You will find Vastarie on the edge of the Ashen Scar. She is a necromancer and a priestess of Azura, and she's here because she has detected immense necromantic energy emanating from this region. Khajiiti remains are rising by the bucketful, and if they're not stopped, they could spill out from Elsweyr into the lands beyond. She asks you for your help in investigating the matter.
As you begin your trek into the scar, Vastarie stops. She hears a strange sound. Vastaries tells you to wait a moment.
- "Forgive me. I didn't expect to face such resistance."
- Are you all right?
- "Yes. And no.
It felt as though I was struck blind and deaf, save for the sound of a beating heart. I think something tried to drive me back, then relented and tried to claim me instead. There's an intention to it. A greed and a hunger."
- What should we do?
- "You seem unaffected. Good. I can't go any farther. Not until I understand the nature of this event.
Take these descrying stones and place them throughout the canyon. They'll allow me to perceive this threat from a distance."
- All right, I'll place these descrying stones.
- "The three stones act in concert, so be sure to place them in a broad pattern that encompasses the whole area.
Now, you should set out. The sooner you place the descrying stones, the sooner I can locate the source of this evil."
Some sort of presence tried to drive her back, gave up on doing so, then tried to claim her for its own. A greedy, hungry force. She notes that you seem unaffected by the presence, and since she can't go any farther, she asks you to take a Bundle of Descrying Stones and place them throughout the canyon. These will allow her to observe what's happening to the corpses in the canyon from a distance. They act together, so place them in a broad pattern so they encompass the whole area.
The first stone can be place close to the nothern ridge, on the way down. The next can be placed at the bottom of the canyon, near the center. The third descrying stone should go on the southern ridge. Vastarie will observe her surroundings through the stones as you place them. As the third ward is placed, she notices failing wards, as if someone tried to prevent what's happening today. She notices a concentration of dark energy in the excavated tomb in the center of the Scar. Meet her within.
Inside the tomb is a corpse, a journal and a dark orb. Vastarie urges you to destroy the orb. Once you destroy it, a specter named Arum-Khal appears and threatens the two of you before vanishing. Speak with Vastaries about what just happened.
- "Thank you for acting quickly, friend. The situation appears much worse than I thought.
The being you just encountered—it was the shade of a dark lich. An undead Khajiit possessing unimaginable power. You just shattered one of his phylacteries."
- "A focus—like an arcane vessel or container.
Think of the stones I gave you earlier. Those contain a sliver of my essence, but nothing of what makes me who I am. Phylacteries contain much larger fragments of the soul. Powerful, but dangerous tools."
- But I destroyed it.
- "You destroyed one, yes, and the shade simply taunted us. There must be others.
If we're to have any hope of stopping this lich, we'll have to find and destroy all of them. A daunting prospect. They're probably well-hidden."
Vastarie notes the presence of the Khajiiti corpse on the ground, and that he is recently deceased. She advises raising him briefly to commune with his soul. He might have seen something before he passed. She performs a brief ritual, and Malizaz awakens. When he comes to, he demands to speak with you.
- "We do not have much time. This one feels his spirit slipping away.
The dark lich, Arum-Khal, has awakened. He rises like foul smoke from beneath the Ashen Scar."
- Slow down. Arum-Khal? Who is that?
- "Arum-Khal the ancient defiler! The Dark Adept. Destroyer of the Hidden Moon!
If he regains his full power, death and horror will scour all the sands of Elsweyr!"
- How do you know this?
- "The orb. I tried to claim it for myself. It sent me to a realm of nightmares where Arum-Khal's spirit reigns as king. He tore my soul to pieces, then used the remnants to awaken his body, and everything else in this cursed place.
He … argh!"
- Where is Arum-Khal now? I need to know more.
Malizaz is in great distress, and pleads with Vastarie to let him go. She does so, as she does not wish to force him to linger longer than he would like. Speak with Vastarie about Malizaz's revelations, and she will reward you for your assistance.
|The Witch of Azurah|
|Finishes Quest||Journal Entry|
|I should follow Vastarie into the Ashen Scar. She might be able to provide some more information on what's going on here.
Objective: Walk with Vastarie
Hidden Objective: Talk with Vastarie
|Something seems to be weakening Vastarie. I should talk to her.
Objective: Talk with Vastarie
|Vastarie believes she can locate the source of the undead corruption if I place three of her descrying stones in the Ashen Scar.
Objective: Place the Central Descrying Stone
Objective: Place the West Descrying Stone
Objective: Place the East Descrying Stone
|Placing the descrying stones helped Vastarie pinpoint a concentration of necromantic energy in a tomb at the center of the Ashen Scar. I should investigate the place.
Objective: Investigate the Tomb
|I found Vastarie struggling against the power of a glowing, nightmarish orb. I must destroy it!
Objective: Destroy the Orb
|An evil Khajiiti spirit appeared when I destroyed the orb. I should talk to Vastarie about what just occurred.
Objective: Talk to Vastarie
|We found a body sprawled beside the dark lich's orb. Vastarie intends to conduct a summoning ritual to find out what this dead Khajiit knows. I need to place one of her descrying stones in the center of the tomb so she can begin.
Objective: Place the Descrying Stone
|I placed the stone. Now I should wait to see what happens.
Objective: Observe the Ritual
|Vastarie's ritual worked and a Khajiiti spirit hovers before us. I should question it.
Objective: Talk to Malizaz
|The spirit told us that an ancient lich called Arum-Khal has awakened beneath the Ashen Scar. I should talk to Vastarie and see if I can help further.
Objective: Talk to Vastarie