The Missing Scholar is a Temples quest available during the events of The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall. The Agent must rescue a missing scholar from one of the Iliac Bay's many dungeons at the behest of one the Eight Divine Temples.


After joining one of the Eight Divine Temples scattered throughout the Iliac Bay, the Agent will be assigned randomly determined quests to complete by the Temple's missionary.


  • Speak with a missionary from a joined Temple.
  • Journey to the specified dungeon.
    • Enter the dungeon and search for the missing scholar.
    • Speak with the scholar.
  • Escape the dungeon and return to the missionary, with the scholar, before the time limit expires to complete the quest.


When speaking with a missionary from the Temple in the Iliac Bay that the Agent has joined, it is revealed that a scholarly cleric from the Temple has disappeared. Accepting the quest will reveal that the cleric was investigating one of the many dungeons of the Iliac Bay, and it is up to the Agent to find them and return them to the Temple.

Risky researchEdit

After venturing to the specified dungeon, the Agent will have to search for the missing scholar, battling the usual collection of dungeon enemies. The scholar will eventually be found somewhere within, and will say one of two things when spoken to:

"Goodness, you gave me quite a start, young [player's race]. Have I really been down here for so long? How time does fly. Well, if you would be so kind as to escort me back to the temple, my good [player's first name] ..."
―Missing Temple scholar[src]


"Thank [random god] you came. I've been searching for the way out for close to a week. I'll follow you back to the temple."
―Missing Temple scholar[src]

The scholar will then join the Agent in order to get back to the Temple. The Agent must get her safely out of the dungeon and back to the missionary before the time limit expires to complete the quest, otherwise the scholar will declare:

"Ah, I know the way from here."
―Missing Temple scholar[src]

If this message appears, then the Agent will have effectively failed the quest.


The success or failure of the Agent in undertaking the quest will affect their reputation in the Temple:

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


The Missing Scholar - c0b00y03
IDJournal Entry
0 [Date]:

[Quest giver's name] of [temple] has sent me to [dungeon] to rescue a cleric named [cleric's name] who disappeared down there. I have [x] days to find the [cleric's description] and return to [town] and [temple].

  • Quest accepted


  • While "accompanying" the Agent, the scholar will effectively be in the Agent's inventory, rather than at their side.
  • The NPCs of the region in which the quest takes place will have a variety of comments to make during and after the quest when asked for any news:
    • Acceptance:
      • "[Cleric's name] was a fool to go unarmed into [dungeon]."
      • "[Dungeon] is no place for a scholarly [cleric's description] like [cleric's name]."
    • Success:
      • "Thanks to that [player's race], [cleric's name] has started work on a history of [dungeon]."
      • "Rescuing [cleric's name] increased [temple]'s estimation of you."
    • Failure:
      • "Everyone's given up hope of ever seeing [cleric's name] again."
      • "[Quest giver's name] is grieving over the disappearance of [cleric's name]."
*Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Fandom will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Stream the best stories.

Fandom may earn an affiliate commission on sales made from links on this page.

Get Disney+