This is a timed quest.
<Ares is dying. He gasps for air as he tries to speak.>
I am an envoy of the Silver Hand, charged with a sacred duty.
There is still a chance... still time.
The artifact was hurled into the den of the fallen, far below us. Guarded by the unmerciful dead.
<Ares' body glows with blinding light.>
Light. Will. Protect. You.
<Ares is unconscious.>
You feel compelled to place the sacred blade next to the body of Ares.
Upon doing this you are once again blinded by light.
You will be able to choose one of these rewards:
You will also gain:
You have 10 minutes to run to the bottom of the catacombs, run all the way through the undead, (take a left at the bottom of the stairs, then go straight), bouncing them off your super shield, get the Sacred Artifact, run back up to Ares and turn in.