The Elder Scrolls Online: Cadwell’s Almanac – Motes in the Moonlight

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Moonmont is a crypt in southern Reaper’s March.

Reaper's March: Moonmont

Reaper's March: Moonmont Temple

#10. Motes in the Moonlight
Zone: Reaper’s March
Faction: Aldmeri Dominion
Objective: Cadwell's Almanac Moonmont — Deal with the Dark Mane’s corruption.
Quest Giver: Shazah, Ebarat
Location(s): Moonmont, Moonmont Temple
Previous Quest: The Path to Moonmont
Next Quest: To Dune
Reward: Gavel of the Hallowed + 328 Gold + Skill Point

– Quick Walkthrough –

  1. Cleanse the four beacons around Moonmont Temple.
  2. Talk to Khali.
  3. Enter Moonmont Temple.
  4. Reach the central chamber.
  5. Solve the lunar altar puzzle.
  6. Defeat the Dark Mane.
  7. Talk to Rid-Thar-ri’Datta.
  8. Choose a Champion.
  9. Talk to the other Lunar Champion.

– Detailed Walkthrough –

Speak to Shazah south of the Moonmont Wayshrine. She and Khali are hunting the Dark Mane. He has taken root in Moonmont and locked himself in the temple. He corrupted the beacons that mark the site as holy to fuel the ward lock. You need to take a prayer to the Bright Moons and pray at the beacons, large pillars around the temple. Together, you can drive away the darkness.

You need to go southwest to the temple and its large pillars. When you get close to a corrupted pillar, you will notice the darkness swirling around it. Use the Purification Prayer on the column to dispel it.

At the southwest beacon, you see Shazah already there. Talk to her. This pillar is too full of the Dark Mane’s power for you, so Shazah, who has more experience, will purify it. You need to protect her. There are two waves of Dar-m’Athra, then Shazah should be finished cleansing the pillar.

Once all the beacons are purified, head to the temple’s courtyard to talk to Khali. The two of you watch as Shazah lights the braziers near the ward with blue flames. The lights from the braziers illuminate the door, and the dark ward explodes. It appears that Shazah underestimated the strength of the ward, but she claims she is unharmed, and you follow the Lunar Champions into the temple.

Once inside, go northwest around the center tower to the door at the top of the steps. Climb the steps and enter the next room.

There is an altar in the center of the room with two moons floating above it. When Shazah tries to dispel the ward in this room, she can’t do it as it is even more powerful than the one before. Talk to Rid-Thar-Ri’Datta, who appears in front of the door.

“Tharn and the Dark Mane dare to tread on temple ground! Blasphemies against the Two Moons Dance. And corruption crawls the walls in Moonmont’s inner chamber.”
How do we get inside?
“The Dark Mane’s residue has twisted the altars to Masser and Secunda. It crawls from between the bricks, stretching and clinging to any ray of light. The darkness of the Dro-m’Athra reaches from where they dwell beyond, snuffing out all it touches.”
Yes, I know. I’m asking how we can get past this door.
“Each of the altars is normally aligned to one of the lunar phases. Simply refocus their light.”

The carvings on the walls are clues to which phase you need to align them to. The northwest altar should be crescent moons pointing left, the middle should be full moons, and the southwest should be pointing right. When done correctly, Rid-Thar will call out that the darkness has been thrown back. Shazah destroys the barrier, and you enter the next room.

“You’re mine now, Champions!”

The Dark Mane surprises the Lunar Champions by ensuring them in green runes. He appears at the top of the short western stairs. It looks like you will have to face him without their help. You defeat him, and the First Mane, Rid-Thar, appears to you.

Rid-Thar says you need to choose right now. The two Champions shine like motes in the darkness. One will shine as brightly as Jone and Jode, but the other will rot and wither in Moonmont’s corruption. Your destiny as Moon Hallowed means you must choose who will walk the Two Moons Path with you and who gets left behind to hold the Dark Mane in place.

Talk to the two Champions. Shazah thinks Khali would be a better Mane: she is stronger. Shazah claims she is only a scribe who was born on the right day at the right time and does not deserve to be Mane. Khali thinks Shazah will not be able to contain the Dark Mane. Shazah would be a good Mane because she knows the people and has studied for a long time. Thank your choice for her sacrifice, then talk to the other Champion.

The Champion vows revenge on Javad Tharn and promises to free her sister after she walks the Two Moons Path.

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