This page is for unimplemented quests. Fragments of some of these quests remain visible in the game. Quests that do not appear in your journal are not classed as unfinished.
Originally, there was meant to be an arena in each city. The only two that remain in the game are the Imperial City Arena and the destroyed Kvatch Arena. Writer Emil Pagliarulo confirmed that this was the case in the eighth episode of the Bethesda Podcast, celebrating the fifth anniversary of Oblivion. However, there was too much dialogue and it could not fit on the disk. Removing the other arenas meant that about 800 lines of dialogue could also be removed.
- The Bruma Arena can be seen in the 2005 trailer for Oblivion.
- The Cheydinhal Arena can be briefly seen in The Making of Oblivion.
- Open amphitheaters can be seen in the early concept art of the cities.
- There are generic lines leftover in the game files that were meant for Andragil, Didier Aumilie, Graklak gro-Buglump and Istirus Brolus. The unused Bravil, Anvil, Skingrad and Bruma Arena Gatekeepers respectively. Both Didier and Istirus' dialogue was recorded before an individual male Breton voice actor was hired, and as such was voiced by Wes Johnson, who originally voiced both male Imperials and Bretons.
- Shelley, the unused Cheydinhal Gatekeeper, and Graklak still have unused rumors concerning their betting activities. J'bari, the unused Leyawiin Gatekeeper, still has rumors concercing this as well, but they still play in the final game.
- Each city would've had an NPC acting as Blademaster for their arena, but these were all removed. Unused rumors still exist for the Blademasters of Bravil and Leyawiin. Each city would've also had their own champion. In the final game, only Jean-Pierre Lemonds of Bravil and Vandorallen Trebatius of Skingrad are still known to have once served this purpose.
- One of the two beggars in each city would beg at the local arena with a specific AI package, every beggar except for those in Leyawiin and Anvil still use said package in the final game.
- Owyn, Hundolin, and the whole of the Imperial City Arena's interior are actually repurposed from the Chorrol Arena.
- In the German localization, Owyn sometimes refers to the Chorrol Arena in dialogue instead of the Imperial City Arena.
- A lot of NPCs that still exist in the final game were meant to be Arena visitors to some degree. Gwinas possesses an unused line as an Arena spectator, although he's never found there. Ida Vlinorman was meant to visit Chorrol's Arena, as was Countess Arriana Valga, who still has unused rumors about this behavior. Gaturn gro-Gonk uses an outdated script that also mentions him visiting the town's arena. Brotch Calus would have spent a lot of time at Bruma's arena, as confirmed by unused rumors and a leftover AI package. Else God-Hater was meant to visit the Skingrad Arena. Voranil would've visited the Cheydinhal Arena, and, according to a quest stage in Lost Histories, S'Krivva would've visited the Bravil Arena. Myvryna Arano and Methredhel both have unused AI packages that would've made them visit the Imperial City Arena.
- Within the Arena Bloodworks, on the ground to the right of Owyn, lies a crumpled note from a woman - Branwen - claiming to be his daughter. The letter states that, whether he likes it or not, Owyn will be forced to recognize her claim of kinship when she becomes Champion of the Arena. Branwen may be found in the Arena District of the Imperial City, sparring with Saliith.
- Upon first entering the Market District, a notice will appear in the upper left-hand corner of the screen reading "New Topic: Do you need couriers?". Despite this, there are no NPCs with whom this topic may be discussed.
- This bug is fixed by the Unofficial Oblivion Patch.
- The topic's ID, "ImpExWork" [00025CF7], has no associated NPCs, and thus, it may not be used. The group also includes further entries: "ImpExAccept" [0025CF6], "ImpExReject" [00025CF4], "ImpExDeliveredLetter" [00025CF2], and "ImpExGiveLetter" [00025CF3], all of which are unassociated. The ID tag itself may have been intended as an easter egg, "ImpEx" appearing much like "FedEx", the Imperial Express Delivery Service and Federal Express Delivery Service.
- There is also a script in the CS called "ImperialExpressScript" which seems to be an unfinished quest for you to deliver letters to two different people in each city other than the Imperial City.
- There was originally to be a questline based around the Elder Council that was cut because it detracted from the main quest (as described here). You would rise through the ranks of the nobility, eventually becoming the "Duke of Colovia". Count Ormellius Goldwine and the Nobility faction are said to be the only remnants of this questline.
- If the quest Through A Nightmare, Darkly has not been started, Gilgondorin, innkeeper of Silverhome on the Water in Bravil, states that Dro'shanji has seen creatures around his house and that you should speak with him; however, Dro'shanji's home is quite normal, and he himself has no special dialogue options regardless of his disposition.
- This bug is fixed by the Unofficial Oblivion Patch.
- There is a rumor around Cheydinhal that "Dervera Romalen is sure proud of the Newlands Lodge. I think she's especially happy that the Red Queen drinks there". No "Red Queen" exists anywhere in the game. In Unmarked Cave, however, there is a zone called "Unmarked Cave Black Queen's Hall", which contains a chest with the id "ChestMS25DungeonMythicEnemyRare01". This suggests a quest with the ID "MS25" relating to a Black Queen was originally planned, which might also have involved the Red Queen of Cheydinhal. There is no such quest remaining, however, and no other reference to it exists.
