The cover of the book.

"This book exposes the inner workings of Daggerfall, plus gives hints, tips, and special information on how to complete the game with panache and honor. Those who want broad level hints have them. Those who wish to examine and analyze the complicated formulas for how things work will have a field day. This book will reveal everything from helpful exploring techniques to sure-fire ways to defeat even the toughest monsters. Many tables, charts, and maps will give you special insight into how to overcome those pesky obstacles that inevitably pop up."
The Daggerfall Chronicles, Undraping the Shroud from Daggerfall[src]

The Daggerfall Chronicles is a 281-page (Including covers.) strategy guide for The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, the second game in The Elder Scrolls series. It was written by Ronald Wartow and released by Bethesda Softworks.


Summary[edit | edit source]

Notice: The following summary is not the actual contents of the book, but it contains descriptions of each section.

Credits[edit | edit source]

Page ii. Includes the title of the book and the creators (Ronald Wartow and Bethesda Softworks) on a piece of parchment in front of an off-white, papery background.

Contacting Bethesda Softworks[edit | edit source]

Page iii. Includes information about how to contact Bethesda Softworks. Note that the following content may be out-of-date.

Technical Support and Customer Service
  • Technical Support: (301) 963-2002, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Customer Service: (301) 926-8300, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time
The Bethesda Softworks BBS
  • Bulletin Board Service: (301) 990-7552
Bethesda Softworks On-Line
  • Website:
  • Email:
  • America Online: "Bethesda" e-mail Bethesda01
  • Compuserve: Go Bethesda, e-mail 71333,234
  • GEnie: "Scorpia" e-mail Bethesda
  • Internet e-mail:
  • Prodigy: e-mail BJSY29B
  • Correspondences should be sent to: Bethesda Softworks, 1370 Picard Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850-4304
  • Warranty materials should be sent to: Bethesda Softworks, P.O. Box 7877, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20898-7877
Virgin Interactive Entertainment
  • Virgin Interactive Entertainment (Europe) Limited. Address: 2 Kensington Square, London, W8 5RB, England.
  • World Wide Web:

System Requirements[edit | edit source]

Page iii. Includes the system requirements for Daggerfall. Note that the following content may be out-of-date.

  • Computer: IBM and 100% Compatibles.
  • Operating System: Microsoft DOS 6.0 or greater.
  • CPU: 486DX2/66 required minimum.
  • Video Card: 256-color VGA, VLB, or PCI bus required.
  • CD-ROM Drive: Double-speed CD-ROM drive required; MPC LEVEL 2 REQUIRED.
  • Memory: 8MB RAM required minimum.
  • Hard Disc Drive: 50MB available space required for minimum install.
  • Sound Cards Supported: Sound Blaster,TM, Sound Blaster Pro,TM, Sound Blaster 16,TM, AWE 32,TM, Pro Audio Spectrum,TM, Ensoniq Soundscape,TM, Gravis Ultrasound,TM, and 100% compatibles.
  • Input Device: Microsoft 100% compatible mouse required. Joystick optional.
  • Windows 95 Compatibility: Compatible in MS-DOS mode with 16-bit CD-ROM and mouse drivers installed; compatible is MS-DOS box with sufficient free RAM.

Undraping the Shroud from Daggerfall[edit | edit source]

Page 1. Includes a small amount of background information about Daggerfall and The Daggerfall Chronicles.

Coming Attractions[edit | edit source]

Page 1. Contains a small amount of background information on Tamriel's landscape, inhabitants, and creatures, as well as a description of the meeting between the player character—the Hero of Daggerfall—and Emperor Uriel Septim VII which makes up the game's introduction.

What's in this Book[edit | edit source]

"Learn the unfolding story of Daggerfall. Prepare to be walked through the 12 so-called story dungeons, places that are vital to completing the game. You will even learn about the multiple endings possible."

Page 3. The purpose of this section is illustrated by the preceding excerpt; to finalize the introduction to the book and to the world of Tamriel, and prepare the reader for the rest of the guide. Wartow finishes the section with a point that however the book is used, the purpose of the game is to have fun.

