Underground Scholar

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Underground Scholar

1325 AE
Personal story
Death from Below
Ossencrest Climb
(Snowden Drifts)
Hunter's Hearth
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn
Preceded by
Dredge Technology
Followed by
The Dredge Hideout
Dredge Assault

Harathi Hinterlands loading screen.jpg

Loading screen for Scholars Cleft instance

Underground Scholar is part of the personal story of norn characters who chose to side with the Durmand Priory in the previous mission.


Defend Scholar's Cleft from the dredge attack.

  • Warn Scholar's Cleft of the impending dredge attack.
  • Lift the siege by destroying the dredge vehicles and mortars. destroyed: x/8
  • Speak to the head scholar.

Confer with Eir and the order reps in Hoelbrak.

  • Report your findings to Eir and the order reps.
  • Choose a course of action.


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First instance[edit]


Second instance[edit]






Scholar's Cleft[edit]

Approaching Scholar Prott (cinematic):

Scholar Prott: Glad to have you with us, Slayer. Scholar's Cleft is abuzz with rumors of an impending dredge attack.
Scholar Prott: When I left, some of the faculty were convinced the attack was imminent.
Scholar Prott: Studying the dragons for so long makes one eager to confront a more manageable foe. If you don't mind, let's hurry before full-on panic sets in.
<Character name>: I don't mind at all. If trouble's coming to Scholar's Cleft, I want to be there to meet it.

During the dredge attack:

Priory Explorer: We never saw them coming...please, help us...our leader is in danger.

In Scholar's Cleft:

Vyacheslav: Forget the scholars. I have the information we need. Get out of here before reinforcements show up.
Fionna: Stay back. I won't allow harm to come to little Meowmers!

Talking to the NPCs during the attack / before talking to the head scholar:

Scholar Prott: Scholar's Cleft and everyone in there are in danger. We need to get the dredge out of there.
Talk end option tango.png Agreed.
Fionna: My cat! My poor Mrs. Meowmers! Please, keep her safe. She's all the family I have left.
Talk end option tango.png Don't worry, I'll protect you both.
Scholar Haevris: No time to chat. Dredge skulls need cracking.
Talk end option tango.png On it.
Scholar Emberlight: I know a dredge attack when I hear one. You take care of the mole people, I'll protect Mr. Cluckers. Have you met him? He's our unofficial mascot and official test chicken.
Talk end option tango.png I'll catch up with him later.

Talking to the the head scholar / priory scholar (cinematic):

Scholar Vivian: Thank the Six Gods. You arrived just in time. The dredge have gone crazy!
<Character name>: We're here to help. Do you have any idea what those brutes wanted?
Scholar Vivian: They were after a very specific book on ancient architecture. Their leader, Vyacheslav, fled with it just a moment ago.
<Character name>: A book on architecture? Can dredge even read?
Scholar Vivian: I don't know! I told them where it was, and they left me alive. My poor colleagues.
Scholar Prott: If the dredge got what they wanted, I doubt they'll be back. Tend to the wounded, scholar. The Slayer and I will deal with the dredge.
Scholar Prott: I need to report this to my superiors at the Priory, Slayer. I'll meet you back in Hoelbrak when I'm finished, and then we'll speak to the others.

Talking to the NPCs after the attack / after speaking with the priory scholar:

Priory Scholar: So many dead. And over a book we'd have shared, if they'd asked! Thank you for your help. You saved our lives.
Talk end option tango.png The dead will be avenged, scholar. I'll see to that.
Scholar Prott: Things have taken a disturbing turn. We should confer with the other representatives.
Talk end option tango.png Right. Let's head back to Hoelbrak.
Scholar Emberlight: Is it over? I hate avoiding the fight, but I was ordered to keep Mr. Cluckers safe.
Talk end option tango.png I'd say you did your duty, Scholar.
Scholar Haevris: Thanks for the help. We had wind of a dredge attack, but didn't believe it. That rumor pops up so often we've learned to ignore it.
Talk end option tango.png Glad I was here to help.
Fionna: Horrible dredge! So much bloodshed. Thank you for your help. At least this little one made it through the fighting.
Talk end option tango.png You were both fortunate. Be well, both of you.

