Daggerfall:The Missing Prince

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Lhotun wants to find his missing brother.
Quest Giver: Prince Lhotun at Castle Sentinel
Location(s): Castle Faallem or The Fortress of Fhojum
Prerequisite Quest: Privateer's Hold
Next Quest: Painting the Truth or Medora's Freedom
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[edit]

  1. Receive a letter from Prince Lhotun.
  2. Travel to Castle Sentinel and talk to the prince. He asks you to find out what happened to his eldest brother.
  3. Wait around Sentinel for a few days asking for rumors, and eventually receive a note from an Agent of the Underking.
  4. Meet with the Agent, who points you to a dungeon in the area.
  5. Explore the dungeon and discover a death certificate which contains the dying words of the missing prince.
  6. Choose who to give the letter to.

Detailed Walkthrough[edit]

An Invitation[edit]

Once you reach level 5, you may receive a letter from Prince Lhotun of Sentinel. It 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

Travel to Sentinel, locate the castle in the center of the city, and enter it. Look for Prince Lhotun in the entrance hall, seated on the right. Speak to the prince and he 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 [sic] 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[edit]

Ask around town about the missing prince to hear some of the more popular rumors and theories regarding his death. 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, King Camaron. 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[edit]

An Agent of the Underking

After several days, you will be approached:

A thin, rail of a woman steps forward and hands you a note. She turns aside all your questions with a gaunt, expressionless face."

Check your inventory for the note. It reads:

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.

Make your way to the tavern. Go to the upper level of the rendezvous point to find your contact, who greets you with,

"(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[edit]

The last words of the Missing Prince

In classic Daggerfall, the dungeon named by the Agent of the Underking will be either Castle Faallem or The Fortress of Fhojum. In Daggerfall Unity, it will be randomly selected from any Ruined Castle in Sentinel. 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
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 [sic] 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 revenge myself, but as
an historic document.


Leave the dungeon and return to Castle Sentinel. Deliver the note to Lhotun and he will reply:

"This what [sic] 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 [sic] 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."

Alternatively, you can deliver the note to Queen Akorithi, Prince Greklith, or Lord Vhosek. However, giving the note to anyone but Lhotun results in quest failure, and will cause your Reputation in Sentinel to plummet. Present the note to one of these three and be met with:

"What is the meaning of this? Blackmail? Why you contemptible scoundrel. You ought to be thrashed for attempting to pass this cheap counterfeit. Poor Prince (prince's name) died of a fever many, many years ago. Why can't you let him rest in peace?"

Reputation Gain/Loss[edit]

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 gives him the name "Arthago". The missing prince is also referred to as Arthago in The Daggerfall Chronicles.
    • Night Falls on Sentinel first appears in Morrowind.
  • There is no time limit for this quest.


  • The journal entry you are supposed to receive after meeting the Agent of the Underking does not appear.
  • In some instances the Death certificate may spawn in an unreachable room in the unity version of Daggerfall
    • DFQFIX corrects this error, the journal entry will now appear as it should.

Additional Dialogue[edit]

If you ask an NPC about the missing prince, you may hear:

  • "(Prince's name) was a prince of Sentinel. He died years ago."
  • "(Prince's name) came down with a fever and eventually died."
  • "Wasn't he the scholar prince?"
  • "(Prince's name) like [sic] books more than swords. It used to drive King Cameron crazy."
  • "He was the only prince never to recieve [sic] a public funeral."

If you ask an NPC about the dungeon you are sent to:

  • "(Dungeon) used to be the Underking's crypt, but now it's a Sentilian prison."
  • "(Dungeon) is just (direction) of here. Some say it's still a crypt of the Underking."

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

  • "Poor Prince Lhotun is in one of his moods. He's so different from Greklith."
  • "Queen Akorithi doesn't know what to do with Prince Lhotun. He's so gloomy."

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

  • "Prince Lhotun's black moods always lift eventually. Strange for a boy his age."
  • "Prince Lhotun seems to be in an even darker mood than ever. Very odd boy."

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

  • "Prince Lhotun's mood has gotten better. He's still quiet, but that's normal."
  • "Queen Akorithi happily reports that her youngest is back in good spirits again."

Quest Log[edit]

The Missing Prince (S0000001)
Finishes Quest Journal Entry
0 (Date): Prince Lhotun of Sentinel has asked me to investigate the death of his brother, (prince's name), who was supposedly kidnapped by the Underking years ago.
1 (Date): I met secretly with an agent of the Underking. Supposedly the Underking had nothing to do with the abduction of (prince's name). I am supposed to check out (dungeon).

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