Lore:Crypt of Hearts
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|Crypt of Hearts|
|Appears in||Arena, Shadowkey, ESO|
The Crypt of Hearts is a multi-level mausoleum located in northern Tamriel made up of dank, winding passageways filled with strange creatures. As befits such a place, its exact location is uncertain, having entrances in both High Rock and Skyrim. The city of Shornhelm, near its High Rock entrance, is sometimes referred to as "the Keeper of the Crypt".[UOL 1] The Crypt of Hearts was originally built by the Ayleids, and was known as Agea Relle. Some time during the Second Era, the Agea Relle was turned into a school for teaching the practice of magic. The school was founded by the Altmer Nerien'eth and his wife Alanwe. This school was short-lived, as Nerien'eth killed everyone at the school, including his wife, after coming into possession of the Ebony Blade.
In 3E 397, due to the ongoing War of the Bend'r-mahk, a Shadow of Conflict was created deep within the crypt. This Shadow of Conflict, or "Umbra' Keth", could be controlled by a powerful Shadowmage. Pergan Asuul, one such Shadowmage, sought to control the monstrosity for his own ends, as did Jagar Tharn, who was posing as the Emperor Uriel Septim VII. An unknown hero, under the guidance of Azra Nightwielder and Skelos Undriel, recovered the seven Star Teeth in an effort to destroy the Umbra' Keth. The hero descended into the crypt on the Skyrim side of the border, near the city of Dragonstar. All but one of the crypt caretakers had fled, as the Umbra' Keth's presence had caused the dead to rise. The hero battled the final incarnation of Pergan Asuul in the crypt, and placed the Star Teeth on their pedestals in the Vault of the Heavens. The hero then lured the Umbra' Keth from the third level of the crypt and into range of the power of the Star Teeth, which weakened the shadow creature and allowed the hero to destroy it, preventing it from falling into the hands of Tharn, or anyone else who would misuse it.
The crypt was also used as a hiding place for one of the shattered pieces of the Staff of Chaos throughout the Imperial Simulacrum. The Eternal Champion, on a quest to dethrone Jagar Tharn, sought out the crypt. The Brotherhood of Seth in Camlorn, with the aid of a map that the champion recovered, were able to find an entrance to the crypt. The entrance was at the end of the northern bay in High Rock, near the city of Shornhelm. The champion recovered the piece of the staff on the fourth level of the crypt.
Note: the following references are not from official sources. They are included to provide a rounder background to this article, but may not reflect established lore.