"I'll meet you at Dark Water Temple."

When you meet with him in the Dark Water Temple, he'll say:

"I don't see a way farther into the sanctuary. Perhaps you'll have better luck.
"The path leading farther into this sanctuary is hidden from us. I see neither grappling points nor braziers to light.
There must be another way."

As you check the bookshelves for clues, he'll comment:

"No, that doesn't seem helpful."
"You should try looking somewhere else."
"Nothing useful yet? Hmm."

When you finally find an useful clue

"A grapple point! And there's an urn beside it. Why don't you see what it contains?"

If spoken:

"Why don't you use your grappling bow and see what's in that urn?"

When you check the urn and take the dragonbone powder out of it, he'll say:

"That's Dragonbone powder. The ancient Dragonguard used it in their ceremonies."
"There must have been a reason that Dragonbone powder was kept near the entrance of the sanctuary. Try using it on the altar."

As you spread the powder all over the altar, a bridge of shining particles appears in front of you. Sai will say:

"Of course. The powder reveals a hidden path. Follow it, quickly!"
"Another archive, but no Dragonhorn in sight. Let's look around."

If you talk to him:

"The archives must contain information about the Horn of Ja'darri. Let's see if we can find anything useful in these stacks."

When you go to inform Sai about the new clue on the Dragonhorn whereabouts:

"Did you find anything? Something about the Dragonhorn?"
I found another journal. It says a Dragon named Vahlokzin stole the Dragonhorn.
"By Leki's blade! Of all the possibilities I imagined, that was never among them.
No matter the dangers, we must retrieve that Dragonhorn. The fate of Elsweyr depends on it! Did the journal indicate where Vahlokzin lairs?"
The Dragon makes its lair in a dormant volcano in Southern Elsweyr. The journal includes a map.
"Such a journey requires planning and preparation. Let's return to the Abbey of Blades and check in with Kasura."
Let's depart then. (Fast Travel to Abbey of Blades)'
I want to explore the sanctuary some more. (Do Not Fast Travel)

If you choose the lastest, you can talk to him again to travel back to the abbey.

"These Dragonguard sanctuaries, hidden for so long. How many more lie buried in the dust? How much knowledge remains lost to us?"
Let's head back to the abbey. (Fast Travel to Abbey of Blades)

When you return to the Valley of Blades and speak to Kasura, Sai will come running up:

"I assume you told Kasura of our adventure, warrior."
"When you brought the Dragonguard sanctuary maps to me, I had no idea what we would find. Hunting techniques, perhaps. Maybe a weapon or two.
But the promise of a Dragonhorn! That's more than I dreamed possible after all this time."
We don't have the Dragonhorn yet.
"Those who risk nothing inadvertently risk it all. Either we face this single Dragon to gain a Dragonhorn, or we face a horde without such a weapon at our side.
But what's risk without reward? Here's something for the aid you provided thus far."

The Horn of Ja'darri[edit]

Before starting the quest, Sai will comment when close by:

Sai Sahan: "This may be the first Dragon we face together. Leki willing, it won't be the last."

He can be spoken to in the Valley of Blades to start the quest:

