Daggerfall:A Mix-Up

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Dispel false accusations of theft by finding the true culprit.
Location(s): Any Merchant or Innkeeper
Reward: Random jewelry
Reputation Gain: see Reputation Gain/Loss
ID: k0c00y06
Required Reputation: Any
Difficulty: Hard
 
The cause of all the trouble

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to a merchant or innkeeper.
  2. Fight your way out after being accused of the crime.
  3. Read the letters sent to you shortly after starting the quest.
  4. Find a witness who can help prove your innocence.
  5. Get a note from the witness and read it.
  6. Speak to the witness at his or her house in town.
  7. Get a letter which proves your innocence from a building in town.
  8. Give the letter to the adversary of the true culprit.
  9. Travel to the dungeon mentioned in the witness's and culprit's letters and retrieve the gem.
  10. Return the gem to your accuser within the time limit and collect your reward.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Mistaken Identity[edit]

When speaking to a merchant or innkeeper, he or she may say:

  • "(Oath), you look like that (player's race), (player's name). Is that you, (player's first name)?"
  • "You're not by any chance (player's name), are you?"
  • "Wait a minute. You're not (player's name), are you?"

Accept[edit]

Your prospective employer then makes a startling accusation:

"Thief! You're the one who stole my (gem)! (Warrior)! Kill!"
As you hear the accusation, you know it to be false. Mayhap you have filched a gem from time to time, but there is no way this one should be pinned on you.

or

"You've got a lot of nerve coming back here after taking my (gem)! My associate (guard's name) will take care of your business now."
Something is clearly wrong. This person has no reason to be upset with you.

Decline[edit]

The merchant or innkeeper answers:

"All right then. Just curious."

or

"Good. No offense."

On the Run[edit]

The owner of the stolen gem hired some extra security

This is one of the most complex quests in the game, not because of its difficulty but because of the various combinations of NPCs involved. As soon as you are done talking to your would-be employer, three things happen. First, your Regional Reputation will drop by 200 points (to a minimum of -100). Second, a warrior appears in the building and immediately attacks you. Third, about ten seconds after the conversation ends, a message appears:

You notice (employer's name) sneak out of the door.

Your employer will be gone for most of the duration of this quest; if they provided a service, that service will be unavailable during that time. Deal with the guard and get out of there. 25 to 50 in-game minutes after starting the quest, a notification will appear:

A ragged beggar boy suddenly thrusts a letter in your hands and disappears before you have a second to question him.

You will receive a letter from one or more groups, depending on your reputation with them.

Faction/Person Minimum Reputation
The Necromancers +10
The Thieves Guild +10
Agents of the Underking +10

If your reputation with the above factions is lower than 10, you will instead receive a letter from an anonymous "friend" who will direct you to a person they suspect to be the true mastermind behind the robbery.

The Usual Suspects[edit]

The Merchant
The Noble
The Priest
The Thief
Sometimes suspects will call for help...
...but the witness will call for the guard

The letters will point you to at least one of four suspects in the robbery: a merchant, a noble, a priest, and a thief. One of these four is a witness to the crime and another is the culprit, determined randomly. The letters sometimes give you the suspect's location, but these letters are often inaccurate due to an oversight in the quest (see bugs). Therefore, it is often better to search for the witness on your own.

Ask the locals to tell you about any of the suspect's names you have discovered. Most of the time it will be idle gossip, but eventually someone will know where the individual can be found. You can also learn the names of the other suspects this way, asking about each suspect may reveal the names of two others.

Once you know an individual's location, go and speak to them. If the suspect is not the witness, you will hear one of the following:

  • "You're the thief (witness' name) told everyone about! Guards!"
  • "Guards! It's the (player's race) (witness' name) identified as the thief!"
  • "I have nothing to say to a common jewel thief. (Witness' name) told me all about you. Guards! Guards!"

The suspect just revealed the name of the witness, and you can now ask for the witness' whereabouts if you haven't already discovered this information. The bad news is that a rogue will appear in the building and attack you. Fight or escape, and find the witness. If you try to speak to any of the other suspects at this point, they will not respond.

