Skyrim:Through a Glass, Darkly

Skyrim: Shadowrend: Quests
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Confront the darkness within yourself to obtain a powerful weapon.
Quest Giver: Automatically added after purchasing the Shadowrend Creation
Location(s): Geyser northeast of the Atronach Stone
Reward: Shadowrend
ID: BGSSSE018_ShadowrendQuest
Added by: Shadowrend
A strange anomaly has appeared in Eastmarch

Quick WalkthroughEdit

  1. Travel to the specified geyser pool in Eastmarch.
  2. Attempt to take Shadowrend and defeat your summoned Shadow.
  3. Take either the greatsword or the battleaxe version of Shadowrend.

Detailed WalkthroughEdit

Inner DarknessEdit

The Shadow

Once you've installed the Shadowrend Creation, you will receive this quest. The journal entry will inform you that an inner voice is drawing you to a geyser pool in Eastmarch in order to confront the darkness within yourself. The geyser in question can be found northeast of the Atronach Stone. The pool contains skeletal remains which have stained the water black, and will begin to froth as you approach.

Above this anomaly, a weapon will appear. It is Shadowrend, a shadow weapon from the ruins of Milchar in the Shivering Isles. Shadowrend is both a greatsword and a battleaxe, and it will proceed to cycle between each version, with the weapon warping in and out of existence until you attempt to take it. Touching the weapon will summon a Shadow enemy named "[player]'s Shadow". It is a shadowy clone of the player character, meaning it will wear your equipment and know all of your spells, powers, and shouts.

Defeat the Shadow and claim Shadowrend from its remains to complete the quest. Whichever version of the weapon you didn't select will reappear above the pool, where it will hang in the air indefinitely. You can return to the pool any time in order to switch between the two versions of Shadowrend. Each version is a powerful Daedric weapon in its own right, with a 15% weakness to magic enchantment.


Quest StagesEdit

Through a Glass, Darkly (BGSSSE018_ShadowrendQuest)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
5 An inner voice is telling me I must confront a darkness within myself. I am drawn toward a geyser pool in Eastmarch. Perhaps answers lie there.
Objective : Go to Eastmarch Geysers
10 The weapon I attempted to take has pulled something from within me - a dark shadow of myself. I must defeat this doppelganger.
Objective : Defeat your Shadow
15 I have defeated my shadow and feel at peace. I should retrieve the weapon from its remains.
Objective : Retrieve Shadowrend
20 ☑Finishes quest I have discovered and defeated my shadow doppelganger, and have obtained the weapon Shadowrend.
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