"The journals we discovered in the Dragonguard sanctuaries point to one obvious conclusion. The Horn of Ja'darri exists, but was stolen by the Dragon Vahlokzin.
We must enter the Dragon's lair in Southern Elsweyr and retrieve the horn."
That happened so long ago. Can we be sure the Dragonhorn still exists?
"The journals indicated that the horn was indestructible. And Stendarr knows that Dragons are as close to immortal and unchanging as the earth and sky.
Fate has placed the Horn of Ja'darri in our path for a purpose. I believe that with all my heart."
Were you able to determine the location of the Dragon's lair?
"Despite its age, the map we found in the journal clearly indicated where we must go. The Dragon Vahlokzin lairs in a dormant volcano in Southern Elsweyr.
I ask you, friend, will you make this journey with me?"
I'll accompany you to the Dragon's lair, Sai.
"The horses will carry us to the nearest port. From there, we can charter a boat and sail to Southern Elsweyr.
Thanks to the map you found in Dark Water Temple, it should be easy enough to find Vahlokzin's lair."
Before we depart, can we review what we learned at the Dragonguard sanctuaries?
"An excellent idea. Wisdom and reason are sharpened into focus every time we scrutinize the things we learned.
What would you like to discuss?"
What's the significance of the Horn of Ja'darri?
"When Emperor Varen made me captain of his Dragonguard, I swore to protect the Empire. With the return of the Dragons, I knew I had to find a way to fight the beasts—just like the Dragonguard of old.
The Horn of Ja'darri could be our best weapon."
The horn is a weapon?
"It's a Dragonhorn of great power, nearly indestructible and able to replenish its innate magic. It has no equal!
With the Horn of Ja'darri, we have a chance to defeat the Dragons of Elsweyr. Without it, the Dragons have a distinct advantage."
What do we know about Vahlokzin's lair?
"The journal described a dormant volcano near the coast of Southern Elsweyr, though I suspect we'll find a cave or ruin nearby. Dragons prefer secure lairs and aren't known to nest out in the open.
Plus, it needs a place to hide the stolen horn."
How do you think Vahlokzin managed to steal the Dragonhorn?
"I never heard of Vahlokzin before we saw the name in the journal, but Dragons are clever creatures. Besides, the Dragonguard was dissolved around that time.
In all likelihood, the sanctuary was abandoned, leaving the Horn of Ja'darri undefended."
(if (?) has been achieved) Are we truly prepared to face a Dragon?
'"What an unusual question. Don't you know what greater victories? And what a deed you have already accomplished, facing down a mighty Dragon!"
Yes, I defeated a Dragon in Northern Elsweyr. (If you have played the Elsweyr chapter)
"Rumor has it that all of Anequina knows you to be a mighty Dragon hunter. Honestly, I find it invaluable to fight alongside someone with your expertise.
Vahlokzin should prove little trouble for you and I."
It's true. I defeated the Dragon Maarselok near Grahtwood. (If you completed the Lair of Maarselok dungeon)
"Yes, with the help of the Changeling spirit Selene no less. I suppose she would find offense that a Dragon had begun to spread such corruption in the forests of her home.
I hear it was a mighty battle of flame and decay."
But I had allies to aid me in that fight. Can we face a Dragon with just two of us? (results in same answer)
I don't think we should take this Dragon's threat that lightly.
"Regardless of the risks we face, we have a duty to Tamriel to retrieve this Dragonhorn.
As a blademaster and captain of the Dragonguard, I am quite up to the task of helping you take down this Dragon."
I'm ready to depart. (Fast Travel to Vahlokzin's Lair)

As you make your way into the ruins:

"The Dragon's lair should be nearby. Be on your guard, warrior."
"That Khajiiti ruin in the distance. A fine place for a Dragon to nest."
"Prepare yourself, warrior. Who knows what awaits us in there?"

Eventually, you'll finally get into the dragon's lair, which apparently was an abandoned kwama mine. Sai will comment as you get even further:

"Curious. It seems this place once served as a kwama mine, though it appears abandoned now."

As cross the first hall of the ruins, Vahlokzin's voice will reverberate into the place:

Vahlokzin: "Visitors? I have not entertained guests in untold centuries."
Sai Sahan: "You hide in the shadows, beast. Come fight us in the light!."
Vahlokzin: "You sound just like the Dragonguard who last graced these halls."

You can find Dragonguard Remains as you progress through. Sai will say something after each has been searched:

"The Dragonguard who sought the Horn of Ja'darri in ages past. May your light burn eternal, old warrior."

As you search the second of those corpses later on, Sai will say:

"It appears this soldier was killed by kwama. It must have been a massive swarm."

