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Location Crypt of Hearts
Race Altmer Gender Female
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The shard of Alanwe

Alanwe was an instructor in the art of adventuring and the wife of Nerien'eth, who was corrupted by Daedra and sentenced her to unending torment in the Crypt of Hearts.

Her husband erroneously believed she had an affair with another of the teachers, was jealous of her childhood friend and her best student, who criticized his work. Alanwe was forced to watch as each of them were tortured, while her soul was split into three parts.

When her soul is reformed, she swears to stay at the crypt until she can stop her husband.

Related Quests[edit]


Crypt of Hearts[edit]

Lover's Torment[edit]

Once the creatures tormenting her are destroyed, she can be spoken to.

"Please. No more. I can't take any more …."
What's happened to you?
"I'm long dead, stranger. But I suffer torment unending thanks to my husband, Nerien'eth. The Daedra gripped their wretched claws on his soul—turned him wicked. Turned him against me.
All that you see was the … result."
How can I help?
"My husband—the twisted creature he became, cursed me. Broke my soul into three pieces, and sealed them in phylacteries.
If the phylacteries were broken, I would rest, but they're guarded by vile beasts."
I'll find the fragments of your soul and free them.

She can then be asked about the past of the Crypt of Hearts.

"I have long dreamed of kind words and a way out, but I think this task is beyond you, my friend.
The first phylactery is up ahead, watched by impossible creatures. You cannot defeat them. No one can."
What is this place?
"In time long past, this was the Agea Relle, where I taught the trade of adventuring.
My husband, Nerien'eth has broken it, made it a Crypt of Hearts, where my spirit, and the spirit of my students will suffer for as long as his magic lasts."
First Phylactery[edit]

Once the First Phylactery is destroyed:

Shard of Alanwe: "I'm free …."

She can then be spoken to:

"I...I thank you. I didn't … I wasn't expecting you would be so capable. You've ended Anconath's torture, and freed a fragment of my soul.
Are you willing to do more? My soul remains bound, and the Daedra are torturing others."
I'll help. Tell me what to do.
"Two fragments of my soul remain imprisoned. Free them, and I would...I would finally be able to move on.
Anconath's cries have echoed through this chamber for years. The silence is almost deafening."
I'll find the next fragment of your soul and free it.
"Another fragment of my soul lies to the south. It's heavily guarded, so be wary.
I would not fault you for turning back. It only gets tougher from here."
Who was Anconath?
"He was a fellow instructor, here at the Agea Relle, teaching the discipline of Destruction magic.
Losing him was a tragedy to me, and to the magical community. I hope he rests in peace.
Why did your husband do this to Anconath?
"He thought the two of us were having an affair."
I see.
"He was wrong of, course. But his accusation cut deep, just the same.
Almost as deep as the torture he inflicted on our souls— for years. To this day I'm not sure why he believes it, except to say the Daedra must have whispered in his ear."
Tell me more about your husband.
"There's no defending what he's done. To me, or the others in the school.
But I failed to save him from himself. Given the chance, I would try again."
What do you mean?
"He made a pact. A daedric pact. Nerien'eth was proficient with magic, but he could never do all this on his own.
I could have stopped him before he completed it. I should have."
There are Daedra involved?
"I've found that where there is misery and torment, the Daedra are not far behind.
Yes, my husband appealed to the Daedra for power. He got it. Everything you've seen, he used Daedric spells to create."
Second Phylactery[edit]

Coming across her second phylactery:

Shard of Alanwe: "Why must he continue to suffer, Nerien'eth? Stop!"
<You destroy the Phylactery.>
"You have my thanks friend.""

She can be spoken with again to find the location of the third shard:

"Rulanir didn't deserve that. No one does."
There should be one fragment of your soul left. Where is it?/I'll free the last fragment of your soul.
"Your determination gives me hope. I resigned myself to the pain a long time ago.
You'll find the last fragment through the gate in the south-east."
I'll free the last fragment of your soul.
"A powerful lich guards the last fragment, plucked out of history and summoned by my husband. He's ravaging the soul of one of my students.
I would die again to help that student—but I can't. Please, save him if you can."
Who was Rulanir?
"He was the school's blademaster, a fellow instructor."
Why would Nerien'eth torture him?
"Rulanir was an old friend, and my husband knew that whatever pain was inflicted on Rulanir, I would regret."
Third Phylactery[edit]

When you reach the third phylactery:

Shard of Alanwe: "Stop! You've done enough! Leave Faindor alone!"
<Break the Phylactery.>
Shard of Alanwe: "I am ever grateful."

