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Location Volenfell
Depths of Malatar
Aldmeri Dominion Vulkhel Guard Manor & Treasury,Daggerfall Covenant Daggerfall Castle,Ebonheart Pact (?)
Race Redguard Gender Female
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Tharayya is a Redguard scholar and treasure hunter. She is first encountered searching for the Guardian's Eye in Volenfell, seeking to beat her ex-husband Quintus Verres to it. She is later hired by Abnur Tharn to obtain the two halves of the Wrathstone tablet. In Frostvault, she is accompanied by an expedition team, and in the Depths of Malatar, she carries the imprisoned spirit of Quintus with her in a Pneumeria Chamber.

Related Quests[edit]

Quest Related Events[edit]


When you first see her in Volenfell, she will be hiding behind a tent, crouching behind Defender Fadanah and Defender Israhal. She'll shush you and call you over to talk:

Tharayya: "Shh … get over here!"
Tharayya's Trail[edit]

For the final stage of the quest, you must speak to Tharayya:

"Keep it down!"
So this is Volenfell? I followed your journal entries.
"Great. A fan.
I need you to keep quiet!"

You then complete the quest, and Tharayya will give you the rewards. Her dialogue will lead into the Blood and Sand quest.

Blood and Sand[edit]

"Keep it down!"
Why? What's wrong?
"You see those rabid dogs up ahead? Raiders. They swept into my camp this morning, slaughtered us nearly to a man.
They'll kill you, too, if they see you. I can't stay here forever—there must be a way through them."
I could make one.
"Ha ha ha! An interesting proposal.
Let's see if your bite is as fierce as your bark."
Wait here.

After dealing with the raiders:

"That worked out much better than I thought it would.
I think formal introductions are in order. My name is Tharayya. Pleased to meet you."
I'm [PlayerName]. What happened here?
"Well, you just helped me avoid a vicious stabbing. We were a group of twenty this morning. No longer.
I'll bet my dog of a husband set up this ambush."
Your husband?
"That's ex-husband, actually. Bastard probably knew I was coming.
We were … developing competing studies on the Dwemer, and I found the location of this ruin, Volenfell, before he did."
So he tried to kill you?
"Poisoned me, stole my journals and notes. Left me for dead.
So I came after him with a small army. Who knew he'd have one, too?"
He poisoned you?
"Oh it's happened before—an unrelated incident—luckily I had a supply of water and salt nearby.
Lost a lot of fluid, but I lost the poison, too."
What will you do now?
"Only thing I can do is try to get my research back from him. This place houses the Guardian's Eye, an artifact I've hunted for months.
Will you help me? It'll be worth your while."
I'll get those notes back. (Advances Quest)
"My "husband," Quintis Verres, is around here somewhere. He's got every scrap of research I've done on these ruins and the Guardian's Eye. I need my materials back."
So, what is the Guardian's Eye?
"It's an ancient dwemer artifact of immense power."
Is that it?
"Is what it?"
Is that all you know?'
"I … look, someone out there will pay a small fortune for it. You have no idea how difficult it was to catch word of the Eye.
The Mages Guild, Tamriel's leading archeologists. They'll all kill to get it. Like my dear husband tried to."

After Quintus Verres and his gargoyle are defeated. Tharayya and her guards will show up.

Tharayya: "Poor Quintus. Always a little clumsy … in his research, in murdering people. In … relationships."

You can then hand over her notes and ask her more questions.

"You'll have to excuse me if I don't shed a tear for my dearly departed husband."
I found your notes.
"Fantastic! A hall referenced as the "Guardian's Helm" should be your first stop, accessible through a side passage nearby.
My texts hint that you'll find a mechanism within, probably a lever, that will open the way for us to move deeper."
The Eye is inside?
"We have a ways to go, I'm afraid.
You'll face dwemer mechanics within. Traps, automatons. Mind your surroundings."
Let's go.' (Advances Quest)
"Go on ahead. We're going to see if we can muscle through this door here while you search for an easier way to get it open.
My notes say that you'll find a mechanism in the Guardian's Helm that will help."
Why don't you come along?
"I think our time would be better spent attempting to force the door open.
We'll work faster that way, you see?"
[Persuade] What? Are you afraid?
"Come now. That's not fair. We're working off my research, after all and you're … better at danger than I am.
We'll be waiting. I mean working. Here. To get the door open."
Why did you marry Quintus?
"I wanted to see his research, and we know he needed mine.
It felt like it took an eternity to get it. Too bad I knew more than he did. But enough about me. I'm sure you'll find the Guardian's Eye much more interesting."
Was your marriage difficult?
"Our relationship wasn't always like this. That first night was wonderfully raucous.
Of course, it only took a week for him to try to kill me. Let's see, that was … was last week."
So, what is the Guardian's Eye? (Repeat from above)