Before that, Vahlokzin voice will rumble once again and Sai will comment on that:

Vahlokzin: "You seek the horn of my cowardly brother? Pathetic. Like the Dragonguard before you, death will be your only reward!"
Sai Sahan: "The Horn of Ja'darri? Is that the horn of Vahlokzin's brother?"
Vahlokzin: "These pitiful Dragonguard found only death in Vahlokzin's lair!"
Sai Sahan: "Stay alert. I fear the beast lays a trap for us."

As you get closer to the exit of the mine's ruin, you hear Vahlokzin's roar, which causes the kwama to suddenly swarm on you. Sai will say:

"The Dragon's roar has stirred the kwama! Defend yourself!"

And after you defeat the swarm:

"The Dragon uses kwama as a form of defense. How cowardly."

Once you finally get out of the mine, onto Vahlokzin's domains, Sai will say:

"Step quickly. We don't want to be caught in the open."

You come across a raised drawbridge. Sai will say:

"By Sep's scales, a drawbridge blocks our way! See if you can find any clue as to how to operate the pulleys."

If you speak to him after finding the Final Letter of Sergeant Berarah, Sai will say:

"Notice the pulleys. They should help us lower the drawbridge. Unfortunately, I'm not sure which combination of settings will open the way.
See if you can find anything that could assist us."
A Dragonguard tried to lower the drawbridge. She left a note behind, which contains a riddle.
"Tried to lower the drawbridge, you say? Well, that certainly doesn't bode well for us.
Tell me the riddle."
"Khenarthi flies overhead. Alkosh stands in glory. The Mane bows before their greatness."
"Hmm. Khenarthi is the Khajiiti god of travel, not unlike Tava, the Bird God. Alkosh is called Akatosh by most, the Dragon God of Time. And the Mane is a Khajiiti spiritual leader."
What do they have to do with the pulleys?
"Each pulley features an icon—a bird, an hourglass, or a Khajiit. This riddle must hint toward where to position the two pulleys of each icon.
Remember, "Khenarthi flies overhead. Alkosh stands in glory. The Mane bows before their greatness.""

As you finally decipher the riddle and lower the bridge, Sai will say as he crosses it:

"I see it! The Horn of Ja'darri is just ahead!"

When you find the Dragonhorn: If spoken before grabbing it, he will say:

"What are you waiting for? Grab the Dragonhorn before Vahlokzin arrives!"

Once you grab it:

"At last, the Horn of Ja'darri! Now we finally have a chance against this Dragon threat."
Here, Sai. You should take the Dragonhorn.
Sai Sahan: "We have reclaimed the Horn of Ja'darri!"
Vahlokzin: "A Dragon's horn, willingly given. Pity I don't share my brother's sentiment."
Sai Sahan: "The beast attacks! To arms!"

As you fight the dragon, Sai will try to use the horn on the beast:

"Prepare yourself! I'm going to blow the horn!"

Once Vahlokzin has been defeated, Sai will say:

"Vahlokzin is dead. We should return to the Valley of Blades."

If spoken to before leaving, he'll say:

"A moment, if you please. Our battle against Vahlokzin left me quite exhausted.
Return to the Abbey of Blades and let Kasura know that we succeeded. I will follow as soon as I can."

Back at the Valley of Blades, as you approach Kasura, Sai will appear and say:

"I have returned and I bring the Dragonhorn. Come, let us speak."
"Now that we have the Horn of Ja'darri, our true work begins.
As the saying goes, strike when the opportunity appears or stand by and do nothing. I can never do nothing."
And the Horn of Ja'darri is an opportunity?
"Most certainly. You saw how it knocked Vahlokzin out of the sky, granting us a significant advantage in battle. If it's as indestructible as the journal says, it will prove invaluable in the battles to come.
I just wish we knew the Horn's origin."
Does the origin of the Dragonhorn matter?
"Vahlokzin implied that the Dragonhorn was willingly given by another of its kind. But what manner of Dragon would give away its own horn? And for what purpose?
Ah, well. Perhaps things will become clearer with more study."
What's your next move, Sai?
"I must train with the Dragonhorn and prepare for what lies ahead. And so must you, warrior.
When the time comes, I will call for your aid. Together, we shall fight back against the Dragons and drive them from Elsweyr. This, I swear to you."