She can be then spoken to:

"Thank you for freeing me. For freeing Faindor.
Our tormentors washed him in fire during the day, and he slept only to face the same all over again. I hope he can rest easy, now."

If she has told you about the Daedra twins, then she will instead say:

"I never hoped that I would ever be free, but I thank you for unbinding this fragment of my soul.
You've helped Faindor, too, and that brings me a sense of peace that I am unable to express."
That should have been the last soul fragment. Are you free?
"I did not dare to hope you would make it this far, but your abilities have been astonishing.
The pieces of my soul are free, though my husband left two Daedric minions, Ilambris-Athor and Illambris-Zavon 
[sic], to prevent the shards from reuniting."
What do you mean?
"The Daedra maintain spells that will keep the shards from ever merging—my soul from reforming.
My husband meant for my pain to be the likes of torture in Oblivion. How better to ensure that than to bring denizens of Oblivion to me?"
But will killing those Daedra free you?
"Yes. If you are willing to face them, defeating those daedra will dispel their magic, and allow my soul to reform.
They ruminate on new tortures in a chamber to the south of here."
I'll defeat Illambris-Athor and Illambris-Zavon.
Who was Faindor?
"A student of mine.
I was fond of him."
Was he a good student?
"He was the opposite. He was the unruly son of a noble Altmer family, and he resented me and everyone here.
But he had an instinctual, magical spark that the Mages Guild lacked the patience to stoke."
What happened to him?
"He became the greatest mage the Agea Relle ever produced. Better than my husband, said the Altmeri diplomats who visited during Faindor's graduation.
The day Faindor was to leave, my husband solidified his Daedric pact. And you know Faindor's fate."
Freeing the Souls[edit]

Once Ilambris-Athor and Illambris-Zaven are defeated, Alanwe will appear:

Alanwe's Soul: "The others are returning!"

At this all the once-trapped spirits will begin to appear in the chamber, including her fellow instructors and student:

AnconathI don't know where you found your new friends, Alanwe, but they don't seem to fear death. It's admirable."
Alanwe's Soul: "They can speak better of that than I, but they're bested my husband's minions. We owe them everything."
Faindor: "Indeed" [He looks around to see just how spirits are in the room.]
"By the Empyrean Light—I didn't know Nerien'eth had tortured so many of us. That whoreson dog!"
Rulanir: "Easy, Faindor. He'll pay when the time comes, but we don't want you rushing off to die. Again."
Anconath: "Our friends killed his Daedric pets. He may come looking for us, and we need to be ready."

Alwanwe can then be spoken to to complete Lover's Torment.

"You've done the impossible! I've seen those Daedric fiends flay the souls of my friends with but a word. Your power mus be immense. Dwarfed only by generosity.
I...the shards have merged and my soul is whole, once more."
What will you do now?
"Give you my gratitude.
The Daedra drove Nerien'eth to do this. I know it. I would leave this plane, but I cannot, knowing Nerien'eth is still out there. He may return, I will do everything I can to free him from Daedric influence."

She can then be asked about the school and the other souls.

"You have freed not only my soul, but the souls of the students caught it my husband's attack.
Your actions right a wrong that was long overdue."
What spurred you to found this school?
"My husband and I met as adventurers. We founded this school to teach practical sorcery and use-of-arms as survival skills.
The world can be a dangerous place, and we wanted to give our students the means to tame it. Like we did. Had I known …."
Go on.
"Had I known what my husband would ultimately become, and what he would do to this school and his students—I would have never built it.
In a way, I gave the Daedra all those lives. Years of torment out of something that should have been wonderful."
How many souls from the school did your husband torment?
"There were a great many—but they're all been freed, now. The ones you saw, Faindor, Rulanir, Anconath … myself. We were the ones he most despised."


While progressing through the Crypt of Hearts, past conversations of Alanwe will play out, showing her relationships with the fellow victims of Nerien'eth.