After you enter the Guardian's Helm, deal with Boilbite and activate the mechanism, you can meet Tharayya outside. Her guards will be using pickaxes on the surrounding metal.

"You did it! Our way is clear!"
What's next?
"Let me review my notes ….
Ah yes, my research says we need to bypass the "Guardian's Skull." It, too, should have an unlocking lever that will allow us to pass deeper into these ruins."
Is it dangerous?
"Almost definitely. The transition between "Guardian's Helm" to "Guardian's Skull" implies vulnerability, I think. We must be getting closer to the Eye."
I'll head to the Guardian's Skull./Very well. I'll head to the Guardian's Skull. (Advances Quest)
"My crew and I are collecting Dwemer samples to, uh … sell them. You should explore.
Now that I've seen this place, I'd guess the Dwemer were not kindly creatures. Only a sadistic culture would build the constructs and traps we've encountered."
What do you do for a living, exactly?
"I do a little bit of everything. I enjoy new experiences.
Last week's was marriage. This week is divorce and Dwemer ruins. Both will hopefully lead to considerable fortune."
Could you be more specific about what I'm facing?
"Let me see … there are several mentions of hot air? Steam.
It's a direct translation, so we could just be talking about steam exhaust, volcanic steam … bath steam. Just be careful!"

After you have used the lever in the Guardian's Skull, you can speak with Tharayya.

"I came here for the gold but I can't stand here and not bask a little in the history.
I've often wondered if the Dwemer ever expected they wouldn't be here today."
I pulled the lever in the Guardian's Skull. What's next?
"If my research is correct, then you've unlocked the door to the Eye itself!
According to my notes, the Eye is located in the chamber called the "Guardian's Orbit." Sounds … somewhat grisly. It's probably the structure up ahead."
What do the Dwemer have in store this time?
"Probably the most powerful constructs yet remain in this ruin. The Dwemer are so very fond of leaving their treasure with their traps and automatons.
Be ready for anything."
I'll find the Guardian's Eye.
"I can't believe the Guardian's Eye is nearly in my—I mean our—grasp!
I don't know what you're planning to do with your share, but I'm buying a gold-plated carriage."
Where is the Eye again?
"In a chamber called the "Guardian's Orbit." My notes don't related an exact location, but there can't be that many unexplored structures remaining. My crew and I have our hands full, so you'll have to do some exploring on you're own."

Once the Guardian Trinity are defeated, Tharayya will come into the Guardian's Orbit.

Tharayya: "Stop!"
Tharayya: "The Eye may be fragile. Please let me examine it."
Tharayya: "Now, let's see if I can dislodge this."
<The Eye starts sparking.>
Tharayya: "Something's … happening."
Tharayya: "This doesn't seem right …."
<A wave of energy throws everyone back.>
Tharayya: "That was unpleasant."
Tharayya: "Do you hear that? Like a scratching sound? Something's coming!"
<Skeletons start coming out of the sand.>
Tharayya: "Oh no!"
Tharayya: "We have to get out of here!"
Defender (?): "Get out of here! Follow Tharayya—I'll cover your escape!"

After following Tharraya outside through a side tunnel, she will be just outside.

"The Eye was within my grasp. Months of planning wiped out in seconds. How could this happen?"
Was the Eye destroyed?
"I had it in my hands … and it vanished in that blinding light! Blasted Dwemer magic.
Then those undead came, crawling from the ground. Perhaps the Eye woke them. Sep's tongue, something awful has befallen this place. We need to get clear."

Once you receive your reward, Tharayya will say she needs to warn people.

