"If you would not mind doing a small favor for me, I can put in your possession a most excellent reward, The Hircine Ring."

An Obvious Misery is a Daedric Prince quest available in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. The Agent is tasked with putting a wereboar "out of his obvious misery" by its creator, Hircine.

Background[edit | edit source]

In their attempts to enhance their power, the Agent may seek to summon one of the sixteen known Daedric Princes that reign over Oblivion. In their search, the Agent must find a Witch Coven, whom are known to consort with the "The Huntsman of The Princes," Hircine.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  1. Successfully summon Hircine at one of the Glenmoril Witch Covens.
    1. Speak with the Daedric Prince and accept their quest.
  2. Journey to and enter the dungeon specified by Hircine.
    1. Slay the wereboar identified by Hircine.
  3. Journey to the town mentioned by Hircine.
    1. Speak with Hircine's apostle before the time limit expires.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Having decided to seek the power of the sixteen Daedric Princes, and obtained a war-chest in the region 50,000–200,000 Gold, The Agent may summon Hircine. However, the only faction in the Iliac Bay known to consort with "The Huntsman of The Princes," are the reclusive Glenmoril Witches. The Agent will therefore have to seek out one of their Covens, and request that they summon the Huntsman.

The Miserable Blessing[edit | edit source]

Successfully summoning Hircine will result in the Agent receiving a vision of the Daedric Prince, whom will off the Agent "a most excellent reward" should they accept their quest. This quest, should the Agent accept it, is to put a "child" of Hircine "out of his obvious misery." To do so, the Agent must track the "child," a wereboar to its lair and kill it, before heading to an apostle of the Prince to receive their reward: Hircine's Ring.

With that, the Agent is off to slay the wereboar, whose lair is little more than one of the dungeons in the region. Due to Daggerfall's random spawning mechanics, the wereboar may not be the only example of Hircine's work, meaning that the Agent may have to keep slaying the Prince's progeny before they receive this notification:

"The wereboar is dead, as you promised Daedra Prince Hircine."
―In-game notificaiton[src]

With that, the Agent must escape the dungeon and speak with Hircine's apostle, residing in a nearby town. Doing so before the time limit expires will successfully complete the quest, with the Agent receiving their infamous reward from the apostle.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Successfully slaying Hircine's "child" and meeting with their apostle will result in the Agent being rewarded with Hircine's Ring, a powerful Daedric artefact. Furthermore, the Agent will receive a reputation boost with the Witch Coven that summoned Hircine on their behalf, most likely the Glenmoril Witches. Conversely, failing the quest will not only see the Agent go unrewarded, but also cost them a reputation with the Coven.

The changes made to reputation, either by successfully completing or failing the quest are shown below:

Faction Reputation
Summoning Witch Coven +5
Associates +2
Faction Reputation
Summoning Witch Coven -2
Associates -1

Journal[edit | edit source]

An Obvious Misery – x0c00y00
ID Journal Entry
0 [Date]:

In return for The Hircine Ring I have been asked by the Daedra Prince Hircine to slay a wereboar in [dungeon]. The wereboar must be dead in [x] days, and I must be in [residence] in [town] in [x] days to meet with [Apostle's name], a [Apostle's description], about The Hircine Ring.

  • Quest accepted

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Indoor Witch Covens, most of which are members of the Glenmoril Witches, will only summon Hircine.
  • When asked for any news, NPCs have a variety of comments to make referencing the quest:
    • Acceptance: "Real nasty squeals and grunts coming out of [dungeon], [direction] of here." or "I hear there's some kind of mad half-pig thing in [dungeon] to the [direction]."
    • Success: "Real quiet around [dungeon] lately." or "Wonder what happened to that pig-thing that used to run around these parts."
    • Failure: "That pig-thing that was here ran up north, like there was something after it." or "Wonder what would spook a wereboar, make it run away like it did."
    • Hircine's Ring: "I have no idea what The Hircine Ring does."

Bugs[edit | edit source]

This section contains bugs related to An Obvious Misery. Before adding a bug to this list, consider the following:

  1. Please reload an old save to confirm if the bug is still happening.
  2. If the bug is still occurring, please post the bug report with the appropriate system template  360  / XB1  ,  PS3  / PS4  ,  PC  / MAC  ,  NX  , depending on which platform(s) the bug has been encountered on.
  3. Be descriptive when listing the bug and fixes, but avoid having conversations in the description and/or using first-person anecdotes: such discussions belong on the appropriate forum board.
  •  PC   "Hircine's Ring" appears as a buckler in the Agent's inventory, but acts as a ring.
    •  PC   It is also listed as "The Hircine Shield".

Appearances[edit | edit source]

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