The first memory is of a conversation between Alanwe and Anconath, which plays soon after the first phylactery is destroyed:

Anconath talks to Alanwe
Anconath: "Alanwe. Do you have a moment? I was hoping to speak with you about a new lesson plan. But I think I may have a more pressing issue."
Alanwe: "I wanted to speak to you, as well—what's this I hear about you teaching advanced destruction? I want the students able to defend themselves in the backwoods of Tamriel, but I don't want them learning how to fight a war—or burning the school down."
Anconath: "And yet you hired a war wizard—can this conversation wait? Your husband—"
Alanwe: "Nerien'eth? What is it?"
Anconath: "He thinks you and I are having an affair."
Alanwe: "An affair? With you?" [She laughs]
Anconath: "Why is that humorous?"
Alanwe: "No reason in particular."

The second conversation is between Rulanir and Alanwe:

Alanwe and Rulanir
Rulanir: "Alanwe, I don't think your husband enjoys my company."
Alanwe: "They say that when someone professes another's dislike for them, they really mean the opposite."
Rulanir: "He hisses at me when I walk past."
Alanwe: "Stop it."
Rulanir: "It true! I don't know what you see in him. You realize in the grand scheme of your marriage—he's the one who wins?"
Alanwe: "I will take that as a compliment, Rulanir. But look around. Look at what he helped me to build. The Agea Relle and its students are more beautiful than I ever dreamed. How can you doubt his character?"
Rulanir: "That is not a reason to love someone."
Alanwe: "He was my husband before we built the school, Rulanir. And it's not like you haven't gained from his work. Being our blademaster is the first steady job you've held since the Fighters Guild kicked you out."
Rulanir: "I'll be back on the roads of Tamirel soon enough. And maybe you'll come to your senses and adventure with me, again."
Alanwe: "Keep dreaming, Rulanir. This school is the world to me, now."

The final conversation is between Alanwe and Faindor, her student:

Alanwe talks to Faindor
Alanwe "How many times do I have to tell you not to rewrite Nerien'eth's texts? It's incredibly irritating. And insulting."
Faindor "His books are wrong. All of this is pointless conjecture. You lot should be paying me to fix his work. The incoming classes will benefit greatly from my edits."
Alanwe: "By the Empyrean Light! The Altmeri do not openly criticize their elders! Were you conceived by Orcs? What's wrong with you?"
Faindor: "I might as well be an Orc, the way my parents shipped me off to you. But you know that, don't you, Alanwe? You're all such lovely Elves."
Alanwe: "I... apologize. Put the books back where you found them, and I shall leave it at that. You have talent, Faindor. Don't waste it showing off. If you think you can do better, prove it to us, when the time comes."
Faindor: "Please, have you read this garbage? Your husband knows nothing about conjuration. What does he even teach here? What is his purpose? Besides paying for this building? He's an insult to your kind. Your kind meaning mages. All the mages. In the world."
Alanwe: "Shut your mouth, Faindor! You're a horrible youth!"'

Crypt of Hearts II[edit]

Edge of Darkness[edit]

missing dialogue beforehand

Following Nerien'eth's defeat at the end of Crypt of Hearts II, Alanwe will speak with you to complete the quest:

"Thank you, my friends. Nerien'eth was no longer the man I knew.
Perhaps he never was."
What happens now?
"I had hoped until the end that Nerien'eth could be redeemed. He never gave us the chance. I suppose I have to decide what to do with this blade. Try to move on. Whatever that means at this point.
Thank you again―you proved invaluable today."

Upon completing the quest, Alanwe will commune with the bust of Mephala:

Alanwe: "You did it! He's... gone."
Whispering Lady: "The mortal did well in feeding my killing word. My black edge."
Alanwe: "Who are you?"
Whispering Lady: "Never has the whispering from that blade been so... pronounced."
Alanwe: "You're the Daedric fiend that created it, aren't you? That weapon must never again be allowed to influence mortals."
Whispering Lady: "It has hurt you, has it not? Perhaps you could destroy it. Disable it. I could help you."
Alanwe: "You think I trust you, the one who twisted my husband, murdered my students? I will send the blade away, and I will do so on my own terms―no matter the cost. It will travel far, ever slipping from the hands that desire it. This cannot happen again."
Whispering Lady: "The Blade will fight you. It is fully empowered, and it wishes to return home."
Alanwe: "Never... again!" [Alanwe casts a spell on the blade, disappearing along with it]
Whispering Lady: "Mortals never fail to amuse. That edge was fully sharpened, and would have seen great use at my side in the days to come, but Alanwe gave everything to cast it away. There is nothing left to take from her. You and I, however, will meet again."

Alanwe disappears after casting a spell to banish the Ebony Blade, and according to the spirits in the dungeon, she sacrificed herself to make sure it would not come to Tamriel for a long time.

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