Hunter's Hearth[edit]

Approaching the order reps:

Crusader Thurkill: I tell you the dredge are testing this new weapon on Vigil soldiers. It has to be destroyed. Now!
Agent Ifwyn: It might be better to steal the weapon. Learn its secrets, develop a defense.
Agent Ifwyn: If it's especially lethal, we might even want to turn it against the dragons themselves.
Scholar Prott: An intriguing notion, agent. But I agree, the weapon deserves a closer look.

Confer with the Order representatives (cinematic):

<Character name>: The rumors were true: dredge did attack Scholar's Creft. They killed a lot of people and stole an ancient tome.
Scholar Prott: They were led by a dredge named Vyacheslav. On his orders, they murdered my colleagues for a book about architecture.
Agent Ifwyn: Why? What was in the book that would be worth killing and dying for?
Crusader Thurkill: Does it matter? I'm here to report that the Vigil just lost another squad to this mystery weapon. The dredge and their new toy must be stopped.
Scholar Prott: I think we all agree on that. But the Priory isn't going to charge in without more information.
Crusader Thurkill: Then step aside. We know they're keeping the weapon near Molenheide. We'll fight our way in and destroy it.
Agent Ifwyn: Or we could sneak in and steal it. By the time the dredge build another one, we'll have a response prepared.
Crusader Thurkill: As long as we do something now to prevent more loss of life. What say you, Slayer? Steal the weapon, or destroy it?

Talking to Eir:

Eir Stegalkin: How are things shaping up? Do you have a feel for the orders and how they operate?
Talk end option tango.png Not yet, but the dredge problem will give me plenty of opportunities.

Talking to the Order representatives:

Agent Ifwyn: The Vigil would throw bodies at the problem and waste lives. With the subterfuge I have planned, what we need falls into our hands.
Talk quest option tango.png I agree. We should achieve our goal quickly, quietly, and efficiently. (leads to The Dredge Hideout)
Talk end option tango.png I'm still undecided.
Crusader Thurkill: Ifwyn's smart and her intentions are good, but she underestimates our strength. If you stand with the Vigil, we'll overwhelm the dredge before they can fight back.
Talk quest option tango.png Direct and to the point. I like it. Let's go. (leads to Dredge Assault)
Talk end option tango.png I need a moment to decide.
Scholar Prott: We have a much better chance with you to assist us. [sic]
Talk end option tango.png Good-bye.

Talking to the representatives after deciding to go with the Vigil:

Crusader Thurkill: You have made a wise choice. When it comes to dredge, the Vigil way is the only way.
Talk end option tango.png Agreed. Let's get started.
Agent Ifwyn: I'm disappointed, of course, but I understand. You have to make a few false starts before you find your true path.
Talk end option tango.png I hope we get to work together soon, Ifwyn.

Talking to the representatives after deciding to go with the Order of Whispers:

Agent Ifwyn: You won't regret this, <Character name>. Victory through stealth and smarts is often more rewarding.
Talk end option tango.png As long as it gets results, I'm on board.
Crusader Thurkill: I can't believe you chose the Order of Whispers path. I thought you were the Slayer, not the Sneaker.
Talk end option tango.png Perhaps, but I have to see for myself.

My story[edit]

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I joined Scholar Prott of the Durmand Priory to defend Scholar's Cleft from a dredge attack. We saved the faculty and staff, but the dredge leader Vyacheslav stole a book on ancient architecture. Prott and I decided to return to Hoelbrak to confer with the other order reps.

My story


Scholar Vivian is labeled as just Priory Scholar in this instance. She is only correctly named during the cinematic.