"I … can't believe the Eye is gone. And I have a bad feeling about those undead.
I'm going to get some help. Warn the region. Who knows how many of them are in there."
Are you sure the Eye is gone?
"After what I just saw, I'm not sure of anything.
Eye or no, unearthing the undead is always an ill omen. And as much as I want to walk away, I don't think this mess is going to clean itself up."

The Guiding Light[edit]

At the entrance to Fort Mistwatch, you can speak to Tharayya to start the quest:

Tharayya: "Your notes said abandoned, as in no one left alive inside."
Quintus Verres: "Take it to the Imperial Census."
Tharayya: "Due diligence, Quintus. It's why I'm alive an [sic] you're—hold on, we have company."
"I thought for sure I'd covered my tracks well enough to avoid any run-ins with Quintus's friends, or enemies. Who are you? What did he tell you?"
I don't know what you're talking about.
"You really don't know, do you? Huh. I assumed Quintus neglected to tell me that he let his location slip during one of his fool binges, or soliciting a patron to fund his next expedition.
However you got here, I have an offer for you."
Let's hear it.
"I believe that beneath the ruins of the Imperial fort here is an Ayleid city containing an artifact of enormous historical significance. Help me recover it and whatever treasures we find in Garlas Malatar are yours to keep.
It's a generous offer."
I accept.
"To reach Garlas Malatar, we'll need to traverse the crumbling fort below. I was told it was long abandoned, but I was misinformed. It seems the Imperials never left, if you can consider the things I encountered down there Imperials."
What's wrong with the Imperials?
"They seem possessed, for lack of a better word, ensorcelled by some unnatural energy. Like nothing I've ever seen.
Records said the fort befell some great catastrophe and was abandoned, but little else. It was a long time ago."
How long?
"Three hundred years or so, the Empire suspiciously began surveying the site not long after the death of Tjurhane Fyrre. They must have found something in the great sage's writings. What I wouldn't give to have them now."
You think they were after the same artifact you're looking for?
"I find it hard to believe the Empire had no idea it was building on top of Ayleid ruins when the fort was established. They likely wished to conceal and protect their efforts to unearth Garlas Malatar. Seems they failed to manage the latter."
I'd like to know who I'll be working with.
"Fair. I'm Tharayya, a historian of sorts. Very little of the great ancient civilization escapes my interest. Ayleids are no exception. You'll need my expertise if you intend to brave Garlas Malatar without sharing those Imperials' fate."
Who were you talking to when I arrived?
"That was Quintus, my ex-husband. Ex-ex-husband I should say. He's dead now. It's a long story, but suffice to say he met his end while trying to orchestrate mine, so I wouldn't feel too bad for him now."
If he is dead, how are you talking to him?
"It took some doing, and a considerable number of favors, but the short answer is he's repaying his debt to me from inside this heavily modified Pneumeria Chamber.
Much as I despise his company, I couldn't have found this place with his notes alone."
Pneumeria Chamber?
"A Dwemer mechanism for pressurizing steam. Turns out it can bottle up just about anything with some tweaks to its tonal architecture.
Now, would you direct your curiosity toward the task at hand? The secrets of Garlas Malatar are waiting."

You and Tharayya will part ways momentarily while she investigates another passage:

Tharayya: "Head through the far chamber. I'll see where this door leads. Try not to wind up like those Imperials."

After defeating the Scavenging Maw:

Tharayya: "Daedra. A parting gift from the Ayleids?"
Quintus Verres: "You always did have a flair for stating the obvious."
Tharayya: "When I want to be wrong, I'll ask for your opinion."
"The Hunger was preying on these possessed Imperials. I think we can rule it out as a source of the catastrophe that struck this fort. More than likely it was just drawn to the energies radiating from here."
How'd the Daedra get here if it wasn't summoned?
"If this place has a strong connection to Oblivion, then it may have found its own way into our world. They Ayleids were a Daedra worshiping civilization with an advanced knowledge of magic. It' not beyond the realm of possibility."
Could that explain what happened to the Imperials?
"It's the best explanation we've got right now. Not reassuring, but at least we have some idea what we're dealing with.
Let's not delay any longer."