Tamriel's Timeline[edit | edit source]

Page 5. Lists some notable and relevant dates on a Timeline.

The 1st Era[edit | edit source]

Page 5. Lists select events in the First Era, such as the founding of Daggerfall, the War of Succession, and the Thrassian Plague.

The 2nd Era[edit | edit source]

Page 6. Lists select events in the Second Era, such as the formation of the Mages Guild, the final dissolution of the Reman Empire, and Tiber Septim's rise to Emperor.

The 3rd Era[edit | edit source]

Page 7. Lists select events in the Third Era, such as the War of the Isle, the War of the Red Diamond, and the invasion of Akavir.

The Divine and the Royals[edit | edit source]

Page 11. Speaks of the numbers of gods and goddesses and Daedric Princes there are and their use to the Hero. Omitted from this section is Talos, whose godhood status is somewhat contestable.

Gods, Goddesses[edit | edit source]

Page 11. Lists the eight traditionally worshipped gods in Tamriel (Akatosh, Arkay, Dibella, Julianos, Kynareth, Mara, Stendarr, and Zenithar) their spheres of influence, and their symbols. It then shows a table with each of the 45 regions in the game and their patron deities.

Daedra[edit | edit source]

Page 14. Lists sixteen of the seventeen Daedric Princes in Tamriel (Azura, Boethiah, Clavicus Vile, Hermaeus Mora, Hircine, Malacath, Mehrunes Dagon, Mephala, Meridia, Molag Bal, Namira, Nocturnal, Peryite, Sanguine, Sheogorath, and Vaernima) and their spheres of influence. Omitted is Jyggalag, who, despite being mentioned in the Daggerfall book On Oblivion, does not receive any serious attention until The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's expansion pack The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles.

Royal Family Trees[edit | edit source]

The "Royal Family Trees" section of the book.

Page 15. Shows several family trees of the various relevant nobility of the Houses of Daggerfall, Sentinel, and Wayrest.

Major Character Classes[edit | edit source]

Page 17. Explains how Daggerfall's 18-class (Acrobat, Archer, Assassin, Barbarian, Bard, Battlemage, Burglar, Healer, Knight, Mage, Monk, Nightblade, Raanger, Rogue, Sorcerer, Spellsword, Thief, and Warrior) character system works and the various statistics for each class. Warton recommends either Battlemage or Spellsword for "ease of completion," and Thief for "the challenge of your role-playing life."

The next several pages list tables with statistics for the eight playable races in the game (Argonians, Bretons, Dark Elves, High Elves, Khajiit, Nords, Redguards, and Wood Elves). Omitted from these pages are Orcs and Imperials, who are not playable until The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, the series' third installment.

Daggerfall's FIVE Cornerstones of Insight[edit | edit source]

"To truly understand and conquer Daggerfall, the player must consider the five most important environmental factors in the game."

Page 27. Notes the five "cornerstones," or the most important things to be fully cognizant of at all times, in Daggerfall (Conditions, Factions, Quests, Reputation, and Skills and Advancement).

Conditions[edit | edit source]

Page 28. Explains the importance of current events in Tamriel, such as wars, famines, and holidays, and that these can be kept up with by observing message boards in towns and cities. This section also lists all possible changing factors that could have an influence on gameplay:

  • No particular condition
  • War just begun
  • War in progress
  • War just won
  • War just lost
  • Plague just begun
  • Plague spreading
  • Plague just ended
  • Famine just begun
  • Famine spreading
  • Famine ended
  • Witch burnings
  • Crime wave
  • New ruler
  • Bad harvest
  • Religious persecution
  • Prices up
  • Prices down
  • Happy holiday
  • Scary holiday
  • Holy holiday

It also mentions how to avoid areas with unpleasant conditions. It then lists a few examples of conditions that could be posted on signposts in settlements.

Factions[edit | edit source]

Page 30. Explains what factions are and the specifics of faction files from the Daggerfall program, as well as some data regarding faction types, ruler titles, and social class. It then lists a number of characters in the game and various faction-related statistics for each.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Page 37.

