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Oblivion:Sideways Cave

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|writtenby=[[User:JPlatinum16|Jplatinum16]]
|locationcode=[[#Zone 1: Sideways Cave|SidewaysCaveNEW]], [[#Zone 2: Sideways Cave - Hidden Lake|SidewaysCaveNew02]], [[#Zone 3: Sideways Cave - Lost Abagarlas|SidewaysCaveNew03]]
|location=Northeast of the [[Oblivion:Imperial City|Imperial City]], on the island side of the lake
|addbelow=It contains three zones: ''[[#Zone 1: Sideways Cave|Sideways Cave]]'', ''[[#Zone 2: Sideways Cave - Hidden Lake|Sideways Cave - Hidden Lake]]'' (a large subterranean lake and waterfall), and ''[[#Zone 3: Sideways Cave - Lost Abagarlas|Sideways Cave - Lost Abagarlas]]'' (the ruins of an ancient [[Oblivion:Ayleids|Ayleid]] city, Abagarlas). Abagarlas is completely hidden deep underground and can only be reached through the secret underground lake.
 
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|description=A medium cave northeast of the Imperial City containing monsters.
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== Notes ==
* In all three zones of the cave you will find remains of previous, unlucky, explorers.
* This cave leads down into a large subterranean lake and waterfall (the second zone, ''[[#Hidden Lake|Hidden Lake]]''), and beneath the lake lies the ruins of an ancient [[Oblivion:Ayleids|Ayleid]] city, Abagarlas (the third zone, ''[[#Zone 3: Sideways Cave - Lost Abagarlas|Lost Abagarlas]]''.) Abagarlas is completely hidden deep underground and can only be reached through the secret underground lake.
* In the ruin and around the lake you'll find Ayleid tablets which suggest that the city was destroyed by a "child of [[Lore:Meridia|Meridia]]", probably by the flooding and extraordinary plant growth in and around the city. At the end, in the Abagarlas throne room, is the recently deceased body of a wealthy [[Oblivion:Altmer|Altmer]] [[Oblivion:Dead Scholar|scholar]] who was most likely responsible for the tablets. The scholar has three rare articles of clothing: A [[Oblivion:Blue Silk Shirt|Blue Silk Shirt]], a pair of [[Oblivion:Blue Silks|Blue Silks]], and a pair of [[Oblivion:White Mage's Shoes|White Mage's Shoes]].
* In all three zones you will find remains of previous, unlucky, explorers.
* In the ruin and around the lake you'll find Ayleid tablets which suggest that the city was destroyed by a "child of [[Lore:Meridia|Meridia]]", probably by the flooding and extraordinary plant growth in and around the city. At the end, in the Abagarlas throne room, is the recently deceased body of a wealthy [[Oblivion:Altmer|Altmer]] [[Oblivion:Dead Scholar|scholar]] who was most likely responsible for the tablets. The scholar has three rare articles of clothing: A [[Oblivion:Blue Silk Shirt|Blue Silk Shirt]], a pair of [[Oblivion:Blue Silks|Blue Silks]], and a pair of [[Oblivion:White Mage's Shoes|White Mage's Shoes]].
* Picking up each tablet causes a message to pop up stating that "A hasty translation is scrawled here". The three translations are:
** ''"Stone-Settlers (builders?) not rest (wake?) Meridia. Terror of the Most Terror. Haste to safehome."''
** ''"Fourth Star Hour (time?) Terror-of-the-Most-Terror of Meridia come (came?)."''
** ''"Meridia-child, Earth root power, sea wave like (earth like a flood?). People-out (escape? present tense? imperative?)."''
* Abagarlas appears to be very ancient, perhaps one of the most ancient [[Oblivion:Places#Ayleid_Ruins|Ayleid ruin]]s in all [[Oblivion:Cyrodiil|Cyrodiil]]. There seems to be a strong connection between this ruin and the [[Lore:Daedric_Princes|Daedric Prince]] known as [[Oblivion:Meridia|Meridia]]. A half-collapsed shrine to Meridia can be found therein the Ayleid Ruins, indicatingsuggesting that the original inhabitants of Abagarlas may have been Meridia worshippers.
**The official Prima guide lists Sideways Cave in its Freeform Quests section as one of the more interesting dungeons and has this to say about the tablets: "''Can you put it all together? The big picture is that, long ago, Ayleid settlers stumbled onto this grotto. They made it their own--in the end, too much their own. In doing so, they uncovered a forgotten shrine to the Daedra lord Meridia. Meridia's vengeance for this violation was swift: She crushed Abargarlas with her stone roots and, incensed that some survivors escaped, buried the grotto almost entirely.''"
* This cave contains 3 [[Oblivion:Cairn Bolete Cap|Cairn Bolete]] plants and 19 [[Oblivion:Wisp Stalk Caps|Wisp Stalk]] plants.
 
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