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:"''The Bloodmoon will rise again, and my hounds will walk the lands. Let this world enjoy its brief respite, for Hircine will hunt again!''"— [[Lore:Hircine|Hircine]]
 
The [[Lore:Great Hunt|Great Hunt]], also known as the '''Wild Hunt''',{{ref|name=TMKR|{{Cite Book|Tal Marog Ker's Researches}}}} the '''Ritual of the Innocent Quarry''',{{ref|name=TPOTH|{{Cite Book|The Posting of the Hunt}}}} and the '''Hunter's Game''',{{ref|name=KWEBM|[[Bloodmoon:Korst Wind-Eye|Korst Wind-Eye]]'s dialogue in [[Bloodmoon:Bloodmoon|Bloodmoon]]}} is the name given to the spectacular hunts usually conducted by the {{Lore Link|Daedric Prince}} {{Lore Link|Hircine}}, who holds the title of Master of the Great Hunt.{{ref|name=ONHGBT|[[Online:Body Markings#Hunting Grounds Body Tattoo|Hunting Grounds Body Tattoo]] description in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}}{{ref|name=THJ|{{Cite book|ns_base=ON|The Huntsman Prince}}}} Within Hircine's realm of the [[Lore:Hunting Grounds|Hunting Grounds]], Great Hunts are a constant occurrence.{{ref|name=ESOHDW|[[Online:Hanu|Hanu]]'s dialogue in [[Online:Wolfhunter|ESO: Wolfhunter]]}} Outside of his realm, Great Hunts are rare and are rumored to happen once per era.{{ref|name=KWEBM}} Great Hunts are called upon in Nirn for Hircine's own amusement,{{ref|name=Bloodmoon|Events of [[Bloodmoon:Hircine's Hunt|Hircine's Hunt]] in [[Bloodmoon:Bloodmoon|''Bloodmoon'']]}} or to punish those that defy him.{{ref|name=SRLS|[[Skyrim:Loading Screens#Daedric Princes|Hircine Loading Screen]] description in [[Skyrim:Skyrim|Skyrim]]}} Typically, the hunted party, or "Hare" is chosen by Hircine himself, while the hunters compete to be granted a boon by the Daedric Prince. These events can be anywhere from apocalyptic in nature to a gathering within his [[Lore:Hunting Grounds|Hunting Grounds]]. Though it can take place anywhere the Prince of the Hunt chooses, one can determine the next location withby dissecting the stomach of a fresh wolf corpse.{{ref|name=MTCH|[https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/news/post/26441 Meet the Character - Hanu] on the official [[Online:Online|ESO]] website}} When the Great Hunt starts, [[Lore:Secunda|Secunda]] turns red, becoming the Bloodmoon, and the hunt is believed to end when the Bloodmoon goes away. The Bloodmoon is said to symbolize the blood of the Hunter's Prey, and those wishing to join the Great Hunt craft rounded bone pendants that are stained with blood to symbolize it. {{ref|name=KWEBM}}{{ref|name=FPI|{{Item Link|quality=3|Bloodmoon Pendant|id=126206}} on the official UESP ESO item database}}
 
The Great Hunt is also another name for Hircine's Hunting Grounds.{{ref|name=ESOT|[[Online:Thoreki|Thoreki]]'s dialogue during the quest [[Online:Hircine's Gift|Hircine's Gift]]}}<noinclude>
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