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My Anesthesia is a Daedric Prince quest available in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. The Agent is sent to destroy a mage at the behest of Nocturnal, but will be offered the chance to betray the Prince themselves.

Background

In their pursuit of more power to aid their quest, the Agent may seek the power of the Daedric Princes. On the 8th of Hearth Fire the Prince of Darkness Nocturnal may be summoned, if the Agent agrees to pay a summoner of either a Witch Coven, Mages Guild or a Temple.

Objectives

  • Successfully summon Nocturnal on the 8th of Hearth Fire.
    • Speak with Nocturnal and accept their quest.
  • Journey to and enter the dungeon specified by Nocturnal.
    • (Either) Find the mage, reject their offer and slay them.
      • Journey to the town mentioned by Nocturnal.
      • Speak with Nocturnal's apostle before the time limit expires.
    • (Or) Accept the mage's offer and betray Nocturnal.
      • Journey to the second dungeon mentioned by the mage.
      • Find the "artefact" before the time limit expires.

Walkthrough

On the 8th of Hearth Fire the Agent may attempt to summon Nocturnal, Prince of Darkness, from a summoner from either the Mages Guild, Witch Coven or a Temple. Successfully contacting the Prince will result in the Agent receiving a vision of Nocturnal, who asks that the Agent 'destroy one who brings me pain?'. Should the Agent accept Nocturnal's quest, they will be instructed to slay a mage in return for the famed Skeleton Key, held by one of her 'slaves'.

A Better Offer?

With that the Agent must head to the mage's lair, a dungeon identified by Nocturnal, and hunt them down. Upon striking the correct mage, for their may be multiple mages in the dungeon, the Agent will receive an offer to spare the mage's life:

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"Wait! I know that Nocturnal has sent you, and that she has promised you the Skeleton's Key. But if it is truly power you seek, I can top her offer -- if you cease your attack, I will tell you where to find [Artefact]. Do you agree to my offer?"
―A desperate Mage[src]

The Agent must now choose: reject the offer and slay the mage; or try and find the mage's prize.

=The Key's Calling

Rejecting the mage's offer will result in the Agent having to slay the mage, before escaping the dungeon. They must then head to the town mentioned by Nocturnal and speak with the Prince's apostle, whom will hand the Agent the Skeleton Key should they arrive before the time limit expires.

This is the only way to successfully complete the quest.

A Mercenary Heart

Accepting the mage's offer will see the Agent given the general location of a famed artefact, either Auriel's Bow or the Warlock's Ring. With that, the mage disappears and the Agent must head to the dungeon the mage identified, searching through the dungeon to find the artefact. The artefact will be laying somewhere on the floor on the dungeon, disguised as a randomly generated piece of scrap.

However, within a few moments of taking the artefact off the floor, the Agent will receive the following notification:

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"Mocking laughter echoes in your mind,

"You should have known better than to trust me, [Agent's name]. Perhaps this shadow of power can satisfy your craving for a time, while you rage vainly against those who actually possess it. Me for example. I do hope sweet Nocturnal won't be too displeased with your treachery." (Artifact) crumbles to dust in your hand."

―In-game notification[src]

Furthermore, until the time limit expires the Agent will have to defend themselves from Nocturnal's servants. These servants are frost daedra that spawn every few minutes from the moment the Agent accepts the mage's offer.

Rewards

Completing the quest successfully within the time limit will see the Agent rewarded with Nocturnal's signature tool, the Skeleton Key. Furthermore, the Agent will receive a boost in reputation with whatever faction they used to summon Nocturnal for ending the quest in triumph. Conversely, failing the quest will cost the Agent reputation with the summoner's faction, with further penalty in reputation applied for betraying Nocturnal.

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

Success
Faction Reputation
Summoning Faction +5
Associates +2
Failure
Faction Reputation
Summoning Faction -2
Associates -1

Failing the quest by betraying Nocturnal will also see the Agent receive an additional penalty to their reputation:

Betrayal
Faction Reputation
Nocturnal -20


Journal

My Anesthesia — 40c00y00
IDJournal Entry
0 [Date]:

I now have a contract with Nocturnal, one of the Daedric Princes of Oblivion. I have agreed to slay the Mage [Mage's name] in [his/her] stronghold of [dungeon] in exchange for Nocturnal's artifact, the Skeleton's Key. I must have the deed done and meet her agent [Apostle's name] in [building] of [town] in [x] days or I will have failed the contract. This may mean something worse than just me not getting the Skeleton's Key.

  • Quest accepted
1 [Date]:

[Mage's name] offered me Auriel's Bow in exchange for [his/her] life, and I could not resist. [He/She] said that it is somewhere in [Artefact dungeon]. Since I have already betrayed Nocturnal, I may as well try to find it.

2 [Date]:

[Mage's name] offered me the Warlock's Ring in exchange for [his/her] life, and I could not resist. [He/She] said that it is somewhere in [Artefact dungeon]. Since I have already betrayed Nocturnal, I may as well try to find it.

Trivia

  • When asked for any news, NPCs have a variety of comments to make referencing the quest:
    • Acceptance: "[Mage's name] is a sneaky one -- [he/she] brings the whole Mages Guild under suspicion." or "I can't trust anyone at the Mages Guild, knowing [Mage's name] is a member."
    • Success: "Well, I can't say I'm surprised about [Mage's name]; [his/her] past caught up to [him/her]." or "I don't even think the Archmagister is sad to hear of the death of [Mage's name]."
    • Failure: "I knew [Mage's name] was in some kind of trouble, why else would [he/she] leave so quickly? or "The Mages Guild must have decided [Mage's name] was a liability to their image."
    • Nocturnal: "Nocturnal is the mysterious Lady of the Night, one of the Daedric Regents." or "Nocturnal is a Regent of Oblivion, whose sphere is darkness and mystery."
    • Nocturnal's apostle: "[Apostle's name] is one of the regulars at [building], just [direction] of here." or "[Apostle's name] is a [Apostle's description] who haunts [building]. That's to the [direction]."
    • Skeleton Key: "The Skeleton's Key can open any lock."

Bugs

This section contains bugs related to My Anesthesia. 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   The mage's offer may not work properly, making the quest impossible to complete.
    •  PC   Fixed with the DFQFIX plug-in.
  •  PC   Nocturnal's name may be replaced by a random name when speaking with NPCs.
    •  PC   This does not affect their response when asked about Nocturnal.
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