Daggerfall:The Riddle

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Find the answer to a riddle.
Location(s): Any Merchant or Innkeeper
Reward: Random Gold
Reputation Gain: see Reputation Gain/Loss
ID: a0c01y03
Required Reputation: One or more reputation
Difficulty: Hard

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to a Merchant or an Innkeeper.
  2. In the local town, find and talk to his lover.
  3. Travel to the teacher of the lover's mentor and talk to him/her.
  4. Head to the dungeon named by the teacher.
  5. Find the mentor in the dungeon and talk to him/her.
  6. Be sure to follow the time limit (3 months).

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Quest Offer[edit]

This quest is one of several in the random pool of Merchants/Innkeepers quests.


I am (questgiver's name), and I need the services of a hunter of men. I am in love with (lover's name). Alas, she refuses to marry unless I prove my worthiness by answering a riddle her mentor (mentor's name) left behind when he/she vanished. I need you to find (him/her) and find the answer to the riddle. I will pay you (random gold) gold pieces if you succeed.

Quest Acceptance[edit]

The merchant/innkeeper goes on:

The only person who might help you find (mentor's name) is (lover's name). She can be found in (building's name). Take these flowers. They are her favorites. They may gain you some favor with her. Here is a letter with (mentor's name)'s riddle inscribed upon it. If you have not returned in three months, I will assume that you have failed.

Quest Decline[edit]

The merchant/innkeeper answers:

I will continue my search for an adventurer willing to take up my charge. If you meet anyone who would be interested in such a quest, direct them to (questgiver's name).

Quest Object[edit]

The riddle has following text:

Speak not of love or hate, but tell me this; what gift can you give to me, that I can never buy for myself?

Find your employer's lover. She will be in the local town; ask around to discover her whereabouts. Upon giving her the flowers she will direct you to a teacher of her mentor and tell you his location. She will give you a book as a gift for the mentor's teacher. Just head to the town where the teacher can be found. You will meet him/her in a library there. Upon giving the book to the teacher he/she will direct you to a dungeon where the mentor is studying arcane lore at the moment. Head to the dungeon named by the teacher and find the mentor within. Talk to him/her and he/she will say:

I hate being bothered! If the only way to get you to leave me alone is to give you the answer to that stupid riddle, then here, take it. Now get out of here before I summon a fire daedra to show you the way.

He/she will give you a letter with the riddle's answer. The answer to the riddle is "Kindness".

Just head back to your employer, give him the letter with the answer, and collect your reward.

Quest End[edit]

Upon receiving the letter, your employer rips it open and says:

Kindness! Of course. Now I understand why (lover's name) sent me on this quest. It is not enough to love her, I have to show her kindness as well. You have been most helpful, (player's first name). Here is the gold I promised you.

Reputation Gain/Loss[edit]

A successfully completed quest results in a reputation gain according to the table below.

Faction/Person Reputation Gain
Questgiver's faction +5
Questgiver's associated factions +2

A failed quest (time limit expired) results in a reputation loss according to the table below.

Faction/Person Reputation Gain
Questgiver's faction -2
Questgiver's associated factions -1


  • Random dungeon monsters


  • The mentor's teacher will always stay at a library in the current region. So if the current region doesn't have a single library like some of the smaller regions of the Iliac Bay, then the teacher will be missing from the quest and therefore it can't be completed.