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||Starting Location: The Shrine of the Crusader
|Starting NPC: Sir Amiel (via his journal)
|Possible Reward(s): Cuirass of the Crusader
When you read through Sir Amiel's Journal
during the The Shrine of the Crusader
quest, you'll discover that he was part of an organization called the Knights of the Nine. The journal also reveals that this holy order had established a headquarters in the West Weald to the southeast of Skingrad. You can't fast-travel to this location, so you'll have to make the trek from the nearest explored point of interest on your map. Good choices include Fort Black Boot, Collarbone Camp, or either of the nearby Nornalhorst or Silorn Ayleid ruins.
The Priory of the Nine is comprised of an empty stable, an abandoned chapel, and a two-story uninhabited stone building. There's more to this holy place, however. Enter the main building and turn the corner to your left. A large eight-pointed star shape is embedded into the floor, along with a small diamond-shaped opening at its center. Placing Sir Amiel's Ring
into this opening causes the circular platform to descend and form a staircase leading to the priory's secret basement. The basement seems to have been abandoned as well, though you'll be able to scrounge some weapons and armor (including a couple Knights of the Nine Cuirasses
and Knights of the Nine Shields
) within the training room. Once you're done picking through everything of value, head through the west door leading into the undercroft.
The undercroft houses a tomb for each of the Knights of the Nine and is the resting place for the Cuirass of the Crusader
. When you approach the cuirass along the west wall, eight dead knights materialize around you and their leader, Sir Amiel, speaks to you. In a growling voice, Sir Amiel proclaims that you must face each of the knights in honorable combat in order to prove yourself worthy of claiming the cuirass. One by one, each of the knights confronts you - Sir Gregory, Sir Casimir, Sir Ralvas, Sir Henrik, Sir Caius, Sir Juncan, Sir Torolf, and, finally, Sir Amiel himself. If you're well-equipped, you probably won't have a whole lot of trouble with any of them. You have plenty of room to maneuver (though you can't leave the undercroft due to a magical barrier barring your way) and none of the knights possess the ability to cast spells or fire arrows at you. Keep yourself out of their melee range and you're almost guaranteed victory. When all eight knights have been bested (one is missing!), Sir Amiel tells you that nobody has ever stood against the knights and lived in over 300 years. He asks that you step forward and claim what's yours by right - the Cuirass of the Crusader
. With the cuirass in your possession, you can now speak to the knights to learn more about their history and what you must do in order to obtain the remaining artifacts and face Umaril.
Sir Amiel is happy to learn that you've found the helm that he died seeking and tells you that the ninth knight, Sir Berich, left the Order during the War of the Red Diamond because the two of them didn't see eye to eye on "certain matters." Sir Casimir explains that he was the one who lost the Gauntlets of the Crusader
and offers to tell you where they ended up. He tells you a tale of his time in the war and how it changed him when he returned to Cyrodiil. His newfound temper caused him to strike a beggar dead who tried his patience once too many times. When the beggar was struck, the gauntlets fell to the floor of the Chapel of Stendarr in Chorrol and grew so heavy that they could not be lifted by anyone. This story triggers the Stendarr's Mercy
Continuing to move around the room, Sir Juncan explains that he was close to retrieving the Boots of the Crusader
, but died along the way. If you want to follow in his footsteps, he tells you to visit the priests of Kynareth at a shrine to the west of the Imperial City. This leads you into the Nature's Fury
quest. Sir Ralvas can fill you in on the Mace of the Crusader
. To retrieve the mace, Ralvas tells you that you must face the challenge of Zenithar by kneeling before the shrine below the Chapel of Zenithar in Leyawiin. This triggers the The Path of the Righteous
quest. And, finally, to learn more about the whereabouts of the Shield of the Crusader
, speak with Sir Henrik. He'll tell you that he had brought the shield to Fort Bulwark for safe keeping, but died defending the fort from "those who would take and misuse it." He believes the shield is still there and wants you to journey to the fort as part of the Wisdom of the Ages
quest to retrieve it once again.
When you've spoken with all of the dead knights, a journal entry prompts you to begin collecting the remaining artifacts and return here to the priory when you've uncovered them all. At that point, you'll move on to the The Faithful Squire