Celedaen is an Altmer necromancer staying at Leafrot Cave. He is determined to become a lich, the favored servant of his sovereign. He is so determined to find a way to become one that he often goes many days "without food, water, or any kind of companionship".
Celedaen eventually found that to become a lich he must transfer his soul into a physical object called the Sands of Resolve but it must remain on his person until the transference is complete or it would instantly kill him. He created the Sands of Resolve through numerous sacrifices, resurrection of undead servants, and a week long ritual. Unfortunately the Dark Brotherhood has been contacted to take care of him.
"This hourglass must never leave my possession until the transference is complete! I grow more powerful every day, but in truth am more vulnerable than I've ever been." - Celedaen