Or if you stop the conversation before finishing the quest, Sai then will say:

"Could the Horn of Ja'darri truly be a gift from a Dragon? Vahlokzin said it was a Dragon's horn, willingly given … but for what purpose?
Ah, well. Perhaps I'll learn more in due course."
What's your next move, Sai?
"I must train with the Dragonhorn and prepare for what lies ahead. And so must you, warrior.
When the time comes, I will call for your aid. Together, we shall fight back against the Dragons and drive them from Elsweyr. This, I swear to you."
"When a Dragonguard dies, we say a prayer. May your flame burn eternal.
It's a promise to honor them, a desire for their legacy to live on. And it's an oath that we uphold, to never forget those who came before. An oath I will always honor."
After you train with the Dragonhorn, what happens next?
"Reports tell me that the Dragons have moved into Southern Elsweyr, ravaging towns and villages along the way. That is where I will go, and I'll send for you when I get there."
Just the two of us? Will that be enough to turn the tide of the Dragons?
"We won't be alone. We'll rally others to our cause, those willing to take up the mantle of the Dragon hunters of old. It will be glorious!
We still have so much to learn, though. So much to do to reignite the Dragonguard."

If the Main Quest has been completed [verification needed — see talk page], you can ask:

Have you spoken with the other Companions lately?
"I've been far too busy. Between helping rebuild the abbey and finding a way to fight the Dragon invasion in Elsweyr, there's been little time to socialize."

Then you'll have different dialogue to now on, depending on your actions in the main story:

If you sacrificed him in God of Schemes [verification needed — see talk page], you can ask:
You haven't spoken to anyone? Not even Lyris?
"I'm not certain where Lyris is, truth be told. Kasura told me that she visited the abbey, but departed soon after. And as I said, I've been quite busy.
I do plan to find her, eventually. If only to make sure she's doing well."
If you sacrificed Lyris in God of Schemes, you can ask:
How you handling Lyris's death?
"It's not a matter I'd like to discuss, Vestige. Not when there's still so much to do.
I don't plan to forget her, of course. But there is little time to deal with grief when so much is at stake."
If you sacrificed The Prophet in God of Schemes [verification needed — see talk page], you can ask:
What about Lyris? Wasn't she going to help you rebuild the abbey?
"Yes, she did. For a time. I hoped she would join me in my efforts to reclaim the wisdom of the Dragonguard.
But something else called my Snow Lily away. Something Lyris felt she had to do."

Dragonhold[edit]

The Dragon's Lair[edit]

Find Sai Sahan near the wayshrine in Senchal and you'll hear him being told by Centurion Ancrus that "the general doesn't see anyone without an appointment."

If you have not completed the prologue quests, he'll tell you:

"It's a shame. Dragons ravage nearby villages and Senchal fears the approach of Dragonfire. Yet no one seems willing to fight back.
Hmm. You seem like a warrior of worth. Perhaps you can aid me?"

Otherwise he'll say:

"The time has come at last, my friend. We now have the means to fight back against this Dragon invasion and save Elsweyr from certain destruction. This is where we start, in the city of Senchal.
If you still wish to join me, that is."
What do you need my help with?
"A Dragon nests on a nearby island. I believe it plans to attack Senchal. We need to slay the creature before it strikes.
Unfortunately, there's not a ship in this city that will sail us to a Dragon's lair. Believe me, I've asked."
So what's our next step?
"General Renmus, leader of Senchal's military forces, could commandeer a ship to sail us to the island. We need to arrange a meeting with the general and convince him to support us.
What say you, warrior? Will you help me slay this Dragon?"
I'll help you deal with this Dragon threat.
"Now, meeting with an Imperial general is faster said than done. The paperwork alone would take days to file, and the Dragon we seek could attack the city at any moment.
So I found an … alternative method."
What does this alternative method involve?
"Your aid and this handful of jewels.
First, you must bribe Renmus's scribe Nadama to put us on the schedule. You'll find her in the tavern. Next, you need to speak to Darkhu in the city's outskirts, just south of here. He can forge our credentials."
Anything else?
"You also need to delay Arniel Branck, who is scheduled to meet with the general today.
Arniel's ship just docked in the harbor. If you steal his vessel's manifest, the dock master should detain him. That will give us enough time to speak with the general."
Bribe the clerk, pay the forger, and steal the manifest. Got it.
"Leki be willing, all will go well and our meeting with General Renmus will commence without issue.
Meet me at the palace when you're done. Meanwhile, I'll learn all I can about our upcoming Dragon hunt."
Tell me more about the situation in Senchal.
"The outlying towns have already been ravaged by Dragons, and refugees have come pouring into Senchal as a result. They hope that stone walls will stop the Dragons' wrath.
But it's only a matter of time before the Dragons attack Senchal."
And you believe the Dragon on this island will be the one to attack.
"Why else would it roost so close to the city?
I believe the Dragon is evaluating Senchal's defenses and preparing for the right moment to strike. We must slay it before it gets that chance."
And do you think General Renmus will help us?
"That is my hope.
No matter the risk, our best option is to slay this Dragon on its own island, away from the innocents of Senchal. Let's hope the general agrees with that logic."
<If you haven't completed the prologue>:I'll help you fight the dragons, but you still haven't told me anything but your name.
"I was once captain of the Imperial Dragonguard. I swore to serve Emperor Varen and protect his Empire. But now, with Cyrodiil in disarray, I find myself forced to carve another path.
And so I prepare to fight Dragons."
Why do you want to hunt Dragons, though?
"The Dragonguard of old were both proud defenders of the Empire as well as Dragon hunters. I may no longer serve Emperor Varen, but I wish to continue their traditions.
I was even able to find one of their Dragonhorns, the Horn of Ja'darri."
The Horn of Ja'darri?
"It's an ancient relic that forces the most powerful of Dragons to come crashing to the ground. It gives us a tremendous advantage in battle.
I've already used it to slay one Dragon. And with your help, I hope to slay many more."
<If you have completed the prologue>:Have you brought the Horn of Ja'darri with you?/Do you still have the Horn of Ja'darri?
"Of course. I would hardly ask you to join me in this battle without it.
I've also been able to train with the Dragonhorn and become more attuned to its powers and limitations."
What have you learned?
"We know that the Horn of Ja'darri can force Dragons out of the sky. I also believe that it's practically indestructible.
However, I find that the horn needs time to replenish its magic after every use."
What does that mean for battle?
"I can only use the horn occasionally in battle. That limitation aside, it's still a powerful weapon. It will greatly aid us in the hunts to come."
How did you come up with this plan to meet General Renmus?
"You'd be surprised what people tell a respectable gentleman with a distinguished beard.
Take Nadama, for example. I heard that she's been seeking a way to leave Senchal for weeks. A few gems would certainly help pay for her passage."
And what about our forger, Darkhu ?
"It was easy enough to learn about that braggart. I overheard him in the tavern, claiming that he could forge any document in Senchal. For the right price, of course.
Let's see if he has the skills to back up his boasts."
And what about Arniel Branck? Why do I need to steal his ship's manifest?
"All ships coming into Senchal are subject to a cargo inspection, unless they present a sanctioned ship's manifest. If you're able to steal Arniel's manifest, he'll be held up in customs for hours.
That will give us time to speak with the general."
And you're sure all this will help us get an appointment with the general?
"Yes, Leki willing.
Had we the time, I would go through official channels. But with so much at stake, we can't afford the delay. We have no choice but to use these underhanded measures."