At the point where you reach the Wrathstone, Tharayya and Quintus will talk:

Tharayya: "A shrine? Why would the Imperials build this?"
Quintus Verres: "Who cares? What matters is they found the Wrathstone. It's right there for the taking."
Tharayya: "Imperials aren't known for their traps, but … looks clear."
Tharayya: "Trap free, for once." [She takes the piece of the Wrathstone]
King Narilmor: "That was never meant for impure hands! It will not leave my care!"

King Narilmor then causes a cave in, destroying the shrine and forcing everyone into the ruins below.

King Narilmor: "Submit to her will. It is the only way."
Tharayya: "Over here! I'm alive!"
Quintus Verres: "Unfortunately."

Speaking with Tharayya on the shore:

"Just once I'd like to claim an artifact without complication."
Are you alright?
"I'm fine. Just bruised and waterlogged.
The Imperials must have come in search of this artifact as well. One guess what happened when they found it."
That's what you came here for? What is it?
"The closest translation is Wrathstone. Quintus found numerous references in Ayleid texts. They searched tirelessly for it as their kingdoms faltered before the First Empire. It seems the Elves of Garlas Malatar found it, for all the good it did."
You think the voice we heard was responsible for the fall of the fort?
"He brought that shrine down easily enough. When the Imperials found the Wrathstone, they angered this guardian. He trapped them here and turned them into whatever they are now. Slaves and servants."
There's no going back the way we came. Now what?
"Our only path is forward. We know the Imperials reached Garlas Malatar, so we should try to do the same. A city that size must have other paths to the surface... otherwise we're in for a lot of climbing and digging."

After killing The Weeping Woman:

Quintus Verres: "Your friends are skilled explorers, Tharayya. They've discovered a woman more frigid than you. I didn't think it was possible."
Tharayya: "Shut up, Quintus."
Quintus Verres: "Case in point."
Tharayya: "This architecture is definitely Ayleid. We're on the right path. Let's explore further."
"I don't suppose this was the woman that voice from before was going on about."
It sounded more like she was another servant. She claimed they hid the Wrathstone for her.
"They had the Wrathstone and hid it from the other Ayleid kingdoms? Ayleids were as fickle with their loyalty as the Daedric Princes they worshiped, but the one thing they agreed on was hating Man. So why keep it a secret as their empire fell?"
How could that artifact have helped them?
"That's another missing piece to the puzzle. This tablet isn't Ayleid, it isn't even whole, but I don't recognize any cultural hallmarks in the carvings. There's familiar writing, but I'll need time to decipher it.
We may find more answers ahead."

During the fight with the Dark Orb:

Tharayya: "That dark orb must be the heart of this trap, try to break it!"
Quintus Verres: "Brilliant revelation."

After destroying the Dark Orb:

Tharayya: "You'd have wound up like the rest of this sorry lot. Maybe sorrier. Not even the light of Meridia could improve your complexion."
Tharayya: "What is her interest here?"
"So, Garlas Malatar has been safeguarded by Meridia all this time. That explains why this place has remained relatively untouched for ages, and how the denizens are still around to make our lives difficult."
You're suggesting they made some sort of Daedric Pact?
"The Ayleids, definitely. She probably granted them immortality so long as they protect the Wrathstone. Though I don't get the impression the Imperials chose this new life willingly."
So she's enslaved them?
"I don't see an entire Imperial legion abandoning the Eight Divines en masse, even with an offer of immortality on the table. She may have made them her willing servants, but she took something from them to get that loyalty."
What do you know about Meridia?
"Daedrology isn't my area of expertize, but she's the Daedric Prince of Life. She has a reputation for benevolence. The stories I've heard almost always concern her appearing before mortals to purge necromancy and undeath. Sounds almost Divine, yes?"
Prerequisite Dialogue
;If the player has finished the main quest: We've crossed paths before. She's the enemy of our enemies, but not our friend.

"I know all too well about alliances of convenience. It seems like we aren't going to come to any accord with Meridia here, so we should keep searching for means of escape."
;If the player has not finished the main quest: going to get that soon


Upon entering King Narilmor's chamber, the follow exchange occurs:

Tharayya: "Feel that? A chill breeze. We must be nearing an exit!"
King Narilmor: "Unclean!" [He casts a spell towards Tharayya]
Tharayya: "Ah! The Pneumeria Chamber!"
Quintus Verres: "Finally! Free!"
Tharayya: "Damn it! Quintus, get back here!"
King Narilmor: "You defy our Lady of Light and desecrate her domain with the undead! I will bleach your souls free of all you ever were!"

