1) Not sure if a bug or not, but I let the time expire on the Eothas challenge, and I am not sure what is supposed to happen next.
Currently after I let the time expired the clock just showed a negative time and keeps ticking from zero to -56 seconds when in an area. I have a save right before the Egwithan digsite where there is some time left (16hours), and a save game with the clock ticking from zero to -56 at the digsite after I let the time expire (I went to the old battleground and did some searching until the time expired then went to the digsite).
I had assumed the quest fails when the time runs out but not sure how it works so am posting. Here is the link to the save games:
2) Also, seen this posted before what is with some areas, some of the times not resetting after battle encounters? I was in the sea cave playing solo and it was impossible as once I engaged the the first battle with the beetles it wouldn't leave combat mode - I also tried restarting, entering/exiting the cave and once it was loaded couldn't get the area to act normally. Interesting it was like this until a started a new game today to see if I could recreate or at least post and give a comparison between the two saves. In the new game I went to the cave it was acting normal, and then I loaded my previous game where there was an issue and it was acting normal now too I can see how this would make Trial By Fire impossible if someone is in a large dungeon and they couldn't get the area to reset and behave normally - unless this isn't a bug - not sure.
Anyway, any feedback is helpful