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Breaking the BarrierSever All Ties

Firsthold is a city at the northwestern corner of the island of Auridon.

Auridon: Firsthold

Auridon: The Refuge of Dread

#17. Sever All Ties
Zone: Auridon
Faction: Aldmeri Dominion
Objective: Cadwell's Almanac Firsthold — Save Firsthold from the Veiled Queen.
Quest Giver: Razum-dar
Location(s): Firsthold, The Refuge of Dread
Prerequisite Quest: Breaking the Barrier
Next Quest: The Great Tree
Reward: Estre’s Dreadstaff + 210 Gold + Skill Point

– Quick Walkthrough –

  1. Enter the first portal.
  2. Enter the next two portals.
  3. Enter the final portal.
  4. Defeat Estre.
  5. Talk to Razum-dar.
  6. Talk to Ayrenn.

– Detailed Walkthrough –

After you destroy the wards in Breaking the Barrier, Razum-dar will tell you that you must defeat Estre:

“Estre is vulnerable. But Tamriel is still open to the Deadlands. This must not be.
We must close her gates. End the threat of the Daedra.”
How do we close the gates?
“Each gate is maintained by a sigil stone. Enter the portal, find the stone, and destroy it.
Raz is going to guess they will be guarded.”
So I should be careful?
“Just so, my friend. Good luck in there.
Raz will rejoin Urcelmo and the others. Ensure Firsthold is still here when you get back.”
Good luck, Razum-Dar.

Closing the gates
North of you will be an Oblivion gate to south entrance of The Refuge of Dread. Follow the tight path, defeating Dremora along the way until you reach four braziers on the corners of a ritual circle. Light these to remove the barrier preventing you from progressing further. Behind it is a Sigil Stone. Destroy it to close the portal. You will find yourself in the closed gate. Go north into the Firsthold Courtyard to find Dremora and marines fighting. There are two more portals to the northwest and northeast, also leading the the Refuge of Dread.

The Northwestern Gate enters the Refuge of Dread, perhaps unsurprisingly, at the northwest. Again, you will follow a tight path, defeating Dremora. The obstacle to the Sigil Stone this time will be a Clannfear minor boss called Marrow.

The Northeastern Gate enters the Refuge of Dread at the northernmost entrance. Yet again will you follow a tight path and fighting Dremora. The Sigil Stone is guarded by Mezelukhebruz, a Spider Daedra.

You will then have to find Razum-dar, who will be south of the entrance to Castle Firsthold. He will invite you to finish Estre off:

“The gates are closed. And Tamriel is just a little bit safer.
What do you say we put an end to Estre?”
Where’s the Battlereeve?
“He and Sinien are already inside. We have one more portal to close.
The High Kinlady Estre clutches to Dagon’s robes. Hides within the Deadlands.”
Will you come with me, Raz?
“It would be Razum-Dar’s pleasure to fight by your side.
Follow. He shall lead the way.”
Right behind you.

Razum-dar will then open and enter Castle Firsthold, where he, Urcelmo, and Sinien enter the final gate to the Refuge of Dread. You will find yourself at the eastern entrance. This is the only section of the Refuge of Dread that is not a tight passage, and you will be walking on an island in the middle of a lake of lava. Go west to fight Kinlady Estre, who will twice summon flame atronachs to cast a protective shield around her. Razum-Dar, Sinien, and Urcelmo will walk into a portal, leaving you to destroy the stone. In Castle Firsthold, talk to Razum-dar:

“Estre dead. Rilis found. Razum-dar couldn’t have asked for more.
Even this one must admit: you do good work. Without you leading the charge, today could have gone very differently.”
What now, Raz?
“Queen Ayrenn has arrived. She is just outside, with her retinue. This one is certain she’ll want to hear your report.
Go. We will speak again soon.”
As you say.

Ayrenn is south of the castle and surrounded by First Auridon Marines.

“The Battlereeve tells me Estre is dead. I mourn her loss.
She is the past. And you, our future. Your service to our people has been exemplary. You have proven yourself a valuable asset to the Aldmeri Dominion.”
Thank you, your Grace.
“Among those who heed my voice, you will be honored and welcome. Our alliance of three peoples is fragile but beautiful.
With you at its heart, I’m certain the Covenant and the Pact will learn to fear the eagle’s cry.”
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