Once you know where the suspect is located, head inside the building and locate your quarry. When spoken to, the suspect will raise the alarm and flee, saying:

"It's you! You're the one who robbed (employer's building)! Guards! Guards!"
(Witness' name) slips you a note as (he/she) flees

or

"It's the (player's race) who robbed (employer's building)! Somebody help me!
(Witness' name) slips you a note as (he/she) flees

The witness' cries summon a knight, who attacks you. Take care of this enemy and read the note you were handed before the witness fled the scene. It reads:

(Player's name),
Meet me at (witness' residence).
(Witness' name)

Follow up on this invitation and head over to the building named in the witness' note. The doors to this building may be locked; you will need some means to gain entrance if they are. Once you are inside, talk to the witness and you will learn the true culprit's identity, along with other important information. The witness' response depends on which suspect is the culprit:

If the culprit is the merchant:

  • "Thank (random god) you got my note. I'm sorry about calling the guard, but I couldn't be seen talking to you. Listen, I can't talk long, but I know now that you didn't do it. I told the truth when I said I saw a (player's race) like you stealing the (gem) at (employer's building), but then I saw something else. There's this (merchant's description) named (merchant's name) who, I guess, found out that you were in town and hired someone who looks a lot like you to steal the (gem) and hide it away. If you want to clear your name, get the gem out of (dungeon), where (merchant's name) has it stashed, or see if you can find any other evidence in (culprit's residence), where (merchant's name) hangs out. Now, I gotta go. Good luck."
  • "You got my note, I see. Listen, (player's first name), I know that you didn't burgle (employer's building), but you have to understand that my life won't be worth a silver if they see us talking. I work for (merchant's name), which may not mean anything to you, but believe you me, (he/she) practically runs (merchant's town). If you want to clear your name and implicate my boss, you're going to have to get some hard evidence. If I were you, I'd either leave the region, or look for something on (him/her) at (culprit's residence), (his/her) house in town, or (dungeon), (his/her) secret treasure trove. Now, I gotta go. You never saw me, (player's first name)."

If the culprit is the noble:

  • "Listen, you gotta believe me. I really saw a (player's race) like you take the (gem), and I thought it was you. But that's before I saw (noble's name)'s cousin in (noble's town). That kid looks almost exactly like you, and I happen to know that (noble's name) sent (his/her) cousin to (dungeon) just recently. It'd be a great place to stash a (gem). The only other good choice would be (culprit's residence), where (noble's name) stays at night. As soon as I saw that cousin, I knew you were innocent. But you're going to have to get the evidence yourself. I have to go now. Good luck, friend."
  • "Listen and listen carefully, (player's first name). This is what happened. I witnessed the burglary at (employer's building), but I knew that if I told the truth about who really did it, no one would believe me and I'd probably get hanged for treason. So, I told everyone a stranger did it. Specifically, you. The real burglar is someone beyond suspicion -- (noble's name) of the royal house of (region). You're going to need some evidence to prove it and I'm not going to stick my neck out anymore. The only other thing I can tell you is that, during the weekends, (noble's name) spends (his/her) time at (dungeon) and at night, at (culprit's residence). Hope you can find some evidence in one of those places. Good luck and I'm sorry."

If the culprit is the priest:

  • "I wasn't lying when I said I saw someone who looked like you steal that (gem) from (employer's building). Then I saw that (player's race) again at (priest's building), talking to (priest's name), one of the priests there. I overheard the two of them say something about (dungeon), and I then followed that (player's race) down to (culprit's house). From there, the (player's race) went to (dungeon). A few minutes later, you came into my tavern. No one will believe your and my word against (priest's name). You're going to have to find some evidence, either at (dungeon) or (culprit's house) to clear your name. Now, I must go. Good luck."
  • "Hi, (player's first name). I couldn't talk to you at the tavern -- it was too public. I really was a witness at the burglary at (employer's building). In fact, I did it. But the one who paid me to do it and the one who said I should blame a stranger for it was (priest's name), a priest of (temple). Obviously, no one's going to believe you if you just come out and say it. You're going to need evidence. I can tell you that I stashed the (gem) in a place called (dungeon), but just getting the gem back isn't going to convince anyone. Check out (culprit's house) -- (priest's name) spends a lot of time there at night. Maybe you can find something on (him/her) there. Now, I have to go. I'll deny all of this conversation, but right now, I'll wish you good luck."

