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In Solitude you'll meet a beggar named Dervenin. He'll be wandering around the streets complaining about his master. When you ask him if you can help, he'll give you this quest.
Dervenin will tell you that his master has been on vacation for years, and that he's forgotten about his followers. Dervenin will then ask you to track down his master in the Pelagius Wing of the Blue Palace, and he'll give you
Pelagius' Hip Bone
for no apparent reason.
Inside the Blue Palace, you'll need to talk to Falk Firebrand (in the throne room) or one of the servants Erdi or Una (who can usually be found in the kitchen during the day). Firebrand will give you the
Pelagius Wing Key
if you've completed the quest The Man Who Cried Wolf. Erdi or Una will give you the key if you tell them that Firebrand asked you to check it out.
The entrance to the Pelagius Wing is located on the southwestern side of the Blue Palace. Inside, you'll find the place long abandoned, with spiderwebs covering everything. Nothing will attack you, but a short time after beginning your explorations, you'll be teleported into a clearing, where you'll find Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness (and Dervenin's master), having tea with the mad emperor Pelagius III. Your equipment will be stripped away from you at this point, and many parts of the interface (like the inventory screen and the map screen) will stop working.
When you approach Pelagius and Sheogorath, they'll talk for a bit, and then Pelagius will disappear. When you head over to Sheogorath to find out what's going on, he'll explain to you that you're in the mind of Pelagius, and that the only way he'll end his vacation is if you can figure out a way to escape. To assist you in this endeavor, he'll give you a
, and you'll automatically equip it.
To escape from Pelagius' mind, you'll have to solve three puzzles. You'll find the puzzles by walking down the paths to the NE, NW, and SE. These puzzles are described below:
- NE Puzzle. For this puzzle you'll need to cure Pelagius of his night terrors. To do this, you'll need to shoot the sleeping Pelagius with the
Wabbajack, and then shoot the night terror that appears. Each time you do this, the night terror will transform into something friendly. After defeating four night terrors, Pelagius will wake up and you'll have completed the task.
Note: The final night terror will transform into a treasure chest, but you won't be able to loot it.
- NW Puzzle. For this puzzle you'll need to make Pelagius feel safe. To do this, you'll need to climb up to the arena at the end of the path, where you'll witness two atronachs fighting each other. Sheogorath will then tell you to "defeat the enemy." The trick here is that the atronachs aren't the enemy; the people across from you watching the combat are. So just shoot the seated onlookers with the
Wabbajack. This will cause them to transform into wolves and kill the third onlooker, which will complete the task.
- SE Puzzle. For this puzzle you'll need to help Pelagius to love himself. To do this, you'll need to shoot Pelagius' Anger with the
Wabbajack to make it smaller, and shoot Pelagius' Confidence with the
Wabbajack to make it bigger. Once you've done this a couple of times, two Self-Loathing spirits will show up and start assisting Anger against Confidence. The spirits aren't important for anything, but they’ll deal some damage and make it more difficult to target Anger and Confidence. Decreasing Anger's size twice and increasing Confidence's size twice will complete the puzzle, but you'll have to be reasonably quick to do this because if Confidence takes too much damage then he'll shrink in size and you'll have to shoot him again.
After solving all three puzzles, when you return to Sheogorath, he'll congratulate you for your persistence, and he'll agree to hold up his end of the bargain. He'll also allow you to keep the
. Then Sheogorath will send you back to the Pelagius Wing in the Blue Palace, and he'll return all of your equipment to you.
Note: After returning to the Pelagius Wing, if you explore it thoroughly, then on the lowest level you'll find the book
Surfeit of Thieves
, which will increase your Lockpicking skill by 1.
Another Note: If you're playing on the PC, then after completing the quest you might need to reset some of your hotkeys.