Daggerfall:Runaway Pet

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Bring back a noble's runaway tiger.
Location(s): Any Fighter Quester of the Fighters Guild
Reward: Random Gold, Magical Item (50% chance)
Reputation Gain: see Reputation Gain/Loss
ID: m0b00y17
Required Reputation: In Guild
Difficulty: Hard
 
The tiger likes the sound of this bell

Quick Walkthrough[edit]

  1. Talk to the Fighter Quester of a Fighters Guild.
  2. Head to the dungeon the Fighter Quester mentioned.
  3. Find the sabertooth tiger within and hit it once.
  4. Use the bell the Fighter Quester gave you.
  5. (Optional) Search the dead body for a letter.
  6. (Optional) Travel to the town mentioned in the letter and talk to the lover to receive a magical item.
  7. Travel to the town where the owner lives within the time limit and return the pet for your reward.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

Grab a Tiger by the Tail[edit]

The noble's playful little monster
You may find a note on the tiger's victim

The Fighter Quester says:

"(Player's name), isn't it? Just who I was looking for. We have a rather interesting job, requiring a bit of brains rather than brawn. Are you interested?"

Accept[edit]

The Fighter Quester goes on:

"Here's the situation. Seems (noble's name) has this pet sabertooth tiger -- don't ask -- and it ran off a few days ago. (He/She) had it tracked to (dungeon), but now we need someone to go in there and bring it out. Alive. The trick is that it's been trained to respond to this bell. The tiger should become docile if you ring the bell in its face. Of course, (noble's name) did say it isn't trained too well -- are you surprised? -- so you may have to smack it upside the head once or twice to get its attention. Just don't kill it, OK? Bring it back to (noble's name) at (noble's residence) in one piece within (time limit) days, and (he/she)'ll pay you (random gold) gold. Good luck."

Decline[edit]

The Fighter Quester answers:

"Yeah, you're right, I did say this job needed brains didn't I?"

Soothe the Savage Beast[edit]

Head to the dungeon the Fighter Quester mentioned. The sabertooth tiger will be found at a quest location within, prowling about near a fresh corpse. You must ring the bell to tame the beast, however doing so too early results in a notification:

You ring the bell loudly, but it doesn't seem to have any effect.

Once you have found the tiger, you must hit it once without killing it. Then, go into your inventory and use the bell the Fighter Quester gave you. When you exit the menu screen, a notification appears:

The tiger's ears perk up at the sound of the bell. It shakes its great head from side to side, and begins emitting a low growling sound. Is it purring? The tiger pads over and rubs against your legs, nearly knocking you over.
The tiger is now following you.

As the notification says, the tiger is now a follower. Unlike with other followers, however, the tiger has no icon indicating this; the animal simply disappears from the game. If you kill the tiger without taming it, however, you receive a different message:

Oops. You killed the tiger. I wonder what (noble's name) will say?

The Dead Lover[edit]

The lover awaits, unaware of recent events

Next to where you find the tiger, there will be a dead body. There is a 50% chance that the body will contain a letter saying:

Dear (lover's name),
I am sorry I can't be with you today
in (lover's town), but I wanted to take a
moment to let you know that you are
in my thoughts as always, my sweet.
I am sitting here under a tree, on a
beautiful afternoon that reminds me
of you. Everything reminds me of you,
my darling, the shining sun in the sky,
the chirping birds in the trees, even
the pretty pet tiger walking with its
owner over there. Ha ha! The tiger has
gotten loose, the scamp. It is bounding
over my way. See how its coat gleams in
the sun, like your hair in the firelight.
Its owner is shouting something and ringing
a little bell, but it doesn't listen. Such
a high spirited beast! It seems friendly
enough, here it comes to say hello...

Return to the town in which you received the quest and ask around to learn the location of the lover's residence. Speak to the lover, who will say:

"Yes, what do you want? Oh...good gracious, a letter from (victim's name)! Why is it stained with blood? (He/She)'s dead? Dear me. (He/She) always was so sweet to me, I'm afraid (he/she) had the delusion that we were in love. Poor soul, what a tragic end. I certainly appreciate you telling me what happened. I'll make sure (his/her) family knows. Here, why don't you take this (magical item) (he/she) gave me. I certainly don't have any use for it."

Reward[edit]

The owner of the tiger will be happy.

Travel to the town where the noble lives and ask around to learn their location. Enter the building and talk to the animal's owner with the tiger following you. The noble will say:

"Oh, (tiger's name), darling, you're safe! Thank you so much for bringing my baby back home to me. I'm sure he didn't give you any trouble, did he? He's just a big kitty cat at heart, wouldn't hurt a fly. Here's your (random gold) gold, just like I promised that nice (Fighter Quester's name) at the Fighter's Guild."

However, if you killed the beast it's owner won't be happy:

"You horrible horrible (player's race)! I can't believe you killed my poor innocent (tiger's name). Just a sweet lost kitty, and you just had to slaughter it. Get out of here at once, before I have you arrested for murder. Get out!"

Needless to say, you won't be paid in this instance.

Reputation Gain/Loss[edit]

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

Faction/Person Reputation Gain
Fighters Guild +5
Fighter Questers +5
Associated factions +2

A failed quest results in a reputation loss according to the table below.

Faction/Person Reputation Gain
Fighters Guild -2
Fighter Questers -2
Associated factions -1

(Allies/Enemies affiliations for listed factions are not considered in the tables.)

Enemies[edit]

  • Random dungeon monsters
  • Quest Target: One Sabertooth Tiger

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Notes[edit]

  • This quest is only available with the CompUSA Special Edition Patch.
  • The letter is actually found on the ground. Due to the proximity of their sprites the corpse may get in the way, requiring some careful positioning to pick up the item.

Bugs[edit]

  • It is sometimes possible to ask NPCs about the lover as soon as the quest starts, before receiving the note which alerts you to his or her existence.
    • This bug is fixed by DFQFIX; the topic of the lover's name will not appear until the note has been found.
  • Returning the beast to the noble activates a timer to end the quest. However, this is sometimes as long as the quest's original time limit.
    • DFQFIX adjusts this timer to about one in-game hour.

Additional Dialogue[edit]

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

  • "Did you hear that (noble's name)'s tiger escaped again? Killed and ate three people this time."

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

  • "(Noble's name)'s tiger seems to have disappeared for good. Thank (god's name)!"

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

  • "(Noble's name) actually hired someone from the Fighter's Guild to go fetch (his/her) pet tiger for (him/her). What sap would take a silly job like that?"

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

  • "Howdy, (player's first name), you old tiger-lover, you!"

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

  • "I can't really think of an easier job than finding a pet tiger, but you managed to screw it up. What do you want now?"

Quest Log[edit]

Runaway Pet (m0b00y17)
Stage/
Index
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
0 (Date): I have been hired by (town)'s Fighters Guild to find a pet sabertooth tiger that has run off into (dungeon). Supposedly the tiger is trained to respond to a bell I was given, but (Fighter Quester's name) warned me that it may not really be trained very well. I am to bring the tiger back to its owner, (noble's name), at (palace) of (noble's town) within (time limit) days. (He/She)'ll pay me (random gold) gold.
1 (Date): I found the tiger in (dungeon), and now it seems to like me. It has started following me, at least. Now I just have to get it back to (noble's name) in (noble's town).