The Elder Scrolls Online: Cadwell’s Almanac – Keepers of the Shell

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Hatching Pools Quests
Cracking the EggKeepers of the ShellOutside InterferenceThe Mnemic Egg

The Hatching Pools are located in central Shadowfen. Argonian eggs are tended to and hatched here, beneath the great Hist tree. The settlement has been taken over by the Aldmeri Dominion.

Shadowfen: Hatching Pools

#7. Keepers of the Shell
Zone: Shadowfen
Faction: Ebonheart Pact
Objective: Cadwell's Almanac Hatching Pools — Determine the Dominion’s purpose in Hatching Pools.
Quest Giver: Vicecanon Servyna, Keeper Uxith-Ei
Location(s): Hatching Pools
Prerequisite Quest: The Skin-Stealer’s Lair
Previous Quest: Cracking the Egg
Next Quest: Outside Interference
Reward: Egg-Tender’s Guard + Average Leveled Gold + 1 Skill Point

– Quick Walkthrough –

  1. Talk to Keeper Uxith-Ei.
  2. Light the two xanmeers and find Assistant Telixith.
  3. Talk to Uxith-Ei.
  4. Observe the ritual and the Dominion’s behavior.
  5. Talk to Uxith-Ei.
  6. Rescue the Argonian eggs.
  7. Talk to Assistant Telixith.
  8. Talk to Vicecanon Servyna.

– Detailed Walkthrough –

The Hatching Pools are full of Aldmeri Dominion soldiers, but they have left the eggs unharmed. Vicecanon Servyna asks you to find Keeper Uxith-Ei and discover what the Dominion are doing in the area.

You can use the Keeper’s Garb disguise in the chest behind the vicecanon to avoid attacks from the soldiers. Keeper Uxith-Ei is just inside the entrance to the Hatching Pools.

Keeper Uxith-Ei tells you to light the braziers in the xanmeers of First Light and Setting Sun (east and west). While you do this, you should listen to the Dominion and try to find Assistant Telixith.

Light the Xanmeers
The three objectives are northeast, north and northwest of Keeper Uxith-Ei. The stairs to the western xanmeer are at the north side. Climb all the way to the top, and activate the brazier. Do the same for the eastern brazier.

Assistant Telixith
Assistant Telixith is at the north quest marker. She is standing across from the Hist Tree, near a circle of stones. She refuses to help with the Hatching Ritual because the Dominion is eating the baby Argonians. You can persuade her, if you have the perk, to calm down and return to Keeper Uxith-Ei, or she will tell you to kill the Dominion leader before she will return.

The Hatching Ritual
Once all the braziers have been lit and you have convinced Assistant Telixith to help Keeper Uxith-Ei, talk to Keeper Uxith-Ei again. You tell him that the Dominion plans to kill everyone in the Hatching Pools after the hatching. He asks you to protect him as the ritual begins. Some soldiers attack, and the ritual doesn’t work.

Talk to Keeper Uxith-Ei again. He realized why the Dominion waited until the ritual—they wanted to see if it would work. It failed because the Hist is gone. He asks you to save the eggs.

Save the Eggs
Head towards the pool of Hist Sap beneath the Hist Tree. You will see nests of blue eggs with dark spots on them. Activate the nests to save the eggs. A blue light appears in the center of the Hist sap after you have saved several eggs. This is your cue to talk to Assistant Telixith at the ritual site.

She says the Argonians need to restore their link to the Hist. Without the Hist, no Argonians will hatch at the Hatchling Pools. She thinks the Dominion is using a powerful artifact to interfere. You tell her they have the Mnemic Egg. She says they could destroy the memories of the Hist with it.

Leave the Hatching Pools, and follow the south path with Assistant Telixith in tow. Talk to Vicecanon Servyna at the top of the final set of stairs. She will have the eggs taken to Hissmir, where they will be safe. She gives you a reward for saving the eggs.

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