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I've finished the Under Sarhaal quest on the PS3, and by finished I mean I'm on the last step:

Talk to the Arch-mage

I have scoured the College, and even gone into the Midden Dark (and out the other side, there's a great shipwreck out there), and I still can't find the arch-mage. The 'arrow' seems to indicate he's somewhere in the vertical structure around his quarters, but I can't find him there. I've tried to wait until the middle of the night to see if he comes to bed, but this guy never sleeps.

Where is the Arch-mage?

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Check to see if he isn't sitting on a chair in his quarters. I just spent 15 minutes looking for him but could hear him coughing.

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As I recall, the arch-mage is either in his study, in the Hall of Elements, or wandering the courtyard.

If you're on PC, you can try loading a previous save where you can get to him, open the console, click on Savos Aren, then type prid [id], where [id] is the ID listed in the top-center of the console window (without the brackets, should look like prid 15d31 or something), and hit enter. Now, load your broken game and do one of two things. First, open the console, hit up (should load the previous command entered, prid [id] in this case), then enter to select Savos without clicking him. Type moveto player, and hit enter. Exit the console and he should be standing in front of you. The second option, if you'd rather be legit about it, is to type player.moveto [id]. It should teleport you to him, so you can see where he's at. If he's somewhere accessible, reload and run to him.

You can also try leaving the college and going somewhere else, like Whiterun, then sleeping for 3 or 4 days, then going back to the college to see if he got reset. Doesn't require the console and works on non-PC versions, but may not be effective. Also, make sure you don't over-write your only autosave with him accessible, or you won't get his reference ID (which changes every time you start a new character, as far as I'm aware, so you can't just ask me what mine says or start a new game to get it).

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I'm on the PS3 so this answer isn't really helpful. Thanks for the information. I've updated the question to clarify that I'm on the PS3. – George Stocker Nov 25 '11 at 17:21

He is sitting in the corner in the Archmages quaters reading a book i spent a good long while trying to find him as well. he blends into his surroundings very well and is rather quiet.

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I found him simply sitting in his quarters but, have also been told that he can be a challenge to find. Your best bet is to either look in his quarters, the hall of elements, or wandering the courtyard. If none of these work, then try to go and rest for a few hours or wander around to level up faster ( if low level then try option two, but be careful.) But never go into hidden dark, that will just waste your time.If none of these work then wander around until you find him.

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You mean Midden dark. – ヴァイシャリ Nov 7 '12 at 8:14

You can also find him in the courtyard of the College, before you enter the building.

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You must first recover the elder scroll in the Alftand Glacial Ruins before you can talk to the Arch Mage.

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The alftand glacial ruins – Kristian Dec 23 '11 at 20:40
not for this quest. – George Stocker Dec 23 '11 at 22:59

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