If the culprit is the thief:

  • "I guess you got my note. I'm really sorry all this happened, (player's first name), but I really did see someone who looked exactly like you steal the (gem) from (employer's building). The person who did it was a master of disguise -- a master thief named (thief's name). Shortly after the burglary, I was walking past (culprit's house) when I heard a voice which I recognized as the thief's, saying something about a stash in (dungeon). When I saw who was speaking, I recognized the renowned (thief's name). These days (he/she) is a respectable member of the community and it will take evidence to convict (him/her). I can't help you there, but I imagine what you need is in (culprit's residence) and (dungeon). Good luck."
  • "No, I know you didn't do it, (player's first name). It was a (thief's description) by the name of (thief's name). Most people in (thief's town) know (he/she) used to be a thief, but they all think (he/she)'s retired to a life of public service. I can tell you (he/she) hasn't. You see, (he/she) picks a stranger in town to blame all (his/her) burglaries on so (he/she) remains above reproach. I'd love to see (him/her) caught, but you're going to need some hard evidence. Most nights (he/she) stays at a place called (culprit's residence), so I'd look either there or (his/her) old hideout, (dungeon). Watch yourself, (player's first name), and good luck."

In each case, you are told of a dungeon where the gem is located and a building in town which will contain exonerating evidence. You must obtain both to complete the quest, though the order does not matter.

The Evidence[edit]

To clear your name you need to find something incriminating on the culprit...
...and also find the stolen gem

Ask around to locate the culprit's residence. Gain entry to the building where the evidence is located from 02:01 to 23:59. Inside you will find an incriminating letter. Pick it up and a message pops up:

This does seem to be some incriminating evidence. Now you must consider to whom you'll give this letter.

The letter mentions the true culprit's plan, and names one of the other suspects as the culprit's adversary. Ask around town to find their location if you don't already have it. Once you have learned which town and building to go to, travel there and speak to the adversary with the culprit's letter, and (depending on who the culprit is) be told:

  • "(Noble's name) was behind that burglary? Well, well, well. Here's what you need to do. I'll talk to (his/her) family -- they'll be eager to diffuse this situation as cleanly as possible. You get the (gem) to (employer's name) in (employer's building), so (he/she)'s happy. What an amateur burglar that (noble's name) is."
  • "So (thief's name) was behind the burglary that nearly ruined my business, eh? And now (he/she)'s trying to frame you. Well, I'll speak to the authorities and this friend of (his/hers). All I need from you is that (gem). Bring it to (employer's name) in (employer's building) and that'll not only clear you, but improve your reputation with (him/her)."
  • "Blessed (random god), this is no forgery! The writer is correct. (Merchant's name) has reason to fear me. (Temple) will see to it that (merchant's name) is brought to the proper authorities, but we must see to it that you are not considered to be any kind of accomplice. If you get the (gem) and bring it to (employer's name), we can be assured of (his/her) goodwill, which we need. Hurry to (employer's building) with that (gem), (player's first name).
  • "You got this out of (priest's name)'s cell in (culprit's residence)? (Oath), it's priceless! Quickly, now, (player's first name), get that (gem) to (employer's name) and I'll make spread the word around that the true thief of (employer's building) is a priest of (temple)!"

The next step is to travel to the dungeon the witness directed you to and find the gem within. When you have found it, a message appears:

You have found the (gem) that was stolen from (employer's building).

Head back to the quest giver with all the evidence for your reward.

Reward[edit]

When you return the gem to the merchant or innkeeper, you will be told:

"So, it wasn't you who stole my (gem) at all. (Oath), I feel ashamed for wrongly accusing you. Here, please accept this (jewelry) as my apology. I'll make certain that the (town) guards know that you're an innocent (player's race)."
You know in your heart that even if (employer's name) speaks on your behalf, your reputation will never be the same.

If the time limit runs out, however, you will not get a reward and your reputation will remain at -100. You will get a message:

After all this time, there is nothing you can do easily to salvage your reputation in (town). You would be best to give the place a wide berth for some time.

Reputation Gain/Loss[edit]

Your regional reputation for the province you undertake the quest in will be affected by your actions in this quest according to the following table:

Action Reputation Gain
Accepting the quest -200
Completing the quest +110

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

Faction/Person Reputation Gain
Questgiver's faction +15
Questgiver's associated factions +7

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

Enemies[edit]

  • Random Dungeon Monsters
  • One Warrior as soon as the quest is started
  • One Knight when you speak with the witness
  • One Rogue if you talk to any of the quest relevant NPCs without the letter proving your innocence
  • One Spellsword if you talk to the quest culprit after you have given the letter proving your innocence to his/her adversary

Notes[edit]