Reputation[edit | edit source]

Page 40.

Skills and Advancement[edit | edit source]

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Exploring Tamriel[edit | edit source]

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Lay of the Land[edit | edit source]

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Tamriel's Weather by Climate and Season[edit | edit source]

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Travel, Movement, and Fatigue[edit | edit source]

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Safe Havens—Camping/Sleeping/Resting[edit | edit source]

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Unique Dungeon Secrets[edit | edit source]

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Clean Sweeps

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Progressive Revelation of Dungeons

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Secret Portals[edit | edit source]

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Stealing for Fun and Profit[edit | edit source]

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Time Limits[edit | edit source]

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PC Bookmarks—Save Game Strategies[edit | edit source]

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When, Where, and How to Save the Best Games

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How to Create Eight Billion Saved Games

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Enlightenment[edit | edit source]

Page 59.

Fine Art of Conversation and Rumors[edit | edit source]

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Books[edit | edit source]

Page 61.

Letters and Patience[edit | edit source]

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Dialogues[edit | edit source]

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Special Events[edit | edit source]

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Holidays[edit | edit source]

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Lycanthropy[edit | edit source]

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Vampirism[edit | edit source]

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Daedric Summonings[edit | edit source]

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Civilization[edit | edit source]

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Guilds, Temples of the Gods and Goddesses, and Orders[edit | edit source]

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Generic Guild Rules

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Mages Guild

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Fighters Guild

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Thieves Guild

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Dark Brotherhood

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Knightly Orders

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Other Interesting Places[edit | edit source]

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Courts—Crime and Punishment

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Legerdemain[edit | edit source]

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Spells Pandect[edit | edit source]

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Magic Makers[edit | edit source]

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Creating Spells from Scratch (SpellMaker)

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Enchanting Items (ItemMaker)

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Soul Gems

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Stirring Cauldrons (PotionMaker)

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Potion Recipes

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Close Encounters of the RPG Kind[edit | edit source]

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Monsters[edit | edit source]

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Reactions and Aggression Levels

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Monster Compendium—Bestia Tactica

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Preparation for Confrontation[edit | edit source]

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Confrontation—Real-Time Combat[edit | edit source]

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Daggerfall Combat Formulae and Saving Throws

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Magical Combat

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Treasure and Booty
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Live to Fight Another Day
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Objects d'Daggerfall[edit | edit source]

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Artifacts[edit | edit source]

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Weaponry[edit | edit source]

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Armor[edit | edit source]

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Repair[edit | edit source]

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Clothing[edit | edit source]

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Poisons and Drugs[edit | edit source]

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Ingredients and Damage

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Saving Throws

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Daggerfall's Glory Road—The Complete Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

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Overture[edit | edit source]

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Scenarist Guild[edit | edit source]

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Narrative[edit | edit source]

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The Battle of Cryngaine Field

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The Real Story

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Enter the PC

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The Six Endings

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Quick and Dirty Solution[edit | edit source]

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Main Characters

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Quest by Quest[edit | edit source]

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Quest Blueprint

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Instructions from the Empire

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Concern for Nulfaga

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The Beast

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Elysana's Robe

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Morgiab's Wedding

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The Missing Prince

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The Emperor's Courier

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Mynisera's Letters

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Soul of a Lich

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Barenziah's Book

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Painting the Truth

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Orcish Emancipation

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The Ancient Watcher

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Medora's Freedom

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Dust of Restful Death

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Lysandus' Revelation

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Lysandus' Revenge

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The Mantella Revealed

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Elysana's Betrayal

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Totem, Totem, who gets the Totem?

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Journey to Aetherius

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The Dungeons[edit | edit source]

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Privateer's Hold

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Scourg Barrow

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Castle Daggerfall

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Direnni Tower

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Castle Wayrest

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Castle Sentinel

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Castle Llugwych

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Lysandus' Tomb

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Woodborne Hall

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Mantellan Crux

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Index[edit | edit source]

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Licensing[edit | edit source]

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