Speaking with Tharayya before engaging King Narilmor in battle:

"Deal with Narilmor! I'll try to keep Quintus under control!"

After killing King Narilmor:

Quintus Verres: "Now you're in my trap, Tharayya!"
Tharayya: "I was planning to send you on your way once we got out of this, Quintus, but you just couldn't resist a chance to kill me."
Quintu Verres: "No! Damn you! Let me out of here!"
Tharayya: "Gah! You slippery bastard!"
Quintus Verres: "You should have left me dead, Tharayya. I'll haunt you to your grave."
Tharayya: "Damn it! Quintus, get back here!"

Speaking with Tharayya:

If you allowed Quintus to win at least one fight, he gets away
"Dealing with Quintus always takes a lot out of me, just never so literally."
Are you alright?
"I'll … I'll be alright. I underestimated Quintus's talent for being a transparent, soul-sucking leech. I'll need a moment to catch my breath, that's all."
What happened to Quintus?
"That fall jarred something loose in the Pneumeria Chamber. It wasn't much of an opening, but enough for a snake like Quintus to slither through. He's escaped, but I doubt it'll be the last I see of him. He's not one to let bygones be bygones."
If your healer helped her win every fight with Quintus, he is contained once more
"Thank you, I don't know if I could have subdued Quintus without your help. He always did pick fights at the worst time."
Are you alright?
"Ah… I'll be alright. I underestimated Quintus's talent for being a transparent, soul-sucking leech. I'll need a moment to catch my breath, that's all."
Do you have him under control?
"That tumbler knocked a seal loose, but I've corrected the problem. Quintus won't be going anywhere for a very long time, if I have anything to say about it."
With King Narilmor dead, we should be free to leave Garlas Malatar, correct?
"Normally, I'd agree, but there's no telling what his pact with Meridia entailed. I wouldn't let down your guard until we're far away from her domain.
Hopefully, that won't be long now. I can still feel fresh air coming from the passage beyond."

Once you have defeated the Symphony of Blades:

Tharayya: "What happened? Where'd it go? There was a blinding flash and then... nothing."
"We're clear, for now. Not that we should linger. I need to get the Wrathstone somewhere secure and secluded for proper study. I'm sure you're eager to deposit your own hard earned loot as well."
This is where we part ways?
"You fulfilled your part of our agreement. It's not every day that I defy a Daedric Prince, but if I make a habit of it I'll be sure to get in touch.
Take this as a bonus—and retainer—for whatever comes next."


"I've barely had a moment to examine the Wrathstone in any detail, but it's obvious that this tablet is incomplete. I'll need to reexamine my research, see if there's something I overlooked that will indicate where the other half may be located."
Do you think you can find the missing piece?/Do you think you can find the missing half of the tablet?
"I can find anything, provided it exists. It'll take some time to unravel the mysteries of this tablet, but I wouldn't be much of a scholar if I needed the whole story to piece together its history.
The Wrathstone will guide me to its other half."
What have you discovered so far?
"I can't translate the writing, yet, but the markings look like Khajiiti—perhaps a lost Ta'agra dialect. The stone seems much older, and the image carved in its surface doesn't share any of the hallmarks of Khajiiti art. I've never seen its like."

If you completed Frostvault, this dialogue is different:

"It refers to Khunzar-ri, one of the Khajiiti hero gods. As old as this tablet is, he might well have written these words himself. If I can translate the rest, it could point the way to whatever the Dwemer and the Ayleids were fighting over."
It sounds like you'll be preparing for another expedition soon.
Tharayya at the Cove of the Guiding Light
Where's Quintus?
"Oh, he's still here. He hasn't said a word since you helped me lock him back in the Pneumaria Chamber. I think he's sulking."
What are you going to do with him?
"I ought to bury him here for trying to kill me at the first chance he got. Again. Maybe I'll sell him as an oddity to the next passing caravan of Baandari Pedlars. He'd love that. Honestly I'll sleep better with him on the farthest of the Far Shores."
You should let him go.
"Not until I can be sure he won't be coming back. There has to be a priest of Arkay somewhere who'll be willing to exorcise him from this little prison with minimum of questions.
You hear that, Quintus? I'm choosing not to huck you into the Void."
He deserves some sort of punishment.
"I could think of a million things I'd like to do to him, but I'd have time for nothing else. If I had to pick one thing that'd make him most miserable, it'd be watching me win all the accolades he hoped to rob me of.
Front row, Quintus."