  • The quest giver will be absent until you bring the culprit's letter to his or her adversary. If the quest giver provides a service to you, this service will be gone as well.
  • Many string variables in the quest dialogue are used incorrectly, resulting in false or no locations being given for certain quest-related NPCs.
  • This quest is affected by an occasional bug which causes certain quest locations to be withheld. See here for further information.
  • This is one of only three quests which can influence your Regional Reputation. Because regional reputation can never go below -100, this quest can restore your reputation in a certain province to a slightly positive value if it is 0 or below. However, you should not accept this quest if your regional reputation is already above 0, as the reputation gain from completing the quest is significantly lower than the penalty for accepting it.
  • If you don't return the gem to the quest giver, it will remain in your inventory after the quest is complete, unlike most quest items.

Bugs[edit]

  • This quest is broken in the original game. The game crashes to DOS as soon as you save after accepting the quest due to an internal error 1000 (Duplicated Map ID).
    • This is addressed by DFQFIX; the quest location picking is adjusted to resolve this error.
  • Due an oversight in the quest dialog, the town where the noble stays will not be revealed. If the noble is the adversary of the quest culprit, then the quest cannot be completed.
    • This issue is resolved by DFQFIX, together with another minor dialog issue regarding the first location of the witness.
  • The player can ask for the witness' second location (the house) from the start of the quest.
    • Fixed by DFQFIX; now the player can only ask for this location after talking to the witness at the first location.
  • Due an oversight in the questfile, the anonymous letters you may get have a 75% chance of containing misleading information. The letters are not checked against who the culprit is, and one of the four letters gets always picked randomly regardless of the quest set-up.
    • Fixed by DFQFIX; you will always get a letter which contains accurate information on the identity and location of the culprit.
  • Many of the journal entries for the quest are not used, e.g. when you get the various letters or what they say.
    • Fixed by DFQFIX; some unused quest variables were repurposed to allow the journal entries to be seen.
  • If you fail to deliver the evidence to the culprit's adversary before the quest ends, the quest giver will never return. Any service offered by this NPC will also be gone forever. This can be reversed by deleting the .ATF file associated with the quest giver's town, however this would also result in the loss of all map data for that town.
    • Fixed by DFQFIX; the quest giving NPC will return when this quest ends if he or she has not already done so.
  • DFQFIX also makes several further adjustments to the questfile:
    • Beginning with v3.2, the quest code has been tweaked to remove some of the bugs associated with the randomness of the quest.
    • To avoid missing quest location issues, the locations for all quest related NPCs are explicitly defined.
      • The chosen new locations reflect each NPCs profession (merchant->general store, noble->type1 house; a palace doesn't exist in every region, but every region has at least one type1 house, priest->temple, thief->inn).
    • The building where the witness arranges your meeting is changed to a general store. This and the step above should resolve any remaining issues regarding missing quest locations.
      • The quest text is adapted to work with these modification and some remaining errors are fixed.
  • The notice given when the employer leaves the building is sometimes broken. In these cases, when the NPC vanishes the only notification you get is a blank message box.
  • The quest dialog for the witness points to a wrong location, due this error the inn, the witness is staying, will not be revealed to the player.

The Letters[edit]

Letters from Factions[edit]

My Dear, Dear (player's name),
Sorry for this inelegant but expediential means of
communication. Our enemies have made quite a mess of
your, well, shall we say, not-quite-but-almost snow white
life. As much as we respect and admire thievery, as you
did not commit these particular honors, we think it best
that you expose the true architect to the eyes and
nooses of the admiring public.
The person with whom it would be most efficacious
for you to speak is (witness' name), a
(witness' description) you may find lolling about
(tavern). You will probably not
find (him/her) the friendliest of persons. After all, (he/she) is
the witness who saw you at (employer's building)'s,
stealing the (gem). Nevertheless, with a little
effort, you might gain some information from the
encounter.
Good luck, my dear. There is surely nothing more
tiresome than being accused of an act of wanton,
diabolic avarice for which you are uncharacteristically
innocent.
-- The Necromancers
Dear (player's first name),
We know all about being falsely accused of crimes,
but we are seldom in a position to combat the accusations.
In your case, we are at least aware of the name of one of
your accusers -- (witness' name). I do
not know if (he/she) is working for one of your enemies or ours,
or is a completely innocent pawn, but (he/she) was allegedly the
witness to the burglary at (employer's building).
Be careful speaking with (witness' name) --
(he/she) may have powerful friends. Your best bet may be in
speaking with (him/her) in public. I understand that (he/she) frequents
(tavern) in (witness' town).
The Agents
(Player's first name),
Awright, this is gonna be a quick note, but your
pals in the Thieves Guild want to help you out. Now
we don't know who actually took that (gem)
from (employer's building), but we know you didn't.
Let's face it -- if you had taken that (gem),
you wouldn't be in near as much trouble. You're a
smart kid, smart enough to get away with it. But
someone is framing you.
The person who identified a (player's race)
who looked like you stealing the (gem) was a
certain (witness' description) by the name of
(witness' name). Couldn't tell you whether (he/she)'s
telling the truth or not, whether (he/she) saw someone
who looked like you or not, but we figure you can
make those inquiries yourself. You can find this
(witness' name) in a tavern called (tavern) right in (witness' town).
Just watch out for yourself. This ain't a game.
The Thieves Guild

