Lore Lesson 14: Wrathstone
The Season of the Dragon has begun. As Elder Scrolls Online releases its newest downloadable content, Wrathstone, two new dungeons and one new battleground will be available for you to explore and conquer. This first content release of 2019 marks the beginning of a single epic storyline, spanning the length of the year. Of course, the lion’s share of this story will take place this June with the release of the Elder Scrolls Online’s next chapter, Elsweyr, where we will explore the land of the mighty Khajiit.
We wouldn’t quite be worthy if we didn’t take the time to uncover the story behind each part of this new content, so let’s begin with Wrathstone. In two new dungeons, affectionately referred to as Frostvault and the Depths of Malatar, you and your party will venture into two hidden Tamrielic ruins to collect both halves of the mysterious Wrathstone tablet.
What is the Wrathstone Tablet?
The Wrathstone, when whole, is a map of the Halls of Colossus. You’ll remember, the Halls of Colossus, located in Elsweyr (and an explorable location in the upcoming chapter) is an ancient structure with much speculation as to who actually built it. Some say it was built to honor a race of giants that hasn’t been seen in Tamriel for ages. Others such as a Prophet of Rajhin (the Khajiiti Thief King ) claim that the Halls were built by the Blades on orders of Tiber Septim as a location to rebuild the Numidium. Now, once the tablet is in the hands of Tharayya, your quest guide, she notes that the writing on the tablet seems to be a lost dialect of Ta’agra (Khajiiti) which may certainly place its origins in Elsweyr.
Your Guide: Tharayya
Tharayya is a Redguard scholar, researcher and treasure hunter. You might remember her from the Volenfell dungeon, where she was racing to beat her ex-husband and fellow treasure hunter, Quintus Verres in discovering the Guardian’s Eye, an ancient Dwemer artifact of immense power. You see, Tharayya and Quintus’ short, but colorful relationship seemingly ended badly after just a week, as they were developing competing studies on the Dwemer and their ancient artifacts. Quintus was angered that Tharayya had found Volenfell first and set up an ambush to kill her and her research party. You and your party will venture through Volenfell and assist Tharayya with recovering her coveted relic. However, that will not be the last time you see Tharayya.
You will encounter this famous scholar again in Frostvault, where she has been hired by Abnur Tharn to obtain the two halves of the Wrathstone tablet.
Deep in the Eastmarch mountains in a place called Giant’s Run, lies a hidden Dwarven vault. Frostvault is home to one half of the Wrathstone tablet which has been sealed within. When you first enter the Frostvault, Tharayya is surprised to see anyone has found the ruin. She is accompanied by her expedition party and she makes you an offer to assist her in locating the mysterious artifact known as the Wrathstone. If you take the quest, Tharayya will trail your party, not far behind, and give you tips and hints as you battle the constructs and goblins in the vault.
Although we won’t give any spoilers away regarding the dungeon quest itself, your ultimate goal is to recover one-half of the Wrathstone Tablet itself and deliver it to Tharayya. If you are successful, however, your job is only half-completed.
Depths of Malatar
Tharayya will also appear in the Depths of Malatar dungeon where she carries the imprisoned spirit of her husband Quintus with her in a Pneumeria Chamber. The Depths of Malatar is the second group dungeon DLC of ESO’s latest content release.
Located in the Gold Coast, Depths of Malatar is found underneath the Ayleid ruins of Garlas Malatar and connected to the sunken ruins of Fort Mistwatch. The ruin is occupied by followers of Meridia, who have devoted their lives to concealing the other half of the Wrathstone Tablet within their walls.
Garlas Malatar is an Ayleidoon term meaning “Cavern of the High Wood”. It was the westernmost outpost of the Ayleid Empire in the First Era, located on a small island along the Gold Coast of Western Cyrodiil and Northwest of Anvil. The settlement was there to post watch over the Abacean Sea for invaders. The settlement became known as “Daedraphile” and was associated with the worship of Meridia. In the timeline of ESO, the ruins and underground complex had been sealed many years ago and its exterior is patrolled by minotaurs.
In a twist of fate, Tharayya’s deceased husband, Quintus Verres helps his ex-wife and treasure hunter by leading her to the ruins of the old Imperial fort at Mistwatch. This fort was built many years ago as a base of operations for the Imperials to search and loot the Ayleid ruins found in the Gold Coast. Left within the Depths of Malatar, are the very spirits and unnatural guardians of the Imperials themselves, dead-set on protecting the very artifact that caused the demise of both the Imperials within and Garlas Malatar itself.
It is up to you and your party to venture into the Depths of Malatar and attempt to recover the second half of the mysterious Wrathstone, so Tharayya can complete her contract with Abnur Tharn. Good luck.
Battle in the Void
Also a part of the latest content from Elder Scrolls Online is a battleground by the name of Eld Angvar, where you and your team will battle fellow players in an Ayleid world-between-worlds. Deep within the void, you will use various portals to hunt and eliminate your fellow players. But what is the story behind this location?
Eld Angvar, meaning “Old Ironwood” in ancient Ayleidoon is also known as the “Golden Path”. It is comprised of a void realm of nexus gates connected by floating Ayleid architecture. This abandoned realm between worlds has an entrance that you may have encountered on your travels in Murkmire. Eld Angvar was created as a result of Myndhal’s search for the Remnant of Argon.
Years ago, prior to the Alessian Slave Rebellion, a clan of Ayleids led by the powerful mage Myndhal, came to Murkmire in search of souls to enslave and to unlock the power of the Hist. During his campaign against the ancient Argonian Root-Whisper Tribe, Myndhal witnessed the power of the Remnant of Argon. The Remnant of Argon was an Argonian artifact created as a last-ditch effort to save the Argonians and the Hist from the invading Ayleids. In its creation, the Root-Whisper Hist sacrificed itself to create the amber artifact to contain the souls of the entire tribe until the Ayleid threat had passed.
Myndhal became obsessed with obtaining the Remnant of Argon. He and another mage, Houtern, created a network of portals that connected to a void realm, in an attempt to access the area they thought the Hist had hidden the Remnant of Argon within. This void realm was called Eld Angvar. This is the area in which you will battle it out with other players in ESO’s latest DLC.
Whether you choose to take part in the Player versus Environment content or the new Battleground of Eld Angvar, there are stories and lore tied to each piece. Make sure you take the time to experience the incredible stories our developers have created for us. The visuals are stunning and the content is challenging, don’t miss out. Its amazing.