Easy Recipe For Pizza Or Calzones From Scratch With Best Dough Recipe

Easy Recipe For Pizza Or Calzones From Scratch With Best Dough Recipe

Pizza Dough or Calzone Dough Made Easy

I originally found this idea in a 2009 Cooking Light magazine but since then, I’ve used it several ways and made several adjustments to it as suggested below.

However, the fact stands that the dough recipe itself is absolutely the easiest one I have for real pizza dough or calzone dough – and it is delicious! It cooks up perfectly with just the right texture and you would think you are eating take-out pizza.

Keeping it in a vegetable-sprayed zip-lock bag is a great idea and it freezes well that way too. I found that the recipe was a lot for calzones (unless you want larger calzones) so I split the dough into the halves, froze one for pizza another day, and then made smaller calzones. Those also froze well.

As in all things I make, I always recommend making it your own recipe.  Have fun with it and try different variations of it. The basic recipe is one that is basically foolproof.

When our kids were growing up, our son Patrick especially loved calzones so this was always a favorite at our house. You can also vary it up to resemble hot pockets by substituting other ingredients – again, let your imagination be your guide.

Photo by Audrey Kirchner

Pizza and Calzone Dough Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

1 package active dry yeast or 2-1/4 teaspoons
1 cup warm water (100-110 degrees)
1-1/4 cups cold water
2 tablespoons olive oil or canola oil
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5-1/4 cups unbleached bread or all purpose flour
1/4 cup unbleached bread or all purpose flour
Cooking spray

PREPARATION:

Dissolve yeast in 1 cup warm water in a small bowl and let stand for 5 minutes.
Combine 1-1/4 cups cold water, oil, sugar and salt in a small bowl and stir it with a whisk.
Combine 5-1/4 cups of flour with the yeast mixture and cold
water mixture in the bowl of mixer that has a flat dough attachment.
Mix this on low for 8 minutes or until the dough begins to form.
Let stand for 2 minutes.
Mix on low for 6 minutes longer until dough is smooth.
Knead the dough either by hand or with the mixer for 2
additional minutes adding the remaining 1/4 cup flour – 1 tablespoon at a
time until absorbed.
The dough will be slightly sticky when done.
Using cooking spray, spray the inside of 2 large zip-lock bags.
Divide the dough in half and place each half in a zip-lock bag.
Seal and chill overnight – or for up to 2 days.
Set out on counter for about 1 hour before using.
Makes 2 crusts or about 14 servings
You can freeze both or one portion of the dough in freezer safe
zip-lock bags up to 2 months. Thaw the dough overnight in the
refrigerator to use.

Calzone and Pizza Sauce

This recipe too was from the same article and you can vary it as well – it is a New York style pizza sauce or calzone sauce and it is delicious! 

INGREDIENTS:

7 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (or use dried)
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons dried oregano (or use chopped fresh)
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon minced garlic (optional)
1 can (14 ounce) petite-cut tomatoes  including juice
1 can (6 ounce) tomato paste

PREPARATION:

Stir together all ingredients with a whisk. 

Makes 2-2/3 cups. 

Use about 1/4 cup at a time for pizza or topping for calzone (or to your liking). Freeze any leftover or keep in refrigerator if using in the next few days. 

Good rule of thumb on herbs such as basil or oregano, etc. – if you are substituting dried herbs for fresh, you would use about half the recipe’s amount. 

Pizza Dough Fundamentals

Variations

Use thawed bread dough instead of pizza dough
Use commercial pizza dough or pie crust dough
Use thawed roll dough to make mini-calzones or stuffed buns as my kids always called them
Make smaller calzones and adjust the recipe – for instance make 8 smaller ones rather than the 4
Feta cheese or ricotta cheese would also be a great addition – probably not more than 1/4 cup total added to the ingredients when putting together and divided up amongst the calzones
Chicken, spinach, feta cheese and kalamata olives would be a delicious combination as well
These freeze great in freezer bags as does the sauce and the sauce is delicious with variations in the herbs as well 

Homemade Calzones

This is the recipe as it appeared in Cooking Light – however, I substituted vegetables (see below)

INGREDIENTS:

1 portion of Homemade Pizza Dough (1/2 of recipe above)
1 sweet onion cut into thin slices
1 red pepper quartered **
1 yellow pepper quartered **
Cooking spray
1 pound Italian turkey sausage links or bulk Italian sausage
1-3/4 cups pizza sauce
3 tablespoons pizza sauce
1-1/3 cups shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese (or other Italian low-fat cheese)

PREPARATION:

Use pizza dough that has been standing at room temperature for 1 hour – or if frozen, make sure it has been thawed and then stands at room temperature for 1 hour.
Grill or use large skillet coated with cooking spray to saute onion slices and bell pepper.
If using sausage links, grill with vegetables on the grill about 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Grill sausages 8 minutes more turning occasionally.
Remove the vegetables and sausages from grill and cool slightly.
Cut onion slices in half and cut peppers into strips. Cut sausage diagonally into thin slices.
(If using bulk Italian sausage, cook separately until browned and break apart.)
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
On a lightly floured towel or surface, divide the dough into 4 equal pieces.
Roll each portion into a 9 x 5 inch rectangle.
Spread ? cup of pizza sauce evenly on the rectangle but leave a ? inch border.
Arrange sausage over half of the rectangle – top with onion and peppers.
Sprinkle calzone with 1/3 cup cheese.
Fold other half of dough over the filling, and press edges together with a fork to seal.
Make rest of the calzones and then place the calzones on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Spray the calzones with cooking spray.
Bake at 500 degrees for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes.
Cut each calzone in half – serve with remaining pizza sauce.

Substitute vegetables:  I did not have any Italian sausage on hand and I cannot eat peppers so I went with a mixture of sweet onion and then crisp poached some asparagus and broccoli – added some mushrooms and spinach and voila I had great calzones!

Pizza Variation

Now if you want to use the dough for pizza, again, let your imagination guide you. 

Last night, I used 1 portion of the dough that was in the freezer and spread it on a pizza pan lightly dusted with cornmeal.  I patted the dough out to fit the pan and made a bit of a lip for the edge – then lightly brushed the entire surface of the dough with olive oil.

I then spread some of the pizza sauce on, sprinkled a wee bit of Parmesan cheese on for good measure, then used Canadian bacon thin sliced and quartered, slivers of pineapple (tidbits) and topped the whole thing off with some low-fat mozzarella cheese.

I baked the pizza at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes and it was better than pizza from the local takeout!

Summing It Up

This is my favorite dough recipe for pizza and calzones.  It is so simple to make and it truly rises just the exact amount that it should and has excellent flavor.  I have made many doughs in the past but this one really stands up to the dishes I need it for. 

Whether it is a pizza you are making from scratch (it only took me 10 minutes to put the whole thing together and that included the chopping) or calzones of all various kinds and flavors, I think you’ll agree – this dough is the best!

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Is There A Natural Way To Stop Snoring?

I am getting older. We all are. And I am probably just as surprised as anyone could be about learning that I now snore when I sleep. My wife often reminds me with gentle prods designed to ‘help’ me adjust my sleeping position. Often, I can see that the excessive sound produced by me at night produces effects that last well into the next day. I’m not the only one suffering. The situation of my sleeping disorder affects my partner, a situation that I’ve learned is far too common. What can be done to help stop snoring? Can someone stop snoring naturally?

When I first discovered that I snored at night, I wanted to stop it naturally, without a medical device or drugs. I tried several soothing, sleep reducing essential oils that improved sleep qualities such as lavender and marjoram. They definitely helped, especially when I bought a nebulizer that created a fine mist that created a scent that enveloped our bedroom space. Sometimes it was nice, but we couldn’t keep the nebulizer on all night, but it did help to get to sleep and reduce the snoring a bit at the start of the night at least.

I haven’t yet tried a mask type gizmo or CPAP device as its called, as it looks very invasive and uncomfortable. CPAP stands for “continuous positive airway pressure” and it looks like it forces air down your throat airway in order to reduce or eliminate the sound created by a collapse of the air passage. But the contraption must be quite a thing to try to get used to. Probably not for me. I was hoping for something a less extreme.

I happened to come across an odd looking device that claimed to do what the mask thing did, namely keep the air passage open so that the snoring noises couldn’t be created by my throat. Sounds good so far. The device looks like a bit like a clowns nose, but it is designed to fit on the end of your tongue so that it keeps it from allowing the tongue to block your throat air passage.

Stop Snoring Device

Stop Snoring Naturally Device
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How Well Does It Work?

Does the Aveo TSD work? Well, it did for me. And it probably saved my marriage as well. Though it did take a bit to get used to at the start. Initially, I sometimes woke up and found that it had come loose off of my tongue at sometime and I couldn’t locate it, unless I stepped on it lying on the floor beside my side of the bed.

Sometimes, it was a bit tight on the end of my tongue. I had to learn to adjust the pressure, which is easy to with a slight pinch on the sides to release a bit of the vacuum pressure, so that it fits snuggly without any pressure.

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How To Save Money On Heating Bills With Window Treatments

How To Save Money On Heating Bills With Window Treatments

HOW TO BRING DOWN ENERGY COSTS WITH WINDOW TREATMENTS

There are some great products on the market that can cut
your energy bills by a substantial amount just by investing in the proper
window treatments.

You can also invest in “green products” for your windows
that not only help conserve on your energy bill but are also environmentally
friendly.

Let’s look at some of the window treatment options out there
and how they can help save money on heating bills.

TIPS ON SAVING MONEY BY USING THE PROPER WINDOW TREATMENTS

Always a good source to start with is your local energy
provider. Have them come over and do an
energy assessment because they can give you invaluable tips on how to minimize
your energy bill specific to your own home.
They may see many areas that you can trim the high cost of energy every
month to only a few things that you need to do.
You won’t know unless you ask!
Other great sources for finding vendors if you’d like
someone to help you decide which window treatments are best for you are
www.angieslist.com and the Better Business Bureau at
www.bbb.org.

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You can get in-home consultations on how best to manage your energy loss
through your windows and what treatments are best for your climate and your
specific home location.
Check out
JCPenney Furniture Outlet and TJMaxx Home Goods.
Also look on line as many window treatments
are sold at huge savings. Just make sure
you get the details on shipping (always try for free shipping) and know the
return policy if they don’t work out or are the wrong color!
Consider making your own Roman shades if you are a
do-it-yourselfer or other energy-saving window treatments like blackout
shades.
Hang your own custom-measured
blinds to save money but make sure you know what kind of blinds you’re putting
up. Some are simply decorator and will
block out sun for instance but offer little to nothing in the way of insulation
against the cold.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR WINDOW TREATMENTS MOST EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING
ENERGY COSTS

The most important thing about window treatments and saving
energy (thus saving money) is about the hanging.

TIP: In other words, what you do with your window treatment has
more to do with saving money than what it is made of.

Hang drapes or curtains from
ceiling to floor if at all possible to maximize energy savings. If you can’t do ceiling to floor, do ceiling
to windowsill. This prevents heat from
escaping through the windows

Drapes and curtains should touch
the windowsill and not be too far out from the wall to prevent heat from
escaping.

For winter, the best drapes are
ones that are double sided – a white inside backing (which helps in cooling for
summer) and then the outside decorator fabric.
They should cover the window completely and overlap in the center when
closed.

In winter, you can Velcro or use
other methods such as magnetic tape to keep them close to the wall to block out
cold drafts. This is recommended by the
Department of Energy to maximize your energy efficiency.

For maximization of keeping heat
in, top your windows with a cornice to trap air and keep heat from floating up to
the ceiling.

Close drapes and curtains at night
when temperatures are their lowest to retain maximal heat.

Look for the R-value on all window
treatments. The higher the R-value, the
better the insulation it provides.

Add solar window film to your
windows. It traps heat inside in winter
and blocks heat or reflects it back outside in summer.

Medium color drapes and curtains
are best because they will not absorb as much heat in summertime.

Insulating shades are another way
to conserve heat in winter and block warmth in summer. They also provide a great insulation factor
because they are inside the window. You
can use a lighter curtain or drapery if you have inside-the-window shades.

Buy reversible shades – 1 side dark
and 1 side light. Reverse them in winter
and summer for the maximum energy conservation.

HOW MUCH CAN YOU SAVE USING WINDOW TREATMENTS TO CONSERVE ENERGY?

How much can you save?
With the simplest of the above solutions such as a good fitting pair of
curtains or drapes, you can save 10% of your energy lost out the window.

With techniques such as adding a cornice at the top of the
windows or making sure that there is a seal around the windows such as securing
them with Velcro or magnetic tape, or having insulated shades, you can save up
to 25% of your heat loss.

Hunter Douglas has a new shade called a honeycomb blinds
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WINDOW TREATMENT
ESTIMATED COST SAVINGS
Curtains properly fit
10% savings
Properly fitting draperies
10% savings
Adding cornices
25% savings
Using Velcro or magnetic tape
25% savings
Adding insulated shades
25% savings
Honeycomb blinds by Hunter Douglas
50% savings
 
 
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GREEN ALTERNATIVES – SAVE A TREE

Wood – If you’re thinking wood blinds for instance,
pick blinds that are made from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship
Council.

Faux
blinds and shutters – these are made from recycled compressed wood

Bamboo – these are really great
looking and are a natural material but are not the most energy efficient
because of the loose weave of bamboo products.
Bamboo rods are great though!

Recycled
aluminum – Hunter Douglas offers horizontal blinds made of 70% to 95% recycled
material. Easy to care for and
durable.

Fabrics
that are green. Buy insulated draperies
or fabrics or thick drapes with thermal lining.
Go with fabrics also that are naturally green such as silk, hemp,
cotton, or even recycled polyester.

TIPS ON USING WINDOW TREATMENTS TO CUT ENERGY COSTS

No matter what window treatment you choose to save energy
with, the most important factor is you!

No window treatment will be energy efficient if you aren’t.

Exercise good judgment such as closing off rooms that aren’t
in use.

Keep drapes drawn in summer to block heat in the hottest part of the
day.

Run fans more, open windows when cool to cool down the house
naturally.

Keep drapes drawn at night in
the coldest part of the day and to trap in heat.

Use natural sunshine during winter months to
warm your rooms but close off the windows as soon as the temperature starts to
drop.

You can save money using some of these tips – look for the
R-factor when buying draperies and window treatments and also look for the
shading coefficient – this measures the heat that comes in through the window
treatment.

While the R-factor should be
higher in number indicating better insulation, the coefficient for shading
should be the lowest number possible.
That means you’re getting the most from your window treatment.

If
you have more money-saving suggestions on how to use window treatments
to bring down energy costs, please leave your comment below.

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Healthier Italian Recipes: Delicious Chicken And Spinach Penne Pasta

Healthier Italian Recipes: Delicious Chicken And Spinach Penne Pasta

CHICKEN PENNE PASTA WITH SPINACH

This is a great recipe that came to me on my email from myrecipes.com a few days ago and being a huge chicken and spinach fan, I just had to try it out.

I unfortunately did not have several of the ingredients it called for but I was able to improvise and make the recipe turn out in spite of that.

This is a delicious variation of Florentine pasta.

Make your own adjustments to it and see if you don’t agree….this is a fabulous dinner entree!

Of course, you can revamp this just about any way you want and still end up with a delicious dish.  For more ideas, see my suggestions below.

Also be sure and watch the video for another fantastic recipe!

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RECIPE FOR CHICKEN PENNE PASTA WITH SPINACH AND CHEESE

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon olive oil (or use more cooking spray)
Cooking spray
3 cups mushrooms sliced thin
1 cup of chopped sweet onion
1 cup of chopped mini peppers (red, yellow and orange combined)
3 cups of chopped fresh spinach (or use baby spinach)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or use 1 teaspoon dried)
Black pepper to taste
2 cups of non-fat cottage cheese
4 cups hot cooked wheat penne pasta (8 ounces uncooked)
2 cups shredded grilled or roasted chicken breast shredded
3/4 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup non-fat milk
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can reduced fat, low sodium cream of chicken soup
1/4 cup shredded reduced fat cheddar cheese
1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese

METHOD

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
Heat
olive oil or cooking spray in large skillet over medium high and add
mushrooms, onion and peppers. Saute for about 4 minutes or until
tender. Add oregano, spinach and pepper. Cook 3 minutes more or until
the spinach begins to wilt in the pan.
Mix cottage cheese in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Stir
together the cottage cheese mixture, the spinach mixture, chicken,
pasta, 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Add milk
and soup and combine all to mix thoroughly. Pour the mixture into the
prepared casserole.
Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheddar cheese and the 1/4 cup remaining Parmesan. Add some fresh spinach leaves as well.
Bake at 425 degrees for about 25 minutes until lightly browned and bubbling.

Serves 8 – Serve with a tossed green salad and a crusty loaf of Italian bread.

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MAKING HEALTHIER ITALIAN DISHES

This is definitely a keeper when it comes to healthier Italian recipes. It reminds you of a good mac and cheese but cranks it up a notch by substituting wheat penne pasta as I did and lightening up the milk and cottage cheese.

Try this many different ways such as

Substitute different Italian cheeses for the cheddar
Use ricotta instead of cottage cheese
Use a different mushroom
Try red peppers exclusively as the recipe calls for
Substitute a different kind of pasta noodle – the sky’s the limit on that
Try a different meat or even go meatless
Add some fresh basil and tomatoes for a delicious change
Substitute a different soup such as cream of mushroom or asparagus
Use something other than the can of soup as the ‘base’ or thickener

In short, you can do just about anything with this variation on mac and cheese and have a delicious yet easy meal. Prep the ingredients ahead of time and it really goes quickly!

This dish is also fabulous as leftovers for lunch! The original recipe calculated this out to be 345 calories but I’m sure my version is much less.

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Get an amazing look through these formal hairstyles for long hair

Get an amazing look through these formal hairstyles for long hair

Are you going to attend a wedding, a prom, an office or a cocktail party? Girls with long hair have a lot of amazing choices because their hair length allows them to benefit from a great versatility. Therefore, you could take a look at these formal hairstyles for long hair and get inspired for your own special event.

2012 brings a few different elements which aren’t exactly new but they are definitely approached in a fresh way. For example, you are able to decide on formal hairstyles for long hair that are based on a double French twist. This kind of look has been popular in the past as well and now it’s brought again differently.

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These formal hairstyles for long hair based on double French twists are not pinned as thightly to your head as the previous ones. Keeping all your hair under control, allowing you to have a good time at the party, these hairdos are very suitable for this kind of event. At the same time, they offer you a very classy appearance that will surely stand out in the crowd.

Other great formal hairstyles for long hair are based on a half-up half-down look inspired by the Brigitte Bardot hairdo, which can be created very easily by yourself too. First of all, it’s important that you part your hair at the middle. The back hair strands need to be combed in order to get that puffy style and then pinned.

The front part of your hair is usually based on various types of bangs included in the majority of formal hairstyles for long hair. The most elegant type of fringe is represented by the side-swept ones because they make you look very stylish and feminine as well.

The interesting part about these bangs it that you have the freedom of styling it in various ways. The wavy side-swept fringes are meant to turn any formal hairstyles for long hair into a timeless and gorgeous appearance that will steal the eyes of everyone once you walk into the room.

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Curls can also turn your hair into one of the formal hairstyles for long hair because they offer your entire hairdo a lot of volume. In addition to this, you don’t have to worry about the cuteness of your appearance due to the fact that curls are always meant to make you look sweet and innocent. Creating a curly bun at the back of your head while the hair at the front falls into a few curly hair strands will have the desired effect at your formal event.

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The secrets to getting the best updo when going to the salon.

The secrets to getting the best updo when going to the salon.

    Well, first off you must go to your stylist with an open mind. The more positive you are when you walk in the more likely you will leave with positive results. It is good to have an idea of what you want. You can take pictures of styles you like, and a picture of your dress is also good inspiration for your stylist as well. Something to understand is your ideas and pictures are just that, inspiration. The person in your picture might not have the same hair as you, so it is likely that your hair will not look exactly like this photo or even what you have pictured in your mind. A stylist is an artist and if you let them use the creativity that they have with the inspiration you have brought them you should definatly be satisfied with the end result.                                                        To wash or not to wash? Washing your hair the day before is a good idea. Clean soft hair is not exactly the best material to work with when trying to manipulate the hair into a style that needs to hold up for the whole day or night. So dirty is good. If you absolutley have to wash it though, its not that big of a deal. The stylist can always dirty the hair up with product.                                          I hope this helps answer some questions and ease some minds. Enjoy your event and don’t stress so much on the hair. If you go to the salon stressed and too demanding, you will probablly stress the stylist out too. This is not a good emotion to have when you are trying to get the creative juices flowing so try to keep that in mind and try to comunicate as clearly as you can. Ask questions and talk to your stylist about what she or he is doing.

Comedy And Funny Stories: My Funny Story About Wildlife And An ADHD Child

Comedy And Funny Stories: My Funny Story About Wildlife And An ADHD Child

ANOTHER FUNNY STORY ABOUT WILDLIFE AND MY ADHD SON

Family vacations can be an adventure.
When you have a child who has ADHD, a child who is legally blind and a
third child to boot, it definitely can get interesting.

One year, we decided to go to one of our favorite places and rent a cabin
on the west side of San Juan Island where we could enjoy the scenery and watch
for our beloved Orca whales.

Any time the Kirchner family came to town, it was an adventure to say the
least. By the first night that we had
arrived, Jonathan, who is my ADHD son, had already discovered a mother otter and her
“litter” and created panic. He
had trapped her in a tiny cave and was innocently going towards her when Bob
discovered what he had done and luckily saved him. Jon was only about 10 at the time but had no
fear of anything….and he adored animals of any kind.

Hence began Bob’s litany of animal behavior and what not to do. For someone who survived 2 tours in Vietnam
unscathed, Bob has a rather healthy attitude towards nature and situations in general where you
can unwittingly get yourself into trouble.
In an effort to try and impart to Jon some of his wisdom in this arena
though, he might have gone a bit “overboard”.

He began to warn all the kids against what we laughingly began to call
“waging wildlife.” In an
effort to scare his fearless eldest son, he began to give him admonitions such
as “You need to watch out for deer…..if you make them mad, they can
slash you to death with their hooves.”

“What are you doing flapping your arms like that outside the car? Didn’t you see those eagles up in the
trees? If you make them upset, they can
swoop down and carry your sister right off!”

Last but not least…”You do not want to corner a rabbit….They have big teeth for a reason and if you make them mad, all they have to do is run at you and start biting.”

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WHEN WILDLIFE BECOMES THE SCENE FOR COMEDY

To say that our kids didn’t believe him was putting it mildly. As the week went on, he became more and more
full of advice…..there could be mountain lions, there could be all kinds of
animals lurking in the bushes to tear them to shreds and they (meaning really
Jon because our other two kids actually had some common sense about these
things) needed to have a care about their safety.

Even our youngest, Katie began referring to the little bunnies that we saw as “waging wabbits”….evoking a laugh from all of us….except Bob. He was still convinced that we as a family
were not taking wildlife seriously and that in an area full of same, it was
only a matter of time before something attacked us…or more specifically Jon.

So on this background, after we all listened to days of “Jon, get
off there….Jon, get back from the edge…..Jon, cut that out” we had
hiked down the long road to the west side of the island to attempt to fish. Let me interject here that Kirchners do not fish well…it is another comedy relief moment. We had lost at least 2 poles and a heck of a lot of bait.

We ended up sitting on the rocks waiting to see
the Orcas which also did not appear that particular day.
Figuring it was about time to head up to the cabin and start dinner,
since it was getting late in the day, I called the troops together and we
started up.

Jon as usual ran ahead. He had
gotten to the age where hard as we tried, we rarely could keep up with him so
gave it up to “I’ll catch up with him eventually”…..in more ways
than one. Bob was bringing up the rear
with Katie and Pat. As I neared the top
of the steep grade, panting a bit from the climb, I heard rustling in the
brush….and then the unmistakable sound of a mountain lion….(because of
course I’ve heard mountain lions up close and personal).

In my defense, it really sounded like a mountain lion….second of all the
rustling did nothing to help me believe otherwise especially since I could hear the throaty growl in the bushes….and thirdly, let’s just blame
Bob for all his waging wildlife admonitions because it all came crashing down
on my head.

And here’s what is playing in my head at the speed of light:

“Oh my GAWD….I can’t believe it….we made fun of him and he was
right the entire time. There ARE mountain lions on this island and I’ve just
had the good fortune to run into one…..Oh my GAWD.”

While all this was running through my head, I have to admit that I was
panic attacking big time. I’d never had
a panic attack per se until this time but I began sucking in air faster than I
could blink my eyes. I was sucking in huge gulps of air……”huff,
huff, huff” in increasingly shorter bursts….and I just kept sucking air in. I can’t say that I fainted because I was
totally alert and conscious the entire time.

However, probably due to a lack of
oxygen, I began grabbing at my chest convulsively, meanwhile still sucking more and more air in…..and before I knew it, I’d fallen backwards and slammed my
head down on a rock! I think I just inhaled too much air!

I was still clutching my chest as my sternum rose and fell like a bellows
and thinking I was definitely going to die any second when who should fly
out of the bushes than NOT the mountain lion I had envisioned but my fearless
ADHD child, Jonathan. He leapt through the air with all the grace of a mountain
cat but I believe it was driven by fear.

He threw himself down atop my
shaking body and just kept repeating over and over….”Oh my, oh
my….mommy, I’m so sorry.”

Relief is one thing…..realization is quite another. As much as I would have loved to have gotten
up at this very moment and paddled his sorry rear end for scaring literally
the living daylights out of me, I was completely incapacitated.

However, the second part of our
“team” was just cresting the hill and of course Bob finds me sprawled
on my back with Jon atop me now sobbing. Bob sprints the rest of the way to
where I’m lying there useless and asks me if I’m okay while lifting Jon by the
scruff of his neck and saying “What have you done to your
mother?” Okay….how did he know
this was Jon?

Of course, now that this is a totally frightening situation where my other
two children think I’ve been struck down by god knows what (although I have a
feeling they too had a sneaking suspicion it had to be their brother)…..they
both throw themselves on top of me while Bob is politely and discretely taking
Jonathan aside to ask the burning question….”What the heck just
happened?”

In Jon’s defense, it was supposed to
be funny. It was supposed to be just Jon being Jon so I pushed myself
up with the most god awful headache I’ve had before or since….”Really,
I’m fine….I just got a little carried away when I heard the
sound.”

Oops – bad thing to bring up again as Bob is turning on
Jonathan ….”What sound? What in the heck is she talking about?”

After grilling Jon to within an inch of his life, I finally convinced Bob that the damage (literally) was done. I suggested we just go our merry way and consider this a lesson well learned. You should never jump out of the bushes pretending to be a mountain lion!

They helped me up and away we went to the cabin….where somehow I managed
to make dinner and then get an ice bag on my aching head. Jonathan could not have been more attentive
as he brought me water, more ice, etc.

I
have a feeling that this little incident kinda scared him but then again…..he still went on
to do more crazy things.

I admit in my own personal experience from this little episode though….I am not keen on passing by bushes or anything that could possibly hide a mountain lion. I can still hear Jon’s interpretation of the mountain lion getting ready to pounce!

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Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion- Mages Guild Ranks and Quests

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion- Mage's Guild Ranks and Quests

So You Want To Cast Spells.

If your character is more inclined to cast spells than wave around a weapon, or you need to complete the questline so you get achievements on xbox, this guide will help you rank up through the Mages Guild. Be warned that there are many enemies to fight against, even though this isn’t for fighting, like the fighters guild. This questline is a bit of a puzzle compared to the fighters guild (in my opinion) and requires a bit of hand waving as you cast spells and beat things with your staff (once you make it, that is).

Specialties for the Mages Guild

Here are the specialties for the guilds in case you want to get a spell to level up a certain skill or you are looking for an upgraded version and can’t find it in any of the stores you’ve tried.

Anvil Mages Guild- Restoration
Bravil Mages Guild- Illusion
Bruma Mages Guild- No specialty
Cheydinhal Mages Guild- Alteration
Chorrol Mages Guild- Conjuration
Leyawiin Mages Guild- Mysticism
Skingrad Mages Guild- Destruction

Associate Rank
Source: UESP Wiki

Associate Rank

This is by far the easiest rank to obtain as it really only involves talking to a guild leader and choosing to join the guild. Once you join the guild though, you won’t rank up without doing quite a bit of work. The leader you join from tells you that you have to get a recommendation from the leader of every major guild hall. Minus the Imperial City and Kvatch, there are seven total quests. But that’s in the next section.

Apprentice Rank
Source: UESP Wiki

Apprentice Rank

Just to be easier on you, and me, I’m going to list each city in alphabetical order. You can do them in any order you wish, I recommend starting with whatever town you are currently in though. Once you complete that one you can go in an order, make your way town by town, or do them as you go to towns for other quests (other guild quests, main quest, you want a house somewhere, etc.). But let’s get started on what to do in each town, they aren’t very long but there are seven of them.

Anvil: Speak with the leader of the Anvil Guild Hall, Carahil, to start a quest and get your recommendation. She tells you about a Rogue Mage that is killing merchants along the Gold Road. She tells you to go to the Brina Cross Inn and speak with Arielle Jurard when you get there. If you talk to her again before you leave for the Inn she gives you three frost shell scrolls, that you can sell or use to protect yourself from the Mage. Arielle tells you it isn’t safe to talk and says to rent a room as a merchant, to lure out the mage. Do so and Caminalda will most likely approach you asking if you are a merchant, make sure you say yes. Go off to your room and wait for Arielle, it shouldn’t take too long unless she gets stuck against a wall, she tells you to sleep for the night (an hour is enough though). Once you wake up, leave the inn and travel East along the Gold Road until the Mage makes themselves known and attacks you. Make sure you wait for them to talk to you or it will be a murder/assault, defeat them and take their key as the room they have in the inn has some gold in the chest it opens. Return to Carahil in Anvil and tell her the Rogue Mage has been defeated and you are finished.

Bravil: This quest is delivered to you via Kud-Ei to retrieve a stolen staff, but sh, it’s not exactly legal or some guild rule nonsense. You have to find and talk to Varon Vamori and get him to give back the stolen staff, which is difficult if you aren’t in the thieves guild but easier if you use the scrolls Kud-Ei gave you. The special number is 65, get his disposition to that and he’ll spill the beans about stealing the staff, even how he sold it to Soris in the Imperial City. Back to Kud-Ei and you get another set of charm scrolls. Once in the Talos District and Soris’ house, you have a few options. Buy the staff for 200 gold (requires disposition of 70), talk to Soris’ Wife who tells you that the staff is in a chest (really they are drawers) in the basement and the key is in the desk upstairs, or you can skip those steps and just steal it yourself. The wife needs a high disposition though, without the scrolls I couldn’t get her high enough without paying her. You could always buy Beguiling Touch from Delphine Jend in the Bravil Mages Guild if you want an actual spell for charming, which is useful for merchants and quests like this. If you don’t buy the staff, come back when they are both asleep, and pick the locks or steal the key from the upstairs room and return to Kud-Ei with the staff to get the spell, Captivate (not as effective as Beguiling Touch though), and the recommendation letter.

Bruma: Here’s a quest that is one of the sillier of the oblivion quests I’ve found over the years. Speak with Jeanne Frasoric about a recommendation and she’ll tell you she can’t find a guild member, J’skar. There are two ways to go about this one but I’m going to start with the one I prefer. Pranking. If you talk to Volanaro with a disposition of 70 he will tell you he will help you find J’skar if you help with a little prank. Steal Jeanne’s Manual of Spellcraft from her desk and he will show you where he is, he teaches you a spell to open an easy lock, and you can then steal or continue with option two. Return with the book around 10pm downstairs and Volanaro will show you J’skar when you talk to him. The other way is to use Detect Life and Dispel to find J’skar on your own. You may have bumped into an invisible barrier while walking around the Guild hall or if you have detect life on your items you may have seen life somewhere and noticed it says J’skar. Use dispel on him and he will tell you that you aren’t any fun and the quest is complete once you speak to Jeanne. The apprentice level Dispel is available in Leyawiin, and Volanaro sells a journeyman level one. Other options are a staff and a scroll, which you can find randomly from loot or possibly buy from the Mystic Emporium in the Market District.

Cheydinhal: And now, my favorite of the recommendation quests. Falcar asks you to find his lost ring, and even warns you about how heavy it is so make sure you sell any unneeded items and store in safe containers if you’re still carrying a lot of weight (You need at least 150 free weight to pick up the ring without being over-encumbered). Speak with Deetsan to get the well key and tells you to speak with her only when Falcar isn’t in the room. Once that happens you learn you aren’t the only one to get this quest, foreshadowing to how you find a tiny ring in a well, and then she gives you the key and a Buoyancy spell to help you. Save before you enter the well in cause of any glitch and enter the well. Use the spell Deetsan gave you, or just a feather spell if you can already breathe underwater, a trickier option is grabbing Vidkun or the ring and dragging it where you can reach the exit, pick up the ring, exit, and drop it outside. Pick up the nirnroot in the well and exit, return to the guild hall, and speak with Deetsan since Falcar seemed to have disappeared. She tells you that the ring can be dropped anywhere so do so and pick up any items you may have left in Vidkun now before you forget. Deetsan also says to look in Falcar’s room to see if he wrote you a letter of recommendation (most likely, no, as he tried to kill you). You find two Black Soul Gems instead, a sign of necromancy, return them to Deetsan and she will write the letter instead.

Chorrol: Enter the Chorrol Mages Guild and speak to Teekeeus to earn your recommendation for the town of Chorrol. He tells you that someone named Earana is hanging around town and wants you to find out why. Usually she is right outside, talking to random people who hover around the oak tree, so talk to her and she says she wants your help getting a book. Talk to Teekeeus again and he tells you to get the book before she does, so run off to Cloud Top and retrieve it. Just follow the road that goes up the mountain and take a left at all forks until you find the charred remains with the book inside. Now you have two options, one gives you more fame than the other, but both end up with a recommendation in your name. You can give the book to Earana and get only one fame point, but you learn a spell (requires a Welkynd Stone). If you speak to Teekeeus, he asks you to steal it back, which you can without waiting the 24 hours she wants to study it, and then get the recommendation even though Teekeeus isn’t pleased. Option two requires you to give the book to Teekeeus and get two fame points, which ends the quest even if it doesn’t seem like it does. If you speak to Earana she is angry that you gave it to Teekeeus and asks that you steal it back from him. If you do so you can learn the spell, but it requires more magika than a similar custom spell that you could create in the guild yourself. This is the optional part two of Fingers of the Mountain quest, to learn the spell and is activated when you give the book to Earana. She wants you to let her study the book for a day, 25 hours is better than 24 to prevent bugs, and then she gives you a note (after that time span). If you do this you do need a Welkynd Stone, which can be found in an Ayleid Ruin or the Skingrad Mages Guild Hall. Return to Cloud Top and cast a shock spell at the pedestal, touch or range spell. It will try to shock you back so be prepared or use a range spell and try to hide behind a pillar to avoid the damage. If you want this spell though, best to do it before level 5 unless you have quite a lot of magika, I’d rather make my own spell though. The Welkynd Stone doesn’t even get used by this quest so if you are worried about that, then don’t.

Leyawiin: Speak with Dagail, who tells you that her amulet is missing and she wants you to help her find it. Her next advice is to speak with Agata about the Seer’s Stone, which helps Dagail with some visions she has. Agata tells you to speak with the other members of the guild to see if any of them know where the Amulet is, and Kalthar is the only one who seems to know anything. Agata agrees to keep an eye on Kalthar while you speak to Dagail, who tells you to find the fort where her father was stationed and take his amulet. When you reach the fort, Fort Blueblood, you will find it full of marauders to kill. Make your way through the fort until you find the main camp and the leader, take the key from his dead body and open the door nearby (make sure you get all you can from the three bodies though, move the items to bodies earlier in the fort if you have to as those three will disappear after you get the amulet). Inside is a coffin with the amulet Dagail is looking for, but before you can get too far Kalthar appears. He demands you give him the Amulet and tells you that he took the first one to get Dagail removed from her position as he doesn’t want to work under someone kept sane by a magical trinket. Kill him as he will then attack you, but not before or he just goes unconscious, and get the key from his body to leave the fort. Return the Amulet to Dagail, as well as the news of Kalthar’s treachery/death, and you will receive your recommendation.

Skingrad: The last recommendation quest on my list is for Skingrad. Here you have to speak with Adrienne Berene about a fellow guildmate named Erthor to find where he went missing. She is my least liked guild leader because of this quest so ignore any comments I may make about her awfulness. Speak with the other members of the guild to lean that Adrienne told Erthor to practice in a nearby cave (Bleak Flats Cave), Druja tells you where it is on your map if you don’t already know. Inside are 7 leveled zombies that you have to kill before Erthor will follow you out of the cave and back to Skingrad. If you choose to have him find his own way back, he does make it safely you just may have to open the rock wall for him by pulling the lever. Erthor has to talk to Adrienne before you get your recommendation and then Erthor is sent back to the cave to practice his magic away from everyone else.

Congratulations! You just completed a ton of quests, just to rank up ONE time! Aren’t you proud of yourself?

Journeyman Rank
Source: UESP Wiki

Journeyman Rank

This is where the guild gets deadly. All of your quests will be given out from the Imperial city from now on so get used to climbing up the stairs with the purplish magic fire if you continue with this quest-line. You only have to complete one quest for the Journeyman Rank, and it isn’t even a very long one either. You just have to go to a little island/cave just outside of the Imperial City to get a Mage’s Staff for yourself. Enter the cave so you can speak with one of the mages that will help you, but wait, what’s with the dead body and the necromancer? Kill any and all necromancer’s you find, make sure you take the Wellspring Key from Zahrasha’s body in the first area though or you’ll have to backtrack. Once you fight your way to the Door that requires the key you find yourself on an island, and a necromancer kills the other guild member and turns her hatred towards you. Speak with her about her necromancy nonsense and then kill Noveni Othran (the necromancer I just mentioned) and her two buddies. If you have trouble, try entering the cave one will follow you and you can pick them off that way, or you can jump off the cliff into the water (don’t die yourself) and they will follow, but then you have to go back through the cave if you didn’t get your staff before you jumped. Of course there are other ways, but those two should be good enough if you can’t just fight them yourself. Search Eletta’s body (the other mage guild member you came to speak with) and retrieve your staff from the chest in the middle of the island and return to Raminus to tell him what happened.

He tells you to speak with Delmar in the Chironasium to make your staff with the magical powers that will match your skills. Use the dialogue to pick the kind of staff you want and then wait 24 hours for him to make it. (I choose charm since I use swords to kill my enemies, and charm is always useful, although not as good as the spells but I store my staff anyway).

If you choose destruction there are three options, fire, frost, or shock, frost being least useful and shock being most useful. If you want Illusion you can choose between charm, paralyze, or silence, charm is the least useful the other two are good choices, silence is good against necromancers you will face later on. Mysticism choices are soul trap, telekinesis, and dispel, none are really all that useful, but telekinesis is good for stealing things and decorating your house.

Return to Raminus with your staff to rank up and get your next quest.

Evoker Rank
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Evoker Rank

This time Raminus Polis tells you to get a book from the Count and if that isn’t suspicious enough for you look at the quest name, Ulterior Motives. Of course the Count doesn’t regularly accept visitors so speak with Mercator Hosidus when you arrive at Skingrad Castle. The Count doesn’t want to meet with you but says to check back in a day to see if he changed his mind. Good News! He wants to meet with you but, suspicious activity ahead, won’t meet with you in the castle. He says to go near Cursed Mine at 2am to meet with him, follow your quest compass to find the location, and wait till he shows up. There’s even a little sheep for company once the shepherd puts him in his pen. Anywho… It’s a trap and Mercator tricked you, the count doesn’t even know you are here, and he brought a couple necromancers to get rid of you. They attack and you should defeat them, but the count shows up to fight with you so don’t hit him on accident. If you have trouble, run towards the road and the guards will help you. Once defeated the count calls you some words and says you should thank him for saving you, and then you talk about how he suspected Mercator was working with the necromancers and there is no book. The mages guild thought the Count was working with the necromancers and you were supposed to spy on him, return to Raminus with the counts words and he will apologize for lying to you. You will now be able to rank up and receive Spelldrinker Amulet.

Conjurer Rank
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Conjurer Rank

To get the Conjurer rank you must help out a research team at an Alyeid Ruin named Vahtacen. I would take a quick pit-stop at the Spell store in the Imperial City to get a frost spell if you don’t already have one, as you will need it. You learn from Irlav Jarol (yes, the guy who writes a bunch of magic books you find everywhere, no autographs though) that there is a research team in need of some checking in on. Go there and talk to Skaleel to learn there is a blocked passage, and she says you should enter to see if you can solve the problem with a warning to use basic spells. Speak with Denel when you reach him to learn that they quit trying to open the pillar after being shocked a few times. He then asks you to get a book from Skaleel to see about translating some markings found in each corner of them room. Once you get the book I recommend either doing them one at a time and writing down what each corner means, but I’ll tell you here if you can figure it out without doing it yourself. There are three of the four spells in the chest by Denel, only frost is missing which is why I mentioned getting it beforehand. Now, facing the Pillar from the room Denel is in you want to use a fire spell in the corner on your left, a frost spell on the corner the upper left, a damage magika spell on the upper right corner, and a fortify magika spell on the lower right corner. Distance or Touch, it doesn’t matter, but if you use scrolls you may want to save beforehand so you don’t have to find another one or wait 4-5 days for the chest to get a new copy. Use them in the order I mentioned as a mistake can kill you since the pillar will zap you. Once it opens speak with either Denel or Skaleel, I choose Denel as he is right there, and they suggest you go down and explore the rest of the ruins. There are spirits down there so bring along a silver weapon or spells that can harm them. There are also traps so watch for those swinging axe things. Eventually you reach a large room with a lot of hanging cages, go to the far end and find the push block after going up the stairs. It raises the stairs on the sides of the middle platform and upon reaching the top a lot of undead will be released in the room. Kill them before or after you push the last push block on the platform and grab the ancient helm. You can also use the walls of the chamber before pushing the first push block and walk along them until you find a lower cage that you can use to jump onto the middle platform with a high enough acrobatics. This way the undead can’t reach you until you jump down yourself, but you still have to kill them. Return to the original area and talk to Skaleel about the ancient helm, who tells you to give it to Irlav Jarol. Now return to Raminus and rank up, getting a conjurer robe as well.

Magician Rank
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Magician Rank

Becoming a Magician requires completing the quest, Necromancer’s Moon. In this quest you have to find out about Black Soul Gems and how they fit into the whole Necromancy cult. Raminus tells you to speak with Tar-Meena about them and at first she seems a bit grumpy since everyone expects a ton of information and nobody is specific enough to get any help. She tells you about a book that Falcar borrowed and may not have returned, fortunately it is in the Library on a small table and you don’t have to run around to find it. Return to Tar-Meena with the book and she tells you about an event called “Shade of the Revenant” before you have to return once again to Raminus. He doesn’t know what it is but guesses it is a celestial event and sends you off to Bothiel, since she knows all about that sort of thing. She doesn’t know much on the Shade of the Revenant but remembers Falcar asked about the same thing, and even dropped one of his notes on his way out, which you must return to Raminus.

He tells you to visit one of the places listed on the note, Fissure Cave, at the next Shade of the Revenant event. This cave is South of Cheydinhal and when you finally reach it, there’s an altar set up outside. Once a week a purple light shines down on the altar and the ritual can be performed, if you want to know the date without waiting and waiting and waiting it usually occurs every 8 days passed on your stats page (so 1st, 9th, 17th, etc.). If you choose to wait for it, don’t be too close to the altar as you may not see the purple light as clearly as when you stand a little far away and can see the altar and the sky. I believe I did it sitting on top of the cave, gazing down at the altar, but it’s been awhile. You can also steal the note from the Worm Anchorite who is inside the cave on the left, kill or pickpocket him and take the handwritten note. I prefer to watch the ritual though, but I’m also a bit weird. Your last option is to do it yourself by putting a Grand Soul Gem (empty one) onto the altar and casting a soul trap spell on it when it is the Shade of the Revenant night, but if you do that you might as well just watch the other necromancers do it. When you return to Raminus after witnessing the event and getting the handwritten note, he tells you that you can get advancement (or choose the option yourself) and that Arch-Mage Traven is giving you duties from now on. Make sure you do get promoted or it could cause a bug/glitch.

Warlock rank
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Warlock Rank

Arch-Mage Traven now has quests for you and the first one lets you rank up to Warlock upon Completion. Make sure you are a Magician before you take this quest though, or it could cause some issues and a missing achievement on xbox. Now that you have settled that problem, listen to Traven ramble about your promise and then get the scoop on your next quest, Liberation or Apprehension. Apparently the guild has set up a spy in the necromancers and we have reason to believe this spy is in danger so you have to go save him. He also believes that a group of Battlemages sent to find him will possibly attack him, thinking he is an actual member of the necromancers. He sends you to the Nenyound Twyll Ayleid ruin to try and prevent harm to the spy (Muscianus). Once you enter it you find the lone survivor of the Battlemages, Fithragaer, and he says the Battlemages were ambushed, obviously not good news for our Muscianus friend. The last Battlemage is eager to fight and tells you to follow him, he runs off and BAM, steps onto a platform that impales him into the ceiling spikes. You can possibly keep him from dying, but there is no reward for it and it could mess up the quest update and your compass marker. You can trigger the trap before he gets there, just avoid letting it take your life, or drain his speed with a spell, or attack him and yield without talking to him again till the quest is finished, but he doesn’t have much health so you might as well let him die.

Avoid the death trap yourself and make your way through the ruin until you reach a necromancer named Mariette Rielle. She won’t attack you so you can talk to her if you want to and learn about the spy’s fate, or you can attack her and just get it over with. Once she’s dead, hit the switch on the wall to open the door that is holding Mucianus inside. Attempt to talk to him but you can’t, he’s a zombie. So kill him if you want to and head back to the Arcane University unless you want to get a couple Varla Stones. In the main chamber of Nenyound Twyll Riellesel, there are two varla cages that can be activated by pushing buttons on the two sets of stairs leading to the water. Grab the stones and then return to the Arcane University, speaking to Raminus to rank up to Warlock and get access to the Council Chamber.

Wizard rank
Source: UESP Wiki

Wizard Rank

(Check the note at the end of this section before you start the quest in case you wish to obtain some things that aren’t available after you start this quest.) Wizard rank is obtained after completing the quest, A Plot Revealed, wonder if we reveal a plot? Well, let’s find out if we do or not. Apparently the Bruma Mages Guild hasn’t been communicating with the University for a few days, so go there and see why. (Caution: This part is sad for me since it’s my favorite group of guildmates.) You discover that the guild hall is in ruins, lit up in flames, destroyed, whatever you wish to call it. Inside are a few undead so bring along tools to attack them, but if you can’t you might be able to get the Bruma guards to attack them or the fighters guild next door. There is one necromancer upstairs that you have to kill, Camilla Lollia, she’s still looking for someone and if you remember the Bruma Recommendation quest you might be able to guess who it is. J’skar approaches you after you defeat her and tells you that even though he was invisible he saw everything including the arrival of Mannimarco. J’skar says that Mannimarco killed everyone, drained their souls, and mentioned something about Echo Cave before destroying the Mages guild. He also mentions that the King of Worms (Mannimarco) may have seen J’skar as he looked him in the eye and grinned at him, possibly letting him live so he could tell the council of mages what happened there.

Return to the Arcane University to tell Traven what happened and he tells you he needs a few days to process the news and decide what to do now. Speak with Raminus afterwards to rank up and learn the spell Wizard’s Fury.

*NOTE* Before starting this quest you should read/pickup a book found in the SW Basement of the Bruma guild hall, as it wont’ be available anymore once you start this quest. It’s called The Wolf Queen, v3 and is an illusion skill book. Also before you start this quest you should buy Summon Dremora Lord from Volanaro as he is no longer available after the quest and is the only one who sells it. Lastly, if you want to invest in every store of the game you should invest with Selena Orania beforehand as she is no longer available afterwards either.

Master-Wizard Rank
Source: UESP Wiki

Master-Wizard Rank

To become Master-Wizard, you have two quests to complete, The Bloodworm Helm, and The Necromancer’s Amulet. So let’s get closer to destroying the Necromancers once and for all, shall we? These can be done in either order so I’ll just start with the Bloodworm Helm quest.

Arch-Mage Traven will tell you about the council of mages being divided on how to deal with Mannimarco, because of this two artifacts were taken from the Imperial City. Caranya took the Necromancer’s Amulet (that’s the other quest so look below if you want to recover that one first) and Irlav Jarol has the Bloodworm Helm. You must travel to Fort Teleman (NW of Leyawiin), where you find many necromancers. Assuming that this means Irlav isn’t in good health, kill any necromancers you find until you reach the Order of the Black Rose area. Once there you find some necromancers fighting Daedra, stay hidden and they fight themselves but if they see you they will all try to fight you. This is a good time to try out that Wizard’s Fury spell you were taught at the end of the last quest. At the end of this area you find Irlav’s body, with the Helm still in his possession. (Darn, I never got that autograph on my spell book.) Return to Traven to either advance or start the other half of these quests.

Next (or first, depending on your choices) you will have to travel to Fort Ontus, SW of Chorrol, to convince Caranya to return the Necromancer’s Amulet. (Avoid doing this quest while Misdirection is active as it will incur a Blood Price with the thieves guild.) Once you are inside some mages assume you are joining their ranks and will guide you to Caranya’s location. There you learn she is secretly a necromancer (Shocker!) and she wants you to join her. You two aren’t going to budge in your positions so she attacks you, though she shouldn’t be much of a challenge to defeat. I do recommend using Resist Magic and/or Silence spells to prevent her from dealing massive damage with her spells or hide behind the gate as that will deflect some of her spells. After you kill her you can take the Amulet from her body and defeat all the mages that are now revealed to be necromancers on your way out. Make sure you don’t find any in groups or they can deal quite a bit of damage. Return the Amulet to Traven and either do the other part of this quest or rank up to Master-Wizard.

One more rank and you will become Arch Mage, I wish you luck. (But I also deliver guidance, so hopefully it is an obtainable rank for you or else I’m a horrible helper.)

Arch-Mage Rank
Source: UESP Wiki

Arch-Mage Rank

This quest is the last of the Mages Guild quests, so of course completing it will give you the Arch-Mage rank. Or does it? You see, you don’t have to complete the quest to become the Arch-Mage, start the quest yourself if you don’t believe me. To get the xbox achievement you do have to complete the quest (though it may take a little bit after you talk to Raminus to actually get it so don’t fret little one.) Thinking back on what you have done, you should guess that you have to kill Mannimarco to prevent the necromancers from gaining power (after all the only way to kill a cult is to kill its leader, or any group of wrong-doers). To do so you have to soul trap Traven into the Colossal Black Soul Gem, as that is what Mannimarco wants, and will make you immune to Mannimarco’s ability to make you into a Worm Thrall. Traven tells you to take the soul gem with you when you go to kill Mannimarco, kills himself, and traps his soul into the gem. (So kinda, you don’t have to do it like I just said you did, but you still have to carry it with you inside to prevent Worm Thrall.)

Take the soul gem from Traven’s body and head to Echo Cave, far north of the Imperial City, near Bruma. Inside a Dunmer named Bolor Savel will greet you with a threat of sorts, you have to kill him to get the key he mentions having. Follow your compass and kill all the necromancers you encounter, until you reach Mannimarco inside the Necromancer’s Chamber. Mannimarco will then paralyze you, and tell you all about his fascination with the souls of people of power and his grief that Traven didn’t come himself. He will try to turn you into a Worm Thrall, but with the Soul Gem it won’t happen. It doesn’t work and you will have to defeat him, somewhat easier than you would think a powerful mage would be as he uses his dagger more than his magic (maybe he’s suicidal or doesn’t want to live anymore?). He can conjure some powerful undead to aid him in battle so you might want to summon your own if you have the ability. He is essentially immune to normal attacks though or the attacks of summoned creatures, but vulnerable to magic attacks so it must be a magical duel. If you have trouble, jump into the water where he can’t reach you and you should have some time to recover and develop a new strategy. Once he is dead return to speak with Raminus Polus with the news to officially become the Guild’s Arch-Mage. Congratulations!

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