Anonymous Letters[edit]

Dear Friend,
I know you didn't do it. You didn't steal
that (gem) outta (employer's building)
any more than I did. Who do I suspect? Well,
there's this (priest's description)
in (priest's town) who would be
just as happy stealing gems and framing people
as I would be drinking a cool ale on a hot
summertide day.
I don't have any evidence, but you might
wanna check into (him/her). The name of this cleric
is (priest's name). Good luck.
A Friend
(Player's name),
You dont know me and I dont owe you any
favors and even after this you dont owe me
nothing, you unnderstand? I used to work for
this (merchant's description) by a name
of (merchant's name). Now (he/she) was a
crazy one, (he/she) was. Allways [sic] trying to find a
way to get rich. And always quick to blame
someone else when (he/she) got caught with (his/her)
hands in the cookie jar. That's how I got
put away.
If I was you Id look to see if my old
freind had something to do with the steeling
at (employer's building).
A Friend
Dear (player's name),
Please forgive this intrusion. I am
quite certain that your mind is on other
subjects than polite chitchat, so I will
come right to the point. I do not believe
that you were responsible for the burglary
in (employer's building), but unless
you prove yourself innocent, you will be
forevermore persecuted for it.
There is a (noble's description)
of my acquaintance who I believe knows more
about the affair than most. It may be that
(he/she) even arranged or even commited [sic] the
crime. I can say no more, except that (his/her)
name is (noble's name) and (he/she) lives
in (noble's town).
And one final thing: (he/she) has very
powerful friends. Do not face (him/her) at a
disadvantage.
A Friend
Dear (player's name),
Perhaps it would interest you to know
that there is at least one person who doesn't
think you did it. Or maybe I should say
two people in (thief's town)
don't think you did it. Me and the one who
did it -- a (thief's description) who
did do the burglary.
Now, the truth is that I don't have any
proof, but (thief's name), that's
the (thief's description), has done that
kind of jewel-robbing before. (Oath), (he/she)
even spent time in jail for it.
So, maybe (thief's name) didn't
do it. Maybe. But if (he/she) didn't, I can tell
you this -- (he/she) knows more about who really
did it than you do. So if you want to find
out who did it and who's framing you, go
find this (thief's name) and
ask (him/her) some questions.
A Friend

Incriminating Letters[edit]