Complete your tasks and he'll be waiting at the bottom of the steps leading to the palace entrance:

"Were you able to secure a meeting with General Renmus?"
I was. Everything's ready for our appointment.
"And so we must prepare for our first battle, my friend. A battle of wits.
Remember, we must convince General Renmus to commandeer a ship for us. With it, we'll sail to the Dragon's island and slay the beast."
What do you know about the Dragon or this island?
"Not much, and what I do know I'm not sure what it means.
A ship sailed directly to the Dragon's island recently. It displayed no banners, and no one in Senchal recognized it. It's possible we're not the only Dragon hunters in Southern Elsweyr."
So we might have allies to help us take down the Dragon?
"I won't discount the possibility, but I also won't plan for it. For all we know, this ship was bound for another destination. Or it has other business on that island, though I'm at a loss as to what that might be.
Let's head to our appointment."
All right. Let's go speak with General Renmus.

As the two of you approach the entrance, Centurion Ancrus will stop you and ask your business:

Centurion Ancrus : "Halt! Official business only!"
Sai Sahan : "We have an appointment with General Renmus. Here. Our papers."
Centurion Ancrus : "These seem to be in order. All right, you can go in."

Follow Sai into Rnmus' office and the general will address the warrior:

General Renmus : "It's not every day that Captain Sai Sahan graces my office."
Sai Sahan : "Greetings, general. I am here to request a ship to hunt down a nearby Dragon."
General Renmus : "Slay a Dragon? And this from a man who couldn't even protect our emperor?"
Sai Sahan : "Perhaps you should speak to my companion. They can share the details of our plan."

After you're done speaking with the general, Sai leaves the room.

Sai Sahan: "Thank you for your time, general. Come, my friend. Let's speak outside."

Meet him outside the palace, and he'll notice that Aeliah Renmus is closely following you:

Sai Sahan : "Well look there. We have a guest."
Aeliah Renmus : "Wait! Hold on!"
Aeliah Renmus : "I think I know someone who can help you."

Speak to him and he'll ask:

"Well this is unexpected. Why would a member of the Shields of Senchal wish to speak with us?
Best if we see what she has to say."

After speaking to Aeliah, Sai will comment:

"Let's see if this Za'ji fellow is as honorable as young Aeliah believes.
Would you care to walk there together? There's much about Senchal I can tell you. Otherwise, we can meet in the city's outskirts."
I'd like to hear more about Senchal. Let's walk together.
"Very well. Follow me."
After you, then.
I'd rather meet you in the city's outskirts.

If you say you'd like to walk and talk, Sai will impart the following points:

Sai Sahan : "Refugees from the recent Dragon attacks have flooded Senchal. They have lost homes and livelihoods. Despite the city's best efforts, most go to sleep hungry each night."
Sai Sahan : "Many take advantage of these hopeless souls. Thieves and cutthroats steal any item of value they still carry. While these refugees languish, the city's underbelly thrives."
Sai Sahan : "While the Dragons ravage this land, these people will suffer. That is why we must fight. Not for glory, not for fame, but for the innocents of Elsweyr who cannot fight for themselves."

Arrive at Za'ji and Caska's location in the southern corner of the city (not far from the Senchal Outlaws Refuge entrance), he'll say:

"Seems our smuggler is a bit distraught. Let's hope it's nothing serious."

After Za'ji tells you you need to look for his ship in South Guard Ruins, Sai will say:

"We don't need another complication. Especially when we have no idea when this Dragon will strike.
Still, we can't set sail without a ship. Let's make our way to South Guard Ruins."

Arrive at South Guard Ruins and you'll find Za'ji and Caska discussing tactics. Speak to Sai and he'll comment:

"Our new companions certainly love to quarrel.
Za'ji wants to infiltrate the encampment and take Nartise by surprise. Caska, on the other hand, suggests we launch a frontal assault and deal with him directly."
I'd rather take my own approach. Perhaps we should split from Za'ji and Caska.
"Very well. We'll start our search at the north entrance. I'll follow your lead.
Meanwhile. Za'ji and Caska can make their way to the other side of the encampment. I'll leave their strategy to them."
Any ideas where we should search?
"Luckily, Za'ji provided a map of the area. I've determined a few locations where I believe Nartise may be, given their relative isolation from the rest of the encampment.
At the very least, this path should let us search most of the camp."
Let's head to the north entrance, then.

