The Rite of Atonement is a Temples quest available in The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. The Agent is sent into one of the Iliac Bay's many dungeons to find an "untainted" ingredient.


After joining one of the Eight Divine temples scattered throughout the Iliac Bay, the Agent will be assigned randomly determined quests to complete a temple missionary. Once they have achieved the rank of Initiate or higher, one of the temple's missionaries will offer this more difficult quest.


  • Speak with a Missionary from a joined Temple.
  • Venture to the dungeon specified.
    • Enter the dungeon to search for the lone ingredient.
  • Escape the dungeon and return to the Missionary within the time limit to complete the quest.


Speaking with one of a joined Temple's Missionaries will reveal that their local Temple has recently fallen out with their God. In order to repent "a rite of atonement" needs to be performed, although the Temple lacks an "untainted" sample of a specific ingredient required for the ritual. Fortunately, the Missionary knows where such a sample exists, and so the Agent is sent off to find it, hidden within one of the Iliac Bay's many dungeons.

A Sterling SampleEdit

The Agent will have to enter and search through the specified dungeon in order to find the ingredient, which can be found lying on its own somewhere within. When interacting with the ingredient the Agent them-self will remark:

"This is it! I can feel the purity of the [ingredient]. Now to get it back to [quest giver's name]."
The Agent[src]

With the ingredient safely in the Agent's inventory they must escape the dungeon and return to the Missionary within the time limit to complete the quest.


The Agent will receive a random amount of gold when they return to the Missionary with the ingredient. The success or failure of the Agent in undertaking the quest will also affect their reputation in the Temple:

Faction Reputation
Deity of the Temple +5
Temple +2
Faction Reputation
Deity of the Temple -2
Temple -1


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IDJournal Entry
0 [Date]:

[Quest giver's name] of [temple], in [town], told me that [his/her] god was angered. [He/She] needs untainted [ingredient] from [dungeon] for a rite of atonement. It must be in [quest giver's name]'s hands at [temple] within [x] days.

  • Quest accepted


  • Although the Temple has fallen out with their God, there are no impacts to the gameplay.
    • This is true regardless of success, failure or indeed rejection.
  • This quest is identical, in almost every way, to another Temple quest: The Rite of Atonement.
    • The only difference between them is the rank required to obtain the quest, Acolyte being required for the former.
  • NPCs will have a variety of responses relating to the quest when asked for any news:
    • Acceptance:
      • "Things have been rather ... tense around [temple] lately."
      • "There was supposedly an unauthorized orgy in [temple]."
      • "Someone spoke [temple's god]'s name backwards in a ceremony at [temple]."
    • Success:
      • "[Temple] is back in favor with their god."
    • Failure:
      • "[Temple] is still out of favor with their god."
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