(Merchant's name)
(Merchant's town)
Dear (merchant's name),
I hope everything in (merchant's town)
is fine and that you and your family are in good
health. The weather, I understand, is clement,
so I must commend you on ordering it for my
visit.
On to business. You mentioned in your last
letter that you were interested in a discount
for my services because the (gem) is not
of top quality and you have already found a
convenient scapegoat for the crime. I agree to
your terms, provided that you make certain that
this (player's race) mercenary is the fool you
suggest. If the worm turns, you know as well as
I do, that it's every man for himself. And if
that (priest's description) (priest's name)
gets involved, (he/she) can destroy the whole affair.
I will see you soon, my friend.
-- (Name)
(Noble's name)
(Noble's town)
My Darling (noble's name),
What a crafty, wicked thing you are. Don't
think for a minute that I didn't suspect you
were behind poor (employer's name)'s
misfortune. It was very sweet of you to get
the (gem) I wanted, but I somehow
thought that you were going to pay for it.
I don't want you to think I'm unappreciative,
my dearest darling, but if that (gem)
is taken out of (dungeon)
and anyone traces it to me, you won't even be
able to count how many fingers'll be pointing
at you. I'd watch out particularly for that
nasty little (thief's name).
This is the sort of blackmail (he/she)'d love.
Nevertheless, the (gem) was a very
sweet thought and I thank you.
Love,
(Name)
(Priest's name)
(Priest's town)
Dear (priest's name),
Ignore my last letter when I applauded you
for your enormous contribution to (priest's temple).
That (gem) that you said was a donation
was stolen from (employer's name). If
it becomes known that the gem was stolen for our
temple, our prestige in (region) would
greatly suffer. (Noble's name) already
hates us, and with (his/her) influence on the royal
family, (priest's temple) will have
much for which to answer.
We will discuss at our next meeting what
appropriate castigation this situation merits.
Do not think of challenging the temple.
Yours Regretfully,
(Name)
(Priest's temple)
(Thief's residence)
(Thief's town)
My Dear (thief's name),
So, you're back in business, are you? When I
heard about the affair at (employer's building),
I had a pleasant rush of nostalgia. Shall I ever
fully forget the good old days when the two of us
were partners? Surely no more than I shall forget
when you framed me for a jewelry job in precisely
the same way you're framing that (player's race)
mercenary. That was at (merchant's name)'s
business, wasn't it?
Don't worry, this is not a blackmail note. I
will not tell anyone a word ... unless, of course,
they ask. Naturally, my memory may fade should you
tell me where in (dungeon)
you hide that (gem).
Please write back with your own reminiscences.
(Name)

Quest Dialogue[edit]

If you ask an NPC about the quest giver:

  • "Poor (employer's name) lost (his/her) (gem). A witness saw a (player's race), like you, at (employer's building)."
  • "(Employer's name) is still trying to track down the (player's race) adventurer who stole that gem."

If you ask an NPC about the witness after they have fled home:

  • "(Witness' name) is the name of that (witness' description) who saw the theft at (employer's building).
  • "(Witness' name) is just a (witness' description). You can find (him/her) over in (witness' residence).

If you ask an NPC about the suspects:

  • "(Merchant's name) is a hard-working, basically honest (merchant's town) merchant."
  • "Not one to overcharge customers, that (merchant's name). At least not too much."
  • "(Merchant's name), eh? You'll find (him/her) over in (merchant's building) this time of day."
  • "If you listened to (priest's name), (merchant's name) is a blight on all of (region)."
  • "Merchant's name) gets along with most everyone, but (he/she) doesn't like (thief's name)."
  • "(Noble's name) is of the royal house of (region). (Oath), (his/her) family has ruled forever."
  • "(Noble's name) is a typical member of (his/her) class -- decadent, ruthless, arrogant."
  • "(Noble's name) spends (his/her) time over in (noble's building) this time of day."
  • "(Thief's name) isn't too fond of (noble's name), but most everyone else is."
  • "(Noble's name) has had a longstanding disdain for (temple) and (priest's name) specifically"
  • "(Priest's name) is a cleric of (temple), of course, and quite a zealous one too."
  • "(Priest's name) has risen above the scandals that plagued (his/her) early days in (temple)."
  • "(Priest's name) usually can be found in meditation at (priest's building) right about now."
  • "Most everyone in (priest's town), except (noble's name), greatly respect (priest's name)."
  • "The only person (priest's name) obviously dislikes is that (merchant's description), (merchant's name)."
  • "(Thief's name), well, (he/she)'s a retired jewel thief. Or semi-retired, as I understand."
  • "(Thief's name) used to be quite a jewel thief in (thief's town) once upon a time."
  • "Someone told me that (thief's name) lurks about (thief's building) this time everyday."
  • "(Merchant's name) doesn't believe that (thief's name) has reformed (his/her) life at all."
  • "(Thief's name) dislikes (noble's name), despite the (noble's description)'s aristocratic blood."

Additional Dialogue[edit]

After you have accepted this quest, NPCs may say when asked for any news:

  • "They always have the best information in (tavern)."
  • "(Tavern) is the only place I'd go for really choice information."
  • "When they find that (player's race) thief, there's going to be a real hanging party."'
  • "Poor (employer's name), but that (player's race)'s gonna pay twice the price of that (gem)."

If you fail the quest, NPCs may say when asked for any news:

  • "All evidence definitely points to (player's name) as the (town) thief."
  • "(Employer's name) is continuing the search for that (player's race), almost obsessively."