With that, Sai will give orders:

Sai Sahan : "Enough! Do you accept the plan?"
Za'ji : "It is an excellent plan! We'll circle around to the back, yes?"
Caska : "And knowing your mouth, we'll alert every pirate in South Guard along the way."
Za'ji : "What? Za'ji is the epitome of discretion!"
Sai Sahan : "I'm going to take the lay of the land. I'll meet you at the entrance to the camp."

At the first location, he'll say: :"I don't see Nartise. Let's move on." At the next, he'll add: :"No sign of the Dark Elf here. Let's head north."

Enter the Desolate House and Nartise will scream and lock himself in the Escape Tunnel.

Nartise Merys : "Ah!"
Sai Sahan : "Stop right there!"
Sai Sahan : "He locked the door. Stand back."
Sai Sahan : "Quickly now, after him!"

On the beach at the end of the tunnel, you'll find Nartise in magical chains held by Za'ji while Caska crouches ready to pounce.

Sai Sahan : "That's one way to catch a thief."
Za'ji : "Walkers, good to see you! Look who Za'ji found! Why don't you say hello?"
Nartise Merys : "Please, Za'ji! Don't let Caska rip out my throat!"
Sai Sahan : "I'll stand guard while you interrogate Nartise."

Speak to him before speaking to Nartise, and he'll say:

"It was a good call to split our forces. Let's just hope our friend here is feeling cooperative."

After you question Nartise, and Za'ji sends him into the ocean, he'll remark: "Za'ji certainly has a flair for the dramatic."

Speak to Za'ji and he'll tell you his plan. Sai will have reservations, but agree to go along:

"Against my better judgment, I think we should follow Za'ji's plan. Besides, it's best if you help secure the boat. We wouldn't want our new friends sailing off without us."
Do you think they'll rescind on their offer to sail us to the island?
"Let's just say I'm not discounting the possibility. Aeliah Renmus seems like a respectable woman, but she may not be the best judge of character.
For now, let's hold up our end of the bargain."
All right, I'll head to the ship then.

Once you and Caska have seized The Perfect Pounce, Za'ji and Sai will arrive:

Za'ji : "Ah, it is good to be home!"
Sai Sahan : "We should sail for Senchal before reinforcements arrive."
Za'ji : "Excellent point. Hey, walker! Get us out of here!"

Sail the Pounce back to Senchal. Once docked, the rest of the crew will board along with Aeliah Renmus. If you speak to Sai, he'll say: "It seems that young Aeliah has joined us. See what she has to say."

After speaking to Aeliah, he'll talk to you more:

"Now that we've secured a vessel, our next step is to infiltrate the Dragon's lair.
Za'ji will stay on his ship in case we need to make a quick retreat. Caska, on the other hand, has asked to join our hunt."
Aeliah wants to help us slay the Dragon.
"If she wishes to protect her home, she should have that chance.
Once we reach the island, we'll search for the Dragon. Luckily we have the Horn of Ja'darri to help us fight the beast."
A Dragonhorn will certainly make this fight easier.
"Indeed. Our journey to recover the relic may have been a long one, but it's proven to be an invaluable weapon.
That being said, we may find more resistance than just a Dragon on the island."
More resistance? What do you mean?
"Another ship was seen heading toward the island. I'm not sure if its crew are friend or foe, but we must be prepared for the worst.
We can set sail immediately. Or perhaps you would like to take a moment to become familiar with the crew?"
I'd like to speak with the crew before we set sail.
<Speak to four crew members>
I'm ready. Let's set sail for the Dragon's island.
<Sail to Tideholm>

If you speak to him before sailing, he'll reiterate: "It never hurts to get to know your companions, especially on the cusp of battle. Just don't take too long. Our mission is urgent. The sooner we set sail the better."

Once you arrive in Tideholm, he'll say:

Sai Sahan : "Let's discuss our plan of attack."

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