Morrowind:M'Aiq the Liar
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|M'Aiq the Liar (m'aiq)|
|Location||Sheogorad Region, [9,21]|
M'Aiq the Liar is a Khajiit rogue who can be found on a small island southeast of Dagon Fel in the Sheogorad Region. Much of M'Aiq's dialogue refers to many requested or anticipated features of Morrowind which were not included in the final release of the game.
The first time you initiate a conversation with M'Aiq, you can only partake in persuasion and ask him about Solstheim. Subsequent conversations enable you to explore all of his other topics of unique dialogue.
- Boethiah's Quest: Restore the glory of this forgotten Daedra Lord.
- "Greetings! M'Aiq knows many things. What is your interest? You seek knowledge. M'Aiq has much. Some of it verified by actual facts!"
- becoming a lich: "You wish to become a lich? It's very easy, my friend. Simply find the heart of a lich, combine it with the tongue of a dragon, and cook it with the flesh of a well-ridden horse. This combination is certain to make you undead." (All three things that you're supposed to find don't exist. Although the Siege at Firemoth official plugin and Tribunal expansion add liches, you cannot take their hearts.)
- dragons: "Dragons? Oh, they're everywhere! You must fly very high to see most of them, though. The ones nearer the ground are very hard to see, being invisible."
- Emperor Crabs: "M'Aiq sees lots of them in the ocean. M'Aiq knows you'll see one too if you swim far enough." (An emperor crab is featured in the game, but is long dead. Its shell is used as House Redoran's Manor District.)
- horses: "Horses.... Oh, M'Aiq loves horses! Especially with good cream sauce." and "You would wish to ride upon a beast? There is a way... Go to one of the many silt-strider ports and pay your fee! You wish one for personal use? Bah! Walk if you must; run if you are chased!" (The reference to horses as food is a reference to lore on horses being eaten in Morrowind.)
- moving corpses: "Moving corpses? This sounds frightening to M'Aiq. The undead are nothing to be toyed with."
- multiplayer: "M'Aiq does not know this word. You wish others to help you in your quest? Coward! If you must, search for the Argonian Im-Leet, or perhaps the big Nord, Rolf the Uber. They will certainly wish to join you." (Neither of these characters exist. The characters' names are allusions to leet and über)
- Dwemer: "There is no mystery. M'Aiq knows all. The dwarves were here, and now they are not! They were very short folks... Or perhaps they were not. It all depends on your perspective. I'm sure they thought they were about the right height." (The dwarf moniker is thought to have been given to the Dwemer from giants, who are tall in comparison.)
- naked liches: "A horrible thing indeed. If you see one, let M'Aiq know. M'Aiq wants to make sure to look in the other direction."
- nudity: "Ahh... The beauty of the naked form. These Dunmer are rather prudish, are they not? Of course, there is an island you can reach filled with wonderful, naked, glistening bodies. It only appears when the moons are full, the rain falls, the seas run red, and it's M'Aiq's birthday." (
- Climbing: "Climbing ropes that hang is too difficult. M'Aiq prefers to climb the ones that are tied horizontally." (A reference to the climbing skill in Daggerfall)
- Shrine of Boethiah: "You seek the shrine that is no longer there? An interesting concept. Look to the seas to the West. There lies what was once the shrine. Take a deep breath and begin your search." (This is perhaps the only thing that is completely true that M'Aiq says.)
- Mudcrab Merchant: "M'Aiq has heard of this. They've got all the money. Mudcrabs taking over everything. They already run Pelagiad." (This also contains some truth, although the Mudcrab merchant isn't really all that near Pelagiad.)
- weresharks: "I have only met one, but he was afraid of the water." (A reference to Daggerfall where there were many different types of werecreatures, while in Morrowind there weren't any until the introduction of Bloodmoon. Weresharks are supposedly a very rare type of lycanthrope - see On Lycanthropy.)
- M'Aiq's name is alternatively spelled with a lowercase "a".
- He has a unique ability called "M'aiq's Water Walking", which unsurprisingly enables him to walk on water.
- M'Aiq has become a running gag. A M'aiq the Liar can be encountered again in Oblivion, Skyrim, and ESO with similarly-themed dialogue. Please see this page for more information.