If you successfully complete the quest, NPCs may say when asked for any news:

  • "It turned out that (player's name) was innocent of the (town) robbery."
  • "That (player's race) mercenary was proven innocent of the (town) robbery."

If you successfully complete the quest, the quest giver may later greet you with:

  • "I still feel terrible about wrongly accusing you, (player's first name)."

If you failed the quest, the quest giver will greet you with:

  • "Thief! Thief! Get out or I'll call the guards!"

Quest Log[edit]

A Mix-Up (k0c00y06)
Stage/
Index
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
0 (Date): (Employer's name), a (employer's description) in (employer's building) of (employer's town) suddenly accused me of burglary, that I stole (his/her) (gem). I am, naturally, innocent, but it would appear that I will have to prove it if I want to show my face in (region) again.
1 (Date): I received a letter from the Necromancers, telling me about the (witness' description) who supposedly saw me in (employer's building), stealing the (gem). The person's name is (witness's name) and (he/she) frequents (tavern).
2 (Date): The Agents of the Underking sent me a letter, identifying the (witness' description) who said (he/she) saw a (player's race) like me stealing the (gem) from (employer's building). (Witness' name) may be an innocent pawn or an agent of one of my enemies. I will not know until I speak with (him/her) at (tavern) here in (witness' town).
3 (Date): The Thieves Guild sent me a letter, letting me know that they know that I'm innocent of the burglary. They also mentioned the name of the (witness's description) who said (he/she) saw me stealing that (gem). (Witness' name) frequents a tavern called (tavern). I should pay my respects.
4 (Date): I received a letter from an anonymous friend, identifying a (priest's description) named (priest's name) as a possible agent behind the (gem) burglary for which I've been framed.
5 (Date): Someone sent me a letter about a (merchant's description) named (merchant's name) who would be just the type to steal that (gem) and set me up to take the punishment.
6 (Date): According to a letter I was sent anonymously, there is an aristocrat named (noble's name) in (noble's town) who may know quite a bit about what really happened at (employer's building).
7 (Date): I was sent a letter from an anonymous source identifying someone named (thief's name) as a notorious jewel-thief living right in (thief's town). Even if (he/she) didn't actually rob (employer's building), a conference may reveal who did.
8 (Date): (witness' name) apparently slipped me a note when I talked to (him/her) and (he/she) called for the guards. I have been asked to meet (him/her) at a place called (witness' residence).
9 (Date): (Witness's name) told me that (merchant's name) was really responsible for the burglary, but I'll need hard evidence to convince anyone. I may need to go to both (thief's residence) and (dungeon) to find all I need.
10 (Date): (Witness's name) told me that a noble, (noble's name) actually engineered the burglary, but, as (he/she) is so far above suspicion, I'll need to find some evidence. The two places suggested were (thief's residence), where (noble's name) frequents at night, and (dungeon).
11 (Date): (Witness's name) confessed that (he/she) knew who commited [sic] the burglary and it isn't me. On the other hands [sic], (priest's name), the true engineer behind it, will be difficult to convict. The two places where I might find evidence, (witness' name) says, are (thief's residence) and (dungeon).
12 (Date): (Thief's name), a notorious but supposedly retired jewel thief was responsible for the burglary for which I've been framed, at least, according to (witness' name). Further, (he/she) says, (thief's name) is now so well respected, I'll need hard evidence to convict (him/her). I might be able to find this evidence in (thief's residence) or (dungeon), or both places.
13 (Date): The true thief will be exposed and punished, but first I need to get the (gem) back to (employer's name) in (employer's building).
14 (Date): I met with (witness' name) who told me that the one behind the stolen (gem) is indeed (merchant's name). (He/She) spends (his/her) nights at home, in (culprit's residence), and has a stash at (dungeon). I may get out of this mess yet.
15 (Date): I met with (witness' name) who told me that the one behind the stolen (gem) is indeed (noble's name). (He/She) spends (his/her) nights at home, in (culprit's residence), and has a stash at (dungeon). I may get out of this mess yet.
16 (Date): I met with (witness' name) who told me that the one behind the stolen (gem) is indeed (priest's name). (He/She) spends (his/her) nights at home, in (culprit's residence), and has a stash at (dungeon). I may get out of this mess yet.
17 (Date): I met with (witness' name) who told me that the one behind the stolen (gem) is indeed (thief's name). (He/She) spends (his/her) nights at home, in (culprit's residence), and has a stash at (dungeon). I may get out of this mess yet.