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What Order Should I Do ESO's Story Arcs? - A Guide

  • max_only
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    I still haven’t finished the base game lol
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  • AegonVIGreat
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    Thank you for updating this amazing Informative Post.
  • Elari
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    Hello, everybody,

    I have a question:

    According to the first post Elsweyr plays AFTER the basic game.

    What about the performance of Razum-Dar in Elsweyr, who gets a message from Queen Ayrenn and that he should come immediately? Isn't that a reference to his mission in Khenartis Rast?
  • VaranisArano
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    Elari wrote: »
    Hello, everybody,

    I have a question:

    According to the first post Elsweyr plays AFTER the basic game.

    What about the performance of Razum-Dar in Elsweyr, who gets a message from Queen Ayrenn and that he should come immediately? Isn't that a reference to his mission in Khenartis Rast?

    So this gets confusing. It depends on whether you are going by your character's internal chronology of quests (what ESO currently does by checking dialogue flags) or going according to the original chronology (what my post does).

    Your character's POV: Post One Tamriel, ZOS adjusts a number of dialogue options depending on which content you do first.

    So if you play Elsweyr first, your chronology will have Khenarthi's Roost or Summerset (it could be either, in all likelihood) happening after. The dialogue probably refers to one or the other, since both start off with Razum-dar, or potentially a future quest in Dragonhold.



    Original Chronology: From the internal chronology of the game, Elsweyr first, then Main Quest does not make sense due to the character of Abnur Tharn. Dragonhold has a similar problem with the reappearance of Sai Sahan. In order for those characters' presence to make sense, you have to complete a portion of the base game Main Quest.

    Once you start the Main Quest, an AD character will be dumped in Khenarthi's Roost, so for an AD character, that zone definitely happens before Elsweyr, chronologically. (For non-AD, there's much more flexibility, but originally you would reach Khenarthi's Roost after the Main Quest finished as part of Cadwell's Silver or Gold.)

    Later in the Main Quest, during "Castle of the Worm" you will
    rescue Abnur Tharn from the Worm Cult where he's been held sort of under house arrest
    Before that point, Abnur Tharn is not available for questing in Elsweyr or the Elsweyr prologue because he's otherwise occupied. (Which is to say he's obviously available in game because ESO doesnt instance him like that, but from a narrative perspective, he's stuck until you do "Castle".)

    So if you want to play with a chronology that makes sense for any alliance character, the Main Quest must be completed up to "Castle of the Worm" before doing the Elsweyr Prologue or Elsweyr quests involving Abnur Tharn. (For Sai Sahan)
    you need to complete "Halls of Torment" to free him from a more torturous imprisonment

    Assuming you are AD, following the original chronology and completing the Main Quest in the zones as done in the original chronology (every 5 levels starting in Auridon), you will have already completed Khenarthi's Roost prior to meeting the Prophet in the Harborage and well before doing Castle of the Worm.

    Now, if you aren't AD, or you aren't sticking to the original chronology, or you choose to rush the Main Quest first, you might do Elsweyr, Khenarthi's Roost, Summerset, and the rest of the Main Quest in whatever order you like. That's okay. ZOS does a pretty good job with dialogue flags, but you'll have to gloss over some inconsistencies when doing the older content later, particularly doing the Main Quest at a later date.

    As stated, this post focused on the chronological order of the quests. While you can do Elsweyr, the Elsweyr Prologue, and Dragonhold in the middle of the Main Quest chronologically, and it definitely works to do Elsweyr and the others after the Main Quest, the one thing that doesn't work well chronologically is doing quests with Abnur or Sai before you've done their part of the Main Quest. So Elsweyr first is the least chronological option of the bunch. Naturally, that's what ZOS chose to go with for new players. Gotta love it.

    I hope that all was clearer than mud. Elsweyr is hands down the most chronologically complicated of the Chapters, and the addition of Wrathstone (which includes the DC zone of the Alikr Desert if you want Thrayya's history beforehand) makes it worse.

    When it comes to Razum-dar's dialogue, I don't see that it changes depending on what content you've done. So my guess is its referring to Dragonhold or other future content. However, for a character about to head off to Summerset or AD zones, it works quite well for those too!
  • Wattstrom
    Wattstrom
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    Just started playing the past week or so and finished Elsweyr on a Necro. Decided I wanted to go back to the beginning and do it chronologically with a Templar. Stumbled upon this and just wanted to say thanks for all the hard work!
  • vern1701
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    So I grab the Hooded Figure's quest to start the main quest after finishing the tutorial quests in Star Haven (Elsweyr)? I started last Friday.
  • VaranisArano
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    vern1701 wrote: »
    So I grab the Hooded Figure's quest to start the main quest after finishing the tutorial quests in Star Haven (Elsweyr)? I started last Friday.

    Correct. Starting the Hooded Future's quest will begin the Main Quest, and once you finish the Coldharbor section, will also place you in the starter islands for your Alliance, so you can start that questline as well if you wish it.
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    but to be able to meet the Hooded Figure you need to be in your faction starter city (Vulkhel Guard, Daggerfall or Davon's Watch) so use the Star Haven wayshrine to get there
    Edited by Ashnarug on November 13, 2019 3:18PM
    Started really fresh on October 11, 2019
    returned to Davon's Watch right after tutorial "Bright Moons, Warm Sands"
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