Quest Name: The Black Star
Reward: Azura's Star or Black Star
Location: South of Winterhold
Level requirement: 0
Visit the Shrine of Azura (misc): Talk to an innkeeper to receive this objective and travel to the shrine in the mountains South of Winterhold. A priestess named Aranea is waiting here and asks you to help her find an elven man she's seen in a vision.
Find the elven mage from Aranea's wision: Talk to someone in Winterhold and they will point you to Nelacar in the Frozen Hearth Inn.
Speak to Nelacar: You can persuade, bribe, or intimidate him into telling you about Azura's Star. He tells you that it was in the possession of Malyn Varen, a powerful mage who went insane due to the star's powers and went in exile to Ilinalta's Deep on the Northern coast of Lake Ilinalta.
Find Azura's Star: Journey to Ilinalta's Deep and enter via the trapdoor at the top of the sunken turret. You will face skeletons, and various skill levels of necromancers in the sunken fortress. When you reach the chamber where Malyn Varen died, you will find the broken Azura's Star, along with Varen's journal.
Quest Conclusion 1:
Bring the Star to Aranea: Return to the shrine and give the star to Aranea. She will send you into the star to purge Varen's soul whenever you are ready.
Tell Azura you're ready to enter the Star: Pretty self explanatory.
Destroy Malyn Varen's soul: After you are wisked away to the strange place that is the star, Varen will briefly speak with you before retreating behind his Dremora guardians. After killing Varen, you will be returned to the shrine, where Azura will reward you with Azura's Star. In addition, Aranea is also now available as a follower.
Quest Conclusion 2:
Bring the Star to Nelacar: Return to the Frozen Hearth and give the star to Nelacar. He will send you into the star to purge Varen's soul whenever you are ready.
Tell Nelacar you're ready to enter the Star: .....
Destroy Malyn Varen's soul: After you are wisked away to the strange place that is the star, Varen will briefly speak with you before retreating behind his Dremora guardians. After killing Varen, you will returned to the Frozen Hearth, where Nelacar will reward you with the Black Star.