I haven’t played this in a while, but, again, with HDTV it’s come out of the cupboard for some more play.
And it looks amazing. But enough of that. Decided to pursue the Mages Guild questline. This meant finding a cave on the east of the map, where some necromancers have been up to naughtiness, and then locating a mage spy inside. I was helped for all of five seconds by a battlemage, who instantly got killed by a trap. The spy had also been turned into a zombie, so was pretty useless. Anyway, that was the end of that quest, and I gained a rank (and an achievement). There then followed another quest (which was pretty easy) which got me another rank and achievement.
I’m now in Skingrad killing vampire hunters. Hurrah!