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ON-qico-Normal.png Save a generation of Argonians from the Dominion.
Zone: Shadowfen
Faction: Ebonheart Pact
Objective: Required for Cadwell's Almanac Hatching Pools — Determine the Dominion's purpose in Hatching Pools.
Quest Giver: Vicecanon Servyna
Location(s): Hatching Pools
Previous Quest: Cracking the Egg
Next Quest: The Mnemic Egg
Reward: Egg-Tender's Guard
1 Skill Point
216 Gold, Silver302 Gold, Gold332 Gold
Recommended Level: 28
The link is severed

Vicecanon Servyna asked me to help Keeper Uxith-Ei in the Hatching Pools. Dominion forces overran the area.

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.

While near the Xanmeers, you may overhear dominion soldiers having the following conversations:

Eastern Xanmeer Western Xanmeer
Private Dolilas:They're covered in so much filth, they're starting to grow together. Here, I'll show you.
Private Firathil: Keep your boots on! We're only here until the eggs hatch.
Private Dolilas: Then the lizards get theirs, and we leave this muckwallow for good.
Private Glalor: They're almost like the spinners from back home. Couldn't we spare them, sir?
Lieutenant Aldononde: What part of "no survivors" don't you understand, private? These savages are the enemy. Once they complete the ritual, they die like the rest.
Private Glalor: But, sir!
Lieutnenant Aldononde: If you're so keen to argue, talk to the Alchemist, It's his order.
Private Glalor: Sir, I ... yes, Sir.

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.

Quest Stages

Keepers of the Shell
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