SCHOLIA ARCANA FACTION
This faction is perfect for mage-centric builds. Throughout
the questline you’ll earn rings that improve your elemental damage, reduce your
mana cost, and increase your mana pool.
Scholia Arcana has an embassy inside Ysa, on the south side.
Enter and speak to Docent Augra Tenet. Accept her quest to kick things off. You
can also begin this questline by going to Scholia Arcana’s Main Hall in Rathir,
just in case you don’t have access to Ysa yet and don’t feel like progressing
the main questline.
Trial by Fire
Go to the Delving Hall in Ysa, which you can now unlock. It’s
here that you need to complete the trial of initiation. You’ll be transported through
a series of dungeons. There are plenty of enemies, but nothing too severe. When
you talk to the sorceress at the end of the trial, a successful persuasion will
simply earn you a bit more information. After the trial you’ll be given your
The Ruin of Aodh
Head to Aodh in the middle of The Sidhe. This previously
locked dungeon is filled with Sprites and mages. Always remember to use the
element opposite of the Elemental Sprites you are facing for maximum
There will be a powerful mage named Nuala Ignis at the end
of the dungeon, and she’ll call in Sprite reinforcements during battle. Be
ready to block magic! Loot her corpse then return to Savant Engar in Ysa.
The Unquiet Bride
Meet up with your contact at the eastern edge of Tala-Rane.
Be prepared for a small ambush (3 bandits) then get your next task from the
contact. Now head to Mel Aglir to meet with Patrick Morkan. After speaking to
him, head upstairs and loot the journal from the footlocker. Read the journal
The next step is to head north to Tulan. After fighting
Patrick Morkan, loot his body for the key that will allow you to proceed. After
doing so, return to Mel Aglir, speak to Lerkara Fel, then go back to Savant
Engar in Scholia Arcana.
Head to Emaire on the Forsaken Plain and speak to Anker
Edmure. He’ll tell you to hunt the Paragon Barghest to the north. Kill the
beast, loot its beating heart, and take it back to Edmure.
Time to head to Shardfall. It’s in the western part of the
Cradle of Summer. Make your way through the dungeon until you run into Cadoc
Reen. He’s a powerful mage who will call in Sprite reinforcements. Kill Reen
and loot his corpse, then return to Engar.
Lightning in a Bottle
Skycrown is just southwest of Rathir, in Acatha. Enter but
be wary of the Ettin Brutes and Ettin Shamans inside. If you haven’t fought
these beasts before, the Shamans in particular are extremely powerful and don’t
become stunned easily. Also be careful of the traps hidden in the glowing
glyphs on the floor.
After reaching the peak, your next step will be finding
where Engar’s body landed. It’s actually far to the south, in the southwest
corner of Kandrian. Loot Engar’s corpse and return to Scholia Arcana.
A Crowded Mind
Go to the Archsage Quarters nearby for your next task. You’ll
be zapped into the mind of the Archsage, where you have to free him from
possession. In here, make sure to dispel the first chest on the right for a
note and key that will unlock the next chest. The chests in this area have keys
in the them that unlock other chests, so try not to leave any unopened if you want
to read all the notes (they are the only loot in these chests). Before leaving,
Caledus will give you a choice. If you choose Fearlessness, you get the following
twist of fate card:
If you choose discipline, you’ll get the following:
Place the keys in the nearby statues. Doing so will summon
Ciara Sudanus, who you will have to defeat. She is a powerful mage whose noteworthy
abilities include summoning both mages and skeletons and laying traps on the
battlefield. This can make the area very crowded, so either enter reckoning
mode to do some massive damage, or stick to ranged attacks to avoid the traps.
Defeating Sudanus will complete the questline, and earn you
the most powerful sage ring yet: