Skyrim:Augur of Dunlain
|Augur of Dunlain|
The Augur of Dunlain was formerly a Breton mage who lived and worked in the College of Winterhold. According to Tolfdir, he was an upstanding mage and advanced student. Unfortunately, however, he allowed acquisition of power to distract him from magical greatness, leading to his "accident". After a failed magical experiment, he was transformed into a non-corporeal entity, and now resides in the Midden Dark, beneath the College. He is sought after for advice during Good Intentions, and during Restoration Ritual Spell.
When talked to after speaking with Quaranir during Good Intentions, Savos Aren will basically lead you to Tolfdir. Tolfdir will gladly tell a little of what he knows of the Augur of Dunlain: "He was a brilliant student, an accomplished wizard. Delved into magic in a way none had seen before. But, I think, he became too focused on just how much power he could acquire. That's what led to the accident." The "accident" is not defined, but it is presumably what led to the Augur living in the Midden Dark as a ball of light. Once you have made it to him in the Midden, the first thing you see is a locked door requiring a key. The Augur will then tell you through the door, "Your perseverance will only lead to disappointment." Remaining there for a few seconds will bring, "Still you persist? Very well, you may enter." The door will then swing open, and the Augur will be visible.
Speaking to him will give you only one choice to start the conversation:
"So you're the Augur of Dunlain?"
"I'm that which you have been seeking. Your efforts are in vain. It has already begun. But those who have sent you have not told you what they seek. What you seek."
You then have two choices:
|"I was told to find you."||"And what is it I'm seeking?"|
|"Indeed. And so you have come looking, though you do not know why. Like others before you blindly follow a path to your own destruction. The Thalmor came seeking answers as well, unaware they will be his undoing. Your path now follows his, though you will arrive too late."||"You seek that which all who wield magic seek. Knowledge. You shall find this: Knowledge will corrupt. It will destroy. It will consume. You seek meaning, shelter in Knowledge. You will not find it. The Thalmor sought the same thing, and it will lead to his end, as it has many others."|
No matter which you choose, the next two options are always the same:
|"Thalmor? What Thalmor?"||"I'm not the first to come see you?"|
|"The one who calls himself Ancano. he seeks information about the Eye, but what he will find shall be quite different. His path will cross yours in time, but first you must find that which you need."||"No, though you may be the last. The one called Ancano has sought my knowledge as well, through very different questions. Your path differs from most. You are being guided, pushed towards something. It is a good path, a path untraveled by any. It is a path that can save your College. I will tell you what you need to know to follow it further."|
You then have only one choice, with what he says next ending the conversation and causing the Augur to fade away:
"What do I need?"
"You, and those aiding you, wish to know more about the Eye of Magnus. You wish to avoid the disaster of which you are not yet aware. To see through Magnus' Eye without being blinded, you require his staff. Events now spiral quickly towards the inevitable center, so you must act with haste. Take this knowledge to your Arch-Mage."
During the Restoration Ritual, you must again find the Augur in his room in the Midden. He will give you a 'test', in which you have to survive the attack of three ghosts. Succeeding will pass the test and the Augur will tell you "You are worthy, the knowledge is yours" and grant you the spell Bane of the Undead.
 Related Quests
- Good Intentions: Find and consult the Augur of Dunlain.
- Restoration Ritual Spell: Find the Augur of Dunlain and learn more about Restoration magic.
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