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SR-qico-College of Winterhold.png Deal with the aftermath of the Eye's power surge.
Location(s): Winterhold
Prerequisite Quest: Revealing the Unseen
Next Quest: The Staff of Magnus
Reward: Savos Aren's Amulet (+50 Magicka), Torc of Labyrinthian
ID: MG05
Magic Anomalies created by the Eye's power surge.

[edit] Quick Walkthrough

  1. Find the Arch-Mage.
  2. Defeat the Magic Anomalies attacking Winterhold.
  3. Report to Mirabelle Ervine.

[edit] Detailed Walkthrough

College members mourning the death of the Arch-Mage.

After regaining consciousness and speaking to Mirabelle Ervine, head to the College’s central courtyard. There you will find the Arch-Mage’s body and a group of mages. Tolfdir will approach you and inform you that whatever killed the Arch-Mage has also affected the town of Winterhold. He wants you to go there and make sure it is safe. Go across the bridge where Faralda and Arniel are waiting. They will help you defeat the ten Magic Anomalies in Winterhold. Once you have secured the town, return to the College and talk to Mirabelle Ervine. She will give you Savos Aren's Amulet and the Torc of Labyrinthian and tell you to find the Staff of Magnus in Labyrinthian.

[edit] Notes

  • If your horse is stabled within the city, the anomalies can quickly surround it and kill it. Simply rush down there at the start of the quest, hop on your horse, ride it out of town, hop off, and then sprint back on foot and join the fray, unless you have Shadowmere, then he can probably stay with you in the fight.
  • At higher levels, the anomalies can be used to train Restoration very effectively, due to their large numbers and pitiful attack power.
  • The souls of magic anomalies are leveled.
  • When this quest is finished, all magicka trainers will either disappear or be unavailable to train until the next quest is finished.
  • You cannot loot the Arch-Mage's body.
  • If you leave a follower somewhere away from the college or the town of Winterhold, when you go to speak with Mirabelle they will be there.
  • If the battle goes on till 7pm Enthir will be headed to the inn and lend a hand. He will then comment "If this is your fault." but not activate speech dialog.
  • Even after finishing the quest and talking to Mirabelle, Magic Anomalies will appear in the town of Winterhold and attack the guards.
  • It is advisable to finish sub-quests involving the townsfolk before triggering the anomalies, as they are known to kill NPCs in town.

[edit] Bugs

  • Sometimes after killing an anomaly it will explode but leave no ghostly remains on the ground. Instead above where it died there should be a floating blue glow. You may have to jump in order to open the remains, if you wish to collect the soul gem.
  • One of the anomalies may not appear and is likely under the world or in a wall, and you may find that it has fallen to the bottom of the cliff near the city. ?
    • Fast traveling back to the town may fix this.
  • You may not receive the quest after the Eye of Magnus has been overloaded. ?
  • If a dragon appears while you are fighting the anomalies, the dead dragon will not give you a dragon soul, and when you kill the anomalies, the quest will mark as being moved on the next stage but you won't be able to enter the College, and people won't talk to you. It is recommended that you reload to a save from before the dragon appeared. ?
  • You may get no initiating quest once the archmage is dead, and there will not be a group of mages surrounding him. This problem may be solved by loading a save several quest stages before the Eye of Magnus explodes.
    • Pc22.png Entering the console command startquest MG05 will start the quest if talking to Savos Aren does not update the previous quest and Mirabelle does not give the quest.
    • PS22.png To get the quest to start, complete all Winterhold related quests that you have active including any under miscellaneous quests.
  • After killing the anomalies, the entrance to the Hall of the Elements may be inactive. Wait for an NPC to enter and fix the door for you; saving and reloading won't fix this. It may also be possible to reset the door yourself by clicking around or near the edges of the door. ?
  • If you go into the Arch-Mage's quarters before going outside, you may encounter him alive but without any dialogue when you try to speak to him. ?
  • Followers may be teleported inside the Hall of the Elements after Ancano knocks everyone unconscious, even if they have been told to wait elsewhere. If you do not tell them to follow you out of the hall before leaving the college, you will be unable to rejoin them until after completing the quest. ?

[edit] Quest Stages

Containment (MG05)
Stage Finishes Quest Journal Entry
Objective 10: Assess the damage to the Great Hall
20 Ancano has done something to the Eye of Magnus, causing the orb to release incredible amounts of energy, and possibly putting the area in danger. I need to find the Arch-Mage and make sure he's safe.
Objective 20: Find the Arch-Mage
30 Ancano has done something to the Eye of Magnus, causing the orb to release incredible amounts of energy, damaging the College and killing the Arch-Mage. The town of Winterhold may be affected as well, and needs to be secured.
Objective 30: Protect the town of Winterhold
Objective 40: Defeat the creatures infesting Winterhold (<Global=MG05CreaturesKilled>/10)
50 Winterhold now appears to be safe from the creatures attacking it. Mirabelle needs to be informed of what's going on.
Objective 50: Report to Mirabelle Ervine
200 Finishes quest The town of Winterhold has been secured for now, but the Eye of Magnus cannot be reached and continues to jeopardize the College.
  • The following empty quest stages were omitted from the table: 0, 1, 25.
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