- Residents of Chorrol will often discuss the strange behavior of Eugal Belette. A visit to his home will reveal a basement full of humanoid skulls and Mythic Dawn paraphernalia. Despite this discovery, he may not be reported, nor will he discuss the subject. Of all the Mythic Dawn "sleeper agents", Eugal is the only one whose behavior garners public attention. Unused dialogue refer to Eugal, as well as something known as the "Mythic Dawn Postulates", and a campsite in Sancre Tor. This implies that Eugal once played a more important role, and the rumors are likely a leftover of this.
- A common rumor in Chorrol speaks of "shady" dealings at The Oak and Crosier, a local inn. Entering the basement of said structure will spark the cave or ruin exploration music, despite being monster-free.
- In the game data there are remnants of a quest known as "MS19", this quest involved Teekeeus and a book. It was later turned into Fingers of the Mountain, as indicated by the latter quest's script.
- In Chorrol resides an Imperial couple - Jirolin and Ariela Doran - the former of whom was part of a quest called 'Doran's Family Troubles'. This quest name is no longer present in the English language versions of the game, but is still intact in localized versions, such as German or French. The quest was to entail the player leaving an offering of gems for Ogres at a cut location called Spy Rock, as Jirolin believed himself to be part-Ogre and wanted to make contact with them. He would then go to check on the offering himself a week later, getting himself kidnapped and taken to Rock Bottom Caverns. In the final game, the Ogres were changed to Goblins in light of the quest's absence. You can also find an indistinct piece of parchment framed on the wall in Jirolin's house, which appears to be the Doran family tree. Most of it is illegible, but Jirolin and a giant are clearly displayed. All of Jirolin's dialogue for the quest is still intact in the files, plus the female Nord/Orc rumors about his Ogre obsession and how he seems a bit "kooky".
- In localizations of the game, dialogue is also present in the files for Ariela Doran, who displays much distress over her husband's disappearance and begs you to help find him. She would've also had rather patronizing pre-quest dialogue where she insulted the player and demanded they leave her home.
|Doran's Family Troubles (MS17)|
|Stage||Finishes Quest||Journal Entry|
|10||Jirolin Doran of Chorrol believes that ogres are somehow distantly related to his family line. As such, he's asked me to take an offering of gems and gold to Spy Rock in an effort to establish communications with the ogres.|
|20||I've placed Jirolin's gems at Spy Rock. I should return and let him know I've completed the task.|
|30||I should return to Chorrol in one week's time to see if Jirolin has made any progress with the ogres.|
|40||Jirolin Doran took it upon himself to check back at Spy Rock; I should head there and find him.|
|50||Jirolin is not at Spy Rock. He left a note stating the ogres were escorting him to their home at Rock Bottom Caverns. I should go there and find him.|
|60||I've foundDoran trapped in Rock Bottom Caverns. I'll need to help him escape the ogres.|
|70||I've freed Jirolin from his confines. I need to make sure he returns safely to Chorrol, which means getting him out of Rock Bottom Caverns.|
|80||Jirolin will head back to Chorrol on his own. I can either head there myself, or go back into Rock Bottom Caverns to raid the stores of treasure the ogres have collected.|
|100||Jirolin thanked me for saving him from the ogres, and gave me some of his offering to the ogres as a reward.|
|200||Jirolin Doran is dead.|
- Northeast of Leyawiin is a settlement called Blankenmarch and an Ayleid ruin called Veyond. The former contains three NPCs with no unique dialogue, the latter is populated with unique Azhklan Trolls. These were originally the locations of the Trolls of Forsaken Mine quest. Additionally, inside the ruin in Zone 2, near the entrance to Zone 3 and beyond, you will find dead Trolls, bloodstains, sacks of food and random low-level equipment strewn across the floor, similar to Forsaken Mine. A single Fighters Guild rumor in the final game still mentions this early setting: "I think Oreyn is planning to send Viranus out on the Blankenmarch contract. I'm betting Vilena is not happy about it... if she knows."
- There is a house in Skingrad across from Rosethorn Hall which is owned by someone named Nerastarel. The interior appears dilapidated (despite the fact that it looks fine from the outside) and has several undead in it. Strangely enough, there is no one in the game by the name of Nerastarel, only his house.
- Some of Lazare Milvan's dialogue ("You are obviously of low birth. Unless you dispute my judgement... and you would press your suit at the end of a sword."), and a rumor about him ("I heard Lazare Milvan challenged someone else to a duel. The man is ridiculous.") suggests that he may have been part of a quest involving a duel. Recording notes also suggest that his lines should be delivered so as to make them "deliberately provocative".
E3 demo quest
- See: E3 demo quest
The quest used in the demo videos shown at E3 2005 still exists in the game files, but cannot be completed as was shown at E3, since most of the references used in the quest have been deleted from the released game and the appropriate scripts have been commented out. The quest contains stage numbers 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 42, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70 and 100. Only stages 5 and 40 to 100 actually work in the game. One of the loading screens used to describe the technical aspects of the game still exists in the game files. Its text is "Realistic lighting and shader effects combine to create detailed and immersive environments." and its editor ID is
Widescreen1ElvenArmor. It is set to only load in the test cell ToddDung. The version of Kvatch used in the E3 demo also exists in the game files and can be accessed by typing
coc e3kvatchstart into the console. You can begin the Kvatch portion of the quest by typing
setstage e3 40 into the console, but you will have to advance the quest manually at some parts.