Daggerfall:Missing Prince

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Lhotun wants to find his missing brother.
Quest Giver: Prince Lhotun at Palace Sentinel
Location(s): Castle Faallem or The Fortress of Fhojum
Prerequisite Quest: Privateer's Hold
Next Quest: Wayrest Painting or Freeing Medora
Reward: A magical item & Information
Reputation Gain: see Reputation Gain/Loss
ID: S0000001
Required Reputation: No negative reputation with Prince Lhotun
Required Level: 5
Prince Lhotun of Sentinel

Quick Walkthrough

  1. Talk to Prince Lhotun in Castle Sentinel after receiving his letter. He will ask you to find out what happened to his older brother.
  2. Wait around Sentinel for a few days asking for rumors, and you will receive a note from an agent of the Underking.
  3. Meet with the agent, who will point you to a dungeon in the area.
  4. Explore the dungeon and discover a death certificate which contains the dying words of the missing prince.
  5. Choose who to give the letter to.

Detailed Walkthrough

Once you reach level 5, you may receive a letter. The letter is from Prince Lhotun of Sentinel and reads:

(player's name),
Greetings and salutations. I hope your trip was uneventful. They say
that you are keenly interested in the haunting of Daggerfall. My
father and King Lysandus were somewhat close. Should you come visit
me, I might be able to shed some light upon recent events involving Lysandus.
Prince Lhotun,
Castle Sentinel

Go to the palace in the capital of the Sentinel region and look for Lhotun in the entrance hall to your right.

Prince Lhotun says:

Welcome to Sentinel, (player's first name). I guess
you must have received my letter. I know some things
about Lysandus and why he might be haunting Daggerfall,
but before I tell you, you have to promise to do
something for me first. Is that all right?

Accept the quest, and Lhotun will say:

You will? Thank (random god). You see, I used to
to have an older brother, ten or eleven years older
than me, named (prince's name). Whenever I ask what happened
to him, I'm told a different story. Some say he got
sick and died, some say he was kidnapped by the
Underking. I want to know the truth. If you can find
some proof of what really happened to him, I'll tell
you all I know about King Lysandus.

Gathering Information

Ask around town about the missing prince to hear some of the theories on how he died. You might also learn some interesting details of his personal life. For one thing, he was more a scholar than a warrior, a trait which used to irritate his father the king. For another, he was the only prince to never receive a public funeral. Other than these two suggestive facts, you will learn nothing useful about the prince.

Making A Breakthrough

After several days, you will receive a letter reading:

Dear (player's first name),
If you are interested in learning the truth,
about prince (prince's name), meet me at
(tavern) in (town) of Sentinel.

Go to the upper level of the rendezvous point to find your contact, who will say:

(player's name)? Shh. I would prefer that
nobody sees me talking with you. It has come
to our attention that the Underking is being
wrongly accused of abducting prince
(prince's name). Before you judge, check into
(dungeon). I'll mark it on your
map. Who am I? Just call me a loyal
servant. Now move away before anyone
gets suspicious. Go on, scram.

Finding the Evidence

The dungeon you are directed to will always be either Castle Faallem or The Fortress of Fhojum. The rest is a standard dungeon crawl. When you find a piece of parchment on the ground in the dungeon, pick it up to receive the "Death Certificate," which reads:

23 Morning Star 3E 400
(dungeon's name)
Two days I was sealed within this crypt without food or
water. I do not know whether hunger or poor health or
one of the creatures who share this dank hole with me
will kill me first -- I only know that I will soon be
dead, and not even my bones with remain. My hope is that
in the years that come, this letter will be read and the
sad story of (prince's name), Prince of Sentinel will be told.
I am fifteen years old at the time of this writing, and
have been plagued with bad health for most of my life,
to the frustration of my hearty parents. The finest
healers and apothecaries in western Tamriel have labored
over my every cough and fever, but while they could save
my life time and time again, they could not improve my
sickly constitution. In retrospect, I received little
real affection from the king and queen, embarrassed as
they were about begetting such a cripple as the heir of
the kingdom. I cannot say I missed the love; I received
much attention from the doctors, priests, and herbalists
constantly at court. Certainly I was not to be the sort
of warrior that King Cameron was, but one of my dearest
friends, a priest of Stendarr said that I might be the
first scholar-king in the history of Sentinel.
My younger sister Aubk-i was the true favorite of my
parents: athletic, beautiful, and charming. It is hard to
think of an uncomplimentary word for her. I am resigned
to my imminent death, and yet, I would like to see her
once again. For six years, Aubk-i and I were the only
children of Sentinel. Eight years ago, the queen had a
boy child and named him Greklith, after the ancient
Redguard word for Strong King. Few speak that tongue
any longer, but all the scholars and nobles of Hammerfell
understood. And Greklith is a strong boy indeed -- I have
never so much as seen him cough. The Queen's next child,
born only a year after Greklith, had an even more ominous
birthname -- Lhotun. Second Boy. Perhaps had I been less
sheltered, more suspicious by nature, I might have read
into these nominations. Lhotun and Greklith are common
enough names in our family, I reasoned. Now I know that
even then, I was disinherited -- even if it was
not official yet.
For several months before Lhotun's birth and over three
years afterward, I was in the throes of a very serious
fever. The doctors despaired of me, but somehow and very,
very gradually, I recovered. For the first time, and the
last, I read an expression on my father, the King's face
that was not indifference. It was disgust.
That was a fortnight ago. Three nights ago, I was seized
by men I had never seen while I was having a walk. My
nursemaid stood by watching placidly as I was gagged
and tied and thrown roughly into a sack. I do not know
how long they rode with me, but I was eventually left
here. When I finally freed myself from my bonds, I found
that I was alone. My wanders have gotten me nowhere.
This place is filled with undead creatures that prevent
me from finding any exit.
I have no hope left, but no fear either. A few regrets.
Perhaps had I studied magic instead of history and
science I could free myself of this place. One of my
tutors told the story of the Underking, how he had
placed his lifeforce in the body of a powerful being
and had thus conquered all Tamriel long, long ago.
Had I only had the strength of a more powerful body
like that.
But I did not study magic. I studied history, so I
leave this letter -- not to avenge myself, but as
an historic document.

Leave the dungeon and deliver the note to Lhotun at the castle, who will reply:

This what I most feared. Poor (prince's name). As I
promised, here's what I've heard about
Lysandus. I don't know how much of this is
secret, but I trust you. Lysandus was in love
with his court sorceress, a noblewoman named
Medora Direnni, and during the war with us,
his queen found out. They say that while her
husband was gone, Queen Mynisera banished
Medora from the court. My sister Aubk-i is
queen now, part of the treaty to insure peace,
but Mynisera still resides at Castle Daggerfall
as the dowager Queen mother.
I don't know where Medora went, but I know
she has an enormous castle somewhere on the
Isle of Balfiera. But I also heard there is
some kind of curse on her, and she can never
leave. I don't know if that helps you, but
that's all I know. Again, thank you for
(prince's name)'s letter. Just knowing what happened
will ease my heart somewhat. Please take this
(magic item) as a token of my appreciation.

Reputation Gain/Loss

If you give the death certificate to Lhotun, the quest will count as a success and you will gain reputation according to the table below.

Faction/Person Reputation Gain
Sentinel +15
Prince Lhotun +15
Associated Factions +7
The Underking and his Agents +25

If you give the death certificate to either Akorithi, Greklith, or Lord Vhosek, the quest will count as a failure and you will lose reputation according to the table below.

Faction/Person Reputation Gain
Sentinel -20
Queen Akorithi -20
Associated Factions -10

(Allies/Enemies affiliations for listed factions are not considered)

In addition, your Regional Reputation in Sentinel will also decrease by 20 points.


  • The book, Night Falls on Sentinel is about an agent hired by (then King) Lhotun to punish the last living person responsible for kidnapping his brother. Although Daggerfall gives the older brother a random name, the book in Morrowind/Oblivion/Skyrim names him "Arthago".
  • There is no time limit for this quest.
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