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 Quick Walkthrough
- Speak with Tolfdir.
- Listen to Tolfdir.
- Follow Ancano.
- Speak with Quaranir.
- Find the Augur of Dunlain.
- Report to Savos Aren.
 Detailed Walkthrough
Speak with Tolfdir in the Hall of the Elements and he will marvel at the Eye of Magnus that was retrieved from Saarthal. He will explain how the markings are something they have never before witnessed, and that they do not appear to be Elven, Daedric, or Ayleid.
Ancano will interrupt your discussion and demand you follow him to meet a mysterious visitor who has asked to speak with you. Follow Ancano to the Arch-Mage's quarters and you will meet Quaranir, another representative from the Psijic Order (the first was Nerien, met during the Under Saarthal quest). He will freeze time as he speaks with you. During the time freeze, you can steal anything from the Arch-Mage's room without getting a bounty. He will explain that you must prevent anyone from using the Eye of Magnus, as "the world is not yet ready for such power." He suggests that you seek out the Augur of Dunlain, somewhere within the college, who may be able to give you better guidance.
As your conversation with him concludes, Ancano and the Arch-Mage will appear confused because Quaranir had frozen time in order to speak with you in secrecy. Ancano will become highly suspicious of you and the monk and warns that he will eventually figure out what's going on.
Speaking to the various mages at the college about the Augur will usually direct you to either Tolfdir or Mirabelle Ervine for more information. You can either persuade Mirabelle to tell you where the Augur is, or talk to Tolfdir, who will reveal the location immediately. He will also provide some additional background information. Either way, you learn that the Augur can be found in The Midden.
You can access the Midden from a trap door in the northern corner of the College's courtyard, or by a stairwell in the Hall of Countenance. Making your way to the Augur of Dunlain is relatively easy. You will likely encounter a few Ice Wraiths and Frostbite Spiders along with a small number of undead, such as Draugr or skeletons. If you have received the quest J'zargo's Experiment, this is an ideal place to complete it by using his Flame Cloak scrolls against the undead enemies.
Perhaps the Midden's most interesting feature is the Atronach Forge, found on a lower level near a door leading to the Midden Dark zone. This produces various kinds of magical effects and items, the most powerful of which are available to you only when your conjuration skill reaches 90.
Proceed into the Midden Dark, which contains a curiosity called the "Relic". See The Midden location page for details. There is also an alchemy table on which sits an alchemy skill book. Eventually you will reach a door. When you approach it, the Augur will warn you from the other side that your efforts will only end in disappointment. The door will then open.
The Augur, appearing as a radiant orb, will inform you that others have sought the Eye of Magnus before you and have thereby met their ruin. Ancano is searching for the key to its power as well, and you are told that your paths will cross. The Augur will inform you that The Staff of Magnus is required to avoid the "disaster of which you are not yet aware." You are directed to inform the Arch-Mage (Savos Aren) that the Staff is needed, and then the Augur will vanish.
You will likely find Savos Aren in the Hall of the Elements with The Eye. Informing him of what you have learned will complete the quest, and activate Revealing the Unseen. You will be rewarded with a leveled item, the Mage's Circlet.
- You may not get the next quest "Revealing the Unseen" after completing the quest. This appears to be permanent and cannot be fixed by reloading. As the quest does not load, Mirabelle will have normal dialogue and the quest is impossible to begin.
- When you enter the Arch-Mage's quarters and go upstairs, time may stop yet Quaranir is not there, and you're stuck forever.
 Quest Stages
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