After that discussion, you can follow Tharayya out to exit the dungeon:

Tharayya: "Let's get out of here while we can."
Tharayya: "I see light! Real light! Just a little farther!"
Tharayya: "There. That abandoned Imperial ship is our way out of here. Let's put Garlas Malatar far behind us."

Lock and Keystone[edit]

Upon entering the dungeon, she will be speaking with some of her expedition members:

Tharayya : "What—may I ask—do you call that?
Ranja : "Ranja would call it fleeing with one's tail between one's legs.
Landal Gevont : "Earning the trust of Goblins is easier than earning the trust of their durzogs. I almost got within shouting distance this time. I just need—
Tharayya : "The competition is here. You've squandered our head start, Landal.
Ranja : "You there. Come have a word by our fire."

Speak to her and she'll say:

"I expected it would be at least another week before anyone else reached this crevasse.
Listen, whoever you're working for, I'll cut you a better deal."
I'm not sure what you're talking about.
"A Dwemer vault—hidden in the ice for ages—finally reveals itself and you just happen to wander in here? You are either very lucky … or someone tipped you off.
I'm not letting this discovery slip through my fingers. I have a proposal."
I'm listening.
"I will lend my expertise in all things Dwemer. In exchange, you act as escort for our expedition. You may take the lion's share of any valuables, but the items of historical significance are mine.
Is that agreeable to you?"
All right. We'll cooperate.
"You take the lead. My crew will be slow with all of this equipment and the way forward is dangerous. These ice caves aren't uninhabited."
I'd like to know who I'll be working with.
"The name's Tharayya. I'm a historian, you might say. I have a keen interest in the legacy of the Dwemer. The shivering Breton is Landal Gevont, Goblin scholar and his … I don't know what, Burr. Ranja, our locksmith. Alareth and Soriel, scholars."
There's something living in the caves here?
"Many somethings. It seems these caves have become a popular escape from the frigid winds, both for wildlife and a local Goblin tribe. Landal, the so-called Goblin expert was supposed to secure us safe passage, but we've made no progress."
What can you tell me about the vault you mentioned?
"Less than I would like. I'm here to figure out its significance. There's no point in speculating without seeing it for ourselves."
I don't believe that you came out here without any idea what you'd find.
"I hope you appreciate what I'm entrusting you with. I'm betting that this place is the home of the mythical Wrathstone. An object of such importance that the Dwemer secured it as far from civilization as they could. Where better than in a glacier?"
How much do you know about this Wrathstone?
"Only that it was revered or feared. The translation is a bit ambiguous on that point. Despite what the name might imply, I believe it's a symbolic reference to its significance, not its function. It's said to have brought about an era of peace."
Was that so hard?
"This is a cutthroat field of study. My own husband tried to kill me over less. Ex-husband. Late ex-husband.
I'd rather this partnership not follow a similar trajectory."

During the fight with The Stonekeeper, Tharayya will be on a ledge overhead and will comment on various things to help you:

dialogue needed
Tharayya with the Frostvault Wrathstone

The Demon Weapon[edit]

Tharayya will be speaking with Abnur Tharn when you first arrive to see him, saying:

Tharayya: "Always a pleasure, Tharn. Try not to lose those stones."

You can speak to her after, and if you have not completed any dungeons with her before, she will say:


If you have completed Depths of Malatar and/or[verification needed — Does it vary if you have completed just one?] Frostvault, she will say:

"You could say that. Remember those stones we found in the ruins? It's a tablet. Tharn thinks he can decipher it. So, we settled on a price and now the Wrathstone belongs to him.
He promised to share his findings, and that suits me just fine."



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